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The Iron Writer 2013 Summer Open #ASMSG |


The 2013 Summer Open Iron Writer Challenge is almost here! And as the winner of my flash-fiction round I get to compete! Yippeee! Put a marker in your bookmarks or follow the Iron Writer blog to get updates.

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)

REMINDER: First, I Love You & Second of All Giveaways ending SOON! #ASMSG |


You can enter the Goodreads giveaway  of First, I Love You until MAY 30th for a chance to win one of two copies along with a magnet, post card, and bookmark!

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You can enter the Rafflecopter giveaway here or on Facebook until JUNE 3rd  to win a paperback of Second of All (4 runners up get an eBook of Second of All).

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It’s a PreCover Reveal Giveaway for SECOND OF ALL (5/14-6/3)!!! #ASMSG |


The last Giveaway celebrating the new cover for First, I Love You was such a big success and I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart! Your enthusiasm and support is fantastic and I’m certain you are the best fans in the entire universe! If you didn’t win a paperback of First, I Love You there is still a chance! You can enter the Goodreads giveaway until May 30th for a chance to win one of two copies along with a magnet, post card, and bookmark!

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Now, on with the reason for this particular blog post: In honor of the new cover for Second of All (due out at the end of the month), AND the super awesome Blog Tour that Literati Literature Lovers is hosting for the Downey Series starting June 3rd, I’m having another Rafflecopter Drawing!!!!

It’s the same format as the last one, so if you are already a Facebook fan or Twitter follower, etc, it is SUPER simple to enter. Just click on that option and boom you are entered!

What are the prizes?

  • The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a signed copy of Second of All WITH THE NEW COVER along with a Second of All magnet, postcard, and bookmark!!!
  • Four runners-up will receive a Smashwords coupon for the eBook version of Second of All (new cover!)

Sounds good? Then spread the word, birds! *wink*

Here’s how it will work:

Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway here or on Facebook (5/14-6/3) and choose an entry option:

a) Follow this blog by email
b) Like my Facebook Page (Already have? Just choose that option and you will automatically be entered)
c) Follow me on Twitter (Already have? Just choose that option and you will automatically be entered)
d) Tweet About this Giveaway
e) Post “Genevieve Dewey sends her love” on Literati Literature Lovers Facebook Page
(https://www.facebook.com/LiteratiLiteratureLovers)

The winners will be chosen Monday (6/3) at 11pm CST by their random generator (hint: if you do more than one it weights the ranking).

I’M SO EXCITED!!!!! (Are you?)

Happy May Day!! It’s jammy chock full of GIVEAWAYS! #ASMSG |


There are tons of super fabulous giveaways going on this month in the author-verse. This is great, right? Summer beach reading is just around the corner! I’m going to be participating in three giveaways this month, PLUS, I will be doing lots of mini-giveaways on the Facebook Page leading up to a NEW COVER for Second of All.

“Oh. My. Gravy!” you say. “Another one?”

YEP.

Hee!

Here are the two giveaways already set up:

Goodreads Giveaway (Win 1 of 2 books + Swag)

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TalkBooks Indie Giveaway (Win 1 book + Swag)

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For the Love of Fiction is also having a mega giveaway. I will be giving away 3 eBooks of First, I Love You in that one!

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I hope you have a fabulous May Day, aka Beltane!!!

PreCover Reveal Giveaway #4: It’s HUGE, baby, HUGE! (4/16-4/29) #ASMSG |


The last Giveaway celebrating the new cover for First, I Love You is the biggest yet! It’s the same format as the last one, so if you are already a Facebook fan or Twitter follower,etc, it is SUPER simple to enter. Just click on that option and boom you are entered!

What are the prizes?

  • The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a signed copy of First, I Love You WITH THE NEW COVER!!!
  • Five runners-up will receive a Smashwords coupon for the eBook version of First, I Love You (new cover!)
  • Seven runners-up will receive a Smashwords coupon for V-Day Aversion!

That’s THIRTEEN total prizes celebrating the last thirteen days until the release of the new cover!

 

Sounds good? Then spread the word, birds! *wink*

 

Here’s how it will work:

Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway here or on the sidebar (4/16-4/29) and choose an entry option:
a) Follow this blog by email
b) Like my Facebook Page (Already have? Just choose that option and you will automatically be entered)
c) Follow me on Twitter (Already have? Just choose that option and you will automatically be entered)
d) Tweet About this Giveaway
e) Post “Genevieve Dewey sends her love” on Literati Literature Lovers Facebook Page
(https://www.facebook.com/LiteratiLiteratureLovers)

The winners will be chosen Monday (4/29) at 11pm CST by their random generator (hint: if you do more than one it weights the ranking).

I’M SO EXCITED!!!!! (Are you?)

Pin the Tale on the Writer #FlashFiction: “New Beginnings” #ASMSG |


Congratulations to Donna Harms for winning the Pin the Tale on the Writer Contest as part of the Pre-cover Reveal Celebration we are having waiting for the new cover for First, I Love You (Downey #1)! As you may recall all you had to do to enter the contest was be a Facebook, Twitter or Blog follower, OR tweet or post on Literati Literature Lovers’ page. Donna was picked randomly from 91 entries. As the winner she got to choose what I would write for her in a piece of flashfiction (usually 500-1000 words). She chose “when Tommy was young”. So, clocking in at 1170 words, is “New Beginnings”.

NEW BEGINNINGS

(A Flash fiction featuring a young Tommy Gates and Kyle Anderson from the Downey Series)

by Genevieve Dewey

Tommy’s favorite thing to do after school was cut through the park and play Hunt the Bad Guys in the baseball diamond. He’d walk straight to Aunt Claire’s house like he was supposed to, wait for his mother to call and check on him before she left for her other job, then sneak out while Claire watched her soap opera. Mama would freak if she knew he was wandering around alone—Omaha was by far the biggest town they had lived in so far—but the way Tommy saw it, he was only a couple weeks from turning ten. And once you hit the double digits, you were practically an adult.

He always began his game by sneaking behind the man-sized trunks of the cottonwood trees nearby and ambushing the bad guys that were after him and his mom with a gun he’d made out of wood and rubber bands. Then he would run a Coke bottle along the fence and imagine the chink-chink-chink was the sound of prison bars closing. There was weeping and teeth gnashing and the classic ‘I would’ve gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for him!’. The grand finish was pretending the snow-like seeds in the air were confetti celebrating his victory over the bad guys. He was never a cop or anything like that, though, in this game. Just a regular kid. That was why they were throwing the party, because he was a kid hero. And Mama would say, “That’s my little man!” and the kids would have to stop teasing him. In his mind, the bad guys often had the amalgamated faces of the boys who teased him. Ironically, it was the one constant in his life, other than Mama and Uncle Jack. Everywhere they lived, there were always bullies who taunted him about his run down, out-of-date clothes and having no family.

The best part was after Tommy’s victory over the bad guys, his father would come out of hiding—because he wasn’t really dead—and he’d bring with him a whole score of aunts and uncles and cousins and Tommy would have a big boisterous family like Aunt Claire had. Uncle Jack always joked that the Andersons had made an Olympic sport out of having children, so they did their part as Underwoods by not having any. Tommy reckoned he just said that to take Aunt Claire’s mind off the fact she couldn’t have her own kids. But Tommy figured there’d be nothing more fantastic than having a big family because it meant he’d never be alone. There’d always be someone he could count on wherever he went.

He was laying in the browning grass watching the fluffy white clouds glide behind the water tower when he heard the tell-tale crunch of leaves. He grabbed the rubber-band gun and rolled over like soldiers did in the movies. In front of him was a boy a few years older than Tommy in a Catholic school uniform. He had neatly combed brown hair and a big grin.

“Oh, sorry, didn’t mean to scare you. Aunt Claire told me to come look for you,” the cheerfully bored-looking boy said. Tommy always figured ‘cheerfully bored’ was the best way to describe that type of person that never seemed to mind having nothing to do. This kid was one of Aunt Claire’s many nephews and nieces that came to visit from time-to-time. Tommy couldn’t remember what his name was… something with a ‘K’.

“I’m Kyle, remember? From the picnic on Sunday?” Kyle said then flopped down on the ground next to Tommy, head on his crossed arms. Tommy stared in stunned silence for a moment then mirrored his body language.

“I’ll just pretend I found you in a bit, if that’s alright with you. I just gotta get away from Motor Mouth for a while.”

“Motor Mouth?” Tommy asked.

“My sister. She never shuts up. And I mean never,” Kyle said. “And she constantly follows me around. It’s the pits having a sister sometimes. And I got three of ’em.”

“What a pain,” Tommy said, but really, he figured it would be neat to have a pesky little sister.

“Saw you playing cops and robbers, but I figured you wouldn’t want me to bug you or anything. I’m going to be a cop when I grow up, I figure. Or a fire fighter.”

“I’m going to play professional hockey,” Tommy said. This was the nicest any kid had been to him in the four months they had lived here and he wondered how long it would last. He hoped this was one of those Anderson kids that lived nearby in Ashland. It really was hard to keep them all straight. It’d be nice to think he could finally have a friend, even if it was just a sometimes friend.

“Hockey?”

“Yeah, and I’m going to get rich and famous and buy my mom a mansion and a billion servants so she never has to work again.”

Kyle nodded his head a few times on his arms.

“Your mom’s the new choir director at St. Augustine’s, isn’t she? What’s your dad do?”

Tommy pressed his lips together and glared at the letters on the water tower until they merged a bit.

“He died. He was in the military,” Tommy finally said.

He had made that one up on the first day of school. He figured with Offutt Air Force base south of town people would buy it pretty easy. The truth was he had no idea how his dad died or what he had done for a living or even what his name was. Mama refused to talk about him. Tommy figured it had something to do with the bad guys that made them be on the run. He liked to imagine his dad had died a hero protecting them, like somebody in the military would. So that was going to be his story as long as they lived here.

“Oh. Sorry,” Kyle said softly after a minute. “That’s tough.”

Tommy shrugged.

“Kyyyyyyle,” a girlish voice called out.

“Ugh,” Kyle sighed as he got up from the ground. “Well, it was nice while it lasted. C’mon,” he held out a hand to help Tommy up. “Bet your mom’ll be by to pick you up soon anyway.”

“Yeah,” Tommy mumbled.

As they cut across the park towards the Underwood house Tommy felt a shiver cross his body. He stopped and looked over his shoulder. He scanned up and down the park but it was just kids and moms and parked cars. He figured he was just beginning to get as paranoid as Mama was so he shook it off with a laugh and jogged to catch up to Kyle and Motor Mouth. Tommy’s relief at Kyle’s welcoming smile and the idea he might have made a new friend had him on cloud nine all the way home. It also caused him to miss the Rolls Royce that pulled away from the curb and followed them there.

Copyright 2013 by Genevieve Dewey, All Rights Reserved.

Come play “Pen the Secret” on the #Naughtycouch tonight (4/11) 9-11pmCST #ASMSG


Are you a writer?

Come join Bad Penny (or Sweet P as I call her) and me for our Thursday night Pen the Secret on the #Naughtycouch over on Twitter, from 9-11pm CT!

NO you don’t have to write the #naughty just have a work in progress no matter your genre!

The #Naughtycouch is just where we’ll be meeting. It’s warm and squishy and we are very friendly, I swear!

This activity is to encourage us all to be spending more time on our WRITING!!! I know, right? That’s what we’re supposed to be doing. And yet, we’ll have some fun on Twitter at the same time! Win-win!

Starting at 9pm Chicago Time, using the hashtag #naughtycouch, we write on our works in progress in 20 minute intervals. After each writing session, the person with the highest word count gets to ask one of the other participants either a #Naughty or #Nice question. We do three of these 20 minute writing blocks in the course of the two hours so if you can’t make all of them that is fine. Also, we plan on making this a regular event!

Hope to see you Thursday nights at 9pm Central!

🙂

PreCover Reveal Giveaway #3: It’s Pin the Tale on the Writer Wednesday (4/10)! #ASMSG |


UPDATE:

Congratulations to DONNA HARMS for winning the Pin the Tale on the Writer contest!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can read the Tommy Gates Flashback she asked for HERE.

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It’s Pin The Tale On The Writer Wednesday!

First, I Love You Pre-New Cover Reveal Giveaway #3 is a little different because this time the prize is ME!

Ahhh, that came out a bit wrong.

What I mean is, the prize is that YOU–the fan–get to decide what I write! For the winner, I will write a bit of Flash Fiction (500-1000 words) about whatever you choose, maybe a Kiki & James outtake from First, I Love You? Or when Tommy was little? Maybe some Dom&Kate? OR maybe something totally original on a different topic entirely.

YOU DECIDE!

How often can you say you got to determine what an author wrote?

Here’s how it will work:

Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway here or on the sidebar (4/10-4/13) and choose an entry option:
a) Follow this blog by email
b) Like my Facebook Page
c) Follow me on Twitter
d) Tweet About this Giveaway
e) Post “Genevieve Dewey sends her love” on Literati Literature Lovers Facebook Page
(https://www.facebook.com/LiteratiLiteratureLovers)

The winner will be chosen Saturday (4/13) midnight by their random generator (hint: if you do more than one it weights the ranking). Whoever wins will have 24 hours to decide the topic (In other words by Sunday the 14th, midnight) and post it here, on Facebook, or a direct message.

I will post the Flash Fiction by the end of the day Wednesday the 17th.

Sound fun? I hope so! I can’t wait!

PreCover Reveal Giveaway #2: It’s #MadForMobsters Monday!! #ASMSG |


UPDATE: Congratulations to Maria DeSouza for winning the Find me the Prefect Mickey Downey contest! She chose Jason Isaacs as her choice to play our favorite smooth mobster Mickey Downey!

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Hello my lovely friends, fans, and followers!

Time for another I’m Just So Excited About This New Cover For First, I Love You Giveaway!!

(whew, that was a mouthful!)

Step 1: Head over to my Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/GenevieveDewey

Step 2: Scour the internet or your own personal photo collections and find me the perfect Mickey Downey. Well, a person who greatly resembles Mickey in First, I Love You. So, as you recall, our favorite mostly Irish (partly Italian) gangster is

A 55 year old male with
Black hair
Emerald green eyes
angular features
and smokes a pipe.

Thank you to Literati Literature Lovers for the image!

Thank you to Literati Literature Lovers for the image!

Step 3: Post your picture on my Facebook wall by TUESDAY (4/9), 11pm Chicago Time (Central) .

The person who finds the most magnificent Mobster Mickey will receive a:

$10 Amazon Kindle gift card!!

Remember, I still have those coupons for a free copy of V-Day Aversion, so up to 5 runners up can have one of those to keep or give away to a friend!

Come play and have fun!