Friday, May 30, 2014

Jessie Humphries Shares the Power of Positive Thinking

Jessie Humphries is a fab author and friend of mine. I recently read her first book, Killing Ruby Rose and reviewed it here. I asked Jessie if she'd visit my blog today and tell us a few secrets about her success. Enjoy!

Guest Post by Jessie Humphries

I believe in the power of positive thinking. After all it's THE SECRET (ya’ know, the book THE SECRET ;).

The basic premise is this: Good things come to those who put themselves out there and believe.

So at the beginning of 2014 (my debut year as an author) I allowed myself to dream big. I wanted to throw a HUGE book launch in my hometown of Las Vegas. I started brainstorming and through some leap in mental logic, I came up with a KILLER idea: Ask the rock band The Killers to participate somehow!! Totally realistic, reasonable, and rational idea, right?

Since two members of the band went to my high school and currently live near me, I felt like I had a chance…a Shot At the Night (a Killers song). So I contacted the band’s manager, we had a couple meetings, things were discussed, and ultimately…

I succeeded!

I was able to get a special Ruby Rose designed guitar signed by Mark Stoermer of The Killers. Here’s a pic of the Killer guitar:

 (This is my “Creative Director, Meleah Smith, who ran the whole book-launch-shebang like a boss.)

Beyond The Killers, I was also put in contact with two other killer dudes:
·         Anthony Zuiker, creator/writer of the TV series CSI, who also went to my high school. He donated a bunch of books, scripts, memorabilia and a visit to the set of CSI, which all went to the school district writing contest that I sponsored. The winner won the guitar, a laptop for herself, a laptop for her teacher/mentor, and that awesome trip to the CSI set.

·         Tony Hsieh, CEO of and creator of Downtown Projects (DTP), which is an organization dedicated to revitalizing the old Downtown area of Las Vegas. DTP was a huge supporter of my book launch, donating immeasurable man-hours, ideas, support, and venues to make the whole thing a huge success.

So the moral of the story is to not be afraid to reach out to people and believe in your big ideas.

Did all my ideas pan out? No, but… some were amazing triumphs.

Did everyone who I asked end up helping in a significant way? No…but many people contributed in a way that surpassed all my wildest expectations.

Did the first book I ever wrote become a best seller? No...but Killing Ruby Rose became an Amazon #1 Bestseller on the Teen & Young Adult chart within a week of its debut.

So whatever you’re doing: writing your next bestseller, planning your launch, reinventing yourself in another genre, career, or whatever…

Jessie Who Took A Shot At the Night

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Marriage Isn't For You, It's For the One You Love, Review & Giveaway

Don't you love this title? It made me do a double-take.
This is a sweet and simple gift book based on a blog post that Seth Adam Smith wrote--it went viral because it connected with people everywhere. I love the ideas in the book, the reminders about unselfishness, about looking at life and what you expect in a different way.
I think this book would be a perfect gift for any married couple and especially great for a wedding gift or anniversary present.

You can learn more about Seth Adam Smith and his upcoming books by visiting the following links and enter to win your own copy of the book below:
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Killing Ruby Rose, My Take on this Awesome Book by Jessie Humphries

Update: I finished the book--it's a page turner!

Wow, the last few weeks have been killer, so I thought this was a fitting book to have in the midst of it all. I'm 34 weeks pregnant now and my other four children have so many fun things going on right now between clogging, piano, track & field days, school events, etc. I'm trying to tell you that I haven't had as much down-time as I need to finish reading this book. So my review is in process, but let me say that from what I've read so far, this book is killer!

Ruby Rose has tons of spunk, snark, courage, and maybe a penchant for trouble. The author, Jessie Humphries, has drawn an exquisite character with strong motivation, a killer personality, and true-to-life wit, snark, and teenage attitude. This is a YA book, so check it out for you or your teens.
Update: I finished the book--it's a page turner!
 This story has an intense plot, multi-layered mystery and a page-turning quality that will keep you rooting for Ruby Rose while biting your nails at what might happen next. There's a great little romance building along with the sleuthing and really great guns and fighting sequences. There is quite a bit of mild language, sexual references, as well as drug references, but Ruby's character is strong-willed with good values in a realistic setting. 

About KILLING RUBY ROSE: In sunny southern California, Ruby Rose is known for her killer looks and her killer SAT scores. But ever since her dad, an LAPD SWAT sergeant, died six months ago, she’s also got a few killer secrets.

To cope with her father’s death, Ruby has been trying to stay focused on school (the top spot in her class is on the line) and spending time with friends (her Jimmy Choos and Mahnolo Blahniks are nothing if not loyal), but after months of therapy and more than a few months of pathetic parenting by her mom, District Attorney Jane Rose, Ruby decides to pick up where her dad left off and starts going after the bad guys herself.

But when Ruby ends up killing a murderer in defense of another, she discovers that she’s gone from being the huntress to the hunted. There’s a sick mastermind at play, and he has Ruby in his sights. Ruby must discover who’s using her to implement twisted justice before she ends up changing Valentino red for prison orange.

With a gun named Smith, a talent for martial arts, and a boyfriend with eyes to die for, Ruby is ready to face the worst. And if a girl’s forced to kill, won’t the guilt sit more easily in a pair of Prada peep-toe pumps?

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About Jessie Humphries: Jessie Humphries was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She received a BA from San Diego State University, where she cultivated her love of the beach, then lived in France, where she cultivated her weakness for shoes, and finally earned a law degree from UNLV, where she cultivated her interest in justice. After practicing law for several years she began writing, and, appropriately, her debut novel Killing Ruby Rose is a thriller about vigilante justice set in sunny southern California with a shoe-obsessed protagonist. Jessie currently writes and practices law in Las Vegas, where she lives with her husband and children.

Social media links:
Twitter: @JessieHwrites

Jessie is giving away 4 Kindle paperwhites, 4 digital copies of KILLING RUBY ROSE, and 4 Skyscape/Amazon books + swag from the authors.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Amazing Book You Can't Miss, Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

I am a huge fan of Sarah Addison Allen. I've read all of her books, and let me tell you--her words are magical. Every time I read her writing, I'm inspired and entertained.

Let me tell you why I love Sarah Addison Allen's books so much. Each of her characters are vitally important to the story. There are no cardboard characters. Sarah draws them each, intimately and with their own subtle captivating powers. Her novels are like exotic imported dark chocolate with a taste so tantalizing you want to devour it in one sitting but you pace yourself, savoring each bite, forcing yourself to wait while the flavor melts in your mouth igniting something strange and powerful within. Once the last piece is gone--the last page has been read, the words are left floating in the air, haunting you with Sarah's stories. And you love them so much, you welcome those ghosts of words to stay forever.

Lost Lake is Sarah's latest novel and if you've never tasted her words, you can do so easily right now because she has a prequel novella for free on Amazon. I read Waking Kate in one sitting and couldn't wait to get my hands on Lost Lake.

I received the beautiful hardcover of Lost Lake for my birthday and thoroughly enjoyed that gift! I loved this story and I feel like Sarah improves with each book. I'll admit, I'm jealous at how beautifully she can craft a story with a bit of mystery, love, and magic.

Here's the blurb from Amazon:
From the author of New York Times bestseller Garden Spells comes a beautiful, haunting story of old loves and new, and the power of the connections that bind us forever…

The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future.

That was half a life ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband George is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that’s left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and damp, and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires.

It’s a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing  Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door.

Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve,  before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Now she’s all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer… and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago.

One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren’t sure they needed in the first place:  love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended.  Can they find what they need before it’s too late?

At once atmospheric and enchanting, Lost Lake shows Sarah Addison Allen at her finest, illuminating the secret longings and the everyday magic that wait to be discovered in the unlikeliest of places.


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