Thursday, 31 October 2013

Free e-books in Smashwords

Happy Halloween! For all the gorgeous Novel-Worms, some free e-books from Smashwords. Enjoy! 


The Sin Love Novel


R.I.P. Van Winkle Part I


GIT: Halloween



Scatterbrain! - Suit Jacket


LSD September - October 2013


Blood Mountain


Bleeding Ruby II: The Epic of Iakekutnum


XOXO
Arushi Raj

Monday, 21 October 2013

Author Interview with Karen-Anne Stewart

1) Was it difficult to get published? Did you ever thought to just quit it?

I chose to publish The Rain Trilogy as an Indie author through Authorhouse.  I'm a very new author, and I'm still learning all of the ropes, so I decided to go the self-publishing route first.  That doesn't mean that I would never traditionally publish; I have a lot of respect for both avenues.  There are challenges with whichever way you choose to go.  With self-publishing, it's easier and quicker to get your book live, but then you have to self-market or hire people to market for you, so that can be very challenging.  Getting the word out their about your book can be a daunting task, but, no, I never thought of quitting!  I will admit there were days filled with tears, chocolate, and a glass of wine ;).  I am amazed by the writing community and am humbled and excited about the authors, bloggers/reviewers, and readers I've had the incredible chance to connect with so far.  

2) Writing was always your passion or you just tumbled on it?

It wasn't until college that I first decided that I wanted to write one day.  That day didn't come until many years later, but I'm so glad that I finally decided to follow my dream and begin writing Saving Rain last September.  Saving Rain was originally intended to be a single novel, but I couldn't stop writing about Kas and Raina, so the story quickly morphed into a trilogy. 

3) Is it difficult to separate yourself with your characters?

YES!!!  I know this sounds insane, but when I wrote the last words to the trilogy, I felt like I suffered a loss in the family!  I thought, wrote, and even dreamed about the characters in The Rain Trilogy every day, so not writing about them anymore hurt more than I could've imagined it would.  I'm still connected to them, though!  After two months of very minimal promoting on my end due to waiting on Saving Rain to be revised to a font that would get the paperback to a price I felt was reasonable so I could start trying to get the novel in some bookstores, The Rain Trilogy will be on book tours again starting in November!  The timing is perfect because After the Rain's release party date is 10-29-13.  The e-book price stayed the same at $2.99. So, with the tours, I get to stay connected with all of the characters. 

4) Do you ever feel like you can't write another word?

No, I have the opposite problem; I want to write all of the time!  I'm completely addicted.  I have had times where I was discouraged when I felt that what I wrote didn't match where I wanted the story to go, so I would re-evaluate and start again. I tend to not delete anything I write in case there's something I might want to use later, so I keep a separate folder where I store my unused pieces.  


5) How does it feel like reading a) good review b) and a bad one?

You have some great questions on here!  Reading a good review is absolutely thrilling; I LOVE it when a reader connects with my story.  It truly is an amazing feeling finding out readers emotions about your book.  I'm not going to lie, reading a review where someone didn't like one of my novels does hurt.  I'm human, I can't help but feeling bummed, but I respect each readers view and opinions, after all, it is the reader's review of my book, not what I want them to think of it.  Every person is different and I totally respect that.  I try to read those reviews and learn something from them.  If authors can look at negative reviews as constructive criticism, they can be a very useful tool.  

6) What was the first complement for your writing you ever got and from whom?
Regarding Trilogy:

I was a nervous wreck sending Saving Rain out for reviews.  Really, it was terrifying!  Christine Janes, from shereadsalot.com, gave me my first shot of a review and I was thrilled when she wrote that Saving Rain had her from the first page.  

7) Do you think the unwavering belief in God Raina have, the principle of no sex before marriage is because of her abusive past like all the other ideas regarding herself and world she has established?

Raina had a very tragic childhood and she had certain beliefs that helped her get through and that she struggled to hold onto.  Her past plays a large part in her fear of intimacy, but when she meets Kas, she wants to feel a man's touch for the first time.  She needs him, and she struggles to hold on to her beliefs.  I didn't make religion a point of focus in the book, but I did make it a part of Raina's life.

8) The trilogy was going to be only one book but you converted it into a trilogy. What motivated you to do that? Has that changed the ending or is it still same?

I fell in love with writing and with the characters in The Rain Trilogy.  I wanted to bring more of the characters to life, and by writing it as a series, I was able to show more about the supporting characters, including Chase, Jake, Austin, Russo, and Frank.  Saving Rain, the first novel, is mostly about Kas and Raina, but with Healing Rain and After the Rain, the readers get to see the other characters in more depth, even Raina's father, Chris, and the Ghost.  
Even though the book turned into a trilogy, the ending stayed the same.  I knew what I wanted as the outcome.  I actually had the ending, but not the epilogue, written when I was still writing Saving Rain. 

9) This is you first book. What motivated you to write on this topic?

I adore romance, especially romance with hot heroes and bad boys with good hearts, so I knew that I would write a romance novel.  I have some experience working with domestic abuse survivors, but I didn't have much knowledge about human trafficking other than what I heard on the news.  When I began researching trafficking, I was horrified, sickened, and outraged!  There are many great sites out there that provide services for survivors of sex-slavery and other aspects of human trafficking.  One of the organizations that I found during my research is the Polaris Project.  This organization helps treat trafficking as a whole and has very informative information. I have the Polaris Project's site on my website (www.karen-annestewart.com), and I highly recommend for readers to do their own research.  Almost everyone knows that sex-slavery exists, but they don't realize that it's in their own town.
10) What are your future plans? Is it possible that the trilogy can be converted into series like LJ Smith did if your fans pleaded (me being one of them)? At least a novella maybe?

Thank you so much, Arushi!!!  I have considered about doing a spin-off with one of the characters in The Rain Trilogy.  I have to separate myself a little first, because I'm still too close to Kas and Raina.  They will probably always be my favorites because they were my first and I'm quite attached to them ;).  I'm currently working on a completely different book, Ash to Steele, right now.  I hope to have Ash to Steele published in the first half of next year. 

11) Personally what is your stand and views about the rampant human trafficking, rapes and domestic violence in our society?

I find any form of human trafficking, rape, and violence, horrific and very serious  issues that need to have stronger laws in place to help prevent them.  My heart broke when I was doing research.  Everyone has the right to live in a word where they feel safe and aren't harmed or sold!  It's disheartening and angers me to know that every minute of every day, women, children, and even men, are being abused.   I cried many times while writing The Rain Trilogy, and my personal hope is that the novels can shed at least a little light on these dark issues that are growing at an alarming rate.  The Human Trafficking Hotline is in the back of all three novels.

First thing first, Thank You Karen for giving me your precious time. It has been great.
As for my lovely followers, I hope you guys enjoyed the interview and don't forget to also check the review of Saving Rain and The Rain Trilogy Book Trailer.

XOXO
Arushi Raj

Venice in the Moonlight Book Blast


Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN-13: 978-1492720195

A story of vengeance, forgiveness and love...

After her husband’s untimely demise, Marietta Gatti is banished from the family’s villa by her spiteful mother-in-law. She returns to her hometown of Venice and her only kin—a father she hasn’t spoken to since her forced marriage. Her hope of making amends is crushed when she learns she is too late, for he recently died under suspicious circumstances. Grief-stricken, Marietta retraces her father’s last night only to discover someone may have wanted him dead—and she may be next. When the prime suspect turns out to be the father of the man she is falling in love with, Marietta risks her future happiness and her life to avenge the death of a man she once hated.

Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel takes you back to the days of Carnival and Casanova, where lovers meet discreetly, and masks make everyone equal.



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Excerpt
Nico shrugged in the French wingback chair they had placed by the fireplace for his portrait. He looked regal in a black silk suit trimmed in gold and a waistcoat of burgundy and gold leaf-patterned brocade. It seemed Raul had excellent taste in men’s fashions.
Marietta rolled her eyes before she settled in a chair behind the easel. “Please keep still while I draw.”
“May I talk?”
“I’d rather you didn’t.” Looking at him was going to be enough distraction. She didn’t need to listen to him also.
He ignored her request. “I have to ask—why Palladino?”
Marietta blew out an exasperated breath. “I can’t sketch you properly if you talk.”
“You could have chosen any man at the Consul’s villa. Casanova himself expressed interest in you, yet you leave with that pig.”
“It’s not what you think.” She compared her drawing to Nico and frowned. His shoulders were no longer in the same position.
“You didn’t have to suffer the man’s dismal lovemaking. What were you thinking?”
“We did not make love,” she replied through clenched teeth.
He continued as if not hearing her. “You’re the first woman in years that he didn’t have to pay, though he would never admit to his need for courtesans. I just don’t understand how you could find him appealing.”
“We did not make love.” She practically shouted it this time. “I’m not attracted to Palladino or any other man for that matter.”
This silenced him, gratefully, but only for a few moments. “Well, in that case, I know of a few courtesans that can accommodate you. I am told they are quite beautiful and skilled.”
Marietta threw down her charcoal and marched over to him. She grabbed his shoulders and repositioned him. “That is not what I meant and you know it.”
He smiled up at her innocently. “I didn’t mean to offend you, but you have refused my charms, so what should I think?”
She glared at him for her own benefit, knowing it would have no effect on the man. “You need to stop talking and moving.”
When he didn’t respond, she said, “That’s better.”
He lasted almost fifteen minutes. “So, what kind of man are you attracted to? Perhaps, I could suggest a few potential lovers.”
“How about one who has fewer conquests than fingers and toes? Or one that values honesty and fidelity over all else? Do you know any like that?”
From the thoughtful look on his face, he took this as an earnest question. “I’m afraid, Kitty, a man like that will be hard to find in Venice, especially this time of year.”
“Well, then, I guess I’ll have to go without.”
“How depressing. What will you do for amusement if you don’t take a lover?”
Marietta rubbed at her temples and decided she deserved more than the coins she’d already been paid. “There’s more to life than pleasuring oneself.”
“Really?”
“Yes, Signore, really.” She placed her stub of charcoal on the easel’s tray and rolled the stiffness from her neck and shoulders. “That is all for today. I have another appointment.” It was a lie, but she felt the need to rest and the bed in the corner was tempting her tired body.


About the Author:
Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She had always wanted to write fiction, so when a psychic told her she would write a book, she felt obligated to give it a try. She combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her debut novel Cera's Place. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website http://elizabethmckenna.com/. She hopes you will enjoy her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, as much as others have enjoyed her previous works.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and sassy Labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.

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Giveaway
1 Winner will get a $10 Amazon Gift Card
3 Winners will get to choose between Paperback or Digital Copy of Venice in the Moonlight
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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Saving Rain (Rain Trilogy #1)

Author: Karen-Anne Stewart
Characters: Raina, Kas Pierce
Genre: Romance, Suspence
My Rating: 4/5

Note: Rain Trilogy is for audience who are 18 or older.

Raina is an amazing young woman, Computer genius and fluent in multiple Languages. She is balancing her doctorate along with her work with FBI at a very young age of 19. But she has a screwed up past of physical and emotional abuse. She meets Kas aka Agent Pierce. Gorgeous, strong and reliable. Even though in past the men in her life had failed and abused her, she is not scared of Kas, at least not physically. The emotions he ignites within her is definitely scary in its intensity.

Usually - as a reader - you attach yourself with a character who is similar to you but even though Raina and I have some very diverse principles and ideologies, I couldn't help but gravitate towards her. Mostly, especially in YA, the author describes the lead heroine as someone so friendly that people just can't help but love her but all you feel is "Give me a break!". Raina is the first Protagonist that I have came across who have all the YA goody two shoes traits - helpful, thinking of others before her, everyone loves her, etc. but she doesn't come across as a pathetic shallow drama-queen. You too fell in love with her. You too want to protect her.

As for Kas - *Sigh*

After a very long time I have stumbled on a book that have kept me up whole night. There are some situations which are kinda vague and more explanations or details would have been better but still its a good book.

XOXO
Arushi Raj

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The Rain Trilogy Book Trailer Reveal.

Finally, the last installment of The Rain Trilogy is in. This is  the official Book Trailer. Hopefully you will love it as much as I did :-) But before we start it is my moral responsibility to notify that  The Rain Trilogy have social issues of abuse, human trafficking, and adult scenes, therefore you need to be at least 18 to read it or wait till you turn 18!



“A story intricately crafted with amazing characters and scenes that will leave a lasting image on readers. Raina is the perfect heroine, sweet and caring, but strong at the same time. The risks she is willing to take to save and protect others left me in awe. A great series with romance and suspense.” 
Christine Janes~SheReadsAlot.com

Blurb:

Finally able to put her harrowing past to rest, Raina looks forward to her future with Kas, but the Ghost has other plans. As the FBI team gets closer to taking down the largest human trafficking ring in the modern world, the Ghost begins a wicked game, making Raina the pawn and the target. Never before encountering a worthy adversary, he’s fascinated by Raina and is enjoying the refreshing challenge of her intellect.
The danger ignites to a blazing new level, and Kas struggles between the need to finally exorcise the Ghost and his need to protect his wife. Tension mounts as an internal battle wages, tormenting Kas as he watches Raina put her all into taking down the man
 responsible for horrific sex slavery and gruesome deaths. When a new player takes control, Jefferson orders the end of the Ghost’s game with Raina, which results in one final, devastating act, leaving Kas desperate and willing to do whatever it takes to save her…by whatever means necessary. 

Here are Author's links for people to connect with her and to buy the books: 





Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy

Healing Rain: The Second Novel in The Rain Trilogy:  


XOXO
Arushi Raj

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Living Separate Lives Cover Reveal Blog Tour

 
Book: Living Separate Lives
Author: Paulette Harper
Publisher: Indie Author
Genre: Christian Fiction, Novella
Hosted By: Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours  www.wnlbooktours.com
ISBN-13:  978-0-9899691-0-9
Releasing: Nov 5, 2013

About The Book
Four Friends, One Secret and The Weekend That Changed Their Destiny
Candace Walker, Kaylan Smith, Jordan Tate and Tiffany Thomas have their share of sorrows but neither of them realizes how deep the sorrow goes.  What happens when they agree to meet for a weekend of relaxation in beautiful Napa County, after years of separation?
For Candace Walker life has left her battered and bruised.  Kaylan Smith has struggled with prejudice from her in-laws. Bitterness is trying to raise its ugly head, after fifteen years of marriage, Jordan Tate’s husband calls it quits. And for Tiffany Thomas dealing with rejection has never been one of her greatest qualities.
How can the lives of these friends be restored after a secret is revealed? Who will leave hurt? Who will leave whole?
About The Author

Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008.  Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print.
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Excerpt
“Stop preaching to me. I don’t want to hear it anymore. I’ve had enough of your self-righteousness.” The words continued to cut Jordan’s heart; words that she never heard before coming from the mouth of her husband, Eric. “You knew how I was before we got married.”  His tone deepened with every word.
                Standing in front of the sink, Jordan was frozen and motionless in the middle of the kitchen. She held the dish towel in one hand and a plate in the other. She turned and faced Eric, whose eyes were cold and hard.  The verbal blows kept coming.  Her mouth opened wide, but no words could be formed when he uttered the deadly words, “I want a divorce.”


Until next awesome book promotion,
XOXO
Arushi Raj

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Top 8 Romance Novels


1) In Too Deep by Portia Da Costa


2) Avalon Trilogy by Indigo Bloome
Destined to Play (Avalon Trilogy #1)
Destined to Feel (Avalon Trilogy #2)

Destined to Fly (Avalon Trilogy, #3)


3) Incest by Marquis de Sade


4) Justine by Marquis de Sade


5) Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
 Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)
Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2)

Entwined with you (Crossfire, #3)
Captivated by you (Crossfire, #4)
[The series is still going on.]

6) Fifty Shades Trilogy by E. L. James
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)
Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)


7) Sadopaideia by Anonymous

8) The Rocker Series by Terri Anne Browning

The Rocker That Holds Me (The Rocker, #1)
The Rocker That Savours Me (The Rocker, #2)
The Rocker That needs Me (The Rocker, #3)
The Rocker That loves Me (The Rocker, #4)
The Rocker That Holds her (The Rocker, #5)
The Rockers' babies  (The Rocker, #6)
The Rocker That wants Me (The Rocker, #7)

XOXO
Arushi Raj

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Free e-books in Smashwords

For all the broke Novel-Worms, list of free e-books in Smashwords. Happy Reading :-)


Fart Family: My Sister’s Deadly Farts


The Yellow Scarf


Murder at the Diner


Nursed


XOXO
Arushi Raj