July 10, 2018

Ebony Slumbers- Release Day Boost & Celebration

Posted in Author intros, book birthdays, Books, giveaways tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 3:40 PM by Rockin' Rita

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Title: Ebony Slumbers

Series: The Envy of All (Book #1)
Author: Nova Blake
Publisher: self-pubbed
Genre: Reverse Harem
Sub-genres: Paranormal, Retelling
Theme: Snow White
Page Count: 123
Release Date: July 10th, 2018
Forms: Currently just Kindle


Neither beauty nor strength can ever match the power of love. Eight guardians will risk everything for Ebony… The Envy of All.

Ebony knows two things. Her guardians will protect her with their lives. She must escape from this house or she’ll go crazy.
She might be going crazy anyway.
The nightmares are getting worse, and the walls are closing in – not just the walls of the house, but the walls created by the holes in her memory. Ebony knows there is more at stake than just her life. If she could only remember… remember why someone wants to kill her. Why she had to go into hiding in the first place.
She trusts her guardians with her life, but she doesn’t trust them to let her live it. Ebony knows she should be grateful, but there is an itch in her bones, a call in the night, luring her outside the safety of their home.
Ebony knows one thing: she can’t resist it for much longer.

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This book contains sexual encounters.
Age recommendation: 18+


I folded another tee and stacked it on the pile. With eight of us in the house the washing was a never ending chore, and I was the dumb-ass in charge of it. At least it got me out of cooking. Rafe was so much better at that than me anyway.

I looked into the kitchen where he was stirring the pasta sauce, his focus purely on the food. He had bread baking in the oven and the yeasty smell made my mouth water. Rafe wasn’t so bad himself either, he had an apron on over his shirt and jeans, and his blond hair slicked back. I could see his arm muscles twitch as he stirred and stirred.

I loved watching him cook – which was why I folded the washing at the dining table. He wasn’t much for conversation but the view helped me get through the mundane task.

Sheehan was next door watching the news with the sound turned off.

It was an unspoken rule. Don’t let Ebony watch the news. Don’t expose Ebony to things that might trigger flashbacks.

Except that I didn’t really know what the trauma was. Didn’t know what to expect if something was triggered. There was a cone of silence around me, a bubble that kept out the real world, and it was built of men.

Hot, kind, loving men. But it was still a bubble and all bubbles had to pop eventually, right?

And if they didn’t pop it soon, I was going to. I couldn’t stand the not knowing. I looked out the window longingly to the world I couldn’t remember, the world I’d never know until this was all over.

“Earth to Ebony…” Rafe said.

“Huh?” I snapped out of my thoughts and turned to him. “What’s up?”

“Can you go and pick some parsley from the garden? You know which one that is right?” He gave me a mock serious look, but I could see the grin beneath it.

I finished folding the towel and put it on the right pile, then poked my tongue out at him as I headed to the kitchen door. He flicked the tea towel in my direction, catching me on the hip, my squeal forcing a laugh out of him.

That man…

Actually, all of those men.

I pushed through the door, wondering how I got so lucky. Whoever was after me almost killed me once before, and these guys were doing everything in their power to make sure that didn’t happen again.

I just wished they’d tell me more, or catch the bastard so I could have some semblance of a normal life.


Author Bio

Nova Blake is a romance author from New Zealand, and Ebony Slumbers is her debut release. She loves binging shows on Netflix with her husband, hanging out with her abundance of animals and kids, and enjoying life as best she can. If she’s not writing, or doing any of the above Blake’s probably sleeping because Lord knows she doesn’t get enough of that. While she tries very hard to spend more of her time writing than on social media, you can probably find out more at her website, Pinterest, or Facebook. Hey, with all her animals and children it’s no wonder she gets anything done!

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Giveaway Time

Because Nova is so awesome and I think everyone will love her book, I want to do a little a giveaway to help celebrate! I will randomly draw names out of a hat (I like the old school way cos it’s more fun) from all commenters who tell me something they learned from this post. This randomly selected person will win a copy of Ebony Slumbers!

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Just wanted to pop back and update this post to share some awesome info.

Nova checked her first day sales and woman sold around 5147 copies!
Congrats Nova and Ebony!!!! Let’s celebrate!!!

As of 4:00 AM US East Coast time on July 12th, 2018, Amazon Best Sellers Rank:

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February 2, 2018

Watch Me Follow- Release Day Blitz + giveaway!

Posted in book birthdays, Books, giveaways at 10:00 AM by Rockin' Rita


Title: Watch Me Follow
Author: Harloe Rae
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2018
Creep. Freak. Crazy Eyes.
I’ve heard it all.
Over the years, they’ve slammed me with every demeaning name in the book. 
Their taunts warped me like a steady stream of poison.
Anger replaced anxiety as I started believing the cruelty spat my way. 
Until she showed up and changed everything. 
Lennon Bennett is pure innocence—warm sunshine breaking apart my stormy existence. 
She’s everything good and maybe I can be too. 
For her. With her. Because of her.
Lennon doesn’t know I’m beckoned closer with each breath. She isn’t aware that I’m completely consumed with her. 
It’s become my sole purpose to protect her, by any means necessary. 
But if she discovers the depth of my obsession, it will be the end of me.
So, I remain in the shadows.
Waiting. Watching. Wanting. 
She’ll be my first. My last. My only.
Watch Me Follow is a TOTAL standalone. 
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He’s becoming really obvious.


The mystery man is here again, hidden in the shadows and out of clear sight, but I’m catching onto him.
After noticing him standing behind me the other day, the dark stranger has been appearing everywhere lately. I’m pretty sure this guy wants to get caught. Perhaps he’s been hanging nearby a lot longer and I’m just realizing it. My pulse beats wildly, the whooshing pounding in my ears as I continue watching him. This reaction isn’t from fear but rather a startling awareness of his recurring presence. I’m not scared of him, though most might be, and the need to know why snakes through my system.
We’ve been playing an intense game of hide-and-seek since that afternoon outside Aire Gardens almost a week ago. I’ll go somewhere—my studio, Brewed Awakenings, around campus, my apartment—and after settling in, begin searching for him. He’s always there, waiting to be spotted. Each time I find him, my belly tightens as a smile lights up my face. Discovering him out there, lingering in the background, has become something I really look forward to.
How didn’t I notice sooner?
Perhaps it’s my total inexperience with dating, and the opposite sex in general, that has me getting far too attached to these moments. I’m getting wrapped up in the fantasy of him, of what he represents. This stranger—Seek is what I’ve started calling him—is the closest thing to a boyfriend I’ve ever had. I find myself daydreaming about him, wondering who he really is, when did he find me, and most importantly—why me?
I press my palm flat against the cool glass and stare at him leaning against the large oak tree outside the Student Center. My thoughts are becoming more and more consumed with a guy I don’t even know—at least not really. Yet it seems like I do.
Author Bio
Harloe was born and raised in Minnesota. She is married to an amazing man and they have an adorable baby boy. They are what make life worth living for her. Harloe has a day job that she loves and is also passionate about horses, blogging, country living, and having fun.

Harloe has been in love with romance since she was a little girl reading fairy tales. The dream is to find the perfect person that completes your life, right? Novels have a way of bringing fantasy to reality and she’s always up for an unforgettable adventure.

Stalk Harloe on her blog (www.harloe-rae.blog) or send her a message at harloe.rae (at) gmail (dot) com

Interaction is really important to Harloe, so make sure to follow her pages and say hello!

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September 27, 2017

Re-launch Day– Forget Me Not!!!

Posted in book birthdays, Books at 3:55 PM by Rockin' Rita

It’s official!

TPR is back baby!!!

Yes…it’s for real this time! LOL.


First thing's first...
Welcome back, everyone!
I’ve missed you all so much and am so glad to be back blogging—book blogging (and hopefully something on *Random Ramblings* {the new name for *Rockin’ Randomness*} will come soon too. There are a lot of exciting things {including a bunch of interviews and a few new features} coming up for The Procrastinate Reader, so stay tuned!
And now, without further ado...
For those of you who don’t know, I am indie New Adult author Harloe Rae’s street team co-leader and **Harloe’s Hotties** have been working very hard to help get our fearless leader more spotlight. 

Today is the release of Ms. Rae’s sophomore novel ‘Forget You Not’

***Forget You Not is the second book in Rae’s Reclusive duology. It can be read either as a stand-alone novel or as a sequel to her May 2017 debut Redefining Us.***

Destiny is bogus and fate is fake.
Everything happens for a reason?
I gave up on my fairy tale years ago.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not settling for less.
All my energy gets poured into a job I love rather than dead end relationships.
Men aren’t even a blip on my radar these days.
Who needs them?
Except to scratch the occasional itch, I’m not interested in anything they have to offer.

If so-called Cupid ever comes knocking on my door, I’ll be waiting with my flying pig because happily ever after doesn’t exist.
I’ve become a jaded disbeliever and my main reason just sauntered into the bar.
Rowen Sworr is the only arrow that pierced my heart, and dammit, he stuck.

His random reappearance is a complicated twist from that meddling matchmaker I didn’t see coming…

***Add Forget Me Not to your Goodreads TBR***


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I want to take a moment to say thanks to
each and every one of my followers/fans/friends 
sticking by me these past several months while TPR has been M.I.A.
It really means a lot and I promise I will *try* to do a better job at posting here more often than before. I am very busy trying to start up a mini-business {details to come on –Random Ramblings–}, find a steady day job with flexible hours, and plowing through my constantly growing DVR and TBR piles.
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December 1, 2016

A+B= Lillis

Posted in author interviews, book birthdays, Books at 12:20 PM by Rockin' Rita

Happy Book Birthday

First thing is first, yesterday was the highly anticipated release day for J.C. Lillis’s 3rd published novel A&B. So, being honest I haven’t yet read any of her 3 books but I know without even reading any reviews on any of them that they are all fantastic! I highly recommend buying them all, if only for their brilliant covers!


All about A&B

  • 318 pages
  • format: ebook (for now)
  • musical rivalry
  • cute bantery
  • f/f romance
  • AND Brandon & Abel from How To Repair A Mechanical Heart!!!!!

Eighteen-year-old Barrie Krumholtz is a super-tall optimist hell-bent on a single goal: securing a slot on Pop University, a reality show for singer-songwriters helmed by her #1 musical idol. When she humiliates herself on national TV and loses a spot in the finals to smug balladeer Ava Alvarez, the door to Barrie’s well-hidden dark side swings open. Never a quitter, she uses her bitter envy of Ava to shape a bold new artistic direction, and people love it. But when Ava ropes her into a secret collaboration, it sparks feelings neither girl expected—feelings that might threaten their creative identities and distract them from their professional goals. Can love and ambition live side by side? Is happiness an art-killer? They’ll figure it out with the help of a blue guitar named Fernando, a keyboard named Rosalinda, and a few new friends who feel like home.

(Rated R for Rivalry, Romance, and Really Neat Subplot featuring Brandon and Abel from How to Repair a Mechanical Heart.)

Now, for the fun part…an exclusive interview with the author!!

Lots of Lillis

The Procrastinate Reader: I learned through your Twitter (@jclillis) that your first name is Jennifer and middle is Catherine. If you were to change what the initials J.C. stand for, what would they be and why?

J.C. Lillis: Jiminy Cricket. I would like to be a walking conscience. I think more people could use one.

TPR: This is my favorite question to ask everyone, but it requires some hard thinking so I hope you’ve got your thinking cap on tight! Think back to your childhood…what was the first book you remember reading and falling in love with? What made you love it so much?

Lillis: Probably THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl. I remember being delighted by the witch convention–the whole idea of supernatural beings having these organized gatherings, and then just the horror of them stripping off their mundane middle-aged lady disguises to reveal their true selves. Witches have square feet and no toes! I loved all those absurd details. And the fact that the end was pretty dark and didn’t force a happy ending–that was the first time I remember realizing that stories could follow more than one prescribed trajectory. That’s stayed with me to this day (although in my own writing, I’ve kinda come back around to the happy ending).

TPR: What has had the greatest impact on your decision to become a published author?

Lillis: A bunch of factors. I had extremely supportive parents, some teachers/mentors who taught me a ton and helped me believe I could do this, and a spouse who actively helps me carve out pockets of writing time in my hectic schedule. I’m very aware that these are privileges, and very thankful for the supports I’ve had access to. 

Also, my marine biology aspirations fizzled by the time I was ten, so I needed something else to fall back on.

TPR: If you could meet someone from anywhere and anytime fictional or real, dead or alive, who would it be? Why would it be that person? What would be the first question you ask of that person?

Lillis: I would meet Cersei Lannister and ask if I could borrow her golden breastplate for the next marketing meeting.

TPR: Based on your Twitter, you seem like a kind of kooky, weird, crazy woman. Do you feel this allows you to be more relatable to your fans?

Lillis: I polled them all before I started tweeting and asked them how weird I could get away with being, and 89% of them chose “moderately weird,” so that’s what I went with. I hope they weren’t lying.

Nah, I mean, Twitter just gives me an outlet for the part of my personality that I don’t get to show in my day to day life (i.e. day job). It’s probably my real personality; I’m just too introverted to be like that all the time in public. And I think it’s connected me with other publicly normal, privately weird people, which is lovely.

TPR: Do you have any secret weird talents?

Lillis: Not really, unless you count remembering all the words to “You Can Call Me Al” when I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday.

This question’s making me wish I had more weird talents. As soon as this interview’s over I’m gonna practice balancing a spoon on my elbow.

TPR: Favorite tv series to binge-watch?

Lillis: We re-watch Flight of the Conchords in its entirety probably every other year. I will watch it anytime and it will never not be funny.

TPR: Favorite book series to binge?

Lillis: I actually don’t read a lot of book series; I’m more into standalone contemporary novels. But I’m loving Roan Parrish’s interlocking m/m romance series right now–her second Middle of Somewhere book came out a few months ago and I can’t wait for the third. Her books are always so funny and thoughtful and gloriously angsty.

TPR: What is your most anticipated book? It can be something that’s on your to be read list that you haven’t gotten around to reading yet or a book not yet released.

Lillis: Ooh, I’m eagerly awaiting TIMEKEEPER, Tara Sim’s debut (out Nov 1, 2016). And I can’t wait to see what Wes Kennedy does next; I really enjoyed her debut novella TO TERMINATOR, WITH LOVE.

TPR: Do you have any secret tricks or tactics to aid in your book revisions?

Lillis: If you stare at a problem chapter and sulk hard enough at it, eventually it’ll rewrite itself. Also, old trash can lids are great for patching plot holes.

No, I mean–one of the hardest things I’ve learned is that each book is its own beast, and just because you’ve tamed other beasts successfully with one bag of tricks, that doesn’t mean those same tricks will work on the beast at hand. It’s always a lot of trial and error and tears and dark nights of the soul. A few things I do that tend to work across the board: watching a scene like a movie in my head to see how it plays, reading dialogue out loud, outlining the book as I go to make sure the story is solid. Also, I’ve learned to listen to m y instinct and stop trying to talk myself out of big revisions that will benefit the book but also be a giant pain in the ass. I always end up deciding my instinct was right anyway, so the sooner I accept it and dig into the work, the better.

TPR: You mentioned on Twitter back in July that you wrote new pajama pants into your WIP (now A&B). How much of your real life and favorite inanimate objects do you put into your stories?

Lillis: I do that a lot, actually! Working in details like that is fun and helps give the story texture. It’s also like a private Easter egg hunt for my longtime friends who read my books…they’ll be like “you put the penguin in Chapter Three!” or “that convention center was totally supposed to be the Farm Show building, right?”

TPR: Do you have any ultimate long-term career goals? Does it involve being a published author?

Lillis: Well, I’ve already published three books. But if you’re asking if my goal is to be traditionally published–I dunno? Probably not? I’ve got a lot to juggle all the time and I appreciate the flexibility of indie publishing. Being able to set and adjust my own deadlines is my secret to making this whole “life” thing work.

Basically, my goal is to write books that put joy and (hopefully) laughter into the world, and to publish as many of those as possible until I die. I plan to die painlessly with the imprint of a laptop keyboard on my face.

TPR: If you could have any animal (real or fictional, extinct or not) as a pet what would it be and why?

Lillis: I want an elephant, but a very small elephant so I could afford to feed it and it wouldn’t track mud through the house. Actually two small elephants, so the one isn’t lonely while I’m at work.

TPR: Do you have a favorite writing spot?

Lillis: My bed, but that just happens to be where I usually do it. (WRITING, I MEAN.) I don’t need a special spot to write; being a mom made me less precious about my writing routines, so I can pretty much do it anywhere. Though I guarantee you my answer would change if those treehouse-master guys came and built me a heated writing treehouse in my backyard. Then my family would never see me again.

TPR: What can you tell me about your work in progress without giving any details about the plot?

Lillis: I can tell you it vaguely resembles a book, in that there are multiple chapters and things happen and there is a beginning and middle and presumably an end.

TPR: Tell us a little about A&B without giving any details about the plot.

Lillis: If SOME details are acceptable to divulge: It’s my first f/f romance, it’s sort of like Amadeus except with super-ambitious female aspiring pop stars, and Brandon and Abel from HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART have the B-plot (in which they are ten years older but only slightly wiser).

TPR: Describe your dream library in great detail.

Lillis: This is probably blasphemy, but I wouldn’t want Belle’s massive library in Beauty and the Beast. Like, it might as well come with a plaque that says YOU WILL DIE BEFORE READING ONE EIGHTH OF THESE WORDS. And every day I’d feel enormous pressure to read an entire book because LOOK AT ALL OF THEM and you don’t want to be one of those people who keeps unread books around as ornaments, and soon I’d just keep the door closed and avoid it altogether because it would be a constant reminder of my own inadequacy and mortality.

Sorry, that wasn’t an answer. My dream library is close to what I have now: a few brightly painted shelves of my favorite comfort reads and books I deeply admire, and a well-used library card on my nightstand.

TPR: What’s your favorite part about being a mom? Do you see a lot of your likes, personality traits, etc in your daughter?

Lillis: My favorite part is also sometimes one of the most difficult parts: the knowledge that you helped create a small human who is entirely her own self, with her own individual likes, dislikes, talents, and personality traits. Like, my daughter enjoys reading but will only do it before bed–the rest of the time she’s super-active and very into outdoor play, which is the opposite of how I was at her age. And if you can let go of the urge to align your child’s interests and values with yours, it’s pretty amazing to watch her evolve into her own unique person.

We’re very different, she and I, but we do have some similarities. She’s extremely into music like I am and she’s written the first few chapters of several novels. One is called “The Turned Corner.” I think I’m going to have her name my books from now on.

TPR: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Lillis: “Try the massaman curry.”

(And also probably some stuff about believing in yourself and never giving up.)

TPR: Give some advice to a future author who wishes to become published.

Lillis: Work hard, read widely, research your options, and make friends with folks in the writing community so you’ll have someone to talk to while you’re procrastinating.

Also, there are many different ways to become a writer and get your voice heard. Don’t be too wedded to a single plan, because it’ll obscure the other paths available to you. I never imagined myself as an indie author but I gave it a shot, and four years into this adventure, I wouldn’t change a thing.

TPR: On a scale of 1 to 🐵🐵🐵🐵🐵 with 1 being lowest, mix tape sleepy pants being 10, and 🐵🐵🐵🐵🐵 being cute monkeys what was your favorite part of this interview?

Lillis: The monkey emojis, and also the realization that I had my dream library all along and didn’t even know it.

TPR: BONUS QUESTION!!!! If you could have any superpower at all…. what would it be?

Lillis: If I could have any superpower, it would be realizing a chapter doesn’t work BEFORE I WRITE AND EDIT THE WHOLE %*!%# THING. #amwriting

TPR: Thank you so much for being one of the first authors I get to interview! It really means a lot to me to have your support in this venture! This was an absolute blast for me! Glad you enjoyed yourself! I hope to read all your books soon and included HTRAMH in my backlog for the Beat The Backlist Challenge.

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