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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Twitter Wisdom: #amwriting Edition



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I'm trying out RebelMouse. I put together some Twitter #amwriting stuff. Enjoy!

Letter A, featuring @rosieamber1, @tolkien418, and @bftReviews #AtoZChallenge



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We originally had a theme of our own, but life got in the way. Instead, I'm going to highlight other blogs doing the A to Z challenge.

https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

It’s 1867 and 9 people are squashed inside a stagecoach as it beats it’s way across the hot dust of Texas. Inside are English trio Annie Haddon, her cousin Charlotte and Aunt Bea. In true British aristocracy style the ladies are broiling in their layers of clothing, gloves and hats, but it is against strict etiquette to be seen in anything less.

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Congrats to @byemmcole, winner of March's Cover Wars




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April's Cover Wars. Vote for up to 6 covers DAILY.




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April

Parts One and Two

"Fresh Twist on Old Legends" Sachael Dreams by @melodywinter #fantasy #romance



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"An attention grabbing read" The Species Within by @Kim_L_Clark #free #fantasy



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Monday, March 30, 2015

Have you liked the Masquerade Crew on Facebook yet?



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Nothing fancy with this post. Just a reminder to like us on Facebook if you haven't. The more people who like us means more people seeing our posts (since only a percentage of people see posts anyway). Like and comment on posts ... if you feel so inclined.

Anyway, click here to go to our Facebook page.

I'll be happy to like Author Facebook Fan Pages in return. Just leave a comment on this post.

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The last few months of Cover Wars hasn't been as big as I like to see it. Much of that is my fault for not pushing it as hard as I have in the past. Hopefully next month will be bigger due to this post. Of course, there's only about a day before the next Cover Wars starts, so don't delay.

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If you sign up after April's Cover Wars starts, you'll be featured in May, so no worries.

Last chance to #win a Kindle Fire!




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Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Why do we love VILLAINS? @CodiGary has the answer! And you can win her Rock Canyon series!




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Anti-Heroes and Villains
Why do we love them or love to hate them?



As a writer, any kind of emotion we can rip out of our readers is AWESOME! Do we feel a little bad that we made you cry? Sure, underneath all the GLEE! Because when we make you shout, scream, wail, or laugh out loud, we are doing something right. And although we love it when you fall for our hero or heroine, when you hate our villains (or better yet, lust after our anti-heroes), it’s like we’re dancing around on marshmallows and chocolate to the song, “I’m Walking on Sunshine!”

The same goes for the writers of TV shows. Take Empire for instance. Empire is centered around a music label started by Lucious and Cookie Lyon. Right off the bat, you should hate both these characters. Lucious is a murderer who cheats and lies as easily as he breathes. He treats his family like chess pieces for his own agenda, and yet, I still can’t hate his guts (except for when he picks on my Jamal, and then I get PISSED!) And Cookie, who took the fall years ago for dealing drugs, and missed out on her kids’ childhood. Right there, I want to feel bad for her, until she starts all that sneaking and back stabbing. Then I want to slap her.

And the rest of the family (except Jamal) all have a selfish agenda, and yet, they all have their moments of likability. They can all send you through a mess of emotions and THAT is what makes the show so addictive. Sure, you can watch the shows where people are always good, and only make little mistakes, but there is something about the “Whaaaaaat” and the “oh, no they didn’ts” that keep you coming back for more.

Emotions. That is the goal for every writer. May we all do our best to make our readers Tweet “WTF?!”


An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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Going Dark Side: Oh the feels! A guest post by @CodiGary. Win the Rock Canyon series signed!




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Going Dark Side: Oh the feels!

I am not a super dark person.

Have I had bad stuff happen to me? Absolutely. Can I go dark side? Sometimes. But one of the reasons I prefer romance above all other genres is because even if it’s dark, you still have that ray of hope, that happily ever after…

And that keeps me reading.

My first three books, Things Good Girls Don’t Do, Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars, and Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines had sad moments, even things that ripped my heart out at times, but they never went truly dark.

But before I even finished Marines, I had Everett and Callie running around in my head and I knew that their story wasn’t going to start off with a bang of passion or that light hearted banter was going to carry them through. These two had been through the ringer and I didn’t want it to be sweet as honey when these two fell for each other. I wanted to show two damaged individuals trying to navigate living their lives again after just getting by. And after writing Return of the Bad Girl, my first trip into dark concepts and heavy questions, I was ready for it. I wanted to go there.

I know most writers feel like their characters are real people, but for me, I feel like my characters could be the person you bump into on the street. They are flawed, well rounded personalities that leap of the pages and yell, “Look at me!” I know that sounds crazy, and maybe a little conceited, but if I don’t love them, how can I ask you to?


The thing about dark, heavy writing is that it can drain you and even make you a little sad. What started as something beautiful evolving in Return of the Bad Girl left me emotionally raw after Callie and Everett’s journey. I remember sitting in my favorite coffee shop and I finally had to go to the bathroom to cry because I couldn’t contain it any longer! Both of these books and characters are so special to me because they didn’t just make one mistake or have a little misunderstanding, they experienced serious trauma and life altering consequences from their actions. They carried around some heavy baggage and it fubarred them royally. But dealing with what they went through helped me find my deep writers voice.
I still needed a break from the feels though, which is why I was so glad to jump into Mike’s book. Unlike ROTBG and BFM, Mike and Zoe have a complicated enemies to alliances to holy mother of orgasms, but it didn’t rip every organ from my body and leave me bleeding on the floor, so it was a nice chance of pace and I realized that, dark or light, I just want to write good books and I feel like I just keep getting better.

An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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Should she follow her head or let her heart lead her to love?



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An Indecent Charade

Letitia's After Dark Regency Romance



By Alicia Quigley


Genre/keywords: Romance, Cozy, Erotic, Historical,

What would you do if you found out your one true love had played An Indecent Charade? Should she follow her head or let her heart lead her to love?

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hollywood, Wake Up! A guest post by @CodiGary, plus there's a GIVEAWAY!




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Hollywood, Wake Up!

I’ve been saying for years that Hollywood needs to stop pulling their head out of their asses and stop remaking a) classic shows and movies (REMAKES SUCK!) and b) stop copying foreign films who do it BETTER! What happened to creativity? Have you all just gotten lazy? Is it more important to crank out project after project instead of working on new screen plays or hell, even adapting awesome books to movies? Of course, even then you seem to fall short. Let’s talk about a couple of examples where Hollywood mutilated a foreign adaptation, and one of my all-time favorite romances!


Currently on television is the NBC mini-series, The Slap. The Slap was adapted from an Australian mini-series of the same name. While The Slap does have an amazing cast, the pilot episode, which I watched on Hulu, left me feeling disgusted at a) the complete lack of morality and b) the stereotypes that made me want to jerk my hair from my roots and scream, “Seriously?!” I would have found the entire series more compelling if you had switched it up and had the tortured artist be the slapper because, as of right now, the entire series is set up on these premises a) hippies are bad parents who never discipline b) rich, yuppie republicans believe in corporal punishment and do not know how to control their temper c) married men in a rut have affairs with jail bait babysitters despite having a beautiful wife because they are unhappy. I find all of these stereotypes insulting because they are well known and yet, the writers couldn’t think outside the box. It’s not like the world doesn’t know that this shit goes down and even worse things like children being starved, beaten, raped, and sold for drugs. REALITY SUCKS! So, why not break through the stereotypes and write something compelling instead of bad scenarios about terrible people (because by the end of that episode, I hated every single character.)

And for my favorite romance novel, I’d like to draw your attention to the Hallmark Channel’s original movie, Rose Hill. In 1997, Earl Wallace took my beloved For the Roses by Julie Garwood and ripped it into a thousand pieces until there was nothing left but a big fat WTF! FIRST OF ALL, the reason I first fell hard for the novel was because of the bond between Mary Rose and her four brothers. Even though none of them shared an ounce of blood, they were completely loyal to each other. Yet in the catastrophe, they kill off COLE (WTF) and make Mary into a spoiled, little brat. And Harrison, who was a strapping hottie of six-five, had been reduced to a pip squeak loser. And the worst part is that this movie is part of Hallmarks Hall of Fame series. It’s despicable. It’s horrendous! I wish I could burn the memory of watching it from my brain it fills me with so much impotent rage!

Okay, I’m calm, because, hey, sometimes Hollywood can surprise me. Most
of the time, after I read a book, I want the movie casting to stay on point, but I can get over that if the casting is good and the script is good. Like the movie The Duff. Despite the fact that the book and the movie have very little in common, I enjoyed both of them, and had absolutely no complaints. Even The Hunger Games, who cast 5’7” and curvy Jennifer Lawrence, did not suffer my wrath because it worked. She was amazing and played the part well, despite the books description about her being short and petite. But again, it worked. Fifty Shades did a fantastic job casting, IMHO; both actors played against each other nicely, and Jamie has no problem playing the cold, tortured soul (if you haven’t seen him in The Fall, he is chilling and I can totally believe he is a calculating sociopath).

But, please, Hollywood, I’m begging you, go to the local bookstore or hell, any online seller and start reading. Because there are so many great books that would make amazing movies by some of my favorite authors. Like Prey by Linda Howard or Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag. Foreplay by Sophie Jordan or Make it Count by Megan Erickson. Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small or Anything but Sweet by Candis Terry. If you ever want a suggestion on what you should put on the big screen next, go ask a reader, and they will give you a list. So next time you get it in your head to remake My Fair Lady or Jaws, just leave them alone and move on. Your next great idea is just a one click away.

An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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My Obsession with Serial Killers by @CodiGary. Enter to WIN signed books!




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My Obsession with 
Serial Killers 
(and why my husband calls me paranoid)

As terrifying as it is to admit it, I have always been obsessed with bad guys. While reading my R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series in middle school, I remember my favorite being Broken Hearts, and I read it several times, always feeling sorry for the killer, Erica. Even the heroine, Melissa, didn’t stir an ounce of pity, and yet, the deranged younger sister made a connection with me. Weird, right?

And so my fascination continued with Tami Hoag, Linda Howard, and even the occasional Ann Rule. Scream became my favorite movie and I would write short horror and suspense stories, wanting to see what made these twisted souls tick. Glee would bubble up inside me if I was able to guess the killer’s identity before he was revealed, and my first year of college, I imagined becoming a homicide detective and catching dangerous psychopaths for a living.

Of course, that didn’t happen, but my fascination never abated. I would spend hours reading stories on the Crime Library website, and I could recite details of famous serial killers and their crimes. Did people look at me a little sideways? Sure. But it didn’t stop me…

Until I had children.

Then, the same facts and cases that used to fascinate me kept me awake at night. Were the windows shut? Locked? I used to yell at my husband if I’d get up and find them open at night, even if it was 100 degrees outside and our air conditioner couldn’t keep up. He would roll his eyes at me and tell me if someone came through the screen, the dogs would bark or we would hear something, but I wasn’t so sure. Several times I’ve threatened to print up cases of home invasions where the unsub (yeah, Criminal Minds) came through the screen and the home owners heard nothing until they faced their doom. Had all of the stories I had read over the years turned me into a paranoid loony scared of her own shadow?

Honestly, no, I don’t think so. I think my experiences and knowledge is an asset. I don’t accept drinks
from strangers, I park under the street lights, I’m always aware of my surrounding and shady people make my skin crawl. I’ve learned not to ignore my gut, and I think that sometimes, a little paranoia can make you someone other than the “stupid blonde who can’t act who runs up the stairs instead of out the front door” (to paraphrase Scream).

And maybe, someday, I can use all this crazy to write a romantic suspense. Oh, I’ve got an idea…

An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Quite an adventure" The Other Inheritance by @RebeccaJaycox #ya #fantasy



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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I'll promote your book for the rest of the year for only $15.



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I'm putting together a list of books I will promote for the rest of the year—maybe longer. This list will have two purposes.

  1. Direct advertisement for the authors
    (and the book they are promoting)
  2. These books will serve as (possible) prizes
    for Kindle Fire Scavenger Hunt giveaways.

Here's how the second item will work.

When someone wins a Kindle Fire in one of our scavenger hunts, they get to pick books that will be preloaded when we ship it to them. The books they get to choose from are on this list.

Pre-order the #anthology ROMANCING THE PARANORMAL for only #99cents



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Monday, March 23, 2015

Fan-favorite Rock Canyon series. #preorder BAD FOR ME by @codigary #romance



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Sale: books promos are HALF OFF for a limited time. #marketing



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