Monday, July 14, 2014

If you like Jennifer Crusie then you'll love Tempting the Ringmaster...

If you like Jennifer Crusie then you're going to love Tempting the Ringmaster. With a sexy police chief, a spunky circus ringmaster, and plenty of small town shennanigans, it's like Welcome to Temptation with elephants!
Reviewed as "Definitely THE book you want to be reading right now."
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Contest! Win a Signed Paperback of Tempting the Ringmaster!

To celebrate the launch of Tempting the Ringmaster, I am giving away one signed paperback to a lucky winner! To enter the drawing all you have to do is send me a copy of your receipt for the ebook at aleahbarley@gmail.com (or put the order number in the comments below). The paperbacks are totally sexy. I'm talking smoking hot.


Here's the link to Amazon so you can buy the ebook!

Don't forget to send me a snap of your receipt to enter! The contest drawing will be held on July 4th when a sexy Detroit Dude will pick a random name to be our lovely winner.



Book Blitz: Find Me

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<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Calligraphy'; font-size: 15pt; line-height: 115%; color: #800080;"><b>Find Me (Rock Romance #3) by AL Wood  </b></span></p>
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<span style="color: #800080;"><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Calligraphy'; font-size: 15pt; line-height: 115%;">This is the third installment of the Rock Romance Series.</span></span>

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<blockquote><span style="font-family: 'Lucida Calligraphy'; font-size: 15pt; line-height: 115%;">I have always been an avid speed reader, with far away dreams of authoring my own story. It was of frivolous talk throughout the years and one day I read a blog post written by one of my most favorite authors. Reading of her story inspired me to finally sit down and write my own.</span>

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Tempting the Ringmaster Teaser

A little something to get you excited about Tempting the Ringmaster available now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
His lips were rough against her mouth, and she didn’t care. All night long he’d been a perfect gentleman, but the truth was she’d been dreaming about this moment ever since he’d asked her out. She’d been fantasizing about his mouth on hers, his hands grasping at her breasts, and his erection hard against her thigh through so many layers of fabric.
He was a cop, she tried to remind herself, a hometown hero with a badge and an attitude.
Only, he didn’t look like a policeman with the dark bruise under his eye.
He looked like a highwayman, ready to pillage, plunder, and take whatever he wanted.
Even her.



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Liza O'Connor's Worst Week Ever ~ SALE!


BEST WEEK EVER
For

Worst Week Ever
by
Liza O'Connor

Humorous, Contemporary, Disaster Romance

Fabulous News!
 Worst Week Ever has been nominated by the IRC as
The Best Contemporary Romance of 2014



So to celebrate its grand achievement,
I’m offering it to the world for 99 cents
From June 23 –June 29th



What do reviewers say?

By the time I got to the chocolate turtles I was laughing so hard I was literally crying” 5*


“Funniest book I have ever read”


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Blurb

What do you get when you put a hardworking, can-do middle-class young woman together with an egoistical, outrageous, billionaire boss, then throw in the worst week of disasters imaginable?

Book 1 of the 4 book series A Long Road to Love, named Worst Week Ever.

Trent Lancaster spends one month without his Executive Assistant (or as his driver refers to Carrie: 'Trent's brain, left hand, and right hand'). He's had a miserable month without her at his side and to ensure it never happens again, he intends to marry this brilliant beauty. Only given all the times he's threatened to fire her, he's not sure she even likes him. However, the future of his company and his happiness depend upon him succeeding, so Trent begins a slow one week seduction that happens to coincide with Carrie Hanson's Worst Week Ever when everything that can go wrong does so in hilarious form.

(Hilarious to the reader, Carrie is not having much fun this week.)



Excerpt
Carrie squeezed her eyes shut, waiting for the thump of a body against the limo’s hood.

“Maybe I shouldn’t have insisted Sam take a shortcut,” Trent muttered beneath his breath.

She groaned softly. If her boss questioned his actions, then matters must look grim outside. She tensed even further, expecting to hear multiple bodies slam into the car.

Sam braked hard, turned right, and resumed driving a billion miles an hour. If not for the seat belts, she and Trent would’ve sailed into the front seat, and then plastered against the door. To secure her further, Trent protectively placed an arm around her shoulder and pulled her against his warm chest.

She focused on the thumping of his heart. It beat once to three of hers. God, how can he be so calm?

Determined to match his bravery, she tried to raise her head, but he wouldn’t let her.

“Just a little longer, I hope. Sam, when do we depart this third world country?”

“Two more blocks, sir.”

“Thank God. You’ve terrified poor Carrie to death.”

Instantly, the limo’s speed dropped.

She turned her head sideways so Sam might be able to hear her words. “Your driving doesn’t frighten me, Sam, the neighborhood does.”

As if on cue, a round of three loud pops sounded, followed by three thunks into her side door. She squeaked like a mouse at the first thunk. By the third, her body shivered in fear.

Trent’s arms tightened around her as the limo picked up speed again. “We’re okay,” he assured her, then his lips pressed against her temple. His calm certainty silenced her tremors.

Having successfully soothed her, he released his outrage upon Sam. “Why the hell did you drive us through here?”
Sam calmly replied as he drove the car at a billion miles an hour, taking corners at deadly speeds. “I warned you the locals might not welcome us.”

“Someone just shot at us?” Trent yelled.

Sam’s nonchalant reply sounded almost surreal. “I’m sure they didn’t mean for you to take it personally, sir.”

Maybe none of this is happening. Maybe I fell asleep in the traffic and my dream has gone rogue.
Her heart calmed and she nuzzled closer to Trent, breathing in his masculine scent. Secure in her dream, she confessed something she never would in real life. “You smell good.”

Trent’s arms relaxed a bit and he chuckled. “It’s called Trent. I had the cologne custom developed. They assessed my natural odors and then determined the optimal combination of scents to create my unique smell.”

She snorted. Even in her dreams, he remained the strangest man she’d ever met. If she had all the money in the world, she’d try to end poverty and violence in…whatever hell they’d just driven through, not have some custom designed perfume created so she’d smell really, really good.


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Teaser Tuesday: Tempting the Ringmaster

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“Now you know what gets me off,” his voice was husky, deep, and full of barely controlled desire. “Any questions? Or, do I need to give you another demonstration?”
What—“ Her eyes snapped open. “No, thank you. That won’t be necessary.”
“Are you sure?” he asked. “It wouldn’t be any trouble. Really.”
“Uh huh.” If he gave her another demonstration, who knew where they might end up? Naked and in bed. His hands trailed across her body, callused fingers rough against her skin as he brought her to climax over and over again.


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Write What You DON'T Know... Research, Research, Research!

Writers of the world, aren't you sick of being told to 'write what you know'? Sure, E.M. Flemming was a British secret agent with a house in the Caribbean--lending ultimate authenticity to James Bond--but not all of us are lucky enough to live a life of murder, mystery, and intrigue.

Instead, we have to take an ember of authenticity and fan it into a roaring fire of truth. Mr. Flemming probably didn't have a flying car (I'm saying probably because British secret agent), but he still managed to write the heart warming family adventure Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang (dirtiest theme song for a Disney movie ever, seriously, think about it). 

So, you've decided to write the next best selling spy novel and you're not an ex-secret agent?

Step 1: Pick a theme, something that you can talk to in a truthful authentic way. Whether it's true love, tortured souls, or the thirst for adventure. There should be something about your characters that you can identify with. While you're picking a theme, go ahead and pick up a few tropes. What is your story about?

Step 2: Research. Read a few books on the subject. Read the Wikipedia page. Go to the bottom of the Wikipedia page and check out the sources. Read the sources. Contact your friends--are any of them secret agents?--try and find someone who knows about the topic at hand.

Step 3: Write your novel! (This is the hard part.) Sit down at your computer and bang out 50 to 100 thousand words. Then do it again.

Step 4: Research some more. Go through your manuscript and double check every single fact. How does that gun work? Who's the most important man at the Pentagon? Then check for tone. I know, tone's not a fact but it is a feeling and it's almost more important. If you're writing a novel about a cop and a circus ringmaster then it better have a light jaunty feel (check out my new novel Tempting the Ringmaster for an example!), but if you're writing about a tortured secret agent whose been kidnapped by the enemy then your tone should probably reflect the situation.

If you do the work then there's no reason you can't turn the old 'right what you know' advice on its head and kick ass writing what you don't know.