Monday, April 22, 2013

An Unbelievable Giveaway and Announcement

Unbelievable by Sherry Gammon is a contemporary romance, and the second book in her best-selling Port Fare series. Book one, Unlovable, follows two of her main characters as they fall in love and battle drug dealers. Unbelievable takes place a few years later and follows the same people fans of Unlovable adore, but she adds a little Latina twist. I love me a good, strong heroine, and Lilah Lopez Dreser is it! Lilah has the potential, as her "dear sweet daddy" puts it, of only being good enough to be some rich guy's mistress...but she is stronger and better than that, something she has to prove to kind-hearted Cole, and to herself.

Gammon writes strong characters and is great at taking her readers on a ride with enough twists and turns to keep us guessing. So do you want to see some? I thought so! Here is an excerpt from Unbelievable:

“Who the heck is calling me at one a.m.?” The alarm clock tumbled to the floor as I grabbed my cell phone, answering without looking at the display. It had to be Daddy. No one else would be so rude.

 “Any luck? Did you get the information?” Daddy fired his questions before I had the phone to my ear.

 “Hello, Daddy. Yes, I’m fine, and how are you feeling?” I asked, my voice dripping with acidity. I sat up, noting that the A/C wasn’t working again.

 “Don’t get snippy with me, young lady,” he demanded.

 “It’s been a week and a half. You have to be fair,” I treaded carefully. “I’m gaining the girl’s trust. I’m going to cut and style her hair—”

“You’re playing dress up with the girl who murdered your brother? Are you out of your mind?” His rage was cut short by a coughing fit.

 “Daddy, settle down. Please, give me a little time,” I pleaded. “You have ‘til the end of summer,” he insisted. “I want this revenge to happen, Lilah. I’m doing this for you, princess. I’m dying. I don’t want to leave you destitute. This is more for you than me now that I’m dying.”

 “I don’t want their money—”

“You listen to me. I’m your father. I provided you with a good life. Did you not have all the finest things money could buy growing up? I took you on elaborate vacations, purchased expensive jewelry for you whenever you asked. Family first, Delilah. Always. And it’s about time you stepped up and pulled your weight.”

He trailed off, murmuring about how Birdie had made me soft. I dried my sweaty brow with the hem of my shirt. “I know, Daddy, and maybe you’re right about Birdie, but I don’t want their money—”

He cut me off again. “You’ll do as you’re told if you expect me to stand by our agreement. Do you understand?”

“Okay. I won’t let you down,” I said, seeing no point in arguing. As I suspected, the revenge was for Daddy. Everything was for Daddy. It always was. The phone call ended without a good bye. I flopped facedown onto my pillow. All the old feelings of helplessness came roaring back into my head, squeezing my heart. I knew what was coming, what always came whenever I felt like I was being forced into something.

 I fought sleep for as long as I could by walking around my tiny apartment and drinking a couple cans of Diet Pepsi, which only made me pee three times. The memories began. Memories of blood-curdling screams pouring out of my brothers as they received beatings after disobeying Daddy’s orders. The screams. The gut-wrenching screams. I wrapped my arms around me as I tried to force the memories back. Only once had Daddy beaten me like that. When my mother came home and found out, they had the biggest fight I’d ever witnessed. Daddy never hit her, but I was sure he would. My mother stood her ground, never flinching, never backing down. He never hit me again after that. Oh, Mami, why am I not more like you?”

 By four a.m., exhaustion won and I surrendered to the nightmare.

Humor, suspense, and a heroes with heart. What's not to love?

 To celebrate the release of Unbelievable, I am giving away a copy of my latest novel, Psyched, to people who enter by commenting on this post. Psyched will be released on May 30! Don't forget to scroll down in the previous post for more chances to win prizes from other great writers on Sherry Gammon's blog tour! To win your copy of Psyched, leave a comment and I will draw the winner very scientifically by throwing your names in a hat and making one of my kids pick one. I am nothing if not high-tech.

So why are you still here reading? Go get your copy of Unbelievable!

So Happy to Welcome Best-selling Author Sherry Gammon and Unbelievable!








Deliah Lopez Dreser’s in town to take care of family business. They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but there’s more to Lilah than meets the eye. Cole’s in danger of losing his heart when this firestorm throws sparks his way. However, is she simply playing him for the fool in order to exact revenge for her brother’s murders?  
Maggie and Seth’s reaction when the truth is revealed pushes friendship to the limit. And this time around it won’t be a Dreser causing an uproar in Port Fare. It will be Cole's good friend Booker. But does Booker have it all wrong?  Usually not!



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Author Bio


Unlovable was Sherry's debut novel and quickly rose to many top seller lists on Amazon. She is pleased to announce that Unlovable is currently being made into a movie. She has added three more novels to her body of work. Souls in Peril, the poignant story of Max Sanchez who is on a journey to help the struggling JD Miller survive high school, and Pete & Tink, a fun, light-hearted novella of a manga-loving geek and and five-and-a-half inch fairy. And UNBELIEVABLE, Book 2 in the Port Fare Series
Sherry and her husband, along with their children and a couple of crazy dogs, call Upstate New York home. It is where she spends her nights writing instead of sleeping {:


Prizes:



1. A Signed paperback copy of Unlovable and Unbelievable 




 2. An Ecopy of Unbelievable



3. A signed book wreath made from the pages of Unlovable


 4. Swag

5. Sheppard's Hook Bookmarks





6. An ecopy of Author Cindy C Bennett's new anthology Enchanted Fairytales








7. Ecopies of part one and two of Author Camelia Miron Skiba historical anthology.
I was here...Before You came and Born in Sin (due to be released in June)
























Blog Tour Schedule

April 15 http://www.ya-aholic.com/~ Review

April 15  http://jamiecanosa.blogspot.com/Review

April 16 http://cindybennett.blogspot.com/ ~ Review













April 21 http://drwrnmk.blogspot.com/ ~  Review

April 22 www.workadayreads.com ~ Review





April 23 http://julicaldwell.blogspot.com/ ~ Review

April 24 http://www.marendille.com/ ~ Review


April 24 http://www.aliciakleppert.com/ ~  Review


April 24  http://www.camichecketts.com/ ~ Review


April 26 mybookaday.blogspot.com ~ Review

April 27 www.stacylynncarroll.com ~ Review


April 28 http://wormyhole.blogspot.com/ ~ Review

April 28 http://shantalhiatt.blogspot.com/ ~ Review

April 29 www.goodchoicereading.com ~ Review

April 29 http://www.mandituckerslack.com/ ~ Review


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Open Letter to the Big Hairy Man

Dear Big&Hairy,
I love you dearly. The last fifteen years with you have been delightful, and for once I am not being sarcastic in the least. Given this, I have a favor to ask, which I hope you will fully consider with honest intent. Search your soul and see if you can find it in you to give this one small gift to your adoring wife.
All I ask of you, my beloved, is this: STOP GIVING THE DOG WASABI PEAS. Yes, I know. You think it's hilarious to watch him do the hot spice doggie dance, but then he spits it out somewhere and I end up finding it, broken and half chewed, later. 
On the floor. 
With my bare feet.
Have you ever experienced the pain of digging spicy freeze dried vegetable shards from your flesh? No? Turns out it's not so pleasant. Please, for the love...just throw him a bone and call it good. 
XOXO, your adoring wife

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Evolution

So...I finished the initial draft of my first paranormal novel. Whee!!! My critique group is starting in on it, asking me the hard questions, forcing me to give my characters motivation to do what they do, making sure this smart heroine I have tried so hard to craft doesn't end up looking like the idiot girl in a horror movie who is the first one killed off just because she's there.
 
It's funny how all the things I imagined when I started this novel, between semesters as I finished off my writing degree,  ended up not being significant at all. It kind of reminded me of an interview I saw with JK Rowling a long time ago, when she said she had the ending of her series all planned and even written out, but the way she planned to get there changed as she wrote. The story kind of told itself. That's how I felt about my girl Aisi as I wrote her--she kind of grew into this funny, sarcastic, and flawed yet real character with a personality all her own, and she didn't go where I told her to go. Typical teenager! Even the ending I thought would happen didn't...so no, I am nothing like JK Rowling.
Calvin looks slightly better than I do while writing
So I sat back yesterday when I finished the first draft, thinking of this ride Aisi took me on. She's kind of cool, this one. I like her, anyway! This picture of Calvin is totally how I felt trying to hammer out the climax, where I was stuck for weeks. So not kidding...WEEKS. But it's cool to see how an idea I got while sitting through a three hour long night class evolved and grew from a story in my head into a novel.