Interview With Grant & Linc Vasser – #BeNotorious Blog Tour Day Two – Guest Post with Katie Jennings

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Interview With Grant & Linc Vasser – #BeNotorious Blog Tour Day Two

Welcome to Day Two of the #BeNotorious Blog Tour! We are revving up to the release of the highly anticipated sequel of Katie Jennings’ family drama When Empires Fall, aptly named Rise of the Notorious!

Follow along on this notorious blog tour from April 2nd till release day on April 23rd, and be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some AMAZING prizes!

Today’s stop is an exclusive interview with two infamous men of the Vasser Hotel family, Grant and Linc. These brothers couldn’t be more different, but if there’s one thing they have in common, it’s love of family. Enjoy!

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Interviewer:  Thank you both for taking time out of your hectic schedule to sit down and talk with me today…I know you must still be troubled by the truth about your grandfather’s dark past.

Linc:  Right…well, Kathleen…may I call you Kathy?

Interviewer:  Oh, of course…I-

Linc:  Kathy, the truth is we have accepted what our grandfather has done. But his sins, if you will, do not reflect upon us as his successors nor do they mean we plan on giving up our livelihood and our legacy.

Interviewer:  Do you feel that this scandal will blow over in time?

Linc:  Not only will it blow over once people realize that we didn’t kill anybody, but I can guarantee to you right now that my family and our hotels will be better and stronger because of this.

Interviewer:  That’s a bold prediction.

Grant:  It’s an accurate one.

Interviewer:  Grant, what is your take on all of this? As general manager of the Vasser Hotel, how are you coping? I can only imagine that reservation numbers are down…

Grant:  I don’t cope; I take control. Our hotel is fine.

Interviewer:  Tell me more about your sister. Are you feeling shunned because your grandfather named her as his successor instead of you? You are the oldest.

Grant:  Madison is more than capable.

Linc:  Mads is tough and very smart, which is what we need right now. She won’t be pushed around and she certainly won’t back down from this fight. We work together as a team, the three of us. Just because she has the title and is the face of the company doesn’t mean we feel shut out. We’re all in this together.

Interviewer:  Many other members of your family have come into town from across the world for the funeral…have they asked you how you could let all of this happen at your hotel, under your watch? The murderous scandal, the suicides, the drunken public speeches…

Linc:  That’s stupid. We didn’t want any of this to happen.

Grant:  If we could have prevented it, we would have.

Interviewer:  Do they blame you?

Linc:  No. That’s outrageous. Why would-

Grant:  Next question, please.

Interviewer:  Alright…Grant, tell me about Quinn Taylor. You were spotted with her as your date at the fundraiser. Your company employment records show that she is currently employed as your secretary. Are you dating her?

Grant:  What does this have to do with anything?

Interviewer:  The public wants to know, Grant. You are still considered one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors. Is this no longer the case?

Grant:  I don’t see any reason to answer that. Next question.

Linc:  Quinn’s a great girl. Grant’s just shy. Look, he’s blushing even with that surly frown.

Grant:  I’m not blushing.

Linc:  You are, but that’s not important. What’s important is that he’s found a fantastic girl who is happy to put up with his grumpiness.

Interviewer:  What about you, Linc? There are pictures of you with the senator’s daughter…are you two an item?

Linc:  Ah…well, it’s complicated.

Grant:  Please elaborate, Linc. The public wants to know.

Interviewer:  *laughs* Yes, all of us single ladies desperately want to know. You are the Vasser playboy, after all.

Linc:  Alright…well, Lynette is amazing, first off. She’s gorgeous, smart, kind…she can be annoyingly indecisive at times though, especially in regards to her father. He doesn’t approve of me, or of my family. I don’t care though; she chose me over him.

Interviewer:  She’s a dancer with the New York Ballet. Does she worry her reputation may be damaged by her association with you?

Linc:  What’re you trying to say? That I’m damaged goods because of one little scandal?

Interviewer:  I would hasten to say this is not a “little” scandal.

Grant:  Regardless of the weight of the scandal, I don’t see how this is important. Why don’t you ask us about what we’re doing to improve our reputation?

Interviewer:  We’ll get to that. Grant, who do you think is responsible for your father’s death?

Grant:  He killed himself.

Interviewer:  Did he? He was the reason the scandal came out in the first place. Nobody in your family held a grudge against him?

Linc:  What’re you fishing for headlines, now? We’re done here.

Interviewer:  One last question, gentlemen…what are you going to do about famed actress Jorja Hale and her vendetta against your family?

Grant:  We’re not in the business of getting revenge.

Linc:  Jorja Hale can go to hell. She may think she has us by the shorthairs, but she’s in for a rude awakening.

Interviewer:  What sort of “rude awakening” are you planning on giving her?

Grant:  We’re done.

Linc:  Yeah, I think you have enough to print. Let’s go, Grant.

Interviewer:  Thank you both again for talking with me. I hope you’ll join me again soon…

Grant:  Don’t count on it.

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Rise of the Notorious

By International Bestselling Author

Katie Jennings

Coming April 23, 2013

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Meet Katie Jennings…

Katie Jennings
International bestselling Author Katie Jennings is the author of six full length novels, including the popular fantasy series The Dryad Quartet as well as the bestselling family drama series The Vasser Legacy.

She lives in sunny Southern California with her husband and cat, who both think she’s the biggest nerd ever. She’s a firm believer in happy endings and loves nothing more than a great romance novel.

You can find out more about Katie on her official website, www.katieajennings.com.

Adjusting Journal Entries (Book 3, Eviscerating the Snake) by Ashley Fontainne

Please welcome Amazon bestselling author Ashley Fontainne to Diapers, Bookmarks, and Pipedreams. She’s here to announce the release of her third book in the Eviscerating the Snake Series. Welcome Ashley!

Sometimes…Revenge Is A B$%#& – The Long-Awaited Finale “Adjusting Journal Entries” Is Available Now!

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The many facets of revenge are explored in this series. In the first novel, Accountable to None, the heroine experienced numerous life-altering events that set her on a course for revenge. The term revenge is a dish best served cold has never been more accurate. The flawed protagonist waited five years to wield her sword of vengeance and her rewards were sweet and fulfilling.

In the sequel, Zero Balance, the aftereffects of obtaining revenge are explored. Oftentimes while one is plotting and planning the downfall of others by making them accountable for their actions, they can suffer tunnel vision. They don’t stop to consider how their actions, even if morally justified, will touch others. The quote by John Milton from Paradise Lost is in the beginning of Zero Balance and speaks this truth: “Revenge, at first though sweet, Bitter ere long back on it self recoiles;”

The third and final book, Adjusting Journal Entries, touches upon the depth of madness that anger and pain can drive someone to. How much emotional pain and heartache can one human being endure before their sanity breaks and they become a killer?

Revenge is a normal human response to physical and mental pain. I would imagine that most of you reading this have, at one time or another, experienced a moment where you wanted to make someone pay for the pain they caused you. The players in this series do just that–they live out that dark fantasy. Unfortunately, the repercussions are tremendous.

I invite you to explore the world of revenge in this series.

All books are available in eBook and print book on both Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Adjusting Journal Entries (Book Three of Eviscerating the Snake)
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Zero Balance (Book Two of Eviscerating the Snake)
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Accountable to None (Book One of Eviscerating the Snake)
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I would like to thank the fantastic team at Blue Harvest Creative for their outstanding work in creating the covers, interiors and eBooks for all three books in this series.

Synopsis:
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. But when it comes to human emotions, the reaction is never equal. No one understands this lesson better than the partners at the prestigious accounting firm of Winscott & Associates.

Greed, power, money and sex left six people dead and four in the hospital…

Audra Tanner never realized how far and deep the ripple she created in her revenge pool would extend. Now as the dust settles on the explosion that rocked not only her life, but the lives of countless others, Audra must fight to gain control over her life.

Because others are out to end it.

What People Are Saying About Adjusting Journal Entries…

“I just finished reading Ashley Fontainne’s Adjusting Journal Entries and was I pleasantly surprised! I am not sure what genre to place it in: Legal thriller? Psychological thriller? Mind blowing ass kicking thriller? They all apply. Five stars is an understatement. Damn good reading!”
– Zach Fortier, bestselling author –

“Ms. Fontainne is an excellent writer and excels at creating tenuous plots with sudden new sub-plots that take the reader by surprise. For those readers who enjoy mysteries, intrigue, thrills and danger, I heartily recommend this story.”
– Joan Adamak, Amazon reviewer –

“Oh what a tangled web Ashley Fontainne weaves! The attention to detail throughout the series is astounding, leading up to an intense and insane conclusion. Nothing happens by chance or coincidence…everything that happens is tied together with a great big action-packed bow…Fontainne is an undeniable talent and is…a force to be reckoned with in the publishing world.”
– Charlotte Foreman, reviewer for BestChickLit.com –

“Nothing short of mind blowing. Nothing is predictable – that is what makes this series awesome. The story twists and leaves you shocked and on tenterhooks… Ashley Fontainne has created three dimensional characters, some you love, others you really love to hate. They have an impact on you, and even after you turn the last page and you know your time with them has come to an end, they live on inside you.”
– author Lindsay Anne Kendal –

“Fontainne…has a brilliant way of bringing to life the twisted psyches of her antagonists and she does it again in Adjusting Journal Entries. Fontainne has the unique ability to juggle several themes throughout her books as she artfully weaves them together, like a beautifully wrapped present…this last book will not disappoint.”
– author Joanna Lee Doster –

About Ashley Fontainne

Ashley-Fontainne-Author-PicInternational bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is an avid reader of mostly the classics. Ashley became a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters that lurk within us are her favorite reads.

Her muse for penning this series was The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. The revenge on all those who hurt and betrayed Edmond Dantes and the incredible rollercoaster ride his journey takes you on intrigued her. Ashley’s love for this book is what sparked her desire to write her debut novel, Accountable to None, the first book in the trilogy Eviscerating the Snake. With a modern setting to the tale, Ashley delves into the lengths a person is willing to go when they seek personal justice for heinous acts perpetrated upon them. The second novel in the series, Zero Balance, focuses on the cost and reciprocal cycle that obtaining revenge has on the seeker. For once the cycle starts, where does it end? How far will the tendrils of revenge expand? Adjusting Journal Entries, the third in the series, answers that question: far and wide.

Born and raised in California, Ashley now calls Arkansas home with her husband and four children. She also enjoys writing poetry and short stories and recently published Ramblings of a Mad Southern Woman: A Collection of Short Stories and Poetry on Life, Love, Loss and Longing, which is available on Amazon. Ashley is also a supporter of the Joyful Heart Foundation that assists victims of violent crime seeking help and healing, and donates 10% of all yearly book sales to the cause.

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In Search of Nectar – A (FREE) Humorous Short Story

While reading In Search of Nectar this morning, I realized I’d never dedicated an actual blog post to my short story.

Story Behind In Search of Nectar

In Search of Nectar - A Short StoryIn Search of Nectar is the first story I wrote once I began my writing career. I was about 50k words into The Fall of Billy Hitchings and needed a break. I was at a crossroads with my novel so I used the opportunity to try writing a short story.

That fateful day, I checked out writing prompts on Writer’s Digest. For those of you who don’t know what a writing prompt is, it’s a short line or group of words specifically meant to stimulate the creative part of a writer’s mind. On occasion, writers use them for ideas as I did with In Search of Nectar.

To be honest, I had tons of ideas for thrillers and fantasy, but none sounded interesting for a short story. When I came across the prompt that became the basis for In Search of Nectar, I literally laughed aloud at its absurdity.

I don’t remember the exact words, but it went something like this:

Imagine if your neighbor’s garden gnome came to life and began a conversation with you.

See! Crazy. Most authors will agree a little craziness comes with the territory.

My brother was the first person to read my work. When he finished In Search of Nectar, he shook his head and tossed the papers to the side. With a smile, he asked, “Did you smoke crack before you wrote this?”

That’s when I knew I was on to something. I’m the type of person who enjoys doing things simply for shock factor. I stay away from it in my writing (as much as I can), but sometimes it comes out automatically as it did in my short story.

The final draft of In Search of Nectar is around 5k words long. As of this post, it has 17 reviews on Amazon US with an average of 4.6 stars. It’s currently FREE as well.

In Search of Nectar Book Description via Amazon:

Just when Wilburn G. Walsh thinks his destiny as an accountant is set in stone, a high-ranking Gnome official gives him an offer he can’t refuse. With a chance to be the hero, Wilburn sets off on a grand adventure to find the elixir, the nectar to save all Gnome-kind.

My hope is that readers who enjoy this freebie will invest a few dollars and check out my longer works. If you haven’t had a chance to read In Search of Nectar yet, check out the links below to grab a free copy.

Note: In Search of Nectar is not offered free on Amazon UK. I’m hoping I can figure out a way to do so in the future.

eBook Available FREE now!

Amazon US

Amazon UK – Currently £0.77

Barnes and Noble

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Available on iTunes!

When Empires Fall by Katie Jennings – #FREE Today Only

WHEN EMPIRES FALL

FREE eBook Promotion and Birthday Bash Blog Tour!

In celebration of her quarter-life crisis, Katie Jennings is running a one day only FREE eBook Promo for her latest release, When Empires Fall! Click the cover image below to download the FREE eBook from Amazon, or click HERE!

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What people are saying about When Empires Fall

“A modern day epic in the tradition of Gone With The Wind… Infused with deception, lust, murder and romance, Jennings creates a magnificent family saga not to be missed.” -J.L. Firestone, author

 “Exhilarating and fresh… Jennings masterfully weaves an intricate web of deception and lies…When Empires Fall is not as much a story about the rich as it is a story about human character.” -Cristian Mihai, author/blogger

 “Wow! This word doesn’t even capture the writing ability of Jennings… gifted with character development to rival the New York Times best-sellers… Jennings tantalizes her readers at every chapter and scene break. Her characters are addictive.” -Bestselling Author Carolyn Arnold

Synopsis

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall…

In America, kings are not born, they are made.  Men with ambition build their own empires and it is their heirs who carry the torch of tradition, generation by generation.

The Vasser Hotel Empire rose out of the ashes of an Industrial era, cementing itself in the very heart of America’s greatest city, New York.  Through the drive and courage of one man, a legacy was born that would last more than a hundred years.

That is, until word got out that one of their own was murdered.

Sixty years of lies will come crashing down in flames of treachery and blood, and the truth will send shockwaves through an entire nation.  Now the newest generation of Vasser heirs will have to deal with the consequences, or else allow their legacy to burn to the ground.

But dark secrets are buried deep within the family itself, and everyone has an agenda.  Love of family and forbidden passion will set off sparks in a powder keg ready to annihilate the empire, but it may also be the only thing keeping them whole.

When reputation is everything, it will take all they’ve got to save themselves from their own undoing.

Book Trailer…

But Wait… There’s More!

Also in celebration of both her birthday and the FREEpromotion, Katie is unveiling the book cover and teaser trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to When Empires Fall

 Here is

Rise of the Notorius

Coming Spring 2013

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Synopsis

Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, and we are for the dark.

When their empire fell, darkness descended upon the Vasser Hotel family and shrouded them in chaos.  It was a darkness layered in violent sins and staggering deception, made only more potent by a haunting truth.  Murder, it seemed, was a burden they couldn’t escape.

With a scandal plaguing the family’s reputation, the Vasser heirs must rise to the occasion and utilize a killer’s advice to turn bad publicity into good, and tradition into innovation.

If only it was that easy.

In an elaborate game of hidden motives and sinister agendas, more dirty truths from the past will resurface, truths that could bring about victory or bloodshed.  But how will the Vasser siblings react when the real threat to their family not only has power and control on the mind, but assassination as well?  What will they do when it becomes clear that someone out there wants them destroyed, no matter the price?

The Vassers may have fallen from grace, but now they will rise as notorious.

Meet Katie Jennings

Katie JenningsNothing can compare to the exhilaration of discovering, at last, a mode of release for the imagination. Mine came, after years of struggling to visualize my creativity, in the form of written word. I found myself with my nose constantly in a book, absorbing the life of the characters and the beauty of the setting. It was intoxicating, to say the least, and the only thing I knew was that I wanted to give writing a shot, and take the thousands of characters and storylines in my head and put them down on paper, and form them into something real and compelling.

In truth, I’m just a girl from a small town north of Los Angeles, with an imagination for days and thank goodness a keyboard at my fingertips. And even though my husband thinks I’m a nerd and my mom is undoubtedly my biggest fan, at the end of the day I’m loving life and enjoying giving breath to the characters living in my heart, and sharing with others all the creativity I can harness.

I believe in true love, and I’ve always believed in happy endings. And that is just the beginning of the story.

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Land of the Noonday Sun by Carmen DeSousa – $.99 for a Limited Time

Land of the Noonday Sun Cover Carmen DeSousaLand of the Noonday Sun is a romantic-suspense bestseller on Amazon by Carmen DeSousa, and this week only, you can download it for .99 cents in celebration of her new novel, Entangled Dreams, which releases in a few weeks.

What Readers are Saying

“Wow! Carmen DeSousa has written another emotional and suspenseful story about family, friendship, love and betrayal that captured my attention from the very beginning.”

“What I really have to say about this book is WOW! It has it all! Romance, suspense, mystery, tragedy, faith.”

“I loved this one. I think it has a lot to do with the characters. Carmen DeSousa may be incapable of writing a hero that doesn’t make me melt.”

“Passionate characters, beautiful North Carolina setting, true love, and a bang-up mystery to tie it all together. Need I say more? “Land of the Noonday Sun” is a must-read!”

Book Description

When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as Land of the Noonday Sun.

Cassandra is the beautiful, yet analytical daughter of a wealthy attorney. Destined to follow in her father’s footsteps, her life of privilege suddenly shatters, and she finds herself with no home, career, or money. A glimmer of hope arrives in a letter from the grave promising a happier existence. Cassandra stands to inherit over half a million dollars if she can live in the sleepy little town of Nantahala for six months. Falling in love, however, was not part of the deal, and without warning, she finds herself fighting for two lives.

A man with a traumatic past is able to turn his life around and is happy with his chosen career as a whitewater guide. Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses threaten to overtake him. Will he be strong enough when tragedy strikes and is once again in danger of losing everything he loves?

Download your copy from Amazon

A little more about Carmen DeSousa

While Carmen does not write “Christian” books, she does share her characters’ Christian beliefs. Her characters are real people who come with real flaws; no perfect people allowed.

She characterizes her stories as modern-day fairytales, as they are overflowing with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of her novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will hopefully make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.

Both of her published novels, She Belongs to Me and Land of the Noonday Sun, have reached bestseller status right alongside Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, and other great authors. Her third novel, Entangled Dreams, releases September 2012.

She loves talking about all things books, so please connect with her via one of the links below.

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