Friday, September 12, 2014

I'm Moving!

Hey y'all! This is just a quick post to say this is finally happening! That's right! Electively Paige is moving! Head on over to http://electivelypaige.com to check out the new blog!



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Helping Hand Review



So basically, the Helping Hand is a product by I-Stand, Inc. that is supposed to make your life easier by holding your phones, tablets, Kindles, other e-readers, etc. for you on your desk, in your car, and even on your boat. Hands free Kindle usage? Y'all know I jumped all over that! 

When the box arrived, was kind of unsure what I was supposed to do exactly because it contained no instructions. No problem, I'm a reasonable smart girl and it's kind of straight forward. So, after removing the plastic that covers the sticky pad, I realized that the product wasn't as sturdy as I had hoped. In fact, it seemed like it would fall over at the littlest touch. Still yet, I was ready to try it out, because as far as I know as windy as it gets here in Southern Kentucky it really doesn't ever get to blowing inside. 
From the very beginning I was a bit concerned the sticky pad would leave residue on my Kindle, so I immediately stuck it on there, then took it right back off to check it out. So far, so good!

Then, I really adhered it to it, and lined it up, testing it like the picture below states(only over my couch because I was seriously afraid it would fall! 

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It didn't fall. I shook and shook and that little awesomeness none as my Kindle stayed stuck like glue to the Helping Hand. So, then I was ready to try it out.
I feel like it holds my Kindle in the right place for me to be at my little workstation on my laptop and have an audiobook playing while I'm working on other things on the computer. Or, even more helpful, having my Kindle right in front of my eyes as I pour through the notes I keep as I read books so I can easily write my reviews in a much more efficient manner. 

My one worry, still yet, was that the sticky pad would stop being so adhesive after use. So, I tested this for a month before I felt I could give an accurate assessment of my experience with the product. I must say, I am definitely happy with it! The sticky pad still stays adhesive, and I kept the original piece of plastic that fits perfectly over it so as to keep it from getting anything, well, icky stuck to the sticky, haha. 

So, overall the product really surprised me after my initial impressions and I see myself getting a lot of use out of it... at home. I'm not really seeing how I could use this in the car, the base is much larger than a cup holder. Considering I don't see it necessary for me to need it in the car, I don't find too much of a problem with this. In fact, I really recommend this product for people who like to have their Kindle(or tablet or phone) at their side, but not having the extra hands to hold on. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I recommend this for someone in need of a Helping Hand!





I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Justice For Jenna Book Blitz!

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Synopsis: I’ve been a b****. I know this. It’s not something that I’m particularly proud of and it’s not something that I had intended to stop being. At least, I hadn’t until recently. I got what older people call “a taste of my own medicine.” I don’t think I deserved that taste. I have lived through a disgustingly dirty sea of pain and horror. I wanted others to feel that pain, know that fear. People would understand better if they knew my story. Sable probably wouldn’t care after everything that I did to her, everything I put her through. I wish I would’ve had the courage to let her know what was going on, instead of being the coward I was and giving her a glimpse of my pain. I am Jenna Nielson Turner. I am the daughter of an abusive, alcoholic mother and the product of a sexual assault or so I’m told. If that wasn’t enough, add to it one of the members of the faculty here at Boardan High School believes I am to be his personal love slave until I graduate. So, yeah, I’m a b****, but I have some pretty good reasons to be. Being that person helps me cope with the hell that is my world, not just my d*** life. Is it possible for one that has this as the introduction to their "Who am I?" essay to be open to love and be loved? Will she be able to except what is necessary for her to change? Or will she allow the surprises that come into her pathway to be the needed excuse to be just who she describes?
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The Craft Society Book Blitz!

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 Katerina Deshion is gifted with great power. It is a prestigious honor within the Society that she was born. She has lived with the burden of the responsibility for far too long. Enter Xavian, an angel willing and able to show her what life can be like without the weight of her coven on her shoulders. Freedom comes with a great sacrifice, one that Katerina is willing to pay if it means protecting the ones closest to her. Is she the threat that could tear down the foundation of their Society or is she the key to bringing about their salvation? 

Vivienne Deshion is the eldest and the one that was supposed to receive the “gift” of being The Chosen One. Her sister is given the power that has been passed down through the generations after a great loss. In turn, she is given an even greater burden. She is now her sister’s caregiver, guide and protector. All of the responsibility is too much and she flees to gain some perspective, to live her life for herself for once. Her conscience gets the better of her and she returns to step back into her ordained role. It is just in time to aid her sister in one of the most precarious times in her life. Will Vivienne be able to be everything that is needed, keep her sister safe and hold the secrets that could possibly destroy all that they are to the Society? 

 Evian Deshion has always been the one, the only, the lone child of The Chosen One. He has looked for answers for so many years to who he was, where he came from. The adage “be careful what you ask for” is one that he will not soon forget. The knowledge that he is a Halfling (half angel, half witch) and his mother gave up her rights to raise him to protect him from none other than his father was just the tip of the iceberg. What he finds out next will make those things appear as if he just determined the week had seven days in it. Will all that he learns be the death of him, causing his mother’s sacrifice to be in vain? What role do each of his family members play in his possible impending demise? Just how many family members does he have? 
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"Just finished reading beta copy of Craft (Society of) Divination. I wouldn't change a thing. Hope all goes well for Evian with his quest...once I started, couldn't put (it) down. (It) had me from the beginning to the end." "I really like that in the beginning you make Katerina seem cold, distant and unapproachable, but then share her story as a child so we have more empathy for her."
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Release Day: Lasting Summer by Kailin Gow






Summer Jones thought she lost Nat Donovan, the boy she had always had a crush on since she could remember, when he went off on a mission to find his father, the founder and CEO of Donovan Dynamics, the billion dollar security and intelligence corporation who is now protecting her from the stalker who has attempted to kill her twice.

He had always been her rock, had always been there for her, but now Nat has disappeared. According to Donovan Dynamics, it was for good.

Could Summer continue on? Could Nat's playboy one-night stand legend brother Drew Donovan live up to Nat's legacy as the family's perfect son, as the one who could eventually run Donovan Dynamics? With Nat gone, could he finally get Summer to commit to him with all her heart and soul?

All the secrets, all the heartaches, come out in Lasting Summer as the Donovans and Summer learn to deal with the truth about Nat, Drew, and Summer that will test each others' love to each other and to family.
Lasting Summer is part of the Loving Summer Series appropriate for age 18+.


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Kailin Gow's life is sometimes more fascinating and stranger than fiction, which is being chronicled in a feature film based on a treatment optioned and in development for a release date of 2018. (IMDB.com - The Colorful Worlds of Kailin Gow 2018). Her true life experiences as a world traveler where she has traveled to over 25 countries, logging hundreds of thousands of miles, absorbing the cultures and collecting stories relating to places and the romance of the land, and incidents in her personal life, has inspired her to write and publish over 170 books with over 30 series.

She is noted as an indie pioneer, as one of the first to publish in 2001. Breaking stereotypes, her books has crossed traditional and indie lines, gaining recognition in schools and libraries, as well as the indie community. Her action adventure young adult fantasy series, The Frost Series, an ALA YALSA Reader's Choice Nominated book series - had been optioned by an international film company and is currently in development as a game and a film at http://www.facebook.com/thefrostseries. Five of her fantasy/action adventure series have been optioned to be made into worldwide games.

Kailin Gow has been known in The World Journal, an international newspaper, to be a phenomenon. She was profiled on the homepage of Amazon.com as an Author Success Story who overcame personal obstacles to become a bestselling author, appeared as one of Amazon's top authors for the Kindle Fire launch release, and is one of the earliest indie authors who have sold over a million books. She writes for Fast Company as a publishing expert, had appeared on a major network Television News as a bestselling author who writes fiction and non-fiction with a social conscious, and has made speeches and appearances across the U.S. and on top 15 national radio regarding self-esteem and issues relating to women.

Kailin Gow was an invited speaker and signing author at Book Expo America (BEA)2014.
Having experienced bullying firsthand and slander as a woman, Kailin Gow is an active advocate against bullying in the workplace and in schools. She has written Shy Girls Social Club Handbook Against Bullying and has helped launch Stories for Amanda where all proceeds go towards the Amanda Todd Foundation against bullying. She has written several books with the theme of abuse towards women and children, especially the steamy international bestselling The Protégé Series, which launched a book club initiative in battered women's shelters and won The Indie Excellence Awards at NIEA for Erotica in 2014.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from The University of Southern California, and degrees in Drama and Social Ecology.

She resides in the American West with her husband and daughter, but had lived for a decade in Texas, and briefly in England. Besides being a full-time author, she volunteers for many organizations, is active in church helping build homes for the homeless and visit orphanages. A voracious reader, when she is not writing, she loves reading an entire series in one sitting! She spends way too much time on Facebook than she is supposed to at http://www.facebook.com/kailingowbooks, but loves meeting new people from all walks of life.

She has over 30 Series, written under Kailin Gow, and more under her middle grade, women's fiction, and mystery pen names:

***For 16 and up***

The Frost Series - COMPLETED. Bitter Frost Series Consists of 8 full-length novels.
The Wolf Fey Series - COMPLETED. Consists of 2 full-length novels and one novella.
Fairy Rose Chronicles - age 13 and up.
The PULSE Series - Next Book - Blood Ring (PULSE #9), releasing due to readers' demand to continue the series. Consists of 9 full-length novels and one novella.
FADE Series - COMPLETED. ALL Full-length novels.
DESIRE Series - All Full-length novels. Last Book, FRENZY - 2015.
Fire Wars Series - All Full-length novels.
Alchemists Academy - All Full-length novels.
Wordwick Games - All Full-length novels.
Wicked Woods Series - COMPLETED. Consists of 5 full-length novels.
Steampunk Scarlett - All Full-length novels.
The Phantom Diaries - All Full-length novels. Last Book, DARK VICTORY - 2015.
Stoker Sisters - All Full-length novels. Last Book, SISTER OF THE STRIGOIS - 2015.
Beyond Crystal River - 2015 NEW SERIES.
SHADES - 2015 NEW SERIES. This is a high concept psychological thriller.

***For 18 and up (New Adult/Coming of Age)***

Loving Summer - All full-length novels.
The Donovan Brothers - All full-length novels.
Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)- COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Never Knights - COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Rock Hard Love Hard - 1st book, Rock Hard Love Hard is now Available.
Sawyer House Chronicles (Spin-off of You & Me Trilogy) - Coming in 2015
Canvas - Coming in 2015

***For 18 and up (Adult/Steamy Romance)***

The Protege - COMPLETED. 3 Full-length novels.
Master Chefs - COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
The Blue Room (Spin-off of Never Knights Trilogy) - Romantic Suspense.
Barely Legal (Spin-off of The Protégé) - Romantic Suspense.
The Oyster House - Artistic Romantic Thriller set in Hong Kong and England.
- Coming in 2015.

For information on the series, new series and new book releases, contests, appearances, KG-Convergences, and more, sign up at http://www.KailinGowBooks.com.

Tess in Boots Trailer Reveal!

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Tess in Boots

by Courtney Rice Gager




Anaiah Press is proud to present the book trailer reveal of Courtney Rice Gager's contemporary romantic novel and I'm proud to help them reveal it!

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Release date: December 2, 2014

About the book:
Tess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear. 
Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made. 


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Courtney Rice Gager

Courtney Rice Gager graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in creative writing. Courtney is also the author of The Buggy List. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Interview and Giveaway with Jim Landwehr

Hey y'all! Today I am happy to have author Jim Landwehr, who wrote Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir, with us for an interview and giveaway. So, without further ado, let's get started!

1.)    Hey Jim! Thank you so much for being here today! Would you mind introducing yourself and telling us a bit about your book, Dirty Shirt

Sure, thanks for hosting me, Paige. My book Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir, began as a simple attempt to document stories of trips I took to the area with my brothers and friends in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Over time, the stories became numerous and detailed enough, to consider making it into a book. My writing instructor asked if I had considered doing just that. I said no. She said do it. I did, and 260 pages later, I had a Dirty Shirt.

2.)    When did it first click for you that you liked to write?

I have always liked to write, but my first memory of actually doing it was in fourth grade. I wrote little stories on half-pages of paper and made a book out of them. Interestingly enough, I met my wife through writing as well. We became pen pals in the late 80’s and because the written word allows a bit more transparency, we became good friends, then dated and married. Coming up on 25 years!

3.)    What made you decide to write this memoir in particular?

It was mainly the feeling that I needed to preserve these stories of family relationships, adventure and bonding for future generations. Then, as I workshopped the stories in my writing class, people kept saying how much they enjoyed the humor and could relate to the pieces and characters. It was an organic outgrowth of just “getting the stories down,” as my writing instructor Kathie Giorgio always encouraged. Get them down. Fix them and rearrange them later.

4.) Do you currently have any other books in the works(would love to read more from you some day!)?

Yes, I do. I have a collection of poetry that I’m hoping will be published by early spring. I’m also working on a book about the house I grew up in in Minnesota with my five siblings and our single-parent mother in the seventies. It, too, will include lots of humor and a few stories about my obsession with fire as a kid.

5.)    What was your favorite thing about writing Dirty Shirt? Least favorite?

The best part was taking what I thought was just an average, kind of fun story and recreating it to be funny, entertaining, and something that people could relate to. The least favorite part was the third and fourth edits of it when I began to look at the book as my “problem child.” I was easily distracted by my newer, “shinier” pieces and dreaded going back to refine Dirty Shirt. I’m glad I did though, because it made a good book much better.

6.)    Do you like reading yourself? What are some of your favorite books?

Yes, I love reading. Unfortunately when a book comes out an author is dedicated to making it succeed by spending oodles of time promoting it (or paying a publicist to do it, which eats into your profits), so I don’t get near the time to read that I would like. I have a few authors who I can’t get enough of including Wisconsin’s own Michael Perry, Bill Bryson and Donald Miller. I can read fiction, but it seems I’m reading a lot more nonfiction lately. For a link to some of my favorites visit: Books By Jim Landwehr’s Bed. Like I said, I wish I had more time to read, but as a writer, writing comes first, reading second.

7.) When writing, do you stick to a strict schedule, or do you tend to mix it up a bit?

Random times, usually at night. I do write pretty religiously on Saturday afternoons for a couple of hours at a coffee shop.

8.) If you could listen to one song for the rest of your life, and that song only, what would it be? Why?

You Took, by the Church. It comes from one of my favorite albums of all time, The Blurred Crusade. It is one of the most complex songs I’ve heard, with tempo changes and lots of jangly guitar work throughout. I never tire of it.

9.) Seven is my favorite number! Could you sum up Dirty Shirt in 7 words? 

Stories of adventure, family, laughter and loss.


Thank you for the chance to talk about my writing and my book, Paige. Dirty Shirt can be found at www.electioPublishing.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble online and iTunes. 
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I absolutely loved reading Dirty Shirt and now two of you will get the chance! Jim has graciously offered to do a giveaway here on Electively Paige where two of you will get the chance to win an e-copy! Giveaway will end 9/19, so y'all have plenty of time to earn those extra daily entries for tweeting and the bonus entry. :) Good luck! I hope you love the book as much as I did!



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