RBTL Presents The Loneliest Alpha, written by T. A. Grey, Cover Reveal



Title: The Loneliest Alpha

Author: T. A. Grey

Series: The MacKellen Alphas

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

Publisher: T. A. Grey

Release Date: June 14th, 2013

Synopsis:

One look will change their lives forever.

Lingerie designer Alicia Clarkson just had to open her stupid mouth. Now thanks to trying to defend a fellow pack mate, Alicia’s been blindfolded, tied up, and carted off to the new alpha of the Oregon pack—Gavin MacKellen.

However, the blindfold doesn’t come off so soon as Gavin reveals he’s searching for a mate. But Alicia’s curiosity gets fired up when Gavin refuses to reveal his face to her. Just what happened to him? He talks to her from shadowy corners and behind closed doors. The man is as allusive as a squirrely fox. But Alicia doesn’t play games and the quiet spoken, hoarse voiced alpha doesn’t stand a chance against her. They settle on an agreement, thirty days for them to get to know each other because that’s the only way this cowboy alpha will have it.

Gavin MacKellen needs a mate. But he knows no good woman would ever want to look at his face after the incident he suffered. After one look at Alicia Clarkson all his plans fly out the window. The woman’s beauty has stunned him damn near speechless. She torments his thoughts and Gavin finds himself yearning to know everything about her. He admires her creativity and intelligence, the cool way she handles herself in stressful situations. Most of all, he aches deep in his chest to taste her lips. Those beautiful sweet lips, but in order to kiss her without showing her what a monster he was, he has to get creative.

A relationship forms and as love threatens to grow between them Gavin struggles to cope with his physical appearance in the face of the beautiful Alicia. Will she be the one to stand in the face of a monster and accept or will she turn her back on him as everyone else has?

Author Information


I love to write the kind of stories that will keep you up late at night and make your heart pound. It’s my goal in writing to make each new book better, more exciting, more action-packed, not only to test myself as a writer but to keep thrilling you. I’m always trying to push the boundaries with my imagination, and yours, to create something new and different.

If you’re a fan of paranormal romance novels then you’ll love my Bellum Sisters Trilogy. This isn’t your typical romance story, so be prepared for a kick of heat and tons of action. The Bellum Sisters Trilogy has received excellent reviews from paranormal bloggers and two of the three books are Top Picks from Night Owl Reviews.

Now, if you like shorter books with quite a bit of heat, humor, and action then I’d recommend the Kategan Alphas series. This erotic series features the sexy Kategan family and all the lucky men and women who get to meet them and complete their lives.

Visit my website to learn more about me and my books at http://www.tagrey.com.

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Happy New Year!

I think we can all agree that 2012 was a roller coaster ride. We survived the Mayan Apocalypse, unspeakable tragedy, and a presidential election. It was really just too much for a single year, but we got through it for better or worse, and now it’s time to do it all over again.

Why not start with the cliché list of New Years Resolutions? My list is horrendously long, as always, so I’m only going to share a few with you.

1. Get last years manuscript published.

I’ve heard back from one agent and a few indie publishers. It needs revisions, and I’m not that surprised to hear that, it’s just a matter of sitting down, doing the work and getting it sent back out.

2. Get my Design Business up and running efficiently.

I have a lot to do here, so I won’t even bother with the details. however, I do have the website up and running. It’s bare bones, but my portfolio is up, so go check it out.

3. Finish Shadow Dancers.

Shadow Dancers is the first real manuscript I tackled. I started it back in 2008, and I have rewritten it 5 times. I’m so passionate about this manuscript, and yet it always misses the mark somehow. So I’m going to try again this year, and I really hope I get it right because this story just keeps haunting me.

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I’ve almost finished putting my website together.  I ditched the idea of creating my own and bought a template. I’m just no good at code, and until I take the time to sit down and learn it, I’m going to leave it to the professionals.With any luck, I’ll have it up and running by the end of the week.

By the way, I hope you’re all kicked back and enjoying your holiday weekend!

Thursday Thirteen

I had to re-post this because the formatting gave me so much trouble. 

Yesterday’s post inspired me to share with you what motivated me to start writing.

I’ve always loved music. In fact, growing up I always thought that’s what I would do professionally. I did it for a while, and I loved performing and I was doing well,  but it didn’t satisfy me. Thing I love most about music is the story behind every song, and in commercial performances that’s forgotten most of the time. So, I threw down my mic and picked up a pen and I’ve been happy ever since, but that doesn’t mean I gave up music. Every story I write is motivated in some way by a song. I love giving life to the melody.

Now that it’s NaNo time, I imagine many of you will be looking for motivation. While I won’t be participating (my life’s too crazy this time of year), I will share thirteen songs that I’ve been dying to bring to life and maybe they’ll inspire you.

1. The Story of Your Life – To Have Heroes

“So I’m trying to read ‘cause I’m dying to see
Who I will be in the story of your life
Where will I be if you close the book tonight?” 

2. Glass – Thompson Square

“Trying to live and love
With a heart that can’t be broken
Is like trying to see the light
With eyes that can’t be opened”

 3. Faded Away – Luke Bryan

“Like the tan on my skin, our names in the sand
Like the sound of the boat
Starting up, heading out of the bay
Girl you… faded away.”

 

 4. One Grain of Sand – Ron Pope

“I would rather learn what it feels like to burn
Than feel nothing at all”

 

5. A Drop In the Ocean – Ron Pope

“Just a drop in the ocean,
A change in the weather,
I was praying that you and me might end up together”

6. Wanna Be Close – Avant

“I wanna be the seed
That bare ya life brand new”

7. Almost Lover – A Fine Frenzy

“Goodbye, my almost lover
Goodbye, my hopeless dream
I’m trying not to think about you
Can’t you just let me be?”

8. Hurricane – Dustin Lynch

“She said she was a running from her past
Every breath she stole felt like my last
And her kiss told me ‘better get outta there                                                                         But I was too far to care”

 

9. Crystal Ball – P!nk

“Oh I’ve felt that fire and I’ve been burned
But I wouldn’t trade the pain for what I’ve learned
I wouldn’t trade the pain for what I’ve learned”

10. California King Bed

“Just when I felt like giving up on us
You turned around and gave me one last touch
That made everything feel better
And even then my eyes got wetter
So confused wanna ask you if you love me
But I don’t wanna seem so weak”

11. You Bring Me Back – Steven Clawson

                                                   “Maybe you were forbidden                                                                                                           Or maybe I was just a fool                                                                                                   Still through the distance                                                                                                           I never stayed far from you” 

12. He Heals Me – Indie Arie

“I have no idea, how long he’ll be here
A season or a lifetime, forever or a year” 

 13. What You Gonna Do – Hunter Hayes

“Tell me whatchya ya gonna do when I’m gone
Oh and where you gonna go when there’s nobody home
And who’s gonna love you when you’re all alone”

I’m Back, and I’m Bringing a New Tutorial With Me

I’ve spent the last week and a half trying not to kill my family. We spent way too much time together in a cramped hotel room with no WiFi, a bathroom smaller than my closet, and two small children running around. Needless to say, I’m glad to be home again.

While I was away, I was able to start a new Photoshop Tutorial. I have to put some finishing touches on it, but it’ll be up and ready for you tomorrow.

Guest Post by Frederick Lee Brooke

Please enjoy this guest post by Frederick Lee Brooke, author of the genre-bending mystery Zombie Candy. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $550 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.

What Dad and I saw in Italy
by Frederick Lee Brooke

I was on the train yesterday returning from Rome back to Basel, where I live, and I mentioned Monte Chianti to my seatmate. We were on the Red Arrow, the Italian bullet train, which cruises at 180 mph and covers the distance from Rome to Milan in just under three hours. Rossana is a banker who was travelling to Milan on business; in her hand was a paperback mystery in English. That’s how we started talking. She sort of nodded and looked to the heavens and tried out the name: “Monte Chianti, hmmm. Nice.”

I like Italy so much I decided that the action in Zombie Candy, my latest mystery, should move to a fictional town in Tuscany called Monte Chianti in the second half. The action starts in Chicago, and moves to Tuscany.

But this trip wasn’t really research for Zombie Candy; for me, more of a victory lap. Plus Dad wanted to see Rome once in his life, so off we went on the train. On the way to Rome we spent three days in Como, in Northern Italy. We did not see Giorgio (that’s what the locals call George Clooney) but we did see some beautiful lake vistas. In the picture below we are coming down the side of the mountain in a cog railway. Sure hope the brakes hold on this thing!

I learned Italian at a language school. I also married an Italian speaker, but don’t ever try and learn a language from the person you’re married to. You have enough to argue about without her correcting your grammar. My wife’s English is better than my Italian anyway, but she likes it when I make the effort.

While in Rome Dad and I visited the Trevi Fountain. If you throw in a coin, legend has it that you’ll come back to Rome one day. I threw in a pocketful, just to be sure. Then we hit the Colosseum. The ancient brick dividing walls in the floor of the amphitheater kept the animals penned in before they were sent in to the ring to fight. How can this thing still be standing, after two thousand years?

This is what was left of our rental car after … no wait, just kidding! This mess was parked right outside our hotel, not far from the Vatican. The hotel desk clerk told us a moped caught on fire next to the unfortunate Mercedes. I didn’t believe him — do you?

We took an all-day excursion to the island of Capri, off Naples. This involved a long, cramped bus ride and a transfer to a ferryboat, but let me tell you, the views were worth it. Just look at the color of the Mediterranean, from halfway up the mountain.

And here is a picture looking up at the branches of a mature maritime pine tree. I couldn’t resist.

It was a great trip. Dad and I had some nice talks, we did a lot of walking, we ate like kings, and we saw some beautiful places. I hope that Trevi Fountain legend really works, and we’ll go back to Rome again soon.

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Zombie Candy eBook edition is just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes. The prizes include $550 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.

All the info you need to win one of these amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment–easy to enter; easy to win!

To win the prizes:

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About the book: Weaving elements of mystery, horror and romance in a hilarious romp that starts in Chicago and ends in a quaint medieval town in sun-drenched Tuscany, Zombie Candy is a genre-hopping knee-slapper of a novel. Get it on Amazon.

About the author: Frederick Lee Brooke has worked as an English teacher, language school manager and small business owner and has travelled extensively in Tuscany, the setting of part of Zombie Candy. Visit Fred on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

No I’m not dead…

Just really crappy at time management. I always hate when I have to explain why I’ve been missing from my blog, because I feel like I should give some uber exciting reason for my absence, like I wrote a trilogy and have been so busy hacking out contract details with my dream agent that there was no time left to write.

The truth is…life happened. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Since you’re all human(theoretically), I’m sure you can relate. However, I’m back and I will be posting again with some regularity, even if it means scheduling posts.

Interview With Jennifer Hurst

Hello Everyone,

Let us welcome Jennifer Hurst, author of Fall. For those of you who caught my review of Fall, and are interested in learning more, read on. This short interview will reveal a bit more about the characters, and Jennifer. I’ll post details about the CONTEST at the end of this post.

Me: Tell us about yourself…

Jennifer Hurst: I grew up in a travelling family. As we travelled the world, my best friend was a notebook and pencil, and I spent countless hours lost in other worlds of my own creation.

Me: Tell us about Fall….

Jennifer Hurst: FALL was based on a dream I had in 1998 during a time when I was a full time college student studying drafting and design, and worked full time as a Bridal Consultant. I think I was very stressed out and my brain was kicking out warning messages. Well, I got the message, but the dream never left me. I thought about it constantly and wrote it down in my journal for future reference – as I thought maybe one day I’d have time to indulge in creating a full story about it. It wasn’t until 2008 when I lost my job, after 12 years in the construction industry, that I decided to revisit that dream and write a book on it.

Me: Do you have a favorite character and why that one?

Jennifer Hurst: I like Drogo. He was a last minute addition to add some spice to the story. Drogo is a character that I found I loved to hate. He is so very bad, but so very appealing because he comes across as being carefree, self-confident and totally unconcerned about what others think of him. Not to mention that he is of the supernatural variety, has ancient powers, and very attractive. Consequently, I will be giving him a bigger part in the next book.

Me: Did you find anything particularly difficult in writing this book?

Jennifer Hurst: YES! The dream I mentioned earlier, was eventually cut from the book, as the story that grew from it could stand on its own. I was sad to cut it, but then, the story really didn’t need it. So, I have about 22,000 word section of the book that was cut out.

Me: Do you have any interesting writing quirks you want to tell us about?

Jennifer Hurst: I write my stories in pencil first, wherever and whenever. Even on the back of napkins, receipts, or envelopes as they come to me while standing in line, or driving the kids around. I’ve recently began keeping a small notebook in my purse. It’s easier to keep track of than receipts and napkins.

Me: If Fall was dramatized, who would cast as the leading characters?

JD Halstead

Nathan Parker

Mathew Rigo

Meagan Parker

Roy Parker

Me: Tell us about your contest…

Jennifer Hurst:

Grab your copy of FALL and get ready to enter the realm of the paranormal with a chance to win a Gift Certificate from the Torrey Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast in Torrey, Utah.

The Torrey Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast is the setting for the story of FALL and boasts the most spectacular views of Southeastern Utah’s rugged and breathtaking landscapes, as well as having luxuriously well-appointed rooms and service.

The Rules:

There are 3 ways to enter the give-away and you can do all 3 for extra chances to win!

1.  Visit each of the websites below to find reviews of FALL and a set of 3 questions relating to the book.  Send the answers to: Fall (dot) jenniferhurst (at) gmail (dot) com.

In the subject line put “CONTEST“ and the name of the blogsite where you got your questions, ie.  CONTEST – Hallie Chandler .

Each blog will have their own set of questions and you can enter your name into the contest per the number of different blogs you visit.   So, if you answer the questions from 10 different blog sites, you can enter 10 times – thus increasing your chance to win!

2.  You can also get your name into the drawing by posting a link to this website on your Facebook, Blog, Twitter, etc.  Send the link to Fall (dot) jenniferhurst (at) gmail (dot) com and put “LINKS” in the subject line.

3.  If you leave a review on Amazon – you can enter your name, yet again!  Send an email to Fall (dot) jenniferhurst (at) gmail (dot) com with AMAZON in the subject line to get credit.

Names will be drawn randomly using http://textmechanic.com/Random-Line-Picker.html

The first randomly drawn name wins the Gift Certificate to the Torrey Schoolhouse B&B.

The next 3 will have their first names used in the sequel to FALL and recieve an authographed copy of that book when it is published.

The next 3 will recieve an autographed copy of FALL.

The contest will close December 31st, 2011.  Winners will be announced January 1st, 2012.

Happy Reading!

Your blog stops are:

1.  www.fabulousreads.blogspot.com/ (August 15th, 2011)

2. www.fireandicephoto.blogspot.com (August 30th, 2011)

3. www.imaginaryreads.blogspot.com   (August 30th, 2011)

4. www.writersmirror.blogspot.com/ (September 10th)

5. www.debbiesinkspectations.blogspot.com/ (September 15th)

6. www.bookreviewsandmore.com  (September 20th)

CONTEST QUESTIONS:
1. What kind of car does JD Halstead drive?

2. What are the names of the Parker children?

3. What is the breed of horse Nathan and JD ride?

4. What is the name of the ghost town where Matthew takes JD camping?

5. What is the name and exact address of the Cathedral in Salt Lake City that JD visits? (They’ll actually have to go online to find it since it’s not in the book itself).

Send to hurstjennifer@comcast.net

Put in the subject line CONTEST – Hallie Chandler

Entrants also have to include a link to where they placed a link to my blog from their twitter, facebook, blog, etc.

Me: Where can we find you?

Jennifer Hurst: You can connect with me at http://www.jenniferhurst.com. There you will find links to my blog and my books. Thanks Hallie, for this opportunity to share with your audience my new book.

Writers’ Toolbox: Ten rules for writing fiction

I’m sorry I’ve slacked on posting. My niece is due any day now, the house is being remodeled, and Fall semester started Monday. It is a fun but hectic time.

But back to writing! Ten rules for writing fiction is an article I found some time ago. It’s a compilation of rules/writing tips from published authors. Some of them are funny, but most of the tips/rules are helpful.

Fall

Women and construction shouldn’t mix. At least, that is what the client, Mr. Blackwell, thinks when twenty-one year old Julia Dayle Halstead is promoted to project manager to remodel a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse into a bed and breakfast. However, the schoolhouse contains a dark secret that has been hidden for nearly a hundred years. A secret that will unleash the Furies of Hell and cause the Angels in Heaven to weep as ethereal brothers, Matthew and Nathan battle over Julia’s very soul.

Fall’s cover didn’t really do anything for me, but the blurb caught my attention. The idea of woman working construction was intriguing, and Julia didn’t disappoint. Willing and ready to take on a man’s job, an arrogant client, and two immortal men, Julia was a strong female lead.

Nathan and Matthew were good, but they didn’t really stand out. They don’t compare to the more dominant men that you find in the steamy romance novels. I felt like Julia’s performance outshined theirs. With that being said, Matthew and Nathan were better suited for a clean read.

The plot was solid and it had some twist and turns, but the novel lacked the finishing touches that come with publisher releases.  Over all, I was happy with Fall. It was interesting, and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up a sequel.

Jennifer Hurst, the author of Fall, is holding a contest to win a gift certificate to theTorrey Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast in Torrey, Utah. For those interested, check out the details here. I will post more about the contest on August 21, 2011, following an interview with Jennifer.

Dangerous Curves

Draumr Publishing deserves a pat on the back for their Dangerous Curves line, featuring beautiful big women as their heroines. These stories do not focus on women losing weight to gain acceptance or to win the heroes attention, but rather on big women being loved for who they are. Dangerous Curves sells sub-genres of romance including, but not limited to: erotica, paranormal, contemporary, chick lit,  lesbian, adventure, science fiction, historical, fantasy, suspense and horror. It’s about time a publisher realized that not all women are built the same, and neither are all heroines. Big is beautiful, too.

What truly impresses me is that Draumr is accepting genres outside of the normal “humorous” take on curvaceous romance. I like that the book can have a Gothic or suspenseful atmosphere. It’s books like these that will help beat stereotyping, and build the average woman’s self-esteem.

Draumr Publishing is actively seeking stories for this imprint. For more information on the Dangerous Curves imprint, and other themed submissions, check out my page, Open Call For Submissions.