Indie Author Spotlight: Tanya Holmes

Friday, October 30, 2015



Hello lovelies welcome to a new feature I am going to have on La Jersey Chika Reads Indie Books that is called Indie Author Spotlight. Each month I will post an Indie Author Spotlight to help spread word about the works of the fantastic indie authors that are out there. 
 
 
Today third installment and feature is Tanya Holmes author of  The Darkest Frost: Volume 1 (TDF #1) & The Darkest Frost: Volume 2 (TDF #2)
 
 
 
Tanya Holmes
 
 
 
 
About The Author:
 
Amazon Bestselling Author Tanya Holmes is a Golden Leaf double-finalist, a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, a recipient of the Maggie Award, the MICA Award, as well as Overall Winner of the Sandy Haddad Award and a two-time finalist and one-time winner of The Emily (Best of the Best). She's happily married with children and loves reading, writing and a good cup of coffee---but not necessarily in that order. She has two novels out in 2015: The Darkest Frost, a two-part Gothic paranormal serial romance with a twist, and in 2016, Temptation's Edge, a contemporary romance.
 
 
 
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Tanya Holmes Book/s:
 
 
The Darkest Frost: Volume 1 (TDF #1)
 
Synopsis
 
GENRE: A Gothic paranormal romance with a twist.
CLIFFHANGER: **YES** This is a two-part serial.

When the ghost of her best friend begs for her help, psychic detective Denieve Knight goes undercover as a live-in domestic to catch a killer. She sets her sights on the most likely suspect: her friend’s mysterious employer, Doctor Braeden Frost.

Dubbed "Dr. Death" by the press, the notorious hematologist is linked to nineteen other suspicious fatalities—all are former patients. The brooding recluse is a man of many secrets, the darkest of which may be lurking beneath the leather gloves he never removes.
  
 
 
 
Other Books By Tanya Holmes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Purchase Links:
 
The Darkest Frost, Volume 1: Amazon

The Darkest Frost, Volume 2: Amazon

 
 
 
Author Interview:
 
 
1. Describe your book in ten words or less. A Gothic paranormal romance with a twist.




2. What genre is your book?

It’s a hybrid, really: Romance, Gothic, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, suspense. Oh, and there’s just a dash of insanity as well—or so I’ve been told. :-)




3. What draws you to this genre?

The sky’s the limit.  Novelists are given much freedom in the creation process with fiction, but paranormal romance writers are at a huge advantage because we can make up own laws of nature. Gravity isn’t an issue for us. Neither is life or death. With paranormal romance, life and death are what we make of them since both are subject to the author’s imagination. However, there’s a catch. You have to stay true to the laws of the universe you create.




4. Where do you get information or ideas for your book?


My imagination combined with environmental influences, the arts, just everything. Writers are figurative sponges. We observe and absorb, then it all explodes on the page.




5. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?


At 13. However, I didn’t know what ‘type’ of writer I’d end up being. I started with poetry. Journalism after that, but in the end, I gravitated toward fiction. I didn’t like the limitations of news reporting. Although I got my creative outlet with feature writing, it wasn’t enough. So later on, I joined RWA (Romance Writers of America) and honed my craft there. My RWA membership was one of the best decisions I ever made. I’m no longer in RWA, but I have nothing but gratitude for the organization. I met a lot of wonderful people, and learned a great deal.





6. Do you write full-time or part-time?

I’d say it’s a mixture of both.
 


7. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

I can’t name a favorite novel. There are just too many to mention as you’ll see from my list of favorite authors. :-) In romance it’s LaVyrle Spencer, Sandra Brown, Diana Gabaldon, Karen Marie Moning, Anne Stuart, Jeaniene Frost, Maggie Shayne,  J.M. Darhower, SEP (and TONS of others), as well as some horror novelists like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, and Richard Matheson. The latter is the only science fiction author I read. I don’t like sci-fi, but Matheson’s stories have such cool spins on them that I forget I’m reading sci-fi. And I guess that’s because his books include a little bit of everything in them:  horror, mystery, sci-fi, paranormal, time travel, romance… He was the author of Bid Time Return, which was later made into Somewhere In Time starring Christopher Reeve.
 



8. What book/s are you reading at present?

It’s a re-read actually. Jane Eyre.
 


9. What's next for you? What are you working on now?

I’m working on Temptation’s Edge which features Trace Dawson’s baby brother Coltrane. He suffers from schizoaffective disorder. The story is just a basic contemporary romance. Well, okay, my books have a tendency to evolve, so I’ll say, “As of today, it’s just a basic contemporary romance.” :-)
 


10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

To be honest, Katiria, I’m horrible at these things, so I find myself looking for the last question so I can be done. LOL  Sorry, but I’ve never been good at interviews. :-)
 
 
 
Thank you so much Tanya for your time and interview!



 
 


 
 
 

Double Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Storm (Ashes & Embers #1) & Loving Storm (Ashes & Embers sequel to book 1) by by Carian Cole

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DOUBLE COVER REVEAL!!
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Carian Cole has surprised us with a double cover reveal – and they are HOT!!
Storm (Ashes & Embers book 1) has a new cover!
Cover Designer : Kari Ayasha at Cover to Cover Designs
Model : Joel Hicks
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  Storm has also gone through a make-over with new formatting and has been re-edited to fix a few small hiccups in grammar and punctuation. The story itself has not changed!
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Loving Storm (an Ashes & Embers sequel for Storm)
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  Loving Storm Blurb: I met him in a snow storm... We spent forty-eight hours trapped in the back of his pickup truck. We fought. We touched. We fell. Hard. She literally crashed into my life... The last thing I wanted was a relationship. Especially with a quirky chick that drove me insane. But something about her got under my skin, and into my heart. And I had to have her. All of her. Now. Falling in love in the back of a truck, just the two of us, was easy. Finding out he’s a famous rock star, dealing with jealous fans, psycho exes, and demons from the past....not so easy. Release Date : TBA   OTHER BOOKS IN THE ASHES AND EMBERS SERIES Vandal (Ashes & Embers book 2)
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  Amazon US : http://amzn.to/1PCoN8x Amazon UK : http://amzn.to/1Irp2PL   ABOUT CARIAN I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives. Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in the mountains of beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.   STALK HER! Website : www.cariancole.com Facebook profile : https://www.facebook.com/authorcariancole?fref=nf Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/cariancoleauthor?fref=ts Ashes & Embers Facebook group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1514356962181360/ Twitter : https://twitter.com/CarianCole Pinterest : https://uk.pinterest.com/authorcariancol Newsletter sign up : https://confirmsubscription.com/h/i/29638CB47050AD63  
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Release Day Blitz: Vagabonds On the Rocks (Vagabonds #3) by Jade C. Jamison


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The explosive conclusion to the Vagabonds trilogy!

After playing second fiddle in the all-girl rock band the Vagabonds, lead guitarist Kyle Summers decides to break out on her own and puts together a band that helps her shine as a solo act.

But the road is uphill and success seems elusive. She begins to question herself and her talent, wondering if she should sell out to win the adoration of her old fans or stubbornly follow her heart and continue to languish in relative obscurity.

On-again, off-again love interest CJ Slavin helps Kyle get her new band off the ground but refuses to commit to their relationship, once more leaving Kyle feeling alone, unloved, and unimportant, and those emotions lead her to do rash, irrevocable things on the road, things that could drive CJ away for good. Will they finally admit their feelings to one another and forsake all others or split for good, and will Kyle finally find the fame she’s been working her ass off for or will she leave it all behind, a broken woman?

Find out in the final tale of the Vagabonds trilogy!













On the Run (Vagabonds #1)

 On the Road (Vagabonds #2)



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 For years, Jade C. Jamison tried really hard to write what she thought was more "literary" fiction, but she found herself compelled to write what you read by her today--sometimes gritty, raw, realistic stories and other times humorous, light tales--but most of the stories she writes revolve around relationships and characters finding their way through life. While she doesn't confine herself to just one genre, nor is there a nice neat label for what she writes, most of her work could be called erotic romance. Her main writing passions include rock star romance, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense.

She lives in Colorado with her husband and four children.

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That's What He Said Thursday #19: The Darkest Frost: Volume 2 (TDF #2) by Tanya Holmes

Thursday, October 29, 2015


That's What He Said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Chapter Break every Thursday posted a favorite line for your book boyfriend to his heroine. Come in and join the fun
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The Darkest Frost: Volume 2 (TDF #2)
 
 By Tanya Holmes
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here Are My Favorite Lines For This Week:
 
"What I said back at the house still stands. The truth is here, in my eyes. So the next time you go looking for something in them, don't be surprised when you find yourself there. Cause that's where you've been all along." His fierce gaze swept over me once more. "I fucking love you. Don't ever doubt that."
 
 
???? Too Denieve Knight
 
 
 
Now I absolutely love love love and adore The Darkest Frost two volumes. But the second volume is my all time favorite book. This is a very different and unique story that I have ever read, and I enjoyed it lots. But I won't say who's talking to Denieve because I don't want to spoil it for anybody. But if you haven't read this duology. I highly do recommend it to everybody! It is absolutely a brilliant and fantastic duology and one of my top favorite books of 2015 so far!
 
 
 
 
 

Release Blitz & Giveaway: Resentment by Nicole London







Title: Resentment
Author: Nicole London
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: October 29, 2015



Blurb

Re•sent•ment (noun)

The act of hating – no, fucking loathing Dean Collins. (Yes, I’m well aware that’s not the actual definition, but it might as well be...)

It’s been ten years since we've seen each other and the feelings are still as strong.

I’m not going to bore you with all the details of how our love was once intoxicating, consuming, and perfect.

Because it was . . . until it wasn't.

I've been fine without him. I haven’t missed his cruelty, his coldness and his spite.

And after the ugliest breakup in the history of breakups, I forced myself to move on.


Year by year, the feelings I had for him slowly drifted away, but one encounter with him recently changed everything. One encounter made me realize how the heart doesn't forget shit, and how my mind is going to have to work overtime to make sure I never forget my definition of resentment.









Purchase Links

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Excerpt

“Are you coming to the pep rally tonight?” he asks.

“Probably not.”

“Why?”

“School spirit isn’t really my thing. No offense, but…football isn’t either.”

He laughs, and I suddenly realize that the two of us have never talked about football during our sessions together. In fact, whenever I’ve brought it up, he’s changed the subject to something else.

“Well,” he says, letting my hand go. “You should come for me instead.”

“What? What do you mean?”

“I mean, since you’re not into school spirit or football, but you’re clearly into me, you can make an exception and come tonight.”

“You’re getting quite presumptuous lately.” I put on my best poker face. “Do I need to help you with that definition?”

“Not when I know the true word you’re looking for is cognizant.” He grins, stepping back. “I hope to see you tonight.”

“I’ll think about it.”

“I’m sure you always do.” He gives me a look so sexy that I almost melt into the floor.

Goddamn, Dean Collins…






Author Bio


Nicole London is an aspiring author who is currently trapped in a terrible 9 to 5 and wishes Starbucks actually made decent drinks. She recently discovered her passion for writing after reading a ton of amazing indie books, and she plans to publish her first book, Resentment, October 29th.



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"Waiting On" Wednesday #35: Dragon Marked (Supernatural Prison #1) by Jaymin Eve

Wednesday, October 28, 2015



 
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill At Breaking The Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating



What too participate? Grab the logo post your own WOW entry on your blog and leave your link Below. 




Here is my WOW  pick for this week
 
 
Dragon Marked (Supernatural Prison #1)
 
By Jaymin Eve
 
Publication Date: November 17th 2015 by Skyscape 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synopsis
 
As a wolf shifter with razor-sharp senses, Jessa Lebron can perceive the slightest change in the air. And her lupine instincts go into overdrive right before her mother, who abandoned her years ago, returns to the pack bearing secrets that change everything.



The biggest secret of all: Jessa is dragon marked, a designation that places her in grave danger. The dragon marked are destined to resurrect the dragon king, a fearsome ancient warmonger. And they must be eliminated.



Soon Jessa is locked up in Vanguard, the notorious paranormal prison that houses criminal vampires, feys, and magic users. Thankfully, she’s not alone: Braxton Compass, her best friend and a dragon shifter, has her back. Jessa and Braxton must find a way to free themselves and the rest of the dragon marked. But can her pack mates help her stop the dragon king before his deadly return?
 
 
Why Am I Waiting
 
I haven't read a book by this author yet, but any books with shifters in it. I want to grab it because I love reading about shifters. There are one of my favorite paranormal creatures in books. And this one looks and sounds right up my alley and utterly amazing! Plus I want to know how they are going to stop the dragon king before his deadly return!
 
 
 
What Is Your WOW Pick For This Week?
 
 
 

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: S.O.B.: A Stepbrother Romance by J.C. Valentine

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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S.O.B. by J.C. Valentine Publication Date: November 10, 2015 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis: Levi Black is an s.o.b.
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he’s a pretentious, obnoxious, womanizing jacka** who thinks the world revolves around him. He wouldn’t be wrong. A famous soccer player, his skills on and off the field have won him medals, trophies, women, and the cover of every heartthrob magazine in the country. He’s broken nearly every bone in his body and a few hearts along the way, including mine—his stepsister—and lived to tell about it. One night changed everything, and I’ve avoided him like the plague ever since. Just long enough to finish college, to bury the hurt, and to outrun the memories. But now that’s all changed. I’m back, and there’s no more running. My hands are supposed to be my livelihood, but now they’re my curse. Levi’s reckless ways have landed him in a sticky situation, and his father has given me an offer I can’t refuse. One month, and all I have to do is put my hands on his body. Easier said than done. The problem is, even though I know it’s bound to bite me in the a**, I can’t bring myself to say no to the s.o.b.
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EXCERPT

Holy shit. I don’t know if I can do this. Vista is a problem. My problem. Having her here, in my home, is going to change everything. Who am I kidding? It already has. But it doesn’t have to, a voice in my head whispers. One month. That’s all I have to get through, and then my life can return to normal. I can go back to pretending she doesn’t exist, doesn’t matter. One month. I repeat the words in my head until they’re keeping time with the beat of my heart. They’re my new mantra. One month. One month. Piece of cake. Now all I have to do is believe the lie. “Unless you’ve developed an unhealthy attraction to stairs I don’t know about, quit staring into space and get over here, jackass,” Vincent calls out. “I’m not a one man circus. Help me keep these bitches entertained.” The women gasp as if offended by Vincent’s crassness, but they’re not. They are bitches, and they know it. Hell, they’ve made it an art. It’s what makes them attractive to men—being unattainable. Except to me. Being who I am, women like them are a dime a dozen, which grew boring ten minutes ago. I stare up at the empty staircase for a moment longer before kicking a crutch out behind me and twisting around to join the party with the realization that choking down the lie is going to be damn near impossible. I can’t ignore the hollow ache in my stomach that’s formed from just seeing her any more than I can ignore the throbbing pulse that’s demanding attention in my jeans. Vista Marquis thinks a few stairs can keep me from getting to her? Then she doesn’t really know me. I can obtain anything I want. I’m Levi-fucking-Black, and just like my father, I make shit happen. SOB Teaser 1

ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE

JC Valentine
J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn't sorry. J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor's in English and when she isn't writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors. Sign up for J.C.'s newsletter and never miss a thing! http://bit.ly/1KxXWWB
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Lusting For Covers #24: Manwhore 1: The Ferro Family (Manwhore #1) by H.M. Ward

Sunday, October 25, 2015




Lusting for Covers is a weekly meme, held on Sunday, that allows bloggersto share their current cover obsession with fellow book lovers.

This meme is hosted by TBQ @ TBQ's Book Palace.




Here's what you do:


1- Take the graphic (code for it is below) to use on your post. Remember to give credit to the original host (TBQ).


2- Choose your own book cover that you've fallen in "lust" with in the past week. It can be new, old, a reprint, or even a book that is not yet out-- it's all up to you! If you find a cover that catches your eye, then showcase it on your blog, and let others see the pretty covers out there.


3- Copy the direct link to your own L4C post into the Mr. Linky widget at the bottom of this week's post and allow others to come and see what you picked!




 
4- (OPTIONAL): Besides posting the picture of the book cover you chose, it's nice to provide the book summary, title, author, or a website link for the book. It's not required, but it can help your readers' to add more books to their own list! A brief "Why I choose this cover" is also appreciated, but not required. 

Also, if you wish to post your links or talk about L4C on Twitter, please use the tag #LustingForCovers so that we can easily find all tweets about it. :) 







This Week Lusting Cover Is:
 
 
Manwhore 1: The Ferro Family (Manwhore #1)
 
By H.M. Ward
 
 
 
 
Synopsis
 
When billionaire Sean Ferro crosses my path it's my job to destroy him. His crimes are horrific and there's no way I'm letting him walk away from them. Whether he wins or loses in court is irrelevant. I'll destroy any chance he has at a happy life when this is over, whether he lands in a jail cell or not.

The arrogant bastard is more beautiful than I thought. He sits there, day after day, closed off and quiet. Dark hair pushed out of his face, and those blue eyes staring into space, unseeing.
I assist the prosecution and twist his silence into apathy, steadily twisting the image of a broken man into a disturbed monster. I destroy him completely well before the end of the trial. Society hates him. And so do I.

But one night will change everything. One chance encounter shows me my mistake. This isn't something I can't change, so I offer the only thing I know he needs--me.
 
 
 
 
Why
 
This is actually the first time I post a cover of a couple, because usually I can't find the right one. But this one is truly a sexy and very lustful cover, and by far my favorite cover. That I had to post it up for this meme. So what do you ladies think. Isn't it a very hot and lustful cover?