Category Archives: Mainstream Content

Release Blitz: Kissing Stars Over the Rising Sun by Paige Etheridge

Kissing Stars Over the Rising Sun | Paige Etheridge

Kissing-Paige-Etheridge

Release Date: January 1, 2019

Buy Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162526867X

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/162526867X

Blurb

Emerging from the ashes of Post WWII Japan, the Pan Pan were born. Transforming themselves into the antitheses of what Japanese women were supposed to be; they were the loud, vulgar, and independent lovers of the American GIs occupying their land.

For many of these Women of the Night, it became more about pleasure and riches than survival; burning brightly for a few years before being wiped out by the Japanese themselves. Nearly erased from history for being too wild. This is the story of one of these women. Her name is Miyako

Excerpt

“They were beautiful, but dangerous. They needed to be to survive. This added to their appeal. Perhaps she too was in love with war. War transformed her into a better lover as well. War gave her the opportunity to love in the first place. She wanted to make her mark on the war as it had on her.”

Kissing2-Paige-Etheridge.jpg

Interview with the Author

What inspired you to write about the Pan Pan?

It was a dream during my Senior Year of College when I was plotting out my Senior Project. In the dream, my teacher from my Vietnam and America class told me to look at Harajuku Street in Japan Post WWII. Pretty specific. I started reading “Embracing Defeat” by John Dower which was recommended to me by another teacher when I told them about my intentions.

From there I found out about the Pan Pan women. I was immediately fascinated by them. They were the antithesis of what was expected of a Japanese woman. They smoked, cursed, had no problem with PDA (public displays of affection), and many made more money than their fathers ever had. They were open about sexual desires.

They knew better English than Japanese politicians, had a strong sense of independence, and started fashion trends still alive today. Yes, their lives were controversial, but their impact is so important. Yet most of the world doesn’t even know they existed. You don’t have to agree with their choices, but they deserve to be remembered.

How did you go about researching the subject?

A Greek Ancestor of mine was serving in the American military and was stationed in Japan during the Occupation. I interviewed him to get a feel of what Japan was like at that time. I also interviewed a Japanese man who was working on his doctorate about the exact time period I was writing about.

Interviewing both men gave me a much better picture of what life was like for the Pan Pan; sharper than what was possible from books or articles alone. It’s one thing to see the devastation of Hiroshima in a book. It’s a whole other level to hear your Great Uncle talking about it and see the photos he took.

It’s another experience altogether to hear a Japanese man talking about it while showing you private pictures he had as well.

Is there a specific character that the book focuses on or is it more about the movement as a whole?

The story follows Miyako in particular, who becomes a Pan Pan in the book. You also get to see the darker side of the lifestyle through her companion, Shinju.

Describe the book in five words.

Intense. Dark. Jarring. Carnal. Honest.

paige author

About the Author

Of Athenian descent, Paige Etheridge is a Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate, a Pisces Sun/ Leo Moon/ Aries Ascendant, a Taoist and a compulsive writer. A graduate of the SUNY Purchase’s highly selective Lily Lieb Port Writing program for Creative Writing (where she carried a second major in History), Paige is an ex-MMA journalist who has been published in several magazines, including Inked.

Paige lives near Virginia Beach with her Police Officer husband Scott and her dog Athena. Paige and Athena walk every day despite the weather. She is an avid cook and gardener and tends to binge on True Crime, Gaming, Astrology and Paranormal YouTube videos. Paige loves old rock music and is a fan of Metal Gear Solid games, which she admits to playing constantly.

Social Media

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paige.etheridge/

 

Book Blitz: Who’s a Good Boy by Ada Scott

Who’s a Good Boy | Ada Scott

Publication date: April 26th 2019

Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Hazel Rivera was an untouchable small-town princess… but that summer five years ago, she was mine.

All it took was a few hours of hell to destroy the heaven we built. I left Shippensburg with nothing but the shirt on my back and my dog at my side.

Leave or die, and ruin the lives of everybody I cared about at the same time. There was no choice.

Now I’m back. I need to find out how she could have done that to us, but somehow she’s got the nerve to be pissed at me? And why does her daughter have my eyes?

I’ll get my answers, make her remember how she used to run her tongue over my abs and dig her nails into my back, then I’ll leave this damn town forever.

Goodreads / Amazon

Author Bio:

A former office drone, a former nurse, I now spend every waking moment doing what I love, creating and publishing these steamy stories about bad boys from the mafia, motorcycle clubs, and MMA that make me, and hopefully you, weak at the knees!

Anywhere a bad boy can be found, I’ll be there taking notes and making it even sexier 🙂

Website / Goodreads / Facebook


GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

 

Book Blitz: Breaking the Rules by Tinthia Clemant

Breaking the Rules | Tinthia Clemant

Publication date: April 15th 2019

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Love isn’t supposed to hurt.

Hedgewitch Shannon Baldos isn’t looking for love. She isn’t even looking for sex.

She’s looking for the courage to finally leave her gaslighting husband’s ass. So the last thing she needs is a distraction, like the town’s land-grabbing yet oh so sexy property developer, Adam St. John.

Then again, maybe a little distraction is exactly what she does need.

Growing up under the domineering thumb of her maternal grandmother, and then married to a misogynistic husband, thirty-nine-year-old Shannon Baldos has learned that love hurts. For almost seven years she’s lived under the thumb of her abusive husband, all with the guise of wanting to give her son a stable home. The truth? She’s stayed because she’s a coward. Still is.

But maybe, with heart fluttering, groin throbbing, Adam St. John by her side, or on top of her, under works too, she might discover some hidden courage and finally take her son and escape. As for falling for St. John and his pirate grin, not a chance. Rule #1: Don’t fall in love.

Referred to as an emotional train wreck, Wexford’s successful developer, Adam St. John, has rules. A lot of them. Created to keep him well-insulated from further pain and disappointment with regards to life, and love. At forty-nine, he’s quite happy with his life of solitude.

With three divorces under his belt, he’s in no hurry to add a fourth. Besides, there are more than enough women willing to keep him warm at night.

But when he meets the town’s green-eyed witch with the freckles splattered across the bridge of her nose, and the hips that sway under her flowing skirts, one night of passion leaves him craving more. Maybe it’s time to break a few rules.

Goodreads / Amazon

Author Bio:

Tinthia Clemant was born in Medford, Massachusetts, over sixty years ago. Her childhood was a happy one. She lived in a loving home with her three siblings, mother and father. Her imagination soared as she passed the days enacting the scenes from the stories that spun through her mind.

Tinthia always wrote. From the time she first picked up a pencil, or perhaps it was a crayon, she wrote. Stories about searching for secrets. Stories about joy and sadness; friendship and betrayal; and, of course, stories about true love.

She self-published her first book by stapling six pages together. Her marketing plan was simple–give the book to her mother for Mother’s Day. Marketing her indie-published books has gotten a whole lot harder but she pushes on, knowing the worlds she creates will take each reader on a magical journey.

A romantic women’s fiction author, Tinthia fell in love with romance when she witnessed, at the impressionable age of five, the power of true love. On the silver screen of the Meadow Glen drive-in, she watched Prince Phillip defeat Maleficent’s tangled web of thorns and the fire-breathing dragon so he could save his lady love. As Phillip pressed his lips against Sleeping Beauty’s, she understood the power of true love’s first kiss.

As a hopeful romantic, Tinthia has searched far and wide for that special someone who will take her breath away. Unfortunately, she has yet to find love’s magical kiss. However, she learned a lot about herself along the way and uses these lessons to weave her stories and the strong (and older) heroines she brings to life.

Tinthia lives on the banks of the Concord River and spends her time teaching science at a local community college, gardening, painting, tending her flock of Mallards (follow her natural history blog at: concordriverlady.com), reading, and, of course, writing about journeys, disappointment, joy, and true love.

Her two favorite men are Ben and Jerry and she wishes they would bring back the summer flavor, Blueberry Cheesecake.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / YouTube / Blog


GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

 

Book Blitz: Nobody’s Fool by Ophelia Bell

Nobody’s Fool | Ophelia Bell

Fate’s Fools #5

Publication date: May 7th 2019

Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Deva Rainsong has a mission to take revenge on a god, but all she really wants is to understand why one mortal man doesn’t love her.

Once upon a time, Ozzie West was her first love, her savior, and the man she always believed she could count on no matter what.

But to him it’s as if she never existed.

Unfortunately Deva’s mission won’t wait, and she needs Ozzie’s love to fulfill her promise to Fate or their entire world could come crashing down around them.

Because when you piss off a god, you’d better have the power to strike back.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo / Google Play

Author Bio:

Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories.

Women who aren’t apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don’t mind being with a woman who’s in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.

Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.

If you’d like to receive regular updates on Ophelia’s publications, freebies, and discounts, please subscribe to her mailing list: http://opheliabell.com/subscribe/

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

 

Book Blitz: The Revenge Plan by Linda Kage

The Revenge Plan | Linda Kage

Publication date: April 29th 2019

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

After I caught my boyfriend cheating, I tried to be mature about it with an amicable split.

But he took his retaliation too far, and I have officially had enough.

No more Miss Nice Haven.

No one is allowed to lie to me, betray, embarrass, and devastate me, fill me with self-doubt, or put my future at risk, and expect to get away with it. He is going to feel my wrath.

Enter Wick Webster, his archenemy.

Nothing would provoke my ex more than to see me moving on with the one guy he hates most, so that’s exactly what I plan to do.

The only hitch in my brilliant scheme is Wick himself. He’s just gotta be all love-not-war and peace-is-the-only-way. He’s more concerned about helping me heal than seeking my sweet revenge.

And what the hell is it about his soothing presence and yummy looks that calls to me until I forget how much pain I’m in?

He’s making it awfully hard to use and abuse him for my malicious means. The damn guy is making me fall for him.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo

Author Bio:

Linda writes romance fiction from YA to adult, contemporary to fantasy. Most Kage stories lean more toward the lighter, sillier side with a couple meaningful moments thrown in. Focuses more on entertainment value and emotional impact.

Published since 2010. Went through a 2-year writing correspondence class in children’s literature from The Institute of Children’s Literature. Then graduated with a Bachelors in Arts, English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.

Now she lives with hubby, two daughters, cat Holly, and nine cuckoo clocks in southeast Kansas, USA. Farm girl. Parents were dairy farmers. Was youngest of eight. Big family. Day job as a cataloging library assistant.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Reader Group


GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

 

Book Blitz: Runaways by Rachel Sawden

Runaways | Rachel Sawden

Publication date: November 9th 2018

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Harper Rodrigues’ five-year plan was on track.

She’d worked hard to secure her graduate marketing job, her boyfriend Adam was set to propose any day, and she was learning to process the death of her sister.

She’d been through some dark times, but there was light at the end of the tunnel.

At least, that’s how it had seemed until the day she was fired in the morning and dumped by nightfall.

Now, with her life plans in ruins, Harper turns to her best friends who are going on the trip of a lifetime – five-months traveling across Asia and Oceania. Determined to see the silver lining in her unraveled plans, she decides to book a plane ticket to join them and resurrect her dreams of becoming a travel photographer.

But Harper’s travels aren’t all sunshine and cocktails. With Adam begging for her forgiveness and proposing on the eve of her departure, Harper knows she must be on her best behavior.

But when she meets Xavier, an enigmatic poet on the beaches of Goa, that may just be easier said than done.

Runaways is the empowering and racy tale of one woman’s voyage of self-discovery. A must-read for fans of travelogues and romance alike.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo

Author Bio:

Rachel Sawden was born and raised in Bermuda. As the daughter of a Jamaican father and English mother the former model earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal Canada.

Today Rachel is an author, producer, and content creator in her beautiful island of Bermuda. The certified scuba and free diver explored the Great Barrier Reef and underwater worlds in Cuba and Indonesia. She is the ultimate travel maven having journeyed to over 35 countries across 5 continents since graduating college.

Website / Goodreads / Instagram / Twitter


GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

Book Blitz: One Percent of You by Michelle Gross

One Percent of You | Michelle Gross

Publication date: May 5th 2019

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Make no mistakes about it. I know what I look like to others.

Young, government-aided, pregnant mom. They see Lucy on my hip, and they see a mistake. I mean, why else would someone have a child so young, right?

They couldn’t be more wrong. I’m too busy most days between parenting, work, and finishing up my last year of nursing school to let their judging gaze tear me down until he moves in the vacant house next to the apartments I live in.

His cold, blunt observation of us doesn’t differ from any other stranger. He doesn’t know me, but he’s already painting a picture of who he thinks I am in his mind. He judges my very round belly, Lucy’s inability to leave him alone, the bags under my eyes, and the fact that I can care less what I look like anymore.

He’s a rude guy. Stays that way for months too. Then something happens, I’m not even sure what. Judgmental Guy decides Lucy and me—as well as baby Eli, are worth his friendship.

Turns out, Judgmental Guy isn’t too mean—okay, he kind of still is. But he graduates to Elijah. I build an unlikely friendship with him which deems it necessary for him to start smiling around me and my kids.

I’m wrong again. Elijah isn’t rude. He’s terrifying. His strange acts of kindness are unraveling me. Elijah is only my friend.

Right? Oh, fudge. I think I’m wrong. Again.

Goodreads / Amazon

Author Bio:

Michelle is from a small town in Eastern Kentucky where opossums try to blend in with the cats on the porch and bears are likely to chase your pets—this is very true, it happened with her sister’s dog.

Despite the extra needed protection for your pets, she loves the mountains she calls home. She has a man and twin girls who are the light of her life and the reason she’s slightly crazy.

As a kid, she was that cousin, that friend, that sister and daughter, the talker who could spin a tale and make-believe into any little thing so it was no surprise when she found love in reading, and figured all these characters inside her head needed an outlet. They wanted to be heard, so she wrote.

The voices keep growing faster than she gets the time to write.

The stories are never going to end. That’s perfectly okay, though. We never want to stop an adventure.

She writes and loves many different genres so sign up to her mailing list to keep updated on her releases!

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Newsletter / Amazon


GIVEAWAY!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

 

« Older Entries