Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Whatever it Takes by Lindsey Pogue

Title: Whatever it Takes
Author: Lindsey Pogue
Series: Nothing But Trouble #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Release Date: January 22, 2016

Four years ago, I thought my life was pretty normal for a teenager. Three years ago, my world was shattered, and now I’m just trying to hold the pieces together. But regret and anger aren’t so easy to ignore.

I just need to catch my breath … for it all to go away …

I thought I might finally be ready to move on from that horrible night, but then he decided to come back.

He can’t come back … he’ll ruin me completely.

One horror-filled night changes the course of Samantha’s seemingly normal life. She’s ruined everything. Despite her determination to keep the family ranch up and running, her guilt makes it impossible to completely move on or forget.

Sam takes comfort in her quirky, endearing friends as she tries to balance between the girl she was and the woman she wants to become. Just when she thinks she’s finally making amends with her past, someone she never thought she’d see again returns, and Sam’s life is once again turned upside down. Both her head and her heart want different things, so she’s lost when, once again, she’s forced to make a decision that will inevitably change her life.

What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
This is actually an interesting question because when I wrote Whatever It Takes (or a version of it) in high school, I remember thinking, “this is too ‘adult’ to be Young Adult and it’s not really chic lit either…” I told myself that I’d just have to start a new genre whenever it was published. Well, almost 15 years later there’s now a New Adult genre and that seems to be where all my stories fit in, in one way or another—historical, post-apocalyptic, romance, adventure, etc. It’s a diverse yet broad genre and I’m so happy there’s a niche for my stories now, though I’m not sure my stories will even be “typical” New Adult given the diversity of what I plan to write.

When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process (outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
I love deciding what my characters are like. What are their likes and personality quirks, their appearance, their names, that sort of thing. I honestly don’t think there’s a better feeling than “knowing” your characters so well that you can write them without effort or much thought—everything they are transfers to page easily. Once you see and know each of them, the story starts to take form and it is more exciting and engaging to write.

When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I enjoy reading historical fiction, especially with a thread of romance. I also enjoy New Adult, but I go back and forth as many stories in each genre start to feel regurgitated. That’s why when I find an author I love and colors outside of the lines, so to speak, I latch on. Life isn’t cookie cutter and I find I enjoy stories that aren’t perfectly wrapped up but push the envelope a bit.

If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
Hmmmm. I’ve co-authored before and it’s difficult. People have different schedules and visions, so no matter who I choose I know it will be an interesting and trying experience for sure. I enjoy Michelle Moran’s ability to transport her readers to a place that once was and make you feel like you’re there, seeing the colors on the walls and feeling the sunshine or gritty sand on your face in her historical fiction. But I also enjoy Jane Austen and think she’d be a hoot to write with given her social commentaries during her time. She fascinates me and I’d love to get drunk with her, honestly. I’d know all the gossip and learn who (if anyone) inspired her brooding, prideful characters.

Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I have ALWAYS wanted to write but was too scared to try and put myself out there. But eventually I somehow convinced myself that failure is not trying at all and then missing out on something that makes would make me happy. Here I am, five years later with a dystopian romance and new adult series under my belt and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. My Wrecked series is next, which is a whole other ball game—19th century, survival, adventure, romance—I can’t wait! I’ll write until I’m either burnt out or my fingers fall off.

Author Bio:
Lindsey Pogue has always been a little creative. As a child she established a bug hospital on her elementary school soccer field, wrote her first YA manuscript in high school, and as an adult, expresses herself through writing. Her novels are inspired by her observations of the world around her—whether she’s traveling, people watching, or hiking. When not plotting her next storyline or dreaming up new, brooding characters, Lindsey’s wrapped in blankets watching her favorite action flicks or going on road trips with her own leading man.


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Journey Man by Victoria Danann

Title: Journey Man
Author: Victoria Danann
Series: Knights of Black Swan #9
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2016
For five years, Glendennon Catch had knocked around the globe as a floater, filling in wherever a team of vampire hunters was down a member. He’d buried six good knights and watched the life take its toll on countless others. He’d drunk his share of whiskey and bedded so many women he would hate to hear the count, but he’d never gotten over his first love. And, if he had a chance for a do-over, he wasn’t sure he wouldn’t have chosen Rosie Storm over The Order.

Elora Rose Storm had spent five years nursing a heavy heart, while on a cross-dimensional mission to make the world a better place, especially wherever she found human/animal hybrids being mistreated. She’d seen horrors, righted wrongs where she could, and matured into a powerful witch/demon with altruistic leanings.

After all that time, unbeknownst to each other, both were headed home. To Jefferson Unit.

“You’re acting like a perfect stranger. The Glen I know would never be ungracious.”

“The Glen you know is gone,” he said, his tone completely void of emotion. “Thought you would have figured that out by now.”

“Are we leaving?” Rosie asks with an unmistakable sadness over the way the evening had turned out. She hadn’t realized that she was enjoying herself until Mr. and Mrs. Baka departed. Then the reality of the fuming thunderstorm that used to be Glendennon Catch settled around her like a shroud made of thick hemp dyed black.

Glen got up, walked around to the other side of the table and slid into the booth seat facing Rosie. “Might as well stay. We have to eat. And it’s free. Supposedly.”

The waiter punctuated the end of that thought by arriving to reset the table for two according to instructions from the maître d’. Glen watched every movement as if he was training for the job. Rosie wasn’t fooled by his feigned interest. She knew he was trying to find something to look at that wasn’t her.

“So,” she said, “tell me what you’ve been doing since I saw you last.”

Glen’s first impulse was to snarl and tell her to fuck off and that, if she’d wanted to know, she damn well could have called.

Author Bio:
USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Victoria Danann, is making her debut into Contemporary Romance with releases in May and June 2015, after taking the world of PNR by storm.

Her Knights of Black Swan series won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES TWO YEARS IN A ROW (2013, 2014). Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.

Victoria's paranormal romances come with uniquely fresh perspectives on "imaginary" creatures, characters, and themes. She adds a dash of scifi, a flourish of fantasy, enough humor to make you laugh out loud, and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. Her heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, past life therapists, or financial analysts from Dallas. Her heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners - usually - whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires.

The first book of the Knights of Black Swan Paranormal Romance Series, My Familiar Stranger, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by both Reviewers' Choice and Readers' Choice Awards. All of her books have opened on the Amazon Best Sellers list and earned Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK awards. Many have appeared on Listopia BOOK OF THE MONTH as #1 across all genres.

For books published in 2013, Black Swan won three awards. 1. Best Paranormal Romance Series 2. Best Paranormal Romance Novel - A SUMMONER'S TALE 3. Best Vampire~Shifter Novel - MOONLIGHT. In 2014, Solomon's Sieve won Best Vampire Novel.

If you're interested in Victoria personally, she is also a classically trained musician who defected to Classic Rock music. Until 2013 she was the utility player for Houston's Roadhouse band, which means she played rhythm guitar, keyboards, sang back ups and female leads. Her band covered everything (note for note) from Styx to Led Zepellin to Rush.

She lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband and a very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.



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