Monday, May 27, 2013


I want to wish the author, J. Lea Lopez, a Happy Release Day. I'm so very excited for her, and I can't wait to read this book. First, I have to finish her collection of short stories in CONSENTING ADULTS (also available, and it's FREE).

YAY! Two wonderful books to read. Life is good.

Title: Sorry's Not Enough
Genre: Contemporary New Adult

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Charlotte learned at an early age that people – including family – are capable of hurting you so bad "sorry” will never be enough. The obvious solution is not to let anyone close enough to do any damage, and she's doing just fine with that until a summer writing workshop brings Steven into her life.
Seemingly immune to Charlotte's Stay the Hell Away from Me pheromones, he uses his wit and good looks – or what Charlotte would call his obnoxious ego and his stupid good looks – to win her over. The unexpected summer romance screeches to a halt when Steven's job creates an ethical dilemma for the couple. Sorry doesn't begin to cover the hurt feelings.

Despite the secrets Charlotte's keeping and the renewed passion with which she pushes him away, Steven can't let her go. And so the cycle of their relationship begins. Over the course of four years they share moments as passionate lovers, periods of warm friendship, as well as months of barely-civil tension.

When no amount of time or distance, and no number of men, can make her forget the comfort of Steven's arms, Charlotte must dig into her painful past and face the man whose betrayal destroyed her capacity for trust to begin with. And by the time she finds the courage to do so, will “sorry” be enough to get Steven back?

Available now:
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Bio: J. Lea Lopez is a writer with a penchant for jello and a loathing for writing bios in third person. She writes character-driven erotica and contemporary new adult stories. She's an introvert with a touch of shyness, but you can follow her on Twitter ( ) or Facebook ( ) for a peek at the secret world of naughtiness inside in her head.

Monday, May 20, 2013


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Title: Romancing the Bookworm
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Expected release date: July 9, 2013
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours
 photo goodreads-badge-add-plus_zpsa971cb04.png   Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can unravel. It's spring break, and Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read romance novels than flaunt her size-fourteen body on a beach. But her best friend, Ronni, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she's wrangled into waiting tables with Ronni at the Shore Shack for its busy week leading to Maverick's Surf Invitational. There she meets fellow schoolmate Xavier Solomon, the Invitational's organizer and campus womanizer by reputation.

From the moment Tamara sees him emerging from the waves like a hero in of one of her romance novels, all she wants to do is run away from the feelings he inspires in her. Little does she know Xavier has been watching her for weeks now. In fact, after failed attempts at asking her out on campus, he's concocted a crazy plan: fabricating romantic situations straight out of her favorite books.

Xavier quickly realizes that if Tamara gets a whiff of his designs, he might as well spell CREEPER across his forehead. Yet as they grow closer, he's convinced it's a risk worth taking. What he hasn't planned on, of course, is his drug-addicted, alcoholic stepbrother, who decides to join the fun and put a wrench in Xavier’s scheme. Spring break is proving hotter than Tamara expected. Will her romance novels be able to compete?  

 photo KateEvangelista_zps52fa82f6.jpgAbout the Author When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013


The wee hours of our monthly AgentQuery Connect, Speculative Fiction group chat produce the most interesting writing exercises. My collegues decided it would be fun to write a funny eulogy or death scene for fellow members (wish I hadn't gone to bed early that night). 
The first hint that I had "died" came in the form of an apologetic email from Michelle Hauck. The subject line read, "Sorry I took advantage of you,"  and ended with, "Don't be mad, okay?"
Then I read the post:

I’m stunned to announce the passing of Angie Sandro, beloved wife, mother, critique partner, and lately popular actress in Korean soap-opera dramas. In lieu of flowers, please follow her blog or like her Facebook page. (I’m not kidding, folks. Get someone to Like her page or Angie will seriously haunt us forever, hurling hoodoo curses at us.)

In what some are calling a bizarre accident, Angie was taking a long bike ride with her father-in-law. While pedaling, trying to watch the Lizzie Bennett Diaries on her phone, and composing the blurb for the unwritten fifteenth sequel to Juju’s Curse, she swerved off the path and into a swamp-like area to be immediately snapped up, bike and all, by a gator. Fortunately, Angie was too thick-skinned due to all the summer marathon sessions at her favorite spot, Speculative Fiction Group on AQC. The gator, believed by authorities to be released into the wild by the fringe environmental group, Make California Florida, spat her out. Unfortunately, it had great aim and launched her into a pit of quicksand.

Glub, glup, glub, that’s all she wrote.

Angie will be greatly missed by her legions of fans, living and ghost, her CP partners, family, and of course creators of Korean dramas, which she tirelessly promoted through her charity, “I Don’t Understand the Language, But I Can’t Stop Watching.” Now what are you waiting for? Like that page!

I've always wondered how I would pass. I just never realized how freaking dramatic it would be. Thanks to Michelle, I get a little taste of the other side. I also have a warm fuzzy (slightly terrified) feeling inside at how well she knows me.

Thanks, Michelle.

In lieu of flowers, please leave a comment. And you know, follow my blog so I won't haunt you--FOREVER, muwahaahaa (cough)haa!

Monday, May 6, 2013


A couple of weeks ago, I was extremely fortunate to win an autographed copy of Robert K. Lewis' novel, UNTOLD DAMAGE. Robert is also a member of AgentQuery Connect, so I'd heard about his book prior to its release. I couldn't wait to read it. 

UNTOLD DAMAGE drew me into the story from the very first page. Why? For me it was the flawed hero. The gritty realism of the city. The raw emotions I felt seeing the world through this character's eyes. 

I asked Robert where he found the inspiration for the character of Mark Mallen? His answer is as rich and full of depth as his novel.

Angie, let me first say thank you for asking me to be here on your blog to discuss what inspired the creation of Mark Mallen, the ex-undercover cop, recovering junkie protagonist in my debut crime novel, UNTOLD DAMAGE.

Actually, Mallen was inspired by a LOT of different things. His origin lies in a short story I had published in an online literary journal named Cherry Bleeds, way back in December 2007. That story was called Needle Priest and dealt with a junkie, Mallen, shooting up in a church confessional on a dark, snowy night when a woman enters the church. In the dark confessional, she mistakes him for a priest and asks that he come back with her so he can give her dying mother the last rites.  Even though it’s revealed to her that Mallen is NOT a priest, he still ends up going with the woman, telling her:

“There's no priest that you'll be able to find tonight," he said quietly. "I'll go with you, and be with her until... until the end, if that's what it takes. Who cares what title I have, or even if this is my church? I don't know much, lady, but I do know what I was taught as a kid, and that was that God is supposed to live in each person's heart, and my heart right now is telling me to go and be with your mother, even to hear her confession if that's what she wants." He added in a quiet voice, "I'm telling you I want to go, and help you."

I’m a real junkie for redemption tales. I believe they can’t help but strike a chord with everybody. I mean… who doesn’t want a second chance to get their life put back together?

I’d printed out Needle Priest and had it up on the corkboard above my desk, along with a bit of flash fiction I’d written about a child killer called Little Visitor. My previous novel had gone nowhere and I needed something new. I was literally sitting at my desk, wondering what that something new would be when I started looking at the two bits of writing on the corkboard. I was actually mumbling to myself as I looked from one to the other, “Junkie… serial killer… junkie… serial killer… junkie goes after a serial killer. How would he do that?”

The answer came to me right away: because he’d once been a cop.

And that’s how Mallen really began.

Now, if you want to ask me about WHAT went into Mallen, well I’d start by telling you about my love of Noir. It’s a love that runs very, very deep. It begins with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, and runs to the likes of Frank and Henry Kane, Mickey Spillane, Don Westlake (Richard Stark) and Ed McBain. All those guys wrote about guys who could certainly be considered to be Mallen’s fathers.

But there’s also a LOT of other influences that went into Mallen. I love 1970’s crimes films shot in New York: Death Wish, Taxi Driver, The Seven Ups, The French Connection, Serpico, The Warriors, and also non-crime films shot there like Midnight Cowboy and Panic in Needle Park. Other films, along with TV shows, that influenced Mallen’s creation and stories would be Dirty Harry, The Enforcer, The Streets of San Francisco, and Police Story, to name just a few.

The last influence I’d like to mention is he’s influenced by my sense of right and wrong. Mallen and I share the same moral compass, the same sense of loyalty to friends and family. I just want to add here that I wish I could take a punch as well as he does. He takes a lot of damage but he keeps moving forward. I love that about him.

Thanks again for inviting me, Angie!


UNTOLD DAMAGE is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local bookstore. Look for the next book in the series, CRITICAL DAMAGE, in April 2014.

Twitter: robertklewis



Thursday, May 2, 2013


Not a hard one to figure out. Yep, I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful contest organized by Michelle Hauck, SC Write, and Mike Anthony (be sure to follow their blogs for updated information about Query Kombat)

In college, I was a huge Mortal Kombat and Streetfighter fan. I lived in the dorms and spent hours playing these games (yes, I'm a geek, no frat parties for me). I think the reason why I'm so excited is because this appeals to my inner Chung Lee (HIYA)

Here is a little bit about Query Kombat (for the full details about Query Kombat, click here).

This tournament style contest will bring two opposing queries and first 250 words head to head. Judges will vote what they believe is the best query to the next round. There are a total of 6 rounds. In the final round agents will browse and make requests. Exciting, right?

Who will be the Grand Champion? Maybe you.

Will you have a blast? Guaranteed!

So polish up those queries and first 250 words. The call for submissions begins May 13th-May 17th.

For the full list of participating judges and mentors, click here.

For the list of participating agents, click here.

So what do you think? READY to get your query on?


Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Princess Kindar of Anost dreams of playing the hero and succeeding to her mother’s throne. But dreams are for fools. Reality involves two healthy sisters and a wasting disease of suffocating cough that’s killing her by inches. When her elder sister is murdered, the blame falls on Kindar, putting her head on the chopping block.

No one who survives eighteen years of choke lung lacks determination. A novice wizard, Maladonis Bin, approaches with a vision—a cure in a barren land of volcanic fumes. As choices go, a charming bootlicker that trips over his own feet isn’t the best option, but beggars can’t be choosers. Kindar escapes with Mal and several longtime attendants only to have her eyes opened that her country faces dark times.

Her mother’s decision to close the prosperous mines spurs poverty and joblessness, inciting rebellion and opening Anost to foreign invasion. As Mal urges her toward a cure that will prove his visions, suddenly, an ally turns traitor, delivering Kindar to a rebel army, who have their own plans for a sickly princess.

 Kindar's Cure on Goodreads

Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

Her YA epic fantasy, Kindar's Cure, is to be published by Divertir Publishing in May 2013. Her short story, Frost and Fog, was picked up by The Elephant's Bookshelf Press for their summer 2013 anthology.

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