Thursday, 22 January 2015

Guest post by Jeanette Grey + Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to Jeanette Grey, who is here today not only to tell you more about her latest release, Through the Static, but to also discuss a not easy topic: atonement and forgiveness. Share with us one of your memories, what was the hardest thing to forgive or atone for and you could even win an ebook copy of Through the Static by Jeanette!  :-)

by Jeanette Grey

I've been thinking a lot of late about the idea of atonement—and not the James McAvoy / Keira Knightley period film.

To atone is to make amends for the wrongs you've done. It has a number of religious connotations, too, but what fascinates me involves examining it on a personal level. Deciding to atone involves acknowledging one's own complicity in something that has happened. It doesn't necessarily require shirt-rending theatrics or wallowing in guilt, though sometimes those things come along for the ride.
To tell a story about a hero who is atoning for his sins involves delving into the mind of someone who has done terrible things and who knows it. Someone who has decided in his own mind to carry on. To take responsibility. And to do what he can to make it right.

It's a hell of a heavy burden to bear.

In my new novel, Through the Static, the hero, Jinx, has spent the last few years of his life as a mercenary. His memories of how he ended up in that position have been erased, so he's not sure how he got there, and he hasn't had much say about what he's done. What he does have is the memory of exacting violence on people he's not sure deserved it. He has a tiny voice of doubt trying to speak to him through the static of his tampered memories, trying to tell him that what he's been compelled to do is wrong. And he has a hell of a lot of guilt.

When he meets Aurelia, the woman who discovers the secret to freeing him from the forces who've been controlling him all this time, his guilt makes it difficult for him to be close to her. How dare he touch her with hands that have been covered in so much blood?

Pushing through that guilt and into a place where he can begin to try to atone for what he's done—by protecting Aurelia and taking down the organization that savaged his memories—isn't an easy road. But it's a necessary one, and along the way, more secrets are revealed about the nature of how he was coopted into the kind of life he was forced to lead.

The truth of his past is difficult to accept. But such is the case with atonement. In theory, making up for one's wrongs eventually has to end. There is such thing as enough.

But deciding enough is enough? Accepting that forgiveness is possible—or even that forgiveness might never have been necessary in the first place?

Sometimes, that can be even more difficult than the atoning.

The only way to save him is to let him into her mind…and her heart.

When cybernetics researcher Aurelia Locke is attacked, she instantly recognizes her assailants as a Three—a mercenary unit made up of a trio of soldiers whose minds have been cybernetically linked, their pasts erased, their wills subsumed.

By the skin of her wits, she escapes to an abandoned house, where she hacks its security system in her desperation to find refuge.

Jinx is already on high alert when his Three notices something isn’t right with their safe house. But he never expected to find a woman wounded and bleeding out in his own bed, or that his visceral reaction to her would begin to awaken his lost past from a years-long haze of violence.

In a mad gamble to escape, Aurelia frees Jinx from his Three by severing his neural connection to them and tying his mind to hers. The power of their link shocks them both, manifesting not only in shared thoughts, but in an intensely passionate physical connection.

But dangerous forces pursue them, intent on reclaiming Jinx and silencing Aurelia’s knowledge. Her only chance of saving him is to risk everything—her research, her heart, and her life.

Warning: Contains manipulation of a person’s memory without his consent and brief episodes of mind control, as well as a smart girl on the run, a high-tech soul-bond, and telepathy-enhanced sex.

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Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When none of that panned out, she started writing. In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York. 

Connect with her at her website - Blog - Twitter - Facebook


Jeanette has generously offered a e-copy of Through the Static to a lucky commenter!

To be entered just leave a comment and tell us: what was one of the hardest things to forgive or ask someone to forgive you for?  

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 31 January 2015!

Good luck!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

New Release: Impulse Control by Amanda Usen + Giveaway

You know what a huge foodie romance lover I am, so I am very happy to share with you the happy news that pastry-chef-and-romance-writer Amanda Usen just released her latest novel, Impulse Control!
Take a look (and not just at the yummy cover ;-p), read the blurb and don't forget to enter the numerous giveaways at the end!  :-)

He can't resist a challenge. She can't resist a dare...

Survivalist Russ Donovan is the toughest man in America, with a reality TV show to prove it. Now he’s been strong-armed into filming a new show with dainty lifestyle expert Susannah Stone. But while “At Home in the Wild” could mean millions for his family’s charity, Russ plans to put Little Susie Homemaker to the test—in the Adirondack Mountains in the dead of winter. And there's no way she'll be able to hack it...

Susannah is tougher than she looks. She's had to fight her way through life, and there's no way she'll let a bossy mountain man show her up. When she gets him on her turf, he’s in serious trouble. But now she's run into a bit of problem. Because no one—least of all Russ and Susannah—expects sparks to fly both on camera and off. And now everyone will see their risqué rivalry break all of the rules...

Buy at Amazon - B&N

Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast, and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one gerbil, four fish, a tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing sexy contemporary romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.

Connect with Amanda at her website - Facebook - TwitterGoodreads

Daily #giveaways and 1 Grand Prize up for grabs during the blitz for IMPULSE CONTROL, an Entangled Indulgence novel by Amanda Usen!

To celebrate IMPULSE CONTROL, there will be daily #giveaways on each day of the blitz!
Each day THREE winners will receive a signed print copy of one of Amanda’s backlist titles (international winners will receive a digital copy).
Daily drawings will be held at 4:00pm EST and winners will be announced on Amanda’s Facebook page and on Twitter.

And wait, there’s MORE!
The grand prize winner, chosen at the end of the blitz, will #win a digital copy of each new release in the Men of the Zodiac Series, as they release each month, for a total of 12 books over the year! Winner will be announced on Amanda’s Facebook and Twitter at the end of the blitz.

Winners will need to contact Amanda with their preferred digital book, email address and shipping address at amanda AT amandausen DOT com.

To be entered just fill out the Rafflecopter form below:
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