Tuesday, April 29, 2014

And the Winners are...Bad Vice Launch Day Winners

Sorry it's late. To be completely honest, I got busy and forgot to do it on Sunday like I promised.

The winners need to contact me at jamie@jamieleescott.com so I can give your email address information to the authors, so they can get your gifts to you. Thanks so much for participating in the book launch.
Bad Vice is currently #49 on Amazon's Top 100 Mystery Series List, and #100 on the Top 100 Cozy Mystery List, and all thanks to you readers!

Here are the winners:

Tony Acree's - a copy each of The Hand of God and The Watchers
WINNER - Sarah N

Jenna Bennett's - eBook A Cutthroat Business (Savannah Martin Mystery #1)
WINNER - Linda Andrews

Alana Albertson's - an Invincible ebook - avail international - also $10 amazon gift card
WINNER- Mary Marvella

Dianne Layne's - ebook copy of The Good Daughter or Trust No One 
WINNER - Cindy Hogan

Madison Johns' - eBook Target of Death
WINNER - Ellen Irwin

Julia Derek - eBook The Smiley Killer
WINNER - Linda Andrews

Venessa Kier's - Signed print copy of Vengeance. US/Canada only
WINNER - Sarah N

Denise Malone's - eBook of The Bo(d)y Next Door
WINNER - Jacque

Jamie Lee Scott's - Boxed Set of 4 Gotcha Detective Agency Mysteries
WINNER - Michelle Martin

Amy Gamet's - ebook copy of  Love and Danger Box Set
WINNER - Linda Andrews
Carolyn Scott's -  ebook  Finders Keepers Losers Die 
WINNER - Jacque

Adrienne Giordano's - Super cool Swag Bag
WINNER - Linda Andrews

Mary Alford's -  signed paperback copy of Forgotten Past 
WINNER - Jacque

Jill James' -  autographed paperback copy of Dangerous Shift 
WINNER - Linda Andrews

J.J. (James) DiBenedetto - ebook or audiobook copy of Dream Student 
WINNER - Cindy M. (email comment)

Margaret Daly - ebook copy of Dangerous Pursuit 
WINNER - Linda Andrews
Cindy M. Hogan's - eBook Gravediggers
WINNER - Cathy Jeppsen

Grand Prize Winner - Signed Paperback copies of Let Us Prey, Textual Relations, Death of a Sales Rep, What a Meth, and Bad Vice 
WINNER - Jeannie Whitmire Jackson









Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bad Vice Book Launch Party Speech

So, now it's my turn again. You have until midnight to chime in on any of the author's posts, and comment. There is still time to get in on the giveaways.
I'm still going to give away a few signed paperbacks, and I'll give away the full set of books to one lucky person who commented.
Bad Vice has had a pretty good day, and already has two 5-star reviews to start out of the gate. That's a good thing.
I just want you to know, I couldn't do this without readers, and I appreciate everyone who took the time to stop by and say hi, read the posts, and comment (or not).
I love writing, and I can't wait to get the next two books in this series out to the readers. I have some serious fun planned.
Here are the links for Bad Vice.
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1hmDzKE
BN.com: coming soon (Nook Press still working on it)
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1jxQzhR
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1hmE5rX
Apple:
Bad Vice - Jamie Lee Scott

Thanks again for all of your support! I'll post the winners next Tuesday. Stay tuned, I'll do a blog post.

Welcome Author Tony Acree

Welcome author Tony Acree
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Bio:
Amazon best selling author, Tony Acree,likes putting characters in situations they think they will never survive, and find out if they're right. He lives near Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, twin daughters, two female dogs, a female cat, and says the way the goldfish looks at him, he's sure she's female, too. His first novel, The Hand of God, is an Amazon bestseller.

·         Book Title: The Watchers

·         Blurb:  For bounty hunter Victor McCain, life is complicated. After losing his soul, he agreed to become the new Hand of God, God's bounty hunter on Earth. His job? Track down and kill the worst forms of evil Satan can dish out. But when an ancient threat resurfaces, soon the hunters become the hunted. In this action-packed sequel to The Hand of God, Victor is closing in on his brother Mikey, who cost him his soul and stole the woman he loves. Soon he discovers his brother's "back up" plan: to unleash beings chained in the darkness from the early days of man in order to bring about the annihilation of the human race. With the help of fellow bounty hunter Winston Reynolds, computer geek Kurt Pervis, and the enigmatic Brother Joshua, Victor is ready to spring his trap and rescue the lovely Samantha when it all goes sideways. Now each member of his team is being targeted for elimination. The only question is, can they stay alive long enough to save the world. 
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·         Guest Post: 
Do you like books with angels, demons, bounty hunters, mobsters, radical militia members and a hero with romance commitment issues?  My new novel has all this and more told with a dark gallows humor which will make you laugh even when you know it's wrong.  I love books with non stop action and write my own books with that in mind.  
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·         Giveaway Information  a copy each of The Hand of God and The Watchers, US only

Welcome our Special Guest, New York Times Bestselling author Jenna Bennett

Welcome our Special Guest, New York Times Bestselling author Jenna Bennett

Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenna Bennett (Jennie Bentley) writes the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and the Savannah Martin real estate mysteries for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance for a change of pace. For more information about her doings and undoings, please visit her website, www.jennabennett.com

·         Book Title: A Cutthroat Business

·         Blurb:  

Savannah Martin has always been a good girl, doing what was expected and fully expecting life to fall into place in its turn. But when her perfect husband turns out to be a lying, cheating slimeball - and bad in bed to boot - Savannah kicks the jerk to the curb and embarks on life on her own terms. With a new apartment, a new career, and a brand new outlook on life, she's all set to take the world by storm.

If only the world would stop throwing her curveballs...

A CUTTHROAT BUSINESS - #1

Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about.

Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her.

Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.
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·         Guest Post:
Over the river and through the ‘hood...

It’s a fun time to be living in East Nashville, Tennessee.

Just last week, as I was driving down the street to pick the kids up from their last day of school, I had to dodge actors and actresses dressed like bank employees, complete with name tags, gathering around the old Regions Bank building on the corner of Gallatin Road and Ardee in East Nashville.

It’s a gorgeous old mid-century building, square and boxy, with plate glass windows and exterior walls of black and white stone in a checkerboard pattern. It’s been sitting empty for a year or more now, since the bank operation moved into a newly constructed space a mile further up Gallatin Road, beside the new Home Depot, and when they started etching the new logo on the windows the week before, we’d gotten all excited about the prospect that something new was moving in.

As it turned out, it was a fake bank, staffed by actors, only there for a few days, but it was still fun.

There’s a lot of that going on the neighborhood these days. Empty buildings coming back to life for a day or two, houses for sale being transformed into TV sets for the week, streets closing to make room for camera set-ups and portapotties.

They used to call Nashville the Third Coast. There’s the east coast, with New York, and the west coast, with Hollywood, and then there was the third coast. Nashville.

I’ve lived here since the early 1990s. The days of Melrose Place. Does anyone else remember Melrose Place?

Well, back in the day, I thought someone ought to make a TV show called Third Coast, sort of like Melrose Place, but set in Nashville, in an apartment complex I had my eye on near Music Row. It was going to be all about young professionals struggling to get a foothold in the music industry, etcetera, etcetera.

Guess I was ahead of my time.

I didn’t end up doing anything with that idea, obviously. I still wouldn’t know how to write the script for a TV pilot, although I daresay I could figure it out if I had to. But somewhere along the way, I did learn how to write books. And as it happens, I wrote some of them about Nashville.

About the neighborhood where I live.

About a struggling real estate agent selling properties in historic East Nashville.

The same neighborhood where a lot of exterior scenes from the TV show Nashville are filmed, since characters Scarlett and Avery live there.

East Nashville began life as a playground for the rich and famous back a hundred and fifty years ago. The Civil War was over, reconstruction was well underway, and in the 1880s and -90s, the elite began building summer cottages on the other side of the Cumberland River from downtown. They’d leave their fancy mansions in the Belmont and West End areas, and go across the river to summer in Edgefield.

It’s a gorgeous neighborhood full of old Victorian buildings—the ones that survived the fire of 1916, when more than 700 homes were lost, and the tornado of 1998, which damaged 300 more, and the flood of 2010, which put downtown underwater.

During the economically depressing 1970s and -80s, many of the old buildings were divided up into apartments, and the area fell into disrepair and crime. We moved to East Nashville in 1992, and within the first year we lived there, there were four murders within a block of us. It had a bit of a Wild West atmosphere back in those days—almost like when Frank and Jesse James rented a house on Fatherland Street because things were too hot for them in Missouri.

The renovation revolution started with the bachelors in the early 1990s, and these days, it’s fun to be able to tell the new people moving in that we were the pioneers, that when we arrived, the house down the street, the one that’s on the market for a half a million dollars right now, was forty thousand back then.

It’s amazing the difference a couple of decades can make. And it’s nice, after all the years of plugging away at building a neighborhood, and renovating our own fair share of houses, and having a part in helping people buy and sell a few hundred others, that East Nashville is finally getting what it deserves.


37206—where everybody’s somebody!    

Welcome author Alana Albertson

Welcome author Alana Albertson


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Bio:
Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of Americas’s Young Adult and  Chick Lit chapters and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing,  dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through  Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

·         Book Title: Invincible


·         Blurb:   I’ll be honest with you—I'm no hero. Sure, the media tries to brand every Navy SEAL as some kind of Batman dressed in cammies. There’s even a line in one of our cadences: Superman is the man of steel, he ain’t no match for Navy SEAL. You've seen the movies—we’re indestructible, invincible, invisible. But that night, the one you read about in the papers … all I really wanted to do was get laid.
One harmless fuck with a Curaçao whore, no strings attached. I picked her out of a lineup—wild, dark hair, long legs and a crooked smile. After she sucked me off, I relaxed back onto the creaky, cum-stained cot, thankful for the blissful moments she gave me when I actually forgot for a second the faces of my buddies who died because I made the wrong call, the tears of the children I couldn't save, and the eyes of the enemies I slaughtered during their last seconds of life.
But before I left, her hazel eyes peered into my soul. She whispered in a distinct Californian accent, “My name is Annie Hamilton. I'm an American citizen. I was kidnapped from a cruise ship five years ago. You're my last hope. Please save me.”
One desperate plea. This wasn’t a Hollywood blockbuster or a New York Times best-selling thriller. I knew that this time there was no room for excuses, no margin for errors. I had one chance to put on the cape and be her hero.


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·         Guest Post:

Have you ever been having fun on a carefree vacation, or maybe a night out with the girls, and found yourself in danger? Invincible is the story of a beautiful, privileged, college student, Annie Hamilton, who is kidnapped off a cruise ship and forced into sex slavery. When a Navy SEAL hires her to service him, she reveals her identity. Her last hope to be saved. When I'd just graduated from college, my friend and I went to Nice. We were dancing with these Russian men and I hadn't told them that I spoke and understood Russian (I was a professional ballroom dancer so I'd learned the language). After drinks, one of the men said to other that he was going to take us on a boat and rape us! In Russian! I told them off in Russian, the look on their face was incredible. I always wondered what my fate would've been if I hadn't understood them. So have you ever let your guard down and found yourself in a dangerous situation?



·         GIVEAWAY INFORMATION - an Invincible ebook - avail international - also $10 amazon gift card,

Welcome author Chris Taylor

Welcome author  Chris Taylor

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Bio:
Chris Taylor grew up devouring romance books. After working as a criminal lawyer for fifteen years, it was a natural progression to marry her love of romance with the gritty, fast-paced world of crime and thrillers. It is this background that has allowed her to write suspenseful, racy, no-holds-barred romantic suspense novels set in her home country of Australia. From the streets of Sydney to the outback, Chris' novels not only keep you on the edge of your seat, they also take you on a journey across the beautiful landscapes that make up Australia.
Chris was a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Finalist in 2013. The same year, she won the Romance Writers of Australia’s most prestigious award for unpublished writers, the Emerald Award. Chris lives with her husband and five children on a small farm in rural New South Wales, Australia.

Book Title:   The Profiler


Blurb:
A psychopathic killer is stalking the women of Sydney . . .
Federal Agent Clayton Munro, a criminal profiler with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), has been called upon to assist in hunting down a vicious murderer who is intent upon carving up his victims while they’re still alive. Guilt-stricken over his wife’s suicide, Clayton’s forced to set aside his personal issues in order to focus on the case.
Detective Ellie Cooper is also no stranger to heartache. Pregnant and abandoned at the altar by a fiancé intent on pursuing a career with the AFP, her opinion of the elite body of officers is anything but favorable. Angered when her boss orders her to partner with the Fed, she’s determined not to cut him any slack.
But women are dying on the streets of western Sydney and the pressure is mounting to find the person responsible.
Will Clayton and Ellie be able to put aside their animosity and work together to catch a killer before it’s too late? And what about the special fascination the killer seems to have with Ellie . . .

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The paperback version: 

Guest Post:
I’m often asked about how I come up with my ideas for a story…
As The Profiler is about a serial killer on the rampage against the young women of Western Sydney and is reasonably gruesome (the killer dismembers his victims while they are still alive!)  The truth about The Profiler is, it’s based upon a true story – something that actually happened to me! I was nineteen and living in Sydney whilst going to University. I won’t give you any details so as not to spoil the book, but suffice it to say, whilst I survived the experience, it left a lasting impression on me.
I also get my inspiration from music. I love listening to all kinds of music on my iPod, but especially country music. (My favorite TV show at the moment is Nashville – such fantastic music in that show). Around the time the idea for The Profiler came to me, I was listening to a song by Diamond Rio called I Believe. It’s a beautiful song about love and loss and hope and it is all that I dreamed my hero, Clayton, to be. He’s struggling with the death of his wife from suicide. His emotional journey toward forgiveness and eventually, the acceptance of new love is every bit as significant throughout the story as the suspense and I loved writing both of them.




Welcome author Diana Layne

Welcome author Diana Layne
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Bio: Diana Layne is a homeschooling mother of six who balances her hours between nurturing her children and killing off the bad guys.
·         Book Title: The Good Daughter

·         Blurb:
Most good daughters would say they owe their fathers everything.  Marisa Peruzzo, mafia princess, would.
She owed him for killing her fiancé.
She owed him for destroying her mother.
She owed him for chaining her to the ‘family business’.
And she owed him for taking away her lifelong friend.
Payback's a bitch.
·         Book Buy Links: http://www.dianalayne.com/suspensethriller.html (buy links are listed on my website)  OR Amazon US link: http://amzn.com/B006U1DTHO (it's in Select)
·         Guest Post:

      The first version of The Good Daughter was written in the late 90s, BEFORE the Sopranos even existed. This version was called Vendetta. Right after I finished the draft, I found myself in the midst of a divorce and custody battle. I quit writing for over a decade, and then when I pulled out Vendetta I decided to enter some contests. A couple of judges said it sounded like the Sopranos...and of course it did...at the time I wrote it and the Sopranos was created, there were very few resource books on the Mafia...if you were in the mob and talked, you tended to wind up dead so there was that whole Omerta code of silence thing going on back then. Sammy the Bull Gravano was one of the few who squealed and lived to tell about it (or write a book). In an interview with the creators of the Sopranos, I saw we used the same resource books. Cool, huh?
   Vendetta was heavily revamped and renamed The Good Daughter. It's not really a true prequel in my Vista Security series but since characters from The Good Daughter show up later and become major players in the Vista Security books, I tied it in with the series.

     giveaway: ebook copy of The Good Daughter or Trust No One 

Madison Johns eBook Giveaway

Madison Johns is giving away a copy of her eBook Target of Death


Just answer this question in the comments below to be entered:
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Welcome author Lily Bishop

Welcome author Lily Bishop

Website/Blog: www.lilybishop.com
Twitter: @bishoplily
Bio:
Lily Bishop writes romances about strong, smart women and the men who love them. She grew up in north Georgia, and received a Bachelor's in English from the University of Georgia. She enrolled in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Purdue University, but left after a year and returned to Atlanta. Like a siren's call, Athens wanted her back, and she returned to Athens where she received her Master's in Public Administration. She now lives in the Upstate of South Carolina and works full-time as a database administrator for a university. She has been happily married for 15 years and has two children. When she is not writing, she and her family are playing German style board games or going to football games.
Lily writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense, and her goal is to blur the lines between romance, chick lit, and women's fiction. Her books are peppered with family members who make things complicated and couples who can't seem to find a way to be together. Lily writes with a Southern flair, but her characters find themselves in exotic locations and sometimes dangerous situations. She loves to interact with readers about her characters and stories.
Title:    No Strings Attached

Blurb:
Laura Todd isn’t the type to have a hot weekend with a complete stranger in Las Vegas, but Fox Thornton is different. He’s funny, and smart, and he really liked her presentation on marketing. But she never expected him to turn up at her office the Monday after as her new boss.
Fox Thornton keeps business separate from pleasure. He never would have spent the weekend with Laura if he knew she worked for his new client. Unfortunately, once he thinks someone is cooking the books, and the best suspect is Laura.
Which is the real Laura, the smart and funny consultant he met in Vegas, or the scheming administrative assistant he finds in Miami? Over a million dollars is missing, and he will do what he has to do, even it means sending the blonde beauty to prison.
Book Buy Links:
No Strings Attached- Amazon
No Strings Attached - Amazon UK
No Strings Attached – B&N
No Strings Attached – KOBO
No Strings Attached – iTunes
Guest Post:

Romance should be about fantasy, so we visit exotic locations for this story. We start out in Las Vegas, but not just any scene in Las Vegas, a high-dollar penthouse suite. I researched some of the expensive suites in Vegas and really liked the idea that those suites come with a butler. From there we go to Miami, board a luxury yacht, and eventually sail to the Bahamas. I’ve taken several cruises in the Caribbean, but for this book I created my own island. It’s a cross between Atlantis and the island of St. Kitt’s, also known as St. Christopher. I love the historic fortress called Brimstone that I toured on St. Kitt’s, so I created the fictitious “Castle Casino and Resort” in a reproduction castle based on an old British fortress. No Strings is the beginning of a series of connected books. The second book focuses on the brother to the main male character in the first book, and the third book focuses on the sister to the main female character in the first book. There’s a little bit of a mystery that runs through all three books, but they each stand alone. The second book is titled Under His Protection and is due out in either May or June. It’s with the editor now.

Welcome author Julia Derek

Welcome author Julia Derek


Bio: Julia Derek grew up in Sweden but always knew she was meant to live in America, more specifically, in New York City. A former stand-up comic, she has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. When she doesn't write or read, she spends her time whipping people into shape as a fitness trainer. She is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Serial Egg Donor, which was published in August, 2004. It's only available in print on Amazon.com. Her YA romantic thriller, The Smiley Killer, is now available. It's the first in a trilogy entitled The Unnaturals. The sequel, Unnatural Born Killers, will be released shortly.
Entangled Publishing will release her first romantic suspense novel, Undercover Lovers, July, 2014.
Her NA romance, TRIGGER, will be released May, 2014.

Book title: THE SMILEY KILLER

Blurb: 
Seventeen-year-old Riley has been fascinated with crime investigation since she discovered CSI on TV. So, when it’s announced a serial killer is loose in the city, hell-bent on killing girls like Riley’s little sister, Riley’s on full alert. Not even Mark, the super hot college boy pursuing her, can get her mind off the case. 

A victim found near the research lab where Riley’s friend Alyssa volunteers makes Riley think she’s found a lead: The killer’s signature—sad smileys—appears in the lab, so it seems the killer could be someone working there. Riley alerts Alyssa and the two notify the NYPD. But the police dismiss their claims.

Convinced she’s onto something, Riley embarks on her own investigation together with Alyssa. When another victim is found near the lab, it seems they’re close to finding the killer. Problem is, their prime suspect is a scientist’s younger brother—who happens to be Mark… 


Guest Post:
Five Creepiest Serial Killers in American History
1. Ed Kemper. Body Count: 10
This still-alive but imprisoned schizophrenic is 6'9", weighs 300 pounds and has an IQ of 130. He got his start when he killed his grandma at age 13, "just to see how it'd feel to kill grandma. After being released from psychiatric care at 21, Kemper killed hitchhikers and engaged in necrophilia with their corpses. After six murders, he beat his mother to death with a claw hammer, decapitated her, had sex with her head and then used it as a dart board. 
2. Carl Panzram. Body Count: 21+
Thankfully, this psycho, who committed evil for evil's sake, was hanged in 1930. Just before he died, he said: "I wish the entire human race had one neck and I had my hands around it!" This charmer killed men and boys primarily, often raping them before. His favorite rape-kill was a young boy "because the boy spent so much time begging and pleading for his life before Panzam strangled him to death."
3. Ed Gein. Body Count: Unknown
This creep was the inspiration for Norman Bates in Psycho and Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. When Gein's mother died, he started robbing women graves to make furniture and clothes of their skin. Soon, Gein moved on to live women whom he killed to make body suits from their skin. Police “discovered human noses, vulvae, skulls made into bowls, skin masks, human heads in sacks, lamps and chairs upholstered in human flesh, organs in the refrigerator, and a belt made of human nipples.” 
4. Jeffrey Dahmer. Body Count: 17
This gay alcoholic frequented gay bars to lure young men to his apartment by promising them cash. There, he raped and tortured them before strangling them. He sometimes used the bodies for sexual pleasure, often dissolving them in chemicals or eating them. In attempt to turn his victims into sex slaves, Dahmer even tried to lobotomize some of his victims.
5. John Wayne Gacy. Body Count: 33
The worst part about this successful, married business man was that he was a pillar of the community, performing as a clown at children's parties. He was a chaplain and did volunteer work, a force in the Democratic Party. In private, this upstanding citizen raped and strangled dozens of young boys.

Source: PJmedia.com

Giveaway: eBook