Friday, September 14, 2012

Release Weekend Party ~ Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey ~ Giveaway #5


Here to talk about Music are Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey  Authors of the Countermeasure Series. 


Music Takes You Higher


While running through Kally’s Facebook page, we noticed readers and fans posting music—a song, an album—that reminded them of a person or an event that took place in her stories. We, too, experience similar discussions and posts with our readers and seeing that interaction brought to light an important part of the creative process. 
To us, music is not just entertainment. Music carries a strong influence on our writing. Sometimes, listening to a song can bring to surface entire sequences of events to mind. For example, a song flowed out of the speakers one morning while Cecilia was driving to work and caught her attention. The words, the emotions it evoked flashed an entire scene into her mind. As soon as she could get to her computer, she laid down the draft and later that day we discussed it, improved on the original idea born from that song. That scene became a critical fight scene in Countermeasure.
We have playlists for every story as well as each character we create. We use that as a tool to get us “in the mood” and under the character’s skin. Each type of scene requires a different mood and corresponding soundtrack. Each playlist has the exact emotional match for our plot lines so that it emphasizes characteristics and thoughts of a character or pace of the scene itself. If we are struggling with getting a scene just right, listening to a song gives us a flash of inspiration, a direction.
Cecilia and I are both audiophiles and collect music of all genres. Aside from using music as productivity tool, we also use the playlists to differentiate the medium in which we write. Being role players means we switch characters from time to time. We might be writing storylines for a paranormal character one day and for our contemporary techno thriller the next. In order not to confuse them, we have specific playlists for each set of characters which helps us stay in character and not mix them up.
As you can see, as with readers, music plays a very important part in our writing, one we have embraced and made work in our advantage. The result is clearly experienced through the many scenes inspired by those songs and we hope to continue the trend on our future releases in 2012 and 2013.
Sláinte!
Chris & Cecilia



BIO
CHRIS ALMEIDA and CECILIA AUBREY
Writing had touched Chris Almeida’s and Cecilia Aubrey’s lives in different ways through the years but had never taken flight. It was in 2010, when Chris and Cecilia met and began role-playing online as a hobby, that writing placed itself front and center in their lives.
Chris and Cecilia have since chosen to release all their titles independently. They have several short stories and two novels published under their own label, Éire Publishing, and are vocal supporters of independent publishing done right. They are currently working on the third novel in their series. Through all the chaos and laughter, they still hold true to their roots, bringing their favorite role-play characters and stories to life.
You can find out more about them on their author and series websites:


TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE


Blurb:

In the second novel of the COUNTERMEASURE SERIES, Trevor and Cassandra Bauer are starting a new life across the pond where they continue their search for Trevor's parent while he still works as an NSA consultant. When George Miller, his best friend, comes across what looks to be a new piece of information on his parents' case, they embark on a new adventure following a digital trail to Saint Petersburg.
They are encumbered with the task of infiltrating a Russia Mafia's stronghold and recovering stolen files in exchange for that new clue. As they dive in the job, Trevor becomes bound to a Russian mafia crime lord. What started as a simple data file recovery turns into a dangerous game of cat and mouse deep in a world of betrayal, hidden identities, and secret agendas.
Cassandra will do anything to keep Trevor safe. When everything goes FUBAR and she finds herself on the run, her sole focus is finding Trevor even it if means she has to depend on those who might not have their best interests at heart.
Stephan Connelan, Brennan Enterprises' CEO and Trevor's Parents' friend, has fought his desire for Jessica Forrester since the day they met at Trevor and Cassandra's wedding. Events in his past stop him from giving in to temptation, a temptation that would cause them both regret and hurt. But how long can he resist something so powerful as his attraction for the little vixen who has crowded his thoughts for months.
Jessica knows what she wants. Their age difference won't stop her from having the man of her dreams. She is determined to find a way to reach the heart he has locked away behind high walls. Little does she know that her greatest obstacle is Stephan himself.


Chapter 19 - Excerpt:
As each camera was set and turned on, their images began displaying on the screen and the feeds were automatically saved to their external hard drive. They were also motion activated, transmitting data only when activity was detected. That meant they could run the surveillance for hours on end without running out of disk space.

Cassandra became lost in the flow of activity and jumped slightly when she heard Trevor's devious chuckle ripple through the connection. "Damn it, Trevor. I know that laugh. What the hell are you up to?!"

"What?! Can't a guy have a little bit of fun on the job?" His voice held a rasp of excitement.

"Why is it that when you say 'fun' I hear 'trouble'?"

His voice held a hurtful tone. "No faith, whatsoever, in my skills."

She guffawed. "Yeah, yeah."

"Okay. About to set last camera."

Trevor checked to be sure that the coast was clear before he left the cover of the trees and sprinted for the sidewalk across from the park. He hugged the wall as he pulled the last camera from his pack. Staying out of view of the security camera he'd spied earlier atop the gate's side pillar, he used the intricate design of the wrought iron gate as a ladder to reach the camera. Its location was ideal to record the faces and license plates of cars arriving at the gates, and its angle prevented any peripheral activity from being recorded. Eejits made it too easy.

At the top, he swung a leg over the rounded edge of the gate, balancing himself to keep from falling on his face as he reached from behind for the encased camera with both hands. He carefully attached their micro-camera and battery pack to the top front edge of the casing.

His voice was hushed and cartoonish: "Oh, grandmother, what big eyes you have! The better to see you with...."

Cassandra's snort of laughter traveled over the audio link.

"Oh, you liked that, didn't you?"

"Just because I laugh at your jokes, doesn't mean they're good, you know." Her voice oozed disdain and he could picture her rolling her eyes.

He kept tabs on the surrounding area as he adjusted the position of the micro-camera. He switched it on and gave Cassandra the last signal.

 "Let me know if this one has a good angle."

After a few moments, her voice exploded over the link. 

"What the hell?! That is from pretty high up. Really good view, but really high up! How the hell did you accomplish that one, Trevor? Hold on a second. Where are you right now?!"

"Setting the cameras?" He feigned innocence.

"Get your ass out of there on the double!" Anxiety bled through her words.

Her fear beat at him. He sobered immediately. 

"I'm on my way down; I'll be out of here in no time, Cassie."

Trevor swung his leg back over the gate. Suddenly a deep growl blasted his ears and a heavy weight slammed against the fence, knocking him from his perch. 

"Umpf!" he exclaimed as he hit the sidewalk. Pain seared through his entire body. His vision dimmed and ears grew muffled as he exhaled in shallow breaths to ease the radiating agony. The low menacing growls and barks from at least two dogs penetrated his haze. Move your arse, man! he grimaced to himself, rolling instinctively up against the wall into the cover of shadows. Sucking in a deep shaky breath, he held his position and tried to regroup.

"Trevor! Report!" Cassie's frantic voice demanded in his ear.

Winded, he couldn't squeeze out the words to comfort her. A commotion inside the gate forced him to press tighter against the wall, hoping his dark clothing would help as additional camouflage.

"Trevor! Report. Now!"

"Here!" he gasped out with a groan.

A voice behind the wall yelled. Trevor smirked. The guard blamed the dogs' barking on a stray cat.
Someone else cursed at the dogs to shut up.

"I would like that, too, thank you very much!" Trevor mumbled to himself as he completed an internal assessment. The pain was fading and, although nothing seemed to be broken, he had landed on his back and on the small toolkit box in his backpack. That's going to smart in the morning. Confident he hadn't blown his cover since he wasn't kissing shoes or facing gun muzzles, he finally responded to Cassie's frantic requests.

"I'm okay. Just sore. All cameras placed. I'm heading back."

"If you think you can just scare the crap out of me and walk home like nothing happened you are very wrong, mister." Cassie's voice, although steady, was now seething with anger. "What the hell happened out there, Trevor!?"

Trevor checked his surroundings, crawled closer to the gate, and popped his head around the corner of the wall to check the house. Again, loud growls echoed in his ears and the gate shook under the weight of a body butting up against it. The dogs were right in his face, doing what they were trained to do—guard the property.

"Dogs, Cassie...big dogs happened."He pushed to his feet and leaned back against the wall. Concern worried at his heart and, to avoid leading a possible tail directly to Cassandra, he decided to take the longest route back.

He headed in the opposite direction from which he had arrived. "ETA, seventeen minutes."

Cassandra immediately picked up on the change of plans. "Why seventeen? Why not the twelve it took on the original route?"
She was like one of the freaking dogs behind the gate chasing him for answers. He sighed. 

"It's all okay, Cassie. Just taking a different route back. I will explain when I get there."

Cassandra continued to badger him. 

"Oh, damn straight you will! What the hell were you thinking, climbing the fence to plant the camera up there?" She interjected, "Mind you, it was truly brilliant, but that's not the point! You can't let yourself get carried away and lose perspective of the goal here, Trevor!" Her implication left an ache in his chest.

"It was just the perfect location to get the shots we need of both the people and license plates of cars arriving at the mansion," he commented quietly as he briskly walked around the block and to the street that would lead him to the bridge and back to Cassandra. The risk had been great, but Trevor didn't regret a minute of it. It was a necessary one to get what they needed. Still smarting from the fall, he limped, listening to the concern and anxiety coloring Cassandra's voice as she ranted about how reckless he had been and how she was going to kick his ass when he got there.

The connection had gone quiet as he approached the building and he wondered what it would take to get back on her good side and out of the doghouse. Entering the code, he limped up the stairs and entered the apartment. Cassandra stood right at the door, her flushed cheeks a clear sign of her anger toward him at the moment.

"What the fuck, Trevor?"

As those words hung in the air, his thoughts narrowed to her, her flushed face, the anxiety in her tone, and the pulse beating out of control at the base of her throat. Without a word, he kicked the door shut, dropped the pack to the floor, and roughly hauled her into his arms, seizing her mouth in a hot, searing kiss.

Cassandra's stomach churned. Her throat was so tight she could barely breathe, let alone speak. Her anger was directed both at Trevor for taking risks and at herself for knowing the risks—handling the risks—and still dying inside each time he did. How had she ever let him have so much control over her heart? It was as if he'd chipped away the ice and nursed the flames that now engulfed it.

A part of her wanted to grab him and hold on tight, happy he was back in one piece. But the part of her ruled by anger twisted in his arms, trying to push him away, unwilling to set aside the emotions that ate at her. Her efforts were thwarted by his tight hold, the press of his body against hers, and his relentless kiss determined to conquer her anger.

Under his assault, her struggles subsided and she sagged with a sigh of relief at having him back safe in her arms. Soon, it was washed away in a flood of desperation fed by the last couple of hours filled with pent-up worry and an overwhelming need to feel every inch of Trevor's body against hers.

Cassandra returned his demanding kiss with one of her own, pulling at his jacket and searching for the zipper until her groping fingers landed on metal. She quickly unzipped it and pushed it open, desperate to touch him. 

She groaned at the feel of his heat beneath her hands before sliding them up and pushing the jacket off his shoulders. Trevor held the kiss, sucking at her lips and tongue while shrugging the jacket off.
Their tongues continued to dance as her hands pulled the turtleneck from Trevor's waistband and slid underneath it, brushing up along his chest, loving the feel of his skin hard and quivering under her touch.


Buy the books:


Chris and Cecilia are generous enough to offer an awesome prize. Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. 

118 comments:

  1. I'm so excited about all of the new authors I'm adding to my "to read" list!!!

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  2. What a generous giveaway! I've heard a lot about these books but haven't yet read them.

    kesummer69 at gmail dot com

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    1. When you do read them, send us some feedback. We are always open to hear thoughts and feelings about the books :)

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  3. Thanks for letting us share in your celebration, Kally! We wish you all the best with your new release.

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  4. This series sound so good!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

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  5. this is so cool to be a part of all the happenings before the release of Nobody's Perfect!!!

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    1. Amazing response, right? Kally has a fantastic group of friends and readers. We are thrilled to be a part of it!

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  6. I have heard wonderful things about these authors! And anything to do with reading and music is going to draw me in fast. I can't wait to check out these books! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  7. A big thank you goes out to Kallypso for having us on her blog today. We are around to chat and answer any questions you might have.
    Sláinte!

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    1. Thank you for sharing! I am stoked to read your books!

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    2. Okay so I am pathetic and replied as another comment below...LOL...copying here....

      Kimberly. Thank you for the great comments. When you do have a chance to read, please drop us a note and let us know what you think. We love hearing from readers! Cheers!

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    3. Send us feedback when you do! We are always around. We need to be online to work together so we pretty much live here.

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    4. :) You know I will! hehehe So excited!

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  8. Music can add so much. I have a playlist for characters and sometimes just hearing a song makes you think so much about someone!
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    1. When writing a scene, music can enhance your own emotions which you can then express into words. Writing love scenes or fight scenes with that added bit can be quite an experience.

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  9. Looks like another great book to my wish list.

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  10. FYI when you try to follow CAlmeidaCAubre it says page not found...

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    1. Thank you for the heads up. Leagh is on it and it should be fixed soon.

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! Nice seeing you here!

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  12. This is a new to me author but from the excerpt it looks fantastic! Thanks Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

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  13. Thanks for joining in the day's fun, Chris and Cecilia! OMG, I actually have a theme CD for every book, well, every romance, in the series. You're so right. They are:

    NOBODY'S ANGEL: Romanza, by Andrea Bocelli
    NOBODY'S HERO: Marc Anthony, by Marc Anthony
    NOBODY's PERFECT: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, by Sarah McLachlan

    I also do playlists at Playlists.com. Some day I plan to do those on iTunes and share them (because the Playlists site isn't complete), but I do get lots of song ideas from readers, who tell me what songs inspired them while reading or thinking about my characters.

    Thanks again for joining in the fun today! Can't wait to read your excerpt--and your book! I hope I learn to read faster than usual. Giving myself one month off writing (so I can read and do other things), but my TBR is enormous from today alone!

    Kally

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    1. That's fantastic Kally! We tend to mix and match based on the feel of the scene. For a while I was listening to a lot of game soundtracks to get the urgency of the moment in the action scenes.
      Our playlist ranges from that to Korn to Snow Patrol and many more.

      And I hear you about the month off. We are getting back to writing now after To Russia's release. Next one to be done in the spring of 2013. But we have the shorts to tide readers over the long wait. :)

      Sláinte!

      Chris

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    2. Music can be a wonderful sword for the muse! Be sure to pamper yourself! It is well deserved!

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  14. Love hearing about music and playlists. :) Can't wait to check out your series.

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  15. Happy to add these to my tbr list! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I've had these books on my wish list for awhile. Looks like I'm going shopping! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Nice to know our work is being talked about. We love hearing from readers. Fill us in when you do read them.

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  17. Yet another series I'm going to have to read! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Adding this to my wishlist! Thanks you for sharing and I love music that reminds me of awesome characters.

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  19. Kimberly. Thank you for the great comments. When you do have a chance to read, please drop us a note and let us know what you think. We love hearing from readers! Cheers!

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  20. I've just started creating playlists for my writing, and I can't believe what a difference it makes. Great excerpt!

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    1. When you identify the character with a set of songs, the minute you listen to those you are thrown into his or her skin. It's amazing how that can be such a simple and effective tool.

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  21. This is great! Another author(s) & series. Thanks everyone!

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  22. This looks like an action packed series with the perfect blend of romance. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. *grins* It will definitely take you on a roller coaster ride full of twists, turns, and...heat.

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  23. Added to my list, thanks!!

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  24. Will be adding this to my list as well!!!!

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  25. Music is such a big influence in our lives. Of course, now I have another new to me author to start buying. Something tells me this Release Party is going to wind up costing me a lot of money, but yielding a lot of quality reading.
    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the chuckle, Lisa! I have my faithful iPod with me all the time. Everywhere I go, I have music playing LOUD. I have found amazing artists by doing research for the new book and expanded my music taste that way.

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    2. You hit it on the head. It seems that a memory, scent, or feeling is always triggered by a melody or lyric.

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  26. It's great when you hear music and reminds of a great story!! Even after a long time you always remember!

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    1. Very true. I guess all senses are important but to me, music and smells always mark a moment in life.

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  27. I can't really catch the musical, but when scenery is described, it's very real to me. Thanks for joining in to celebrate Kally!!!!

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    1. It's a pleasure to meet so many new friends of hers! Thank you for participating, too!

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    2. That you Tracy. Definitely, the description of a location in a scene or story can take it straight to the heart. Music helps to inspire us in that area also, whether it's describing an adventure on a bullet train or strolling the streets of a beautiful foreign city.

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  28. I have been reading erotic books for about a month. This blogging stuff is draining my Amazon count. I love it.

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    1. Welcome to a whole new world! Cecilia has way more exposure to the genre than me but I took to it like pig to mud. ;)

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    2. Love it! I hear you. It drains mine too.

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  29. Thanks for participating in the hop and for the chance to win.

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  30. You are new to me authors, I would love to read your stories, sound fascinating!

    Eva
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    1. Please keep in touch and touch base when you do read the stories. Love hearing feedback!

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  31. I love when I know the music that is behind some of the scenes. I like to find it and play it while I'm reading. The bad part is I become more emotional than I already am. I'm a gluten for punishment.

    coach4kat(at)gmail.com

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    1. Kathy, we actually have a couple of playlists on Trevor's profile on Facebook:
      Profile: https://www.facebook.com/trevor.bauer.cms
      Playlist: https://www.facebook.com/notes/trevor-joseph-bauer/trev-and-cassies-playlist-i/134069093329209

      For the songs we listen while writing other scenes you can check our pinterest accounts:
      http://pinterest.com/ceciliaaubrey/our-inspirational-music/
      http://pinterest.com/ceciliaaubrey/alternate-connection-book-3-inspirational-music/

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  32. Thank you everyone for all your great comments! We hope you continue to enjoy partying Kally's way!

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  33. This series sounds awesome. Can't wait to read more.

    mpashon at hotmail dot com

    Melanie J

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  34. I'm still on "Countermeasure" but I promise I will finish the series lol. Thanks for being part of the party Chris and Cecilia.

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    1. No worries :) Let us know when you do! You know where to find us!

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  35. Looks like I found some more books to add to the TBR pile!!

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    1. Thank you, Angie! We didn't put the whole chapter because some parts were NC-17 and we were not sure if we could go wild with the explicit content. We didn't want to hurt people's sensibilities... ;)

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  37. Wow I have a feeling that by the end of this I will have a very full wishlist on B&N. The excerpt was great.

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  38. Looks like I have some new books to add to my tbr pile

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  39. Yet more authors to add to my list. So many books so little time lol. Thanks for the giveaway. Claire

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  40. Learning about lots of new authors today! Yay! Thank you.

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  41. Wow I love finding new authors. Thanks for sharing. I love both music and books. Great post.

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  42. New series and authors for me! I love this! It's always great to find out when an author has a play list for a story. I usually listen to music when I read to set the mood of the story.
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    1. Hi Susan,

      If you would like to check our character's playlists, add Trevor and Cassandra to your friend list on Facebook. Trevor has the playlists in his docs.

      https://www.facebook.com/trevor.bauer.cms
      https://www.facebook.com/cassandra.bauer.cms

      Sláinte!

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  43. Wow looks really good.

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  44. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway. I love when authors tell what songs and playlists they listen to or had in mind while writing a book.

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  45. I hadn't heard of this series yet, but it is definitely one i am going to be hunting down very soon!

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  46. I love finding all these new authors to add to my TBR pile. Thanks for a chance to win and the great giveaway!

    Thanks again,
    pfleming913@comcast.net

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  47. I love new authors !! Thanks for the introduction!!

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  48. So many books going on my pile now :)

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  49. Great excerpt ladies!! You two are new to me!! I'll be watching for your work :)

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    1. Thank you, Leigh! You can find us on FB too. Just shout! We are happy to chat.

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  50. So many great books so little time!

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  51. Gotta add you to my TBR list....Ahhh i'm gonna be a busy busy lil book worm after today's party!

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  52. So many new authors to try! Love it!

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  53. My Wish List Is Getting So Big Cos They Are All Good Books :)

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  54. Loved the excerpt! Here's another series to add to my TBR list!

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  55. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the excerpt!
    tequila.sunrise.17@hotmail.com

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  56. I enjoyed the conversations, very whitty!

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  57. Somebody just come by and scrape me off the floor. I agree on music I write to music as well and its very helpful. Its cool how you have soundtracks for characters though!! Thanks Leagh and Kally!! Can't wait for Nobody's Perfect!!!

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  58. Wow, somebody pinch me....I cannot believe you are giving away the entire 5 book set as a prize....thank you for such a fantastic opportunity!!!

    As for the association of music and writing go, I too believe they just go hand in hand as do music and life. And I love hearing what music inspires others to write about certain characters or subjects.

    Thank you for making today that much more special for Kally and all of her fans!

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  59. I love reading about authors and the music that inspires them. Thank you

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  60. Another addition to my TBR!!! Wow such an awesome prize thanks!!!!

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  61. Oh, new to me authors and series!! I am going to have to give up all sleep just to make a dent in my TBR list. Thanks so much for the great excerpt *adds to TBR list*

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  62. Oh Wow!! This entire series is going onto my TBR pile!

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  63. Most of these are already fave authors, but a couple are new.

    Great giveaway and loved the blog hop!

    Gayle

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  64. Did you hear that? That's the moaning and groaning of the hubs as new authors are added. Sweet!!!!

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  65. Suspense, danger and heat... count me in! Great excerpt :)
    kitcat76(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  66. What a totally fabulous and generous prize!
    The excerpt was amazing. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  67. Thanks for the great comments and feedback everyone. We hope that if you get a chance to read the novels and shorts that you will enjoy the adventure and heat.

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  68. Soo excited to be a part of this and learning/reading about all the different authors telling their stories. My wish list will probably be full by the time I finish this release party :)

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  69. Music is one of my favorite motivators, as well as, how I recharge my batteries. You know how some people or situations drain your energy; music always re-energizes me. Thank you for your generous give away. I've added your series to my "2BRead" shelf.
    =Kristal

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  70. FAB prize pkg...thx for the giveaway op and for joining Kally's party! :)

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  71. Enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds like a good series. I think it's awesome how a song can make an author visualize a scene. Very creative. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  72. Another new author - this series sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  73. How many books are planned for this series?

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    1. That you for asking. Currently we have two published novels, Countermeasure, Book 1 in the Countermeasure Series and this one, To Russia with Love, Book 2. We are currently working on Book 3, Alternate Connection which will be released in the spring of 2013. The number of books will depend on the characters, but already Book 4 is knocking at the door. We also have a spin off series Countermeasure Bytes of Life that are mini novellas or shorts that take you deeper into the day and life of the characters. Currently there are two Ecstasy by the Sea and Cuffed at Midnight. Passion at Dawn, the next instalment is scheduled to be released the first week of October. You can find out more about the Series on our web site and Facebook pages.

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  74. Goodness. My credit card may just cry with all these new authors I want to try. Loving it though :)

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  75. So Many books so little time! lol My hubby sure is going to be feeling neglected with me reading all these new authors and there books!\

    Samantha_gearhart@hotmail.com

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  76. How exciting & a super generous giveaway

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  77. Sounds like a great story and another I want to check out. Thanks for the giveaway!

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