Friday, October 31, 2014

Guest Blogger-Brynn Stein

Happy Halloween everyone! And because this is such a great holiday I have a special treat for everyone: a special guest! I am so pleased to welcome Brynn Stein to my nook to talk about her latest release Through the Years with a special Halloween post. Take it away, Brynn!!

Thanks Sophie, for hosting me today.
                I thought for the holiday, I’d give you all a ‘missing scene’ from Through the Years. (Set when Gene and Edward are older, with their first grandchild). From Gene’s POV (as is the rest of the book).

“How am I supposed to know how it goes on?” I growled at Edward. We’d been at this for twenty minutes and I still had no clue how to do this.
“Well, we need to hurry up, we’re supposed to have Lily at the party in half an hour and it takes fifteen minutes to get there.” Edward reminded me…again.
“If Jeannie wanted her there at a certain time, she should have told us how to do this.” I fussed. “Besides, who has a Halloween Party for a bunch of three year olds? That’s just silly.”
Lily, for her part, had been very patient with us while we tried to figure out how to put this ridiculous costume on her. I mean, who ever heard of turning your child into a hot dog for Halloween. The red leotard and tights we figured out right away, though it still hadn’t been easy to get the skin tight things on a wiggly three year old. And Jeanne didn’t tell us we shouldn’t give the kid a bath right before attempting this great feat.
But anyway, the base coat, as it were, was done. But now we were trying to get the rest of it on her. There was a bun made out of foam, which had a convoluted harness thing to hold it on. Then she had some kind of vest slash tunic thing that was supposed to hide the harness and serve as the ketchup, mustard, relish, and onions.
It was really a very creative costume, and we were going to have to compliment Jeannie on making it, if we ever actually got her daughter into it.
“Why did we agree to this again?” I wondered aloud.
“Because we love our daughter and she couldn’t get off work tonight to take Lily to the preschool Halloween party.” Edward answered sensibly. “And because we love our granddaughter and she’s been looking forward to this all week.”
“Yeah, that.” I agreed. “And the fact that we’re both just big softies.”
Edward chuckled. “Well, that went without saying.”
It took another fifteen minutes to get everything worked out and start toward the car. It took us another five minutes to figure out how to buckle the child into her car seat with the outfit on. Edward suggested that maybe we should take it off of her until we got to the party.
I just glared at him.
We finally were under way. We were going to be late, but at least we’d get there. Lily fell asleep on the way and it didn’t occur to either one of us that this might not be a good thing.
Finally, we pulled into the driveway of the outrageously decorated house of Lily’s preschool teacher. I reached back and jiggled Lily’s leg.
“Hey punkin’, we’re here at the party.”
She didn’t wake up, but by that time, Edward had the back door open and was unbuckling the car seat.
“Come on Sweet Thing,” Edward cooed. “You have to wake up now. We’re here.”
“Don’t want to go,” Lily whined and stuck her thumb in her mouth. She did that when she was tired.
“Of course you do, Sweet Pea.” I chimed in. “You’ve been talking about it all week.”
“No,” she said decisively and turned her back.
We tried for five more minutes to get her out of the car. If she responded at all, it was more of the same, whining, and ‘no’, and ‘I don’t want to go.’
Edward looked at me, like I had any hope of knowing what to do with a fussy three year old in a hot dog suit. “What do we do now?”
“I guess we go home?” I asked more than answered. All of that work and she wasn’t even going to get out of the car. I loved Lily to death, but when she made up her mind about something, there was usually no changing it…at least not without a lot of yelling and tears…all of the yelling and most of the tears were on her part.  Most of the tears.
“Yeah, I guess we go home.” Edward agreed. “Hey, let’s stop at Dairy Queen on the way.” I understood. We hadn’t eaten anything since an early lunch. Jeannie had said we’d be expected to eat at the party. But then he just had to add, “I’m in the mood for hot dogs.”
I hit him and drove right past the Dairy Queen.

Happy Halloween everyone. Comment below for a chance to win.

Here’s how the raffle works:

I’ve listed the tour stops below and have given either the link to the blog in general or to my post specifically. Feel free to stop by as many as you want. For each stop that you comment on, you will receive one entry to the giveaway. I’ll check all the stops numerous times throughout the tour and will draw five winners on Thanksgiving Day, so even if you come in late to the tour, you can go back through the list and comment on past stops.
I’m giving away five prizes. Prize 1) a signed paperback copy of Through the Years; Prizes 2 and 3) electronic copies of Through the Years, Prize 4) your choice of either a signed paperback copy or an audiobook of Living Again (the audiobook won’t be available until December), and Prize 5) an electronic copy of Haunted.

Blog Tour Stops for Through the Years
Blog Stop
Blog Owner
Blog Address
October 6
Anne Barwell
October 7
Grace Duncan
October 8
Jessica Skye Davies
October 9
Shira Anthony
October 10
Emma Tett
October 11
Kim Fielding
October 12
Bike Books Reviews
October 13
Tempest O’Riley
October 14
Sean Michael
October 15
Allison Cassatta
October 16
Jana Denardo
October 17
Louise Lyons
October 18
PD Singer
October 20
Shae Connor
October 21
Suki Fleet
October 27
Charlie Cochet
October 28
Elizabeth Noble
October 29
Tara Lain
October 31
Sophie Bonaste
November 4
Kit Moss
November 10
Lane Hayes
November 13
Mike Rupured

Blurb for Through the Years
Edward and Gene were instantly drawn to each other when they met at college in Maryland. Fast friends, they developed a "closer than brothers" relationship. But then Edward began to feel more for Gene. In 1967, those kind of feelings would not be tolerated. Not even by Edward himself.

Gene always thought he was asexual. He had never been attracted to anyone... until he met Edward. He dreamed of Edward as more than a friend throughout college, but he knew Edward would not welcome that kind of attention. So Gene wasn't surprised when Edward reacted badly to a drunken kiss just before Edward's graduation. He was surprised when Edward moved to Florida and had little to do with him for years afterward.

When fate finally brings them back together, Edward is married and has a little girl. Gene gladly accepts the role of "Uncle Gene," happy to have Edward in his life in any capacity. Together, they face all the trials and tribulations life throws at them, including the death of Edward's wife, and as each grows and matures, their life views change. The relationship they've secretly wanted all along is closer than ever, and if Edward can break free from his homophobic upbringing and admit his feelings for Gene, there might still be a chance for them to share their lives in the way they both desire.

A Bittersweet Dreams title: It's an unfortunate truth: love doesn't always conquer all. Regardless of its strength, sometimes fate intervenes, tragedy strikes, or forces conspire against it. These stories of romance do not offer a traditional happy ending, but the strong and enduring love will still touch your heart and maybe move you to tears.

Brynn Stein has always loved to write. Fan fiction, original fiction, whatever. While Brynn wrote in numerous genres – everything from mystery, to contemporary, to supernatural – she had always tended toward strong male characters. And then she discovered ‘slash’, male/male romance, and all those strong male characters were finally allowed to express their love for one another. It seems that there are always at least two characters clamoring to tell Brynn their story.
Brynn lives in Virginia with one of her two two-legged children, and two four-legged ones. Her supportive family encourages her writing and provides a sounding board for fledgling stories. When she isn’t writing, Brynn teaches children with special needs. In free time, when such a thing exists, she reads anything she can get her hands on, and haunts bookstores. She draws and paints, and enjoys the outdoors—especially if she can get to the beach—and is always thinking about her next story.
Please feel free to contact Brynn at any of the following:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday Update-10/30/14

Hello everyone and Happy Thursday!! I hope everyone has had a great week. Here is what I have done...

My week has once again been consumed by the second book in Noxium trilogy. I have crossed the halfway point, which puts me on track for the fastest I have ever written a book. I guess it is a good thing the story is flowing, but I have a feeling I will have to fix a lot of typos. Oh well.

Outside of that, not much else has gotten done. I still need to do a GRL post and get the pics off my camera. Hopefully in the next few weeks. I am also in the planning stage for a brand-new series tentatively called the Unwanteds series. This is looking like it could be my biggest series with upwards of twelve possible books. But I am very excited about it. I am also in the planning stages for a new free read series, but I can't tell you much about that yet. Hopefully, I will be able to share in the next few weeks. So be sure to check back over the next few weeks as everything starts to unfold. Exciting things to be sure...

Have a great weekend everyone!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday Update-10/23/14

Hello everyone! I am back from GRL!! It has been a crazy week, but an awesome one. First of all, let me say how fabulous GRL really was. I met so many awesome people and had the best time. And it was amazing having people come up to me with my book and ask me to sign it. Weird, but awesome.

In addition to having a great time at GRL, I was given some information that is very promising for the future. I can't tell you any details yet, but let's just say I have a new writing project. From now until the end of the year, all of my spare time will be spent on the Noxium Trilogy. How much time? Well, let's just say I have over 20K done of Survival: Book 2 in the Noxium Trilogy. And I just started work on it Monday. Now, of course, when I go back to work tomorrow, things will slow down, but I am hoping to have it done in six weeks. And if that happens, maybe I will have some information for everyone early next year. Finger crossed.

So that is my writing week. I will now leave you with some of the pictures from GRL! There are too many to post them all, but here are some. I will be posting more later as I transfer them from my camera. Enjoy!

Me at my first book signing!!
(Courtesy of Madison Parker Photography)

Me and the fabulous WT Prater
(Courtesy of Madison Parker Photography)

The insane ride to the airport!
(Courtesy of JK Hogan)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's Almost Time!!

Well, it is almost time. Later today I will be flying to Chicago for GRL 2014. I am so excited. I can't wait to meet everyone and find out what great surprises wait for me. I don't know how often I will be able to post when I am in Chicago, but keep an eye on my social media pages for any GRL happenings. And, of course, I will be posting all about my trip right here when I get back. I hope to meet a lot of you in Chicago. Until next time...


Friday, October 10, 2014

"Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour-Day 20

Today is the final day of the "Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour. Check out my last stop here! But don't worry you still have one week to enter the giveaway. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday Update-10/9/14

Hello everyone and Happy Thursday! I hop everyone is having a nice week. I am so excited because I am gearing up for GRL!! My flight is next Tuesday and I can't wait to meet everyone. I still have to pack, but one step at a time. So anyway, here is my writing update for this week.

The blog tour for "Death Gets a Boyfriend" ends tomorrow. It has been a great tour and I want to thank everyone for their support, bloggers and readers alike. There is still time to enter the giveaway so if you haven't yet, there is still time. Just click on the giveaway page on the right sidebar menu for all of the information!

This week my focus has been on Escape: Book One in the Noxium Trilogy. I am planning on pitching the trilogy at the Writer's Workshop at GRL and I want to get it as ready as possible. I have finished another draft so I really only need one more touch-up draft before it is done. I won't be able to do that before the pitch, but I am okay presenting it as is.

I think that's about it for now. I probably will not have an update for you next week as I will be in Chicago but I will be returning with many, many stories for everyone! Until next time...


"Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour-Day 19

Today I am over at Up All Night, Read All Day as part of the "Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour. Check it out here

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour-Day 18

Today I am over at The Blogger Girls talking about "Death Gets a Boyfriend". There is a giveaway, blog post and even a review. Check it out here.

"Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour-Day 17

Today I am over at Louise Lyon's blog as part of the "Death Gets a Boyfriend" blog tour. There is an interview, as well as a giveaway and book information. Check it out here.

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour-Day 16

Today I am over at Book Reviews and More by Kathy as part of the "Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour. Check it out here.

Friday, October 3, 2014

"Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour-Day 15

Today I am over at LeAnn's Book Reviews as part of the "Death Gets a Boyfriend" blog tour. Check it out here.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday Update-10/2/14

Hello everyone and Happy Thursday! I hope everyone has had a great week. Mine has been fairly productive. Here is what I have done this week.

The blog tour for "Death Gets a Boyfriend" is still going strong. There is still over a week left so if you haven't been following the tour, there is still time to check out all of the posts and enter the giveaway!!

I am also getting ready for GRL. I am so excited to meet everyone. I am still working on packing and organizing, but that will be going on for a little time. I just wish it was here already. Can't wait!!

As part of getting ready for GRL, I have put HWHGML on hold and started reworking the Noxium trilogy. I am planning on pitching the trilogy at the Writer's Workshop so I am working on getting the first novel ready to go. I love this novel an am hoping I can get it under contract soon. Just add it to the list of things I am excited for when I go to Chicago.

I think that's about it for now. I hope everyone has a great weekend! Until next time...


"Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour-Day 14

Today I am over at Velvet Panic as part of the "Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour. Check it out here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Death Gets a Boyfriend" Blog Tour-Day 13

Today I am over at SA McAuley's talking "Death Gets a Boyfriend"! Check it out here! And don't forget there are only 16 days left to enter the giveaway so hurry up and good luck!