BLOG TOUR: Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley Book Trailer, Radio Interview with Runaway Train Band and Giveaways


For Abby Renard, the plan was supposed to be simple—join her brothers’ band on the last leg of their summer tour and decide if she’s finally ready for the limelight by becoming its fourth member. Of course, she never imagined stumbling onto the wrong tour bus at Rock Nation would accidentally land her in the bed of Jake Slater, the notorious womanizing lead singer of Runaway Train. When he mistakes her for one of his groupie’s, Abby quickly lets him know she sure as hell isn’t in his bed on purpose.

Jake Slater never imagined the angel who fell into his bed would resist his charms by promptly kneeing him in the balls. Of course, the fact she seems like a prissy choir girl makes her anything but his type. So he is more than surprised when after betting Abby she wouldn’t last a week on their tour bus, she is more than willing to prove him wrong. But as Jake’s personal life begins to implode around him, he finds an unlikely ally in Abby. He’s never met a woman he can talk to, joke with, or most importantly make music with.
As the week starts comes to a close, neither Abby nor Jake is ready to let go. Can a sweetheart Country songstress and a bad boy of Rock N Roll actually have a future together?
Location: Austin, Texas on Runaway Train’s Tour Bus 
What: Phone interview with Pam and Jenn from Austin Local Radio Station 
When: Day after Rock Nation 


Pam: This is Pam and Jenn coming at you live from Austin’s Rocked out studios! Jenn: We have the guys of Runaway Train with us on the phone fresh off the huge Rock Nation music festival! *sound drop of an out of control crowd*

Pam: We both know how much you guys rock but can I get a roll call for the listeners out there? Names and what you do?

Brayden: Thanks for having us on your show, ladies.

AJ: She said roll call, not suck up time.

Brayden: Shut up.

Jake: Well, as the front man, I’ll go first since I’m most important.

Rhys: *muttering* Douchebag

Jake: Anyway, I’m Jake Slater—lead singer, guitarist, and song writer for Runaway Train

Brayden: I’m Brayden Vanderburg, and I’m lead guitarist, background vocals, and I also do songwriting.

Rhys: I’m Rhys McGowan, and I’m the bassist.

AJ: Saving the best for last. I’m AJ Resendiz, and I’m the drummer. I really know what to do with a stick…..and I also do some background vocals.

Jenn: Sounds like four of you have your hands full! Pam: Right!!! What or who do you do to wind down after a show like Rock Nation…the groupies must be lining up for a ticket to the bus after the show *both laugh out loud*

Brayden: Well, there are no groupies for me. I’ve been happily married for five years, so after the show, I’m usually talking or Skyping with my wife, Lily, and our two children, Jude and Melody.

Jake: Bray is the Old Fart of the group.

AJ: *snickering* You got that right.

Brayden: Yeah, well, what these guys aren’t saying is they can get pretty geriatric after a show. Like crawl in the bed and sleep for hours and days.

Jake: That’s because not only have we put everything we had into a show, we’ve usually burned off all the excess adrenaline with some lovely ladies.

Rhys: Damn straight

Pam: So I heard through the grapevine that you have a bus guest? Truth? *sound bite of the Jeopardy thinking music*

Jake: Oh fuck…I, erm, I mean…

Rhys: Oh no, you made the bet, so you should be the one to explain it, asswipe.

Jake: *groaning* Okay, so yes, we have a guest on our bus. Her name is Angel.

Brayden: Talking about her like that makes her sound like a stripper. Tell them the truth.

Jake: Fine. Her name is Abby. She’s a singer, and she accidentally got on the wrong bus. Okay?

AJ: Nice stall job, man. Why don’t you tell them about how she accidentally fell into your bed, and instead of falling for your charms, she nailed you in the balls?

Rhys and Brayden: *laughing*

Jake: Whatever. She’s a real piece of work that’s for sure.

Jenn: Sound like you are going to have your hands full boys! Pam: *jumps in with a little too much excitement* Jake how do you think you will fair with Abby in the bus?

Jake: I’ll be fine. I know how to handle women.

AJ: *snickering* Oh, you don’t know how to handle this one.

Rhys: Jake’s just saying that because for the first time ever, he’s met a chick who isn’t swooning for him or intimidated by him.

Jake: Whatever…next question please.

Together: Oh to be a fly on the wall for the next week! You think I can get a follow up interview on Sunday *snickers*

Pam: Did I just hear the Abby put you in your place Jake? *drops sound bite of a whip crack* She must be some lady!

Brayden: Abby is a true lady, and you can bet that she’s going to keep Jake on his toes for the remainder of the week.

Rhys: *wistfully* She’s something all right…

AJ: Seriously she’s gorgeous. And she wears dresses like a lady too

Jake: *snorting* Oh yeah, those sundresses showing her fabulous rack and fantastic legs are really lady like.

Jenn: Ok all joking aside what’s next? You have just about 3 weeks left one the tour and a new album after that. Anything you can share?

Jake: Bray and I have been working on a lot of new material for the album

AJ: You’re not going to mention the duet? *smacks* Ow, dude, what the hell?

Rhys: Yeah, Jake, tell the listeners about the duet you wrote with Abby

Jake: *mumbling under his breath* Yeah, so I’ve written my first duet—

AJ: Like ever…the guy NEVER does collaborating with anyone, but he’s written a song with Abby.

Jake: Like I was saying, it’s a duet called “I’ll Take You with Me”. I plan on recording it with her too.

Pam: Ok guys we are going to take a call…Cris your on with Runaway Train…OMG!!!! *long ear piercing scream* I LOVE YOU GUYS!!! Each and every one of you! YOU SO ROCKED OUT ROCK NATION!!!!! * continuous screams* Jenn: Wow! *mutes the phone line mid scream* Guys how do you deal with that? Pam: Right! How can you live your life? I also think it’s best if we drop this call. Cris you rock but this is about the guys.

Jenn: Never a dull moment!

Pam: Well I think we have taken enough of your time this morning. Good luck with the rest of the tour! Good luck with the new album. Most of all…Good luck with the little sassy thing on your bus this week! *sound bite of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train* Jenn: Let the games begin!

Pam: Be sure to stop and see the guys on the last leg of the tour and you can pick up their current album on iTunes and be on the lookout for the new album! Both: Thanks and hope to chat soon…Jenn: Maybe Sunday! *both snicker and laugh*

Katie Ashley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of The Proposition. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her two very spoiled dogs and one outnumbered cat. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.

She spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.

She also writes Young Adult fiction under the name Krista Ashe.

BLOG TOUR: Moving Forward by Erika Taylor Prologue, Book Trailer & Giveaways

Jesika Reynolds’ heart was left broken one year ago when her husband died, leaving her and her son alone in this world. Slowly, she started putting the pieces back together of her life. Knowing that she may never open herself up to love again. That was until the day Derek came into the picture.

Why does this gorgeous stranger seem to care so much, so suddenly?

Derek Jordan’s charm drew her in with an instant connection, and familiarity that helps her feel at ease. Her heart is falling at his feet, but as their relationship grows, so does a secret from both of their pasts that neither saw coming. One by one, the threads slowly start to unravel.

Can their newly sought love stand up against the secrets that life is unlocking to their pasts? Or can they decide together that moving forward and forgetting the past is the only option for them to find true happiness?

I was born into the Silver Platter type of lifestyle. The good life as most people would call it was always at my fingertips. My mother, being the single rich mom that she was, was hardly ever around. She wasn’t cut out for having kids or being any sort of positive role model. In fact, she always had my daily activities so mapped out that it would be damn near impossible to ever interfere with anything she had going on. As a child, I knew my mom loved me, but also knew she just didn’t know how to show it; or more like she didn’t care to show it. Being the only parental influence I had around, she was the one I really looked up to. She dated a lot of men and called it being social; I called it being a hussy. I was around her enough to know how she was willing to do anything to get her way and keep working her way up the social ladder. I know you can’t always blame the way you are based on how you were brought up, but in my case I do. 
Amateur MMA fighting had become a welcomed outlet in my tightly put together life. It wasn’t that I had a temper, well not much of one. It was purely just a much needed release for me. Stepping into that ring always held such an unpredictable outcome; it was the unknown that I craved. There were no guarantees that once I was on the other side of that tightly pulled elastic that I’d come out a winner or come out with my ass beat. Either or, it never really mattered to me. Whether it was my fist connecting or my face being connected with, I’d never felt more alive in all my life. That was until Jesika came into the picture. 
I knew she was special, that there was something different about her. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that she was unlike any of the girls that had ever crossed my path. And more than anything, I knew I didn’t deserve her . . .but that didn’t stop me. I was a selfish prick who was always willing to do anything to get what he wanted; obviously a trait I picked up from my mother. Jesika had instantly become my obsession and I didn’t bat a fucking eye at pushing away who ever I needed to win her over and keep her put. 
Looking back now, I regret so much. I hurt people like I didn’t have a fucking conscience. Who am I kidding? I pretty much didn’t back then. But now, I’d give anything to go back and fix it all. Shit’s about to hit the fan and there is not a damn thing I can do about it. I hate not having control of the situation or knowing what the outcome holds. Tonight might be the last time I’m able to hold my wife. I tried turning my mind off while we were out; making sure I savored every kiss, held her hand a little longer than normal, put as many smiles on her face as possible and made her laugh every chance I could. Now as I watch her sleep on our way home, I can’t help the few tears threatening to fall down my face. I have everything I need or could ever want in the seat right next to me, and I had to fuck it up. Everyone makes mistakes; some are bigger than others and hold graver consequences. Mine was one of the big ones. 
I can’t take back what I did, or the man it’s going to paint me out to be. Glancing over at Jesika who is now lightly snoring I catch something running towards the road. I instantly slam on the brakes, but it does no good. That damn deer has everyone swerving and slamming on their brakes all at once. The feeling I’ve had all night of knowing I was about to lose my family is ringing loud and clear in my head right now. I know I’ve lost it all as I watch the cars that are unable to stop come closer and closer to my side of the car. I silently send up a prayer that Jesika makes it. My son needs his mother, and I can’t stand the idea of him losing both of us tonight. I silently pray that she is able to forgive me one day and move forward from this. I grab her hand telling her I love her as the deafening screeching of brakes and metal crunching takes over all my thoughts.

Erika Taylor was born into the army lifestyle as an only child. Being the only child, she learned to keep herself entertained by unleashing her inner tomboy. Fishing, navigating through the woods and tree climbing were a few of her favorite escapes as a child along with her fast growing love of video games. While she is still a down home girl at heart, she grew to love music and left the wildness behind. She is a devoted lover of music and a closet groupie. Genre of choice is always rock but she has been known to kick it old school from time to time and jam to the 90s greatest hits. Her passion for music fueled her imagination and she has since found at age twenty-nine that she loves to read. While reading didn’t seem to interest her growing up you will almost always find her with her nose in a book nowadays. Erika is currently a native to Oklahoma where she lives with her husband and five small children that they have combined between the two of them. She admits to loving caramel frappe’s, getting her hair done, Ace Ventura When Nature Calls and candy of choice being Airheads. She blames The Hunger Games book series for her newly formed addiction to reading, which has since brought on her desire to write. She is currently working on her debut novel “Moving Forward” set to release May 3rd, 2013. 

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Blog Tour: Play With Me by Kristen Proby 5/5 Stars Review, Trailer & Giveaway

Title: Play With Me (With me in Seattle #3) 
Author: Kristen Proby 
Release Date: March 1, 2013 

CenturyLink Field: Seattle Washington ~ Game Day Sunday 

Cris: What have you got me doing now Pam???

Pam: Well you said you wanted to talk about Play With Me…

Cris: And we couldn’t do that at a coffee shop or while having wine back at my house?

Pam: Where the fun in that? Don’t you want to see Mr. Football God Will in action?

Cris: You got a point. Where are we sitting?

Pam: 50 yard line! Ummm where else!

As our tickets are taken we head to the concession stand for beer and snacks (can’t talk about the crazy Montgomery clan with kicking a few back)

Cris: *yelling over the crowd* Still think this is a good idea?

Pam: YES! So let’s recap…

“Will Montgomery is a successful professional football player and seemingly has it all. He’s not used to being told no, and certainly doesn’t take no for an answer. So when he turns his charms on his sister’s sexy rocker-chick friend Meg, he’s not only turned down, but met with open hostility, piquing his curiosity and libido. He’s determined to show her that he’s not the arrogant jock she thinks he is, and to get her into his bed.

Megan McBride is not impressed with Will Montgomery, his fat contract, fancy car, or his arrogant public persona. She doesn’t have time for a relationship, and if she’s learned anything in life, it’s that loving means losing, so she guards her heart ferociously. But she can’t deny the overwhelming attraction to the sexy, tattooed athlete, and when Will starts breaking down her defenses and grabs hold of her heart, will she be able to admit her feelings for him, or will her troubled past cause her to lose the first man she’s ever truly loved?” (synopsis)

Cris: What was your favorite part?

Pam: *jumps up screaming* TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS!!! Woot Woot!!!

Cris: Umm Pam…Favorite part?

Pam: Sorry! That’s hard because I truly loved it all! Kristen really came with her “A” game on this one! The story weaved all the characters together well. You got just enough of them but to the point that you were overwhelmed with secondary character storyline. Will and Meg really shine and such a great love story! If I had to pick…MINI VAN!! I think I read that part 5 times! Laughing so hard I cried! Here is one for you…How did you fell about Meg and Will? They both grew a lot in the story but with any love story there has to be growth. Right?

Cris: Ditto! I read that part so many times too! Intoxication really does something great sometimes. LOL. But talking about the characters, I found Meg and Will perfect for each other. One who is a bit afraid to show and invest her emotions while the other is so willing to prove that true and long lasting love does exist. I didn’t find it hard to love them both, they are playful, kinky and sexy and very realistic.

Cris: *looking at the field* you know this is a great game!

Cris: Ok back to the topic! Well I believe Kristen Proby once again proved that she can create well-developed characters and she doesn’t have any issues with realism at all. All of her characters even from the first book in the series are totally relatable, they have depths and the conflicts she has created have some real emotional resonance. Her characters gave the impression of a real human being, with complexities and contradictions behind what you see as a first impression.

Both: *hands in air and holding breath* GOAL!!!!!!! *high five*

Pam: See told ya this would be fun! I think that the character development in story line was awesome! I loved the push and pull with Will and Meg. It kept me wanting more! There was enough to keep you going! You know?

Cris: Yes, it’s not too complicated but it still gave us readers something to look forward to. Something that would really make you flip those pages to know what’s gonna happen next.

Pam: So…the sex?

Random people behind us: *give us the shifty eyes and a loud sigh* Umm ladies this is football not a book club!!

Pam: Dude what’s the problem? We are talking football just with a little more added in. *winks eye*

Cris: So back to sex… (what you thought about sex)

Pam: *fans face* Oh my SO HOT!! OMG!! The Shelby Mustang!!! That Kristen can sure write about sex! OMG and New Orleans!

Cris: *laughing* I know right! The girl can write sizzling, sensuous, steamy scenes! And I know it takes a lot of hard work to write those. Not that I am a pro or something. But I feel that if an author isn’t careful and creative enough, she can be caught up in cliché’s and euphemisms and both of which can really detach the readers from the story. But I never experienced that to any of Kristen’s story.

Pam: This game is getting good! *shouting and standing up* SEAHAWKS!!!!

Oh yes I rank Kristen up with my top favorite authors! She has an amazing writing style and the way she can combine so many characters and make you fall in love with each one! That’s talent with a capital T!

Cris: Looks like the SeaHawks are going to win! I guess that Mr. Hot Football God is reason enough to recommend the book but what else?

Pam: Look we made the fan camm! *waves and jumps up and down and makes Cris do the same* Why recommend the book…why not! Kristen’s fresh writing style makes the words flow and allows you to connect to each character. From book one of series I know I was a fan from go! I am a very happy girl that there are so many Montgomery’s to write about.

Cris: Well for me its plain and simple…I.ADORE.HER.BOOKS.AND.ALL.HER.MEN!

Pam: Well just as the SeaHawks did Kristen kicks some serious book butt!! 5 stars for me! What about you?

Cris: Hell yeah! 5 shining stars!

Game over and as we are walking out…

Pam: Should we make our way over and see if we can snag us a player? *elbows Cris*

Cris: *shakes head* Why would I say no when I know we will end up there anyway?

Pam: *winks and smiles with a Cheshire cat grin* Exactly!

Kristen Proby has made a living as a massage therapist, a medical biller, a registrar in an Emergency Room, and a professional photographer. But what feeds her soul is writing romantic, erotic love stories about strong women who don’t necessarily need saving, and gorgeous, alpha-type men who want to save them anyway.

Kristen lives in the amazing Pacific Northwest where, conveniently, her muse lives too.

Blog Tour Part 1: Reckless by S.C. Stephens Book Review, Trailer and Giveaways

S.C. Stephens is an independent author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her first attempt at a full-length novel was Thoughtless. She wrote the angst-filled love triangle in early 2009 and published it that summer on FictionPress. Amazed and surprised by the response, more stories were quick to follow.

Conversion, the first novel in a three story vampire series, was released in the fall. Collision Course, a tragic, yet hopeful tale of love and loss was released in early 2010. The second Conversion novel came out next, along with It’s All Relative, a different take on a one night stand story.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys reading other people’s fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out to the movie theaters, and spending quality time with her children.

Read the first two chapters of reckless

Pam’s house just after midnight on March 7th… 
*the house is dark* 
Cris: So do you mind telling me why you are sprawled out on the couch, dressed in black with enough drama on your face to beat out Meryl Streep on her next Oscar nomination??

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Pam: *sighs* I did it…I finished Reckless! My world just end as I read the last page! Cris!!! Our book boyfriend just DUMPED us! 
Cris: *shaking her head and laughs* Pam you called me over here after midnight to tell me that you are in some depressed state because the series is over? Pam…I…what…I’m… 
Pam: *jumping up and down* See!! See right there you feel the same way! You can not tell me that you are not upset about this! I… 
Cris: YES!! I am sad too! This series is amazing! Reckless was…OMG! I am at a loss for words. I don’t think that has ever happen! OMG what are we going to do??? 
Pam: Ok if I am Meryl Streep you are pulling in close behind as Julia Roberts right now! “I would like to thank the academy for this award! Without the drama filled words of Reckless I could have never won!” *holds remote and bows to the fake crowd*

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Cris: Ok LOL!! Are you going for comedy as well? 
Pam: *throws pillow across room at Cris* Ok lets do what we do best… 
Cris: Wine and a recap? 
Pam: *walks out of kitchen with bottle and glasses in hand* 
“Can love survive when life gets Reckless? 

When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price—but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?” 
Cris: I could never hoped for a better ending than this! Reckless is the perfect book to end their love story. I cried, I laughed, I cried again, and fell in love. Mind if you ask me about my favorite part? I’d say Chapters 1-31, how ’bout that? The book is sooo good that I literally sobbed like a baby, went to the bathroom every after 30 mins because of the smoking, hot scenes, and I think I got myself pregnant just by reading it! I mean, no words can actually  explain how much I loved it! I’m really out of words. How about you Pam?
Pam: I so loved this book too! Well all of the books! The part I enjoyed most was that fact that Kiera grew up in this book. She had a lot thrown at her. But as Tammy Wynette sang she stood by her man!

We saw Kellan grow as well. They both worked together and waved a bond that no one could break. I know a lot of people don’t like Kiera but I feel that we had to see her as child like in Thoughtless to show the growth that was needed to become the woman that Kellan needed in his life. 
Cris: Ditto! I really admired how Kiera showed maturity and strength all through out the story. She really stood out and redeemed herself in the book. Its not really easy to be put in that kind of situation but she pulled it through. Well Kellan as expected… I was in awe of him! He’s just so perfect! He knows what he wants and he will do everything to protect Kiera, even if it would mean giving up the fame and popularity. 
Pam: I agree with you and I have to say that I really enjoyed how Reckless played out. I felt that S.C. Stephens created three books that told a story from beginning to end. The ride along the way was amazing! We met a ton of characters that would make excellent books on their own! Griffin!!! OMG!! I must say I LOVED him in this book! *fans face* 
Cris: *jumping and spilling wine* 
Pam: Ummmm!! Party foul!!! There is wine on the floor! 
Cris: ABC’s! ABC’s! I just remembered ABC’s 
Pam: Who knew a skill learned in grade school would cause so much pleasure in your adult life *winks and sips her wine* 
Cris: Right and I just have the urge to watch a cowboy movie! 
Pam: Oh yes Cowboy Kellan! *blushes* Ok in all seriousness what did you think of Reckless and the books as a whole? I know that S.C. Stephens is one of your top authors! 
Cris: Hell yeah! Totally a fangirl! I can’t event count the number of times that I have read the first 2 books. But what I believe the biggest draw to the story are its characters and how realistic they were presented in the book. S.C. Stephens used the perfect ingredients to make the perfect recipe of a perfect book! The strong emotions and feelings, mixed with humor, word choice and her literary techniques were just so effective that it allowed the readers to be fully immersed in the story.
Pam: I have to say that this book has really touched me and is at the top of my all time favorites! Being able to see what it is like for people in the “spotlight”. Everyone has issues as my heart ached and I felt like I was experiencing every twist and turn that celebrity brings you. In the end he just wanted to make music and share a gift. But S.C. Stephens gave both Kiera and Kellan a supportive group of friends and family! Did I state the fact that I LOVE Griffin and Anna!! *stand up and taps remote as a mic* Attention! Attention! I need a Griffin and Anna book! Please and Thank you! 
Cris: *laughing into tears* I would love to see that too. Griffin and Anna definitely added a unique blend of story. I’d say Reckless, from being one of the most anticipated books in 2013 now has become one of the highly recommended books of all time. Heck, the whole series!!! 5 stars wouldn’t be enough to rate it, I’d say 6? 7? But since it hit me big time, I’d give it a whooping 10!

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Pam: Yes! I think Reckless and this whole series is a must read for anyone! I have already pimped it out to my aunt and anyone I see! This is a 5 star for me! Hands down!!! 
Pam: *picks up Kindle and starts to read* 
Cris: What are you doing? 
Pam: Starting from the beginning… 
Cris: *opening her Kindle app* If you can’t beat them join them!
**check out our blog tour post No. 2 later: Kellan in the Eyes of the Fans

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Picking Up the Pieces by Stacey Bentley Pre- Cover Reveal Giveaway

FEBRUARY 11, 2013

While we patiently wait for this big event, Stacey will be giving away 2 ebook copies of Walking Disaster by Jamie Mcguire! Awesome right? So join the party and see below for details!