#CoverReveal – DUTCH, The Keeper Series Book One

It feels like a while ago that I messaged my friend, graphic design artist and all-around brilliant human being, Michele Mason Holmberg, she of the fabulous gorgeous sexy Sanctum Trilogy book covers, and hit her with a million ideas all at once about my new book, DUTCH, and my website and my web series and all kinds of other nonsense that she wasn’t really interested in but listened to anyway. Why? Because she is good like that, and maybe she smiled as I babbled away – but most likely she rolled her eyes – and when I finally shut the fuck up for about three seconds, she gleaned the most important info from my rambling:

I needed a cover for my erotic romance about a deadly assassin named Dutch tasked with killing someone named Juma nine times.

The book was ridiculously sexy

and just as dark

and my cover needed to express all of that.

Without depicting a man

anywhere

at all.

Because that kind of erotic romance cover, and you know the one I’m talking about, was exactly what I did not  want for DUTCH. And since I promised I wouldn’t talk about Michele that much in my post, all I’m going to say is she delivered in epic fashion.

Take a peek and decide for yourself.

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It’s gorgeous, non?

And brilliant and perfect and dark and sexy and really, just everything I wanted for a cover and more.

So yea me and yea Dutch.

I think we’re off to a pretty fucking stellar start.

Next stop – the October 12th release day party.

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For the curious and uninitiated, here’s a blurb on DUTCH, The Keeper Series Book One:

Arrogant, handsome, and detached, deadly assassin Dutch Mathew has an insatiable appetite for bourbon, cigarettes, and women. A Keeper for The Gate, the shadowy organization designed to control Death and her Poochas, those reclaimers helping the dead cross back to life, he has three simple rules for anyone sharing his bed: no talking, no kissing, no touching.

Juma Landry is all about talking and kissing and touching. The more talking and kissing and touching, the better.

And as one of Death’s Poochas, the best in fact, she is Dutch’s next assignment. He is tasked with ending each and every one of her nine lives but with her sharp banter, beautiful smile, and hips made for all kinds of wickedness, she isn’t going to make that easy.

Set in New York City and Trivandrum, Dutch, The Keeper Series Book One, is a unique and sexy urban fairytale – a must read for anyone who likes their raunch with a twist of romance and a hint of magic. Watch for it to hit shelves October 12, 2015.


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Oh, and guess what – because I love whetting folks’ appetite and whipping them into a frenzy while they wait for DUTCH, I’m hosting a giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift Card, and all you have to do to enter, is click HERE

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or even HERE.


And if you’re roaming the interwebs, come find me:
Website: https://madhuriblaylock.wordpress.com/
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7323620.Madhuri_Blaylock

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Thanks for helping me reveal a little of DUTCH – he and Juma will be unleashed in all their nasty delicious dark and dangerous glory October 12th.

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#BookReview – BREAKING FAITH by Joy Eileen

Because I’m a sucker for a good romance and Joy Eileen gives us that and much more in her debut novel, BREAKING FAITH

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August 18, 2015


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For a debut novel, Joy Eileen spares no punches with BREAKING FAITH, the first book in her JackholeS Series. She dives right into the harsh shit, the violent shit, the scary shit and comes out on the other side, leaving her readers with a glimmer of hope, a ray of light, a hint of promise.

Right there, some of you who have read the book might say, hold up, Madhuri, you’ve got it all wrong, the book is full of hope and light and promise because Faith escaped, but that escape was only the beginning.

For those of you who have not read the book, I’m sad for you and also kind of laughing…because I’m a snarky bitch like that and kind of love the fact that I have an ARC and you…

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Why I Write What I Write, Post #15: K.C. Tansley #WriteBitches

First off, congrats to K.C. on her new YA book-baby! Cupcakes and cigars all around! Check out K.C.’s thoughts on writing and worldbuilding (which I totally relate to), then keep reading to learn a little something-something about her new release, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

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heartbeatwords2In 2006, I was devastated by the coming end of the Harry Potter series.  I hated knowing that I had to say goodbye to Harry and Hermione. Sure, there was that last book and I could always reread the rest of the series. (And I did.) But we would never take a new adventure together. That’s what started me thinking about writing my own series. I wanted to be able to spend as many years with my characters as I wanted and never have to part from them until I was ready.

When I started crafting the story world for The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, I always saw it as the first book in The Unbelievables series. Because I like to write very specific worlds, it takes a lot of time to build them. If I only visit my story world for one book, well, that just seems like such a waste to me. Plus, I invest so much time and emotion developing my characters. I get really attached to them. I need to be able to go on new adventures with them.

For The Unbelievables series, the original concept demanded several books. I have four central families and I wanted to explore each family’s individual struggle and their role in the group struggle. I sketched it out and it felt like 5-6 books to me.

I loved knowing that I would have time to go deep into my characters. To trace their roots back generations and tell a story that began hundreds of years ago. I love the grand scale of an epic saga—showing what secrets and betrayals can do across generations. I enjoy exploring the unintended consequences of actions and how it all matters in the end. Every single action my characters take contributes to what happens in that novel and in the series as a whole.

Being a huge fan of mysteries, I realized with a series I could build a mystery into each novel and also have an overarching mystery that ran through the series and culminated in the final installment. I was thrilled to have so many threads I could weave through each book.

Even now as The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is being published, I am hard at work on the sequel. It’s great to be able to continue Kat and Evan’s story. And to know that another sequel is just around the bend.

And even when Kat’s story ends, I know that there is the possibility of branching off within my story world. I can go back generations or forward generations. I can stay in the same time and delve into someone else’s point of view. It’s pretty amazing to think of all the places I can go with The Unbelievables series.

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About The Book

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In The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, prep school junior Kat Preston accidentally time travels to 1886 Connecticut, where she must share a body with a rebellious Victorian lady, prevent a gruesome wedding night murder, disprove a deadly family curse, and find a way back to her own time.

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About K.C. Tansley

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K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in her YA time-travel murder mystery series.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

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Are you a writer?  Whether you’re just starting out or an old hat; unpublished, indie published, or traditionally published- we want to hear from you!

To participate in our guest series, simply write us a blog post that answers the question “Why I Write What I Write”. It can be as long or as short as you want- we’re playing it pretty fast and loose.

Please send your posts to lauraolivabooks@gmail.com, with “Why I Write What I Write” in the subject heading (please include any author links/pics you would like in the post). The posts will be scheduled as they come in, with one post going up each Monday, and we’ll all publicize the hell out of them on FB and Twitter.

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Why I Write What I Write, Post #14: Alexis Donkin #WriteBitches

Alexis got in touch with me after learning about our series on Twitter, and can I just say, I found that really exciting. Thanks so much for jumping in with us, Alexis! It’s all yours…

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A long time ago, poets were so revered, it was said no one should cross them. This is because words create reality – and it is impossible to kill an idea. Once a poet unleashed his or her words, there was no taking them back. This is the power of voice – and of the pen.

When I started writing, I didn’t know what I was doing. I had an idea that had been bouncing around my skull for maybe a decade and no more excuses. I was unemployed, alone in a dark apartment. So I sat in front of my laptop and started typing. I worked for fifteen hours straight. I slept. I wrote another fifteen hours. I only got up to pee and sometimes eat. At the end of the week I had my first novel, THE BROTHERS.

Writing has always been something I’ve done, but I didn’t understand why I write until maybe my third book. I thought I was writing the books I wanted to read. In the case of THE ROLLINS PACK series, I wanted to write about werewolves – because I was tired of sparkly vamps. I ended up writing about families, reproductive justice, and gender power dynamics.

What the hell?! I found myself re-reading the books and trying to figure out what happened.

I even tried to write a “sell-out” book – a stand-alone sci-fi pulp piece for women. It’s still as popular as any of my other work. Still, it ended up with themes of consent and social revolution.

I guess I was slow when it came to understanding my fiction writing. I get my nonfiction – it’s obvious. I write it because I needed to tell people about x, y, and z. But fiction? I would start with a pulpy plan and in the course of revelation, the story would take a sharp turn into social commentary.

The glory of fantasy and sci-fi is its power to remove a reader from their context. Some might say this is escapism, and that may be true sometimes. But the truth is fantasy and science-fiction are so much more than escapism. By removing readers from their context, writers can talk about anything. Suddenly they can raise questions about technological innovation, about the nature of consciousness, of what it means to be human. Suddenly they can talk about the ugly parts of humanity – of gender roles or cultural dynamics – with impunity. And since they do this in stories, writers leave an impression. People remember stories.

Fantasy and sci-fi writers can churn out fun escapes, but they are just as likely prophets, teachers, and warriors. Fiction writers are the leading edge of human thought, pushing everyone forward, driving everyone to evolve – to actualize their humanity.

It sounds glorious when I write it like that. But it’s not. It’s not like that at all. It is full of doubt and sacrifice, sweat and tears. But I have to write. Writing is a compulsion, otherwise I would not choose this path.

I don’t know how far my words reach. I have no idea what ripples they create. What I do know, is that I write to make ripples, however small or big they may be. I can’t not. I’ve tried.

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About Alexis Donkin

Alexis Donkin lives in Southern California with her family and real life familiar. She has lived many places and studied many things. She paints, sings, and dances when she’s not writing or speaking. Be sure to connect with her and check out her fiction at http://alexisdonkin.com.

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Want In On This?

Are you a writer?  Whether you’re just starting out or an old hat; unpublished, indie published, or traditionally published- we want to hear from you!

To participate in our guest series, simply write us a blog post that answers the question “Why I Write What I Write”. It can be as long or as short as you want- we’re playing it pretty fast and loose.

Please send your posts to lauraolivabooks@gmail.com, with “Why I Write What I Write” in the subject heading (please include any author links/pics you would like in the post). The posts will be scheduled as they come in, with one post going up each Monday, and we’ll all publicize the hell out of them on FB and Twitter.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

#BookReview – MONSTER by Kayti Nika Raet

That time fellow Write Bitch Kayti Nika Raet sat down and wrote the perfect novel…

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YA Dystopia

Published July 18, 2015


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In MONSTER, Kayti Nika Raet does it again, bringing the fierce and amazing with her fourth installment of The Outsider Chronicles. Set mostly in the city of Cherai, MONSTER recounts Niko’s desperate struggle to maintain control of the city while killers roam the streets, Slithers haunt the dark spaces, and death and desire commingle in such unfair interplay that one can only close their eyes, hold their breath, and hope.

For what, I’m not sure.

A happy ending, I doubt it.

Perhaps some hints of laughter and light, here and there.

Maybe.

But that’s a conversation for book five.

Right here and right now I can tell you that MONSTER grabs hold of the reader from page one and never lets go. As usual, Kayti excels in the action and fight sequences, thrilling and terrorizing with each slash of a…

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