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WINNERS! Evernight Holiday Hangover Blog Hop

WINNERS!

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Thank you to one and all who participated in the Evernight Holiday Hangover Blog Hop. It was some pretty great fun to be had, and we all had some pretty amazing attendance. I was so happy to see so many pop by my blog, leave their comments, and then head off to see some of the other sites.

Most of all I’m very pleased to be able to announce the winners from my site for this Hop.

1st Place:  Winner of the $10 Amazon GC & a Back List book ~ Eva
2nd Place:  Winner of the $5 Amazon GC & a Back List book ~ Amy
3rd Place:  Winner of a Back List book ~ Emily

Congratulations to my randomly chosen winners! All have been contacted, have replied, and will be receiving their prize(s) as soon as I can possibly manage lol!

Thank you again to everyone that participated. Hope to see you the next time we have one of these get togethers, but definitely do not be strangers here on A Great New Read.

Moira Callahan


EVERNIGHT’S HOLIDAY HANGOVER BLOG HOP (Jan 1-4, 2015)

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HappyNewYear2015

Year in review…

It’s been nothing short of a fantastic year. When I submitted my very first book, Forever Kind of Love, to Evernight Publishing I had no clue what to expect. I sat on pins and needles waiting to find out if a) they’d like it, and b) if they’d accept/publish it. We all know the answer to that one, lol!

The book was generously accepted, and put under contract in March 2014. By May 2014 it was out on virtual shelves which was when the next batch of nerves hit. I’d actually gone and done it. Written a book that was no loosed upon the world at large. Would people like it? Would people hate it? Hell, would anyone bloody well read it?! It was truly terrifying for me to say the least.

To keep my mind off the fact that I now had a piece of myself, albeit a small piece, out in the world I kept busy by writing a new story. At the time I had absolutely no clue it would end up being a series. I don’t think I really knew it would become a series until I was nearly finished with it. By the time I was on the epilogue of it though I knew I had more to tell about the world I’d created. And so, the C&M Security series was born.

Not that I knew what the hell to call the damn thing. I am HORRIBLE with naming books. Add in needing a series name *groans* yeah – you get the picture. But name it I did. Which actually involved going back through the first book and making a name change to one of the characters. Sorry, won’t tell you which one it was, that’s my little secret. It worked out rather well I do have to admit, and people seemed to receive it rather well.

Coming in 2015…

As many know I have another of the C&M Security books planned for a January release with Evernight. This will be book 5 of the series, Dangerous Pasts. It was one that gave me more than my fair share of grieve during the writing phase, and don’t even get me started on the editing portion. Thank goodness for the wonderful editor, Laurie Temple, with whom Evernight placed me with. I occasionally worry for her sanity when I know a certain book is coming up on her pile. So far she’s been holding it together well, or at least that’s my perception on it all.

Then in February 2015 (date not yet confirmed) I will be a part of the Uniform Anthology. I was extremely surprised, and more than a little delighted when they accepted my offering for the Antho. I went with a FBI agent protecting a witness to a horrific crime. Go figure, Moira writing a mystery/suspense book, big surprise there right? LOL! Go with what works for you I’ve been told, and so I did.

Currently I’m still working on the 6th book in the C&M Security series. This book will be a prequel that features one of the owners of the business, Robyn Matthews, and her fiancé Grant Sherbrooke. It will cover quite a bit of ground overall, but still stay firmly focused on Robyn and Grant’s relationship. The book will show the start of C&M Security, from construction to inception to opening their doors the first day. It will also go through a bit of that first year before we conclude with what everyone wants to know about*.

*You’ll need to remember this bit for later…

Beyond that I’m not sure yet what will be coming from the C&M series. Originally I’d thought it would only be the five books plus the prequel. But it seems to have grown beyond that to a certain degree. I likely won’t write another one immediately, but readers can rest easy in knowing there will be more coming down the road – hopefully later in 2015.

This is mainly because of a number of other stories, and the characters involved that have decided to take up residence in my brain. I have a paranormal book that I’m working on -so very slowly- that could well be a series. It’s been tough writing this one because I knew I had to get the C&M series books done in a certain time frame – my own personally created time frame if you’re wondering. But once I have the last of the current run of C&M books done then I can turn my focus fully there, and see what comes of it.

And if that wasn’t enough, I also have another book in my head. One I’ve been slowly putting down pieces to since the first portion popped into my head. As it’s become fleshed out a little more I see it a bit more clearly. It will be an M/F story, there will be plenty of danger and mayhem involved, but beyond that I can’t tell you what sort of story it will be. I mean that very literally, the characters haven’t felt the need to tell me as of yet. Stubborn little brats.

New Years Resolutions…

Personally, I suck at these so I don’t ever make any – ‘cept for one. It’s the same one I’ve had for years, and years, and years. It’ll be the one I have for next year, and the year after. Here it is:  Do one thing for someone else not because you have to, but because you want to. It’s a lot like the Pay It Forward movement. But usually it’s something that in the moment I know it’s what needs to be done because it’s what is right, as a human being on this planet Earth. I don’t do it for the thanks (though those are nice to get), I don’t do it for the attention (believe me, I HATE attention), I only do it for the fact it’s the right thing to do.

Oh, and then there are the standard resolutions that never, ever happen. You know the ones. Lose that 10lbs I don’t need to be carrying around; Eat healthier; Be nicer to people in general but especially those who get me hot under the collar – one never knows what’s going on in their lives to make them such…you knows…in that moment in time; Etcetera.

And now – the good stuff :)

Question & Prizes…

Question:  Refer back to the above * portion where I mentioned you needed “to remember this”. What is your guess for one key part that will finally be revealed/discussed in the C&M book 6?

Bonus Question:  Name one New Year’s Resolution that you have never kept no matter how hard you try, and one that you made last year that you did achieve.

The Prizes:  I will choose 3 winners

  • 1st place – $10.00 Amazon GC + 1 Back List Book
  • 2nd place – $5.00 Amazon GC + 1 Back List Book
  • 3rd place – 1 Back List Book

Back list books include:

  • Forever Kind of Love
  • Dangerous Times, C&M Security
  • Dangerous Secrets, C&M Security 2
  • Dangerous Lines, C&M Security 3
  • Dangerous Circumstances, C&M Security 4

WAIT! ONE LAST SUPER IMPORTANT THING TO DO!

Now, don’t forget to check out all the other amazing EP authors, and bloggers helping EP to celebrate the incoming New Year. Because the more you participate in the greater your chance to win the Grand Prize. What might that be you ask…

GRAND PRIZE:  Apple iPad Mini
Evernight Publishing Blog Hop Coordinator will choose this winner

PARTICIPANTS!

8.  Lila Shaw

16.  Libby Bishop

20.  Ella Grey

25.  Susan Hayes

26.  Erin M. Leaf

29.  Jess Buffett

33.  Iyana Jenna

34.  J. R. Gray

39.  Evie Knight

45.  Jenika Snow

46.  Sam Crescent

49.  Cait Jarrod


Winners!

 WINNERS FOR

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Blog Hop to help Evernight celebrate their 4th Birthday. It was a blast and a half to be sure.

For this blog I’ve chosen the winners. Yes, winners – plural. I know I originally said only one winner, but come on – it’s fun to give things away!


So, for the prize of…

* My blog prize:  1 Free Copy of any Back List Book
(Forever Kind of Love, Dangerous Times, Dangerous Secrets, or Dangerous Lines)

I’ve chosen the following two winners (email’s have been sent to the winners with 1 week to claim their prize):

  1. Kyra T.
  2. Haley M.

Thank you again to everyone who participated. Keep your eyes open for more fun events to come from Evernight over the next few months as they continue to celebrate their latest Birthday.

~ Moira


Roll out the Red Carpet Blog Hop!

Roll out the Red Carpet

Evernight celebrates four years of publishing!

Join authors, bloggers and reviewers as we take a RED CARPET tour featuring Evernight’s smart and sexy books. Slip on your virtual stilettos and walk the red carpet of award winning titles, spectacular reviews, and paparazzi style interviews.

Be sure to visit every stop on the tour where you can enter for a chance to win great prizes, including a new eReader, gift certificates, swag, books and much more!

Now I turn the spotlight on my smart and sexy book…

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This is from my new W.I.P., and completely unedited – please excuse any errors:

Her wrists burned from the restraints, her face felt two times too big, and her breathing was labored. Chandra knew she’d been worked over real well, now if only she could remember some of the details.

She remembered dinner out. There had been dancing at a club, some drinks, and then nothing. Absolutely, nothing. A big ass blank spot in her memory.

No, wait. A voice asking questions, over and over again. Pain, she definitely recalled some pain. Nothing like the training she’d gone through to withstand interrogations of course, but it had made it onto her radar.

With care she worked at prying her eyelids open. When that didn’t work she went with a little more force. Didn’t really help, but she did gain a tiny slit of a view. Not that the view was worth writing home about. Concrete walls, and floor. Solid looking door with a chair sitting next to it, and her. There appeared to be some form of light, likely a single bulb given how weak it appeared to be.

Then again, it could be her shitty eyesight, and all those little dancing spots. Trying to tip her head back for a look at what had her hands caught proved too much. She was weak, and sore, her mouth was parched, and her head swam. Which meant she’d been there for a damn long time. Not good, not good at all.

The door creaked open, just like in all those good old fashioned horror movies, giving a nice squeal at the end. Set quite the mood for whatever was going on.

“Wake her up,” a voice said. Male, eastern European accent, cultured with a smooth edge of brutality. Her host likely.

A wave of icy cold water hit her body causing her to jolt, and gasp. It also told her that she didn’t have a hell of a lot of clothing on, a bra and panties would be her guess. Damn that seriously sucked, especially when she couldn’t remember anything of importance.

Someone grabbed a fistful of her hair, and yanked her head back. Oh, hey, she was dangling from the ceiling from some sort of hook that reminded her of those used for hanging beef. Not a great comparison, but her brain was a little sluggish. Her hands were cuffed with some sort of leather banding, that then was looped over the hook, and kept her up on her feet. Nifty little setup really.

“Ms. Dubois,” the cultured voice said. “Shall we begin again?”

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1.  Evernight Publishing 2.  The Write Game 3.  S. J. Maylee
4.  Raven McAllan 5.  Susan Hayes 6.  Laurie Roma
7.  For the Love of Bookends 8.  Jessica Jayne 9.  Casey Moss
10.  Double D Ranch Tales 11.  C. R. Moss 12.  Sandra Bunino
13.  Jennifer Denys 14.  Doris OConnor 15.  Diane Thorne
16.  Iyana Jenna 17.  Jezebel Jorge 18.  Sam Crescent
19.  Lucy Felthouse 20.  DC Stone 21.  JR Gray
22.  Jenika Snow 23.  Erin M. Leaf 24.  Nicky Penttila
25.  Nikka Michaels 26.  Cait Jarrod, Romance on the edge 27.  Jacey Holbrand
28.  Elyzabeth M. VaLey 29.  Written Butterfly (Beth D. Carter) 30.  elodie parkes erotic romance
31.  Lea Bronsen 32.  Stacey Espino 33.  Jess Buffett
34.  The Cox Blog – James Cox 35.  Lorraine Nelsons Writing Blog 36.  A Great New Read
37.  Carlene Love Flores 38.  Kiru Taye (Passion Shields Series) 39.  Hazel Gower
40.  Londons Scribbles 41.  A Vixen of Erotica 42.  Nicola Cameron Writes
43.  Lace Daltyns Blog 44.  The Jean Journal 45.  Jocelyn Dex
46.  Melissa Hosack 47.  Evie Jayne 48.  Begin in the Dark
49.  Tylers Naughty Notions 50.  Denise Jaden Author 51.  L. D. Blakeleys Blog
52.  Lila Shaw 53.  Kacey Hammell 54.  In The Pages of a Good Book
55.  The Eclectic Zaftig Chick 56.  A Page In The Life: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy 57.  Hot Sensual Romance
58.  Bare Naked Words 59.  Jewel Quinlans Blog 60.  Bridging the Gap Promotions
61.  A Passion for Romance 62.  Donina Lynn 63.  The TBR Pile
64.  Books N Pearls 65.  MYTHICAL BOOKS (INT) 66.  Moira Callahan
67.  Angelique Voisen 68.  10/2 ~ Perusing Princesses 69.  10/2 ~ A Passion for Romance
70.  10/3 ~ babbling about books and more 71. 10/6 ~ She Hearts Books 72.  10/6 ~ I am a book addict…and proud of it
73.  10/7 ~ Lusty Penguin Reviews 74.  10/8 ~ deal sharing aunt 75.  10/8~Bookswagger
76.  10/9 ~ All Things Romance 77. 10/10 ~ Reviews by Crystal 78. 10/11 ~ Harlie’s Books
79.  10/11 ~ Must Read Faster 80.  10/12 ~ Word Forward 81. 10/12 ~ Inner Goddess
82.  10/12 ~ Becky on Books 83.  Medeia Sharif

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Answer my question in the comment section for a chance to win (be sure to include your email address):

  • * Your choice of an Amazon Kindle Fire HD or Kobo Arc 7
  • * $100 Amazon GC
  • * $50 Evernight GC
  • * My blog prize:  1 Free Copy of any Back List Book

(Forever Kind of Love, Dangerous Times, Dangerous Secrets, or Dangerous Lines)

Question:  What happens next in the above scene?