Blog Tour and Sneak Preview of a Flawed Jewel by Dawn Brower

Please welcome Ms. Dawn Brower on my blog today. I’ve had the privilege of reading a review copy of a flawed jewel. I absolutely love the sexy male lead. So how exactly does Dawn create such devastating character? Hmm. I’d say it has something to do with this awesome author’s background. Let’s take a look.

Dawn Brower holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Arts in Education, and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Literature, History, and Sociology. She works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. There is nothing like a nice glass of wine and a good book to relax with at the end of the day.

There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet. If you want to contact Dawn you can visit her webpage at http://www.authordawnbrower.com, her facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/DawnMarieBrower, on her blog http://dawnbrower.wordpress.com or her twitter page at http://www.twitter.com/dawnab33.
1. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

There is supposed to be a favorite thing? Writing is hard. The characters don’t always behave as they should. I guess if I have to pick a favorite it would be creating the dialogue. The banter between characters can be amusing to write at times.

2. Most writers are also readers. What’s your favorite book?

I do not have a favorite book. It is whatever I am reading in that moment. I have plenty of favorite authors, Iris Johansen, Richelle Mead, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, the list could go on for miles.

3. Everyone reaches a point where they are at an impasse and need to do something besides write for a while. What’s your favorite activity to clear your head?

Spending time with my family or my friends, I might go on facebook and chat or just see what is going on in the world around me.

4. It’s Friday night (Yes, I know it’s Wednesday morning, bear with me, please!) What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long week?

Read. Reading has always been my favorite activity. The only other thing that might be better is a nap.

5. Plain and simple- your favorite hero and why?

I am attracted to the bad boys. I have issues I know. I like that they are willing to do anything to get the job done. My youngest son can usually pick out who I am going to like best in a book, movie, or television show. It’s usually the one that skates the line at being bad more than good.

My favorite television character is Damon Salvitore on The Vampire Diaries, sexiness aside he is compelling because he feels so deeply and is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the woman he loves. Even if it isn’t something she agrees with.

6. Here’s a lightning round-

Favorite song?

At the moment? (It changes all the time) Demons by Imagine Dragons
It has topped my playlist while I have been editing.

Band?

Maroon 5

Genre of fiction?

I don’t have a favorite I jump all over the place.

Movie?

Gone with the Wind

Color?

Blue

Food?

Italian

Beverage?

Tea

Candy?

Almond Joy pieces, or Sixlets

Television show?

The Vampire Diaries

Book store?

Amazon, lol. I don’t go to actual book stores anymore with so many digital books available, there’s no need.

Next we have a sneak peek at what A Flawed Jewel’s about.

Pieretta boards a ship forever changing her destiny. Thor kidnaps his rival’s granddaughter for revenge, but will love become his new purpose?

Pieretta Carlyle has just experienced the loss of her father, leaving her alone in the world except for her grandpere, Comte Renard Dubois. The comte insists that she travel to France to live with him. Pieretta doesn’t want to leave Charleston and the only home she has ever known, but young ladies do not live by themselves. Her grandpere is her guardian and she has to do what he says. She reluctantly has the servants pack her trunks for her impending voyage.
Thor has a score to settle and Pieretta is the key to all of his revenge. He became a pirate unwillingly after his business partner tried to murder him to gain control over their holdings. He needs to acquire Pieretta by any means necessary and he doesn’t mind plundering a ship to attain her.
When Pieretta and Thor meet they are instantly attracted to each other against their better judgment. Pieretta is disgusted by the pirate’s actions and believes he murdered everyone aboard her ship…except for her. Thor knows what Pieretta believes, but goes ahead with all of his plans anyway, she is only supposed to be a tool to achieve vengeance. What happens will depend on Thor’s need for revenge and Pieretta ability to forgive him for all his dastardly deeds.

I couldn’t resist an interview with the male lead from A Flawed Jewel.
Please give a warm welcome to Thor Williams from A Flawed Jewel by Dawn Brower today as we sit down and see what makes him/her tick.

Q: So tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

Well I am a pirate,it doesn’t take much for me to get in anyone’s cross hairs. I do that just by breathing.

Q: What was it that drew you to your mate?

Besides that she is beautiful? Well she is also too smart for her own good at times. Makes it interesting to argue with her, of course the making up part is even more fun.

Q: A little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced your partner(s)?

In my cabin on the Sea Rover. I had considered other places, but we just haven’t gotten around to them yet. It’s only the beginning though I’m sure that it’s only a matter of time before we hit them all.

Q: Boxers, briefs or Commando on a man?

What are boxers or briefs? Is this question meant for me? I don’t have time for this foolery.

Q: If your partner wants to seduce you, what’s one sure fire trick he/she can play?

Licking her lips, getting naked usually helps too.

Q: What is the one place on your partner’s body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?

Her neck is extra sensitive…

Q: What was one of the most embarrassing things your author did to you in A Flawed Jewel?

Hey we’re not going there she promised it was permanently deleted, as in gone forever. It’s something we will never speak of. Next question please.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

I am still upset she wouldn’t let me murder the whole ship and sink it. Mayhap I can try to convince her to modify it to at least let me kill a few of them…What? *sigh* she says that she was told that we can’t be that bloodthirsty.

And here’s something for the ladies. Isn’t Thor delicious?

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Check out what releases today.

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My first NA paranormal story under the pseudonym Lace Higgins. Check out this awesome anthology.
Larissa’s Last Night by Autumn Jones Lake

To care for her ailing mother, Larissa works two jobs. After a particularly long day, a handsome stranger walks into her store and changes her life. She’s about to learn that some legends are very real.

Once Bitten by Brantwijn Serrah

An apprentice geisha’s mizuage ceremony is a night to change her life. Ayame’s coming-of-age, however, will change things more than she could ever guess.

A Fire in the Blood by Tysche Dwai

Talitha McCoy, a reluctant working girl, turns one last trick on Halloween and gets an unexpected treat from a dream come true.

Dimitri’s Walk by C.V. Madison

After a demon hunt, Dimitri finds his love draped across the threshold bleeding and nearly dead. With his unique gifts as a vampire, he can heal her wounds and save her life, but will the siren song of her blood be too much to conquer?

The Flavor of Fear by C.P. Foster

Celeste loves to experience the past by visiting the remains of ghost towns. But in Cooperstown, a not-so-ghostly man steps out of history to lead her on a more intimate journey of discovery, one of fear, pain, and pleasure beyond her wildest imaginings.

Witch Apprentice by Lace Higgins

Tina, a virgin apprentice witch, doesn’t count on landing in the arms of a sexy Ocean Vampire while learning how to fly. When the vampire makes a proposition that’s difficult to resist, Tina has to fight temptation or give in.

A Lord’s Dark Desire by S.J. Thomas

When Lord Henry and his dearest companion, Thomas, encounter a seductive vampiress, their darkest desires are revealed. To succumb could mean their ruin, but will Henry and Thomas be able to resist the dark passion that is offered in the vampire’s embrace?

Her Dark Rewards by Brantwijn Serrah

The vicious S�lva, vampire maven of the Orch�lyvan guild, has a very special way of rewarding her favorite student, Rhiannon.

HK Sterling. Blog Tour

Please welcome fabulous author, HK Sterling on my blog. HK Sterling is promoting her brand new flirt EYES ONLY. There’s also a little something special in the book – a 50% discount coupon to spend on your next Breathless Press purchase.

I’m a sucker for looking at covers first before reading the blurb so without further ado lets have a look at the cover.

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Ooh. I love.

So what’s EYES ONLY about?
In the shadowy world of covert operations, romance is sometimes the name of the game.

In the shadowy world of covert operations it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad. Is there even room for romance? Sometimes romance fits in only too well. Read along with the twists and turns of “Eyes Only” where trust is a rare commodity and you’ll never know which side to root for until the very end.

This is definitely on my must read list.

Excerpt

“I dunno, maybe I had a wild hair that night or maybe I was going a little bit stir crazy. In any case, I think Charlie sensed it and that’s why he made the suggestion. So this one time, I decided I’d go to the restricted bar. What harm could it do? I’d have a few drinks with Charlie, hear some old Marine stories, and call it a night.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Isla Aldon was her name. My eyes found her as soon as we stepped in the bar. A crowded bar too. And she was a short thing.”

Very nice, HK.

EYES ONLY is available at an online retailer near you:
Breathless Press

http://www.breathlesspress.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=9&products_id=555

All Romance Ebooks
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-eyesonly-1461889-340.html

H.K. Sterling is an author with Breathless Press known for stories with imagination, intelligence, a kick, and twist endings. H.K. likes to focus her writing on romantic suspense, science-fiction, shorts, and anything that is spicy and unexpected. Sometimes her books may even go dark. H.K. lives in Virginia with her husband who graciously puts up with her passion for writing. H.K. currently has a Mystery/Thriller out: A Taste For Killing; and two short stories in the Breathless Press Anthology, My Bloody Valentine. Her new book, A Taste For Danger has just been accepted for publication and Breathless Press also just published H.K.’s short-short titled Eyes Only. H.K.’s books are suitable for 18+.

Catch up with H.K. Sterling on the following media:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/hksterling

Twitter: @HKSterling

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HK-Sterling/426989014069244?ref=hl

Email: HK.Sterling@aol.com

HK Sterling “Undercover Blog”: http://hksterling1.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/HKSterling

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My NA Paranormal Witch Apprentice – Crimson Anthology releases 28 March 2014

Here’s a teaser from Witch Apprentice.

Tina spread her arms, shut her eyes, sucked in her breath, and jumped. Her flaming red hair, which normally hung to her waist, fanned above her head. Tina had deliberately worn figure hugging, black, stretch pants and a matching blouse for this wondrous moment. She wanted to look her best after her planned victory.
Her slim body sliced through the bitter winter air. There was still a fair distance to cover and…nothing happened. Panic gripped Tina as she continued to fall. Not like it made a difference during her descent from Ocean’s Peak, a lethal volcanic formation that caressed the clouds in the center of Mid Ocean and was only visible during the moon’s last quarter. Rocky sections of the sea bed were exposed beneath her. Few beings hung out in these parts. She was out of range of being summoned by the Elders, and there was little chance of anyone witnessing her practice session, unless she counted the marine life.
“It’s too soon.” Tina grimaced. Jagged blue-black rocks taunted her from below, poised to break every bone in her body. As if that wasn’t enough, she’d have to live with the shame of not being able to master something as simple as a free fall while the Elders nursed her. Damn.
“Help.” Tina doubted anyone would hear her feeble plea in these remote parts. Heck she’d even accept help from a mortal, if they were brave enough to venture here.

And here’s the awesome cover:

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Sneak peek at my brand new #Paranormal #NA WIP #Original

Here’s a glimpse at my WIP that will have you ugly crying before the end. I’m trying something a little different with this book. It’s not set in South Africa, it’s set in the USA.

Oh fuck. This is the end of me. I close my eyes and pretend this isn’t happening. Instead Superman appears out of nowhere and pulls this smelly bastard off me. A bike roars in the distance. I focus on its sound and imagine Superman is on that bike. Within seconds the sound of the bike is the only thing my mind holds onto. Leader’s hands tighten around my waist. His ugly breath clogs my nostrils.
Forget him. Superman will rescue me.
I squeeze my eyes tight and clench my hands into fists bracing myself for the impact of his mouth on mine while at the same time trying to shut him out altogether. Somehow the shutting out part works. Leader’s hands loosen on my waist and his pungent alcohol breath gives way to fresh sea air.
“Fuck!” He gasps suddenly.
Instinct forces my eyes open. We’re surrounded by a group of bikers with bikes so shiny the moonlight reflecting off of them blinds me temporarily. One of the bikers punches Leader on his jaw. The other circle the remaining would-be attackers.
“I didn’t touch her.” Leader winces.
“Liar,” mysterious Biker says in a deep voice,”Didn’t your mama teach you to always tell the truth?”
My spine tingles at the sound of his voice.
“I warned you about stepping on my ground, Skull.”
Aha. I found Superman. Unless this is a dream. None of this is really happening, shock must have stupefied me and I’ve stepped away from my body…I shut my eyes and pinch myself. Fuck. That hurt. I’m not imagining any of this. The bikers are really here and one of them is teaching Skull a lesson he’ll never forget.
“I want you to take your pack of vermin rats and get the hell out of here.” Super Biker says.
Skull and his gang don’t need to be told twice. They disappear into the shadows so fast I wonder if they were really there.
“Did he hurt you?” I’m stunned at how quickly my wish was granted. I asked for Superman and I got a Superbiker. My chest tightens. If only all my wishes were granted so easily…
Warm hands cup my face. I catch a glimpse of a shiny bracelet on his right hand. His left thumb is in a plaster. “Hey?”
Superbiker’s talking to me. “Yeah…I’m fine.”
He’s standing so close to me I can smell his aftershave and cologne – the scent is woodsy, earthy and incredibly sexy. He’s pushed the visor of his helmet up but a clump of clouds block out the moon making it impossible for me to even catch a glimpse of my savior.
“You’re new here,” he says.
“You can tell just by looking at me?” Damn he’s got skills.
“No. The license plates on your car.”
Hmm. An observant guy.
He steps away from me. “You shouldn’t be hanging out here this part of night,” he says, “tell me where you live and we’ll escort you home.” He opens the car door for me.
“What’s your name?”
He pauses. Perhaps my question’s caught him off guard. “Why?”
I shrug. “It’d be nice to know.”
He leaves me standing outside my car and jumps on his bike. “Get in the car. My boys and I don’t have all night to wait on spoilt little rich girls who have nothing better to do than invite trouble upon themselves.”

Moving series update #Original NA

Moving In #1 in the New Adult moving series will release soon. Watch out for details of a cover reveal.
I have four books planned in the New Adult novella series including Alison’s story which I hope to give away as a free read – depending on what my publisher says. Fans of the original Moving In novella will remember Alison as Lace’s outspoken sex obsessed BFF who’s eager for Lace to lose her virginity to her hot new roommate, Dean St James.

Dean turned out to be a softy who rescued a dog from peak hour traffic and adopted her. Lace soon finds herself falling hard for her roommate.

#2 has a title and basic plot. I will reveal more details depending on the number of comments I receive on this post. So if you’re a fan of Moving In -Dean and Lace’s story leave a comment or tweet me.