Saturday, 5 November 2016

Grade A Stupid by A.J. Lape Giveaway


Many years ago, I became friends with a talented author named A.J. Lape. We were both in our early footings in our careers. A.J. had not long since released her first book in The Darcy Walker series - Grade A Stupid.
I can't actually remember how we became friends, it was one of those random things where a random conversation led to us becoming friends resulting in me wanting to read her first book. At that time I was hugely into Paranormal books so The Darcy Walker series was something new and different because it is Crime/Mystery/Thriller and besides me reading books in the Thriller genre I had never really read any books that were in the Crime genre. Honestly, I questioned why afterwards. This series should also go in the comedy genre because there are so many times when I couldn't stop laughing. 
There is also romance in this series and if you like a good Alpha then you will definitely get your fair share in this series. But at the end of the day there is only one Alpha ;) 
The romance aside the main part of the series is all about Darcy who lives with her younger sister and her father. (Over time you get to understand how that came to be.)
Darcy suffers from ADHD and she tends to act before thinking. She is also a magnet for trouble, trouble mainly resulting in someones death. She is one of those characters who puts everyone elses needs before her own. Over the years she has recruited people into her brotherhood, where of course she is the boss ;) 
There are a lot of things that most people would hate to witness and probably squeal. Darcy just shrugs it off and wants to know why it happened. She wants to investigate without a care for her own life.
Now I have read a lot of books and I have to say that this series has become one my favourites and I can never understand why more people don't know about it. So when A.J. Lape asked me if I fancied re-reading her first book I jumped at the opportunity, but of course I couldn't stop at just the first book. I had to re-read the entire series. I got drawn in all over again, you may have noticed me posting pictures all over my InstagramFacebookTwitter and Fan Club. I wanted everyone to know.
Now if you haven't read this series then I strongly recommend that you do. What's more... the first book is free to download. If you don't own a kindle or e-reader, it doesn't matter, you can download free kindle apps to your phone, tablet, computer and most smart phones. You can even download it to your computer from Smashwords. 









This brings me to the topic of this blog...
Besides wanting to shout about how amazing this series is I wanted to do a giveaway. So I spoke to A.J. Lape and she offered a First Edition, signed copy of the first book - Grade A Stupid. How amazing is that? Whilst I am at it I will throw in a signed copy of one of my books. Winners choice. Just pick one of the following:




If you want to know more about The Darcy Walker series then check out A.J. Lape's social media pages (listed below) as well as my previous blog posts about the books.



No Brainer Blog Post with Review & Interview
100 Proof Stud Blog Post with Review & Interview
Defcon Darcy Blog Post with Review
Foolproof Blog Post with Review


Author Bio

AJ lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two feministic daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola. She studied English, Journalism, and Political Science at Morehead State University and left the business world when her daughters were born. Her love for suspense and a nail-biting story were born from watching Mystery Science Theater with her sister during childhood. That and any B-movie with comedic undertones they could get their hands on.
From a small town in rural Kentucky, her sister and she lived in their imaginations on a regular basis, and AJ’s love for the bizarre and paranormal still holds true to this day. She loves roller coasters, scary movies, and haunted houses and the weird sense of accomplishment it gives her when she can make it through without keeling over.
When she’s not riding that razor-thin line between creativity and insanity, she likes to read, watch too much cable TV, or cheer like a banshee at her daughters’ sporting events. She’s a huge hometown sports fan and bleeds all things Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals.





Interview


Thank you Ada for allowing me to interview you and I have to start by saying that I have known you since your first book was released so not only have I have been able to follow you on your writing career but I have been able to gain such a fantastic friend and for that I am truly thankful.

   1.   I know that originally you planned on being a journalist but then Darcy’s story came to you, so I wondered how the story came about and if journalism is still a dream of yours?
Right after I graduated college, I got married and moved to Cincinnati. I thought it would be easy to find a job, but the economy was all kinds of crap at that time and finding a job that would eventually turn into a career was a pipedream. Anyway, I think I had close to two hundred rejection letters at entry-level jobs because I was “over qualified” or they were “looking for someone with experience” blah, blah, blah. Talk about feeling defeated. I wound up doing all kinds of jobs. I bounced and hopped around…I did temporary agency work…I worked in malls…I answered phones…I stuffed envelopes…I took inventory at department stores. In the middle of all of that, I started to feel very strange, I found myself staring, I lost periods of time, I slurred my words, and I couldn’t sleep for more than two hours at a time. After a four-year battle of a doctor telling me I had anxiety, it was discovered I had epilepsy. Two weeks on anti-seizure medication and the fog cleared. I remember walking outside to my car and stopping to stare at the sky. It was so blue that day, so I called my husband and said, “I forgot what normal looked and felt like.” During those four years, my self-esteem was so low it could not even be categorized. It marked me. I didn’t think I was a bad person before, but let’s just say if I was, then having that happen to me made me acutely aware of the pain of other people. You feel alone in what’s happening to you. And that is the worst feeling in the world because a lot of the times people don’t want to be around others that are suffering. It makes them sad, so then they avoid you, which is just as painful as the physical suffering. By the time my girls came along, I feel like God had equipped me especially to handle some of the challenges they have had. Both girls have tic disorders, but through what happened to me personally, we’ve all learned to just count our blessings because someone else may have something even more difficult to deal with.

     2.       I love Darcy. Her insecurities make me want to hug her tight. Is there anyone who inspired the character? As an outsider we can look at Darcy’s height and hair colour and wonder if you picked these up from yourself, because you are tall and blonde. Do you relate to her?
Oh, heck, yeah, can I relate to her…LOL. I was a magnet for bad boys…or as Darcy says, “fastards.” And I did have a tendency to find trouble as my parents can attest to. I think I wrote about a character that was an overcomer and who might’ve been a little wiser than me at her age. Someone that no matter what, she kept her eyes on the prize despite the disappointment that life threw at her. As a parent, you never want your kids to be afraid. I tell my girls all the time it’s better to live with disappointment than regret. I hope I’ve inspired them to go for whatever it is that they want because sometimes a blessing is right around the corner. And biggest thing of all, I never want them to buy into the hype that they have to look or act a certain way to be accepted. There is no shame in being different, and they are beautiful just as they are. I hate it when the world doesn’t celebrate the kids with square peg minds who don’t fit into society’s round hole.  Life’s too short, you know? Be positive, kind to others, and then you can lay your head down at night and like yourself.


    3.       Of course we all love Darcy but I wondered who your favourite character is, other than Darcy? 
     I’m obviously very, very partial to Dylan Taylor, but I’ve developed quite a soft spot for the character, Jaws. That man loves to talk in my brain…LOL. It’s hard to pick just one because there are things that are beautifully flawed with all my characters. One I enjoy writing is Murphy, Darcy’s dad. He’s a man that wears many hats, might have a short fuse, but at the end of the day would jump in front of a semi for his kids.

      4.Let’s talk about Dylan. Now I am one of those readers who has always had this love/hate relationship with him. Half the time I wanted to slap him with the book I was reading. I know a lot of people love a good Alpha but there were times when he was a bit too bossy for me. I think when I looked at him I saw the friendships I had with the opposite sex and half the time I wanted to punch them too, lol.
With Dylan, I hope the reader realizes he saw Darcy, before, during, and after some major trauma. More than anyone, he’s known what all she’s gone through and what she’s confided in him she’s never given to anyone else. By nature, he’s very Alpha but his sensitivity always wins out in the end. In short, she’s his best friend, and he doesn’t want her to get hurt and will do pretty much anything to keep her from being hurt beyond repair.


   5.       So, The Darcy Walker series, as we know it, has ended with her High school years and I have to say it has been an emotional rollercoaster. (I cried at both Defcon Darcy and Foolproof) I heard a rumour that you are planning on continuing the series but more of a spin off and instead of it being in a YA it will be more of a NA, can you confirm or deny this. Of course we want all the juicy details J
Yes!! I can’t let these people ride off into the sunset quite yet. I took the summer off and had to wrap my head around Darcy in a new setting with big people problems. I’ve done a lot of research into her chosen career and am currently working on the next book as we speak.

    6.       You plan on releasing a few novellas to accompany the original series, do you have any inside information on this to tease the readers?
Yes, I might release a few novellas before Darcy’s first book as an adult. There are a few characters I want to explore a little bit further before I just go back into Darcy’s point of view.

     7.       What is a typical day like for you? I know you are married with two beautiful daughters and I wondered what does A.J. Lape get up to. Do you work whilst everyone is out of the house? Do you burn the midnight oil? Do you run around chasing your family to appointments and work on the go?
Yes, I’m constantly doing the mom thing…taking the girls places, etcetera, so I work while everyone goes to school. That being said, I soooooooo burn the midnight oil too. Sometimes my best stuff comes at night and I grab my phone or a notepad if my computer isn’t up and jot down a scene before it leaves me.

     8.       You mentioned earlier that you suffer from Epilepsy, and I wondered how this affects you and your writing because I know there has been some tough scenes, especially in Defcon Darcy (Chapters 20 & 21) where I cried like a baby so I know it must be draining for you.
When my stress level is high, I know immediately if I need to take a step back and calm my body down. I’ve dealt with this for over twenty years so I recognize the feeling. That being said, it did not bother me in writing the tougher scenes because I find writing very “freeing.” So those chapters didn’t give me that particular feeling, but they did, however, affect me deeply. I would sit at my computer and bawl like a baby that my characters said and did certain things. In the Darcy Walker Series, I gradually revealed why Darcy lived her life as the verb that she is—and the lid came off the box, so to say, in DEFCON Darcy. I think one of the reasons I revealed everything in book four was because I didn’t want to confront those scenes myself. I always knew who she was and why she was that way, but writing it down in DEFCON Darcy was literally like having your teeth punched out. It was gut wrenching, but as usual, Darcy is a survivor above anything.

    9.       What do you see for the future of Darcy Walker? I had a dream where her and Dylan were married and she was still up to her old tricks. She was even pregnant and Dylan was extremely over-protective because of Darcy and her moments of getting into mischief, but then they had their baby and it was a little girl and they called her Gemma. I woke up with tears streaming down my face thinking how wonderful that was. (Yeah, feel free to steal that idea, lol)
Oh, that’s so sweet, and I’m sure Dylan would love that!!! In this new series, Darcy is going to have big people problems in the big people world. Everything she thought she knew about fighting crime her own way is going to get more complex as she gets older and is forced to play by the rules. It’s going to be new for her and her relationships are going to evolve too. I can’t wait for readers to be able to see what I have planned for her!

 10.   Let’s think of life after Darcy. I am hoping that day will never come but we have to be realistic in that fact you may decide to write something completely different. Are then any plans for new non-Darcy-related stories?
I’m batting around a few things in my brain, but I will let you know first once the whole things materializes J


11.   So, we know Darcy is forever getting into trouble and I wondered what the naughtiest thing is you have ever done?
The naughtiest thing was probably drag racing around the track at school with several other cars. It was a dirt track…so dumb…and when the “dirt fog” cleared, the principal was at the top of the hill, staring down with disdain. There really wasn’t a way I could lie out of that one when he saw me get out of the car. I literally just raised my hand and fessed up. I got two weeks detention for that. Unfortunately, I’m not sure it was embarrassing enough.

12.   Finally, what would the perfect day involve for you?
Being able to write with a constant flow of Coke, Netflix streaming in the background, with zero interruptions. Then maybe sitting at the beach talking to my sister about life and the mysteries of the universe. All of that would be pure heaven.

Thank you so much A.J. Lape for not only allowing me to interview you but letting me holding this amazing giveaway I look forward to reading more about Darcy.












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Monday, 3 October 2016

Marker of Hope by Nely Cab


Marker of Hope
Nely Cab
(Creatura #3)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: October 3rd 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Who will save her from herself?
Upon her return from Greece with three new friends and a broken heart, Isis’ hunger for human flesh is stronger than ever. She’s a miserable mess after losing David following her betrayal. Her mutation into Creatura is all but over when she receives the surprise of her life, compelling her to seek out David’s family. Only, they’ve broken all ties with her, and she doesn’t know how to reach them.
Turpis, the demonic beings that attacked Isis in Greece, have tracked her whereabouts. Now, in order to fend for her life, Isis must join forces with deities she doesn’t trust.
Is Isis truly the Marker of Hope as she’s believed to be, or will she lose the battle to her starving inner beast and demons, obliterating humankind from existence? Find out in the epic finale of the best-selling CREATURA SERIES.
EXCERPT:
The Hunger
“A lot’s happened since you decided to shut down and wallow in self-pity. You’ve been impossible to talk to, and I’ve been bored out of my mind. I thought we came here because we were going to figure things out. What happened to ‘I’m going to save the people I love’? Did you just feed me that bull so I’d agree to come with you?”
“You know that’s not true. I meant it.”
“Then what’s the hold up?” Galilea’s irritated face turned a subtle shade of pink. Her pulse quickened just the slightest bit.
I was surprised at how much my senses had developed. Heighted. Months ago, I wouldn’t have noticed any of this, but now, I could even smell the natural notes of musk on her skin. I felt my mouth water. Sometimes, I liked that my new superhuman senses gave me insight to peoples’ moods and emotions. Most of the time, they were waiting for me to let my guard down so the beast could take over.
“Galilea.” I closed my eyes. “I’m hungry.”
“You can’t just change the subject. You do it all the time. I’m tired of it.”
“I’m not changing the subject. I’m trying to tell you I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to control myself. How am I supposed to save anyone when I want to rip out their guts?”
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Author Bio:
Nely Cab is a Writer of stuff, a Master Coffee Drinker, a Food Maker & Eater, an Imaginary World Conqueror, and an Air Breather. She talks to herself—a lot—in her South Texas home while she plots stories about fantasy worlds and sips coffee from a pitcher. She’s known for cooking far too much food and has a tendency to overdo…well, everything. It is rumored that she is fabulous. Nely Cab is the best-selling author of the Creatura series.

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Monday, 12 September 2016

Wicked Winter

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Bitter by Alexia Purdy
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Frigid by Rene Folsom
Holly by Danielle Gavan
Immortal Revealed by Magen McMinimy
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Monday, 23 May 2016

#Swag by Cambria Hebert Cover Reveal


#Swag
Cambria Hebert

(GearShark, #3)
Publication date: June 10th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Sports Romance
These drivers got #swag…
Racing is in her DNA.
Right alongside money and power.
When you’re the daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country,
you have to work harder for success.
Joey Gamble’s a girl on a male-dominated track.
With a daddy who can buy whatever she wants.
But she doesn’t want anything… except to EARN her reputation.

Racing is his passion.
Trouble follows him everywhere. Some even say he invites it.
When you’re nipping at the taillights of the best driver in the new NRR,
you have to fight and claw for each and every success.
It’s never been easy for Lorhaven.
That’s why he doesn’t play by the rules.
He’s a man with a serious chip on his shoulder against the pro racing circuit.
We at GearShark want to know what’s up with that.

We’ve also been hearing rumblings…
of a pro who wants to go indie.

We’ve invited racing royalty and the driver from the wrong side of the tracks to sit down and talk to us about a possible crossover.
We expected sparks to fly when Joey and Lorhaven crossed paths.
Will those sparks ignite into a full-on inferno?
Previous books in the series:
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Author Bio:
Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.
Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.


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Monday, 28 March 2016

Foolproof Tour

Title:  Foolproof
Author:  A.J. Lape
Series:  The Darcy Walker Series, Book 5
Genre:  YA Mystery, Humor & Comedy
Cover Designer:  ’68 Zombie Comics
Release Date:  March 15, 2016
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Jon Bradshaw needs a girlfriend stat. When he convinces Darcy Walker to be his wingman at a speed-dating event, one debacle leads to another, and before you know it, they’re the proud new owners of a dead body. Problem is, the body has a tie to Darcy…making her a person of interest in a murder.

Things quickly jump from bad to worse when someone hijacks the name of Darcy’s alter ego, framing “Jester” in a Hitchcock-like blend of crimes that leaves her head spinning.

In FOOLPROOF, Darcy battles an adversary who tests her IQ while she navigates the daunting worries of a high school senior. Add on the emotional fallout of her latest caper, a cop breathing down her neck, and a hot but stubborn boyfriend, and she’s at her wit’s end.

Can she find her zen and unmask the real murderer? Or get used to a life of prison orange?
Amazon: US I UK I AU I CA



What can I say about this book? Firstly, I loved it. I love this entire series. Each year I wait (im)patiently for the next one to arrive and each time I want the book to last forever.
The author is super talented. Before I had even read the first one I had never been into this genre but the whole quirkiness of the main character pulled me in. I love her.
Every book is always better than the last.
Now when I got my hands on this book I wasn't sure what to expect, but Oh em gee. I was taken on a complete, emotional, rollercoaster. Even at the happy times I was bawling like a baby.
Now if you remember in the last book Darcy was abducted for 80 days and Dylan went to great lengths to try and save her. Now this number is very poignant in this book and it made me cry. I won't give anything away because I want the reader to read this with fresh eyes.
But let me say this... through this entire series I was unsure of Dylan. I thought he was a little bit too controlling and at times I wanted to slap him. I didn't see what so many other readers did or everything Darcy saw in him. But this book... I cry now just thinking about it. the author worked her words beautifully and Dylan won my heart. It made me realise that not only is he the right guy for Darcy, but he is one of THE best male book characters I have read. I honestly want to wear I top that declares that I am a Dylan fan - anyone know where I can buy one?
So this book is the last year of high school and whilst everyone is deciding what they want to do and where they want to go there is Darcy who wants to be with her family. My heart breaks for her. Her mum was killed when she was a young girl and because of this she feels that she should stay at home and help raise her sister instead of going off to college. I have so much respect for her but at the same time I was shouting at the book and telling her to follow her dreams.
I have mentioned about there being lots of sad and bittersweet moments but there are also a lot of funny moments, like the speed dating and the man with the fetish for elbows.
Darcy is still her normal sassy self but she is insecure and scared of the dark.
Now I may not have given too much of the story away, I just wanted to hone in on what I loved.
This book, by far, is THE best book in this entire series and I am looking forward to seeing what the author can do next. Where will she take Darcy next? At the end of the book she was offered a few opportunities and I am hoping we get to discover which path she takes.
If you have not read this series yet then you are missing out. Like I said at the beginning, I was never a fan of this genre but Darcy Walker has made me a fan now.

 Welcome to Darcyville 
The Amazon bestselling Darcy Walker Series has been compared to Veronica Mars meets Stephanie Plum meets The Black List. All novels are written as stand-alone novels, but a backstory is woven into each book. Reading order is Grade A Stupid, No Brainer, 100 Proof Stud, DEFCON Darcy & Foolproof.

Clean mature YA series for ages 13 and up due to graphic crime scenes.

Book 1

Book 2
Available HERE

Book 3
Available HERE

 Book 4
Available HERE

A.J. Lape is the author of the Darcy Walker Series which has stayed on Amazon's teen's mysteries and thrillers bestseller's lists since its debut in 2012. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola--plus a lifelong love affair with bacon she has no plans to sever.

A graduate of Morehead State University with a Master's degree in Communications, she's a PI wannabe and recently joined the Citizen's Police Academy in her hometown but daily stops crime and kills bad people through the fictional ADHD character of Darcy Walker.

If the FBI ever checks her computer, she'll be wearing prison-orange due to the graphic and disgusting "wiki" articles she looks up...all in the name of career research, of course.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Cover Reveal for The Dating Game by Lavinia Urban


The Dating Game by Lavinia Urban

Coming this April.

The Dating Game is the first book in a brand new series.
This series is a New Adult RomCom, and it is definitely NOT for children.



Pre-order links:

Amazon US: Pre-order now
Amazon UK: Pre-order now


Blurb:

As a best-selling author Rita Davies has the world at her feet, but there is one thing missing.
All Rita wants is a man and she is determined to go to great lengths to find one. Even if that includes auctioning herself off at a charity fundraiser.
The only single one in her group, Rita is desperate for a plus one so she can Netflix and chill with because her tubs of ice cream just aren’t doing it for her no more.
Rita is quirky, flirty and, at times, downright dirty.
Follow Rita on her dating journey then decide which path she should take.




Excerpts:




Do you want to know a secret?

As a reader you will be given a choice. To find out more then pick up the book and tell Lavinia your thoughts. J


Monday, 15 February 2016

Foolproof (The Darcy Walker Series) by A.J. Lape


I want to start by saying that I am a huge fan of The Darcy Walker Series. The way A.J. Lape brings Darcy and her crazy world to life is truly spectacular.
Meeting the author is definitely on my bucket list. She is a talented writer with a heart of gold, whom I respect a lot.
Let me give you a quick run down on Darcy and her life.
Okay, Darcy is a teenage girl who lives with her dad and sister. Her mother died years early and Darcy has been left with a huge gaping hole in her heart. Darcy has a group of close friends, mainly all male and one being her (now) boyfriend Dylan *swoon*
Now Darcy isn't your normal teenage girl. She likes to have her own style and live by her own rules. Rules that tend to get her in trouble... all of the time. Darcy has a knack of being at the wrong place at the wrong time or rather Darcy would see it as the right place at the right time. Trouble always seems to find her.
I love Darcy. Her heart is pure and she cares deeply for her friends. Plus, she is frigging hilarious.
If you have not read this series yet then you are seriously missing out. The first book is called Grade A Stupid and is free to download, so now you have no excuses :p





Anyway let's discuss Foolproof. When this cover landed in my e-mail I squealed knowing that I am getting closer to reading this. Lape has not confirmed a date, as of yet, but she has said that it will be released in March.

BLURB:
Jon Bradshaw needs a girlfriend stat. When he convinces Darcy Walker to be his wingman at a speed-dating event, one debacle leads to another, and before you know it, they’re the proud new owners of a dead body. Problem is, the body has a tie to Darcy…making her a person of interest in the murder.
Things quickly jump from bad to worse when someone hijacks the name of Darcy’s alter ego, framing “Jester” in a Hitchcock-like blend of crimes that leaves her head spinning.
In FOOLPROOF, Darcy battles an adversary who tests her IQ while she navigates the daunting worries of a high school senior. Add on the emotional fallout of her latest caper, a cop breathing down her neck, and a hot but stubborn boyfriend, and she’s at her wit’s end. 
Can she find her zen and unmask the real murderer? Or get used to a life of prison orange?



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