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For What It’s Worth Reviews Whirlwind

Today’s tour stop is at For What It’s Worth. Karen analyzes and reviews Whirlwind:

“Typically these type of insta-love stories don’t work for me but I enjoyed Melissa and Jason’s romance. It could be because Mitch is Melissa’s best friend so I felt his brother Jason wasn’t just some random guy popping up out of nowhere. She has chatted with Jason on line before, she has met his parents already so I could see where there would be a comfort level already established.”

What do you think? Is love at first sight something you like? Comment on the post at For What It’s Worth, and you could win an autographed copy of Whirlwind.

CLICK HERE to see Karen’s full review and to enter to win

The tour and giveaways continue! Tomorrow’s stop is at Books and Things.

Previous Blog Tour stops (Many giveaways are still open):

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Secondary Characters Get Their Say in Outtakes

Today’s Whirlwind Blog Tour stop is at A Trail of Books Left Behind.

Megan was kind enough to allow me to guest post on her blog today and discuss some of the minor characters in Whirlwind. Too often, minor characters have stories all their own, but there just isn’t space in the book to tell them all. So, in addition to peeking into some of the back story involving characters like Mitch and Linda, I’ve also posted two outtakes from Whirlwind. Strap on your chaps and find your cowboy hat because we’re going to the rodeo!

Check out how Melissa’s first assignment for the Mission Daily in Meeting Mitch, and then the aftermath of her…um…misunderstanding with him in The Apology. You can also find these and other goodies under the “Extras” tab above.

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY on A Trail of Books Left Behind to win a free e-Copy of Whirlwind! Every stop on the tour will give away a copy.

And also check out Megan’s review of Whirlwind HERE.

Past Blog Tour stops:

Tomorrow’s stop:

For What It’s Worth

Blog Tour Extra – Helloooo Mitch!

After seeing yummy photos of Jason on The Unread Reader last week, readers asked for Missie to show us who she’d pick for Mitch, and she has! Check out Melissa’s steer-wrestling best friend on today’s edition of My Book Boyfriend (CLICK HERE).

Be warned: You might want to pour yourself a cool drink and pick up a fan first…

 

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Winners of Share the Wealth!

Congratulations to Brenda Hyde at the Wayfaring Writer for winning the Share the Wealth Giveaway! Brenda got to choose 5 books from my haul at RT. Want to see what she picked?

Blue Diablo (Corine Solomon, #1) by Ann Aguirre
Body Language by Suzanne Brockmann
Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives by Justin Gustainis
Brimstone Kiss (Delilah Street #2) by Carole Nelson Douglas
Poisoned Kisses (Harlequin Nocturne, #98) by Stephanie Draven

And of course, Whirlwind by Robin DeJarnett!

Check out her reviews of these and other books on her blog, Goodreads, and Twitter.

The runner up is the wonderful Jennifer Lane, author of the Conduct Series. Now, Jennifer has a bit of a conundrum. She wins two books from the remaining pile, and has chosen for her first pick Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard, but has left her second pick up to me.

Oh the pressure! I’m leaning toward Face of Danger (The Guardian Angelinos, #3) by Roxanne St. Claire…but there’s so many good ones!

Before I pack her box, I’d like you’re input. Which Book Would You Recommend? Here’s the list:

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives by Justin Gustainis
This Charming Man by Marian Keyes
Skinny-Dipping by Connie Brockway
Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard
The Guy Next Door by Lori Foster
Malice (New Orleans #6) by Lisa Jackson
Mad about the Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #7) by Elizabeth Boyle
How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #3) by Sabrina Jeffries
Brimstone Kiss (Delilah Street #2) by Carole Nelson Douglas
Healing Dr. Fortune by Judy Duarte
Poisoned Kisses (Harlequin Nocturne, #98) by Stephanie Draven
Knight of Passion (All the King’s Men #3) by Margaret Mallory
Nowhere Near Respectable (Lost Lords, #3) by Mary Jo Putney
Senseless by Mary Burton
Eve of Chaos (Marked, Book 3) by S.J. Day
Blue Diablo (Corine Solomon, #1) by Ann Aguirre
Face of Danger (The Guardian Angelinos, #3) by Roxanne St. Claire
Killer Heat by Brenda Novak
The Panic Zone by Rick Mofina
The Vampire Voss (Regency Draculia #1) by Colleen Gleason
Coming Undone (Brown Siblings, #2) by Lauren Dane
Murder in Vein (Fang-in-Cheek Mystery, #1) by Sue Ann Jaffarian
It’s Hotter In Hawaii (Men of Hawaii #2) by HelenKay Dimon
Southern Comfort by Fern Michaels
No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane
Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8) by J.R. Ward
A Little Bit Wicked (Last Man Standing, #1) by Victoria Alexander
Weddings Can Be Murder by Christie Craig
Body Language by Suzanne Brockmann
Bitten (Women of the Otherworld) by Kelley Armstrong

Do you think Roxanne St. Claire is a good pick? Which would you pick?

Jason McAlister on My Book Boyfriend

I’ve been asked many times for a photo of Jason (the hero of Whirlwind), but whenever I start looking, I get distracted by all the sexy models and their well-defined…muscles. However, Missie at The Unread Reader has stepped up to the challenge and found a model who is not only SIZZLING, but looks a LOT like my Jason.

…but you need to see him on her blog! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE JASON HAWTNESS!

Watch for even more Whirlwind fun on the Whirlwind Blog Tour. Hosted by – you guessed it – The Unread Reader! We’ve got some great stops planned and a ton of giveaways. Come tour with Whirlwind!

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Only a Few More Days to Win

Memorial Day Flags

Image by eddiecoyote via Flickr

Happy Memorial Day

So many have fallen in the name of freedom. Thank you to those who’ve given everything, and to those who continue to give in our armed services. One day isn’t enough to say thank you!

In addition to remembrance ceremonies today, Memorial day is the unofficial start to the American Summer. Grills all across the country will be fired up today, cooking everything from hamburgers to fish, vegetables to watermelon (we’re going to try that today). We probably won’t eat outside, but are planning a picnic-style spread, nonetheless.

Another Memorial Day tradition is, of course, a sale. And All Romance eBooks is doing just that. Through the end of today, they’re offering a 50% rebate on ALL PURCHASES. This means that when you purchase Whirlwind at allromanceebooks.com, you’ll get 50% of the purchase price returned in the form of a rebate! Half price…who doesn’t love that?

But FREE is Better!

Only a few more hours are left in the Share the Wealth Giveaway! Winner gets their pick of 5 books from the following list, one runner up gets 2 (along with signed copies of Whirlwind for both winners). US addresses only.

Which would you pick? Remember, a comment on this, or any of my May posts, counts as an entry. Winners will be selected on June first.

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives by Justin Gustainis
This Charming Man by Marian Keyes
Skinny-Dipping by Connie Brockway
Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard
The Guy Next Door by Lori Foster
Malice (New Orleans #6) by Lisa Jackson
Mad about the Duke (Bachelor Chronicles, #7) by Elizabeth Boyle
How to Woo a Reluctant Lady (Hellions of Halstead Hall, #3) by Sabrina Jeffries
Brimstone Kiss (Delilah Street #2) by Carole Nelson Douglas
Healing Dr. Fortune by Judy Duarte
Poisoned Kisses (Harlequin Nocturne, #98) by Stephanie Draven
Knight of Passion (All the King’s Men #3) by Margaret Mallory
Nowhere Near Respectable (Lost Lords, #3) by Mary Jo Putney
Senseless by Mary Burton
Eve of Chaos (Marked, Book 3) by S.J. Day
Blue Diablo (Corine Solomon, #1) by Ann Aguirre
Face of Danger (The Guardian Angelinos, #3) by Roxanne St. Claire
Killer Heat by Brenda Novak
The Panic Zone by Rick Mofina
The Vampire Voss (Regency Draculia #1) by Colleen Gleason
Coming Undone (Brown Siblings, #2) by Lauren Dane
Murder in Vein (Fang-in-Cheek Mystery, #1) by Sue Ann Jaffarian
It’s Hotter In Hawaii (Men of Hawaii #2) by HelenKay Dimon
Southern Comfort by Fern Michaels
No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane
Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8) by J.R. Ward
A Little Bit Wicked (Last Man Standing, #1) by Victoria Alexander
Weddings Can Be Murder by Christie Craig
Body Language by Suzanne Brockmann
Bitten (Women of the Otherworld) by Kelley Armstrong

Both winners also receive an autographed copy of Whirlwind.

Watch for many more giveaways coming in June during the Whirlwind Blog Tour.

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Combining Characters

Cover of "Water for Elephants: A Novel"

Cover of Water for Elephants: A Novel

I have a confession: As I work on the draft of my next book, I’m finding there’s just too many characters. I love them all, don’t get me wrong, but the last thing I want is a reader who has to make a set of crib notes to keep track of all the people who jump in and out of the story. Many in this cast are bit players – they come in, move the plot along, then exit, never to be seen again. So how do I thin down the cast?

One way is to combine similar characters into one persona. This happens a lot when books are converted to movies, and can be a very effective way of keeping the plot elements, and even character traits, but streamline the story. A very recent example of combining characters can be found in the screen adaptation of the book, Water for Elephants. I’ve seen the movie, read the book (loved it), and am now a even bigger fan of the movie. No, the movie is not identical, but it’s very true to the book. But two prominent characters in the book became one in the movie – in what I think was a stroke of genius.

Water for Elephants is primarily a story about a train circus in 1931. There’s danger, love, betrayal, and one fantastic elephant named Rosie. In the book, the main character, Jacob, jumps a circus train and becomes their vet, and eventually their elephant handler. The circus is run by two powerful and evil men, August and Uncle Al. Jacob falls for August’s wife, Marlena, but you’ll have to either read the book or see the movie to hear that part of the story.  It’s August and Uncle Al I want to talk about.

In the book, Uncle Al owns the circus and has a habit of throwing men off his moving train who cross him or are unproductive. His solitary motivation is the dollar. His role is important, but he’s a relatively minor character. August, on the other, is key to the story, the violent, schizophrenic equestrian director. One second he’s kind, the next vicious. Jacob encounters both throughout the book, but it’s August’s wife Jacob falls for.

Now, to the movie. In the movie, there is no Uncle Al (or I didn’t notice him, if he was there). August is both the psychopath and the owner – which blends into a character even more frightening than the two in the book. Is it the same? No. But it is extremely effective, and wow does it convey how dangerous a world Jacob has entered.

So back to my conundrum. Seeing how well the combining was done in Water for Elephants gives me hope that I can thin down my cast a little but keep all the key elements I need in the story. In some cases, it doesn’t matter quite so much who threatens the protagonist, just that they are threatened. I hope to take this to heart, and tighten up my story a bit more.

Readers: If you’ve seen the movie, what do you think? Do you agree that the movie August is as good as the August/Uncle Al in the book? Or did combining those characters compromise the story?

Writers: Have you had to combine characters before? How difficult was it? Were you happy with the results?

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Around the Internet: Bookish

The wonderful Evie at Bookish interviewed me over the weekend. She’s also giving away an e-copy of Whirlwind, so be sure and check it out. Thank you, Evie, you’re a sweetheart!

Share the Wealth Giveaway

Can you believe May is almost over? Let me know what you think about this or any of my posts in May and you’re entered to win. Click below for details.

Meet an Author Monday

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