Spend Five Minutes With Author Betty Vie

Today I am kicking off a brand new author interview series called “Five Minutes With…”

Each author I feature will answer the same five simple questions so that each Q&A can be read in about a minute’s time. After reading all five questions/answers readers will have spent about five minutes getting to know an author.

I’m very excited to introduce the first writer featured in this series. She’s a newer author of contemporary romance. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her a bit online recently and I think my blog readers will as well. Without further ado, I invite you to spend five minutes getting to know author Betty Vie.

1. What books or authors have influenced your writing?

I’ve always enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, seems a bit of a cliché, but I fell in love the first time I read it and other works of Jane Austen.

2. Do you write alpha or beta heroes, or does it vary with each story?

My characters like to believe they are the Alpha’s of the story but stepping down to Beta is in my opinion of one heck of a hot Alpha. You get a bit of both.

3. What’s your favorite romance trope to read or write, (secret baby, marriage of convenience, big secret, enemies to lovers, etc.)?

I enjoy reading the enemies to lovers stories and the occasional big secret you never saw coming. I write things you might consider happening in real life or not.

4. Can you tell us about your current or upcoming projects?

I am currently working on book 3 of the Betrayal Series and will release late spring/early summer. Stay tuned for upcoming details.

5. Last question. Just for fun, if you could have any super power, what would it be?

My super power would be “Invisibility”, with that the possibilities are endless.

Here’s a little more about Betty and her books.

 author photoAuthor Bio

Writing has always been a strong element of mine, thanks to my high school English teacher for forcing us to only write essays. I just recently decided to share my stories with the world. Everything I write is in some way related to experiences with either myself, friends or family. Contemporary Romance is my genre and hope to someday break into other genres. I live in Texas with my husband and three daughters. I jot ideas in a mini notebook wherever I find myself, has become an obsession really.

amanda photo1Tainted Book Blurb

Finding a job right out of college is always someone’s dream right? Vanessa Kinsley’s luck is on her side. She took an intern position at Reese Finance Corporation and now finds herself fully employed five years later working side by side with the CEO. Her tables are turned upside down when the boss’s son takes over the company. Mr. Reese always treated her like a child of his own and hid his son from ever crossing paths with Vanessa. That day has come and will now work side by side. Many factors within the company shift as well, entering Jacob Andrews as the newest hot Alpha occupying an open seat on the executive board. Love triangle you think? Not quite. While both men intend to conquer her, one of their darkest hidden secrets will rip the beautiful Vanessa from the very life they promise to devote to her. Time is of the essence and it ticks at a rapid pace.

Blog/Website

http://bettymvie.wordpress.com

Buy links

Tainted: An Ultimate Betrayal (book 1)

Nook – http://tinyurl.com/lag86m3

Kobo – http://bit.ly/16VHG2r

Amazon US http://amzn.to/16VJyZb

Amazon UK http://amzn.to/1aBXjOV

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Are you an author interested in being featured in my “Five Minutes With…” interview series? Send me an email: bretzamanda (at) gmail (dot) com or leave a comment below with your contact information.

Life in the Pacific Northwest…Six Months In

 

It’s kind of hard to believe, but we’ve been living in the Pacific Northwest for about six months now. In many ways, the time has flown by, but in others, living here feels natural, like home and like we’ve been here a long, long time.

Even though I’m loving this new life, I do miss seeing my family, especially now that there’s been a new addition. My nephew was born after we moved here and I have yet to meet him in person. Thanks to Facebook, I’ve seen lots of pictures and I’m already smitten with him.

As hard as being far away from loved ones is sometimes, overall, the change of scenery has been amazing.

Rainy days, foggy skies, tall evergreens, jagged cliffs, snow-covered mountain peaks and flowers in February put a big smile on my face. It seems I’m quite inspired by the beautiful landscape and have several book ideas that are set in the Pacific Northwest.

The temperate weather has been wonderful for my health. I no longer suffer from the sinus headaches, congestion and allergy issues I dealt with on a daily basis when I lived in the Midwest. I’m sleeping much better (probably because I’m not congested!) and I have more energy to get outside and be active, which is great because loving the outdoors and being active is a huge part of life in the Pacific Northwest.

As the picture of the bicycles above shows, exercise is so encouraged here, that bike sharing kiosks can be found all over Seattle. Usually when I head into the city, I take the bus and walk, but a bike ride might be nice, especially around some of the larger city parks.

Since moving here I have discovered new hobbies, like hiking, which is something my husband and I try to do a couple times a week. As an added bonus, with becoming more active, I’ve lost weight.

Okay, enough waxing poetic. I could write on and on about Washington forever, but I know my readers have busy lives. I’ll post more updates about our new life in the northwest soon.

 

#MySexySaturday ~ My Sexy Addiction ~ Tropical Heat by @realamandabretz #MSS81

It’s time again for the weekly meme My Sexy Saturday. This is the hop’s 81st week and this week’s theme is My Sexy Addiction.

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When I thought about this week’s theme, my mind went straight to what I’m addicted to: chocolate! My next thought was to a scene I wrote in Tropical Heat where my character Rayne compares a sexy Jamaican man’s skin to the sweet treat.

Read on for the blurb and excerpt!

They2165-210x336 have one night together to explore their passion, fulfill their needs and quench their desires, but will one night be enough?

Rayne Willows is an artist from the Pacific Northwest looking to shake up her boring life. A trip to Jamaica sounds like the perfect way to let loose and rekindle her passion for photography. When she meets local man Marcus Greene on the beach in Ocho Rios, sparks immediately fly. Marcus offers to show Rayne around his beautiful hometown, but during the sightseeing tour, the two quickly realize the passion they have for each other can’t be held back. They decide to make their one night together a sexy experience neither of them is likely to forget.

His body was amazing. I had never seen such balance and symmetry. His physique had the cleanest lines of any I’d ever had the pleasure of viewing. He had the smoothest skin I’d ever seen. His complexion was silky and flawless. It looked as though someone had poured the finest milk chocolate all over his body. I was dying to know if his flesh tasted as sweet.

Buy Tropical Heat

Be sure to visit the other authors participating in the 81st week of My Sexy Saturday #MSS81 http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/2015/02/my-sexy-addiction-mysexysaturday.html

TKO of the Heart Cover Reveal!

I’m very pleased to share the cover reveal for my forthcoming release TKO of the Heart. The book is the first in a new sports romance series called The Ladies of Athena’s Gym.

This story is something that I wrote in the fall of 2014. I originally submitted it to a special call out for HarperCollins. When I set out to write this story, I chose to make the heroine a bit unorthodox, a little tough, but with a tender, true heart. My main character, Frankie, is a female boxer and just as her name and profession implies, she’s no girly-girl shrinking violet.

After I sent the manuscript off, another idea started to take shape.  I started thinking about the way most sports romance series center on male athletes and the non-athletic women who fall in love with them.

Why can’t a series show that idea in reverse? Why can’t there be a series about professional women athletes who fall in love with non-athlete men?

That’s when the idea for The Ladies of Athena’s Gym series took off. I developed the series idea and waited to hear back if HarperCollins was interested in publishing TKO of the Heart. In mid-January I found out that TKO wasn’t a good fit for them. At first I struggled with what I should do with the manuscript.

Should I shelve it for a while? Should I revise it to fit the guidelines my publisher Totally Bound requires (meaning upping the heat level to make it erotic) or should I self-publish? While I weighed my options, I outlined books two and three, added an epilogue to TKO of the Heart that subtly leads into book two and started browsing royalty-free image sites in the event that I might decide to self-publish.

I did a search for ‘woman boxing’ and one of the pictures that came up was the embodiment of Frankie. When I saw the model I knew I’d found my Frankie. She had the same hair, eye color and complexion of what I’d described in my story. But more than that, she had this fierceness in her eyes that jumped out at me.

My mind was made up. I was self-publishing TKO of the Heart

Without further ado, here’s the cover and blurb!

TKO Cvr copyFrankie “The Machine” Mancini knows how to bob and weave and recover from a left hook in the boxing ring. What she doesn’t know how to do? Be a bridesmaid. When her best friend Rachel calls on her to take part in her special day, Frankie reluctantly agrees. It’s not until she travels to the destination wedding in Miami that the real problem starts. The best man is none other than Gabe Boyd, a cocky, obnoxious radio personality who she thinks is determined to ruin her time in South Beach, but when the two are thrown together to resolve a wedding snafu, her view of the self-proclaimed “rogue of the radio” changes. Gabe shows her he has another side to him, he can be warm, caring and romantic. She can’t tell if his cocky demeanor is part of his on air persona or if he’s truly changed for her. Maybe the rules of the ring can be applied to matters of the heart. Stay on your toes. Always keep an eye on your opponent. Protect yourself.

TKO of the Heart is available for pre-order on Amazon now! Click here to order.

TKO of the Heart releases on March 17 and will be available on All Romance ebooks, Amazon, Amazon UK and Nook!

Click here to support the Thunderclap campaign and help spread the word about TKO of the Heart across your social media profiles the day it releases!

Things I Love: Thunderclap

Who doesn’t love the Internet? One of the best things about it is the ability to connect with people without ever leaving the comfort of your home…or if you’re using free wi-fi, the mall…or if you’re using the data plan on your Smartphone, the park.

With all this connection, it’s now more feasible than ever to garner support far and wide. I can think of no industry where this has happened more often than the creative arts field. Movies, albums and even books that might not have seen the light of day have been brought to the public, thanks in large part, to crowd-sourcing.

I know it has worked for many artists, but I’ve never been comfortable with the idea of asking strangers on the Internet for money–and don’t worry, this isn’t a segue into a until now! moment where I ask for your cash.

Nope, not gonna ask for money.

Instead, what I’d like is your help spreading a message!

I’m asking for crowd-speaking in the form of asking folks to support the Thunderclap campaign I created for my upcoming release TKO of the Heart.

So, what’s Thunderclap? Glad you asked.

Basically, Thunderclap works like this: a person needs a message shared far and wide, beyond their own blog or social media platforms, so that person (in this case yours truly) creates a Thunderclap campaign outlining their project with a picture and a brief description of it. People who wish to “support” a project, simply click a button that will connect their Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr accounts allowing Thunderclap one-time access to post the link to the project on their social media profiles at a specified day and time. That way, the link is shared everywhere at the exact same moment creating a bang or a Thunderclap if you will.

Here’s the official definition of how it works from the Thunderclap website:

Social media is an easy way to say something, but it’s a difficult way to be heard. Thunderclap is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap helps a single person create action and change like never before.

As of today, my Thunderclap campaign for TKO of the Heart is live!

Just like monetary crowd-sourcing campaigns Go Fund Me or Kickstarter, if the goal I set isn’t reached then the campaign doesn’t go live. So, if I can’t get 100 awesome people to share the link to my Thunderclap campaign before March 17th, then no one sees the campaign.

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I know, that’s kind of a bummer.

But, YOU CAN HELP!

If my awesome blog readers will click this link and support my campaign A Book with a Mean Right Hook and share the link to the campaign with friends, then, the odds might just be ever in my favor to garner the 100 supporters I need to make my Thunderclap campaign go live at 8 a.m. EST on release day (March 17).

So, what do you say? Are you in? https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/22789-a-book-with-a-mean-right-hook

Sign Ups Open for Love, Luck and Shamrocks Blog Hop!

It’s been ages since I posted, but I’ve been busy with writerly things!

Since I last updated my blog, I’ve submitted a short story to my publisher, submitted the first book in my geek-themed series to HarperCollins, gotten the first round of edits on Life of Privilege back from my editor, put the finishing touches on TKO of the Heart, the first book in my sports romance trilogy and started working on Love Complete–the novella follow up to my 2012 contemporary release Love, Simplified.

Whew!

Told ya I’ve been busy! ;)

On top of all the writing, I’ve also designed a couple of book covers for upcoming releases…which brings me to…

I’ve decided to self-publish the sports romance series The Ladies of Athena’s Gym. The first book is called TKO of the Heart and it will release on Tuesday, March 17 2015!

Love_Luck_Shmrck Blog Hop ButtonTo help promote the upcoming release I’m hosting a blog hop from Saturday, March 14-Tuesday, March 17.

The hop is currently open to signups for romance authors, reviewers and romance book bloggers!  All hop participants need to do is have a blog, commit to promoting the hop at least twice on social media during the hop and hold a small giveaway on their blog. That’s it! To sign up, click here to be taken to the Google form.

I hope you’ll sign up for the hop or share this post with those who might want to participate in the Love, Luck and Shamrocks Blog Hop!

Life of Privilege Cover Reveal!

I’m so excited to share the Life of Privilege cover reveal and a few more details about this forthcoming release with my blog readers!

I am proud to be a part of the exclusive Totally Bound imprint What’s Her Secret, which features contemporary romance novels that revolve around a woman with a secret.

My contribution to the popular imprint is called Life of Privilege and it’s available for pre-order March 27; early download on Totally Bound’s website April 10; general release at B&N, Amazon, ARe, etc., May 8.

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Here’s the blurb:

Katherine Dawson was born into a life of privilege as the heiress to an apparel dynasty. Between judging a reality TV competition for budding fashion designers and having been the face of her family’s clothing line for most of her life, she’s one of the biggest celebrities in her field.

When she becomes engaged to up-and-coming television producer Nathan Taylor, she appears to have it all. To any outsider, she has a picture-perfect life, so when Katherine leaves her groom-to-be at the altar and disappears, the tabloids are full of speculation over her sudden departure.

Fleeing New York to hide out in Seattle she quickly finds that living the life of an heiress in hiding isn’t as easy as she thought, especially after she meets a magnetic writer named Royce Reynolds. In her new life on the west coast, she struggles to keep her anonymity, yet experiences a relationship with a man who wants her for the person she is, not the celebrity she used to be.

In the coming weeks I’ll share more about this novel, including the inspiration behind writing it and some of the themes the story touches on. I poured a lot of emotion into this book and I can’t wait to share these characters with the world! Stay tuned!

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