Tuesday, September 29, 2015



My name is Lily Snow. I am twenty-five years old, and despite being born with an unattractive face, I have never doubted who I am: smart, driven, and beautiful on the inside.

Until I met Maxwell Cole.

He’s handsome, excessively wealthy, and the owner of Cole Cosmetics. It’s been my dream to work for this man for as long as I can remember. The good news is he wants to hire me. The bad news is he wants me for all the wrong reasons. Ugly reasons.

In exchange, he’s offered me my dreams on a silver platter. The job. The title. A beautiful future. But this man is as messed up and ugly as they come on the inside. I’m not sure anyone can help him, and he just might take my heart down with him.


Mimi Jean Pamfiloff


“What the hell are you doing here?” I stopped with my hands on my waist and felt the beads of sweat running like a little river down my spine.
His eyes moved over my body, almost reaching the top before they made another sweep, lingering an extra moment on my breasts. He still hadn’t uttered a word.
“What did you expect? Scales on my legs and a uni-breast?” I couldn’t believe I’d said that, but pretending to be civil to this horrible man felt like a lie.
His eyes reluctantly settled on my face, his revulsion immediate. “Not the uni-breast.” He cracked a dimpled smile. Totally forced.
I hissed out an unappreciative breath and marched straight to my door, pushing past him. I dug my key from the little pocket of my waistband while he just stood there staring at the view down the front of my panties.
Asshole. I shot him a look and released the elastic waistband with a snap. As I turned the key in the lock, I decided I’d be slamming the door in his face before he had the chance to say a single word. My guess was he feared I’d tell his little secret or sue him or something.

Let the man stew.

But the moment I pushed open the door, he said something that made me think twice. “Invite me in.”

Okay, it wasn’t so much what he said, but the way he’d said it: a demand. It gave me the urge to do far worse than shut a door and leave him on the other side.

I turned and looked up at him, shooting my own breed of disgust his way. I hated the gorgeous bastard. I hated every perfect hair on his perfect head, and I wanted him to know it. “Why the fuck would I do that, asshole?”

“You have a dirty mouth.” A subtle smile, laced with a hint of sadistic delight, twitched across his lips. That time his smile was real.

“You bring out the ugly bitch in me. Why are you here?”

“I want to talk. Invite me in,” he demanded again with that deep authoritative voice.

I laughed at his attempt to boss me around. “If you’re worried I’m going to tell anyone the truth about you, don’t. I’d actually have to give a crap about you.” The only thing I cared about was getting on the road to starting my own company as quickly as possible so I could build a company where women like me were genuinely valued.

“Miss Snow, stop being such a hostile bitch and invite me in.”

My knee twitched with the urge to salute his balls.

“I’ve got a job proposal for you,” he added, “the opportunity of a lifetime.”

This sonofabitch wanted to offer me a job? After everything he’d said? Hell yeah, I’ll invite him in. Just to tell him to go fuck himself.

I stepped aside and replied with a noxious sweetness, “Why…won’t you come in, Mr. Cole?”

He dipped his head of thick dark-brown hair. “Why, thank you, Miss Snow.”

“Oh, please. Call me Lily. I insist.” 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling Romance author, host of the radio talk show, Man Candy, on Radioslot.com.

When San Francisco native Mimi Jean went on an adventure as an exchange student to Mexico City, she never imagined the journey would lead to writing Romance. But one MBA, one sexy husband, and two rowdy kids later, Mimi would trade in corporate life for vampires, deities, and snarky humor.

She continues to hope that her books will inspire a leather pants comeback (for men) and that she might make you laugh when you need it most.

She also enjoys interacting with her fans (especially if they're batshit crazy). You can always find her chatting away on Facebook, Twitter, or saying many naughty words on her show MAN CANDY on Radioslot.com !

Find out more about Mimi and upcoming books at www.mimijean.net.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Interview with Laura McNeill, author of Center of Gravity


Her whole life, Ava Carson has been sure of one thing: she doesn’t measure up to her mother’s expectations. So when Mitchell Carson sweeps into her life with his adorable son, the ready-made family seems like a dream come true.

In the blink of an eye, she’s married, has a new baby, and life is grand.

Or is it?

When her picture-perfect marriage begins unraveling at the seams, Ava convinces herself she can fix it. It's temporary. It’s the stress. It’s Mitchell’s tragic history of loss.

If only Ava could believe her own excuses.

Mitchell is no longer the charming, thoughtful man she married. He grows more controlling by the day, revealing a violent jealous streak. His behavior is recklessly erratic, and the unanswered questions about his past now hint at something far more sinister than Ava can stomach. Before she can fit the pieces together, Mitchell files for divorce and demands full custody of their boys.

Fueled by fierce love for her children and aided by Graham Thomas, a new attorney in town —Ava takes matters into her own hands, digging deep into the past. But will finding the truth be enough to beat Mitchell at his own game?

Center of Gravity weaves a chilling tale, revealing the unfailing and dangerous truth that things—and people—are not always what they seem. 

Center of Gravity

by Laura McNeill




When your children are stolen, the pain swallows you whole. Logic fades, reason retreats. Desperation permeates the tiniest crevices of your mind. Nothing soothes the ache in your wounded soul.

Right in front of me, my sweet, charmed life fell to pieces. Everything destroyed; a hailstorm’s wrath on a field of wildflowers. All I’d known—gone. Foolish me, I’d believed in magic, clung tight to false promises. The lies, spoken from tender lips, haunt me now, follow me, and whisper into my ear like a scorned lover.

What’s left is emptiness. 

Give up, a voice urges. Let go. 

No! I argue back. My children aren’t gone. Not yet. Precious and delicate, tiny fossils, they exist in glass-boxed isolation. Hidden. Protected.

And so tonight, I run. Blood pulses through my legs, my muscles protest; my lungs scream for more oxygen. Thick storm clouds brew in the distance. The rain falls in blinding sheets. The force of it pricks my skin like needles, but the pain only makes me push harder.

I will rescue them.

Lightning flashes across the wet driveway. The bulk of his truck looms large in the black night. I skid to a stop and catch my breath, pressing a hand to my heaving chest.

They’re here. My children are here.

Thunder booms and crashes, nearer now, the wind whips my hair. A gust tosses tree branches to the ground. Birds cry and flutter to safety. An escaped sandbox bucket spins, clattering on the blacktop.

I grasp the railing and pull myself up the steps. At the top, the door’s shiny-slick with water and humidity. Mother Nature howls and drowns out my knocking.

“Hello! Can you hear me?” With my palm open wide, I slap at the barrier, willing it to open. I will rescue my children. I will rescue them . . . or I will die trying.

After six years behind the anchor desk at two CBS affiliates, Laura moved to the Alabama Gulf Coast to raise her family. Her accolades in broadcasting include awards from the Associated Press, including Best News Anchor and Best Specialized Reporter.

Laura works at Spring Hill College as the school’s web content and social media manager and​ is active in her community—participating in fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, and Providence Hospital’s Festival of Flowers.

Laura was recently awarded a 2-book deal with Thomas Nelson Publishing, a division of HarperCollins. Her novel, Center of Gravity, set in Mobile, Ala., will be published in July of 2015. Laura is represented by Elizabeth Winick Rubenstein, president of McIntosh and Otis literary agency in New York.​ Her writing awards include those from William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Writer’s Digest, RWA, and the Eric Hoffer competition.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in interactive technology from the University of Alabama. She is a native of Upstate New York and currently resides near the Alabama Gulf Coast with her two children.

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I interviewed her and the following is what she shared with me:

What part of writing do you find the most challenging? Most enjoyable?

I love the idea part of the book process, when everything seems perfect and ideal. It’s when I get into the nitty gritty of plotting (and I am a big believer in plotting in detail), that it can be a bit challenging to figure out all of the twists and turns. If I don’t outline or plot, I have a tendency to write myself into a corner!

As for the most challenging, the final revisions—when you know you are on deadline and have to get them done and right – tend to be a little stressful. All of the major changes have to be done. My final changes are due in September for my second suspense novel, Sister Dear, which releases in April 2016! Working on those right now while touring to share news about Center of Gravity! 

Which type of characters are your favorite to write? the easiest? the hardest? the most fun?
Fav – Villainous characters are probably, strangely enough, my favorite to write. I’ve studied psychology and personality and one of my very good friends is a therapist who specializes in narcissists, so I have a resource at the ready whenever I have a question.
Easiest -  I love writing kids and teens. I have one of each in my house and plenty of their friends, so I can absorb their language and mannerisms pretty easily just by being in the same room. That said, a writer has to be careful to be true to the child’s age. In Center of Gravity, Jack is a very wise 8 year old.
Hardest – The main character can be very difficult because you want the person to be likeable and real, like a true friend. Certainly, I want to draw someone who is not perfect, because that would be boring. The character has to have a believable goal and fears to work through. She or he has to learn lessons and grow through the novel, as well.
It’s a tough balance to get this character just right. Readers need to relate to the main character or they will put the book down and walk away!
Most fun –  Definitely the over-the-top crazy characters. Before I published Center of Gravity, I wrote 4 women’s fiction books as “Lauren Clark.” I created some awesome jealous girlfriends and terrible mother in laws!

What is a trait or quality is unique to you? Tenacity

If you could pick any destination, where would you go? Santorini, Greece

Hardback, paperback, ebook or audio book? I love all types of books, but my go-to is an audiobook in a car or on an airplane.

What is your favorite part of the day? The morning. I write in the mornings between 530 am – 730 am (or edit). Center of Gravity was written almost exclusively in the early morning, with a few weekends thrown in for good measure.

Who is the first person you call with good or bad news? My BFF and co-worker. We’re super close and have worked together for almost 3 years. We talk nearly every day.

What type of music do you listen to? It depends on my mood. A lot of pop, some soul and R & B, some 80’s music, and reggae in the summer and on vacation. While I was writing Center of Gravity, I kept the house relatively quiet as the topic and theme of the book are pretty intense.

What is your favorite sport? I grew up in Upstate New York, so Ice Hockey is a favorite to watch. To play, soccer.

What is your favorite or least favorite veggie and fruit?
Fav – Beets and raspberries
Least – Brussels sprouts and cantaloupe

What is your biggest pet peeve? Mean people, followed by snooty or rude people. I love this answer! ;-)

Homebody or social butterfly? Social butterfly – I am a people person and love to talk and laugh with friends. I’m much like my father, who’s never met a stranger!

What is your favorite fall activity Halloween and trick or treating with my little one.

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me. :-)
THANK YOU BRENDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anytime!

My Thoughts:
This book pulled at my heartstrings. At times I had to walk away because it affected me so deeply. If you have a heart in your chest, you too will be affected. Have tissues handy.

Ava is a fierce momma bear in all her glory. She will do what ever it takes to save her children from the monster that used to be her husband.

Center of Gravity is experienced in many POV's including Ava, Jack (one of the kids), Mitchell (her butt wad of an ex), and a few more.

I won't give too much away but I will express again just how emotional this story is! It is also dramatic, suspenseful, gripping, sickening in parts when the ex does certain things, intensely psychological, foreboding and dangerous.

It was a nail-biter. If you like your books emotional and suspenseful. You'll be thrilled with this one. 

I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. Wow.... Just.... Wow!

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