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That one post in which Gen answers @laDEEda51’s questions about The Writing Process


So, my friend Deidre at The Red Velvet Chair  asked me to be a stopping point on a blog hop about The Writing Process. I told her I am the chainmail killer. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve actually tagged forward on one of these things. She was all, ‘pssh, don’t care, whateves’. So I agreed to answer the questions, on the off-chance you were curious as to the answers. It totally wasn’t hard and I’m not sure why I was whining in the first place (story of my life).

Gen’s Writing:

1. What are you working on?

I am currently writing The Good Life, a full length Dom & Kate novel. It features the characters in my popular free short romance The Bird Day Battalion  set in Nebraska. Even though Dom and Kate’s love story is still a major part of the plot, as it centers around their wedding (Ooops! Spoiler! LOL), the main romance is between Kate’s twin brother Kyle and Dom’s sister Demetria. It’s a funny, quirky romance with a strong emphasis on the bonds of family and friendship, a recurrent theme in all my writing. Fans of Bad Penny and Caroline in the V-Day Aversion (Dom&Kate#2) will be happy to know they both make an appearance.

2. How does your work differ from others?

Hmmn, that’s a tough one I guess in that we all write differently. All my stories are told 3rd person, in that manner in which the prose is narrated by the character, thus prone to vernacular. Also, Bird Day Battalion is the only book I’ve written in which there is only one point of view (Kate’s). All my other books have at least two points of view. First, I Love You  has six, (seven if you count the epilogue!) Some like that sort of “head-hopping”, others don’t, however it is not the same sort of head-hopping you would find in a Nora Roberts novel in which you are privy to the thoughts and feelings of more than one character in the same scene, omniscient style. In my books when it is Kate’s point of view, for instance, it is constrained to her and what she knows and feels like in Harry Potter. I also make it a point to include sex scenes from both the female and male point of view which is not always found in romance or family dramas, it’s usually one or the other.

3. Why do you write what you do?

Well…I don’t know. I write what I love, I guess. Family dynamics, love and loyalty, romance, cops and mobsters. I wrote  The Downey Trilogy set mostly in Chicago because I love that city; it is where my family is from. Likewise, I set Bird Day in Nebraska because that is where I was born and raised (mostly).

4. How does your writing process work?

I let ideas and scenes mull around in my head for a while before I write them down. Usually I type them up without writing them on paper, but sometimes I simply have to get them out and then if I am not near my computer, I’ll write them down on whatever I have nearby. I don’t usually write in sequence, or rather I do, but will leave out entire blocks if a later scene is just vivid in my head. Then I go back and bridge to it. I’ll write a scene, flesh it out, then rewrite it a bit, then edit, then edit, then edit. It’s a very circular or ebb and flow process. I try not to force myself to write if the mood is not with me. On those days I edit or proofread or block chapters out (meaning I write down who is in each chapter and what happens, so I can make sure it flows, and there are no major anachronisms or gaps). Oftentimes in the course of doing that, I will end up writing anyway. If all else fails, I strap my inner Hemingway on and fix myself some whiskey. ;p

Thank you, Dee! *smooches*

THE SHEPHERD: Not your garden variety #paranormal #YA #thriller! #Dec Interview w/ #ASMSG author @TWLuedke!


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Title: The Shepherd

  Genre: YA Paranormal Thriller

  ASIN: B00FK37LZO

Book Length: 236 PAGES

Publisher: Travis Luedke

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Skate punks, kleptomaniacs, clairvoyant visions and reincarnation…

…THE SHEPHERD is unlike any other Young Adult novel you have ever read.

Mike Evans here. Sixteen year old skate punk squatting in a white-trash trailer park with my loser drunk Dad. Seems I lost most of my friends when Dad lost our home in foreclosure. Only Anita stuck by me. Worse, I keep having strange clairvoyant visions of things that always come true.

Then I almost ran over Nadia in my Geo. A passing truck finished the job – left a crumpled heap of skin and bone on the road. I fixed her. Me.

Now this fourteen year old girl won’t leave me alone. I sorta let her sneak in my window when she needs a place to crash.

I have a double life: daytime at school, Anita, skating, and then my nights with Nadia. She’s my secret friend, gives me money and listens to my problems when nobody else will.

My world is spinning out of control. Old friends have turned enemy, my grisly visions of death won’t quit, and Anita’s intentions make my head spin. Even with all that, I’ve got bigger stuff to worry about.

Nadia’s hiding something.

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Advanced reviews:

“I could not put this book down. All I keep thinking about is what could possibly happen next. I felt as if I was back in high school with them!”
“It’s almost a love triangle of epic proportions or so you think….Travis blew me away with this book, I never saw what was coming.”
“Amazing, I loved Mike and Anita. The characters that I didn’t feel could redeem themselves did in ways I never thought possible. I loved the ending and so not what I thought would happen. I love the element of surprise.”

Sharp, witty, dark and gritty, The Shepherd is the must read YA paranormal thriller of 2013.

Get your copy now!

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Interview:

I’m happy to bring you another interview with Travis, though this one will be distinctly less naughty than the last time! Following our interview, you can read an excerpt from The Shepherd and get an opportunity to win one of five eBooks!

Gen: Thank you for coming back to my blog, Travis! Last time we were naughty, this time we will be pure as the driven snow…or at least snow before we let the pets out. Ready?

Travis: Well, I have been known to do a little snow writing on occasion.  Come what may, I’m ready for it, pure or otherwise.

Gen: Is The Shepherd your first foray into young adult literature or have you written other ones?

Travis: Honestly, I had entertained the idea that Nightlife New York could be a YA novel. I discarded that idea after writing the first sex scene, at about chapter five.  So, yes, The Shepherd is truly my first YA novel, and it was a little bit difficult trying to tone down the perverse side of my nature.  But I have excellent editors, and they walked that tightrope with me, the fine line between teen and adult fiction.

Gen: Before we go on, try to squeeze a description of the book into one line, ok, maybe two.

Travis: 16 yr old skatepunk Mike thought he had big problems with his ex-girl and ex-best-friend slashing his tires and perfume-bombing his locker.  Then along came Nadia, nailed by a passing car on the highway, and nothing would ever be the same again…

Gen: You know I have this quirk where I ask my author friends to describe their characters as a flavor of ice cream. Go!

Travis: Ahh, Nadia is like pralines and cream, sweet and smooth, deliciously decadent, but then there’s a crunch that lets you know there’s something else in this recipe, and suddenly you’re not quite sure of the ingredients in your ice cream.

Gen: Ummmm, not sure why I find that hot and creepy all at the same time. Ha! Way to get me off task already, Travis.

Travis: *smirk*

Gen: Back to the interview, why Paranormal versus coming of age or other young adult themes?

Travis: This novel is really a combination of many themes and genres.  Paranormal, YA, coming of age, jocks vs. skaters, antisocial memes, the difficulties of single parent upbringing, dysfunctional friendships, mutually obsessive relationships, and loads of denial.  The paranormal aspect is subtly drawn, building with gradual thriller intensity.

And, I suspect I will always be a “Paranormal” author, that’s what I read, what I write, what I prefer in films.  It’s kinda my thing.

Gen: Oh, I totally get that as a fellow author. I’ve got a “thing” for cops and gangsters…don’t know if you’ve noticed…*wink* Ahem, speaking of, as an author what are your biggest pet peeves when writing in the young adult fantasy genre?

Travis: My focus is on realism of teen behavior and motivations.  Teens are a walking contradiction.  They are children in the bodies of adults, complete with raging hormones, newly emerging responsibilities, and a language and culture all their own.  Delving into the speech patterns and thought processes of teenagers is like visiting a foreign country, you can see what they are doing and saying, but you don’t really understand what it means to live there.

My own teen years were a wild ride of loose inhibitions, bad decisions and several hard lessons (definitely an adult novel–if I ever told that story).  But those were some of the best times of my life.  I think adult authors often get too absorbed in the idealistic portion of their YA writing and lose sight of the not-so-idealistic realities of teenagers today.

Gen: Fair enough, how about as a reader in the YA genre, name your biggest pet peeve and/or your favorite trope/authors/style.

Travis: Though I will surely create havoc with this: I really did enjoy the Twilight novels.  Despite enjoying them, I see the flaws.  Teens do drugs, get pregnant, skip school, lie and cheat and steal.  Where were those teens in Twilight?

For teenage paranormal fiction that really gets down to the gritty truth of that life, I think Holly Black and her Modern Fairie Tales series are phenomenal (Tithe, Valiant, Ironside).  Holly does a wonderful job of blending dark paranormal events with strong-willed teens trying to face challenges and make the right choices, often times making the wrong choices along the way.  Holly doesn’t sugar coat it.  She brings hard-hitting tales of teens coming-of-age while mired in the deadly underworld of the paranormal.  Gotta love it.  *grin*

Gen: Since it really has been ages since we’ve talked, what have you been up to these days? Writing, being a dad, menace to society, all of the above?

Travis: All of the above and then some.  I recently donated my body to science while writing another Nightlife Series novel, THE NIGHTLIFE LONDON.  I participated in a medical study, peed in their cups, gave them my blood, ate their almost-jail food, and caught a paycheck, all while writing intense scenes of sex and violence involving vampires, werewolves, Albanians, and Russians who drink way too much Vodka.

I live very vicariously through my writings, even when trapped in the bowels of a medical facility.

Gen: Travis…honestly! And here I was being all chaste and such in this interview, what with the “young adult” and whatnotness…*shakes head* Anyway, back on topic, I haven’t gotten a chance to read The Shepherd, my TBR list is embarrassingly long right now, but do you have plans to expand it into a series?

Travis: There have been some fans who asked for another book, and who knows, it could happen, but my plans for the next YA novel are taking me down a different road.  In 2014 I will write a YA paranormal thriller about a teenage girl who ends up in a tangled web of lies regarding the unintended consequences of identity theft.

So, I am definitely in the YA fiction genre to stay, and I plan to jump back and forth between YA and adult at my leisure, probably to the annoyance of my fans.

Gen: And I know you will rock the hell out of it, therefore, your legion of fans will forgive you anything. Thank you for coming by, Travis, if you’d like to take a second and grand stand for anything–seriously, anything at all–feel free to do so now:

Travis: If you’re looking for a gritty, witty, unusually realistic YA paranormal read, check out The Shepherd, it is not your mother’s YA novel.

If you’ve grown tired of the same old tropes in paranormal romance, and you yearn for the good ole days when vampires were violent, sexy, and violently sexy, then check out The Nightlife Series.  Can’t go wrong with vampires, escorts, pimps, cartel, and jello-wrestling…

Gen: HA! Outstanding! Ladies and gents, grab a copy of The Shepherd at Amazon . If for some reason you’re still not sure, read the excerpt that follows!

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1

Thursday, September 9th, 5:15 p.m.

Shit happens, life happens, but for some reason it happens to me a lot.

I was kinda hoping life would give me a break – maybe crap on somebody else for a while.

Yeah, right.

I mean, look at Justin Shelby.  I’m sitting here in my car, in the McDonald’s drive through, and what is he doing?  He’s climbing up the side of the damn playcenter.  Probably faded on prescription pills he stole from his mom.  This guy is begging for life to hit him upside the head.  But it never does.

And then there’s his buddy, Tommy Schroeder, goading him on.

“Do it man!  You’re almost there!”

One of the wrestling elite of Moses Lake High School, Tommy’s mere presence inspired Justin to new heights of idiocy.  Justin scaled the side of the outdoor playcenter like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible.

Justin skated religiously, a regular at the downtown Moses Lake skatepark across from the Aquatic Center.  Like most of us skaters, he was thin, moderately athletic, and had a strong sense of balance from endless hours busting his ass on the concrete.  Climbing the playcenter wasn’t any more dangerous than the skate tricks we recorded and posted to YouTube.

He quickly reached the apex, damn spider monkey.  He stood exalted atop the dome of the airplane-shaped plastic toy.  An elementary kid inside gawked up at him from the Plexiglas window.

“This is classic!”  Tommy whipped out his cell phone and started recording.

Looked like a good idea to me, so I did the same.  You never know what folly you might catch on video.  I mean, this was live action stuff.  I could be ten seconds away from a viral Youtube video, Gangnam Style.

Tommy encouraged Justin’s antics with loud catcalls.  Justin proclaimed his status as king of the hill, arms held high.

“Yeah bitches, hell yeah!”  Justin yelled and hooted at the top of his lungs, pumping his fists in the air.

I narrated to my potential audience of millions, “This is a flagrant violation of the rules.” I panned my cellphone camera over to the placard by the entry gate and zoomed in to catch a clear shot of the playcenter rules.  “There it is folks, rule number three:  No climbing outside the playcenter.  And we can’t forget rule number four:  No children over the age of fourteen allowed.  For the record, Justin is sixteen.”

Returning to the action, I caught Tommy’s upturned face lit with excitement, and then slid the view up the playcenter to Justin.  “There’s the big man, putting on a show for his new best friend.”

It kinda stung in a way I didn’t like to admit, that Justin was doing all this for Tommy.  A couple months ago, Justin was my best friend, my idiot.  Or so I had thought.

But Tommy was cool.  Popular and wealthy, he also happened to be one of the biggest arrogant pricks in my class, and Justin’s ticket into the ‘cool crowd.’

“Always trying to prove something.”  I shook my head.

Tommy and I don’t get along so well.  It’s a Rachelle thing.  One of those life things that happens to me so often.

I should just keep my mouth shut and catch some choice video, but you know what they say, the observer always affects the observed

“Hey ass munch, get down before you break your neck!”

Justin’s head whipped around to the sound of my voice, causing his body to sway with the sudden movement.  As soon as he spotted me parked in the drive-through a nasty smirk bloomed across his face.  In a moment of sublime inspiration, Justin dropped his pants with a show of lily-white butt cheeks.  He obviously hadn’t seen me recording with my cell phone.

Tommy noticed me too.  “How about a double McAss burger Mikey?”

He loves to call me Mikey.  He knows I hate it.  No one but Tommy calls me Mikey.

The girl delivering my cheeseburger held her hand over her mouth to cover her braces as she giggled and snarfed at the sight of Justin’s naked rump shaking back and forth while he taunted, “It’s a full moon tonight Mikey.  Hope you enjoy the view!”

Perfect.  Now Justin’s calling me Mikey.  God I hate that name.

“It’s Michael, asshole!  And thanks for the killer video.  Goin’ straight to Facebook.”  I held my cell phone out the window for him.

Justin looked back over his shoulder in surprise, attempting to pull up his pants at the same time.  The knee-jerk reaction caused him to lose his delicate balance atop the apex of the plastic airplane.  He fell onto his right side, and slithered down the side of the playcenter.  His hands shot out across the smooth surface, clawing, seeking a grip.  There was nothing to grab.

I watched him slide inexorably down the outside of the playcenter, pants and underwear still down around his thighs.  He tried rolling into position for a feet-first landing.  The maneuver would’ve worked if not for the fence being so close to the playcenter.  The bright yellow, powder-coated aluminum fence that had aided his climb to the top now blocked his landing on the way down.

Justin’s momentum came to an abrupt halt as he hit the top of the fence ass first.

I cringed and almost ruined the shot.  “That’s gotta hurt.”

Justin’s blood-curdling scream of agony made my skin crawl.  He sat there, squealing like a stuck pig.  The top section of fence tubing had impaled him where the sun don’t shine.  Pegged in the holiest of holies, he had two inches of aluminum post going in through the out door.

“Oh my god this is insane!”

I saved the ninety-three second video clip of Justin on my smart phone and posted it directly to my Facebook timeline.  I had a momentary twinge of conscience.  I mean, he was still crying, and Tommy was trying to climb the fence to help him.  It looked really painful.

“I can always delete it later …”

I was gonna call for help, but Tommy already had his phone out as Justin yelled in his face, “Call 911!”

I only had a few minutes to get to work.  As I drove off, I thought about taking that video down.  I probably should have.  But it only took fifteen minutes for my video clip to find its way to over 200 students at Moses Lake High School, shared over and over to dozens of Facebook profiles.  My first ever viral video.

I guess life happens to Justin Shelby too.

–Copyright 2013, Travis Luedke.

Buy a copy at:

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About the Author:

Favorite 4-facebk-twitt-1Travis Luedke is a husband, father, and author of Urban Fantasy Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, and Sci-fi. He is currently catching a 3rd degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, and loving every minute of it.

As the author of the Nightlife Series novels, Travis lives very vicariously through his writings. He invites you to enjoy his macabre flights of fancy, but be warned: The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

 Social Media, & other links

Blog     http://thenightlifeseries.blogspot.com/

Blog     http://twluedke.blogspot.com/

Website     http://www.twluedke.com/

Twitter   https://twitter.com/TWLuedke or @TWLuedke

Facebook    http://www.facebook.com/pages/TW-Luedke/231016383686967

Wattpad    http://www.wattpad.com/user/TWLuedke

Goodreads    http://www.goodreads.com/TWLuedke

Email    twluedke@gmail.com

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Join Erotic Enchants Goodreads Holiday Party for books and fun!


This year I’m donating books in the 4th Annual Erotic Enchants holiday party. I’m excited to be a part of it, because as many of you know, I enjoy reading erotic romance which is why I joined that group (not because I’m an author). I was a little nervous because The Downey Trilogy doesn’t qualify as erotica, but these ladies are so wonderful and nice, I was quickly re-assured by I ♥ Bookie Nookie  that it didn’t matter. So, I’m donating a signed copy of First, I Love You, and an eBook bundle of the entire Downey Trilogy. But don’t join the group and party for that, join because it’s incredibly fun, and there are over 1500 prizes this year!

Yeah, you read that right, that’s 1500 prizes!

Hop on over to Goodreads, and join the fun!

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#ASMSG Oct Spotlight: Check out Restless Souls and The Clearing by @ThomasRydder!


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Restless Souls:

1. “Do Unto Others” (short story) – Jeremy is a street hood, lawless and unchained. When he is wronged by a local businessman, it becomes his mission to seek revenge. But his new enemy has friends – ones that don’t take kindly to intruders.

2. “Colors” (short story) – Harrison Street. attorney, biker wannabe, coward. When he finds the bike of his dreams, it seems too good to be true. It is.

3. “Simona Says” (novella) – Simona has had it rough. Death, disenchantment, and disappointment are all part of her life. She wants to be happy for a change, and she’s willing to do just about anything to find some. Anything.

Buy Links 

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The Clearing:

A small town in western Pennsylvania – quaint, simple, peaceful. That is, until The Elder takes up residence. He has an agenda – one that is 1,000 years old, and cannot be denied. One that will change the lives of many – and end the lives of any who interfere.

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A bit about Thomas:

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I was born in 1957 in a small town in Western Pennsylvania that had – and still has – one traffic light. There wasn’t a whole lot to do there, and we had few neighbors, so I learned to play quite a bit of make-believe – soldiers, cowboys and Indians, that kind of thing. At the same time, I loved to read and watch old movies. On Saturdays, my dad played in a country western band, and I stayed up to wait for him. It was during that stretch that I discovered the horror movie. You know the ones I mean. Karloff, Chaney, Lee. The masters, right?

Fast forward 40 years. I’m now the project manager for a small civil engineering firm in picturesque Charleston, South Carolina with my lovely wife and four rescue pets, two dogs, two cats. Oh – and eight feral cats outside that put up with us because we give them two squares a day.

Anyway, since childhood, I’ve loved to create. I played trumpet, sang, even dabbled in genealogy. Nothing quite did it for me. Over the years, I’d composed quite a few term papers and theses (there are a few ex-teenagers in this world who owe their English grades to yours truly), and unfailingly earned an “A”. My wife knew this, and one day just suggested that I try writing.

What the hey, I thought. So I sat down and found a writing site called Hubpages. Nice little site, and I started getting the basics of writing a little from some of the inhabitants. I wrote a short story, and everyone liked it. So, I wrote another one. Except it kept growing, and I kept getting more ideas, and it lengthened to 20 thousand words, then 30, then 40. By the time I sat back, I had the rough draft of my first novel, except back then it was called “Werewolves and Flapjacks”. Somewhere along the way I decided to submit my work (now called “The Clearing) to three publishers. I was turned down twice, and miraculously was accepted by the gentleman who gently rules this site, Mr. Tim Taylor. And the rest, as they say, is history. By the way, you need to like Tim…he’s a great guy, and I owe him much, which can never be repaid.

I now have a second book availabe – “Restless Souls: 3 dark fables” – an anthology (novella and two short stories) of ghost stories, and life is grand.

Even though I make wise cracks about all of it, this is all like living a dream – and I don’t plan on waking up for a very long time.

Thomas Rydder – writer

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I visit Paloma Beck’s blog to talk about a Dom&Kate novel! #ASMSG Come chat!


Genevieve visits #RomanceBeckons to talk about POV #QuestionOfTheWeek (via Romance Beckons)

Welcome Genevieve Dewey to Romance Beckons. Genevieve Dewey is the author of The Downey Trilogy (First, I Love You & Second of All) and the short stories Bird Day Battalion & V-Day Aversion. She is a wife, mother, sister, friend and Anthropologist.…

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The Iron Writer Joseph Conrad Bracket. PLEASE VOTE! #ASMSG


Oh my goodness! I almost forgot!!!! My Iron Writer story “Land of the Dobieganger” is up at The Iron Writer Summer Solstice Challenge! I am in the Joseph Conrad bracket. Please follow the link and vote for your favorite story and NO it does NOT have to be mine! And while you’re there check out the other brackets and vote!

Conrad Bracket.

“blurred lines.” poetry challenge by @missb1331 #ASMSG |


Please check out all the amazing poetry in Beth Ronan’s compilation

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I was really humbled she asked if I’d like to contribute one, I’m not much of a poet, so I’m chalking it up to she is just an amazing person! I already *know* she’s an amazing poet.

A little of dis, a little of dat, giveaways, interviews and reviews, oh my! #ASMSG |


There are MULTIPLE opportunities for you to get your hands on a copy of First, I Love You and/or Second of All going on right now!

For the Love Of Fiction Giveaway

(I’m giving away an eBook pair of FILY & SoA–ENDS 6/7)

Seductive Romance Reviews Giveaway

(I’m giving away a signed paperback of FILY with swag–ENDS 6/30)

Literati Literature Lovers Downey Blog Tour Giveaway

(I’m giving away 10 ebooks of FILY, 10 eBooks of SoA–ENDS 6/9)

In addition to the Giveaway, the book tour will be providing book excerpts, Q&A, reviews and more! Check out what’s gone down so far:

June 3, 2013

Confession of a Book Heaux

A Q&A with me:

Tell me why you love Chicago so much! It’s apparent that you have such a love for that city in your books.

My whole family is originally from there! I have very fond memories of visiting my grandparents there before they retired. I loved hearing stories my dad would tell me of his family and when he and my mom were in college at Elmhurst… Read MORE here

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Book Reviews & More by Kathy

Another Q&A with me:

If you could describe The Downey Series in three words what would they be?

Three! Have you met me? I could never be so concise. Alright: It’s about love. (contractions don’t count right? ;P)… Read MORE here

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Rose’s Book Blog

Another Q&A with me:

Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?

Mickey Downey. He is, hands down, the most fun to write character I have in my head. He’s so many incongruent things at once and I think it would be fun to have a philosophical debate with him. Over a glass of whiskey in a jam jar, naturally.

AND a 4/5 Star Review for First, I Love You:

“I’ve never seen anything done like this book before and I thoroughly enjoyed it, unable to put it down and reading the entire night until I was done with it.” Read MORE here And Rose will be reviewing Second of All when she gets a chance. YAY!

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Cruising Susan’s Book Reviews

Susan reviewed BOTH First, I Love You and Second of All and gave them a

 5/5 Star Review:

“I would recommend the Downey Trilogy to anyone that loves a mixture of genre’s all wrapped up in one story.  The characters’ relationships with each other are explosive and there is not one moment that lacked interest while I was reading.” Read MORE here

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Truly Simply Pink

A 4.5/5 Star Review of First, I Love You:

“The characters have quickly become favorites of mine and when that happens I tend to revisit them…that makes me happy that there is a second book!” Read MORE here Kimberly will be reviewing Second of All as well!

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Penelope Jones

A 5/5 Star Review of First, I Love You

“Show me romance weaved into in-depth multi-layered twists and turns, and I will tell you that you have a hit on your hands.” Read MORE here

A 5/5 Star Review of Second of All with an exclusive James & Kiki excerpt!

“The author Genevieve Dewey takes you to the heart of Chicago, and deposits you in the middle of the Downey family. The Godfather meets Romance, that’s how I would describe this book. Each character is unique and quirky, and I feel it allowed the reader to step into one or more of the characters shoes, and walk their path.” Read MORE here

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June 4, 2013

Stories and Swag

A Fantastic Review of First, I Love You

“This story was full of twists and turns, making it completely unpredictable. The plot hooked and held my attention the entire time. Combining all the elements of a detective novel, a gangster novel, a mystery, a romance and family saga drama, First I Love You is the complete package.” Read MORE here

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Reading Bliss

A 4/5 Star Review of First, I Love You

“You get just enough background information to understand why the characters do what they do or act the way they do. The epilogue rounds things off well but it is still very much a cliff hanger that leaves you wanting more. Needless to say I absolutely can’t wait to read the next book…” Read MORE here

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Thomas Rydder

A handy dandy Promo Post with a list of links to the books, my social media hang outs and a link to the rafflecopter giveaway! Read MORE here

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June 5, 2013

ReadingRenee

A 5/5 Star Review of First, I Love You

“Jump in and enjoy this book. The author took a story and has tightly woven the fabric in a way that leaves you screaming where is book two . The next is Second of All and I am so excited to write about that one too. Even more excited is this is a debut. I can’t believe that it is not only a debut, but the book totally lives up to the description.” Read MORE here

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Ravishing Romances

A 4/5 Star Review of First, I Love You

“I did enjoy the fact that you don’t get to see one love interest story develop here, but three – that felt like a bonus.  I’ve never seen anything done like this book before and I thoroughly enjoyed it.” Read MORE here

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June 6, 2013

Learn some Fun Facts about Mickey & Kiki Downey at:

Sandwhich Making Book Bitches

Read “New Beginnings” A Tommy Flashback at:

Sugar and Spice Book Review

Stan Brookshire

Tattooed Book Review

Enter the drawing to win my books at:

Margay Leah Justice

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June 7, 2013

OlgaNM

Check out Olga’s site for a great promo post of my books with some links to other reviews!!

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Book Fanatic

A 4/5 Star Review of First, I Love You

“This book is very unique.  I have never read a book where there are so  many point of views throughout the entire book… I love Kiki and how smart she is and very feisty.  I feel bad  for her because everybody thinks she is some dumb spoiled brat that has a gangster for a father.  She is nothing like people think.  When her and James meet there is some instant chemistry…Mickey may be a bad man and involved in many illegal activities but he was raised in this world, and it is all he has ever known.  His  love for Mary and Tommy is so sad.  He always loved them from a distance and never stopped loving Mary.” Read MORE here

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And last, but certainly not least, Literati Literature Lovers has an exclusive, never seen before today

Mickey and Mary Flashback!

 

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A SUPER HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE DOWNEY BLOG TOUR

(Hosted by Literati Literature Lovers)

Please join me and @Literati_Lit on a Blog Tour 6/3-7! #ASMSG |


First I Love You Blog Tour will include excerpts, interviews, reviews, and an opportunity to win an eBook of First, I Love You and Second of All.

June 3, 2013

Confession of a Book Heaux

Book Reviews & More by Kathy

Rose’s Book Blog

Cruising Susan’s Book Reviews

Truly Simply Pink

Penelope Jones

June 4, 2013

Stories and Swag

Reading Bliss

June 5, 2013

ReadingRenee

Ravishing Romances

June 6, 2013

Sandwhich Making Book Bitches

Sugar and Spice Book Review

Stan Brookshire

Margay Leah Justice

Tattooed Book Review

June 7, 2013

Libro Sin Tinta

OlgaNM

Book Fanatic

Kikibanner

Are you ready to blog rock? I am!


SUPER excited for this Blog Tour coming up hosted by Literati Literature Lovers! I might be even more excited about that than I am the NEW cover for Second of All coming May 30th!

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