Spring Into Books Hop


 

Welcome to the Spring Into Books Hop! This hop is hosted by E-Reading on the Cheap and Beck Valley Books. This event features giveaways with a value of $10 or more at each of the participating blogs! Be sure to visit each blog from the linkys below and enter for your chance to win!  The hop lasts from March 20 – March 31st at 11:59 PM EST

The winner will receive a signed copy of my book, Witch Way Bends  and a copy of Cupid Painted Blind which features my short story “Tell A Soul!”  Good luck!

Click here to get to the facebook page rafflecoptor to enter for a chance to win.

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Check out this #TeaserTuesday for this week’s release, All for Family! #YouAreBeautiful


How about a #teasertuesday sneak peak of All for Family?  

all for family - adKay was gorgeous, and not a single dress she’d tried today had looked anything but amazing on her. Still, women were funny about such things, and Meg knew that as well as anyone. Bouncing Melody on her hip, she glanced down at her belly and tried to suck in a little tighter.

“Well, I have one more I’ll put on, but then I need a break. It’ll be time for you ladies to step into the dressing room.”

Meg glanced at the wall where a row of turquoise gowns was situated on a rack, waiting. She took a breath and swallowed, wishing she’d passed on being a bridesmaid. Didn’t Kay have younger, more attractive friends to ask? All the tightly held insecurities of her younger years were brimming up to the surface, and she could feel her cheeks getting flushed with nerves.

“Want me to take her?” Hope asked, reaching her hands for the baby.

Shaking her head, Meg forced a smile. “Oh, no, it’s fine. I think she needs a change though. I’ll just grab your bag and find the bathroom.”

Before Hope could argue, she had the strap in hand and was rushing out of the room. After changing Melody’s diaper, she ran a paper towel under the cold tap and then held it to her neck as she sat down on a cushy chair just next to the door. Her heart was hammering in her chest, and it was all she could do to keep herself from having a full-blown panic attack.

Melody must have sensed her anxiety because she began to grunt and wiggle on her lap. Bringing her up onto her shoulder, Meg patted her back and talked to her in gentle tones.

“Shhh. Aunt Meg is being silly,” she said.

A few minutes passed before she finally brokered the nerve to get up and leave the bathroom. About that time the door swung open, almost hitting her, and she gasped with a start.

“Oh, I’m so sorry, Meg. I was just coming to check on her. Is everything all right?” Hope asked, slipping her hands under the baby’s arms and taking the little one up against her chest. “Kay wants us to each grab a dress now and take a turn. I think she’s tired of the spotlight.”

Meg opened her mouth but couldn’t find the right words to work her way out of the situation. Hope turned to head back into the dressing room while she stood there, agape. After a moment she licked her lips, lifted her chest and followed after her cousin-in-law with butterflies swarming in her belly.

When she stepped into the dressing room and saw the other women with gowns held up to their bodies and giggling with excitement, she was reminded of another time, another wedding and another reason she should have found some way not to be a bridesmaid…

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All for Family (A Rawley Family Novel) #TeaserTuesday #YouAreBeautiful


How about a #teasertuesday sneak peak of All for Family?  

all for family - adKay was gorgeous, and not a single dress she’d tried today had looked anything but amazing on her. Still, women were funny about such things, and Meg knew that as well as anyone. Bouncing Melody on her hip, she glanced down at her belly and tried to suck in a little tighter.

“Well, I have one more I’ll put on, but then I need a break. It’ll be time for you ladies to step into the dressing room.”

Meg glanced at the wall where a row of turquoise gowns was situated on a rack, waiting. She took a breath and swallowed, wishing she’d passed on being a bridesmaid. Didn’t Kay have younger, more attractive friends to ask? All the tightly held insecurities of her younger years were brimming up to the surface, and she could feel her cheeks getting flushed with nerves.

“Want me to take her?” Hope asked, reaching her hands for the baby.

Shaking her head, Meg forced a smile. “Oh, no, it’s fine. I think she needs a change though. I’ll just grab your bag and find the bathroom.”

Before Hope could argue, she had the strap in hand and was rushing out of the room. After changing Melody’s diaper, she ran a paper towel under the cold tap and then held it to her neck as she sat down on a cushy chair just next to the door. Her heart was hammering in her chest, and it was all she could do to keep herself from having a full-blown panic attack.

Melody must have sensed her anxiety because she began to grunt and wiggle on her lap. Bringing her up onto her shoulder, Meg patted her back and talked to her in gentle tones.

“Shhh. Aunt Meg is being silly,” she said.

A few minutes passed before she finally brokered the nerve to get up and leave the bathroom. About that time the door swung open, almost hitting her, and she gasped with a start.

“Oh, I’m so sorry, Meg. I was just coming to check on her. Is everything all right?” Hope asked, slipping her hands under the baby’s arms and taking the little one up against her chest. “Kay wants us to each grab a dress now and take a turn. I think she’s tired of the spotlight.”

Meg opened her mouth but couldn’t find the right words to work her way out of the situation. Hope turned to head back into the dressing room while she stood there, agape. After a moment she licked her lips, lifted her chest and followed after her cousin-in-law with butterflies swarming in her belly.

When she stepped into the dressing room and saw the other women with gowns held up to their bodies and giggling with excitement, she was reminded of another time, another wedding and another reason she should have found some way not to be a bridesmaid…

Get your copy NOW:

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Interview with Lola James for Writer Wednesday #WW


Author Lola James stopped by my blog for a great interview today!  Enjoy!

Olivia:  Share a little bit about yourself.  Did you always see yourself as a writer?

Lola: First off, thanks for having me on your blog Olivia! Let’s see, I am married with three cuties for children and I moonlight as a writer. I live in South California and I enjoy traveling.

No, I didn’t know that I wanted to be a writer. For a long time I thought I wanted to be an attorney, but I married one and that was quickly diminished. I have been writing since I was a tween so I just it just came natural.

Olivia:  Your book is in queue on my “to read” list, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.  Tell us about Bound to Remember and how others can find it?

Lola:  Well my book Bound to Remember is about a young doctor named Toni that can’t exactly remember the details about her life because she is under a spell. There is a deadly reason for her not remembering too. It’s available to buy on: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Olivia: Where do you find inspiration for your stories?

Lola:  My imagination, I have to give it to all the credit to my imagination. I’d like to think it was me but alas I am not that creative. My imagination is vivid and I see things like a movie playing in my head. I just write down the things I can remember and hope the rest will come to me.

Olivia: I’m from the Gulf Coast and we have a thing called hurricane parties.  The idea is to hunker down all together with friends and family to weather the storm.  If you were going to host a hurricane party, which one of your characters would you want to be there and why?

Lola:  After my initial fear, I’m use to the ground shaking not wind and water; I would definitely hope Dawn would show up! She is one of the doctors, in Bound to Remember. She is a Southern belle, a hoot to be around, and I might ask her to host it for me! She is sassy, confident, and unintentionally funny. I think she would enjoy it as much as I would enjoy her being there.

Olivia:  Are you anything like any of your characters?

Lola:  Sort of, I am a little bit more outspoken than any of my characters. Also, I have a weird sense of humor so I try to keep my personality away from them. I sometimes think what would my characters do in a given situation and I think my outcome would be bolder than theirs would.

Olivia: It seems so many of us are writing series or trilogies.  Why do you think that is?

Lola:  I LOVE trilogies books and movies and I had planned on my books being trilogies but my characters have other plans. They all want their story out! I think it’s hard to stop a good thing. I mean eventually all the best stories must end but it is hard to let go of them sometimes.

Olivia: I’m sure you try to read as much as you write.  Tell us about a book you’ve read recently that just blew you away!

Lola:  I tend to fall in love with books and the most recent book I read for fun was Fifty Shades trilogy. I not only fell in love I wanted more! Lol. It is not a paranormal romance nor is it a typical romance either, but it was good on so many other levels and if you have an open mind try it.

Olivia:  You’ve got some new projects in the works.  Can you tell us about what we can look forward to in future?

Lola:  I have a new book named Fate’s Design that comes out on March 27, 2012; it is the first book in the Fate Series. It will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

I also am editing Unbound right now that is book two in this Spellbound Series it should be out by May 1, 2012!

Thanks so much, Lola!  Great interview and I look forward to enjoying your books!

~Olivia

Bound to Remember
Book One of the Spellbound Series

Vampires and Witches and Myths, oh my!

Toni is a young doctor with a past she can’t remember and a deadly reason for forgetting it.

Ben is a nurse who has his own tragic past and transfers hospitals after an act of heroism forces his secluded life public.

Ben can’t believe his eyes when he meets Toni, she has an uncanny resemblance to an old friend of his, and Toni can’t help but find Ben irresistible.

Enter Kevin, Toni’s sexy but arrogant Ex. Kevin’s jealousy of Ben blinds him from his main objective, Toni.

A dangerous secret is revealed and a magic spell seems to be a quick remedy, but the witch that helps has a little more than magic up her sleeve…

Cousins, Muffins and More….


I have a fantastic family.  I mean really, super fantastic.  Sure they’re all a bit cooky.  And yes, they occassionally get on my last nerve.  But they’ve always got my back and I know how blessed I am to have them.

Just a month or so ago I contacted my little cuz Cherie for help.  Wow… she’s not really little anymore.  I mean its kind of hard to keep perspective when you can actually remember being there at her house when her mom was in labor for her.  Not to mention all the summers I babysat her, taking her to swimming lessons and toting her around the mall pretending she was my kid.  But, the truth is she’s not a kid anymore.  She’s an absolutely beautiful, totally talented lady and I’m very proud of her.

So when I recently got the opportunity to participate in a cookbook collaboration with some other writers, who else would I call on than my capable culinary cousin, Cherie!  You’ll have to get the cookbook for her recipe, but Cherie was fabulous enough to bake a batch of yummy blueberry muffins and take pictures of them too.  Isn’t your mouth just watering?  Mmmm… So keep an eye out for the IWU Cookbook 2012 where you’ll be able to get a recipe for Langston’s Very Berry Blueberry Muffins.

Bitten Shame Excerpt:

“Shit,”Kent hissed, running his hand through his hair, “I should’ve known once the dust cleared they’d pull this.  Where is he supposed to meet them?”

Langston laughed as he moved towards the kitchen where he removed a tray of piping hot muffins from the oven, “Come, Kent.  You yourself suggested you would give Nicky more credit than that.  As I stated, he is on his way here.  He has ignored their communication.”

“What do you suppose they’ll want with them?” Devan asked. 

Until just a few days ago they’d not seen each other in years, but Jill knew her friend well enough to see the gears turning in her head.  Instead of pressing her on it, Jill waited.

“It is possible they may send them on our original mission to ensure that it is complete.  There is no way to know whether killing Adriel is the end of the Org.  Also, they may be called upon to bring us in, Kent and I that is.  Or, more likely, they might be ordered to bring you in, Devan.  The Company will naturally be curious about the new faery-witch.”

“No, we can’t do that!  What would they want with her?  There’s no way to know…” Jill insisted, her angst evident in the tone of her voice.  When Langston gave her a glance she immediately fell silent.  She saw Devan had noticed the furtive look passing between them and read the concern in her friend’s gold-brown eyes. 

It took a moment for Devan to break her gaze from Jill’s, then she finally turned to Kent, “You once told me Nicky does this for money.  What would be the going rate for his services?”

Langston’s face was overtaken by a huge smile even as he set the steaming muffins, now on a platter, before them on the coffee table, “You have an idea, little one?”

Don’t forget, Bitten Shame, will be released in just a few months so keep an eye out!

And if you just need to read more about our Bend-Bite-Shift friends, don’t forget to grab a copy of Cupid Painted Blind.  It’s available for ereaders at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  I’ll have signed paperbacks available by the end of this month too!

Cupid Painted Blind Giveaway!


Check out this great giveaway!  Three lucky winners will be chosen for an ecopy of Cupid Painted Blind.  Go to Stephanie Nelson‘s blog to find the rafflecopter.  Good luck!

Blurbs:

Sweet Little Lies by Liz Schulte Author of Dark Corners and The Guardian Trilogy The day Femi caught her first bounty she knew this was it; she found her place in the Abyss. However, one mistake, one act of kindness, one beautifully whispered lie could cost her everything–even her life.

Autumn’s Call by Lisa Rayns – Author of The Curse of the Egyptian Goddess
When Autumn realizes death is chasing her, she runs only to be stalled by an unresolved ghost. Is he there to help her? Or does he want retribution for his murder? 

Tell a Soul by Olivia Hardin – Author of Witch Way Bends
He’s the dependable one. The strong and steadfast one. Still, there’s one woman who has always turned his firm resolve on end. Langston is surprised beyond belief to find Kristana again, and this time without a husband. Has fate finally given them the chance to be together? Kristana can’t escape her intense attraction for the strange giant Langston, but the murmuring voices in her head are threatening to drive her mad. Can she find a way to trade one torment for another and thereby find true love?

The Siren Sarina by C.G. Powell – Author of Spell Checked
Being a siren is not all that it is cracked up to be, especially when you play with the gods. Sarina, like all good sirens, has a penance for sex and not with just anyone. This time her prey is Ares the god of war and lover to Aphrodite. Not that Sarina minds stepping on the goddess of loves toes, but when Ares gifts her with the powers of a god, Zeus can’t help but to intervene.

Fool Moon by Cait Lavender – Author of Cowboy Moon
All Jack saw when he looked at Carlie was perfection until she ripped out a man’s throat. Confused by the pull she had on his heart, he is left with the choice to chase after the love of his life or to be left howling at the Fool Moon.

When Opportunity Haunts by Stephanie Nelson – Author of The Gwen Sparks Series
With an eternity as the Angel of Death before him, not much could get under Dorian Hade’s skin–that was until he met Gwen Sparks. She shuts down all of his advances and insists they are just friends. Dorian takes matters into his own hands and tricks Gwen into a romantic weekend away from her ex-boyfriend at a haunted bed and breakfast.

Check out this awesome trailer!

Cupid Painted Blind Blog Heist


Hi!  My name’s Chelsea and this is my new puppy, Azzie. I’m prob’ly not ‘posed to be here but Miss Olivia prob’ly won’t mind.  Oops, here comes Mister Charlie!  I gots to go!

Chelsea, m’girl, what in the world are you doin’ taking over Olivia’s blog?  He, he, he.  I’m guessing that little blonde angel just wants to tell you all about how happy she is in her new home.  Well, since she’s already hijacked things, I might as well give you guys the scoop.

Ya’ see, Chelsea was rescued from some really bad characters called the Org.  Langston and his friends are gonna start bringing the kids here to live in this old renovated hospital. 

And speaking of Langston, that giant sure did get the wind taken outta his sails.  But who can blame him?  She may have been hired as a maid, but Miss Curtiss is a fine looking woman! 

Course Kristana came to us with some pretty hefty baggage of her own.  Didn’t take Langston long to figure out those voices in her head… ah, hell, I better not spoil things for you guys.  You should read “Tell A Soul” and get the whole story.  It’s a doozy for sure!

You can find Cupid Painted Blind at AMAZON – BARNES & NOBLE – SMASHWORDS

And our story isn’t the only one in Cupid Painted Blind. Make sure you show check them all out!  Liz Schulte, Lisa Rayns, C.G. PowellCait Lavender and Stephanie Nelson.

BLURBS:

Sweet Little Lies by Liz Schulte Author of Dark Corners and The Guardian Trilogy The day Femi caught her first bounty she knew this was it; she found her place in the Abyss. However, one mistake, one act of kindness, one beautifully whispered lie could cost her everything–even her life.

Autumn’s Call by Lisa Rayns – Author of The Curse of the Egyptian Goddess
When Autumn realizes death is chasing her, she runs only to be stalled by an unresolved ghost. Is he there to help her? Or does he want retribution for his murder? 

Tell a Soul by Olivia Hardin – Author of Witch Way Bends
He’s the dependable one. The strong and steadfast one. Still, there’s one woman who has always turned his firm resolve on end. Langston is surprised beyond belief to find Kristana again, and this time without a husband. Has fate finally given them the chance to be together? Kristana can’t escape her intense attraction for the strange giant Langston, but the murmuring voices in her head are threatening to drive her mad. Can she find a way to trade one torment for another and thereby find true love?

The Siren Sarina by C.G. Powell – Author of Spell Checked
Being a siren is not all that it is cracked up to be, especially when you play with the gods. Sarina, like all good sirens, has a penance for sex and not with just anyone. This time her prey is Ares the god of war and lover to Aphrodite. Not that Sarina minds stepping on the goddess of loves toes, but when Ares gifts her with the powers of a god, Zeus can’t help but to intervene.

Fool Moon by Cait Lavender – Author of Cowboy Moon
All Jack saw when he looked at Carlie was perfection until she ripped out a man’s throat. Confused by the pull she had on his heart, he is left with the choice to chase after the love of his life or to be left howling at the Fool Moon.

When Opportunity Haunts by Stephanie Nelson – Author of The Gwen Sparks Series
With an eternity as the Angel of Death before him, not much could get under Dorian Hade’s skin–that was until he met Gwen Sparks. She shuts down all of his advances and insists they are just friends. Dorian takes matters into his own hands and tricks Gwen into a romantic weekend away from her ex-boyfriend at a haunted bed and breakfast.

Check out this awesome trailer!