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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Interview And Giveaway With Scent Of Jade Author Dee DeTarsio

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Recent I got the opportunity to read The Scent Of Jade By Dee DeTarsio and I was amazed by how funny and terrific this book was. Since I read the book I have been talking to the author via e-mails and she was sweet enough to grant me an interview. BUT, and here is the reason she is beyond sweet, she let it be known to me that she would be offering up 3 e-book copies of her totally funny, must read book The Scent Of Jade. At the end of Dee's interview I will let you know how you can enter to win a copy of her book The Scent Of Jade. Without further ado I give you my interview with Dee.

1) How did you come up with the idea for The Scent Of Jade?
My husband, (who has earned the title of ”beditor”) once complained that “women sure do think a lot.” That’s right, we do. Live and learn, hombres. So, while no one dies and nothing explodes in The Scent of Jade, the story grew out of his observation and into a hybrid chick-lit action/adventure novel--Romancing the Stone meets Survivor. It was a lot of fun to write, and Julie, the heroine, still has plenty of time to “think.” (My husband likes it but thinks there should be more sex!)

2) The Scent Of Jade was so laugh out loud funny. Does writing the comedic parts in the book come naturally to you?
Oh boy. Thank you for laughing! Comedy is tough and I don’t sit down and command my computer to be funny. In fact, I don’t think I am funny at all, but I hope I have a good sense of humor. The characters start developing their personalities and I try to let them go crazy.

From Stephen King’s most excellent book “On Writing” and his “What if...” question of endless possibilities, I tried to shake up Julie’s world (putting an ordinary person in an extraordinary situation) and see how she would react. What if the protagonist is lost in the jungle and stumbles upon a marijuana crop? What if she encounters a monkey? (See below!)

3) Are any of the characters from your book a work of fiction or are they taken from your real life (i.e. people you know or have known)?

It’s allll fiction...But! I think writers are thieves, we steal everything that’s not nailed down! From the guy at the gym who looks like he forgot to shave half of his face, to the woman in the grocery store smacking her gum like there’s no tomorrow...characters are all around us. In some shape or form, most personalities that end up in stories are an amalgamation of the characters in our world. I think the universe always gives us clues.
4) The fact that you had a monkey that liked being stoned was such an unexpected and hysterical part of his character. I just have to know where the idea for the pot loving monkey came from?

I have no experience with monkeys (just penguins, I used to work at SeaWorld!). I love the idea of how we try to humanize things--from cars to computers to animals. Hello, anthropomorphism--guilty as charged! I had so much fun with that monkey, he became real to me. I had a blast seeing what he would do next, and watching how his personality and relationship with Julie developed. It is eternally fascinating to me how much communication goes on without speaking a word.

5) Is there a jade stone idol? The wealth of information you provided about it was most convincing.

Believe it or not, yes, there is a jade stone, that has been in my husband’s family for years! Go figure. No one can tell me the history. It does not have a carved face, but it is a beautiful, heavy piece of jade, that I have carted around forever and became inspired by--it would be so cool if it had some magical power! (It’s the jade in the video--The Scent of Jade video:http://youtu.be/pV4ObDjueOc)

6) Did you always want to be a writer/author or is that something you discovered you were good at and also if you weren't a writer what would you be doing?

All of my jobs involved writing (from television news producer to marketing director). I started writing novels several years ago because I wanted to recycle all those sticky notes I couldn’t stop scribbling.

Writing for television is writing for tell a vision and it’s been a natural progression to translate that into novels. Producers are the authors of suspense: amping up the conflict and drama. Storytelling a vision invites the audience, through whatever medium, to stay tuned for the good stuff...coming up.
When I’m not writing, I’d like to say I’m busy speaking and cooking fluent Italian, teaching yoga class and volunteering for the Peace Corps, but none of that would be true.
7) Are there any writers/authors who have inspired you and what author's do you like to read?

Insecurity is my middle name. I love to read just about anything I can get my hands on, while lamenting that I will never be able to write like whichever author I am currently reading:

I am not as funny as Marian Keyes.
http://ogblayotspay.blogspot.com/2010/11/stalking-marian-keyes.html

I am not as smart as Jennifer Weiner.
I am not as beautiful as Emily Giffin.
I am not as sweet as Sarah Pekkanen.
I do have weird sisters. (Shout out to Eleanor Brown!)
8) If you could check off one or two things from your bucket list what would they be and why?

I want a do-over: kayaking with my son. We were on a family vacation in the Outer Banks in North Carolina and my son and I were paired up in a kayak. We were totally at cross-purposes--our mirror-image paddling cancelled each other’s out, and we did not move an inch. The rest of our party, including our guide, was half a mile away from us, and getting smaller by the second, making us paddle even more furiously. We were going nowhere, fast. (For all the splashing, windmilling and gnashing of teeth, you would think we would have been halfway to Cuba.) I kept yelling at my poor boy, “Knock it off! Go on the other side! Come on!” I don’t think we could have remained any more anchored in that spot if we had been trying. Not a shining motherhood moment, and I don’t even know if my son remembers, but I really want a do-over!
In case you were wondering, one of my sisters came to rescue us (or heaven knows, we’d probably still be there), we changed partners, and a good time was had by all.
9) What is coming up next for you book wise (i.e. next book, book signings, blog tour, etc)?

I have several new novels coming out--stay tuned! Up next: Ros...Coming this summer! You are also invited to check out:

‘Til Somebody Loves You, Romantic Comedy Quick-Pick A modern fairy-tale about a damsel in distress who can save her own day!
http://www.amazon.com/Somebody-Romantic-Comedy-Quick-Pick-ebook/dp/B0047O2Q6Q

The Kitchen Shrink, A novel If your life’s a mess, your house can probably use a makeover, too!
http://www.amazon.com/The-Kitchen-Shrink-ebook/dp/B004MMEA0I

Thanks so much, Raquel!

It would be my pleasure to offer 3 Amazon kindle egift books of The Scent of Jade. Readers don’t need a kindle to read, they can accept the gift via a free kindle app for their computer or smart phone!

Dee I can't thank you enough for doing this for me and for giving my readers a chance to read your amazing book. I you would like to win one of the 3 copies of The Scent Of Jade ( my review HERE) please leave a comment with your e-mail address. Since this is an ebook I will make this internation ONLY if you are able to accept Amazon kindle egift books. Giveaway ends at 11:59 P.M. on May 3,2011.
 
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review Of Eternal Rider (Lords of Deliverance Book #1) By Larissa Ione

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Eternal Riders (Lords Of Deliverance Book #1) By Larissa Ione


  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages 


  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 1, 2011) 


  • Language: English 


  • ISBN-10: 044657449X


  • ISBN-13: 978-0446574495


  • Source: Amazon.Com (link to purchase HERE)


  • Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)


  • Age: 18+*



  • *I added the age restriction. The age resrtiction was not provided by Amazon.Com.

    Blurb:


    They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

    His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

    Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.


    Larissa is such a gifted story teller. She is able to suck you in with just one sentence. "Her name was Lilith, and she was an evil succubus." When I read that first line I was like omg this book is going to be HOT.  I have been fascinated with the legend of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse for as long as I can remember. Pestilence, War, Famine and Death are the names of the Four Horsemen and it always amazed me how it only takes four men to bring about the end of the world. I have seen shows like Charmed and Supernatural deal with the Four Horsemen and/or the Seven Seals (based on the bible Book of Revelations). Larissa gives us a new updated version of  The Four Horsemen and my oh my are they HOT.


    Eternal Rider is about Ares (War) and Cara the human who can be his savior or his damnation. Ares always craves a good fight and is almost always the first one to go charging in with his sword blazing. Cara is pretty much Ares complete opposite. She always wants to do what is right and doesn't relish hurting anyone or anything. Their paths cross when Ares is searching for his agimortus, which can not only save him, but also break his seal if destroyed causing him to go evil and become War. An Agimortus can be a person, thing, or event and, in Ares case, it was a Fallen Angel named Batarel. But no thanks to Ares brother Reseph (Pestilence),whom has killed Batarel, the agimortus has been transferred to something else. If not for Batarel's quick thinking before she died Ares' seal would have been broken causing him to turn evil and become War. While Ares is searching for Sestiel, whom he thinks is the new bearer of his agimortus, he stumbles upon Cara. Cara is yin to Ares' yang, meaning she balances him out, but he is to "stuck" in his role of warrior to realize that or see Cara for what she really is, which is his soul mate. I loved how Larissa was able to make Ares vulnerable without him appearing weak and how she gave him such a vulnerable heroine who grew into such a take no prisoners, kick a$$ female. Cara gets put through hell and back and comes out stronger for it and Ares learns that just because you love someone it doesn't make you weak, in fact, it makes you stronger.


    This was a truly amazing story with larger than life characters. I so wanted Ares for myself. Larissa's writing had me right in the story in the thick of things just like all her characters. Her characters were relatable and memorable. On a scale from 1-10 I give this book a HUGE 10. If you are a fan of Larissa's Demonica Series you need to read this book. If you are a fan of romance you need to read this book. Everyone 18+ in my opinion needs to read this book for themselves and see just how AMAZING Larissa's stories are.

    Links:

    Larissa Ione's Blog
    http://larissaione.com/blog/
    Facebook: Here
    Twitter: Here
    GoodReads: Here

    Review Of The Scent Of Jade By Dee DeTarsio

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    The Scent Of Jade By Dee DeTarsio
    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 323 KB
    • Publisher: Just Publishing; 1 edition (October 5, 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00466HRVY
    • Source: Amazon.com (link to purchase HERE)
    • Purchase: Barnes And Noble (link to purchase HERE)

    Blurb:


    From TV writer Dee DeTarsio, a new novel, The Scent of Jade. When an ancient jade relic that holds secrets to global warming ends up in the hands of a not-so-perfect heroine, she is thrust in a fish-out-of-water adventure, lost in the Costa Rican rainforest.

    “Romancing The Stone” meets “Survivor” for Julie Fraser, who was minding her own business, living her life as snug as a bug in a rut in San Diego, California. As the least adventurous person she knows, Julie finally whooped it up one day to jet off and surprise her husband, who was on a business trip in Costa Rica. Reeling from the discovery that her husband wasn’t who she thought he was, she accidentally steals an ancient artifact and is chased through the wilds of the rainforest, not knowing where to turn, literally, or whom to trust. She knew she should have stayed home.

    Can a monkey, a blonde Juan, a foreign scientist, a mysterious ‘love potion’ and the jade stone itself (that may hold secrets to global warming), help Julie on her mission to find and forgive her husband?

    The stolen idol catapults her on a quest, as she discovers truths along the way about herself and her place in the universe. The Scent of Jade is creative and unique with surprising twists--in turn suspenseful and heartbreaking, combining humor and romance to reach the payoff ending. Original characters keep the pages turning.

    The Scent of Jade spins its story with wit and wisdom, drawing those who love mystery, suspense, romance and adventure. While there are no vampires, readers are invited to enjoy the intrigue...

    The Scent Of Jade was such a fantastic book. It had me laughing so hard it brought me to tears many a time. I would call up my mother to read her certain passages that I thought were so funny that I just had to share with her. OMG, there is one scene with a bird in the jungle that Julie thinks is a quetzal and what happens afterwards had me laughing so hard my stomach hurt. Then there is another scene with a stoned monkey that is priceless. In this book we follow the unfortunate mishaps of Julie our main character. She is known as the Potpourri Princess and she loves her job. Like a princess Julie lives a somewhat pampered life so when she stumbles upon her husband
    In flagrante delicto or just simply In flagrante, Julie runs in the direction of the resort, in which she and her husband are staying in Costa Rico, or so she thinks. In actuality Julie runs straight into the Costa Rican jungle. This is were the hilarity ensues. Julie discovers that she is more resilient than she thought she was. Granted it takes her getting lost in the jungle, finding a pot field, talking to a random monkey, blonde Juan, Natalia (blonde Juan's mother), police wielding guns, a waitress, two children she never met before, a scientist friend of her husband, Being kidnapped (sort of) by a guy on a moped, more cops, her husband Colin, and getting lost in the jungle for a second time to realize just how capable she really is. How Julie gets herself into those situation I mentioned is what makes this book so funny. Aside from all Julie's mishaps, and trust me there is a lot to keep you riveted, this book deep down is really a sweet love story. It shows us how a married couple can take each other for granted and how it takes something devastating to make one realize what is truly important in life. What I love about that message is that it wasn't preachy. The book wasn't preaching to me, as much as it was telling me a wonderful story with a hidden message about taking time to "smell the flowers" so to speak. On a scale from 1-10 I give this this book a 20. I know it is off my scale but it was such a breath of fresh air and had me glued from the beginning to the end. In my opinion everyone needs to read this book. If you are a fan of funny yet oldly romantic books The Scent Of Jade is a book you need to read. I can't wait to see what Dee comes out with next.

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Susan Mallery Already Home Blog Tour

    Today I have the pleausre of having author Susan Mallery, author of ALREADY HOME stoping by to guest post about having cooks and cooking in her books. At the end of her post you will find links to were you can connect and/or follow Susan and get updates on her upcoming books.

    Susan Mallery has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories of women and the relationships that move them. In her latest novel, ALREADY HOME, Jenna Stevens, still reeling from a recent divorce, is unpleasantly surprised by the arrival of her birth parents, who seem to want her to feel a family bond immediately. She was perfectly happy with the loving, traditional parents who raised her. Can she learn to love a second mother without damaging her relationship with the woman who raised her? Join Susan’s Members Only area at www.susanmallery.com for exclusive sneak peeks, short stories, and more.

    What is it about cooking that has captivated you to the point of creating your own recipes and having chefs or something to do with cooking in almost all your books?

    Susan: LOL! I really have done a lot of books with cooking, haven’t I? The Buchanan series featured a family who co-owned a restaurant in Seattle. The Marcelli series was about an Italian
    family who owned a fabulous vineyard in California, and of course, wine and food go together. Then the backdrop of the Bakery Sisters series is evident in the series name. And now ALREADY HOME, my latest book, features Jenna, a sous chef who’s lost her mojo in the kitchen.


    The research on these books is fabulous, of course! Fine food, fine wine, and chocolate… I love my job!

    As I write a book, I live vicariously through my characters. When they’re happy, I feel happy as I write. When they share a long look or a first kiss, my heart pounds and my fingers get all
    trembly. (Hard to type with trembly fingers, but despite that, those are my favorite days of writing.)

    But with the cooking scenes, honestly, I’m experiencing the book as a spectator. I’m not the cook – I’m the one who gets to eat the delicious food the character is making. (In my head, anyway.)

    I never really enjoyed cooking that much, but I guess all that research has soaked in at least a little bit. I don’t do anything fancy or gourmet, but I do like to create simple, delicious food. Check out the recipes page on my website: www.susanmallery.com/recipes.php I get a lot of hits on the Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes recipe. O… M… G. They’re decadent. One spoonful contains everything that’s good in the world.

    Susan: What’s your biggest food temptation? Do you crave sweets, or do your tastes go to salty snacks? I’m a sweet girl, myself. Puffy, flaky pastries filled with cream and covered with chocolate….Mmmmmm!

    Please join the Members Only area at www.susanmallery.com to read a free extended excerpt of ALREADY HOME!

    Keep in touch with Susan on:
    Twitter: Here
    Facebook: Here
    GoodReads: Here

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