Saturday, July 17, 2010

AAD, Photo Finish and some 5-Star Reviews...

OMG!!!! Sorry, this is going to be posting a a bit on the later side of the 17th. Yes, my computer sent me three messages reminding me that it was my turn to post, but somehow I managed to forget all of them. But...I'm here now so let's go with the "Better late than Never" line and call it even.

Okay, first off...AAD—Author's After Dark Convention, which shouldn't be confused with ADD, which, I seem to have this week. For those of you who aren't aware, the Author's After Dark Convention is happening Sept 17–19 at the Harmon Meadow Holiday Inn, Secaucus New Jersy Here's the official scoop on it...

AAD is coming sooner then you think! Are you a blogger? or an aspiring author? a Reader with a voracious love of books? Well AAD is the con for you! Designed by authors FOR readers, AAD is the only con that doesn't break your bank! Its the cheapest con around that FEEDS YOU 5 MEALS for no additional fee! And did we mention its FREE ALCOHOL all weekend!? That's right!

Attendees this year will be treated to over 2400 free books, over 125 door prizes, several parties, mini events, workshops, tons of swag (and the good kind too!) photo opps, and tons of surprises!

And Aspiring writers? Small press authors? How would YOU like to get in front of a NY editor without the hassle of a big con's appointment schedule? This year are are lucky to have several editors from Ballantine, Kensington, and Harlequin, as well as some of the small presses like MLR Press, Torquere, Tease Publishing, Phaze, Total E Bound and More. a Full list will be up on the AAD site soon and appointments will be taken starting August 15th! The Catch? You MUST be registered by August 1st to participate, and each editor is ONLY taking 10 appointments! Be remembered! get your MS into shape!

And Bloggers? We have some fantastic goodies for you. Special goodie bags FILLED with books (ARC's, signed copies and Ltd Edition US books!) as well as the ability to engage your favorite authors for interviews and Q and A!

I'll be attending along with fifty other amazing authors like, Bronwyn Green, Mia Watts, Brynn Paulin, Carol Lynne, Stella and Audra Price and... well, the list just keeps going. I can't wait to meet everyone there.

Okay, part 2... Photo Finish...

I'm thrilled to announce that my next release will be here in one month!!!! Yes, Photo Finish, a Handcuffs and Lace tale will be releasing August 18th and I couldn't be more stoked. Unfortunately, I don't have any awesome cover art to share yet, but here's the blurb...

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousands words, but this time, they all spell betrayal.

Photo journalist, Paige Sommers, is out to get digital proof to put longtime arms dealer, Jason Tate, away for good. After losing her fiancé, Brogan Johnson, during an undercover operation with the same dealer six months ago, she's finally ready to rejoin the world, and put an end to Jason’s rule. But when her zoom lens brings a familiar face into view, she's not sure what to believe.

Special Agent Brogan Johnson is just a night away from bringing down the largest weapon's dealer on the west coast. Having given up all connections from his previous life to go deep undercover, he's willing to do anything to see Jason Tate brought to justice... that is until his ex-fiancé enters the picture, literally. With photographic evidence of the deal, she's just placed her name at the top of Jason’s hit list. If Brogan can get just her to trust him one last time, they may have a chance at their elusive happily ever after.

Now, I realize I've done some posts lately about shorter works and how I still love epic stories, but I couldn't help myself. This story just popped into my head and quite honestly, I wanted to be part of that fabulous series of books. I hope to have some awesome art and an excerpt to share next month.

Part 3...

Finally, I'm over the moon that my first release with Resplendence, Checkmate, has received two 5-Star Reviews this past month. Here's what Shelly of Dark Diva's had to say...

If you like romantic suspense, you're going to love this one. Kendall's brother, Trace, is kidnapped and FBI Special Agent, Dawson Cade is called in to protect Kendall and help find her brother.

Kris Norris weaves a very fine tale of mystery and romance with a persistent criminal who stays one step ahead of Dawson Cade. He leads them on a twisting path through the wilderness with an unrealistic time-frame to complete various tasks with a multitude of threats to keep them moving. Through all of this, Dawson comes to care for Kendall and fights his attraction to her, knowing he's there to protect her.

Forced into constant contact, Dawson and Kendall want to seek comfort from each other in a difficult situation, but know they have to keep each other out of harms way. Dawson is torn when he realizes he must use Kendall to lure the criminal out of hiding.

Kris Norris ties everything together in a fast-paced, detailed story that's very easy to get addicted to. Dawson is the perfect hero. In the end, he’s there to save the day and get the girl. The sexual tension between Dawson and Kendall, as well as the mystery of solving the crime kept me on the edge of my seat. Checkmate was a truly enjoyable read and I will definitely seek out more stories from Kris Norris!

Tigger9 from Night Owl Romance also gave Checkmate 5-Stars and picked it as a reviewer top pick. Here's just a peek at what she said...

Checkmate was an absolutely amazing story. I loved it. I loved the characters and their inner and outer strengths.

I'm trying to stay even-keeled about reviews, but it sure doesn't hurt to get a couple of great ones.
Romancing adventure at a time.

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