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Finding My Zing!

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Yesterday, I had the chance to watch Hotel Transylvania. I recommend the movie to everyone! You don't have to be a parent to get why the Count did what he did for the safety of his daughter. But the romantic in me gravitated to the "finding your zing" aspect of the story.

Even if the story is about the control freak Dracula who would do anything for his daughter, I most enjoyed the concept of finding the person that makes you zing.

I'm single, and I choose to be so.

When I was younger, I wondered why relationships never worked for me. I was this bright-eyed, bushy-tailed girl who dreamed of love--the fairy tale kind.

I know the concept of love at first sight or finding soul mates can feel cliche or terribly unreal in our society, but there are people out there who have fallen in love at first sight or have found their soul mates or both! Maybe I live in a fantasy world in my head, but I refuse to believe the fairy tale isn't possible. Watching Hotel Transylvania helps keep my belief alive.

Okay, it's an animation, but the story does ring true. I believe that every fictional story finds their roots in fact. Those who write romance base some of the situations in their novels on real life or on people they know. This fact based mentally when it comes to writing fiction allows me to keep believing in the magic of love and the ability everyone has in finding their zing.

I hold on to the hope that I'll find mine some day, but if I don't I'm okay with that too knowing I'm living my bliss and I get to do what I love on a daily basis. Having someone to share it with will be a plus to an already wonderful life.

Reaping Me Softly ARC Tour Schedule

With the news of the ARCs being released to the reviewers, I wanted to share with everyone the tour schedule of Reaping Me Softly while I hyperventilate.

The tour begins on October 29 and culminates on November 3. It's going to be a hectic and awesome six days!


Here are all the stops:

REAPING ME SOFTLY Tour Schedule

Monday, Oct. 29:
Amaterasu Reads ~ Review
A Dream Within A Dream ~ Review
The Readers Den ~ Review
Reader Girls ~ Review
Paranormal Opinion ~ Review
Lift You Up ~ Promotional Post

Tuesday, Oct. 30:
A Diary Of A Book Addict ~ Review
The Tales Compendium ~ Review
Breathe In BooKs ~ Review
Books Live Forever ~ Review
Mostly YA Book Obsessed ~ Review
Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf ~ Promotional Post
Ever and Ever Sight ~ Review
Some Like It Paranormal ~ Review
Obsession with Books ~ Review
The Reclusive Reader ~ Review
Book Briefs ~ Review
Books 4 Julie ~ Review

Wednesday, Oct. 31:
Charming Chelsey’s ~ Review
Rinn Reads ~ Promotional Post
Raizza’s Book Blogging Adventure ~ Promotional Post
Scribbler’s Sojourn ~ Promotional Post
A Tale of Many Reviews ~ Promotional Post

Thursday, Nov. 1:
WinterHaven Books ~ Review
That READioactive Book Blog~ Promotional Post
Ja Ĩitam, a ti? (I’m a reader, what about you?) ~ Review
For The Love Of Film And Novels ~ Promotional Post
A Soul Unsung ~ Promotional Post
Unforgettable Books ~ Review
Literary Love Affair ~ Review
Great Minds Literary Community ~ Promotional Post

Friday, Nov. 2:
Short & Sweet Reviews ~ Review
The Busy Bibliophile ~ Promotional Post
The Procrastinator’s Corner ~ Review
The Reading Diaries ~ Review
Booklove101 ~ Review
My keeper shelf ~ Review
Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews ~ Review
What’s Beyond Forks? ~ Review
Jinky is Reading ~ Review

Saturday, Nov. 3:
Jennreneeread ~ Review
Always YA at Heart ~ Review
Paranormal Reads ~ Review
Splash Of Our Worlds ~ Review
My Guilty Obsession ~ Review
Addicted to Books ~ Review
Imaginary Reads ~ Review
YA Between the Lines ~ Promotional Post
Nette’s Bookshelf Reviews ~ Review
Books to Brighten your Mood ~ Review
Bookworm Lisa ~ Review
artsy musings of a bibliophile ~ Review
The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger ~ Review
Book-A-Holic ~ Promotional Post
YA Sisterhood ~ Review

I hope to see you at any one of these stops.

Okay, sharing done.

Now I return to my corner and breathe into my brown paper bag.  

Cover Reveal: Hollywood Holiday

Ready for a cover reveal?

It's a romance perfect for the holidays!

Check out Hollywood Holiday by Sasha Summers:


Here's the Blurb:

All she wants for Christmas is for Hollywood to love her again. But once she meets him, her Christmas list changes.

Jen’s only Christmas wish: Hollywood falling back in love with her. Meeting ex-Marine Gunner was a bonus. She likes that he isn’t impressed by celebrities or the movie biz. She likes that he’s funny and sweet … and drop-dead gorgeous. And she loves that he has no idea who her alter-ego is: Jen Fleming, Hollywood bad-girl and paparazzi target number one. Why ruin an amazing affair when he’s leaving after the new year?

But the closer they get, the harder she falls, and the more she wants to tell Gunner everything. Especially once he shares his secret with her.

Her new Christmas wish: Gunner accepts and loves her for who she really is.

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Know More about Red Carpet Series Book 1: Hollywood Ever After (Paperback Giveaway)


She wasn’t meant for movie stars, Hollywood, or happy endings.

And then she met him.

Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?

About the author:


Sasha is part gypsy. Her passions have always been storytelling, Hollywood, history, and travel. It’s no surprise that her books include a little of each. Her first play, ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’ was written for her Girl Scout troupe. She’s been writing ever since. She loves getting lost in the worlds and characters she creates; even if she frequently forgets to run the dishwasher or wash socks when she’s doing so. Luckily, her four brilliant children and hero-inspiring hubby are super understanding and supportive.

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If you are on wordpress, link for the giveaway: http://www.inkspellpublishing.com/1/post/2012/09/hollywood-holiday-cover-reveal.html

Coffee Time Romance Chat

Hi, everybody!


There's an event I want to invite all of you to. Here are the details:

What: Coffee Time Romance Chat

When: September 25, 2012

Time: 9PM EST

Who's participating:

1. Lynn Rush
2. Tara Fuller
3. Kendall Grey
4. Rachel Firasek
5. Lynda Hilburn
6. Kate Evangelista

Where: http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/Chat2.html

Isn't it an awesome line-up of authors?

We will be talking books, books, and even more books. Come join us.

There will be giveaways too!

Make sure to be in the chat room fifteen minutes early so you don't miss a thing.

I hope to see all of you there. *excited*

If you want to visit the Coffee Time Romance website, you can click here: http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/Welcome.html

Reaping Me Softly Countdown Timers

Hi, everyone!

I have a treat for all of you.

The awesome Ayanami from Whatever You Can Still Betray has been gracious enough to create these wonderful countdown timers for the coming release of Reaping Me Softly.

Check them out:

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The HTML code for these timers are available.

Show your excitement for Raping Me Softly by posting the timer on your blog or website today.

If you want the code, please leave your email address in the comments section and I will email them to you right away.

Thank you!

Six Life Rules from People Like Us

Rule 1

If you like something because you think other people will like it, it's a sure bet no one will.

Rule 2

Most doors in the world are closed, so if you find one you want to get into, you damn well better have an interesting knock.

Rule 3:

Things you think are important aren't, and things you think aren't important are.

Rule 4:

Don't shit where you eat.

Rule 5:

Lean into it. The outcome doesn't matter, what matter is you're there for it.

Rule 6

Never sleep with someone who has more problems than you.

My personal addition:

Write what you want to read.

What would you add to this list?

Vegas Tales: Beware of Beagle

Okay, so it's been awhile since I've shared a Vegas Tale with all of you. Since it's being a particularly slow Sunday, and I don't have to write until this afternoon, I've decided to continue sharing with all of you my experiences during this first trip on my own.

This particular tale happened during the shortest connection in my flight itinerary. I'd landed in Minneapolis and had 75mins. (count it, 75) to get from the plane to baggage claim then immigration, baggage check, TSA, and then off to the gate of my next flight. Just thinking about it makes my head spin.

I call this leg my obstacle course.

It should have been a breeze, except I sabotaged my own entrance into the U.S. of A.

Being a Filipino, I grew up with being taught that if I was given something to eat that I didn't consume, let's say a sandwich, I would bring it with me in case I got hungry later. Little did I know that this "Waste Not" attitude would lead to an encounter with an intrepid beagle.

On the plane from Narita to Minneapolis, we were given a lot of food. We did nothing but eat and sleep during this flight. At one point, I was so full that when time came for snacks to be served, I stuffed the ham sandwich into my bag thinking my flight to Vegas wouldn't have food to go along with it.

When I got off the plane, a little worse for wear at this point, I claimed my bag and stood in line for an immigration officer to decide if I was allowed into US soil or not.

This is where the beagle comes in.

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A ferocious animal, is he not?

Notice that I don't have any actual pictures during this leg of the trip because no electronic devices were allowed while at immigration. Even cellphones would be confiscated if used.

Sufficiently freaked out about the tough rule and doing my best to follow it (because the last thing I wanted was to be taken into one of those scary rooms where they interrogate you to determine if you're a terrorist), I patiently waited in line.

Here comes the K-9 unit literally sniffing around.

Mind you, I didn't even try to hide the ham sandwich. It was in a clear plastic bag on top of my carry-on luggage.

The man with the beagle for a partner asked everyone to lower their bags for his pal to sniff. Of course, having a ham sandwich attracted the cute little guy. He sniffed my bag, sat down, looked at his officer buddy, and I was busted!

That's when the cute little narc stopped being freakin' cute!

The man took my sandwich, marked my immigration card, and told me I had to bring my bags to the portion where they run them through an X-ray. Sweating bullets at this point, and staring daggers at the feeling-good-about-himself beagle, I went through immigration and suffered through a bag inspection.

I seriously thought my flight would leave without me.

To make matters worse...yes, it does get a tad worse...the gate to my next flight had to be the farthest gate from where I was. Lugging an impossibly heavy carry-on, I had to sprint my way to the last freakin' gate of the Minneapolis airport.

Making it to my goal with very little time and not enough breath to spare, I smiled crookedly at the flight attendant, gave my ticket, found my seat, and vowed to never, ever bring down any food for any flight ever again!

Learn from my lesson, everyone. Those airport beagles are vicious!

Addendum:

See, I would have respected the K-9 unit if I was faced with a muscly German Shepherd or a smiley Labrador, but no...I was faced with Snoopy! How pathetic is it to be take down by a Peanuts character? And for a measly ham sandwich. *shakes head*

ARC tour Sign Up

Can't get enough of the Reaping Me Softly cover?

Well...

I have more for you!

Be a part of the ARC tour for Reaping Me Softly today!

Reaping Me Softly scheduled to release October 30, 2012.


Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

Sign up here: http://atomrbookblogtours.com/2012/09/12/tour-reaping-me-softly-by-kate-evangelista-and-omnific-publishing/

Cover Reveal: Reaping Me Softly

Okay! Finally, I can share one more secret I've been keeping from all of you. This one was the hardest for me because the first time I saw this cover, I immediately wanted to spread the word about it as soon as possible.

Now, I finally can. Check out the cover:


What do you think? Isn't it gorgeous?

Here's the blurb:

Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

Reaping Me Softly scheduled to release October 30, 2012. Right before my favorite holiday in the whole wide world. So mark your calendars now!

Make Reaping Me Softly your Halloween read!

I would like to thank the magnificent Liliana Sanches for the talent she possesses. My novels would be missing a key component without her work.

While you wait, add it now to your TBR list on Goodreads by clicking on the button below:



Pinoy readers weigh in on 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be a part of a panel discussing Fifty Shades of Grey. The discussion was part of the 2nd Filipino Reader Conference held at the beautiful Filipinas Heritage Library in Makati. The discussion was hosted by the Mysterious Readers Society.

The article about the discussion is out and I wanted to share it with everyone. Click on the link to read what went on during the discussion: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/273133/lifestyle/literature/pinoy-readers-weigh-in-on-fifty-shades-of-grey

To-Read: Reaping Me Softly

What a happy discovery!

I was on Goodreads and I discovered that my wonderful publicist, Traci, has added Reaping Me Softly to my novels.

Sooooo...

This means you can now add Reaping Me Softly to your To-Read list!

But some reminders before you go:

The cover reveal happens on September 12, 2012.

So excited about that! Can't wait for everyone to see the cover.

It's not too late to sign up: http://atomrbookblogtours.com/2012/08/07/cover-reveal-reaping-me-softly-by-kate-evangelista-and-omnific-publishing/

And...

The release is: October 30, 2012.

A day before my favorite holiday. Woot!

Okay, now you can add Reaping to your To-Read list by clicking on the icon below:



What fun!

I wanted to take a post and thank everyone who participated in the Get #RUSHED twitter party hosted by Lynn Rush.

It was so much fun.

Fast. Furious. And a lot of fun.

Can you believe I was late to my own party? I got the time wrong. Time zones and all that.

But I'd like to think that I made up for it in the end. Lots of prizes were given out, and the response was astonishing. We even trended! How awesome is that?

Those who weren't able to attend, don't worry. There's more where that came from.

I asked Lynn if we could have another party again, maybe sometime during the holiday season with bigger, badder prizes.

I'll keep all of you updated, of course.

So, again, a big THANK YOU for coming and #RUSHED with us. Some of you may still have a hang over from the festivities.

With that, I leave you with an image that made me chuckle today:


Can you relate?
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