New Year’s Blog Hop

Happy New Year - champagne and party decorationHappy New Year! One of the ways I’m celebrating the New Year is by participating in the New Year’s Blog Hop wherein other authors and bloggers are sharing memories, books and giving away tons of prizes. Each stop on the hop has a chance to win a prize (including me) and there’s an overall grand prize.

I thought I’d share one of my more memorable ‘goofs’–I’m a reasonably intelligent person but I can also be ditzy at times (that is possible). It usually has to do with me saying something without completely being aware of my surroundings or who I’m with.

This particular instance was when I was an exchange student in Finland. I’m a senior in high school, and my host father is a member of the Finnish government, so he brings me along with his family to the New Year’s Eve party at the British Embassy which he’d been invited to.

So here I am, completely out of my element at this fancy New Year’s Eve party at a freaking embassy (LOL) and lo and behold, the son of the ambassador is around my age and cute. We start talking and I’m thinking how cool and romantic this is and what a great story this would make (you know, how you do when you’re a teenager) etc, etc. We’re staring out of these huge windows out into the embassy grounds and there’s fireworks going off. Back where I grew up, we didn’t do fireworks on New Year’s Eve, so this was new to me. Anyway, all quite atmospheric and I’m probably nervous as hell talking to this guy.

So what do I say to this cute son of the British ambassador to Finland? “Doesn’t this remind you of The Fourth of July?”

Yep.

In my memory, and mind you this is almost thirty years ago, he looks at me, doesn’t say anything, and walks away. I’m sure it wasn’t quite that abrupt, but the reality is, he took me for an idiot and left shortly after I said that. And if he didn’t take me for an idiot, then he was assuming I was a smartass. Whatever it was, cool moment. Blown by me.

This might be why I like to write romantic comedies with intelligent women being goofy sometimes. My new release is an erotic geek romantic comedy called BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS.

Here’s the scoop:

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It’s granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they’re surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, Firefly and Marvin the Martian will enjoy this romantic comedy.

Buy it now on:

Amazon | B&N | ARe

More ways to interact:

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Prizes!!

So, I’m giving away a $5 Amazon Gift card to one commenter drawn at random. Just make sure to leave your email address in the comment box (not just in the box that asks for email) so that you’ll also be eligible for the grand prizes as well! 

Make sure to visit everyone else in the hop, as we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

  • 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (US & International)
  • 2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card (US & International)
  • 3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! (US only)

To visit the other participants, visit the blog hop host and start hopping!

Blog hop winners will be picked on January 7th. 

Do you also have a memorable New Year’s Eve story you’d like to share?

Six Sentence Sunday – 12/30/12

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Welcome to #SixSunday! And Happy New Year!

Today’s Six Sunday I’m continuing with my new release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ARe!!

This is in the heroine’s POV and they’ve now moved up to her hotel suite. We’re picking up several sentences from where we left off last week. He came back from getting bottles of beer and hovered behind her, and she leaned against him:

His fingers lightly brushed her now-hard nipple then gave it a gentle pinch through her shirt. She couldn’t help it, she moaned. His other arm wrapped around and held her tighter, pressing the cold beer bottles against her belly. She jolted and slumped against him, shaking from the cool sensation. He groaned again, gently nibbling her earlobe and lowering the closest bottle, stroking it against her core.

Oh God, she was going to combust right there on the spot–Yep.

I’m also available for guest posts, so if any of you have slots available on your blog for hosting me, I’d love to be a guest :) Just shoot me an email at angela [at] angelaquarles [dot] com

Also, I’m competing in the preditors & editors poll in the romance short story category, so if you don’t already have a favorite, I’d love your vote!

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To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here.

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! 

A Peek into Geekdom

DSCN0354Today I’m guest posting at Louisa Bacio’s blog–A Peek Into Geekdom–where I share some memories from a sci-fi/fantasy/pop culture convention I attend every year–Dragon*Con! If you’ve read the opening of my new release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS, you’ll recognize the photo on the left :) I share more memories and photos that were inspiration for the fictional ConVegas that took place in the background of the story.

BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS Now on Sale at Amazon, etc + Contest News

BEER cover smallBusy week for me! I wanted to send an update with all the latest in one handy spot since my last post.

BEER AND GROPING now available on the following third party sites!

If you have a preferred third party site not listed, please let me know! And if you’ve already purchased it, thank you!!! Also I’d love any tags, likes, etc on Amazon and B&N that you feel up to throwing my way :)

Latest guest posts

Contest News

Heard back from the last two contests MUST LOVE BREECHES finaled in, and it won second place in the paranormal category of the Valley of the Sun’s Hot Prospects contest, and won first place in the fantasy/futuristic category of SpacecoasT Authors of Romance’s Launching A Star contest! And I’d like to give a shout out to the winner in the Valley of the Sun contest, because it was none other than my Beta buddy and RWA roomie Jami Gold! In fact, she was also the grand prize winner!!! Congrats Jami!

Six Sentence Sunday – 12/23/12

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Welcome to #SixSunday! I’m going to be traveling today, so I probably won’t get to everyone until tonight. But regardless, I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Today’s Six Sunday I’m continuing with my upcoming release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS is now out!!

This is in the heroine’s POV and they’ve now moved up to her hotel suite. We’re picking up exactly where we left off last week. He came back from getting bottles of beer and hovered behind her:

His warm breath sighed in her ear. “God, you look so beautiful.”

He leaned onto the railing, his strong arms framing her, the glass bottles in his hands dinging against the metal. He nuzzled her neck, his nose pushing her hair aside, fresh shivers zinging over her. His lips grazed the sensitive skin behind her ear, the only point of contact between them.

The heat and tension bloomed in the space between their bodies, acting like a magnetic force.

I’m also available for guest posts, so if any of you have slots available on your blog for hosting me, I’d love to be a guest :) Just shoot me an email at angela [at] angelaquarles [dot] com

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To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here.

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! 

Getting Around on the Webz: Links to Interviews

downloadContinuing with promotion week for BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS, here’s where I’ll be today!

Donna Cummings

Where we chat about geekdom, writing and tea!

Babette James

Where I share some inside scoops on writing, fave food, and an excerpt from the opening

Jessica Kong

Where I share my writing journey and aspects of my writing life

And word is, it will be available on Monday, Dec 24 on Amazon!

Release Day! + Guest posts: How to Make a Book Trailer 101 & Interview

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Can’t believe the day has finally arrived, though y’all are probably sick of me promoting this, sorry! If you’re interested in getting a copy, you can order it directly from the publisher. Hopefully it will be up  on Amazon and other outlets in a week.

Meanwhile, I’m continuing my tour with two spots where I’ll be today:

Cara Bristol

I’m on her blog today giving a walk-through of how to make a book trailer!

Peter Salomon

I’m at my college classmate’s again today answering 3 questions, one of which is what I mean by ‘geek girl romance writer’

New Review

A new review was posted today at Smitten With Reading!

It really is just truly a fun read. It’s written really well. It’s short, but the author gives you snippets about these characters so you feel like you really know them and can connect to them.

Secret Santa Blog Hop

tabiysnocturnanightsWelcome to my stop on the Secret Santa Blog Hop! We have lots of fabulous prizes for you, with several chances to win. I thought I’d share a true Christmas story from my life.

Have You Ever Been Desperate for a Christmas Tree?

We are notorious procrastinators in my family and we’ve been known to wait until the last minute to get a tree for Christmas. One year in particular was quite interesting. My parents were living in Brooklyn at the time (they moved up there from Florida–we also do everything backwards) and my brother and I arrived Christmas Eve I think. Anyway, it was pretty dang late to be getting a tree. We set out from their brownstone in Greenpoint and couldn’t find a single lot still selling trees. And remember, this is Brooklyn, so we were walking and I’m sure it was cold too!

We’d quite despaired of finding a tree until we were walking back home and, I kid you not, found one in a dumpster! We looked up and down the street and rustled that sucker out of the bin! It wasn’t in too bad shape, and still had some tinsel clinging to it–we figured someone had left to go out of town and disposed of it before they left.

We took our Charlie Brown tree home, put the squished side against the wall, and decorated it. It was beautiful! You couldn’t tell it had been in a dumpster… I swear!

Now, onto the prizes!

From me, you could win a PDF copy of my upcoming release BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS. You have three ways to get more entries. One for following my blog. One for leaving a comment and another for answering the question at the end.

Our Grand prize will be a Kindle Fire HD 7″, plus books to put on your Kindle. Here is a list of the books you will get:

Discovering Her Wolfen Heritage By Missy Martine
Anna Doubles Down By Missy Martine
Bait By Annie Nicholas
BB Dalton By Cat Johnson
A Cowboy For Christmas By Cat Johnson
Starved For Love By Annie Nicholas
Thoroughbreds and Tailer Trash By Bev Pettersen
Wolf’s Haven By Ambrielle Kirk
Lights Camera…Monsters By Lila Dubois
Logan’s Redemption By Cara Marsi
Samason’s Lovely Mortal By Tina Folsom
Eternity Embraced By Larissa Ione
Snow Bound By Larissa Ione
Deceptive Nights By Sylvia Hubbard
Parallel Visions By Cheryl Rainfield
Stones Revenge By Sylvia Hubbard
A Hidden Magic By Angela Benedetti
Big Trouble In China By CC MacKenzie
Dancing In Circles By Victoria Adams
Love’s Prophecy By Brenda Dyer
All In The Mind By Jenny Twist
Away With The Fairies By Jenny Twist
The Big Bad…Riding Hood Tale By Nina S. Gooden
Warm Christmas Wishes By Jenny Twist
Betrayed By The Incubus By Nicole Graysen
How to Woo A Reluctant Bride By Lyndi Lamont
Whisper Privileges By Dianne Venetta
Kill A Painted Pony By Kelsy George
Rapture Of The Deep By Kelsy George
Holiday Jinx By Abbey MacInnis

For instructions and more chances to win the grand prize, visit the hop host and keep hopping! For each stop, you increase your chances of winning the grand prize!

Here’s my question: Have you ever gotten your tree from a dumpster?

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I think I know his answer ;)

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Upcoming release, Beer and Groping in Las Vegas:

BEER cover smallContemporary Romantic Comedy
Secret Cravings Publishing
Release Date: December 19, 2012
Length: Novelette (13,500 words)
Price: 3.99
Content advisory: Adult language, explicit sex

Official blurb:

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It’s granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they’re surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, Firefly and Marvin the Martian will enjoy this romantic comedy.

Available for pre-order

Six Sentence Sunday – 12/16/12

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Welcome to #SixSunday!

Today’s Six Sunday I’m continuing with my upcoming release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS due out this Wednesday!! In fact you can now pre-order it from the publisher! (Doing the happy dance!)

I also got my first book blogger review, from Angie J at Twinsie Talk Book Reviews, which garnered this awesome quote:

Ok so this book is sooo fun. It is a quick 46 page ecopy book but it is filled with sarcasm, wit, sexiness and a lot of humor…The sexual tension in the story is great. I was laughing in the beginning and then saying “Hawt” towards the middle. When they finally *cough cough* well you know, it was gooood reading

This is in the heroine’s POV and they’ve now moved up to her hotel suite. He’s left her on the balcony for a moment to get them more beers:

She soaked in the city’s multicolored lights, let the crisp night air wash over her, and reveled in being in this moment and feeling it. Lord, how numb she’d let herself become. Like a ghost limb that had fallen asleep and suddenly tingled with awareness.

The sound of the French doors closing and his footsteps signaled this moment’s next phase. She smiled. Anticipating his body beside hers again, a thrill shot up her spine when his hard, masculine presence hovered behind her instead.

I’m also kicking off a blog tour tomorrow, so if any of you have slots available on your blog for hosting me, I’d love to be a guest :) Just shoot me an email at angela [at] angelaquarles [dot] com

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To see snippets from others who are participating or to sign up yourself, visit here.

Thank you to everyone who comes by and comments each week! 

Five Favorite Things Giveaway

14674_2541024421320_759478737_aDo you sometimes catch yourself naming your own favorite things to the tune of the well-known Sound of Music song?

My fellow authors at Secret Cravings Publishing and I are sharing some of ours, and giving you a chance to win one of them (wink, wink, nudge, nudge–for most of us it’s our new release).

So, here’s a list of my five favorite things…

  1. Curling up with a delightfully wonderful book. If it’s raining outside, even better
  2. Getting excited about something new I’m learning
  3. Hanging out with my family (immediate and extended) and friends (wait, I’m realizing these aren’t things and I’m supposed to name things. *grumping*)
  4. A smooth-writing pen (There!)
  5. My first release, Beer and Groping in Las Vegas, because this is the first time I’ve experienced that thrill!

And of those five favorite things that make my life complete and happy, I am giving one of them away. A copy of Beer and Groping in Las Vegas to one lucky commenter.

Be sure to visit other SCP authors participating in the blog event

Head over to the SCP facebook fan page and the SCP Readers’ Group page for more authors’ contests.

BEER cover smallMy upcoming release:

Contemporary Romantic Comedy w/paranormal elements
Secret Cravings Publishing
Release Date: December 19, 2012
Length: Novelette (13,500 words)
Format: eBook
Content advisory: Adult language, explicit sex

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It’s granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they’re surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, Firefly and Marvin the Martian will enjoy this romantic comedy.

pre-order – goodreads – shelfari

What about you? What are your 5 fave things?