Blog Tour:: The Scheme by Mia Kayla

~Blog Tour~
The Scheme
by: Mia Kayla
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Perfect Pear Creations
Release Date: July 27, 2015
 

Brian Benson is the nice guy every girl dreams of marrying.
Too bad he’s off the market—for good.

He’s sworn off women since the last girl he dated broke his heart.

Determined to start over in New York, his sole focus is to climb the corporate ladder—no distractions.

Until one minor collision propels him into the path of small-town-girl but bombshell babe, Kendy Miller.

Kendy walks with a sass she was born with.

Single and ready to mingle, she’s on the prowl.

Moving from her tiny town of Bowlesville to work as a nurse at New York Cornell Hospital, she is introduced to Dr. Hot Pants.

She feels it in her bones—he only belongs to her.

When Kendy formulates a grand scheme to land Dr. Hot Pants and uses Brian to

do it, Brian is all in because he could use a little fun.
Things were going to plan, until one night lines were crossed, kisses were exchanged and clothes flew off.
Fate collides, fortunes are tested and plans backfire, but Kendy is still determined to land her doctor.

Problem is… Brian was only there to assist in the plot. Falling in love with the girl wasn’t part of THE SCHEME.

 
Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who
lives in Illinois. On the weekdays, she can be caught wearing a suit, commuting
to her corporate job in downtown Chicago and raising three beautiful munchkins
in the suburbs, four if you count the husband.
In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to
boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.
Most of the time, she can
be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because
the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end. 
She loves reading about
happy endings but has more fun writing them.



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#WordyWednesday – Dialogue Tags

For the life of me, I had no idea what I might post about today.  That is until my conversation this morning with mysaid-is-dead developmental editor regarding adverbs.  In the beginning, adverbs are a writer’s best friend.  They express everything we need to relay, but the unfortunate side of that coin is they also become the bulk of our dialogue tags, making the story one big –LY fest.

As a writer starts to grow in their craft, they begin to notice how adverbs dominate each page and struggle to fix the issue.  I admit, I’m one of those lost souls.  I’m in the process of doing a new edit on some of my former books and WOW!  Say hello to the Queen of Adverb Village.  It’s amazing to see how far I’ve come over the years and I look forward to where I’ll be going.

Part of my growth has come from a list of words I’ve compiled over the past few years.  These are words that can replace the dreaded, ‘he said loudly‘ or ‘she said incredulously‘ tags.  This list is still growing, but I have to admit, it saves me from falling back into the grasp of the adverb monster.  Hopefully it can do the same for you.

 

Dialogue Tags

accommodated lamented
accused laughed
acknowledged lectured
added lied
addressed maintained
admitted meditated
admonished mewled
advised mimicked
agreed moaned
amended mocked
announced moped
answered mumbled
apologized mused
argued muttered
asked nagged
assaulted noted
assented objected
assured observed
attacked offered
babbled opined
balked orated
barked panted
bawled paused
begged persisted
bellowed pleaded
bemoaned pledged
berated pondered
blamed postulated
blathered prattled
bleated pressed
blustered proclaimed
boasted prodded
bragged promised
breathed prompted
cackled protested
cajoled purred
called pursued
caterwauled quarreled
challenged queried
chastised questioned
cheered quipped
chided raged
choked ranted
chortled rasped
chuckled reassured
clamored rebuffed
clarified rebuked
coaxed rectified
commanded reflected
commented refuted
complained reiterated
conceded rejected
confessed relented
considered remediated
consoled remedied
contended remembered
continued replied
cooed requested
corrected responded
counseled retorted
countered returned
cowered revised
cried ridiculed
croaked roared
crooned ruminated
crowed sang
declared scoffed
declined scolded
deflected screamed
demanded screeched
denied seethed
disagreed shivered
disputed shouted
drawled shrieked
droned shuddered
echoed sighed
encouraged simpered
exclaimed snapped
explained snarled
exploded sneered
faltered snickered
fibbed sniveled
fished snorted
fretted sobbed
fumed soothed
fussed squabbled
gagged squawked
gasped squelched
giggled stammered
goaded stressed
grilled stuttered
griped suggested
groaned sulked
groused supplied
growled swallowed
guffawed swore
gulped threatened
harassed thundered
heckled tittered
hedged told
heralded urged
hesitated uttered
hinted ventured
hissed vociferated
howled volunteered
huffed vowed
implored wailed
informed waned
inquired warned
inserted wept
insinuated wheezed
insulted whimpered
interpolated whined
interrogated whispered
interrupted winced
intoned wondered
invited yelled
jested yelped
joked yowled

#MuseMonday – The Truth in Lies Saga

Story ideas come for a million and one different places, but much like many of my stories, The Truth in Lies Saga started with a song.  The song was A Different Kind of Pain by Cold.  It’s a haunting melody about letting go of someone you love and watching them fall into the arms of someone else.

It was this song that gave McKenzie her heart, her willingness to walk away from Drew if it meant she could give him peace and happiness.  It’s also why Drew couldn’t let her go, because the pain was more than he could bare, more than his past, and a different kind of pain that burned deep in his heart.

A Different Kind of Pain
by Cold

Before I let you go
Give me just one more night to show you
Just how I feel
I lost all my control
If it takes my whole damn life
I’ll make this up to you

Kind of like the waves
That roll their whole life towards somewhere
Crashing on the shore
It’s blown in by the wind
that carries the clouds to hide
My wish on a fallen star

A different kind of pain
Is someone there to hold you?
Is someone there to take you away from me?

I tried to let you go
I wish I could turn back time and show
You just how I feel
I needed you to know
If it takes my whole damn life
I’ll make this up to you

Kind of like the waves
That roll their whole life towards somewhere
Crashing on the shore
It’s blown in by the wind
That carries the clouds to hide
My wish on a fallen star

A different kind of pain
Is someone there to hold you?
Is someone there to take you away from me?

Before you let me go away
Before you let me go
I need you to know

A different kind of pain
Is someone there that to hold you?
Is someone there to take you away from me?

A different kind of pain
It’s a different kind of pain
A different kind of pain

It’s a different kind of pain
It’s a different kind of

 

Funtime Friday!

It’s summer vacation and I feel like Phineas and Ferb!!  There’s so much to do and we only have so many days to jam it all into.

Tomorrow, because I have to work today, I’m taking my kiddo to see Disney/Pixar’s newest release Inside Out.  This looks like it’s going to be absolutely adorable and right up my alley.  I always claim to be an emotional reader and writer.  This movie is all about our emotions and how they affect our daily lives.

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Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy (Amy Poehler) — try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.

Safe Sex in Books

I was trolling Facebook the other day and came across a post about safe sex in books.  There was a long (and quite heated) debate on the importance of portraying safe sex in books.  In my mind, and I think many readers will agree with me, in a M/F romance when a condom is not mentioned, I automatically assume there’s a baby about to emerge between the couple.

I realize that authors are not responsible to teach safe sex practices and what we’re writing is fantasy, but c’mon.  Let’s be realistic.  In today’s day and age, a couple, no matter what sexual orientation they are, would use a condom unless they’re in a long-term committed relationship and have either:

1. sought out other birth control methods, or
2. intend on reproducing.

Another argument was that adding a sentence about slipping on a condom slows down the sex scene and takes away from the spirit of the moment.  Bull crap!  It’s one sentence, and if done right, can make the scene even more passionate.  “He rips the foil packet open with his teeth.” Yowza!  “She takes the condom from him, basking in his trembling body as she slips it on him.” NICE!

Personally, I think, no matter the genre, unless we’re talking historical and there’s a fine line on that one, a condom or contraceptive should be a factor in any well written sex scene.  Sure, it might be fantasy, but the fun of fantasy is how close it can toe the line of reality.  We have to make this believable after all.

WIP Wednesday!! – Compass

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Compass is a standalone contemporary romance novel about first loves and second chances.  This is outside my usual stuff.  There’s not a lot of angst, but drama is always a must.  Compass is about two old friends reuniting after fifteen years only to discover that not much has changed in regards to their feelings for one another.  Well, almost nothing.  Time has a way of making people grow up and come out of their shells, which is exactly what First Officer Ryan Fisher and Dr. Alexis York will experience.

Here’s a little excerpt from Compass.  Please note, this has not been edited and can (and probably will) be changed in the final production.  Enjoy!!

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“Everything all right?” Ryan asked.

“Not really.  I have a passenger who’s about to drive me bonkers.  Ever since you turned off the fasten seatbelt sign…” she trailed off.

“What’s wrong?”

“She wants to speak with you.”

Kix started to unbuckle his seatbelt.  “What about?”

“Not you, Captain.  Fisher.”  She cast a sideways glance to Ryan.

Ryan pushed back.  “Me?”  He poked his own chest and wondered why this woman would want to speak with him.  Not that he minded, but he was second in command.  This wasn’t a commonplace occurrence.  People usually wanted the captain, not the co-pilot.

The stray hair fell back into Makenna’s eyes, only agitating her more.  She thrust her hand through her midnight locks, forcing the hair out of her face.  “Yep.  You.”

Kix laughed, smacking Ryan on the back.  “Good luck, Buddy.  Glad it’s you and not me.”

Ryan winced at the sting of the slap.  “I’ve never had a passenger ask for me before.  They’re usually disappointed to get me instead of the captain.”

Makenna smiled, her over-exaggerated irritation disappeared.  “She wanted me to give this to you.”  As Makenna opened her hand, Ryan leaned over and glanced at the object lying in her palm.  He recognized it immediately.  It was an old, faded red toy compass.  “She said to tell you ‘forever and always’.”

Ryan took the compass and flipped it over between his fingertips, examining it closely.  It was worn with age, the plastic soft to the touch.  As he held the tiny toy in his hand, a huge smile exploded over his face.  This couldn’t be.  It wasn’t possible.  But the evidence was real.  Alexis was here.  On his flight.

“What’s that she gave you?” Kix inquired.

“It’s a compass,” Ryan murmured, his own voice sounding soft and distant to his ears.

“Well, no shit, Sherlock.  I mean what’s it for?”

Ryan flashed Makenna a cocky smirk and turned to Kix.  “A compass,” he began, with sarcasm dripping from his tongue, “is a device used to determine geographic location.  If you didn’t learn that much in flight school, maybe I should be the one flying this bird.”

Kix’s mouth dropped to his chest.  “Smart ass.”

Ryan laughed as he removed his headset.  “Maybe, but I have a passenger to speak with.”  He unbuckled his seatbelt and stood up, moving around Makenna.

“Passenger in D2,” she called out.

Ryan straightened his tie and took a deep breath, making his way out to the main cabin.  He looked around the curtain separating the gully from the cabin, and his heart skipped a beat.

Sitting in seat D2 was his Alexis.  She was looking in a mirror, applying lip gloss.  This was the woman he’d seen in the pictures on Facebook.  Poised, sophisticated, and beautiful.  Her thick brown hair hung straight down her back.  Her lips plump and pink, and her big brown eyes were accentuated with the right amount of eye makeup to make them standout.  She was gorgeous and perfect.  Everything Ryan remembered her to be.

He took a deep breath, stepped around the curtain, and walked over to the row of seats she was sitting in.  Next to her sat an older woman with hair white as snow.  He heard the elderly woman say something to her as he approached, but couldn’t quite make out what it was.

“Excuse me, Miss, but I do believe this is yours,” he greeted, a playful hint to his tone.  He flashed his best smile as she looked up at him from the mirror.  His hand shook, just slightly, as he opened his palm to reveal the toy compass.

The moment their eyes met, time stood still.

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Jeanne McDonald is an author, a mother, a wife, a student of knowledge and of life, a coffee addict, a philosophy novice, a pop culture connoisseur, inspired by music, encouraged by words, and a believer in true love.  When she’s not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, enjoying a great film, chatting with friends or diligently working toward her bachelor’s degree in literature.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.

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Blog Tour::: The Truth Be Told (Book 3) Series: The Truth in Lies Saga by: Jeanne McDonald

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The Truth Be Told (Book 3)

Series: The Truth in Lies Saga
Author: Jeanne McDonald
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Jada D’Lee Designs
Release Date: May 18, 2015
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From the moment Andrew Wise and McKenzie Evans first met, they tried to fight the magnetism that pulled them together.  No matter how hard they struggled with their feelings, their love was a force so strong that neither of them could deny it.

The news of Olivia Hamilton’s pregnancy, and the understanding that Drew is the father, led McKenzie to flee with the hope of rectifying her secret betrayal of falling in love with her best friend’s boyfriend. However, when Drew showed up and declared his undying love for her, McKenzie could no longer deny the truth. She and Drew were destined for each other.  McKenzie now has no choice but to face Olivia in order for her and Drew to move on with their lives together.  Secrets and lies may have kept them apart, but now, in the light of the truth, their legacy shines as pure as their love.

 For as long as Drew can remember, there has always been tension between him and his father, Jonathan.  This time is proving no different.  Since sharing the truth of his past with McKenzie, Drew is emboldened by her unwavering love and acceptance of the man he is.  He’ll do anything necessary to protect the woman he loves and the life he’s come to understand she deserves.  With Jonathan and Olivia teamed together to rip them apart, Drew and McKenzie, along with the aid of some unexpected allies, must join forces to overcome the obstacles that will inevitably come their way.

In this much anticipated final installment of The Truth in Lies Saga, Drew and McKenzie will unite together to conquer the past, face the future, and uncover the truth in lies that threaten to destroy them.  Love brought them together and love will set them free.

Jeanne McDonald is an author, a mother, a wife, a student of knowledge and of life, a coffee addict, a philosophy novice, a pop culture connoisseur, inspired by music, encouraged by words, and a believer in true love.  When she’s not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, enjoying a great film, chatting with friends or diligently working toward her bachelor’s degree in literature.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.
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