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Worldwind Virtual Book Tours has moved! To celebrate their new site, they are holding separate giveaways for Readers, Bloggers, and Authors!

Not sure who they are? We offer virtual book tours and other author services. They’ve recently expanded some of their services and look forward to offering even more services very soon. You can read more about them on their ABOUT page to learn more.

WWVBT loves readers. WWVBT loves working with bloggers. WWVBT loves helping authors.

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Work with WWVBT & enter their giveaway! Here are the prizes:

AUTHORS: Win a FREE Bronze book tour

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  • 15 stops in 1 week
  • Reviews, excerpts, guest posts, interviews, and spotlights.
  • Facebook post announcing your tour from our TSR account.
  • Kick-off post on our blog
  • Custom made tour banner
  • Sign-up page on our site
  • Media Kit provided by us
  • Kick-off post on Facebook page & Google+, plus daily tweet from The Serious Reader
  • Banner ad for tour on The Serious Reader’s sidebar for 1 month.
  • Can be done on 6 – 8 weeks notice

**Note: The more time we have, the more selective we can be with blogs and the better chance of reviews

 

AUTHORS ENTER HERE:

Ends 4/26/16

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use a virtual book tour. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Worldwind Virtual Book Tours. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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READERS & BLOGGERS: 2 $25 Amazon Gift Cards

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x 2

 

READERS & BLOGGERS ENTER HERE:

Ends 4/26/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive, and use an electronic Amazon gift card. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Worldwind Virtual Book Tours. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Inside the Book:

 
Title: The Accidental Elopement
Author: Maggie Dallen
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Genre: Romance
Format: Ecopy

First comes love, then comes marriage—or is it the other way around?

Lucia is an Italian spitfire with big dreams like her billionaire grandfather. But she wants to become a top tier fashion designer, not the heir to the family business in Italy. Now is her only chance to forge her own path. And what better place to start than in New York City? But working behind a bar doesn’t exactly pay the rent. Her trust fund would come in handy, but she needs to get married first. Luckily, she may have found the perfect husband candidate in her co-worker, who just happens to be the most charismatic and devastatingly gorgeous man she’s ever met . . .

There’s more to Ryan’s charming smile than meets the eye—he’s out for revenge and working for his enemy is his best bet at getting it. When Lucia comes to him with her crazy plan, he sees a perfect opportunity to make his move. But doing that could mean hurting his new wife. They say nothing’s sweeter than revenge—but “they” never met a woman like Lucia . . .

 


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Meet the Author

 

Maggie Dallen is a huge fan of happily-ever-afters. She writes contemporary and YA romance and has been known to rewrite the endings to classic love stories to ensure that they end on a happy note. In Maggie’s version, Ingrid Bergman does not get on the plane. She lives in Northern California and works at a yarn store to support her knitting addiction. For more info please visit maggiedallen.com.


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Kim HarrisonKim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive.  After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow.  She’s currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles, and when not at her desk, Kim is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or out on the links.

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About the Book:

Detroit 2030. Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that The Draftertrained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run. Don’t forgive and never forget has always been Peri’s creed. But her day job makes it difficult: she is a drafter, possessed of a rare, invaluable skill for altering time, yet destined to forget both the history she changed and the history she rewrote. When Peri discovers her name is on a list of corrupt operatives, she realizes that her own life has been manipulated by the agency. Her memory of the previous three years erased, she joins forces with a mysterious rogue soldier in a deadly race to piece together the truth about her fateful final task. Her motto has always been only to kill those who kill her first. But with nothing but intuition to guide her, will she have to break her own rule to survive?

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Would you call yourself a born writer?

I would, though I started writing very late compared to a lot of people. I never intended to be a writer, almost falling into it by accident, actually avoiding everything but the most basic English classes in high school and college to pursue a career in the sciences. But I was an avid reader, and I think I picked up on the niceties of pacing, plot development, and character growth from the sf/fantasy masters of the mid 70s, early 80s. They have stood me in good stead, and I owe them a debt of gratitude.

What was your inspiration for The Drafter?

My story ideas generally evolve slowly over the course of years, making it hard to pinpoint the beginning of inspiration. Most of my series plots take two or three of these “I wonder if” concepts and mash them up together. I’m pulled to ideas that are experienced, be it joyful, such as finding an enduring love, or painful, such as in dealing with memory loss. The Drafter, incidentally, deals with both.

It’s no coincidence that the main character in The Drafter is dealing with similar issues as a person suffering from Alzheimer’s. I took Peri Reed’s coping techniques and a few of her gut reactions from the same. Her special skill destroys her memory, and though she occasionally regains it, she’s incredibly reliant upon those she trusts to keep her centered and herself. Her special ability make her very powerful, but it’s tempered by the vulnerabilities an Alzheimer’s patient deals with every day. I wrote The Drafter to say that those dealing with memory issues are still important, still worth considering, and still part of society.

Bu-u-u-ut, you can skip right over that and still enjoy it as an action thriller with a modified-human twist.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

The Drafter was the first in a series, so I spent more time than usual developing the world and possible plot lines. I’m going to guess I began digging at the core of the story almost a year before I started actually writing it, but that first rough draft took the usual four to five months to hammer out. Another few months to edit it for my satisfaction, and then a few more spent to rewrite it for my editor. Copywrite and page proofs took a few more weeks, giving about a year total? But I worked on other things during the same time.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I’m a 9-5 writer, five days a week. I’ve recently been trying to get out of the office earlier so as to increase my activity level. It’s not going so well. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines . . .

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

It was incredibly difficult to divorce myself from the heartbreak of working with a protagonist who suffers repeated memory loss. I’ve delved into writing drug addicts, emotionally abused adults, and psychotic killers, but this one was the worst. The creative process demands you put yourself in another person’s skin, and the emotions I had to deal with had a tendency to linger longer than usual after I left my office. Alzheimer’s is an ugly, selfish disease, but I’m trying to find understanding with it through my main character, and there is a peace in living day to day with what is before you right now.

What do you love most about being an author?

I am creative every day in ways I never imagined. I can arrange my day as I see fit to take advantage of an odd bit of sun in the garden or an invite from my mother to go to lunch, or even take a day off to be with a sick child without worrying if I will have a job when I get back. I can invest my time and energy as heavily as I want without the fear of losing my time-investment due to downsizing. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to work with incredibly talented people who know more than I do about this incredibly complex, markedly small world of publishing. I can touch the lives of people I would never otherwise, bring my thoughts to theirs, which is heady in itself, and a privilege that I have the greatest respect for.  It’s a profession that goes all the way back to the fire at the mouth of the cave, and it centers and connects me. What more could you ask for?

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I first found publication in 99, and back then, the only real option was traditional publishing. I don’t know if I’d ever make the jump to self-publishing, simply because I like being part of a larger team.

Where can we find you on the web?

I have quite a few outlets to remain in contact with my readers. Signing up for my blog is probably the most sure, but I’ll answer questions on FB as well. I’m more active on FB, but they don’t share much anymore and getting notices is chancy. My website is a great place for information on past and present projects.

http://www.kimharrison.net/

https://kimharrison.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/KimHarrisonsHollows?ref=ts

https://mobile.twitter.com/BurningBunnies

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17054.Kim_Harrison

 

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