Author Spotlight & Giveaway

RT Booklovers Convention 2017 is next week. Check out this must read author who will be there!
Are you going? You can find Jessica at the following events:

YA Spooky Slumber Party
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 9:30pm – 11pm

Get to All the Feels Quicker
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 12:15pm – 1:15pm

YA Book-tionary
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Beach Blanket Bingo
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Entangled Candy & Spoons!
Friday, May 5, 2017 11:15am – 12:15pm

How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?

Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.

While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.

Birthright can be purchased at any of the following retailers:

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Book 2 in the series, Retribution, is also out now!

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Bio:

Jessica lives in Virginia with her college-sweetheart husband, two rambunctious sons, and two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs. Since her house is overflowing with testosterone, it’s a good thing she has a healthy appreciation for Marvel movies, Nerf guns, and football.

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Happy Book Birthday Playing the Spanish Billionaire and His Family of Convenience

The Whole Latte: Playing the Spanish Billionaire by MK Meredith is a Spanish Adventure set in the heart of Barcelona. This romantic city has everything you need for a romantic escape; amazing food, fine art and lots of sexy men. It’s been a long time since I’ve travelled to Barcelona but I would never refuse the opportunity to visit again. A highlight of my trip was the Picasso Museum and indulging in the food.

From the quant streets sprinkled with restaurants and shops to the majestic landscape, MK has masterfully captured its beauty, aroma and sensual gastronomic experience. If you’ve never been, this book will leave you craving the many flavors of this Mediterranean city. I will never experience a tomato the same way again 😉

What will London do when she discovers that her financial state is about to change her life forever? London will stop at nothing to take care of those she loves, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness for it. Her job allows her to travel but with so many secrets it’s hard to find time for love.

Manteu is unable to balance his family’s business and his own professional career. When a solution to fix his situation is presented to him will he cheat his way to success?

I look forward to the next installment of this fabulous European adventure with MK and am patiently awaiting till I can book my next trip!

A two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.

Title: Playing the Spanish Billionaire (International Temptation #2) by M.K. Meredith
Release Date: 4/24/2017
About the book:

Mateu Espasa, CEO of Barcelona’s most luxurious hotel, knows how to deliver a five-star experience. When he learns the identity of hotel reviewer, London Montgomery, it seems harmless to play as her local tour guide to make sure she enjoys her stay and places his hotel back in the running for the Elite Life and Travel Magazine’s hotel of fame. But every moment with London makes Mateu want her just as much as he needs that review.

Constantly working to cover her mother’s medical bills, London needs to have a little fun on this vacation. First on her list: Kiss a hot Spaniard, and her knight-in-shining-Armani at the train station seems to fit that bill—he’s local and definitely hot! But when she discovers the man charming her is really CEO of the hotel she’s reviewing—supposedly secretly—she decides to see how far he’ll go to make her dream vacation a once in a lifetime experience.

Mateu shows her the romance of his city and his soul, but when the truth comes out, the fun is over, and it turns out nobody wins in a game of hearts.

Buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y193913/
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1126093518/
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1222794097/
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/playing-the-spanish-billionaire
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34521948/

About the author:

MK Meredith writes single title contemporary romance promising an emotional ride on heated sheets. She believes the best route to success is to never stop learning. Her lifelong love affair with peanut butter continues. Only two things come close in the battle for her affections: gorgeous heels and maybe Gerard Butler…or was it David Gandy? Who is she kidding? Her true loves are her husband and two children who have survived her SEA’s (spontaneous explosions of affection) and live to tell the tale. The Meredith’s live in the D.C. area with their large fur baby…until the next adventure calls.

Connect:

Author Website: www.mkmeredith.com
Author Blog: https://www.mkmeredith.com/blog/
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/MKMKMeredith
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MKMKMeredith/
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14145610.M_K_Meredith
Newsletter: https://www.mkmeredith.com/mks-heat-sheet/

The  Whole Latte:  His Family of Convenience by Amy Ayers is a Spanish adventure set in castle rich with all the trappings fit for a princess!

A one-night stand, a surprise pregnancy and a year of unanswered communication is enough to drive any woman towards a different path.

When March Medina shows up he thinks he has all the information, when he’s caught off guard will Senna use it to her advantage?

A story of second chances when two lovers are reunited. They will discover that family bonds are sacred but when laced with secrets, responsibilities are worthless without love.

A two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.

I received this ARC for a fair and honest review.

Title: His Family of Convenience (The Medina Legacy #1) by Amy Ayers
Release Date: 4/24/2017

About the book:

Senna Callas’s one-night stand with her alpha (*****) boss, Marco Medina, was supposed to mark the end of her internship and their ridiculous attraction. After being unreachable and ignoring Senna for a year, Marco sweeps back into the country and summons her to his office, revealing he knows her secret…the secret created during their explosive night together.

Marco is determined to be there for the son he’s just discovered he has, but when it comes to being with Senna, his choices aren’t his own. His meddling family expects him, the firstborn son, to follow through with the arranged marriage set up when he was a child. And Senna has no plans on being his mistress and still resents how her attempts to contact Marco were ignored. The only thing going right between them is the attraction that burns no matter the complicated situation they’re in.

Marco would do anything to protect his family, anything except decide between the legacy he was born into and the young family he’s just found…

Buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y16R9KJ/
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1126082937/
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1222739797/
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/his-family-of-convenience
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34521984/

About the author:

Amy Ayers remembers writing her first fiction as an introspective tween in rainy Portland, Oregon. She took a break from writing to move with her family to the desert of Phoenix, Arizona. She currently divides her time between her writing, her family (including one husband, four boys and two dogs), and her far too lengthy daily commute to work. A life-long lover of literature, she began writing her own contemporary romance in earnest in 2014 and is thrilled to be published with Entangled.

Connect:

Author Website: https://amyayersauthor.com/
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Author Twitter: @amyloomom / https://twitter.com/amyloomom

Happy Book Birthday The Negotiator and Love On Tap

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*The Whole Latte:
The Negotiator by Avery Lee is seductive, witty, and so addicting from the cover to the last page you will need to order take-in for dinner. To the cover designer at Entangled who selected the model, thank you!

Sawyer Carlyle is toxic, addictive and has finally met his match.  What will he do when he discovers the truth surrounding his new hire? Will he have enough strength to face his fears once and for all? It will take strength, humor, and a sexy stranger to discover  the one thing he can’t buy. Life is about to throw him the ultimate curveball and his life will never be the same.

Clover Lee is quirky, smart and not afraid of confronting Sawyer’s fears. Sure the job is a bit unusual but everyone has a price. It’s not like she’s selling her soul, she’s just answering an ad for a professional buffer. How bad could that be?

Both Sawyer and Clover have something to gain with the teeny, tiny secret and the while I never give any spoilers I will say this, Ms. Flynn well done on how it came together at the end. The minute I read the last page I craved more.

Don’t miss this fresh, witty, intoxicating and story from Avery Flynn.  If you’ve never read any of her books you are in for a treat. Relationships are messy, unpredictable and full of life altering moments. This book has that and more! I cant wait to read the next installment or at the very least, her next release.

A two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review.

From Social Butterfly PR:
The Negotiator, an all-new sexy, romantic comedy standalone from Avery Flynn is now LIVE!!!

The Negotiator by Avery Flynn
Release Date: April 24th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Wanted: Personal Buffer

Often snarly, workaholic executive seeks “buffer” from annoying outside distractions AKA people. Free spirits with personal boundary issues, excessive quirks, or general squeamishness need not apply. Salary negotiable. Confidentiality required.

Workaholic billionaire Sawyer Carlyle may have joked he needed a buffer from their marriage-obsessed mom, but he didn’t need a waiting room filled with candidates to further distract him. (Thanks, bro.) But when a sexy job applicant shooes his mom and the socialite in tow out of his office, Sawyer sees the genius of the plan. And the woman. In fact, Miss Clover Lee might just get the fastest promotion in history, from buffer to fake fiancé…

This free-spirit might look like hot sunshine and lickable rainbows, but she negotiates like a pitbull. Before Sawyer knows what hit him, he’s agreed to give up Friday nights for reality tv, his Saturdays for flea markets (why buy junk still baffles him), his Tuesdays and Thursdays for date nights (aka panty-losing opportunities if he plays his cards right). And now she wants lavender bath salts and tulips delivered every Monday?

Yup, she’s just screwing with him. Good thing she’s got this non-negotiable six-weeks-and-she’s-gone rule or Sawyer may have just met this match…

Read Today!

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About the Author:

Avery Flynn is an award winning, USA Today bestselling romance author. She has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

Connect with the Author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AveryFlynnAuthor/

Twitter: @averyflynn

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Title: Love On Tap by Meg Benjamin
Release Date: 4/24/2017
 
About the book:

Wyatt Montgomery knows a barrel of legendary Zoria imperial stout will help his Denver gastropub stay on top. The only problem is the brewery that made it is no longer in business. When Wyatt hears the brewmaster has only one barrel left, he won’t stop until it’s his. He doesn’t consider what this mythical barrel might cost him. And he certainly doesn’t anticipate his reaction to the heart-stoppingly beautiful brewmaster he needs to convince to sell him the beer.

When Wyatt rushes into Bec Dempsey’s small-town cooperative offering to buy the last barrel of her precious Zoria, she’s thrown for a loop. She’s been burned by city-slickers before, and she’ll be damned if she’ll let it happen again. But when things start heating up between them, Bec decides to make Wyatt a counteroffer. One she hopes he won’t refuse.

The Whole Latte: A light and sexy look inside brewing a great stout. If you love a romance that is slow, smooth and layered with a few surprises, then you will enjoy this first installment from the Brewing Love series. The characters are charming, relatable and willing to do almost anything for those they love.

Grab an iced cold beer and sit down for a romance that is sure to leave you with the perfect amount of sizzle. This two peppers spicy latte has just enough to make you tingle and is it’s for mature readers 18+. 2 Jalepenos

Buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y166ZNM/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1126093533/

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1222653885/

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/love-on-tap-3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34614434/

About the author:

Meg Benjamin is an multi-published author of contemporary romance. Her books have won numerous awards, including an EPIC Award, a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers, the Beanpot Award from the New England Romance Writers and the Award of Excellence from Colorado Romance Writers. Although she began writing in Texas, Meg now lives in Colorado with her hubs of many years and two rather large Maine coon cats (well, partly Maine Coon anyway). Her Web site is https://www.MegBenjamin.com. You can follow her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/meg.benjamin1), Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/megbenjamin/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/megbenj1). Meg loves to hear from readers—contact her at meg@megbenjamin.com.

Connect:

Author Website: https://www.MegBenjamin.com

Author Blog: https://megbenjamin.com/blog/

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/megbenj1

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Meg-Benjamin-92326541238/ and https://www.facebook.com/meg.benjamin1

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2869971.Meg_Benjamin

 

Fall In love with Entangled Romance

One Little Kiss by Maggie Kelley is the third installment in her Smart Cupid series, a series that is on auto-buy and a must read to all who believe in love! Every book by Maggie Kelley is a must read! I have been waiting years for this book and could not put it down. It’s the perfect blend of comedic relief with spice as our hero discovers what happens when he professes he’s not interested in love. But what if the game just changed?

Jake Wright was burned in the name of love. It will take an act of god, or a little intervention from his matchmaking sister to show him how wrong he is about love.

Kate Bell has dreams of working at a magazine. When her boss, the owner of the illustrious matchmaking firm, offers her the chance to reach for her dream job, she takes it. If only she could control falling under the spell of cupid’s arrow. In order to do that she will have to keep her eyes on her target and her mind focused.

Love can’t be planned, scheduled or controlled, if it’s true love, it’s organic and just happens. Will Kate and Jake figure out that what they both want is right in front of them? If they don’t, even cupid won’t stand a chance with these two!

Take a journey to a tropical island and discover what happens when you stop planning and let things just evolve organically. Could you just let it go for a chance to find love?  Well done Maggie!

A two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.

Pre-order your copy of One Little Kiss (Smart Cupid) now for $2.99.

Her Scottish Mistake is a must for anyone craving a sexy Scottish hero. For me, I don’t care if that Scotsman is in a historical, contemporary or paranormal romance. If my hero is wearing a kilt, that book is on my must read list!

A gambling debt to be paid, an engagement and a couple’s resort…what could go possibly go wrong? Janie Milan is hoping a quick trip to Thailand will help ease her heart after narrowly escaping her own version of hell back home. Blaine Gallway is a Scottish actor who has just landed himself in a mess that he’s unsure he can sort out.

A man willing to do anything for family and a woman who lives for her family are both headed for a little rest and relaxation. Will they find love in paradise? This must read has it all – loveable characters, witty dialogue, love scenes that leave you swooning and adventures that are so vivid you feel like you’re right there with them.

I’ve never been to Thailand, but after reading this delicious book, I’m adding it to my list of places to visit.

A two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.

I received this book for a fair and honest review. Get your copy of Her Scottish Mistake (A Perfect Escape) now for $2.99.

Properly Groomed by Boone Brux is the third installment in the Wedding Favors series. What would you do if you woke up in bed with your lifelong crush…wearing almost nothing?

Joya Bennett is a woman who knows what she wants when it comes to her career. In the name of love, she just needs a little nudge. Will a tiny bit of liquid courage get the best of her? Instead of confronting Lincoln Fisher, the huge sex pot in bed with her, she is left wondering if she should confront him and find out what really happened.

From the flirty cover to the last page, this bridal party, hangover walk of shame beginning was a story that I could NOT put down.  This friends to lovers story is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Intense chemistry, witty banter, a few loveable pets and a plot that moves along at a fast pace.

While this is part of a series it can be read as a stand-alone and I look forward to diving into Boone’s backlist to see how the story evolved.

A two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.

I received this book for a fair and honest review. Get your copy of Properly Groomed (Wedding Favors) now for $0.99.

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Coffee With USA Today Best-selling Author Xio Axelrod


Rae: Thank you Xio for hanging out with me today.

Xio: My pleasure! Thanks for having me.

Rae: First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop, I’d be drinking a mocha latte with Coconut milk. What would you order?

Xio: I’m not a big coffee drinker, but I do drink a ton of tea. Probably a leftover from living in the UK. I’d probably order a Chai Latte or some other frothy, creamy drink.

Rae: I am thrilled you are here today. Congratulations on Hot on Ice being on the USA Today bestselling list!

Xio: Thank you! We’re all pretty stunned and, of course, thrilled. The support for this project has been tremendous.

Rae: The collection was fantastic. What was it like to work with 17 authors collaborating and writing about hockey?

Xio: Thanks! It was an amazing experience, and I have to give a shout out to Avery Flynn for inviting me to be a part of it. I learned so much from each one of those ladies.

Rae: Are you a hockey fan?

Xio: I am a HUGE hockey fan, actually. (Go Flyers!) Even if the anthology hadn’t been filled with some of my favorite authors, I still would have jumped at the chance. Sports romance isn’t my forte, but I loved combining two of my favorite things: hockey and romance.

Rae: Readers…check out my review of Hot On Ice for this fabulous story! You also write erotic romance, is it easy to switch genres?

Xio: Yes and no. Erotic romance is where I let my hair down, so to speak. I basically throw the rules out the window and weave rather lyrical stories when I’m playing in that particular sandbox. They tend to be a bit more abstract if that makes any sense. It’s something I’d like to do more often and hope to do again soon, time permitting.

Rae: I understand that you write music and perform, when do you have time to do everything?

Xio: That’s the million dollar question. I was a full-time singer and songwriter until 2013. There was a mini-recession in Europe, where I toured the most, and it decimated the Indie music venues that I frequented. Places either closed, changed hands, or stopped booking original music. I knew it would eventually recover, but it forced me to take a break. It was during that break that I learned about Romance Writers of America and started to pursue (what was supposed to be) a secondary career as an author. Of course, it’s all reversed now. I don’t tour much anymore, but I still record and perform. And I’ve found a way to incorporate music into my books, recording soundtracks/singles for some of them. Still, it’s a juggling act.

Rae: Do you have the same creative process for writing books and songs?

Xio: I suppose I do, yes. I’m fascinated by what-ifs. With a song, I might hear a guitar lick or a bit of harmonized vocals and wonder “what if I build a chorus around those few notes?” My books often start the same way. I’ll read an article or overhear a conversation and think “what if…?”

Rae: What can we expect to see in 2017?

Xio: The Warm Up, from Hot On Ice, comes back to me soon, so I will be releasing that with some bonus scenes. After that comes Camden, and I am crazy excited about that book. Later in the year, I’ll have the long awaited follow up to The Calum, a/k/a “the book that will be the death of me,” and also a story I co-wrote with Kim Golden called Crossing Paths. I have some other things on tap, including my first LGBTQ series, but I’m not sure what will come this year and what will get pushed to 2018.

Rae: If readers want to find you, where will you be in the upcoming months?

Xio: I’ll be at the RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta in May, and then at RWA’s Literacy Signing in July. That’s in Orlando. I’ll also be at the Baltimore Book Festival in September, though I’m not sure if I’ll be on a panel or just hanging around. Either way, it’s a great event.

Rae: You have posted that you’ll be at RT in Atlanta next month with Stu Reardon attending as your guest. Please tell me how that evolved. 🙂

Xio: Six months ago, I was in Dublin, Ireland for an author event and ran into Stu. For those who don’t know, Stuart is an ex-rugby player-turned-fitness guru and cover model. (He’s a sweetheart, by the way.) Anyway, Stu asked me about my career as an author and joked that I should put him on the cover of one of my books. Well, I thought it was a joke, but Stuart wasn’t joking. So we exchanged info, chatted a bit, and viola – Camden was born. It’s very different from anything else I’ve released, and I’m anxious to see how Camden’s story will be received. After Stu had planted the idea of being on one of my covers (actually, he’ll be on two), he offered to come to RT with me to help promote it. Again, I thought he was kidding. One thing I’ve learned in my budding friendship with Stu is that he’s a very serious business man. He loves to have fun, but he’s all business when it matters. I’ve learned a lot from him and hope that some of his drive rubs off on me. He would be a great life coach.

Rae: I am thrilled you were able to join me today and look forward to your next release.

Xio: Thanks again for having me! I had a blast.

Rae: Thank you again

***** 8 Tantalizing Tidbits *****


1. What is a must-read book and why?

Maybe Baby by Kim Golden is a book I return to again and again. I’ve known Kim for years, but we’d lost touch. When we re-connected, she’d just released Maybe Baby, and I bought it as a friend. I totally fell in love with Mads and Laney. Kim’s writing is so intimate and descriptive, and the story is so unique. I think I’ve read this book six or seven times.

2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown?

Philadelphia is America’s best-kept secret, lol. Everyone knows about the Liberty Bell and all the historical stuff, but when people come here, I take them to the Art Museum area. The scenery is gorgeous, with the Schuylkill River snaking its way through the heart of the city. You get a taste of what makes Philly so unique. It’s a naturally, almost sumptuously green city.

3. What is one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

I read my first romance novel in 2013.

4. Hard Rock or Classical? Favorite Band or Artist?

Hard rock though I love classical too, especially Bach and Debussy. I have way too many modern favorites to pick one, but I’ve recently discovered a Norwegian artist named Cezinando. He’s sort of a cross between Die Antwoord and Eminem. Such a clever lad.

5. If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go?

Right now, Oslo, Norway. My current muse is a Norwegian actor named Henrik Holm. He inspired my new work-in-progress, so I’m obsessed with all things Norwegian at the moment. I’m even learning the language.

6. What is your guilty pleasure?

I’ve learned not to feel guilty about my pleasures. 😉

7. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one?

I have three, with two more planned. My first was the Cyrillic letter D (a nod to my husband).

8. Binge watcher or weekly viewer? Which show(s)?

My DVR is heavily used, and I tend to binge between manuscripts. Faves include The Walking Dead, Outlander, Colony, Game of Thrones, Preacher, and Sense8. But my absolute favorite show is SKAM. It’s Norwegian, lol. See a pattern there?

9. What play or musical do you want to see next?

Like everyone else on the planet, I’m dying to see Hamilton. I’m still kicking myself for not going it when it was in preview. The annual RWA conference was in New York that year, and the theater was right next door.

Rae: Thanks again for hanging out! Time for another Latte 🙂 Happy Reading Dear Readers.

Happy Writing Xio

Xio: Thanks!

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Author Info:

Xio Axelrod is a USA Today bestselling author of love stories, contemporary romance and (what she likes to call) strange, twisted tales. She also writes erotica as Xio Nin.

Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn’t writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, not-so-secret name). She lives in Philadelphia with one full-time husband and one part-time cat.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.xioaxelrod.com/ Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Xio-Axelrod/e/B00JCFOOHY Email Signup: https://eepurl.com/SunFL Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/XioAxelrod Twitter: https://twitter.com/xioaxelrod Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/xioaxelrod Google+: https://plus.google.com/+XioAxelrod Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/xioaxelrod/ Instagram: https:// https://instagram.com/xioaxelrod/

Book info:

Title: Camden

Blurb: Sometimes there’s a moment when you know you’ve screwed up. For Camden Skinner, it’s the night a dead pop star walks into his pub.

As one-half of Skin, an agency which specializes in cleaning up behind the ultra-rich and infamous, Cam has gotten used to getting his hands dirty. A little too used to it. After the young singer at the center of a client’s controversy is found dead, Cam decides he’s out. He walks away from Skin in search of a simpler life. Maybe even a shot at redemption.

Redemption arrives in the form of Yara Bujold.

The singer’s meteoric rise to the top surprised no one more than Yara herself. All she ever wanted was to make music. Caught up in the dark underbelly of the industry, Yara is forced to fake her own death. But she can’t hide forever.

Yara tracks down one of the principals at Skin, the very people that helped to tear her down. She’ll force Camden Skinner to make it right, whatever it takes. What she doesn’t expect is remorse from the man that helped to ruin her. And she certainly doesn’t expect to lose herself in him.

Cam finds himself sucked right back into a world he’d hoped never to step foot in again, but he can’t walk away. He has to fix this. Not only for himself, but for her. For Yara. Because she might just be everything he didn’t know he needed. She just might be everything.

**Blurb provided by Xio Axelrod

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Coffee With Cover Model Scott Nova

Rae: Thanks so much for hanging out with me today. First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking an iced Coffee with coconut milk. What would you order?

Scott: I would order a large spice chai tea.

Rae: I am always fascinated with how a cover model got their start. How did you landed on your first book cover? Was it for a stock photo or did an author request you?

Scott: It was a request, by Cindy Holby, who had met me at RT-LA in 2011 after Cindy Walker recruited me into the ranks of the cover models.

Rae: Have you ever had a request that was out of your comfort zone during a photo shoot? If so, how did you navigate through that?

Scott: Yeah I was requested once to cup a woman’s bare breasts, and I was married and so that was off the table. It was easy to navigate around, as the photographers that I work with are top-notch and very professional, so it was an easy thing to work through. I like boob’s as much as any man (maybe more than usual) but I only enjoy Lesleys lol.

Rae: I recently read that you are available to model with your wife for cover photos, is that more or less stressful than with a model you don’t know?

Scott: You read correct, and it’s very fun and easy to do. Authors are always saying that couples on covers have to have chemistry, and even though it’s a still photo on a book, chemistry comes through, and we have so much chemistry that it’s easy to get as sexy, or contemporary as needed.

Rae: The RT Convention 2017 agenda lists you as appearing in Hotlanta and hosting the Cover Model Meet & Greet. For new attendees, can you explain what happens during those sessions?

Scott: I’m not exactly sure WHAT is gonna happen at the Hotlanta event, could get pretty nuts. The event organizors want me to bring my turn-out gear from my firehouse, but that stuff is very heavy and hard to travel with. So, not sure whatsup yet. As for the Cover Model Meet & Greet, it’s all about just coming to the event and meeting your favorite model. Period. Very simply put, we are eliminating the mess of festivities that sometimes accompanies the models at events, and making it about MEETING the models. You can chat, get photos and autographs and just have fun.

Rae: How often do you attend conferences during the year to connect with readers and fans?

Scott: I tend to go to, now-a-days, about 3-4 events. I just can’t afford to travel like some of these young kids can or folks with regular service jobs. I own my own IT consulting company, and it requires a lot of my time and expertise. I require my guys to be on point, so I have to be as well. So I don’t abuse the power of being the owner, not yet at least LOL /grin.

Rae: Any meet and greet fan moment stand out? Are the fans the same or is a new scene every time?

Scott: YES, the fan scene is different, but it’s also the same for me when I go to the large events like RT or Emerald City Writers Convention. A singular fan moment stand out…hmmm. I’d have to say, no not really. I enjoy all the folks ive gotten to meet through the years, and also who all I’ve gotten to work with. I’ve taken thousands and thousands of photos with fans, and each one I take time for. I also try desperately to remember everyone, but it’s very difficult sometimes. But we guys and gals try.

Rae: When you are not shooting covers, how do you spend you time?

Scott: Well, I truly enjoy my family time, more and more as Jacob gets older. Lesley and I just celebrated our 3yr wedding anniversary, but it seems like forever lol. I also own a IT consulting company, Linear IT Solutions, and with us growing like crazy, it keeps me hoping. I also like to compete as a powerlifter and I still take pride in my physique, so I bodybuild on a regular basis still. Heck, shooting is like middle of the list anymore.

Rae: What is your idea of escape for a bit of relaxation when you want to disappear with the family?

Scott: My wife’s family has a vacation home in North Carolina, and it’s in the mountains near Banner Elk, and so we go there 2-3x a year, and its great. I absolutely feel content there, and alive all at the same time. There’s plenty to still do, but you can immediately hide away in the mountains and be able to breath.

Rae: Time for a little fun. A few authors have sent me questions to ask you….in no particular order 😉

Rae: Robin Covington wants to know “What’s your favorite form of exercise?”
Scott: Favorite exercise….I do a hybrid form of powerlifting, and bodybuilding, it allows me to keep a pleasing physique that allows my narrow waist, and broad shoulders to still make ’em look twice, but also BE STRONG which is paramount to me. I know there are a LOT of guys that want to look strong and don’t care if they can move any weight functionally or not (some are other cover models) but that’s not my cup o tea. I like to “look” like I can move something heavy, and be able to actually do it.

Rae: MK Meredith wants to know “What do you think is the greatest challenge facing male cover models today and how do you think the best models overcome or deal with these challenges? What would be your dream photo shoot?”

Scott: Great question MK, lots of points on that one. This could get to be a long issue in discussion, but I’ll just touch the surface. Male cover models get a stigma of being meat heads. ‘laughing’ now some are, but most are very smart, hard working, and very successful in a lot of ventures. But the greatest challenge I think is that we are under the eye all the time. Now that social media is 100% over top of the book world, anything even possibly taken out of context can potentially ruin a career. Some guys and gals, have needed that. They turn on the gorgeous smile, and want to be all about the fans, but at the end of the day, they aren’t nice people. And eventually, that comes out. I try to keep this as business as possible. I don’t invite authors to my room at events, not only because I’m married to a completely gorgeous and wonderful woman, but out of respect for the author as well. Hate and jealous has many eyes, let me tell you. It’s also what has allowed me to NOT be a shooting star in this industry, but still be around 7yrs later. My dream photo shoot…man, it’d have to be on the rim of a volcano with a world class photographer. To have that immense power, and destruction, but also beauty, right behind me would be amazing to pose with/in.

Rae: Stefanie London wants to know “What’s their favourite type of ‘role’ to play for a cover shoot?’ I.e romantic or sexy or suspense etc.”

Scott: Of course sexy/erotic is fun because it’s easy, just look like your so damn horny you can damn near go nuts, and you nailed it. I like suspense/horror but mainly because I haven’t gotten to do a lot of it. So it’s interesting, and I also love that genre of movies and such, so I would say suspense.

Rae: Kimberly Kincaid wants to know “Do you read the books that you’re on the cover of and what doe thinks of being associated with that hero?

Scott: I haven’t read one book from front to back, not yet. I’ve always just been so busy that it’s difficult. However, Lesley has read a few that I’m on and it’s been funny to have her giggle and say “oh, yeah, you DO do that!” 0.o

Rae: Avery Flynn wants to know “You have a solid reputation as one of the nicest guys in the business. Why do you think it’s important to not just look amazing (speaking truth here) but act it as well?”

Scott: Awww again, thank you Avery (and Rae) for the compliments…it helps an old man to keep pushing in the gym 😉

I didn’t set out to specifically have a “nice” guy reputation, it’s just who I am. I wanted to change careers, become a full-time paid firefighter and EMT and help people the rest of my life. Use my God given athletic abilities and will to NEVER GIVE UP to help folks. Alas, that isn’t in the cards for me, I’m not going to be full-time, not now that I’ve decided to take on this IT business, and make THAT my end goal.

But it’s ok, I don’t have many regrets, and that certainly isn’t one now. I look at this way, instead of me giving up something to be a business owner, it’s what I was supposed to do and help make a fun, and intriguing workplace for my guys to be proud of and want to be apart of. We’re going to use Linear IT’s resources to volunteer at the local charities and non-profits to help them with their IT needs.

And it means so much to me, that I have that reputation. I DO wish it equated to more covers and promo work, but I guess you do have a limited shelf-life in this industry, maybe I’m just nearing the end of mine.

Rae: Speaking of photographs do you have a website of the photographs that you take? If you could have a photo session where or whom would it include?

Scott: My website is NOT a very good one, but again it’s time to get it redone. But, its https://www.scottnova.com and a photo session would also be amazing in someplace like Scotland, in front of the castles and landscapes would be amazing.

Rae: It was so much fun having you here today!

Scott: Thank you Rae, and the Coffee shop for such great spice chai tea.

***** 12 Tantalizing Tidbits ******

1. What is a must read book and why? I honestly don’t have an answer for this, I couldn’t tell you the last time I read something that wasn’t pertaining to my training, or with my business.

2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown? Well, if you come to Columbus, certainly must visit Old Man’s Cave, it’s a great little system of hiking, and waterfalls, and caves that are a real pleasure to have fun with for a while.

3. Hard Rock or Classical? Favorite Band or Artist? hm…kind of a mix…I like A LOT of different music and my two favorite bands are Def Leppard and CCR. Artist, Springsteen the boss.

4. What are you afraid of? Spiders

5. Tats or No Tats? If tats, how many and what did you choose for your first one? Tats for sure, I’d have WAY more but my wife my kill me. My first ever tattoo was a clown from the band, ICP (Insane Clown Posse) and even though I out grew their clowns on my body (its been covered up, btw) I still love their message.

6. Organized or Free Floating? Organized.

7. What’s on your playlist? I’m listening to Joe Cockers’ “You Can Leave Your Hat On”

8. What play or musical do you want to see next? Chicago

9. Best tip for relaxing? A snuggling wife that likes to hide her cold feet under your leg. It’s nice to be wanted LOL.

10. What’s your favorite TV show and why? NCIS – I want to be like Gibbs when I grow up.

11. What’s your favorite movie of all time and why? WHOA….ROUGH question here.

12. Would you rather see a movie in the theatre or at home on DVD and why? I definitely prefer the theater, as it’s a much larger canvas and the spectacle type movies really belong there.

Rae: Thanks again for hanging out! Time for another Iced-Coffee 🙂

Happy Reading Scott