Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tell Me About it Tuesday Welcomes Aviva Gittle! FREE BOOK!

Today I'm welcoming children's author, Aviva Gittle! Her books are interesting! So, here we go! Meet Aviva!

Snack Attack, is a free download from Amazon TODAY ONLY! Scroll down for link!

 Hi, my name is Aviva Gittle and I like to tell stories. Stories about flies who wear shorts, kittens who talk to snakes and kids who do crazy things. Like turn into a bagel or try to bounce to the moon on a trampoline.

I started Aviva Gittle eBooks to publish my own children's stories. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Kindle library: I discovered the joy of creating stories with others. I'm writing more stories with Mark Megson and a new children's mystery series featuring a dog named Clover with Sara Dean.

Q. How has your journey in publishing been? Anything you would or wouldn’t do again?

I started my company, Aviva Gittle eBooks, to self-publish my children’s books. (Sorry, readers, the hottest topic I’ve written is about a boy who turns into a bagel.) Due to budget constraints, I find myself scrambling to do as much as possible myself. If I could go back in time I would have the website done and a written marketing plan in place before I published any books.

Q. What advice do you have for someone who wants a career in writing?

Obviously, to write. More importantly, to let other writers and editors read your work. Unless mom and dad are in publishing (and brutally honest like my dad), you are not going to get the information you need to become a real writer. There’s no reason for a writer to not have a professional editor. Cutback on Starbucks, quit smoking and go on oDesk.com or Elance.com and hire one.

Q. What other interests or hobbies do you have outside of writing?

I love to cook. (Check out alzcookin.blogspot.com for a few of my recipes.) I also paint. Used to be die-hard on weight training, but haven’t been in a very long time. And it shows. My excuse now is the business. Of course that’s a lie, but please don’t tell. 

Q. Do you have a favorite story of the ones you’ve written, either published or not? Why?

All the Kitten and Friends stories (7 written to date). Kitten is the kind and accepting soul I’ll never be. I’m proud of the fact that it’s a “natural” series. I didn’t decide to make a series to try to be profitable. I was inspired by a drawing of a kitten and butterfly I saw in an artist’s portfolio. Once I wrote the first story, I fell in love with the main character, Kitten, and just kept writing from the heart.

Okay...enough with the business questions! How about some fun stuff?

Q. If you won the lottery, what is the FIRST thing you’d do? What would you buy and why?

Setup a college fund for both of my grandchildren’s,  buy my son and daughter-in-law a house, give my son money to open up a fitness business, hire all the people I need for a real publishing company, renovate my kitchen and start a foundation in memory of my mom. Not that I’ve thought it through. (Side note: my partner, David, dreamed a few years ago that I won a $16M lottery. He never said when.)

Q. When YOU read, what do you like to pick up?

Anything that strikes my fancy. I “accidently” downloaded a romance novel, “Marriage by Mistake” by Alyssa Kress that (by my standards) was pretty hot. No wonder so many people read that genre! 

Q. Tell us one thing about you that might surprise us...it can be a secret...we won't tell. :)

I’m a high school dropout. Ultimately, I earned my equivalency while going to community college. I now hold a B.S. in General Studies. 

It's time for my favorite part! Tell us about that new release:

Snack Attack! is the second book in the Aviva Gittle “My First Chapter” eBook series. Perfect for the new reader, but with enough pictures and adventure to hold the attention of the little ones. Each chapter ends with a thought-provoking question to help with your child's reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.

Here's what readers are saying about Snack Attack!*

“The story and pictures are adorable...” 
“It is different than any other children’s story I have ever read.”
“I loved it! Who knew we could feel sympathy for a vending machine?”

*Ratings and comments from beta readers’ written reviews.

Written by Mark Megson (author of "The Boy Who Bounced to the Moon") and illustrated by Jennifer Chappell (illustrator for "Bagel Boy.") Snack Attack! is the story of Murray, an old vending machine who may have broken down for the last time. He learns what friendship really is when his snack family tries everything they can to save Murray from the scrap heap. Can a bunch of potato chips and tasty candies bring their old friend back to life? Find out in this fun tale about the power of friendship and determination.


Other books by Aviva:

One of the best parts about being a parent? One day, you get to be a grandparent! Baby Louis is safe and sound in his Nana’s loving arms as she dreams of the man her grandson will become. Snuggle with your child or grandchild…and share your own dreams and wonder at watching your little one grow big.

Karissa Hunter’s beautiful watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the special bond between a grandmother and her grandson.

Written by Aviva Gittle and illustrated by Karissa Hunter. Graphic elements of text page layout by Carlos Brito. Edited by Sara Dean and Carol Thompson.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Feature: Ashe Barker & The Darkest Hour!

Today I'm excited to welcome Ashe Barker, who's celebrating the release of her third book, which ends a trilogy! She's come on-scene with three back to back releases, and isn't that awesome!?

The Darkest Hour: Ashe Barker

Today I’m visiting C.A. Szarek’s blog, and it’s fantastic to be here. Thank you for agreeing to host me today and to let me tell something of the influences that helped shape Nathan and Eva’s story in The Dark Side.

The third and final book in the trilogy went on general release last week. Darkest is every bit as hot and sensual as the first two books, but this is also the intense and emotional climax to the story. Eva, never especially comfortable around others and with no capacity to speak of for handling difficult personal situations, especially when they involve Nathan, faces her greatest challenges in Darkest. And gets it horribly wrong. Darkest is full of highs and lows as Eva’s emotional roller-coaster hits full speed, and her new-found confidence deserts her.

I loved writing The Dark Side, but it’s always fabulous when reviewers like a story too. This excerpt from a five star review on Goodreads was particularly welcome.

Nathan and Eva have finally found a fragile balance between them. Eva, who has trust issues, thinks she has found it with Nathan. Nathan, who has had many subs, feels Eva may be the not-so-perfect sub for him. Together they start to build their lives but when a moment of betrayal and jealousy arises, they find their world is torn apart.

This third and final entry has the least amount of sex and the most heart wrenching moments. Eva has come so far and to have an act of jealousy come between them was so upsetting. This is definitely the book that made me the most emotional. Even though I feel there is less sex in this book than the previous two, the creative aspect had me liking it the best. You are so naughty and wicked Nathan! I won’t spoil the ending but I will say the journey Eva and Nathan take in Darkest easily makes this my favorite of the three books. I gasp, giggled and cried. As for the end, let’s just say I couldn’t ask for a better one.

And so the story ends. I’m so sad to say goodbye. Eva, Nathan and all the other characters have been some my favorites and I feel like I have moved away from some great friends. If you get a chance, read the The Dark Side Trilogy. As for recommendations, read Darkest. You won’t be disappointed.

The Dark Side was always meant to be about contrast and paradox, about opposites attracting. It places a seriously bright but unsophisticated woman in an unfamiliar situation and watches her make decisions with her heart rather than her head. Some of those decisions are good, others more questionable. But it’s always quirky, and the emphasis is on sexy fun. I hope readers agree, and please feel free to let me know what you think of Eva and Nathan’s story.


The Dark Side trilogy, charts the sensual journey of academic musician Eva Byrne as she struggles to overcome painful shyness, sexual inhibition, and personal tragedy. Lonely, unsophisticated, fragile, and desperately seeking love and approval, Eva is easy prey for sensual and experienced Nathan Darke. 

He wants her submission, and he knows how to go about getting it. Eva is quickly caught up by the whirlwind of his effortless seduction, though she has her own reasons for agreeing to join him in his world of pain and pleasure, on The Dark Side.

Inexplicably fascinated and at the same time totally frustrated by his new submissive, Nathan is increasingly drawn to her as she opens up in his hands and he realises there is much, much more to his latest playmate than he ever could have imagined. 

The Dark Side charts the turbulent relationship between Eva and Nathan as their mutual fascination builds. They both discover what surrender truly means as together they explore the fragile bonds of desire, trust, risk and reward, and the destructive power of betrayal.

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Until 2010 Ashe was a director of a regeneration company in Leeds, in the UK, before becoming convinced there must be more to life. She left to work as an independent consultant, and still does some of that though most of her time is now spent writing, as at last she’s been able to realise her dream of writing erotic romance herself. Ashe has been an avid reader of women’s fiction for many years, and still loves reading historical and contemporary romances – the hotter the better. But now she has a good excuse for her guilty pleasure – research.
Ashe usually draws on settings and anecdotes from her own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to her plots and characters, but her stories of love, challenge, resilience and compassion are the conjurings of her own lurid and decidedly smutty imagination.

When not writing – which is not very often - her time is divided between her role as resident taxi driver for her teenage daughter and friends, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, rabbits, tortoises.  And a cockatiel.  Ashe is a rural parish Councillor, and she’s passionate about evolving rural traditions and values to suit twenty first century lifestyles.

Ashe has just completed her third trilogy in the Black Combe ‘family’ as well as a novella and a short story. All are due for release over the next few months.