Tuesday, 30 July 2013

I AM WIRED...CAN YOU TELL?

As I lay one book blog tour to rest and gear up for the next Author's promo, I thought I'd share this with you.

Short little FYI needs to be thrown in here just for good measure before I do:
On this blog I don't only promote books and anything to with what mom's would like or what would suit moms specifically. From time to time I also blog for and on behalf of men. Case in point...

I recently stumbled upon this website. The hows and why's aren't important, so let's just stick to the facts we have. Just for your information I was not looking for porn okay?... Okay... Maybe a little. But anyhoooo..

This is a great site for men. Even this little mommy was glued to every article. What I liked the most about this site is that it is clean, crisp and not at all the filthy, messy bachelor pad you'd expect. This is the male equivalent of Fair Lady and Cosmopolitan combined. Informative, appealing and entertaining. I'm wired for life!!

http://www.wired.com

Sunday, 28 July 2013

WE DID IT!!!


          
 The Bigfoot Babes Blog Crew launched a successful blog tour.
A Huge Big Thank You to the following bloggers:

Thursday, 25 July 2013

WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU?

As an author I know how hard it is to get your book out there and what it takes for your little version of genre to be seen among the 15 million books out there.
That is why I help promote other authors on this blog. I do it for free at the moment.

This blog tour I hosted recently has really been exceptional and therefore I'd like to thank every follower and every person who read or browsed my little blog. You guys are amazing!!

So with no further ado, let's resume the Luna Sanguis Tour shall we?


 

Sunday, 14 July 2013

I PRESENT TO YOU:

LUNA SANGUIS - THE BOOK.

 
About the Book
 

 
Paris 1925
A young woman is nearing her Eternal Vampire state as her birthday approaches. She is held captive by the hybrid vampire she created and slowly drained of her pure blood to keep his addiction in check. She outwits him and escapes to a chateau in the hope of reaching maturity. But he follows her unmistakable scent and massacres all that dare protect his supply of Eternal blood.
She awakens in a tiny room trapped and defenseless with amnesia, but something deep in her subconscious yearns to be set free by the next full moon – the date of her Eternal Birthday.
Her true self, Eternal, emerges in brief flashes of awareness to protect her from the horrors of this terrifying prison. Desperate, she forges an alliance with her true love, a gorgeous young doctor treating her.
But her nemesis is out there somewhere, relishing the hunt for her blood – and nothing will stop him from becoming Eternal.

 

 

Excerpts:


The Evil Count Lucien and Eternal:

Lucien approached with his sword, smiling as she backed away in fear. Her eyes widened as he slashed his forearm with the blade and offered his blood to her. 

“Come on ... this is what you’ve been waiting for.” 
The effect of his blood was immediate. Even Lucien jumped with shock as she pounced and sucked on the wound with wild abandon. She sighed and moaned as she drank her first human blood. Lucien’s eyes rolled up in their sockets as he felt the tingle of an orgasm. The dark music he had grown to love was so sweet, so mesmerising, he felt at home. He had finally allowed her to fulfil her birthright and it was wonderful. It was better than sex.
Eternal’s True-Love:
Edouard was transfixed by her large lustrous eyes of burnt umber. It was a colour that radiated an allure both enticing and at the same time something dark and foreboding. He gasped, as the feeble light cascading from the window caused her eyes to change colour to pitch-black, like a cat as it sensed the kill. 
Edouard shuddered as she spoke to him without moving her lips – “we are eternal, my true love.” His mind went numb with shock at hearing that word from his dreams. He began to tremble with excitement.
“I am for you.” That was all he could say.

The Vampire Sucklings:
Over the next few weeks Claudette had become insatiable for blood and sex, the two usually going together like strawberries and cream. Jacques couldn’t risk any more exsanguinations at the rampant hands of Claudette or he’d end up at the morgue. He showed her how to entice the wandering adventurers who clambered for action at the city’s roughest areas and spike their drinks with the voodoo white stolen from a Bokor who had the misfortune to cross Jacques’ path. When they had enough, both booked passage to Marseilles. Oh, one more thing, Jacques had named his voodoo white - Forbidden Kiss.
Eternal trapped in the asylum:
Eternal wanted to scream, but she was so dry with fear her tongue was stuck to the roof of her mouth. She looked desperately around the small room, breathing frantically. Her head swam with terrifying visions of bloody and torn bodies, screams of death and those leather-clad legs. She tried to understand what was happening to her, but couldn’t. The screams of ravens pecked at her sanity. Tears ran down her face as her other name eluded her. Nothing surfaced except sheer terror, a terror which had stripped her of her very existence. She convulsed. Nothing came up.
 
My review
 
It was as Simon said it would be. The reader would be as lost as Eternal is. This story takes the reader on a journey with the characters as their thoughts, memories and dreams flitter you from one reality, timeframe and era to the next. It may seem disorientating, confusing and complex, but it is what lends the book the unique and terrifying experience you share with the characters.  
Eternal, known to her demonic Vampire Suckling as Delicate Rose, suffers from amnesia after a traumatic experience. She is fleeing for her life and then finds herself rescued from the danger but placed in the Douvrey Institute for the insane. She is lost, frightened and yearning for her true love. Her inner Vampire though is silently trying to break free and relish in it's natural food source, blood.  
Lucien is a likeable Count with a cruel disposition, obsessed with Delicate Rose and Vampires. He becomes a hybrid Vampire but wants to be released from the curse of being dependant on Eternal for her blood as a Suckling. Right before the final moment when she could finally transform him into a true Vampire and give him eternal life, she escapes and his inner demon forces him to hunt her down and kill everyone that stands in his way in order for her to release him from his torment.
The ending is shocking, the reading is difficult and the writing is intelligent. At times almost nothing makes sense. This book is not for the stupid, tired or faint hearted. Simon Okill messes with your mind and challenges you as a reader with this book. Keep reading no matter what. For this reason I rate this disturbing, difficult, complicated but brilliantly crafted book 4 stars.
 
 
 
Buy links
 
 

 
 
 

SIMON SAYS

Author Simon Okill is best known for his best selling book Nobody Loves A Bigfoot Like A Bigfoot Babe. I became a fan of his after reading his Bigfoot book and soon a great friendship was sparked and I was dubbed the honour of becoming his first Bigfoot Babe known as Little Yeti. 

Before I give you his lifestory, here's a little chat we had online before he finished Luna Sangius that I think you should read:
Picture this: 23 May 2013

**My Facebook inbox "pinged" and there was a message from Simon. I smiled and excitedly opened it.**


Hi Little Yeti!



Hiya Phantom Bigfoot. How are you doing?



I'm doing great Natasha, but over busy now. I'm a moderator on GR and Indie Author Site. Just had my vamprom edited by a pro and was given WOW status so am busy getting a cover done and am going to self pub it. It's in Latin and has that creepy feel to it- Part 1 is Luna Sanguis and part 2 is Luna Aeturnus working on part 2 now for edit.



Wow, you are busy. The titles of your books sound like movie titles. I like them already. Congratulations, I had no idea you were writing more books. When they are out I shall do a special blog tour for you. Let me know if you want one for Nobody loves a Bigfoot. Although right now the only spot I have is in July.


Funny enough my publisher will be putting Bigfoot on sale in a month's time! So bring it on Little Yeti.



Self publishing this time are you...Why Phantom Bigfoot? Was your road to publication a delightful stroll in the park or the voyage of the damned?
 
 

A little of both, well tilting towards more of voyage of the damned. I wrote my Bigfoot novel in 2004 for a TV Production Company under the title So, I Married a Bigfoot Babe. They loved it then hell rained down on us. The deal went down the drain. But I had 22 paranormal episodes that begged to be expanded upon. 8 years later and after countless rejections from small-minded publishers and even smaller-minded agents, the first US publisher we sent Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe snapped it up like a starving crocodile. The journey was fraught with heartbreak, rejections and ridicule, but it was worth it.

 

 
Been there!! Glad to hear it was worth it.Tell me was there a scene that you didn’t add or you removed in your finished work?

 

My editor/publisher helped me learn the importance of POV and did his best to convince me to stick with one POV per chapter, but it just wasn’t possible for me to write like that. I love interaction between several characters and after umming and ahhing we decided on two POVs head hopping. It worked apparently as my latest review will attest. Several wonderful scenes – my darlings, had to go, but not to worry as they’re in Bigfoot Part 2.


 
So what about your other WIP's?


Luna Sanguis - Eternally Yours Part 1: The Blood Hunt is about a traumatised woman with amnesia sent to an asylum in France 1925. The reader will not know who she is, only what happened to her as the jigsaw pieces of her life are assembled in an out-of-order sequence. Eternally Yours Part 2: The Eternal Moon will reveal all.  


I love it!! I wish I could switch places with my characters sometimes. If you could switch places with one of your characters would you? 



 
I would love to switch places with Duane Dexter my lead male character, but then I would never have met my wife and would not have written this book and therefore would not be able to switch. With all my heart I believe in love at first sight as that was exactly what happened to me – as soon as I saw her I knew she was the one. That feeling is explained in depth in Eternally Yours Part1.



 Aw...that is so sweet!! Speaking of firsts....what came first for you: plot or character?

 


For me, character is all important, for without great characters what difference does a great plot make? Oops answered a question with a question. hahahaha. Sorry Yeti.

No worries. hahahaha. What do you wish you would have known when you first started writing that you know now?


To have a platform to market my book at least 6 months before being published. I didn’t have a twitter or Facebook account, no website or blog, still no blog, and had never heard of self publishing. Last but not least Goodreads – to all authors out there – get a Goodreads account, place your work on lists and get friends to vote as that is a great promotional tool.


OMG!! this author shit is hard work! BTW what does Luna Sanguis mean? I get the moon part but the Sanguis sounds like a cocktail drink hahahaha



Bigfoot Babes won't you come out 2nite - it means Blood Moon.

Danielle just gave me a 5* for Bigfoot. This day keeps getting better.
 
 

Awesome!! I'll find the post and share it. Congrats buddy you deserve it!


 
 love my Little Yeti and Bigfoot Babe of the Year wooowooowooo




Thank you my Phantom Bigfoot and good luck with the rest of your reviews. weewooowooo


***The end***

ABOUT SIMON OKILL-
 
 

Simon lives with his wife, Shirlee Anne and their cat, in a pretty coastal town in South Wales, UK. They both love Stephen King and had read many of his books and enjoyed their transition to the screen. Due to their love of books they dabbled in writing for some years as a hobby. They were approached by a film company to write a paranormal TV series. They struggled most nights and all through weekends to come up with 22 episodes only for the company to go bust. After an accident at work Mr. Okill was forced to retire due to a disability

Battling with depression, his newfound skills of writing became his sword and their scripts templates for novels. His writing became more serious as certain A-list actors expressed interest in his scripts and his debut novel Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe was accepted by Christopher Matthews Publishing after so many British publishers turned it down.

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LUNA SANGUIS BLOG TOUR LAUNCH

As host of the Luna Sanguis Blog tour I am proud to kick off the tour along with my fantastic and wonderful friends who happily volunteered to do this for Simon Okill. 
 
Ladies and Gentlemen, on the release day of the book Luna Sanguis we bring you:
 

THE LUNA SANGIUS BLOG TOUR

BY THE BIGFOOT BABES BLOG CREW

15 BLOGS in 15 DAYS!!
 
 

AUTHOR BIO
INTERVIEWS
REVIEWS
GUEST POSTS
SPOTLIGHTS
BOOK BLURBS
LINKS
EXCERPTS
AND MUCH MORE!!!
 
 
JOIN THE BEST BOOK BLOG TOUR EVER!

14th - Natasha Johnstone - http://fit4amom.blogspot.com

15th - Carol Bond -  http://www.theunseenpromise.com

16th - Electa Graham - http://electagraham.com

17th - Kriss Morton - http://cabingoddess.com

18th - Shannon McRoberts - http://www.obsidianpoet.blogspot.com

19th - Maer Wilson - http://maerwilson.com

20th - Danielle DeVor - http://danielledevor.wordpress.com

21st - Rachel Hargrave - http://www.rehargrave.com

22nd - Lucy Pireel - http://lucypireel.wordpress.com

23rd - Leanne Herrera - http://author-leanneherrera.blogspot.com

24th - Wendy Sexton - http://wlsextonauthor.blogspot.com

25th - Thomas Rydder - http://thomasrydder.wordpress.com


27th - Debra L Hartmann - http://dlhbookreviews.wordpress.com

28th - Victoria Dougherty - http://www.victoriadougherty.wordpress.com 

*****Click on the Blog Tour Linky on the main page to hop from one blog to the other*****




 

PROUD TO ANNOUNCE

LUNA SANGUIS HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED! 


SYNOPSIS
Paris 1925
A young woman is nearing her Eternal Vampire state as her birthday approaches. She is held captive by the hybrid vampire she created and slowly drained of her pure blood to keep his addiction in check. She outwits him and escapes to a chateau in the hope of reaching maturity. But he follows her unmistakable scent and massacres all that dare protect his supply of Eternal blood.
She awakens in a tiny room trapped and defenseless with amnesia, but something deep in her subconscious yearns to be set free by the next full moon – the date of her Eternal Birthday.
Her true self, Eternal, emerges in brief flashes of awareness to protect her from the horrors of this terrifying prison. Desperate, she forges an alliance with her true love, a gorgeous young doctor treating her.
But her nemesis is out there somewhere, relishing the hunt for her blood – and nothing will stop him from becoming Eternal.


GET YOUR COPY NOW 
 

Friday, 12 July 2013

BOUND ME! (PLEASE)


A few months ago I did a blog promo on this book. When the tour was over I sat down and decided to actually read the book. I'm bad... I know!

Today however I decided to do a review and author spotlight because frankly I enjoyed this Novella a lot.
But first...Meet Lucy everyone.

Author Bio of Lucy Pireel


I was born in Brazil, and nowadays live in the UK, have a son who lives with his dad, not in the UK.
I love to bake, and cook, but not to eat that much. That is, when I'm not writing, or reading. But gardening is yet another thing I enjoy. The gardening started when my son said, “Mommy, do tomatoes grow in the store?” I just had to show him where veggies and fruit come from and of course taking him to a farmer wasn't cutting it. Nooo, I had to start a veg patch, but how to grow those delicate tropical things like eggplants and such? Right, enter a greenhouse, before I knew it I was growing 15 different types of tomatoes, three types of eggplants, 8 varieties of bell peppers and whatnot in the greenhouse, while outside there were more things growing and being eaten by little creatures that love fresh produce too. Since I vowed to grow everything organic, there was no poison entering our garden and I ended up with loads of butterflies and no—or hardly any—crop, because caterpillars have a right to eat too. But that’s besides the point, my son now knows fruit and vegetables grow on plants, bushes or trees.
You’d think with working in the garden my daily exercise time is covered, but nope. Yoga, keeps me bendy and sweaty all the time, every time and the best thing? I get the greatest ideas when tied in a knot.

You want to know even more about me? I mean, really? I’m not that interesting, honestly, I’m not! I've studied Law, but never tried a case, don’t tell a soul, but I have a thing with speaking in public, or rather against it. Have you ever had a swimming pool under your arms? Vocal cords that don’t work? A brain shutting down and not knowing how to form a cohesive sentence or remember what and how and why. Why, did I ever agree to stand here and make an arse of myself? What am I supposed to say to these people? That kind of jitters make it impossible to stand in court and successfully try a case. So, I got time in prison, on the right side of the table, fraternising with the wrong side of society, to run back to the office and type up briefs and whatnot.

But then! A near wonder occurred, I became a mom! Yay! No more working long hours, no more being tough and relentless, instead I got in touch with my soft side and loved it. First you only sing as a mom. I never used gaga, lala, baby language, as soon as those little eyes began to look a tiny bit intelligent, it was reading real stories to the little critter. The moment he talked, he asked for more stories, other stories not those he’d heard already, and I began making them up myself. And my first stories were created, pirates and mayhem. Hey! It’s a boy, he wanted more than just a happy end, things needed to happen.

From there the jump to darker tales was not hard to imagine and then combining traditional fairy tales with murder and mayhem was even more fun, and the first twisted fairy tale was born/conceived. It was a flash of Red Ridinghood, but not with a happy end. That wasn't enough for me. More needed to happen, to more of those heroines and I wrote and wrote and rewrote and edited and polished and then hired a professional editor to get the last commas on their proper place and tighten up the lot. When a professional artist offered to create me a cover for this collection, I could no longer refuse to get into publishing what I write. Resulting in my first self-published book Red Gone Bad, Fairy Tales or Not. Soon after the second followed and now Bound is out there. A BDSM novella starring an independent woman who loves to play games. Cover by my own hand.

These days I create my own covers and learned how to edit, but still use a second and third pair of eyes before being confident enough to publish my work. I blog and feature other authors, because I know how difficult it is to get your work noticed in the vast sea of books out there. I try to keep up my reading and reviewing, also because we indies need reviews and such.


And that's me in a nutshell.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Everyone loves Lucy and here's why....
 Author Interview:


Me: What do you do for fun Lucy?

Lucy: Hahahaha, you would like to know that, now wouldn't you? Erm, I mean. Yoga and baking stuff. Walking the dog and climbing. I would love to be able to wield a chainsaw.

At this point all I could think of was this tiny woman flinging a massive chainsaw around. It was equally scary and hilarious. 


Me: What is sexy to you?

Lucy: A man who's a bit rough around the edges. A lumberjack for example.


Yikes! I hate their clothes and scruffy beards...Oh wait! I was thinking of Duck Dynasty...nevermind...

Me: Why did you write this book?

Lucy: I just sat down and it kind of wrote itself. :-)


Yes it happens people! moving on...

Me: Who would play the characters if this was a movie?

Lucy: Helena Bonham-Carter as the leading female part and Vinnie Jones as the lead male.


Vinnie Jones? Note to self: Google Vinnie Jones. (No clue who he is)

Me: How long did it take to write?

Lucy: About a year. From rough first draft to finished manuscript. First draft was done within a month.


I thought about it and then realized I should've asked how long it took her to get published too.

Me: What is your next project?

Lucy: A full length erotic novel, action packed and steamy. But first I will release another short story collection. Horror, suspense this time.


Wowza! This girl is talented. 

Me: What would you classify the genre of this book to be?

Lucy: Erotica, there's no doubt about that. Wheeeeheeee!


DUH!! That was a stupid question. I mentally bitch slapped myself at that time.

Me: Who inspires you?

Lucy: For this one? That was Metallica and my own overly active imagination.


I don't know which is more disturbing...picturing this sweet lady as a Rock Chick or Metallica doing BDSM. Hardcore BDSM stuff yeah maybe...but not the kind of stuff in Bound. 

Me: Who is your favourite author?

Lucy: Why does everyone asks that question? I have no one favourite. I like a lot of authors from a multitude of genres.

Don't tell Lucy but I hate when people ask me the exact same question. In all fairness, who you read is as important as the company you keep in real life. 


Me: Who is Lucy Pireel as a person?

Lucy: I like to think I'm a kind, open and loving person. Ready to share whatever she can with whom ever it might need. I'll always try to see the good in people rather than expect the worst. Call me gullible or a fool, but I think if I'm good, good will come to me. Karma, you know?


Well, I know Lucy and she is exactly the way she described. I won't call her gullible, just trusting. From past dealings with her I can honestly say she is a fabulous, exquisite and amazing person. She has me BOUND with her personality alone. 



My review of BOUND

When I first read the blurb and synopsis about a woman who willingly wanted to be a Sub, I thought Hell NO! Not me ever!. I'm so not that type. Surely only stupid little girls with daddy issues do that! To give you an idea, my husband takes on Attorneys, CEO's and Fortune 500 companies for a living, yet he doesn't stand a chance with me. He will be the first to tell you: "I wear the pants in the family and I have my wife's permission to say so." But since reading this book I have changed my mind about that. As I read the book it became clearer how much power a Sub actually holds and throughout the story, Lucy had me anticipating more and more. There was a build up between the characters and you felt the spark! The protagonist Amelia was feminine, in control and easy to identify with. Cue the male lead character Raphael, and you have a ticking timebomb of sexual tension. My only wish was that it was longer and that their first time together was different. Boy! what a horrible shocker that was? I give this baby a fabulous 4 and half stars. 


Get your copy of BOUND and Lucy's other books:

Red Gone Bad





Bound



Both are of course also available at all other online ebook sellers.

Heaven's Closed

For more on Bound check out the book promo I did under my post history.


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

BACK TO REALITY!!

After two amazing weeks in Europe, I am back home and gearing up for a lot of work. Soon I shall start with the sequel to Capital D!!

In case you have not read it yet, check out my kick ass website to see where you can download the book for your device.
http://natashajnovels.webs.com