Friday, April 25, 2014

Meet Your Next Book Boyfriend -- David Chastain

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: Amy B. enjoy your Starbucks E-Card

The Book Boyfriend Blog Hop is back and better than ever!

The authors of Evernight have a brand new team of swoon-worthy book boyfriend candidates. A sexy assortment of cowboys, Doms, detectives, millionaires, royalty, vampires, soldiers, and shifters are just a click away.

Get ready to find your next book boyfriend...

David Chastain

Is he a bookish archaeologist or surviving heir to the Nuuba Pride of Shifters?

Physical Stats:
  • In his own words: "he had the sleek, powerful design that nature intended, his cock included. At six-five, two hundred ten pounds, body fat at three percent, he was chiseled like a masterpiece."
  • He is a hybrid Panthera-a Leo cosmically linked with humans.
  • Keen eyesight, even in the dark; powerful sense of smell.
  • One admirer in her pursuit of him: "she wanted to fuck Adonis-reincarnated."
  • Left pectoral--inked design of tribal swirls, thick lines, and sharp hooks. Continues over his shoulder and along his neck, curling up behind his left ear.
  • Right pectoral--inked design of majestic lion wearing a full mane, sitting in repose. Its profile shows off a tiny diamond, as its eye, partially embedded in his skin.
Mission: David Chastain has one mission—to avenge the death of the royal Nuuba Pride, a dynasty of lion shifters. Enemies abound in all forms. Could Starr, the sultry warrior-priestess who abruptly interrupts his life for a quest, be his mate for life or his downfall for eternity? The adventure promises to be a wicked, steamy erotic ride to the end and beyond.

What’s up for grabs?
One lucky hopper will win a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate sponsored by Evernight Publishing.
Plus, each author is giving away their own unique prize! So visit each blog hop stop for a host of fabulous prizes to win.

How to enter? Answer this question in the comments below…

To win $15 Starbucks e-card
Share THREE drool-worthy, must-haves for your favorite book boyfriend to earn your love. Winner must join my Twitter page and/or my Author Facebook page (leave a comment on either page that you've joined the Pride). One winner will be selected and receive a $15 Starbucks e-card. Void where prohibited. 

Be sure to leave the answer and your email address to be eligible to win a prize. Each comment gives you an entry for the grand prize (one per blog hop stop).

Keep hopping to the next author or blogger. After you’ve met each hero click HERE to vote for your favorite book boyfriend. You’ll earn an extra grand prize entry!

You’re one step closer to meeting your next Book Boyfriend...

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Writer's Life - Taking Time To Revitalize

Another book completed.

Another sign that writing is my career, my calling, a serious pursuit.

What comes with the accomplishment is a major feeling of release. There are lingering effects of physical and emotional stress, understandably. And already there is one foot in the rollercoaster car as I look up at the steep climb of a blank screen with blinking cursor for the first line of the next book. And all of these elements of writer life don't necessarily jive with each other. What becomes more than necessary, but life-saving and sanity-preserving is inserting the space and time to chill.

Regroup. Revitalize. Restart.

Enter writer friend to the rescue with her lake home setting. The sanctuary is important. I'm not in need of seclusion from the world. I don't need a schedule of activities. And I also didn't need to spend hundreds of dollars to find my quiet place. A reasonable driving distance and time behind the wheel were enough incentive to pack my things into the car and head out for several days. There was need to Regroup.

First day, we chatted. Caught up on life and writing news. We worked on prioritizing my schedule for the next six months and massaging a marketing plan. A great discussion with lots of laughter and cool conversation. And then I stared at the lake. Total relaxation. Literally, stared at the constant ripples of its dark surface. Admired the geese and their constant loud calls.

Still not ready to write, and with no need to rush the process, I read Rebecca Walker's Ade: A Love Story. Memoir-style with fictionalized additions. Beautiful and deceptively simplistic. But it was the perfect launch for my writer soul. By the evening, we had our communal sharing of our writing experiences and sometimes, irreverent musings that are perfect over chips and salsa and wine.

As the days progress, we are entering the serious phase. Focus is tuned in as we ascend into our individual writing worlds. Maybe our paths will cross on the way in or out of the kitchen for coffee or tea. The half-eaten bag of chips may be opened for a quick crunchy snack. The mood shifts into work mode according to individual schedules and deadlines.

I'm cutting myself some slack. Didn't plan to. I aimed to have started working by now. But I'm not ready. I want to read a few more books for leisure, but also for the voice and style necessary for an upcoming project. And I'm still not done with staring at the lake. Letting my thoughts now bounce around unfettered by deadline stress or fear of evil distraction. The Revitalization is underway.

A couple days are left before reinserting myself back into my everyday life. I feel the spark, the initial desire and need to tell the next story. I'm going to re-read Anne Rice's Interview With A Vampire. A book that I read in April, 1990 on a Caribbean cruise and that launched my love for the paranormal. A book that matched the dark passionate romances that I'd written. It's the voice that's re-emerging.

Like a glowing ember, my creative spark will stay lit for that magical moment when I carry it to ignite the fire of creativity. I'll take the power of these days, the restorative spirit of the lake and Restart the engine.

This morning as I began my day with reading emails, I came across a note from a reader, Paulette H, "Love your books. Keep writing."

A beautiful incentive to continue with the course ahead.

Michelle Monkou
One Of A Kind (The Meadows Family)
Into The Pride (Nuuba Pride Shifters)


Book Release: To Tempt A Billionaire

Have you ever had an item on your to do list that never seemed to get completed? For a while To Tempt A Billionaire was on the to do list ...