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May is International Chicklit Month! Win lots of fab ebooks!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 



Welcome to the inaugural International Chicklit Month! As a chicklit author, I’m soooo happy to be hosting this celebration of all things chicklit.  

The chicklit genre is so diverse, encompassing all the issues that modern women face. And it’s so much more than killer-shoes and pink covers! It can be sad, happy, kick-ass, fun, comic, scary, inspiring, heart-warming, intriguing, romantic, raunchy, sassy, full of attitude, quirky, tear-jerking.

So, ladies, this is the time when we get to cel...

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Indie Intros - an interview with Thea Atkinson, author of Anomaly

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Anomaly (a novel of resilience and self acceptance) 


I'd like to welcome Thea Atkinson on my blog today. Thea's been doing a huge blog streak this month so it's nice to see she's finally put some clothes on!.

About Thea

The first thing you should know about me is I'm a Canadian--and one from the Maritimes where the water means almost everything to the people who live here. It shows up in my fiction a lot.
I have a dog. I wish I had three or four. I love dogs.

Some of my earliest memories are my fondest: like when my older brother put snakes in my ...

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I've won the You Are An Inspiration Award!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, April 25, 2011, In : Books 

 


I have to say a fabtastic thanks to my fellow author Suzanne Tyrpak for  graciously bestowing upon this blog The Inspiration Award. Yay! 


I've just finished celebrating with a few glasses of wine, my party frock is back in the cupboard, and now it's time for me to pass it on to other inspiring bloggers.  

 
 
(Yes, of course that's me at the award ceremony!)

Ready for the rules? Here we go...

Thank and link back to the person who awarded this to you. 
Link posts by you and ten fellow bloggers you f...

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Review of Second Chances by Valerie Maarten

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, April 24, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Second Chances
 
I'm doing two Indie Books Reading Challenges for 2011 - the ABC Indie Fiction Challenge, and the I Heart Indie Books Reading Challenge (more details below). In helping to spread the word about the wonderful selection of Indie books out there, I'm going to be blogging about my progress and reviews. 

My fifteenth review is of Second Chances - a fab romantic suspense.

About Second Chances

SOMETIMES WHEN YOU ARE FACED WITH THE REALITIES OF LIFE…

Kadi Crowe has spent her entire life believing in th...

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Guest Blog by Libby Helmann - two tales from the Sixties

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, April 24, 2011, In : Guest Blog 

It's my pleasure to welcome a guest blog today from Libby Helmann about two stories that happened to her in the 60s. Now, I'm far too young to remember the sixties, (what? I am!), so this is really interesting for me. Take it away Libby...

Hi, all. Grab a cup of coffee, won’t you?  All right, let’s go. 

I’m not going to recap the Sixties for you. Some of you undoubtedly remember, right? And if you don’t, I just wrote a thriller that’s set – in part --  during that time period. Inste...

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Sample Sunday Cookoff! Discover the recipe for Turkish Köfte Meatball

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, April 23, 2011, In : Books 



I'm doing the fun Sample Sunday Cookoff again this week! You can read an excerpt from my romantic comedy mystery, My Perfect Wedding, and discover the recipe for Turkish Köfte (meatballs). I'm sure some of you will notice a pattern of lots of garlic in my recipes! It must be the Mediterranean in me. Still, at least it proves I'm not a vampire! Garlic has also got fantastic health benefits, and you can also read an older post about how fab it is...

My Perfect Wedding...

‘I want to get a look ...

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Indie Intros - an interview with Amanda Brice, author of Codename: Dancer

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, April 22, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Cover for 'Codename: Dancer'


I'd like to welcome Amanda Brice to my blog today. Amanda has just released her YA mystery novel Codename: Dancer. Exciting stuff!

About Amanda

As a little girl, Amanda Brice dreamed of being either a ballerina or the author of a mystery series featuring a cool crime-solving chick named Nancy Flew, but her father urged her to “do something practical,” so she went to law school and spent her days writing briefs and pleadings instead of fiction. 
But dance and writing have remained a part of h...

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Review of Sweet Seduction by Tania Tirraoro

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, April 22, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Sweet Seduction 


I'm doing two Indie Books Reading Challenges for 2011 - the ABC Indie Fiction Challenge, and the I Heart Indie Books Reading Challenge (more details below). In helping to spread the word about the wonderful selection of Indie books out there, I'm going to be blogging about my progress and reviews. 

My fourteenth review is of Sweet Seduction - a really sweet romance.

About Sweet Seduction

Millionaire businessman, Rufus Knightly, is used to getting what he wants in life. When Livia turns down bot...

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Indie Intros - An interview with Kate Hamilton, author of Blood Line

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, April 21, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Blood Line 


I'd like to welcome Kate Hamilton on my blog today...

About Kate

Kate Hamilton studied American Literature as part of her M.A. at Aberdeen University.

She grew up in London where she attended N.L.C.S.

She has lived in several different parts of the world, including Asia.

Her first published book is BLOOD LINE.

She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.

I made a quality decision to 'become' a writer - that is to deliberately use words in a commercial m...

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Author's Coffee Time - grab a hot chocolate with Erica Talbot

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

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It's Author's Coffee Time on my blog today. Grab a frozen hot chocolate, meet Erika Talbot, and win a copy of The Three Siblings Adventures...

About Erika

Erika Talbot was born June 12, 1987 in Ohio. At age thirteen she began writing-mostly poetry and songs. At nineteen she was married to husband Nick. It wasn't long before she picked up her pen to try her hand at writing stories. Influenced by her family, she wrote her first picture book, The Three Sibling Adventures: What We Want To Be. It w...

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Win a copy of The Fashion Police!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 



The Romance Of The Body has just done a review on my chicklit comedy mystery novel The Fashion Police, and they're giving away one Kindle copy! All you have to do is leave a comment on their blog. Easy peasy!

Good luck!

Sibel XX

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Spring Sale - Find some great books for less than a Starbucks!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, In : Books 

 


OK, so Spring has officially sprung this month, and we need something to celebrate! Over at Indie Authors Unite you can check out some excellent ebooks for less that the price of a Starbucks and muffin! There's something for all tastes and price ranges, so what are you waiting for? Pick up some great Spring reads today!

Happy Reading!

Sibel XX 


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Author's Coffee Time - grab a fab dose of chocolate with Geraldine Solon

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, April 18, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

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It's Author's Coffee Time on my blog today. Grab a fab dose of chocolate with Geraldine Solon...

Latte, cappuccino, regular? What’s your coffee time pleasure?

I’m not a coffee person but my weakness is CHOCOLATE. 

Ooh, I hear you, girl! What’s your greatest writing achievement to date? 

My novel, Love Letters was recently listed in Goodreads.com as one of the best books published in January 2011.

Wow! Congrats to you - that's a fantabulous achievement! Which word best defines your writing?

M...

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Author's Coffee Time - grab a skinny latte with Louise Voss

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, April 17, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

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It's Author's Coffee Time on my blog today. Grab a skinny latte and meet Louise Voss...

About Louise

Louise started writing as a hobby while living and working in the music business in New York in 1995. After a few years of rejections, her first book was bought at auction by Transworld/Black Swan. To Be Someone was published in 2000, the first novel to come with its own CD soundtrack (on Virgin Records). Three more novels followed, as well as two co-written thrillers with Mark Edwards. The firs...

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Author's Coffee Time - grab a fresh-roasted regular with Lisa Vandiver

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, April 14, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

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It's Author's Coffee Time on my blog today. Grab a fresh-roasted regular and meet Lisa Vandiver...

About Lisa

I am Lisa Vandiver, Author, mother, and wife to a wonderful husband Matthew and beautiful daughter Keira. 

I have attended college in Dallas, Texas, and traveled to the countries of Russia, Denmark, and Sweden. 

I have two novels, Josie's Thorn and Where She Belongs (My first novel) and Out Of My Head; a book of poems and short stories to my credit. I am now working on a science fiction ...

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Review of Bootscootin' Blahniks by DD Scott

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Bootscootin' Blahniks (The Bootscootin' Books) 


I'm doing two Indie Books Reading Challenges for 2011 - the ABC Indie Fiction Challenge, and the I Heart Indie Books Reading Challenge (more details below). In helping to spread the word about the wonderful selection of Indie books out there, I'm going to be blogging about my progress and reviews. 

My thirteenth review is of Bootscootin' Blahniks - a fun-packed chicklit-country romp...

About Bootscootin' Blahniks

Manhattan apparel designer Roxy Rae Vaughn, who's also a still-in-the-closet, coun...

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Mammoth Red Adept ebook giveaway!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 


Red Adept are doing a mammoth ebook and giftcard giveaway on their website this month. All you have to do is answer their quiz and get 8 out of 10 answers correct to be entered into the prize draw for some of these fab prizes...

1st Place $100 Amazon Gift Certificate
  $25 Amazon Gift Certificate from Kindleboards.com
  One Year subscription to “Bards and Sages Quarterly” (Print edition)
           “Faustine” Coffee Mug from Imogen Rose
  10 eBooks
  “Red Adept Reviews” Tote Bag
  “Re...

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Indie Intros - an interview with Faith Mortimer, author of The Crossing

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

 The Crossing


I'd like to welcome the talented Faith Mortimer onto my blog today...

About Faith 

Faith Mortimer was born in Manchester and educated in Malaya, Singapore and Hampshire. After training to become a nurse she switched careers and became involved in setting up and running various travel and sport related companies. On completion of Yachtsman examinations and a science degree she and her husband sailed their yacht across the Atlantic and enjoyed many years exploring the seas. They now divide their...

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Book Giveaway! Win 9 books and a giftcard!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, April 11, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 


Fellow author Traci Hohenstein is doing a fab giveaway on her website. It's easy peasy to enter, and you could win a $25 giftcard plus 9 books! (Yes, a whopping 9! Including my chicklit comedy mystery The Fashion Police.) Don't miss out! You've got to head over to her website and enter. 

One lucky person will win:

1. $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble (your choice)

2. An autographed copy of BURN OUT plus a gift bag with tons of goodies like a firehouse  cookbook, decorative apron, fire...

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Authors Coffee Time - grab a caramel macchiato with Traci Hohenstein

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, April 11, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

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It's Author's Coffee Time on my blog today. Grab a caramel macchiato and meet Traci Hohenstein, author of the new thriller, Burn Out...

About Traci

Traci Hohenstein lives in Florida and is a beachbum by nature. She loves going to the beach with her kids, swimming and building sandcastles. When she is not building sandcastles, she is building stories. 

Latte, cappuccino, regular? What’s your coffee time pleasure?
Caramel Macchiato, please. 

Sounds yum! What flavour cookie would you like with tha...

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Sample Sunday Cookoff - discover the recipe for olive, garlic, and lemon chicken

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, April 9, 2011, In : Books 



It's Sample Sunday Cookoff! You can read an excerpt from my new chicklit comedy mystery Be Careful What You Wish For and discover Amber's mum's recipe for scrummy olive, garlic, and lemon chicken. I seem to have a garlic obsession at the moment! Fab if you've got a cold or you want to keep vampires away, not so fab if you're going to be kissing someone! You can find out more about garlic's health benefits from another blog post I wrote. 

Be Careful What You Wish For...

‘What other talents hav...

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How I went from 200 rejections to Amazon top 200!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, April 8, 2011, In : Books 

 


I'm over at the fab WG2E blog today talking about my indie journey, and how I went from 200 rejections to Amazon top 200! Why not stop by and check it out...feel free to leave a comment! 

Happy Reading!

Sibel XX

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Review of Maid for Me by Kat Lieu

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, April 7, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Maid for Me 



I'm doing two Indie Books Reading Challenges for 2011 - the ABC Indie Fiction Challenge, and the I Heart Indie Books Reading Challenge (more details below). In helping to spread the word about the wonderful selection of Indie books out there, I'm going to be blogging about my progress and reviews. 

My twelfth review is of Maid for Me - a fun YA romantic comedy...

About Maid for Me

Feisty Mina Lin waltzes on glass shards when she lands a job as billionaire Jaiden Daniels's maid. What happens whe...

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Chicklit comedy mystery ebook giveaway!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, April 7, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 



I'm giving away 20 ebook review copies of my new chicklit comedy mystery, Be Careful What You Wish For. It will be live on Amazon etc in the next few days. The giveaway is in the hope that readers will leave reviews on Amazon (and/or other outlets)...

About Be Careful What You Wish For

For fans of Janet Evanovich, Kate Johnson, and Gemma Halliday...

Armed with cool sarcasm and uncontrollable hair, feisty insurance investigator Amber Fox is back in a new mystery combining murder and mayhem with r...

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Thea Atkinson's Blog Streak!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, In : Books 

 


For the month of April, fellow author, Thea Atkinson is streaking through 30 blogs and flashing us a piece of fiction. I generously offered her a space today so she could expose a piece. My blog will be back to normal tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy and follow the links at the end to see who she flashed yesterday and who she will flash tomorrow. Feel free to leave a comment to let me know if you enjoyed the streak, and you are welcome to tweet it or share it on Facebook. You can also follow...
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Lovely Review of My Perfect Wedding by Coffee Time Romance & More

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, In : Books 



I've just had a lovely review of my romantic comedy My Perfect Wedding by Coffee Time Romance & More. I thought I'd share a snippet of it here...

"Ms. Hodge does a great job of combining her own heritage and its customs and quirks with a great sense of humor and romantic spirit. Helen and Kalem’s love story has been anything but smooth, but the two are truly destined for each other. Helen’s accident prone ways only get worse once she leaves England, and her adventures are even more bizarre...
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Indie Intros - An interview with Betty Carlton, author of Mine Alone

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Mine Alone 


I'd like to welcome the lovely Betty Carlton on my blog today...

About Betty

Betty Carlton is from North Carolina USA. She lives with her husband of seventeen years. They live with a beagle of four years.

She is a grandmother who has only been writing less than a year. Who discovered on a writing site after she posted her great new book for the world to see, that you can't put commas just anywhere you want. It upsets people.

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.

As an unexpect...

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Teenie Tiny Taste Teaser!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, April 4, 2011, In : Books 


I'm doing a teenie tiny taste taser of my romantic comedy My Perfect Wedding today (try saying that ten times really quick!)...

 I swallowed, but my voice came out croaky. ‘You have nice ankles.’ I looked at his flip-flop encased feet.  

What? I cringed inwardly. Nice ankles? Why did I say that?

He glanced down at his ankles like he got told this every day. ‘Yes.’ He nodded towards my glass. ‘Is that Courvoisier?

‘Yes.’ I stopped stroking the sofa and took a sip of the burn...


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Authors Coffee Time, grab a hot chocolate with JE Taylor

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, April 4, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

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It's Author's Coffee Time on my blog today. Grab a hot chocolate and meet J.E. Taylor...

About J.E.

J.E. Taylor is a writer, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife and a business analyst, not necessarily in that order. She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:  “Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”

From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back and now her writing resume includes five+ novels either published or targeted fo...

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Author's Coffee Time, grab an Irish coffee with Tracey Alley

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, April 3, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

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It's Author's Coffee Time on my blog today. Grab an Irish coffee and meet Tracey Alley...

About Tracey

I learned to read and write at a very early age and my earliest memories are of my mother telling me stories about fairies and elves and flowers that could talk; all living in our back garden.  I began writing my own stories by the time I was six or seven.  So I never felt a sense of ‘I want to be a writer’ I always felt I was a writer, I just wanted to be a published writer.  It took me ...

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Sample Sunday Cookoff - discover the recipe for Marinara Pasta

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, April 1, 2011, In : Books 



I'm doing the fun Sample Sunday Cookoff again this week! You can read an excerpt from my chicklit comedy mystery, The Fashion Police, and discover Amber's mum's secret recipe how to make Marinara Pasta! The more garlic, the better - unless you're going to be kissing someone! 

The smell of marinara pasta, laced with extra garlic, wafted under my nose when I opened my parents’ door. 

‘Hi.’ Mum stuck her head out the kitchen door. ‘We’re just waiting for Suzy.’

She had no sooner spoken ...

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Sibel Hodge I'm an author of comedy mystery and romantic comedy novels, and a huge fan of the screwball comedy genre. In my spare time I'm Wonder Woman! For more about me and my novels, please check out my book page.

 

 

 

 

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