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Summer Reads Blog Hop #SummerReadsHop $100 Gift Card #Giveaway & More!

Much, much more!

Summer’s in full swing! Come in out of the heat and check out our favorite Summer Reads! Each blog will feature their favorites and a giveaway so visit them all! Plus there’s a Grand Prize giveaway happening too!

Woo hoo! Who doesn’t love a good book, a warm breeze, and a drink with a tiny umbrella in it? That’s the recipe for summer magic, I tell ya!

To celebrate summer (sure, my kids are driving me bananas and I want to stab summer with a thousand serrated knives, but don’t let me whiz on the party), I’m giving away a signed copy of Nasty Boys! See? I said summer magic, right? Well, it’s at least a summer miracle, because I avoid the post office like I avoid running into chatty neighbors at the grocery store.

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Includes my short “Johnny and Clyde.”

So, comment and follow my blog if you don’t already, and I’ll tally up the names and shove them in a Random.org blender after <scrolls up to see when this blog hop ends> July 23rd! And then I’m going to the damn post office with three kids in tow! Hell yeah!

P.S. I’ll only ship to the 48 contiguous U.S. states. I know–so not fair. But life rarely is. If you live somewhere other than here, and you win, I’ll give you an e-book of your choice, okay? Friends? Good.

And if I run into any chatty neighbors at the post office, I am going to be so flippin’ pissed.

 

Now, go click the link below for more fabulous prizes, namely a grand prize $100 Amazon Gift Card and not-too-shabby second place $30 Amazon Gift Card. Word to your moms.

 

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Don’t forget to check out all of the giveaways and summer reading recommendations! 🙂

 

 

Thanks for playing and happy summer reading! 😉

-Kimber


Cover Reveal Bits & Bytes Print Anthology: Guest Post Allyson Lindt

On December 19, 2013, I released the final book in my Bits & Bytes contemporary romance series, Learning New Tricks. The entire series was a blast to write, and it was bittersweet to leave those characters behind.

But I am giving them all a new chance at a new distribution channel. I’ve decided to compile all four books into a single print anthology, available March 15, 2014. After working with the fabulous talent at EDH Graphics , she’s come up with an amazing cover to encompass all four books.

Learn More: http://www.allysonlindt.co/bits-bytes/

I’m also kicking off a month-long blog tour to celebrate the entire Bits & Bytes series. Every week will offer insight about a different book in the series, reviews, and a giveaway. And on top of that, there will be a grand prize at the end of the tour for a Kindle Paperwhite. A list of participating blogs can be found here. If you comment on this blog, and make sure to click all the right boxes on the Rafflecopter below, you’ll get your first round of entries today.

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Holding Her Close

Zach Johnston knows one thing: ex-girlfriends are a headache he doesn’t need. Problem is, his first love—and the one women he never got over—Rae Nielson, has the only solution to a corporate takeover threatening the company he built from the ground up. Can he trust her enough to risk his heart and livelihood, or will experience convince him to walk away from everything? Learn More: http://www.allysonlindt.co/bits-bytes/holding-her-close/

Conflict of Interest

Kenzie Carter’s job in publicity is the perfect outlet for her love of order. All of her clients appreciate it, until she meets Scott McAllister. He thrives on chaos and has built a software empire from his love of gaming. When their worlds collide, the boardroom and bedroom ignite. Learn More: http://www.allysonlindt.co/bits-bytes/conflict-of-interest/

Toeing the Line

Zane Petrov’s time in the Air Force doing electronic surveillance has taught him a thing or two about keeping secrets. But when his best friend, Riley Carter, finds out what he’s kept from her, their “with benefits” relationship won’t be what threatens their growing feelings for each other. Learn More: http://www.allysonlindt.co/bits-bytes/toeing-line/

Learning New Tricks

Archer Yates is struggling to keep his comic shop from an epic crash and burn. Tori Rothschild would just be happy not to surrender her sanity to corporate America. A quick fling should be the perfect stress relief—as long as they both remember not to get attached. Learn More: http://www.allysonlindt.co/bits-bytes/learning-new-tricks/

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Learning New Tricks Excerpt

Archer intertwined his fingers with Tori’s and tugged her off the stool. “Come on.” His voice was gentle. “Let’s de-stress.”

She didn’t resist as he pulled her up the stairs to his apartment. She was glad she didn’t mind following him, because she’d used up all her arguments for the day. When they were inside, they both kicked their shoes off out of habit. He locked the door, and then turned her so her back was to him.

His hands rested on her shoulders, thumbs softly kneading her neck. “You were brilliant today.”

She tilted her head forward, moaning at the gentle touch. “I was terrified.”

The massage deepened, and his voice was soothing. “But the important thing is, you did it anyway.”

She leaned into the attention, not sure how to respond. His lips brushed the back of her neck, and she gasped in pleasure and surprise.

“Sorry. I shouldn’t have done that.”

“You should have.” She tilted her head to the side to expose more of her neck. She’d turned off the filter which kept her from speaking her mind; part of her wasn’t ready to turn it back on yet. Especially with other parts of her turned on by his touch, and his soft lips. “And you should do it again.”

His tongue glided up her skin until he met her ear, and his teeth nipped at the lobe. His whisper brushed her skin, sending a pleasant chill through her. “Have I ever told you how much I like it when you talk like that?”

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About Allyson Lindt

Allyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She prefers that her geeky heroes come with the alpha expansion pack and adores a heroine who can hold her own in a boardroom. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.


Valentine’s Day Gift Hop: Huge #prizes #Kindlepaperwhite #books

Welcome to the sexiest time of the year! Okay, I think that’s debatable.  For me, there’s something about the tweeting of birds and the appearance of little green shoots and early flowers in the spring that makes me want to sow my wild oats. But, hey, Valentine’s Day marks just a few short weeks left of winter, and it’s also all about the chocolate. If that doesn’t sweeten your sex drive, I don’t know what will. Personally, I made the mistake of weighing myself the other day (bad idea—don’t do it!!!!!) and realized I was up seven pounds. Son of a bitch. So, now I’m out on the chocolate and have banned myself from drinking wine or other delicious alcoholic beverages until the weekends. Valentine’s Day will be a cheat day, so I know I’ll be in the mood after a bag of Lindt truffles and a bottle of Shiraz. That, or I’ll be sick as a dog.

One thing that can always get me ready for love, though, is a hot read, and we’ve got broiling books aplenty lined up for the winning!

For this fabulous hop, I’m offering an ebook from my back-list; winner’s choice. To be eligible for the grand prizes, you need only comment at the stops. Feel free to let me know what your plans are for Valentine’s Day, what your favorite chocolate or wine is, or recommend a spicy-hot read for us to check out!

If you love someone, set him free. If he steals something of yours, hunt him down and make him sorry. Alex Bremen is over Chance Ralan. Ever since his high school boyfriend ditched him nine years ago, Alex has barely thought of Chance at all. Sure, Alex attended a concert or two when his ex’s band, Armageddon Showdown, was in the area, but that was more curiosity than anything else. Who wouldn’t want to see firsthand how his once clean-cut boyfriend transformed into a pierced and tattooed heavy metal god? But when Chance has the nerve to record a love song Alex wrote for him years ago, Alex crosses the country to confront him. Revenge becomes a dish best served sizzling hot. The two men lock horns, but find the chemistry between them has only intensified with time, and occasionally love needs to do some growing up before it can be done right.

If you love someone, set him free. If he steals something of yours, hunt him down and make him sorry.

On an alternate Earth, Key has his marriage ink placed out of duty to his friend, Kaya, but realizes his mistake too late.

And stop at any one of these blogs to register for fabulous giveaways and increase your odds of winning the grand prizes.

People aren’t always what they seem—but what if they aren’t even human?

People aren’t always what they seem—but what if they aren’t even human?

Thanks for hopping!

-Kimber Vale

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Finding Inspiration in the Oddest Places: The SFR Brigade Midsummer Blog Hop

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My five-year old guilted me into stepping away from my computer when I took him to a playground the other day.  Not another kid in sight, I was enlisted to play.  Damn.  And I had editing to do, too.  But he told me to hurry up and hop on his ship before the hot lava got me, and I had no choice but to leap onto a ladder.  I was already warming up to this game as I asked, “Ship?  Is it a space ship?”

“Yeah!” he answered, sensing my weakness and striking the killing blow without a blink.  That’s my boy. He’s also great at calling me his “sweet, beautiful mama,” when he wants something.  Totally works, even though I see through him, the little scoundrel.  Anyway, he launched into how we were on an inhospitable planet—okay, not those exact words—but he describes the lava, which goes from the boiling hot to the freezing cold variety after I ask which planet we’re on, and he says Pluto. 

Now, the kid knows Pluto’s damn cold. He’s also well aware that it isn’t considered a planet now.  But, like his mother, he refuses to give credence to whomever decided to revoke its planetary status.  It’s BS, we tell ya! Our Pluto planet will kick your unremarkable Kuiper Belt object‘s atmosphere any day of its 90,720-day year!

Anyway, we high-tailed-it off Pluto and blasted to a new planet where we put on our imaginary space gear before heading off to explore its primary-colored landscape and vaguely familiar rubbery terrain.  We were sent running back to the ship when a killer storm whipped up in the form of deadly acid rain.  And just for the record, I’m totally using that in my next sci-fi book. I just need to figure out the logistics, but the boy’s got some solid gold ideas!

What could have been a lackluster editing session while the kid went up and down the slide a few times between bouts of whining about being bored, became a role-playing, brainstorming session, complete with quality time with the youngest.  He has since suckered me into our space game on a number of occasions.  Not too long ago, I made him drive me to Saturn where I planted dill. A Shnozzle Bozzle, who resembled his older sister, attacked us, but eventually we befriended the odd creature and took it back to Earth with us. 

Odds are, the Shnozzle Bozzle won’t make it into my next book. Well, maybe a horror short where its introduction to Earth results in massive casualties to the indigenous species. But my point is that we need to be receptive to inspiration.  We can’t tune out the world and hide in our little writing caves hoping to come up with something extraordinary—lightning can’t strike us there!  

Get out.  Explore.  Have some fun, because living is the best way to get your brain chewing on the possibilities.

And if you hit a road block, find a five-year old.  They can help you remember what imagination is all about.  If nothing else, it will probably be fun!

The Sci-fi Romance Brigade is hosting a fantastic blog hop with kick-ass prizes!

1st Prize – $150 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice) and an
ebook bundle (currently Ghost in the Machine, Bayne, Recast Book
1:Wither, Recast Book 2:Clash, Alien Adoration, Switched, Reckless
Rescue, Wreck of the Nebula Dream, Keir, Terms & Conditions Apply, The
Key, Marya, The Iron Admiral, Sasha’s Calling, Trouble at the Hotel
Baba Ghanoush, Winter in Paradise, Once Upon a Time in Space, the
Telomere trilogy, Winter Fusion, Blue Nebula, Demential, Wytchfire,
Maven, Fires of Justice, Interface, Girl under Glass, and Breakout.
Bonus books – Ghost Planet, The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy and
Deception, The Plan, Starburst, Stark Pleasure, and Games of Command.)

2nd Prize – $50 Amazon or B&N gift card (winner’s choice)

3rd Prizes – four $25 Amazon or B&N gift cards (given to separate
winners and their choice)

Nice, right?  Here’s the link to throw your name in the ring, and international winners are welcome, by the way.

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Don’t forget to check out all of our blogger’s posts and enter to win plenty of individual giveaways as well!


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