More Treats,Free Books, Winner Announcements, and Our Schedule This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

 poinsetta clip artShort and sweet again this week!
Pretty much all announcements and the schedule for this up coming week!
  • Winner of ZA Maxfield’s Hell on Wheels contest for this blog:  Katherine Young

Publishers News:

  • 12 Days of MLR ChristmasMLR Press’ 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway started yesterday.  Today’s book :Cops, Cake and Coffee by Sara York.  Don’t miss out on a day of free great stories!
  • Breathless Press giving away 2 free ebooks starting on the 13th for all their newsletter subscribers.
  • Riptide Publishing is giving away free for a limited time the following Alexis Hall story (308 pages) in the Prosperity series:

Blurb for There Will Be Phlogiston (A Prosperity Story):

An instructive story in which vice receives its just reward.

Inspired by true and scandalous tales of the Gaslight aristocracy, we present the most moral and improving tale of Lady Rosamond Wolfram.

Weep, reader, for the plight of our heroine as she descends into piteous ruin in the clutches of the notorious Phlogiston Baron, Anstruther Jones. Witness the horrors of feminine rebellion when this headstrong young lady defies her father, breaks an advantageous engagement, and slips into depravity with a social inferior. Before the last page is turned, you will have seen our heroine molested by carnival folk, snubbed at a dance, and drawn into a sinful ménage a trois by an unrepentant sodomite, the wicked and licentious Lord Mercury.

Reader, take heed. No aspect of our unfortunate heroine’s life, adventures, or conduct is at all admirable, desirable, exciting, thrilling, glamorous, or filled with heady passion and gay romance.



 Our Schedule This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Monday, December 15, 2014:

  • Silvia Violet’s Wild R Christmas Book Blast and Contest
  • M.A. Church’s Trouble Comes in Threes Book Tour and Contest
  • Amy Lane’s The Bells of Times Square Book Tour and Contest
  • Rory Ni Coileain and Ilya and the Wolf (Book tour and contest)
  • Owen Keehnen – Thunder Snow and author interview (giveaway)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014:

  • Vicktor Alexander ‘Delicious Mistake‘ Book Blast and Contest
  • Lane Hayes ‘The Right Words‘ Keep Me In Mind tour
  • A Mika Review: Unwrapping Hank by Eli Easton
  • A MelanieM Review: The Boy With the Painful Tattoo by Josh Lanyon

Wednesday, December 17, 2014:

  • Jay Jordan Hawk’s A Scout is Brave Book Tour and contest
  • Posy Roberts ‘Tangled Minds‘ Book Tour and Contest
  • Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review:The Merchant of Death (Playing the Fool #2) by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock
  • A Mika Review: Loveblood by M.J. O’Shea
  • A MelanieM Review: Altered States by Laura Harner and TA Webb

Thursday, December 18, 2014:

  • The Marine by John Simpson & Robert Cummings: Keep Me In Mind Tour
  • A Sammy Review: Thunder Snow by Owen Keehnen
  • A MelanieM Review: Otter Madness by Winnie Jerome
  • A MelanieM Review: The Oracle’s Golum by Mell Eight

Friday, December 19, 2014:

  • A Paranormal Chipmunk Christmas, Author: Jackie Nacht’s Book Tour and Contest
  • Shira Anthony’s Blood and Rain Book Tour and Contest
  • A Sammy Review: Les faits accomplis by Anna Martin
  • A Mika Review:  The Devil’s Ride (Sex & Mayhem #2) by K.A. Merikan
  • A MelanieM Review: Blood and Rain by Shira Anthony
  • AJ Llewellyn’s The Mediator blog tour TB Tour




Is There a “Wicked Defense” in Your Future? On Tour with Talia Carmichael!



Welcome, Talia Carmichael!  Talia is here talking about her inspiration, her writing, and her latest release, Wicked Defense! Check out Talia Carmichael’s latest release, Wicked Defense (Bonds of Justice #4)!


Living It by Talia Carmichael

When I write a book I get emotionally invested in what happens. I basically live it and doing so takes a lot out of me, as I experience what my characters do. When I write I become very intimate with my characters. I know every intimate little secret. The good, in between, bad and those that brings them to their knees. They wreck you and make you drop. The memories of things that shape a character into being who they are. That guides what they do and react to each situation. Not every moment of a characters life makes it to a page, if it did it would be an unending book. 🙂 But to write my characters and make their reactions genuine they have to become real people to me. I’m a voyeur living in their lives and I don’t just get to live the good stuff. I get to live those awful things.

In Wicked Defense (Bonds of Justice, #4) my latest release, my main characters have to deal with someone trying to kill their partner. Spencer is a policeTaliaCarmichael_WickedDefense_BlogTour_600x315_final detective and he knows he has a job to do but he is personally invested in Craig. That makes it more overwhelming for him—emotionally, spiritually and physically. Through the book I already knew what eventually what was coming. The big reveal of why Craig is being hunted and the repercussions of that. I ached for Craig knowing it was coming and what would happen. When it happened I raged with him and wept. With Craig and Spencer as they had to handle what happened. I lived it with them and it was a rollercoaster of emotions.

Wicked Defense (Bonds of Justice, #4) isn’t angst filled because I’m not very good at it. My book was emotional to me because I knew everything my characters experienced before it happened in the book. How it affected them both and where it would lead. As I read through my book, I was going through all the same emotions as my characters. Each time I read my book it has the same impact on me.

Now Wicked Defense (Bonds of Justice, #4) is out. My characters are out in the world for others to experience like I did as I wrote them. You will take the adventure with them and go along with them as they work toward their happy ever after. Enjoy taking their journey to happy ever with them and you too will be living it.

Blurb for Wicked Defense

wickeddefense_US_800This is book four in the Bonds of Justice series.

When life brings you something unexpected, it creates the most interesting adventure…

Spencer West never would have come to an art show if not for one of his best friends. The pieces he sees are powerful and when a man strikes up a conversation asking his opinion, he gives it. Craig Scott—the artist—has been watching him all night. Spencer’s curiosity is piqued by this laid-back man who evokes such strong emotions in his art and just by being in his presence. Their conversation makes Spencer even more intrigued and he promises to get to know Craig better. Yet the circumstance of their next meeting makes Spencer realise he already cares too much. Someone wants Craig dead. Now invested in Craig emotionally and professionally, Spencer sees there is so much more beneath the surface of who Craig is. If only he can convince Craig to lie low… From what he has seen of the man, he isn’t one to listen.

Craig Scott spots the most intriguing man who seems out of place, and after their conversation, Craig knows he wants to see more of the sexy, brawny man. Nothing will get in his way—not some pesky attempt on his life or everyone wanting to protect him. He wants to make Spencer his—body, heart and soul. Spencer wants seduction and Craig is more than willing to tempt all the senses. As for the danger he is in, Craig will not hide from it but will meet it head on and kick the shit out of it.

Spencer has his hands full trying to protect Craig—who makes him feel all sorts of things—and he will use a wicked defense to keep him safe.

Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

Like the sound of Wicked Defense? Buy it here!

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Talia Carmichael Bio

Talia Carmichael is a romantic who believes that family; no matter if it is by blood or those you choose as family, is integral to who you are. She is an author who writes sexy stories in a variety of genres. She believes in creating stories that encompass all that falling in love or lust entails, from the highs of that first blush of attraction to the lows of not knowing if you can make your coming together as a couple work, and then finally to the acceptance of the reality of making a life together. It’s all about the journey.

Among her books you’ll find contemporary, futuristic, fantasy, and paranormal settings with M/M themes that will have a happily-ever-after. Her books are passionate, intense, and real… to fill the craving.

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