Monday, April 28, 2014

Ladder To The Red Star Virtual Book Tour with Author Jael Wye

Ladder to the Red Star
by Jael Wye


Once upon a ruined Earth 300 years in the future...

Jacques Tallinn, biotech smuggler and thief, is after the cure for a brain disorder he's suffered since childhood--a disorder inflicted by a powerful tyrant. To get the cure, Jacques will need to climb the space elevator to the new Zenith space station hovering above Earth and go undercover in the lab where it's produced.

Martian head tech Devi Chandra is immediately intrigued by her sexy new lab assistant. Though she insists on keeping things professional, she finds herself charmed by Jacques. Until he betrays her trust, kidnapping her and spiriting her off to Earth.

All Jacques needed to do was steal the biotech and get back home. But when things go wrong, he can't bring himself to leave Devi behind. Now she's injured and a simple caper has become an intergalactic cause, endangering his life and the lives of millions of others. But the hardest part? Winning back Devi's trust.

Excerpt One:

Dev knew men, knew them in and out, from their social affectations down to their cellular structures, and she knew something was wrong with this particular man. The cold watchfulness in his eyes, the overly careful positioning of his body nagged at her, told her not to be deceived by his apparent beauty and virility.

Even with Enrique Kurtz, she thought with a slight shudder, she was a woman confronted by a man. But with James, she was a woman confronted by an enigma. And that made her all the more curious about him.

Naturally, she had looked up all his Delpin-Kurtz records the second his back was turned, but nothing in them gave her any clues to this mystery. James’s biography told of a modestly successful career and an uneventful life.

But then, there was the look on his face when he stared down at Kurtz in the lab, the raw hatred he so quickly and carefully hid. That look, his body language, the scars on his arms…put it together, and it told a completely different story. But what was it?

And how would a midlevel med tech know a way to send secret communications to her mother?

There were deep and dangerous currents running beneath the surface of this situation, and Dev was helpless not to want to test them.

She stopped a few paces away from him. Without turning, he said, “I wondered if you were coming.”

She smiled. “How could I not? We made an agreement.”

He turned toward her then, and the hungry, desperate look in his eyes, combined with the uncertain grasp of his fingers on the railing, told Dev that she was caught, like she had never been caught before.

Author Interview

What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

If I were Jacques, the hero of Ladder to the Red Star, I would reach out to the heroine Devi for help with my medical problem from the start. But Jacques has too much pride and too many trust issues to ask anyone for help, so fixing all his problems is a much more heart-wrenching journey than mine would be. I hope!

What was your inspiration behind this book?

The inspiration for this book was the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. I translated the plot elements and motifs of the classic story into a science fiction setting, so that I could explore the archetypal themes it presents in a new way. Greed, thievery, generosity and power battle it out in this book. There’s a lot to unpack in fairy tales, and doing it with space stations and super submarines? That’s fun.

Why did you become a writer?

I’ve been writing stories since my earliest childhood, but I settled into a career as a writer when I first developed my concept of retelling fairy tale romances as science fiction. I couldn’t find many stories that had this particular combination, so I decided I would have to write them myself.

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books. Do you agree with that?

I absolutely think it’s important to form connections with readers and listen to their reactions to my books. Often they see things in my writing that I didn’t think about, or maybe could improve on. But I don’t think a writer should only write what the fans say they want. Sometimes readers need a fresh vision to show them what they’ve been missing. Writers like J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown might not have achieved great success if they hadn’t taken a chance and given the public something they’d never seen before. A writer needs to consider her readers, but she also needs to have faith in her own ideas.

Do you have a favorite author or authors?

In romance, I like Larissa Ione and Kresley Cole for their brooding, damaged characters and their great dialog. In science fiction, I like Jack Campbell for his fascinating take on space ship battles. I also like Kim Stanley Robinson for his excellent use of hard science in his world building.

Do you like to write your books in a continuing series?

Definitely. Ladder to the Red Star is the second book in my Once Upon a Red World series, which will continue to chronicle the lives of Martian colonists as they unravel a dangerous plot encompassing the whole Solar system. The overarching story will take several volumes to complete, and I have many fairy tales yet to tell.

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

Sebastian Wroth from Kresley Cole’s No Rest For The Wicked. He is a big, strong, handsome, smart, emotionally vulnerable nerd. There is no combination that makes my heart flutter more.

What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?

I read mostly romance of various flavors. Paranormal is my favorite, but I’ve been known to read contemporaries and historicals too. I also read a lot of science fiction and nonfiction science books. I’m not really picky about my reading. All I require from a book is that it not be boring and that it end happily ever after.

Do you cry when writing sad scenes?

No, it makes it too hard to see the screen.

Did you have a Cover Designer?

The artistic team with my publisher, Carina Press, designs my covers, I’m happy to say. A professionally designed cover is of utmost importance for establishing the tone of a book, the brand of an author, and the continuity of a series.

Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush?

My fictional boyfriend is Mal from Firefly. He can give me a lift in the Serenity to the nearest moon saloon any day. Never give up, never surrender, Browncoats!

If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be?

I’d like to talk with Ursula K. LeGuin to get her fascinating perspective on creating plausible human societies in a scifi setting. Her anthropological approach to world building is masterful.

Do you re-read your favorite books?

I certainly do re-read books, whenever I want to examine a certain technique a successful author uses. But sometimes, with the very best books, I’ll find myself falling into the story and reading for the fun of it. 

Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do?

I get into reading slumps all the time, but for me, that’s a good thing. If I can’t find anything I want to read, it means I need to write a story I’m actually interested in. It’s a great way to get over writer’s block.

What is the funniest book you ever read?

The funniest book ever written on Earth is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. He demonstrates how life, the universe and everything is pretty funny when you think about it. Also, forty-two.

Author Bio and Links:

Jael Wye grew up on the American Great Plains, went to school in the Midwest, and now lives in beautiful New England with her family and her enormous collection of houseplants. For more of Jael’s unique blend of futurism and fairy tale, don’t miss her ongoing series Once Upon A Red World.


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Book Blast & Giveaway for Finding Her Dream by Jennah Scott

Finding Her Dream
by Jennah Scott


It wasn't until she watched her best friend find the man of her dreams that RayAnne Hill realized there was a part of her missing. She knows the empty space can only be filled by finding her own true love, complete with kids and the white picket fence. Fear of letting someone in stops her cold, and it's much bigger than just finding Mr. Right.

James Shaw moved away from Kentucky and the family business to chase his own goals, settling in the small town of Kimmswick, Missouri. His business is succeeding, now he's ready to complete his life with a wife and kids. One night, one look and he's found her. RayAnne is everything he's been searching for.

As hard as James has fallen for RayAnne, can he be enough to help her overcome her worst nightmare? Or will he decide he can't wait forever, and walk away to find happiness?


By the time his heart came back on line the group had broken off into two directions, one of the women went to find a seat while the blonde headed to the bar. With a man. Just his luck. But he couldn’t keep his eyes off the way she sauntered up to the bar, her hips wiggling just enough to draw his attention. As he watched her order he noticed the man had his sights set on the other woman they’d arrived with. She had spiky black hair, piercings, and tattoos. Maybe his day wasn’t doomed after all. The dark haired one wasn’t his type. But the blonde…the cute, innocence of her face contrasted with the sexy short shorts and flannel shirt tied at her waist. She was exactly his type.

She looked up and down the patrons, stopping at him. James couldn’t pry himself away from her gaze. He winked and she grinned before offering him a finger wave. A little vixen.

“Hi.” Her cute, kissable mouth formed the word.

“Hey, sugar,” he replied, garnering the attention of the guy standing at her side. The other man glanced down the bar at him and cocked an eyebrow. Did they know each other? James didn’t think so, but he wasn’t very good at names or faces, so it was possible.

James broke their connection, turning to signal the bartender he wanted another round. As he tipped the bottle back, a warm, soft touch landed against his neck. “Save me a dance, cowboy,” the sweet words were whispered in his ear.

Author Bio and Links:

Born and raised in Texas, Jennah is a transplant to Missouri long enough ago she should probably consider that her hometown. But she will forever be a Texan. She loves to write any story that will make a reader smile, laugh, and maybe even cry (although you won't ever hear her admit that she cries). Whether the next story she writes is contemporary, urban fantasy, LGBT, or whatever other crazy idea she comes up with, there will always be love and romance in the midst of trials and turmoil.
When she's not writing you can find her on Twitter, with her family, or buried in a book trying to escape reality for just a minute.






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Cover Reveal for Crane by Stacey Rourke


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Title: Crane
Series: Legends Saga Book 1
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: NA paranormal 
Audience: Older teens and up 
Formats: eBook and print 
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing 
Cover By: Najla Qamber Designs 
Editor: There for You Editing 
Expected Date of Publishing: May 26, 2014


The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.
Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.
What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?
Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.
But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?


authorgifThe Gryphon Series is written by Stacey Rourke. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects. The Gryphon Series is available wherever fine books are sold.

Contact Info: Visit the author at
Twitter @Rourkewrites

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