March 01, 2015

Sneak Peek Sunday: Unscheduled Departure by T.M. Franklin

Sneak peek sunday

Today we get a sneak peek at T.M. Franklin's paranormal romantic adventure, Unscheduled Departure!

Unscheduled Departure
Rowan Elliott is devastated when her boyfriend, Finn, tells her he’s moving across the country to take over the family business, and thrilled when he changes his mind at the last minute and gets off the plane.
But then things get . . . weird. Finn’s acting strange, and Ro’s getting mysterious phone calls that have her questioning if her boyfriend’s really who she thinks he is. As Ro races to figure out what’s going on, she discovers it’s more complicated than she could have ever imagined.
And if she’s not careful, she could lose her Finn forever.

February 28, 2015

Fire Lust by R.E. Hargrave

R.E. Hargrave has a new short story! Please note: this book is for adult readers.

February 22, 2015

Ice, Ice, Baby . . . on Release Day

I had looked forward to February 21 for about two months. It was Pros & Cons release day. I'd planned the release for a Saturday -- a day I knew I'd be home from work and could devote the day to promotion and my release day party on Facebook. 

On Thursday, the National Weather Service forecasted snow (on top of the six inches that were already in my front yard) for Friday night/Saturday morning. By Friday, the weathermen said that it was going to be warmer than they first thought, and it would turn into an ugly snow/freezing rain/sleet event until it all turned into rain. Maybe some minor ice, but really, the temp was going to be too warm, and we'd see more rain than anything else. Oh, and there could be some wind gusts, but that was a minor mention and, honestly, nobody really paid attention to it.

Cue Saturday morning.

I woke up at 8am to 50 mph wind gusts. And ice. Lots of ice. So much ice that by 8:30am, the power was gone, and we were without heat. 

Many of you know that I live in the country. Deep in the boonies and twenty minutes from anything that resembles a store. We aren't so remote that we don't have neighbors, but it's definitely backwoods country. I've lived here all my life, so I learned long ago that when the power goes out, it's usually out for a while. And when I say a while, I mean hours. Maybe days. During the Ice Storm of 1993, we were without electricity and phone service for five days. I was in college at the time and still lived with my parents. We had a wood burning stove. We didn't freeze. We didn't starve. Getting in and out of our driveway was a gigantic pain, but we were warm, dry, and fed.

That was 1993, and it hadn't happened since.

Until Saturday.

My husband and I built a house close to my parents, and our only source of heat is electric (I know what you're thinking. A country girl should know better). So once the power went out, I did the typical call around to see if everyone else was out (they were) and then called the utility company to make sure they knew (they did). Unfortunately, we were on a long list, and that's never good when you live in the country. 

Mr. Sydney and I bundled up and played with our fully-charged electronics (priorities, you know). By 2pm--after six hours and not a flicker of light--we decided it was time to make a plan for the night. It was cold, after all, and getting colder. My parents' house was already filled with seven family members, and they live 1/4 mile off the main road, so we didn't even know if we could get there. With reports that our main roads were passable, Mr. Sydney and I decided to head into town and get a hotel room. We made the reservation, packed essentials, and headed out into the ice and snow.

I was not prepared.

Our driveway is about 100 yards of gravel. Throughout the week, Mr. Sydney had left his car at the end of the driveway because of the six inches of snow we already had (he didn't want to get stuck in our driveway because he had to get to work each day). My car was in the basement, but there was no way we'd be able to get it out in the ice. So, we hoofed it to his car. We walked in five inches of slushy, icy, snowy, limb-filled quicksand to get to the main road. We'd take a step, and we'd sink. Take another step, and we'd sink.

Oh, and by that time, it was raining. 

But we got to the car, and the roads were a little better than expected. The rescue squad and local neighbors had cleared our road of the worst of the storm -- which you can see here.
Photos courtesy of local rescue squad

If it hadn't been for their efforts, we never would have made it to the hotel. Along the way, we saw snapped power poles, downed power lines, and trees twisted, bending, and/or snapped in half.

It was like a warzone.

Sadly enough, our county wasn't even the hardest hit. That would be two counties to our southwest, where they had a town with 100% of their citizens without electricity. 

As for us, our electricity was restored twenty-eight hours after we lost it.

In the grand scheme of things, we were blessed. We are blessed. And I had Mr. Sydney by my side, which always makes everything better.

So, my release day was overshadowed by the misery of real life. It happens. The absolute HIGHLIGHT of my day was my Facebook release day party, which I was able to attend once we arrived at the hotel. I was welcomed by really wonderful readers, and throughout the two hours, we played games and shared info about my book. Most importantly, they made me smile, on a day when the very last thing I felt like doing was smiling.

Thank you. <3

Happy Release Day to Pros & Cons!

It's release weekend for Pros & Cons!

Cover by T.M. Franklin
Book Release: February 21, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Publisher: Mountain Media

Con artists Jenna York and Ethan Summers always seem to cross paths during their travels around the world. With their partners in tow, the cunning criminals wreak havoc across the globe, stealing from the rich and giving to the richer. While Jenna tries to convince herself that she sees him as nothing more than a professional rival, Ethan finds it a little harder to fight his attraction to the beautiful thief.

When tragedy strikes, Jenna and Ethan join forces, but are the stakes too high? Can they escape this last job with their lives—and their hearts—intact?

Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels - Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. Sydney has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

Visit her website at
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February 20, 2015

Release Day Blitz: The One That Got Away by M.B. Feeney

IMG_2394Happy release day to M.B. Feeney! Keep reading to learn more about her latest contemporary romance, The One That Got Away. Please note: this book is for adult readers.

February 19, 2015

Author Spotlight: Fly Me to the Moon by Bev Elle

Happy release week to Bev Elle! Keep reading to learn more about her novella, Fly Me to the Moon.

Blog Tour: Maybe by Amber L. Johnson

I'm happy to be part of Amber L. Johnson's blog tour! Keep reading to learn more about her latest novel, Maybe. Please note: this book is for adult readers.

February 15, 2015

Exclusive Audio Excerpt - Pros and Cons by Sydney Logan

My fifth novel, Pros & Cons, releases Saturday, February 21! I was trying to think of something fun and different to do to promote the release, so I decided to record an audio excerpt. I sweet-talked Mr. Sydney into reading Ethan’s part. My awesome hubby is a professional DJ but has a cold. I’m southern and have the sniffles, so we weren’t really sure how this would turn out, but it was amazingly fun to do. Hope you enjoy it!