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Interview with Braden from “Colors” by G.C. Nichols

Q: So tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

“I think G.C. chose to write about me because I’m the epitome of what she perceives to be strong and passionate. Not only because of my special ability, or that I’m a leader, but because of the world I’m from.

Being in an outlaw motorcycle club people assume I’m some sort of criminal but that’s not the case at all. In our culture, you end up here for a reason. It stems from a desire to live free. There’s a bond in that and it unites us, like an extended family. I think G.C. wanted to portray the good in our culture, not the stereotypical mentality people have held onto for decades. Our club, Sovereign Few, joined together by our unique traits, a family of misfits, provided her that opportunity.”

Q: What was it that drew you to your mate?

“Even though I fought it, I knew Gioia was my mate almost immediately. She stole every bit of my sanity. I was worried at first that I’d just screw up her life worse after everything she’d already been through. In spite of that, I only wanted her more. I hadn’t met too many people with the same bad luck as me. Plus, her eyes… I couldn’t figure it out, but there was something in them. She was special, and every nerve in my body sensed it.”

Q: A little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced your partner(s)?

Looks down and smirks, exposing his infamous dimple. “On my bike. We had a great ride that day. No pun intended.”

Q: If your partner wants to seduce you, what’s one trick she can play?

“She usually doesn’t have to work too hard at it. I’m usually after her like a wolf ready to pounce on a lamb.” Chuckles loudly. “When Gioia is around I’m so connected to her presence, it’s like my blood slithers through my veins. I can’t say one thing for sure. Maybe the smell of her hair… the way her jeans hug all the right curves… her smile.”

Q: What is the one place on your partner’s body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?

“Now you’re pushin’ it.” Speaking sternly. “She’s my ‘ol lady. That’s for me to know and no one else to ever find out.”

Q: What was one of the most embarrassing thing your author did to you in “Colors”?

“She showed my vulnerability, my insecurities.”

***GIVEAWAY – Comment to win a eBook copy of Colors!****

Contest ends July 12, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EDT


Book Blurb: Gypsies bestowed the curse. A sadistic man unleashed its power.

Gioia Vita, at thirty-four, is not living the joyous life her cultural name might suggest. Haunted by an abusive past and tormented by the harsh illustrations of a cynical world she struggles to bury her secrets and find serenity in her life. Plagued by a glitch in her vision, she perceives colors and mystical imagery surrounding people that warn her of their intrinsic nature. With a fear of old world superstitions implanted into her from an early age, Gioia finds herself believing in these enchantments. Especially now, that she is seeing these… colors.

The desire for adventure in her sheltered life prevails when an acquaintance invites her back into the subculture of her rebellious youth. Her vision helps her navigate this tumultuous world few get to experience, the world of 1%ers. An enclave of brothers, bearing colors that reject normal society. She unexpectedly finds the warm colors of family, friends and a new love. Braden Davies restores passion in her heart, but can an outlaw from a chaotic underground culture heal her wounds? First, they must conquer the manipulative adversary that haunts them, unearth long buried family secrets, and learn that sometimes a curse can really be a gift.

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G.C. Nichols is a Creative Director by day, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, and writer by night. Other than getting lost in the imaginary worlds her mind creates, G.C. enjoys riding, hunting, and fishing, with her husband, family and friends. She is happiest on the wooded acres of serenity they call home in upstate New York, surrounded by a wild array of entertaining pets.

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The Circles of Writing Life by KD Rose

Our circle starts with a new book, at about 90 degrees around. It’s brilliant! It’s original! Very few will “get” it! It doesn’t fit in a genre! It’s a hard sell! It’s almost unnoticed! Wait— did the exclamatory hyperbole change?

First books usually have the author’s internal organs indelibly attached, and whether the books are avant-garde or simply lost among the growing number published each month, most author’s still wouldn’t change a word.

The circle moves to authors who’ve had better fortune. Or talent. Or both. And those special ones who’ve done even more. For example, Dave Eggers. Dave Eggers does not need another article written about him. (Wouldn’t the rest of us like to say that.) Yet Eggers continues to be one of the most deserving. Egger’s is now known for his work with 826 National Nonprofit and McSweeney’s Publishing House. His actual award-winning first novel, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, almost takes a backseat.

Eggers is one of the co-founders of 826 National, a nonprofit that uses pirates, superheroes and mysterious voices booming from the back of rooms to create a learning environment for kids that actually produces results, while almost tricking them into increasing their reading and writing skills. The kids write books. Real books. Titled, bound, printed and sold books.

When we forget, when we’re so busy marketing our wares, selling ourselves on social media, pleading for unknown strangers to just take a chance on our book, it’s fitting and rejuvenating to return to the beginning of the circle.

“826 helps young people learn that language can be play, that work can be joyful, and that they, themselves can be the inventors and caretakers of their world.” – Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winning author and 826 volunteer.

So in the middle of this authorship, this selling off pieces of ourselves-but hopefully not our souls, we can think back, and thereby forward. Words are play. Writing, (even marketing) is creating. A writer is a caretaker who bears responsibility for all his or her words touch.

Then perhaps the pen becomes a little lighter. Facebook becomes a way to share information that matters. Twitter becomes a tool to express wit and connect with other minds- minds that are enigmas yet have unlimited potential. And maybe, just maybe, one of those minds will add play to words, authenticity to redundancy, and launch a caretaking campaign that touches future generations. After all, who wouldn’t want a career like Dave Eggers?

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A_Taste_For_Mystery_Cover_for_KindleFollow private detectives Carolyn Woods, Jack Heart, and friends as they try to navigate murder, mystery, and romantic entanglements. Two novellas, two detectives, two lovers….what could go wrong?



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K.D. Rose is a poet and author who currently has published “Heavy Bags of Soul”, “Inside Sorrow”, “I AM”, “Erasing: Shadows”, “Anger’s Children: Three Shorts That Will Blow Your Mind”, “A Taste for Mystery: Two Novellas” and “The Brevity of Twit”.


Her poetry has been published in Candlelit Journal, the Voices Project, and showcased in the Tophat Raven Art and Literary Magazine. K.D.’s book, Inside Sorrow won the Readers Favorite 2013 international Silver Medal for Poetry.


K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art, writing, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who. KD Rose is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and creativity in all forms.

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Scandalous Intentions (Ladies and Scoundrels #2) by Amanda Mariel

When I wrote book one in my Ladies and Scoundrels series it was supposed to be a stand alone. Shortly after Scandalous Endeavors was written it became clear that I needed to write another book in this world and Scandalous Intentions was born. I have fallen in love with my characters and it seems readers have as well because everyone wants to know the rest of the cast’s stories. Ladies and Scoundrels is now planned to be a five book series with Scandalous Retribution coming out next.

In Scandalous Retribution we will get Lord Shillington from book one and Lady Claudia from book two’s story. IN book three we will get Lady Jane from book one and Lord Keery from book two’s tale. The series will wrap up with Lady Grace and Uncle Lewis.

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Here is a sneak peak at book three in my series: Scandalous Retribution.

She swayed and clung to his arm as he led her out into the open country air. What would compel a lady to become foxed in the middle of the day? And who was she? Surly they had never met before.

He turned her down a path lined with various flowers and green foliage. The details did not signify. She was clearly in distress and he intended to help if he could.

“Might we sit, Lord…what is your name?” Her giggle floated through the empty space.

He’d never heard a sweeter sound. It tugged at his heart, endearing the strange woman to him. “Lord Shillington. And yours?” He stopped in front of a cast iron bench. He could not take his eyes off her as she lowered herself onto the seat in a flutter of skirts and auburn curls. Her gaze reflected sorrow but her lips held a breathtaking smile. His heart rate increased.

“Do sit with me, Lord Shillington.” She patted the bench next to her.

He positioned himself near her, but not to close. Being out here with an un-chaperoned lady was scandalous enough. He had no desire to compromise her, or himself. Given her state, he’d no choice but to remove her from the gathering. But he had a responsibility to control the propriety of his behavior.

A cool breeze ruffled her elegant skirts, drawing his gaze over her form. Heat climbed into his cheeks as he studied her. Tall and lean, yet she possessed curves in all the places a man liked to see them. He trailed his gaze back to hers, then grinned. “Your name, my lady?”

She looked at him through hooded lashes, her green eyes sparkling. “Lady Claudia Akford.”

His heart skipped a beat and his throat tightened. The notorious Lady Claudia who’d caused trouble for Lady Sara and Lord Luvington. He should not be anywhere near her, least of all attempting to aid her. The scandalous lady brought on her own troubles.

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AM_ScandalousIntentions_Front_HiRes (1)When faced with losing his inheritance, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sara. She’s as respectable as they come, just what his father ordered. But the lady shall not be easily won.

She’s determined to marry for love or not at all, and she’ll do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she can’t achieve on her own. What’s a lady to do?

When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sara proposes an arrangement. Only the price may be more than either bargained for. Lady Sara could lose more than her social standing and Julian could lose his heart.

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Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel’s favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper’s Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits every chance she gets.

Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.
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