Monday, January 23, 2017

#Interview - Jolie Is Somewhere By Alana Cash

Jolie Is Somewhere (Madame Budska Book 2) by [Cash, Alana]
Jolie Is Somewhere
By Alana Cash

Crystal: Today I have the pleasure of hosting Alana Cash. Welcome Alana! I'm so thrilled to have you here today! Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?

Alana: The book that I have just released, JOLIE IS SOMEWHERE, is set in New York City, which I think is possibly the most interesting city in the world.  It's filled with interesting people, architecture, history, and entertainment.  This is what I write about on my blog:

Crystal: What are you currently working on?  
Alana:  Currently, I write the blog and I am also working on a series of short stories about, "Dalton," a man who lives in Queens and has "issues."  The stories are really fun to write and I draw on my own life and the lives of my friends and people I observe to create Dalton's life.

Crystal: Where did you come up with the idea for either your current release or your current WIP?  
Alana: The novel, JOLIE IS SOMEWHERE, is loosely based on true events which did not happen to me (I have to say that because in the past, friends have assumed that if I say that a story is based on true events the assumption is that it's me who experienced it). 

The story is about a naive young woman who moves to Manhattan from Oklahoma City.  She's very pretty and gets cast in a TV commercial and the night she goes out to celebrate that with her roommate, she ends up getting arrested for something she didn't do.  She spends 8 months in jail at Rikers Island where another inmate smashes her face against a concrete wall, twice.  That broken nose is one of the themes of the book.  (We all have something broken or that we think is broken forever). 

The inspiration for the story was that I was working with a homicide detective on writing a book (that never got completed) and I sat in on a trial of three young men who were in a 45-second fight and were sentenced to 15 years in prison.  I tried to imagine what that would be like - to lose your entire youth.  And, on top of that, the detective that I was working with had 2 or 3 of his murder conviction cases overturned on account of the people were innocent. So there again, is a link to the story. Imagine losing all that time for something you didn't do. 

I thought that 8 months was about enough time to wreck your mind and change your outlook on life.  Jolie gets release from jail into a snowstorm wearing a summer dress, high heels, no coat, a dead cell phone and $43.  It gets better, I promise.

Crystal: Do you have a favorite snack that like to munch on while writing? If so would you mind sharing what it is with us? 

Alana: I generally write in cafes.  When I'm writing, I like to drink cappuccino and dip biscotti into it.

Crystal:  Do you have a favorite scene you would like to share with us?
Alana:  One of my favorite scenes is when Jolie sees her ex-roommate, Electra, one morning on the sidewalk.  Electra is drunk and about to be evicted from her apartment because she was running an illegal B&B in a rent-controlled apartment building in Manhattan.  Electra had refused to let Jolie even spend one night in her old apartment after she got out of jail, so there's some divine retribution in Electra's eviction.  This is where Jolie begins to understand why you don't really ever need to take revenge.  

Crystal: When you are not busy writing wonderful stories to keep us lucky readers entertained, what do you like to do? Do you have a hobby? 

Alana:  I like to cook.  Every week, I make bread, homemade ice cream, and cocoa brownies.  I make lemon meringue pies with organic lemons I find have dropped from my neighbors trees.  I make soup, souffle, quiche, humus, shrimp au gratin, and my own Caesar salad dressing.  I like to experiment with recipes from different nationalities.
Crystal: Do you have a favorite background noise you like to having going while you write (TV, Music, kids playing)?

Alana: I like to have rhythmic music playing.
Crystal: Thanks for visiting. It has been a pleasure having you visit today. Can you think of anything else you would like to share with us today?

Alana: Yes.  I read that studies have been done about "acts of kindness" and it was found that the people observing an act of kindness are more affected than even the person receiving the act or the person performing an act of kindness.
Do something kind every time you think of it and you can change the world.


Jolie Is Somewhere (Madame Budska Book 2) by [Cash, Alana]JOLIE IS SOMEWHERE

Jolie has a list. There are 4 names on it. How can she take revenge on the cop who put her in jail for something she didn't do, the roommate who could have saved her and didn't, the inmate who smashed her face against a jailhouse wall, or the high-priced attorney who did nothing for her?
Maybe she doesn't have to.

Jolie is released from Rikers Island into a blizzard wearing the summer dress she was arrested in. She has $43, a dead cellphone, and nowhere to go. She didn't commit a crime and she doesn't know why she was released from jail without a trial. What she does know is that she's lost her job, her apartment, her family, her friends, and her hope to ever be cast in another television commercial. While she was in jail, an inmate broke Jolie's nose. It all happened to a naive girl from Oklahoma who feels really lost in that snowstorm.

It can't get worse, really. But it can get better. Just when you think you are all alone in this world, you find out you're not. There are people all around waiting for someone to accept their kindness and Jolie finds that out. At her worst moment, Jolie finds refuge and meets Madame Budska, aka Lina Sandor. a "psychic" who takes an interest in Jolie and what happens to her.

It doesn't happen overnight. Jolie struggles with neurotic fears as well as thoughts of revenge, but she learns from Lina and from experience that revenge just isn't necessary. Jolie finds her life again, a life she will live with her eyes open.

Author bio:

Multiple award-winning author & filmmaker Alana Cash is an adventurer. She trekked alone through war-torn Serbia and slept in a KGB interrogation room in Prague. She's been to a gypsy fair in England, a bullfight in Laredo, and parasailing in Acapulco. She wore a bulletproof vest on a ride-along in a New York City patrol car and kissed a man inside the Norman Bates Psycho house at Universal Studios.

#GiveAway - Secret of the Souls By Terri Rochenski


Secret of the Souls
Pool of Souls #2
By Terri Rochenski

Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: January 23, 2017
Fantasy Novel, Medieval, Adult




Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

Website: Terri Rochenski

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Twitter:  @TerriRochenski

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

#Sale - GOOD GIRL by Lauren Layne

a Love Unexpectedly novel
By Lauren Layne

"a delicious bite of Southern seduction with chemistry that sizzles." 
- Rebecca Yarros

New York Times BESTSELLER • Lauren Layne brings all the unpredictable heat of Blurred Lines to an all-new cast of characters! Country music’s favorite good girl is hiding
away from the world—only to find herself bunking with a guy who makes her want to be a little bad.

Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s
suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker
named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat. 

Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer
has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their
problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

Released May 17th, 2016


Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

#SpotLight - Fool for Love By Beverley Oakley, Donna Cummings, Heather Boyd

Fool for Love by [Oakley, Beverley, Cummings, Donna, Boyd, Heather]
Fool for Love
By Beverley Oakley, Donna Cummings, & Heather Boyd


Wicked Rogues. Handsome Aristocrats. Destined for love, one and all! Beverley Oakley, Donna Cummings, and Heather Boyd have teamed up to bring you three utterly romantic love stories to warm your heart!

In His Valentine's Secret, by Beverley Oakley, Lady Athelton's St Valentine's Ball should have been a time for love, not vengeance, as the once carefree Lisette plots the demise of the man she once loved. Will she learn the truth in time?

In Truly, My Love, by Donna Cummings, Lord Benedict and Lady Sommerwood stage a faux romance in order to help him evade two besotted young misses at a Valentine party. But can an affair built on falsehoods possibly turn into true love?

In A Husband for Mary, by Heather Boyd, Miss Mary Vine kissed a handsome stranger at the Fenwick Masquerade, never imagining the extraordinary attraction could be for the most disgraceful rake in London. A man she knew far too well...

This is an all-new collection of stand-alone complete works.

**Note from Crystal: A Husband for Mary is positively AWESOME. I just finished reading His Valentine's Secret and it's wonderful. I just started Truly, My Love. So stay tuned for my review soon! It's about a Lord Benedict, I know who my favorite character is going to be!

#SpotLight - Wendi & Tink By Izzy Szyn

Wendi and Tink (Scandalous Fairytales Book 1) by [Szyn, Izzy]
Wendi & Tink

Scandalous Fairytales Book 1

By Izzy Szyn


From NYT Bestselling Author Izzy Szyn:

Wendi and Tink are the first in a series of Scandalous Fairy Tales that will have you looking at the stories these are based on in a different light. 
Wendi is tired of men that act like little boys. Her latest relationship with Pan ended when she found him in her bed with another woman. But when one door closes another one opens, when Wendi gets a call to come in for an interview with Tee Belle of Tinker Toyz, she thinks her dreams of creating toys will finally come true. 
Tee Belle needs another assistant, and believes that Wendi will be the perfect assistant, but there is one thing that Ms. Belle requires above all else: Wendi's Obedience. 


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“Pity,” Ms. Belle sat in the chair next to her. Her fingers touching Wendi’s shoulder, involuntarily a shiver ran down Wendi’s spine. Her scent tantalized Wendi’s senses, her favorite scent of peaches mixed with mango. “Are you seeing anyone right now?”
“No, I just broke up with someone last night,” Wendi shivered, Ms. Belle’s hand moved down the front of her dress, cupping her breast through the material. Was Ms. Belle trying to seduce her? Why was she letting her?
“Good, significant others can pose problems,” Ms. Belle’s thumb brushed against her nipple. “To answer your earlier question, I require your complete obedience. You will obey and submit to whatever I want.”
Wendi swallowed nervously, she couldn’t mean what Wendi was thinking? Did she? “Obedience?”
“Yes, walk over to that cabinet,” Ms. Belle pointed at the cabinet hanging on the wall. “Open the doors.”
Doing as she asked, Wendi opened the cabinet, she saw what appeared to be floggers, paddles, ropes, handcuffs. “Is this some kind of joke?”
“No, it isn’t a joke,” Ms. Belle walked towards her. “These will be used on you in some form or other while you work here.” Ms. Belle pulled the top of Wendi’s dress down, kissing the top of her breasts. “I’ve done my research on you. You are what people like to categorize as a good girl. You do whatever your parents tell you. You date guys that they choose for you, but they do nothing for you. You crave to be told what to do, in bed and out of it.”
“No,” Wendi denied, even though Ms. Belle was saying everything Wendi ever thought.
“Are you lying to me? Or yourself?” questioned Ms. Belle. “You’ll come to work, and be expected, of course, to do all the duties normal assistants do, but you’re here for my pleasure. I will fuck you in the morning before we start our day, at times during the day, and before you go home. You’ll also be disciplined. Sometimes because you need to be punished, other times just because.”
“Surely, this can’t be legal,” said Wendi.
“It’s not,” confirmed Ms. Belle. “That’s why I had you sign that confidentiality agreement. Do yYou want to create toys? You’ll be able to do that here. The difference is that you’ll be creating stuff for women, to be used by women. You’ll be paid a lot more than your current salary, plus with every toy you create you get a percentage of the sales.”

Thursday, January 19, 2017

#CoverReveal - Checkmate By Rose Sawyer

Series: Stalemate, Part 2 of 2
By Rose Sawyer


Ellie Collins has always been good at hiding her emotions, but when they threaten to overwhelm her, she channels them into her work. After leaving behind the first person to capture her heart, Ellie’s heartbreak leaves her more motivated than ever before. She has one more job to take care of and nothing left to lose.

Alex King is determined and stubborn. Unable to walk away from the woman who’s left him dazed, his life is about to get crazier than ever. Through the thick fog of deception, both Ellie and Alex have a decision to make that will change their lives forever. They can only hope that their choices are not taken from them before it’s too late.

When the moves are made and the positions set, who will finally deliver checkmate?

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 18, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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Author Info: 

Rose Sawyer currently lives on campus full time while working on her undergraduate degree in Biblical and Religious studies with an emphasis on Religion and Sociology in California, where she was born and raised. On weekends, she travels home to see her parents and the gaggle of cats, dogs, horses and other four-legged animals that she loves.

At 19, she has written seven romance novels, is currently writing two more and has another two in the process of being published. The majority of her novels can be found at, where they are available to read for free.

#SpotLight - WICKED WOMEN OF TUSCON By Eliza Knight & Annabelle Weston

 By Eliza Knight & Annabelle Weston

 Her Desperate Gamble
By Eliza Knight & Annabelle Weston

Revenge is best served with a sweet, hot kiss…

Nathan Bender is on a quest for vengeance. What he finds instead is a sexy saloon-dolly named O’Dell Murphy. She holds information he needs—and becomes a temptation he can’t resist.

O’Dell longs for a respectable life outside the saloon. When the fellow Nathan is searching for steals O’Dell’s savings, she has no choice but to go after him, or risk losing everything.

Torn between passion and revenge, Nathan reluctantly accompanies O’Dell through the Sonoran Desert.

There are some things a man can’t walk away from—and Nathan is finding it’s not revenge that binds him. It’s O’Dell, and the wicked, sinful pleasures she provides.

Release Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Knight Media, LLC
Genre: Western Romance


Seducing the Sheriff

By Eliza Knight & Annabelle Weston

There’s a new cowboy in town… and he’s tall, dark and sexy…

Carly Buchanan knows who and what she is. She’s the owner of the Lonesome Saloon, a bawdy place in the harsh Arizona territory where any man can have his darkest desires fulfilled—for a price.

But life at a saloon isn’t easy. After overhearing too much from one of her customers, Carly is caught in the middle of a deadly dispute involving a murder for hire. No-accounts are shooting up the streets, good men are dying and no one will do a thing about it.

Until he comes to town…

Sheriff Jeddah Poole is lethally serious about cleaning up Tucson. But he can’t stop thinking of Carly’s bright eyes and passionate nature… or the way her lush curves feel pressed against him. In a town on the brink of destruction, caught in a divine passion they can’t escape, Jed and Carly have only each other to rely on. And only their love can help them survive.

Release Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Knight Media, LLC
Genre: Western Romance


 Kiss Me, Cowboy

By Eliza Knight & Annabelle Weston 

What starts with a bet, turns into a game neither of them want to lose…

Kate has a reputation for her temper. Since her pa’s murder, she’s been a whip-wielding hellcat determined to prove she can run a ranch just as well as any man. Then her little sister went and hired a foreman who makes Kate tingle in places she shouldn’t be, not if she wants to keep up a tough fa├žade. When Jake takes liberties by kissing her, its more than either of them could have bargained for.

Jake isn’t just at the ranch to help run the place. He made a bet in the local saloon that he could tame Kate, a gamble that will give him the money he needs for his own piece of land. But he never expected Kate to be so ornery—or taste so sweet.

With both their futures on the line, can they afford to give in to their hearts?

Release Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Knight Media, LLC
Genre: Western Romance


Meet the Author:

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a princess…

Growing up, I was a proficient story teller, with most of my plots encompassing princesses and princes and dreams coming true. Now as an author, some of my stories are still about royalty, knights, duels, ladies, intrigue, betrayal. History fascinates me and I try to bring history back to life in each of my stories.

My favorite time periods are medieval, renaissance and Regency eras of Europe. Growing up, I was lucky to have grandparents who lived in Paris, so many a summer was spent exploring medieval ruins and historical sites.

One of my all time favorite books is Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, and I am of course Jane Austen fan, my two favorites being Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I love the in-depth, emotionally riveting and intriguing works of historical author, Ken Follett. I am also a fan of Shakespeare, and you will find in a lot of my writing reference to the literary God and his work. Not only Shakespeare, but other period poets and literary notables of history are on my keeper shelf. My love affair with the romance genre started young. I picked up my first romance novel, The Bride, by Julie Garwood when I was in high school, and I haven’t been able to stop reading or writing romance since.

When I’m not reading or writing I am usually doing research for fun. If you love history, come visit me at History Undressed, where we discuss all the wildly fascinating and titillating facts of history! Recently I’ve started to post reviews of historical fiction and romance novels as well.

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