Today is the release day for Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After! This bundle includes SIXTEEN complete novels–some never before published–by SEVENTEEN fabulous authors (one book was co-written), with all the proceeds going to Pets for Vets, an organization that matches shelter animals with military veterans.
16 books for only $1.99 with all net proceeds going to Pets for Vets!
They’re all hometown heroes, guys from small towns who’ve made a name for themselves, big or small, who’ve withstood the odds and risen to the challenge, who are heroes in their own right.
Once again, to learn more about the Hometown Heroes authors, I donned my James Lipton beard and put them in the Inside the Actors Studio hot seat.
What is your favorite word?
|Lucy: Hugs!||Allie: Any Allie’ism (words I blend together to create a new word). Currently, everything is fantabulous-o! This is as close as I get speaking Spamish (that means an attempt at Spanish but failing miserably—much like Spam is for meat)|
|Sabrina: Kerfuffle. It just sounds…tasty!||Rachel: Schadenfreude|
|Jami: Win||Adrianne: WINNER!!!|
|Destiny: Extraordinary||Kate: Pleasure|
What is your least favorite word?
|Lucy: Slurs||Allie: Can’t|
|Sabrina: The “C” word for lady parts||Rachel: Fart|
|Jami: Lose||Adrianne: Sexism|
|Destiny: Never||Kate: Greasy|
What turns you on?
|Lucy: Lovingkindness. I’ve been known to get very amorous when my husband cleans the kitchen.||Allie: Chillaxin on the couch with the hubs. I also have a thing for sexy shoulders.|
|Sabrina: Bacon. Yesssss. Simply bacon.||Rachel: Captain America|
|Jami: A hot athlete||Adrianne: Besides sexy men? True Friendship|
|Destiny: An intelligent man who knows how to work his swagger without coming across as arrogant||Kate: Dinner on the table and no housework to finish|
|Cathryn: My husband’s shaving cologne|
What turns you off?
|Lucy: Meanness||Allie: Being an arrogant asshat. If he’s a jack wagon, even his shoulders can’t save him.|
|Sabrina: Bullies. Can’t stand them||Rachel: Smoking|
|Jami: People texting and driving||Adrianne: Meanness|
|Destiny: A belligerent drunk who thinks he’s cute||Kate: Dirty laundry (or housework in general)|
|Cathryn: Feeling fat|
What sound or noise do you love?
|Lucy: Babies giggling||Allie: That swooshing sound my Mac makes when I send a manuscript off to the editor.|
|Sabrina: The oboe. Haunting. I also love the cello.||Rachel: My children’s laughter|
|Jami: Wind in the trees||Adrianne: My cats purring|
|Destiny: Ocean tides||Kate: Laughter|
|Cathryn: Zach Brown’s voice singing|
What sound or noise do you hate?
|Lucy: Fists hitting flesh. I hate abuse and have opened my house to more than one woman or teen at risk.||Allie: The sound of a low, ominous growl behind you when you’re out hunting right after you’ve spotted fresh cougar tracks (yes, that really happened)|
|Sabrina: The nasal whine of a mosquito hovering around me, plotting to suck my blood. I wish no harm to any creature on earth…except mosquitoes. They can all die a heinous miserable death.||Rachel: Traffic|
|Jami: Traffic||Adrianne: Tinnitus|
|Destiny: The sound of a circular saw in use||Kate: Any heavy equipment that squeals/whines|
|Cathryn: Whining… doesn’t matter who|
What is your favorite curse word?
|Lucy: Bollocks||Allie: Fartnarker. That’s totally a word and fits any situation. It’s not even an Allie’ism.|
|Sabrina: Blurg (I channel Tina Fey in 30 Rock sometimes). I am also partial to “frick.”||Rachel: Fuck|
|Jami: Shit||Adrianne: The F word|
|Destiny: I take the 5th||Kate: Douchecanoe|
|Cathryn: Hmmm, can’t say it here|
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
|Lucy: Psychologist||Allie: I want to write full time. Currently I have a Stinkin’ Day Job. If I could write full time, I’d be fartnarkin’ fantabulous-o!|
|Sabrina: Glassblower. Sigh…I dabbled with glass at one time and loved it. So beautiful.||Rachel: CIA Case Officer or superhero|
|Jami: Interior designer or bartender||Adrianne: A singer, but the world would cringe.|
|Destiny: Stripping. Just kidding. Psychologist||Kate: Actor (I was in the drama program in college and always regret not sticking with it)|
|Cathryn: Chris Hemsworth’s movie set hair stylist|
What profession would you not like to do?
|Lucy: Sewer management||Allie: Pretty much anything on Mike Rowe’s “Dirty Jobs” show|
|Sabrina: Housecleaner. Exhibit A: My house||Rachel: Wearing a hot dog costume and passing out flyers.|
|Jami: Cook||Adrianne: Toll Booth money taker|
|Destiny: Retail salesperson||Kate: Septic Tank cleaner|
|Cathryn: Middle school teacher (been there)|
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
|Lucy: Well done. 🙂||Allie: Take a left at the first cloud. You’re mom and dad are there waiting for you.|
|Sabrina: O Myself, Sabrina. I loved your books!||Rachel: I’ve decided to make an exception for you.|
|Jami: Welcome, my child!||Adrianne: Kim’s been waiting for you.|
|Destiny: For a minute there, I wasn’t sure you’d make it but it sure is good to see you. Now let’s dust off those wings and find your halo.||Kate: Welcome!|
|Cathryn: Whew! You made it!|
Because all proceeds go to charity, this week’s giveaway is a little different. The first TEN eligible commenters win a digital copy of HOMETOWN HEROES, gifted from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBooks. I will notify you in the comments if you are a winner and prizes will be awarded upon receipt of winner’s email address and choice of vendor (winners will be asked to provide that information via email, using the CONTACT US page).
The winner of a digital copy of Never Forget by Heather Ashby is…
Ellen, to claim your prize, please use the CONTACT US page within ten days.
To celebrate Halloween we thought we’d share pictures showing how some of us here at Kiss and Thrill dress up our homes for trick-or-treaters.
The first two photos show Sarah Andre’s romance-themed decorations.
Next up is Sharon Wray’s graveyard for the undead.
My husband just finished making the coffin, which is on the other side of the front door. Inside are eyes that will light up, make noise, and shake the box when you make a noise.
This week’s featured Kiss and Thrill title is Manda Collins’ WHY DUKES SAY I DO.
“I’ve been a Manda Collins fan since I first read her work, but I think Why Dukes Say I Do is the best thing she’s written yet.”
Read the full review here.
To claim your prizes please use the contact us page within 10 days and be sure to include your US mailing address.
I recently attended a ghost tour of the historic logging town Port Gamble, Washington. The town was the inspiration for the setting of my book, Grave Danger, and I was particularly excited that as part of the tour, we were able to enter the Walker-Ames house, which was my model for the Montgomery Mansion. This was my second tour of the house, but the first late at night, with a group of people hoping to run into a ghost or two. Sadly (or thankfully, depending on your point of view) we didn’t meet any specters, but I was able to take some pictures of the interior of the gorgeous old house.
The house was pitch-dark during the tour (since we were looking for ghosts) so I couldn’t actually see what I was taking a picture of–had no idea how bright the wallpaper was, and objects will be off-center in some shots. The daylight shots of the exterior were taken at another time.
In the book Libby stands on the porch and looks over the town, imagining how Lyle felt when living there. Later, Mark has a conversation with Jason on the porch.
Next is the entry hall, with center hearth. The stairway shot following is to the right of the hearth. In Grave Danger, this is the first room Libby enters and is disappointed to take in the cold, empty room, which could be warm and inviting, given the stained-glass windows above the stairs and rich woodwork of the staircase.
The house is utterly gorgeous and it would be wonderful to see it fixed up in all its glory, except then people would live there and I wouldn’t get to go on ghost tours and take pictures, and be inspired.
So, tell me, have you ever been on a ghost tour? Or is there a particular tour you’d like to go on? I’m giving away a print copy of Grave Danger and a magnet with a picture of the Walker-Ames house to one commenter.
The winner of Grave Danger is Cris! Congratulations!!
Be sure to contact us within ten days with your snail mail address to receive your signed copy of Rachel’s new book. 🙂
Join us Tuesday for author Stacy Green talking about Black Market adoptions, the basis for her new novel TIN GOD. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy Green earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University. After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family. She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.