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Didi Oviatt

Author of suspense novels Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians. As well as the short story collection Time Wasters and (co-author of) The Suspenseful Collection. Columnist for The Conscious Talk Magazine.

Ideas for Guest Blog Posts about your novel #MondayBlogs #AmWriting #Marketing

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I try to blog three times a week, but sometimes I can’t come up with a blog idea for the life of me. And then there’s those blog tours that want guest blog posts. Of course, I’m a glutton for punishment and also offer to write blog posts for other blogs to promote my books. Help! Calgon take me away!

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I don’t have a bathtub so Calgon is never going to take me away. Instead, I’ve developed a list of ideas to use for blog posts about my book. And because I’m super supportive of my fellow writers (but mostly because I couldn’t come up with an idea for today’s blog post), I’m going to share my list with you. Here goes:

Character Interview. Tried and tested. Never fails.

Five Things You Didn’t Know About (Protagonist). I find this one more fun than doing a character interview.

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Stepping Further From the Comfort Zone!

Today I advertised my books on a local radio station! My very first ever big speech is coming up next Tuesday at a local author event. It’s going to be located at a college close to my home. I’m thrilled and nervous, yet the closer it get’s I’m actually growing in confidence and comforted by the idea of it all. I feel like stepping out of my comfort zone isn’t so bad after all!

So, when the campus librarian who’s putting it all together got a hold of me and asked if I’d meet with her at a local radio station to talk about my books and help to advertise the event, I immediately jumped on the opportunity. I’m a little proud of myself for not burring my head in the sand. I put my big girl panties on, and totally went for it.

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Turns out, it wasn’t so bad at all! It was easy peasy. It only took about twenty minutes, and I even asked the DJ if she’d let me come in when I’m ready to release my next book to advertise it. She told me that would be excellent, and that I’m welcome to come on in anytime!!  WAHOOO!!

perhaps I’ll  reach out to more stations, it was actually pretty fun!

NOW LETS JUST KEEP CROSSING OUR FINGERS THAT I DON’T FALL ON MY FACE AT THE ACTUAL EVENT…. TOTALLY STILL A POSSIBILITY!

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Review: Midnight Blue, by L.J. Shen 5 sexy unforgetable stars!

MY REVIEW:

Midnight Blue is as crude, filthy, graphic, and nasty as the rest of LJ Shen’s work and I freaking loved it! Going in, I honestly didn’t believe that L.J. could ever have topped herself on her work in Sinners of Saint… I. Was. Wrong. Oh, so wrong!! This book was just as beautiful, and just as raw and sexy as that series. Possibly even better. Possibly. I’m still undecided. This author has quickly worked her way up my personal later of favorites, and is neck and neck with Colleen Hoover for my top spot. (Sorry Colleen).

I think my favorite feature of L.J.’s writing is the authenticity in character development. She is always able to take powerful, rich individuals with broken souls, and f*cked up moral values and somehow manage to mold them into decent human beings with the kind of passion that most humans only dream of. With Midnight Blue I even wound up with a bit of a (okay okay a huge) book crush on the douchbag, and that really says something about the way she’s painted him.

Alex is a huge rock star with big addictions and even bigger grudges. He’s pissed at the world, but mainly the man who cheated with his fiancé in front of the entire world. His main prerogative is to sink his teeth into the sweet taste of revenge. Indi is the girl who is hired to babysit him during a world comeback tour. Her job is simply to keep him clean and sober. Yet, anyone who has ever spent any real time with an addict knows that this job isn’t as simple as it sounds. What neither of them expected to find on this tour is the undeniably electricity between them.

I love Indi! I love her independence, dedication, big heart, and sass! She could be my favorite character thus far this year! Excellent book!

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“Heartbreaking…soul-shattering.” – Diary of a Book Fiend.
“Hands down my top favorite rockstar romance ever.” – Dirty Girl Romance Blog.

From bestselling author L.J. Shen, comes a new, standalone, contemporary romance.

It should have been easy.
I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.
I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.
Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”
Guess what? I didn’t listen.
I signed the contract.
World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.
My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.
Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.
Then he took my heart.
Then he took my all.

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You guys this is so exciting! CTM (the magazine I write for) IS BOOMING!!!  I’m so thrilled, I can’t hardly breathe! As a part of celebrating our growth this month and forward, the CEO and Editors have decided to offer this amazing promotion! All yearly subscribers will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 gift!!

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Do to the popularity of book reviews, the awesomeness of previous author interviews, and new author requests coming in to review books, CTM has decided to offer a program for authors! CHECK THIS OUT!

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Birthday Blitz!

Happy book birthday to Deity’s Soulmate! I’m thrilled to celebrate the first year of this whimsical fantasy!

Review: Deity’s Soulmate, by Angelina Kerner 4 of 5 stars

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Publication Date: April 3rd, 2017

Genre: Fantasy/ Mythology/ Young Adult

From author Angelina Kerner (Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted) comes an all-new fantasy series about Gardenia, a daughter of Athena, and her 100 years of coursework on how to create whole new worlds and subjects of her own.

A sheltered school child in a realm of condescending gods and goddesses, Gardenia goes to Earth on a dare to witness the unsavory side of mankind for herself. Believing she can do better, she undertakes the formation of an entire galaxy, but without permission from Zeus.

Zeus disciplines her by assigning an epic 13-fold creational lesson destined to take her a century to complete. But he is taken aback once more when she makes an odd choice. She vows to fulfill this knowledge quest by tracking down a lost race of dragons, and discovering the secrets they’ve kept since time began.

Searching the universe to meet even one dragon may be a fool’s errand, but that’s the least of her worries. For ancient wartime resentments linger between the nations of dragons and deities, and some dragons would attack Gardenia on sight!

Yet she ventures out undaunted, learning unexpected things about nomadic life, tender love, and mortal peril along the way. The biggest surprise of all, though, goes by the name of Ri. Ri may be the man of her dreams, the voice in her head, the dragon she’s seeking, or all these things and more…

Meanwhile, the Fates brew sordid plans of their own and Hera jealously sets traps and trials for Gardenia at every chance. What’s a young goddess to do? Flight or fight?

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To celebrate the anniversary of Deity’s Soulmate, the author is giving away 3 digital copies of her latest book Follow the Snowflakes!

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About the Author

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ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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I’M BACK!!!! With Exciting News Too!

Easter weekend was a success (aside from my truck breaking down on the way home!!). My husband and I have a Ford F150 with the Eco Boost. It’s fairly new and we pulled our camp trailer on a two hour drive there, and a two hour drive back. We made it until about ten minutes from our house and it died! For no good reason either, it just ceased up, almost like a vapor lock, it would sputter and couldn’t get any gas.  I’m really not looking forward to finding out what the hell is wrong with it. OR how expensive it’s bound to be. That’ll be my task for today, is having a diagnostic check ran. Wish me luck!

Anyway, now that my rant is over… Being away from home, under the stars, in the fresh mountain air, covered in dirt for days, has been great for myself and my kids. We had a lovely time, and the magic of Easter as EXTRA magical.  Three and Five are the perfect ages for such fun, my kids are adorable. I mean, call me bios but I could possibly have the cutest kids on the planet!  We left bunny trails, and had a gigantic egg hunt. My son was spoiled rotten with baseball stuff, and my daughter got all the princess crap her little heart could possibly desire.

Then, when I got back, my inbox was LOADED WITH AWESOMENESS! The Conscious Talk Magazine has officially been accepted on Magzter!!!!!  That’s right, I came home to the surprise of our little #CTM baby, that we’ve nursed from the ground up, as being on the web stands. Our monthly issues are  downloadable!

CHECK THIS OUT!!

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A Week Away

This could possibly be the LONGEST unplug my family and I have had in years.  Easter weekend is coming up and we plan on a super long camping trip. My husband and I both have extra days off of work, as well as a few friends and family, so we’ll be extending our unplug time. Of course, four whole days away from civilization requires a bit more prep time than the usual one or even two over night-ers that we usually pull once summer rolls around. I have so much to do over the next couple of days it’s insane, and then we’ll be off… “off like a dirty shirt,” as my weirdo, quirky Dad would say lol.

I love this time of year!  Spring is the best. Writing in the sun, life is good! Spending time outdoors and away from cell service and WiFi dependency sort of heals my soul. It’s my recharge, and I love passing the traditions of campfire fun and dirt adventures on to my kids too.

Anyhow, I’ll be stepping away from WordPress, most likely until the beginning of next week. I don’t even have any posts automated this go around, so not only am I neglectful but I’m obviously unprepared as well. I apologize in advance for not reading and commenting on all of your stuff for the next week or so. Know that all of you lovely bloggers will be in my thoughts.

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE

I hope you all have just as amazing of a time as I already know that I will! Get dirty, but stay clean… If you catch my drift.

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Review: Antony, by Bethany-Kris 3 stars (Filthy Marcellos, book #0.5)

MY REVIEW:

I picked this book up after a friend of mine was ranting and raving about how amazing the entire series is. I was super excited, because usually all of my recommendations come from blogging, Netgalley, or whatever other virtual group that I’m a part of. So, to have an in person discussion about some in your face juicy romance novels, of course got me all excited about reading it.

Unfortunately, I think my expectations based on her rec was a little too high. I’m not even sure if I’ll finish the series. It’s still up in the air for me, and if I do then it won’t be any time soon. The OCD in me wants to keep on going, because ‘how could you’ not actually finish something you’ve started. Yet, the ‘I’m too busy to dick around with something that I don’t feel invested in’ side of me says to just put it away… for now.

Antony (Tony) is a no-nonsense, vicious, sexy, and powerful man. The Italian mafia runs his life, or in a way he runs it… either way is a fit. I like him, and I like his wife too! Cecelia is one of two of daughters of the big boss. The main man. It only makes sense that they end up together, as she is limited on whom she’s allowed to date. Yet, they are actually a great couple. They work well together. Their love is real. The sex is great. They have a beautiful family together, with the perfect home. Their hardships are devastating, and their good times are glorious.

So, you’d think with this premise, backed by a bunch of bloody mobster lawlessness it would be a great read. For me, it came up lacking.  I felt like it left out too many important things. It was missing the sharp edged suspense I was hoping for.  Granted, it’s hard to cover such a long length of time and still insert important details… but I feel like too much was left out. It bounced around in weird places, and came up short where it was important. I felt detached from the characters, and had a hard time forcing myself to take the time to read it.

Ultimately, I’ll probably finish reading the whole series, but it will be a while before I get to it.

DESCRIPTION:

Filthy Marcellos: La Cosa Nostra is not just a choice of regime and routine, it’s a culture. Born as mafia royalty, the Marcello brothers were raised ingrained with the beliefs and rules of what it meant to be a Mafioso prince. It is for life. Their status is considered a given right. They will always be these people. They will always be Marcellos.

Family first. God second.

From bosses and sons, to husbands and lovers. Made men, fathers, and killers. Life is a chess board in Cosa Nostra and these men are the kings.

You can’t be a Marcello if you’re not filthy.

 

The Complete Collection features the short novel Antony, and the three full length novels Lucian, Giovanni, and Dante. It also includes the 20k prequel to the Legacy series, featuring the Filthy Marcellos next generation.

Shabby Sunday 3/25/18

The Shabby Sunday meme was created by Mischenko over at Read Rant Rock & Roll blog, which I love!  I first noticed the Shabby Sunday posts a few weeks ago, and I fell in love with the idea of vintage/childhood features. So, naturally I had to join in. This is my second Shabby Sunday post, and I’m sure over time there will be more! 🙂

The book I’m choosing today is The War of The Worlds, but not JUST for the reasons you’re probably thinking. Yes, it’s a classic. Yes, its a great book. Yes, it was made into a movie where Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning acted upon direction of Steven Speilberg!

I mean, as if all of those reasons aren’t enough. There’s more!

I’m actually choosing this book because the paperback I came across in my collection gave me a laugh! That’s right friends. Check it out. The sticker on the front of this possibly original version is actually NOT a sticker! LOL  That two for a dollar Walmart special emblem is in fact printed right into the cover of this book!

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For those of you who have never heard of this book (which is maybe no one) this is what it’s about:

The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells. It first appeared in serialized form in 1897, published simultaneously in Pearson’s Magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan magazine in the US. The first appearance in book form was published by William Heinemann of London in 1898. It is the first-person narrative of an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and that of his younger brother in London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon. The War of the Worlds has two parts, Book One: The Coming of the Martians and Book Two: The Earth under the Martians. The narrator, a philosophically inclined author, struggles to return to his wife while seeing the Martians lay waste to the southern country outside London. Book One also imparts the experience of his brother, also unnamed, who describes events as they deteriorate in the capital, forcing him to escape the Martian onslaught by boarding a paddle steamer near Tillingham, on the Essex coast.

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