Tuesday, April 30, 2013

For the Love of Big Orange Virtual Book Tour: Playlist, by Leta Gail Doerr

Hello! I’m trying something new here and need a little help from readers.  It seems as though book trailers and playlists on YouTube are all the rage these days.  I’ve yet to create a book trailer (working on it), but here’s the playlist for my latest novella, For the Love of Big Orange.  

Each of the songs selected ties into the story in some way.  Here’s the list of songs and why I chose them.  

Why Ya Wanna by Jana Kramer: Beautiful song about an ex who comes back into town and drives a girl nuts. Fits right in with Lacie Joe trying to get her life together in order to focus on family.  The last thing she thinks she needs is for super-sexy ex high school sweetheart turned man-in-uniform to show up and make her weak in the knees.  

Dukes of Hazzard theme song: A great feel good song about living on the wrong side of the law for the greater good.  

5-1-5-0 by Dierks BentleyLacie Joe has had her fair share of run-ins with the law.  The song also fits nicely as the hero in the story, Jay Hayworth, is the local law enforcement.  

Rye Whiskey by the Punch Brothers:  The Punch Brothers are an EXCELLENT bluegrass band.  Lacie Joe cranks the tunes to the Punch Brothers as she rolls around town in Big Orange.  

Fastest Girl in Town by Miranda LambertLacie Joe has quite a reputation. She and Big Orange are infamous for tearin’ up dirt rounds in and around Sagebrush.  

The House that Built Me by Miranda LambertLacie Joe returns home after a five year stint in the big city to the rural town of Sagebrush, the one place she could finally call home.  She finds comfort in the people, setting and places that made her who she is today.  

Stuck Like Glue by Sugarland: The story of Lacie Joe, Jay, Judge, Big Willie and Emma ends on a happy note.  What better way to celebrate than with this fun song by super-star duo, Sugarland.  

Please have a listen and tell me what you think. Do the songs help you identify with the story better? Do you feel more engaged and part of the writing process? What’s missing? Let me know, and be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below to win one of the two prizes.   

For the Love of Big Orange 
Bluegrass Country Novella, Book One 
Leta Gail Doerr 


Number of pages:127 
Word Count: 43,500 

Book Description: 

They say you can never go home. Well, Lacie Joe Jensen never wanted to. 

Lacie Joe left small town Kentucky for the big city lights and never looked back. Until now. Her ailing foster-father needs her, his memory is failing. But townsfolk remember all too well the troubles Lacie Joe caused as a youth, and they're not afraid to remind her.  

Lacie Joe has a few allies in town, for starters, ex-boyfriend turned police officer Jay Hayworth. Jay's kept the fire burning for Lacie during her long absence. He's one of the bright spots in Lacie's troublesome past, him and her truck, Big Orange. A suspicious accident forced Lacie Joe to leave town, Jay steps in to remind Lacie she no longer has the right to remain silent.

About the Author: 
Leta Gail is a small town girl with big dreams, who shares her life with her husband, son, and little dog Kimmy. She enjoys exercise, (as if), planning family vacations, dreaming up places to go with her husband, reading, tinkering with computer software, and watching her son grow. 

She is a Project Manager by day working in Information Technology, who moonlights as a writer. She has a monthly column, Blonde Bytes, in a women's publication- Pastelle Magazine, where she writes about fun geeky stuff. 

She loves to write about great friendships and deep emotions. She finds the humor in everyday life and creates believable characters she hopes her readers will enjoy. She likes story lines like, life after divorce, strong-willed women making their mark on the world, and finding love in unexpected places. She also enjoys writing tales that salute our nation's heroes. 

She enjoys the super support of her husband and inquisitive son while she dreams big and "shoots for the moon", as her husband so aptly states. 

Twitter: @LiteraryBlonde 

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Can Our Secrets Define Us?, by Elise K. Ackers

How well can you ever know a person? And what right do we have to the stories of the people around us?
In Ask Me To Stay, the first book of the Homeland series, Ethan Foster returns home with an undeserved reputation, and a secret that would reduce lesser men to their knees. He’s an enigma, a contradiction and a drunk – or so the people of Hinterdown say. What he really is, is misunderstood, compassionate, and lost. If he wasn’t carrying the fall-out of someone else’s mistake, maybe people would know that about him. 
But Ethan’s been cast as the villain, and it’s poisoning his chance to fix his relationships with his estranged brother, Dean, and his old-flame, Samantha O’Hara. 
If only the cost of confiding his secret wasn’t so high: he would have to destroy someone’s reputation to fix his own. 
Ask Me To Stay is contemporary/rural fiction with romantic elements, and it explores loyalty, redemption and the magnetism of family. The people of Hinterdown – who are so sure they know exactly what kind of person Ethan is – have no idea that Ethan is protecting them all. 
Which circles back to the question, how well do we truly know those in our lives? Everybody carries secrets. Some confide them to their nearest and dearest, or to a stranger removed from their life; others carry truths to the grave. How might loyalty change a person, and what might they burden themselves with to protect someone they love? 
Giveaway: One copy of Ask Me to Stay, winner's choice of format. International giveaway, ends 5/4.

Ask Me To Stay Blurb: 
When family tragedy brings bad boy Ethan Foster home, he doesn't expect a warm welcome. In the small town of Hinterdown reputation is everything - and Ethan's was ruined long ago. Nobody wants him around, particularly not Sam O'Hara, the girl he left behind. 
There's still a powerful spark between them, but Sam is afraid to risk her heart again. And Ethan is hiding a secret that will have repercussions for his whole family. Will the townspeople ever forgive him? More importantly, will those he loves the most find it in their hearts to take him back? 
This tender tale of love and redemption is the first in a brilliant new series by Elise K. Ackers, author of Small Town Storm and the bestselling The Man Plan. 
About the author: 
Elise K. Ackers is from Melbourne, Australia. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense and is published with Destiny Romance and Escape Publishing. Elise is an animal foster carer, a magnet for unusual accidents and an enthusiastic couch commentator. Ask Me To Stay: A Homeland Book is her fourth book. The second title in the Homeland series will be available in July 2013.  
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