Release Party-And the Winner is…

September 24, 2014

The contest is over! Thank you so much for all of your entries! It is time to announce a winner.

Drum roll, please!

 

The winner of the free e-copy of “Death Gets a Boyfriend” is:

SUSAN!!

-Susan, please send me an e-mail at sophiebonaste@gmail.com and I will get you all set up with your book.

And that’s it! Thank you to everyone who entered and who chatted with me today! But the fun doesn’t stop here. I am taking over the DSP Twitter account at 8 PM EST so you can stop over and talk more “Death Gets a Boyfriend”. There will even been a second giveaway for those of you who didn’t win this time around.

And don’t forget if you can’t join the Twitter party, you can always talk to me using the links below. I love talking with readers so don’t be shy.

E-mail-sophiebonaste@gmail.com

Twitter-@SophieBonaste

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And of course, you can pick your very own copy of “Death Gets a Boyfriend” right here!

 

Thank you so much again everyone and Happy Reading!

Release Party-Playlist

September 24, 2014

Do you hear the “Jeopardy” music playing yet? No? Maybe it’s just me who is waiting for all of your responses for the giveaway. If you missed the last post, I have a giveaway going on until 7 PM EST. Just scroll down to find the post and enter!

But mentioning the Jeopardy music gave me an idea. While you are all thinking about your answers, why don’t I give you a list of some of the songs I listened to while writing “Death Gets a Boyfriend”? That way if you need some inspiration, you can listen to what I did. Happy Listening!

  • Counting Stars-One Republic
  • Demons-Imagine Dragons
  • Let It Go-Idina Menzel (This song was impossible not to listen to when I wrote this, thanks to Frozen. Good song though.)
  • Timber-Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
  • Everlasting Love-Robert Knight (Always a good song to listen to during the mushy scenes.)
  • I Will Survive-Gloria Gaynor (No pun intended.)
  • Bad Day-Daniel Powter (I imagine Death has a lot of these!)
  • When We Die-Bowling for Soup (This is a great song to listen to when you are writing about death. It talks about living life and making decisions now since you can’t when you are dead.)

Okay, so there are some of the songs I used when I wrote this. Hopefully, you will be able to use this as you think of your answers for the giveaway question. Remember you only have until 7 PM EST to enter! Good luck!

Release Party-Legacies and a Giveaway!!

September 24, 2014

Inevitably, in the process of talking about Death, the conversation always ends up talking about depressing things like death, funerals and all sorts of other related things. But what about your legacy? That isn’t talked about as much and it might be the most important thing of all. (Plus, it isn’t as depressing.) What do you want to leave behind after you are gone?

For me personally, there are so many things that I want to leave behind. Thankfully, being a published author helps in some regard. Once you hold your first book in your hands, you know that you are leaving something behind. In a way, I will live on through the people that read my books. A little creepy, but it is true.

Outside of that, I suppose I wish for the normal things that make up a person’s legacy. A family of my own with children that I can teach and pass things on to. I believe it is so important to pass on the little things that make you special. What kind of clothes did you like? What about hobbies? What is your opinion about stupid jokes? Those little things are what make you special in a world of humans.

Now I admit I have given a standard answer here, but that doesn’t mean I am going to let all of you cop out like that. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? Leave your answer in the comments below and the best answer will win a free e-copy of “Death Gets a Boyfriend”. Remember, creativity counts! And because the novella is a comedy, your answers can be funy as long as they are truthful. You have until 7 PM EST to answer! Good luck!!

 

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Release Party-Choices

September 24, 2014

So let’s talk about choices. As you might remember from the blurb, Death will have to make a horrible choice in the book. And you know that if the author who dreamed it up is saying that, it is going to be really bad. So what is the choice? Well, I’m not telling you. For that you will just have to read the book.

But let’s put that aside for a minute. We have to make choices every single day. What are we going to wear or eat? Who are we going to hang out with? Am I going to go to work or quit and become a lazy slug? And the list goes on and on.

Now some of them are obviously easier than others. Deciding what you are going to eat for breakfast is a much easier decision than deciding to buy a house. But the choice is still there.

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Now what if the choice that you have to puts the life (or lives) of the people you love in danger? It’s a horrible thought and one I hope no one has to live through. But what if it did? What would you do? Death is forced to make a decision that would save millions of humans but at the cost of Tommy. If you were Death, what would you do? Who would you save? Let me know in the comments!

Release Party-Who Would Date Death?

September 24, 2014

Okay, so we have talked about Death. Now let’s talk about his boyfriend Tommy Neilson. Tommy is a thirty-two year old lawyer living in New York City who is slated to die after being hit by a car. But everything changes when Death comes to kill him. Tommy sees Death, something that is not supposed to happen. Shocked, Death can’t kill Tommy and he lives, sending both of them on a long, winding journey from the weirdest friendship of all time to a romantic relationship that could stand the ultimate test of time.

So just what is it about Tommy that makes him the perfect man for Death? Well at first glance, not much. I mean, sure he is nice to look at and he has a nice job, but so do a lot of men. And he is caring and sweet, but a lot of guys are like that too.

I think so often with love the things that make two people connect are the things that we can’t really see at first. It is the chemistry between the two people that makes it special. The thing with Death is he is a little eccentric. He is hyperactive and feels things very deeply, both good and bad. Tommy acts as a rock for him. Once he gets over the shock that Death is, in fact, Death, he is remarkably cool-headed. He acts as a pillar of strength when Death has no bearings. And in turn, Death adds more life to Tommy’s existence than ever before.

It is that connection that makes the two of them click in a way that Death in hasn’t experienced in his two hundred thousand years of existence. And if you need more, don’t forget you can read all about their journey into love here.

So what about all of you? Do you have someone that you need in your life like Death comes to need Tommy? It doesn’t have to be a lover, but maybe a parent or a friend. Let me know in the comments!!

 

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Release Party-Let’s Talk about Death

September 24, 2014

So let’s talk about Death. Now I have already explained my Death is different than any the version of Death you have seen before. If you need some more proof, check out this awesome quote graphic made by the team at DSP.

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And yes, that is a direct quote. So hopefully that will show everyone that my Death is somewhat unique. But that doesn’t mean my Death is the only special one out there. Personally, I have three versions of Death that I love and that helped to influence my Grim Reaper.

The first is one that probably everyone knows. I adore the Death from JK Rowling’s “The Tale of Three Brothers” which is a short story featured in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. The story follows three brothers who use magic to outwit Death. However, Death uses his wisdom to get two of the three brothers in the end. They did a fantastic job in the movie and showed Death as a more traditional Reaper, but with a great deal of intelligence like my creation. While this Death influenced mine the least, I think it is a great representation of what most people think of when they hear the word death, which is just as important as the vision I created.

The second is from the original Twilight Zone episode Nothing in the Dark. The story follows an old woman, played by Gladys Cooper, who has hidden in her house for years because she is convinced Death is a man who walks the Earth and kills his prey by stealthily changing his appearance. Because of this, the old woman hides in her home alone, convinced that Death will come for her otherwise. But when a young police officer, played by Robert Redford, is shot outside her house, she is forced to let some of the outside world in. And in the process, she is forced to face her fears of Mr. Death. This episode was the first shot of inspiration I got when I talked about creating a more human version of Death. They did not show Death in a black robe, but as a human with a heart and a soul. It was this humanity that helped inspire my story.

And the final version of Death I love was from the 2002 reboot of The Twilight Zone. The episode is called “One Night at Mercy” and features Jason Alexander as a Death who hates his job. This was another version of Death being portrayed as a human. But this Death, unlike the last one, showed how hard it must be to kill all of those people. Alexander portrays a Death that is worn down from his job and tries unsuccessfully to kill himself. My Death is much happier than this, but I tried to show how hard it must be to kill all of those people. A lot of my scenes dealing with Death’s job were partially inspired by this episode.

So those are my favorite versions of Death. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below!

 

“Death Gets a Boyfriend” Release Day Party

September 24, 2014

Hello Readers! My name is Sophie Bonaste and I am taking over the DSP blog today to celebrate the release of my new novella “Death Gets a Boyfriend”. I am so excited to chat with everyone today. Before we start off, I want to introduce everyone to my story which you can buy here. Here is the amazing cover which was done by Christy Caughie:

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And here is the blurb:

Death is in a lonely business. Since the beginning of time he’s been reaping souls then returning home to his little condo in the sky. It’s not a bad job. There are perks. But Death would kill to meet his soul mate, no pun intended.

Tommy Neilson is the next human slated for death. But when he can see Death, Tommy turns his whole world upside down. Curious, Death seeks Tommy out. The chemistry between the two is immediate and soon an unlikely romance starts to form. While Death may not be lonely anymore, he isn’t allowed to interact with humans. Consequently, he must make a choice: billions of souls or the one that makes being immortal worth it.

 

So what does everyone think so far? Sound interesting? Well, if not I have a little piece of information that might peak your interest. It isn’t perfectly clear in the blurb, but I want to stress that this book is actually a comedy.

Yes, I said comedy.

I know it is a little strange to think that a story about the embodiment of Death would be funny, but it is. Death is not your typical Grim Reaper. He is just a lovable guy with a big mouth and a crappy job. Not scary. That might even sound like some of you wonderful people reading this.

However, because this book is a comedy, it breaks a lot of the preconceived notions about Death. I tried to create a new face for the Grim Reaper and develop a happier version of the scary guy in a black hooded robe. In short, my Death breaks all the molds.

So what about you? Did you ever read a story or see a movie that changed how you looked at the world? What are your first impressions of “Death Gets a Boyfriend”? Let me know in the comments below!!

All in a Day’s Work Release Party – Shae Connor

September 22, 2014

 

To celebrate the release of the “All in a Day’s Work”, many of our anthology’s authors will be joining us today to share their thoughts on the release and their story.

 

Rainbows, Unicorns, and Ice Cream Dreams
By Shae Connor

The original idea for “Ice Cream Dreams,” my story in the All in the Day’s Work anthology, came from a discussion with friends in my former fandom during a trip to New York. We ate a delicious lunch at macaroni and cheese restaurant S’Mac in the East Village, then wandered down the street for dessert at Big Gay Ice Cream. The shop, which is decked out in rainbows and unicorns, offers an eclectic menu of soft-serve ice cream recipes with names like Salty Pimp (with dulce de leche, sea salt, and chocolate shell), Bea Arthur (dulce de leche and crushed vanilla wafers), and American Globs (pretzels, sea salt, and chocolate shell).

The story idea that popped up back then would have had the characters meeting over opposite sides of the counter at a New York shop based closely on Big Gay Ice Cream. Shortly after that is when I moved into original fiction, though, so the story sat in a folder until the discussion of a workplace-based anthology came up. I took that seed of an idea and reworked it to fit, adding a chef to the mix to make it an even foodier story. Gage, Loren, and “Ice Cream Dreams” were the result.

The ice cream flavor ideas came up on the fly, as I was writing the first draft. Some were based on flavors I’d seen featured on television food shows or in magazines, and some were totally off the cuff. I did some research on South American foods for the dishes and drink Loren makes for Gage, and in general, I made myself hungry every time I worked on the story.

So, in summary: next time you’re in New York, be sure to hit up S’Mac, and then head over to Big Gay Ice Cream and have a Salty Pimp. Be sure to tell them Shae sent you. It won’t mean anything to them, but they’ll give you some damn good ice cream anyway.

S’Mac: http://www.smacnyc.com/

Big Gay Ice Cream: http://biggayicecream.com/

 

Author bio:

Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe
she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.

Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at shaeconnorwrites@gmail.com or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.

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All in a Day’s Work Release Party – Therese Woodson

September 22, 2014

 

To celebrate the release of the “All in a Day’s Work”, many of our anthology’s authors will be joining us today to share their thoughts on the release and their story.

 

Hi everyone! Therese Woodson here and I’m ready to talk about my contribution to the All In A Day’s Work anthology called Not Quite 1776.

Blurb: As a historical interpreter for a living history museum, Henry spends his days doling out facts about the American Revolution while wearing breeches and a tricorne hat. When he’s not working, he’s a serial flirt with a long string of one-night stands in his wake, never allowing anyone to get too close.

However, when a reenactment group comes to town for the weekend, Henry meets Owen, a private in George Washington’s army. After an intense encounter in Owen’s tent in the encampment, Henry breaks his self-imposed rule by seeing Owen again. It is clear Owen would be open to more between them, and Henry is falling hard in spite of himself. The trouble is Henry’s never been in a relationship and isn’t sure where to begin.

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A replica Army encampment

As the blurb says, Henry and Owen are historical reenactors and they share a night of passion in Owen’s tent pitched in the Army encampment. Since many of the details are based on the two years I spent as an eighteenth-century interpreter at a living history museum, I can tell you that those tents are not only tiny, but also placed close together. The picture above says it all.  It would be very difficult for their encounter to go unnoticed, even though they give it a valiant  effort.

Excerpt:

Owen had lied. The tent was tiny, barely large enough for one man and his things, just as a private’s tent in the Revolutionary Army would have been. Neither of them would be able to stand up straight in it. And it didn’t afford much in the way of privacy. Made of canvas, the tent was literally a white triangle with flaps that tied from the inside to close the ends. A small battery-operated lantern hung from the apex. Owen reached inside and flipped it on, illuminating the small space with a yellow glow.

“Can you be quiet?” Owen asked as he pressed his lips to Henry’s. He clumsily worked the buttons open on Henry’s vest.

Henry shuddered. “Depends. Do you fuck as good as you look? If so, you might have to gag me.”

He kicked off his buckled shoes. Costuming would have a fit if they saw him do that because it stretched the leather, but at the moment, he didn’t care. He just wanted to get naked as quickly as possible and inside the tent before anyone saw him.

“Fuck,” Owen whispered. “I think I have some cloth you can bite down on.”

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A group of reenactors

 

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Breeches are in! Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in eighteenth-century dress

Author bio:

Therese Woodson is a wife, mother of two (soon to be three), and writer of stories, who lives in the mountains of North Carolina. She is an avid reader of all literature. She holds two degrees—one in Psychology and one in English Literature and hopes to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing in the near future. She is a fan of watching bad television shows, superhero movies, and anything sci-fi. She loves creating interesting characters, universes, and plots with happy endings.

Twitter: @writer_reese

Blog: http://theresewritesthings.wordpress.com/

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All in a Day’s Work Release Party – Bru Baker

September 22, 2014

 

To celebrate the release of the “All in a Day’s Work”, many of our anthology’s authors will be joining us today to share their thoughts on the release and their story.

 

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I’ve never had a workplace romance myself, but they’ve always intrigued me. Since a lot of the places I’ve worked over the years have discouraged (or outright forbidden) coworker relationships, romances between cubicle mates have been developed forbidden fruit appeal for me. And since I’m very happily married—and work from home, to boot—the only way to get my fix is vicariously.

Luckily, others seem to share my fascination. We’ve put together a fabulous collection of workplace romance tales—from sweet to steamy—in All in a Day’s Work. Every story in the book hits a different note, and they’re all great.

For me, it was a lot of fun to explore a workplace romance through an additional lens of scrutiny by making the characters actors. The combination of forbidden romance and all of the boundless speculation of an active show fandom practically wrote itself. (Which was fortunate, since I lost a day to all the “research” about how fans speculate about suspected relationships between cast members on Tumblr. Seriously, has anyone ever successfully just viewed a single page on Tumblr without falling down the rabbit hole?)

Troy, one of the main characters in My OTP, shares my Tumblr fascination. He makes a habit of checking it several times a day to scope out photos of his costar (and secret hook-up) Ryder. It’s adorable, especially since his obsession isn’t exactly one-sided.

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 Troy Casley and Ryder Hamilton cohost a popular myth-debunking reality television show, and their    on-air chemistry is a big part of the show’s huge fan base. Fans have long suspected there’s more between them than just friendship, and most posts on Tumblr about them are accompanied with exclamation points and the tag OTP— One True Pairing. Little do the fans know, but they’re on to something. Troy and Ryder have been having a secret affair for months.

But Troy wants more than just a casual relationship with Ryder. Like their hardcore fans, he wants Ryder to be his OTP. When Ryder discovers the social media sites where Troy obsessively reads about them, his reaction just might surprise Troy.

My OTP by Bru Baker in All in a Day’s Work
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On a completely unrelated note, I’ll be a supporting author at GRL this year! I have some great swag to give away, so hunt me down if you’re attending. (And don’t fret if you’re not—I’ll be saving some of  it to give away on Twitter when I’m promoting my next two releases, Late Bloomer and The Magic of Weihnachten, both of which will be out in December.)

 

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Bru Baker is a freelance journalist who writes for newspapers and magazines. Fiction makes her happiest, whether it’s creating herown characters or getting caught up in someone else’s. She and her husband live in the Midwest with their two young children, whose antics make finding time to write difficult but never let life get boring.

Visit Bru online at www.bru-baker.com or follow her on Twitter.