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New Release! Untangle My Heart by Melissa Smith!

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, September 13, 2014, In : Books 

Untangle My Heart
by Melissa A. Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 14, 2014


Four people, minus two relationships, equals one perfect pair.

When a chance mix up tosses everything into the air, everyone is caught off guard. The only thing you can do then is stand back and wait for things to settle so you can untangle the mess.



Amazon US ~ Amazon UK ~ Amazon CA ~ Amazon AU
Kobo ~ Smashwords ~ iTunes


Melissa Smith lives in the Midwest with he...

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New Boxed Set Release! Six Pack of Sleuths!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, September 8, 2014, In : Books 
Six Pack of Sleuths

For a LTD time only you can pick up this fab multi-author boxed set of fun mysteries by six Award Winning and Bestelling Authors for only $0.99/£0.75! SIT BACK AND CRACK OPEN A KILLER SIX PACK... 

DEATH BY SARCASM 
Dani Amore 
Mary Cooper, a Los Angeles area private detective who masks her true, caring nature with a razor-sharp, sarcastic sense of humor, learns that her uncle, a former stand-up comedian has been murdered. She is asked to assist in finding the killer by both the police and famil...

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Amber Fox Mysteries Books 1-3 Boxed Set Available For Pre-Order!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, In : Books 


The first three books in my Bestselling Amber Fox Mystery Series are now in a cool boxed set available for pre-order! With a release date of 22nd September, you can order now for the bargain price of $6.99 and get them delivered to your ereader as soon as they're out.

About The Amber Fox Mysteries...

Fashion, Lies, and Murder (book #1) 
Amber Fox has been making too many mistakes, and something's got to give... 

For starters, Amber accidentally shoots Chief Inspector Janice Skipper and gets throw...

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Featuring Merry-Go-Round by Donna Fasano!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, August 18, 2014, In : Books 

The Merry-Go-Round
by Donna Fasano
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2009




When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind...stepping off the merry-go-round. However, her life quickly turns into a three-ring circus: her hypochondriac father moves in, her ex is using her shower when she’s not home, and her perky assistant is pushing her out into the fearsome dating world. She also has to decide if the dilapidated barn and vintage merry...

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Santa Claus, Lies, and Murder - New Amber Fox Mystery Out Now!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, August 7, 2014, In : Books 

My Bestselling Amber Fox Cozy Mystery Series is back with a new release!


About Santa Claus, Lies, and Murder

Santa has gone missing and the fate of Christmas is in Amber Fox’s hands… 

When the bones of St Nicholas, the original Santa Claus, are stolen from a special exhibit at the Natural History Museum on Christmas Eve, insurance investigator Amber Fox is hot on the thieves’ trail. 

Jinxed spells, freaky insects, and a sack full of secrets take Amber on a bumpy sleigh ride. But can she res...

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New Multi Author Boxed Set Release! The Gemstone Collection Out Now at a Bargain Price of $0.99/£0.77!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, July 28, 2014,


I'm so excited to be part of the WTRAFSOG  Gemstone Collection Part 4, along with 10 other authors.  This fab multi-author boxed set it out now at a bargain price for a LTD time!

ABOUT WHAT TO READ AFTER FSOG GEMSTONE COLLECTION PART 4:

Heidi and the Kaiser by Selena Kitt
Blurb:
Mousy little Heidi is a wanna-be designer who works as nothing more than a glorified go-fer for one of the largest and most well-known companies in the world of fashion. When she accidentally stains CEO Warren Kaiser's pa...

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Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt - Win Fab Prizes!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, July 7, 2014, In : Book Giveaways 


The 
Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt will run from TODAY until midnight on SUNDAY (19th July). To enter to win FORTY signed paperbacks by a wide range of authors PLUS $30 worth of Amazon Gift Cards, simply hop around ALL participating stops, collect all of the highlighted numbers, add them together, and then go enter the requested details along with your calculated answer in the ENTRY FORM. You can find more information on how the stop works HERE. All stops will direct you to the next place to hop...

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Win $25/£20 Amazon Gift Voucher with the Release of Look Behind You!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, In : Book Giveaways 

Want to win a $25/£20 Amazon gift card with the release of my new psychological thriller Look Behind You

Just leave a review for Look Behind You on 
Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk,  B&N.com between now and May 20th, then either come back here and post that you've reviewed, or post a message on my Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win a gift card! One winner will be pulled at random from all eligible entries. Look Behind You is on sale for a special introductory price of $0.99 for a LTD time...

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Butterfly Blog Tour! March 24th - 28th! Win a $25 Amazon Gift Voucher + ebooks!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, In : Book Giveaways 


I'm doing my first ever blog tour for the release of my New Adult/Contemporary Romance organized by the fab Itching for Books!




March 24th -
My Favorite Things *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)
BookGroupies *Review & Dream Cast (blogger's choice)
Reader Girls *Review & Excerpt (blogger's choice)

March 25th -
Another World of Books *Review & Favorite Quotes
Rockin' & Reviewing *Review & Dream Cast (blogger's choice)
Books Like Breathing *Review & Dream Cast (blogger's choice)

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Mystery Spring Fling: 10 romantic mystery novels for only $0.99!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, March 14, 2014, In : Books 
Mystery Spring Fling: 10 romantic mystery novels

Gemma Halliday Publishing has launched an amazing boxed set of fun mystery novels for only $0.99/£0.77! 

10 romantic cozy mystery novels by New York Times, USA Today, and National Bestselling authors! Mystery, murder, laughs, romance, and tons of fun! 

ALL proceeds from the sale of this collection will be donated to one local library. To nominate your public, private or school library to receive these much needed-funds, visit gemmahalliday.com

Deadline to Nominate your library: March 31, 2014 

A...

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A Step Too Far by LK Watts

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, February 3, 2014, In : Books 
A Step Too Far (A Fun Chick Lit Adventure)

If you're looking for a fun chick lit adventure, check out LK Watts' A Step Too Far...

Caitlin O’Connor has the perfect life. Or so she thinks. In her late twenties, she already has a fantastic career as a trauma nurse with a gorgeous, rich, successful husband to match. 

But when tragedy strikes on an exotic holiday, all this changes. Caitlin’s near-death experience makes her realise that she has to move out of her comfort zone and make the most of life’s opportunities. 

But when she makes...

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Lost Love Letters - An Indie Chicks Anthology

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, January 31, 2014, In : Book Giveaways 


One of my stories was just published in Lost Love Letters: An Indie Chicks Anthology! This anthology is a collection of beautiful love letters from many bestselling authors and I think you might enjoy it. The Indie Chicks are offering it for FREE for two days - Sunday February 2nd and Monday February 3rd. If this sounds like a book you would enjoy reading, please go to Amazon during that time and download your free copy. Also, we would all appreciate it so much if you would leave a review for...

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Win a $25/£20 Amazon Gift Voucher with the Release of Butterfly (a New Adult Romance)

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, In : Book Giveaways 


Want to win a $25/£20 Amazon gift card with the release of my New Adult Romance novel Butterfly

Just leave a review for Butterfly on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukB&N.com, Kobo.com, between now and Feb 28th, then either come back here and post that you've reviewed, or post a message on my Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win a gift card! One winner will be pulled at random from all eligible entries on March 1st. Butterfly is on sale for a special introductory price of $0.99 for a LTD t...

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day - 11th Jan 2014

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, January 10, 2014, In : Books 

It is estimated that 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year - 80% of these are women and girls. (Source: U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report: 2007)
 
Those are scary numbers, aren't they? We're supposed to live in modern society but trafficking is a very real "modern-day" slavery nightmare for hundreds of thousands of people.

As a writer, I wanted to use my voice to raise awareness into sex trafficking, and that's how Trafficked: The Diary of a ...

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Circle in the Sand - New Release by Lia Fairchild!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, In : Books 

 

Title: Circle in the Sand

Author: Lia Fairchild
Release Date:  January 7, 2014 
Four life-long friends bound by two decades of laughter, love, promises, and secrets. Once inseparable, the four grow into independent adults pursuing very different paths.

Sage, raised by career-driven parents, follows a carefully laid out future of success that leaves her wondering what she’s missed out on.

Emily, the college drop-out, now has three children that have become her...

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Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, December 19, 2013, In : Lifestyle 


Well, it's almost that time of year again and where has it all gone? 

2013 has been an amazing year for me, and I hope it has for you all out there, too. I'd like to wish all my fantastic readers a very Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope Santa brings you everything you want! Thanks a million for all your support and kind words throughout 2013, it's always very much appreciated. 

Take care, stay safe, and have fun!

Peace and Love   Black heart (cards)

 
Sibel XX      
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Amazing December #Romance Giveaway!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, December 6, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 

There are some amazing romance books to be won! This time it's right before Christmas, the greatest time of the year, and also the best month to receive and give away sweet presents. Well, there are enough sexy and hot Ebooks for you to devour or give away as a present this coming christmas ...

This is the Super Duper December Giveaway!

Enter to win 1 of the lovely Ebook and swag prizes listed.There are at least 48 different kind of books you can win! There are lots and lots of romantic, New Ad...
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Get the Kindle Version of my Amber Fox Mysteries FREE in December!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, December 2, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 


As a special Christmas bonus, the Kindle versions of my four Amber Fox Mysteries will be FREE during December when you buy the paperback version on Amazon.com! So buy the paperback as a gift...and keep the Kindle version as a gift for yourself! (Applies to US customers only, due to Amazon's Matchbook programme). 
All my other Amazon.com books are also enrolled in the Kindle Matchbook Programme, so you can get a discount on the Kindle version of them when you by the paperback version.









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Gemma Halliday Publishing Launch Party! Giveaways, Prizes, Free Books, and More!

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, November 17, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 

The launch of Gemma Halliday's publishing imprint, Gemma Halliday Publishing, will be debuting Dec. 1st with a total of 14 fabulous authors and 24 of their super fun books! To celebrate, she's having a launch party on her Facebook page!! Each day for 14 days you can meet the GHP authors giving away DAILY PRIZES, and entering you to win the big grand prize of a KINDLE PAPERWHITE and all 24 BOOKS! 

The big party kickoff is tomorrow 18th Nov! Stay tuned as I'm giving away a fab Sterling silver an...

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Hopping the Boxes Blog Tour = Win Fab Prizes!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, November 7, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 


Welcome to my stop for Hoppin the Boxes Today I'll be featuring
Melissa F. Miller 
But -
There are Over 60 stops - with plenty of excerpts, information and a giveaway!
These Eight Authors are presenting their Boxed Sets with Excerpts, Character Bios, and Prizes
Barbara Silkstone with the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider Boxed Set
Cheryl Bradshaw with the Sloan Monroe Boxed Set
Christy Hayes and the Golden Rule Bundle
Donna Fasano and the Single Daddy Club Boxed Set
Faith Mortimer and th...

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New release - Off the Kuf Volume 1: Short Fiction from the Kindle Users Forum!

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, November 2, 2013, In : Books 
Off the KUF Volume 1 : Short Fiction from the Kindle Users Forum

I'm excited to announce that a new anthology is out now! Off the KUF Volume 1 is an anthology of short fiction, guaranteed to appeal to readers of all genres! Whether you're a fan of mysteries, thrillers, historicals, romance, humour, literary fiction, horror or science fiction, Off the KUF will keep you entertained. 

Volume 1 brings together 30 quality stories by 25 highly talented authors. Some will be well-known to fans of the indie fiction scene, while others will be new discoveries. All m...

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The Romance Reviews End of Year Splash Party!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 


The Romance Reviews are holding a fabulous End of Year Splash Party with lots of amazing prizes to be won during the whole of November. 

More than 400 participating authors and publishers!!!

More than 400 prizes to be won!!!



PARTICIPATING PUBLISHERS

Astraea Press
Musa Publishing
Evernight Publishing
Soul Mate Publishing
Bold Stroke Books


PARTICIPATING AUTHORS

Anna DeStefano
B.J. McCall
Tara Lain
Sabine Starr
Callie Hutton
Jianne Carlo
Christina Phillips
Christi Barth
Shelley Munro
Rosalie Lario
Alison Tyler
Kathy...

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Win some fab #books for the Chocolate, Lies, and Murder book launch!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, October 18, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 

Hi, everyone!

I'm excited to announce that my 4th Amber Fox Mystery Chocolate, Lies, and Murder is now available! To celebrate the launch, I'm giving away some fab books by great authors...

About Chocolate, Lies, and Murder

Feisty insurance investigator Amber Fox is finally marrying her boss, Brad Beckett, in seven days. All she has to do before the wedding is get a manicure, a bikini wax, and buy some sexy honeymoon undies. Easy peasy…

Until glamour model Aleesha starts receiving threatening l...

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Inspiring Teens Blog Hop #teenreadweek

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, October 11, 2013, In : Books 


Ready for some great fun?

Want to meet some fantastic MG/YA authors and terrific bloggers?

How would you like to win some books?

You can enter our Rafflecopter competition to win a $10 Amazon gift card. There will be two winners.

The Inspiring Teens Blog Hop runs from Oct 14th - 19th and you can meet some fab authors and win great prizes. Here's a list of the week's events...

Monday, October 14

Blogger – Kate Bainbridge - http://read2review.com/
Author - Vickie Johnstone

 Blogger - Sharon Ledwith -...


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Brand New Look for Amber Fox Mysteries

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, October 10, 2013, In : Books 
My Amber Fox Mystery series has now been republished by Gemma Halliday Publishing with some cool new covers and title changes. Check these out...


(Formerly published as The Fashion Police)


(Formerly published as Be Careful What You Wish For)


(Formerly published as Voodoo Deadly)

What people are saying about the AMBER FOX MYSTERIES:

"If you like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum I think you will really like Amber Fox - I know I do." ~ Martha's Bookshelf

"Amber Fox is a modern, career-driven woman who...

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Hopping the Boxes Blog Tour - Sign up to be a blog host!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, September 26, 2013, In : Books 


Announcing   Hopping The Boxes

Eight Authors are presenting their Boxed Sets with Excerpts, Character Bios, and Prizes

Who is participating?

Barbara Silkstone with the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider Boxed Set

Cheryl Bradshaw with the Sloane Monroe Boxed Set

Christy Hayes and the Golden Rule Bundle 

Donna Fasano and the Single Daddy Club Boxed Set 

Faith Mortimer and the Diana Rivers Mystery Set 

M.P.  McDonald and the Mark Taylor Omnibus

Melissa F. Miller and the Sasha McCandles  Series

Sibel Hodge and the S...


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Raising Awareness of Wildlife Trafficking for World Rhino Day

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, September 21, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 


It's World Rhino Day today, which is all about raising money and awareness for conservation and protection of these amazing and endangered species. 

Why do Rhino and wild animals need our help?

"Because so much money can be made from rhino horn, large-scale organised criminal syndicates are engaged in wildlife trafficking.

And their methods are getting more sophisticated – helicopters, GPS and tranquiliser darts are all being deployed in these ruthless and barbaric criminal activities.

As a con...

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Recipe for Gluten Free African Peanut Soup!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, In : Gluten Free Recipes 
african peanut soup small

I know what you’re going to say…peanut butter in soup? But yes, it really works and tastes amazing! The first time I tried peanut soup I was hooked, and after tweaking the ingredients to my liking, this recipe is my peanutty gift to you. Spicy, sweet, and packed full of oomph, I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as me. Your heat-o-meter is the deciding factor on how spicy you make it, so if you want crank up the heat with more chilli flakes or fresh chillies, go for it.  

Did you kn...


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SUPPORT AN ANIMAL IN NEED - FOUR GREAT TITLES FOR $0.99 EACH

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, In : Books 
For all you lovely animal lovers out there, I have 4 books that are on special offer at the moment, and some of the proceeds will go to various animal welfare groups. So why not grab a cheap ebook while they're on sale and support animals in need! I've read them all (well, I wrote one!), and they are fantastic reads.



“A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to three of my favourite animal charities.” The story of a cute tabby kitten as she awaits her fate at an...

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Devil's Brae by Faith Mortimer

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, September 9, 2013, In : Books 


I've got Faith Mortimer on my blog today talking her about her latest psychological thriller Devil's Brae...

About Devil's Brae

Imagine a warm autumn afternoon in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands. Cassandra  Potter, fleeing from the memories of two traumatic deaths, goes walking alone on Devil’s Brae.  


The wild country is empty, stretching for miles in every direction, it is then she sees him. A dark brooding figure, standing and watching as Cassandra climbs the brae. Apart from a l...


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Back to School Blog Tour!

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, September 1, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 
Back to School Blog Tour Sept. 2-6  Check back for more details!

It's that time of year again when the kids are back to school, and this year I'm involved in a Back to School Blog Tour, featuring interviews with 8 indie children's book authors, blog posts on study questions, the writing experience, and Back to School Memories. You can also win lots of fab prizes and books! I''m giving away a copy of my award winning children's book It's a Catastrophe...




About It's a Catastrophe...

For Disney story lovers everywhere!
 
Think Cats & Dogs meets Toy Story
 
Warning!...

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New Inspirational Coming of Age Novel The See-Through Leopard Out Now!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, August 29, 2013, In : Books 
Cover for 'The See-Through Leopard'

I'm excited to announce that my new inspirational coming of age novel The See-Through Leopard is out now and available for a LTD time at an introductory price of $0.99/£0.77!

About The See-Though Leopard

Most sixteen-year-old girls are obsessed with their looks, but Jazz Hooper's obsessed for a different reason. After a car accident that kills her mum, Jazz is left with severe facial scars and retreats into a dark depression.

Fearing what will happen if Jazz doesn't recover, her dad makes a dra...

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Amber Fox Mysteries Signed up to a New Publishing Deal!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, August 1, 2013, In : Books 

I have some very exciting news to share! New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday has just launched her new boutique publishing company, Gemma Halliday Inc., and I've just signed a three book publishing deal with them!


My Amber Fox mysteries will soon be republished by Gemma Halliday Inc. with revamped covers and new titles...

The Fashion Police will be republished as Fashion, Lies, and Murder!
Be Careful What You Wish For will be republished as Money, Lies, and Murder!
Voodoo Deadly will...
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A Mark of Excellence - Phenomenal Book Sale - July 12th-14th - #LetsDoBooks

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Books 


Who doesn't love an excellent book? Let's face it, we all love excellence...we all love excellent books...some can even be called phenomenal books for one reason or another. It might be because of the story, a unique idea, the style, prose, descriptions or amazing and believable characters. For the weekend of the 12-14th July inclusive Faith Mortimer has selected some excellent books to spotlight. Most of them are on sale for only a couple of dollars. 

So if you're looking for an excellent boo...

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It's a Catastophe is an eFestival of Words Finalist!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, In : Books 


I'm so excited to announce that It's a Catastrophe is a finalist in the Best Children's Book Category at eFestival of Words 2013! If you've read the book and would like to vote for it, go to their website and follow these instructions:

1. You must be registered at the eFestival of Words to vote. Registration is free. Please note, after you hit “Submit” your registration is complete. You don’t have to do anything with the ad that shows up after you click “Submit.” Some people think th...

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The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads Giveaway!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, May 30, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 


The Romance Reviews are holding a fantabulous Sizzling Summer Reads promotion throughout June with more than 400 prizes to be won, and I'll be giving away a copy of Fourteen Days Later on 1st June!

PARTICIPATING AUTHORS

Juliette Miller
Cassandra Dean
Sabrina Jeffries
Lorie O'Clare
Rosalie Lario
Vivi Anna
Annie Seaton
Zoe Archer
Margaret Daley
Jory Strong
Anna DeStefano
Elinor Gray
Verna Clay
Elizabeth Essex
Susana Ellis
Georgia Lyn Hunter
Scarlett Scott
Em Petrova
Kai Andersen
Teresa Thomas Bohanon
Mary M. Forbes
L...

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Reclaim My Heart by Donna Fasano

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, May 28, 2013,


I've got the amazing bestelling author Donna Fasano on my blog today talking about her latest release Reclaim My Heart and why she likes writing romance...

Why I Write Romance Novels 

By Donna Fasano 

I can’t tell you how many times over the course of my 20-plus year career as a published romance author I have been asked, “When are you going to write a real book? You know, a [insert genre of choice: mystery, historical, thriller, etc].” So I’d like to take this opportunity to tell reader...


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A Charming Wish by Tonya Kappes. Who wants a Fairy God Cat?

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : Books 
Image of Tonya Kappes

I've got the fab Tonya Kappes here today talking about A Charming Wish and an adorable little Fairy God Cat! 
  
   
  
  
 

Life was good. I mean real good until Isadora Solstice decided to stick her nose into my business. Granted, she was the one responsible for picking me to be June Heal’s Fairy God Cat.

Yes, you read that right. FAIRY GOD CAT. Being a Fairy wasn’t just for cute little winged creators, though I am a very cute white, male cat.

After all, it wasn’t that hard to find a pla...


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Light After Darkness - Renewal - Guest Post by Susan Salluce

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : Books 
Image of Susan Salluce

I have a fabulous and inspiring post from author Susan Salluce on my blog today...
 

Susan Salluce is the author of the bestselling indie book Out of Breath. She brings her experience as a bereavement specialist to her writing and her life. Today on this first day of spring she offers a deeply personal look at finding the light after the darkness.

***

Spring offers the promise of light after darkness, life after dormancy. Look around: trees are budding. Flowers are in bloom. The bulbs that have b...


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The Crossing - Boxed Set - Two Action & Adventure Novels

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, March 21, 2013, In : Books 
The Crossing - Boxed Set - Two Action & Adventure Novels


Faith Mortimer is here today talking about her boxed set of two action & adventure novels...

Two Complete Novels tell the story of "The Crossing"

"The Seeds Of Time"
This intensely romantic yet realistic action and adventure novel spans two generations and the unimaginable gulf between the Second World War and the present.

When Englishman Richard Barker suffers a devastating loss he learns to come to terms with his grief. He is helped by two beautiful women, newly discovered quiet and smould...


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March Madness Ebook Sale!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : Books 

For two days only some very talented authors have come together to offer you great deals on ebooks for your Amazon Kindle


All of the below Kindle books have been marked down to $0.99 for March 19 andMarch 20.


Literature and Fiction/Romance - $0.99 each!


    


Mystery/Thriller - $0.99 each!


    


Fantasy/Paranormal - $0.99 each!


   


Humor - $0.99 each!


  


Historical Fiction - $0.99 each!


  


Kids - $0.99 each!




Happy Reading!

Peace and Love   Black heart (cards) 
 
Sibel XX       
   
 

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A Gluten Free Soup Opera out now! Plus, grab the Recipe for Sweet & Sour Moroccan Soup

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, March 9, 2013, In : Gluten Free Recipes 


My new gluten free soup cookbook is out - yay! Want to take a peak and grab a yummy recipe for Moroccan Sweet & Sour Soup?

About A Gluten Free Soup Opera: 

Whether you’re looking for a tasty starter, a light lunch, or a hearty dinner, there’s nothing quite like a nutritious bowl of soup. In the second book from Sibel Hodge’s gluten free cookbook series, A Gluten Free Soup Opera takes you on an international culinary journey, bringing you a delicious bowl of goodness for any occasion. All ...

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Tags, Categories & Why You Should Use Them!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, In : Publishing/Writing 
I've got Y K Greene on my blog today explaining why should use tags on your blogs. Take it away YK!

Today I’m going to be helpful and explain what tags and categories are and why you should be using them on your blogs. Any blogs, all blogs, for the LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY AND GOOD IN THE WORLD USE THEM!

*pant pant*

You see, tags and categories do you and your readers a valuable service. Ever been to a blog that had all kinds of useful information that you wanted to read up on, as well as tons...


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A Very French Affair by Faith Mortimer

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Books 
A Very French Affair
Faith Mortimer is talking about her latest release, A Very French Affair today. I read this when it was released and it's a compelling read full of passion and heartbreak!

About A Very French Affair


When Margaret discovers her fiancé is cheating on her, she leaves England for the south of France in search of a new life and a fresh dream. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Margaret is determined to put romance out of her mind and avoid forming personal ties.  Things are looking up, until a series of ...

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Excerpt from The Tech Guy by Lia Fairchild

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 3, 2013, In : Books 
The Tech Guy


I've got an excerpt from Lia Fairchild's fun new chick lit book The Tech Guy today. I read this a couple of weeks ago and love it! Take it away, Lia ...

Emma Barton is a workaholic. Nothing is more important than becoming managing editor of the magazine she works for. And she has the perfect plan to achieve that goal. Then Guy Walker enters her office. Sexy, sweet, and super popular, the new tech guy takes the office by storm. Will he derail every strategy Emma has in place? If he discovers he...

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Read an Ebook Week 2013 - Huge Ebook Discounts!

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, March 2, 2013, In : Books 

Read an Ebook Week is upon us again from 3rd - 9th March! In celebration, you can get 50% off eleven of my books between these dates from Smashwords. All you need to do is quote coupon code: REW50 when you check out!


A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey
 

Amber Fox Mystery Boxed Set (Books 1-3)

Be Careful What You Wish For
 
Fourteen Days Later

It's a Catastrophe
 
My Perfect Wedding

Romantic Comedy Box Set (Helen Grey Series Books 1 & 2)

The Baby Trap

The Fashion Police

Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave

Voodo...

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Cruxim - New Release by Karin Cox

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, March 1, 2013, In : Books 
Cruxim (Paranormal Fallen Angel/Vampire Series)


I've got Karin Cox here today talking about writing and her latest release Cruxim... 



Can’t afford therapy? No problem, become a writer! 

 
I think most people would agree that writers are a weird bunch. No one knows that more than me, because, heck, I am a writer. But I’m also an editor, so I have to work with other writers, too, and that makes me fully qualified to tell you that writers are wonderful, hilarious, talented, imaginative, clever, sensitive, and quite insane people. Most of us ...

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New Release by Donna Fasano - The Single Daddy Club Boxed Set!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, February 28, 2013, In : Books 


The fabulous, bestselling author Donna Fasano is talking about her new release of The Single Daddy Club Boxed Set today...

Donna's Inspiration behind The Single Daddy Club

When asked me about the inspiration behind The Single Daddy Club series, I immediately think of my dad. I know, I know… it sounds a little weird. Work with me here for a second and let me explain. My mother died when I was young, and my father stepped up to the plate and became the best parent ever. It didn't take him long ...


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The Romance Reviews Anniversary Party - Win Fab Prizes!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 


Wow, The Romance Reviews is 2 years old! To celebrate, they're throwing an anniversary party with amazing giveaways. There are 400 prizes up for grabs throughout the month, plus a grand prize of a $100 Gift Certificate! All you have to do is head on over to their website to take part. You will have to sign up, but it only takes a few moments. I'm going to be giving away an ebook copy of The Baby Trap on 30th March. 

PARTICIPATING PUBLISHERS

Loose Id
Turquoise Morning Press
Soul Mate Publishing
Cam...

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A Day in the Life of Crimewriter Tim Ellis

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, In : Guest Blog 
I'm pleased to welcome the amazing crimewriter Tim Ellis on my blog, talking about how he spends a typical day. Take it away Tim...

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So, here's the thing! I was reading an article in Writer's Magazine about Bernard Cornwell's day, one of my favourite authors. So, I thought if Bernard can do it, so can I. My day usually begins about 5am, but I don't beat myself up if I have a lie in now and again. The dogs (four of them) look at me as if I'm a sandwich short of a picnic. Three of them get up, g...

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An Interview with Mira Kolar-Brown

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, February 18, 2013, In : Author Interviews 
A big welcome to thriller author Mira Kolar-Brown on my blog today as she talks about her latest mystery book! Take it away Mira...

Q. What is the working title of your book?

A. The current working title, For The Love Of Honey, is also The Final Title. But, for quite a while I called it The Governess. I still like that but it doesn’t reflect the content enough to serve the purpose.

Q. Where did the idea come from for the book?

A. For The Love Of Honey is the third book in the Simon Grant Myster...

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Happy Gluten Free Pancake Day!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, In : Gluten Free Recipes 


It's Shrove Tuesday today, or Pancake Day, but if coeliac, or you're following a wheat free/gluten free diet, it doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the yummy fun! Here's my recipe for pancakes, taken from my gluten free/wheat free Turkish cookbook A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey...

Pancakes

(Krep)

With this recipe you never have to miss out on Pancake Day again! There are so many yummy serving suggestions to go with these pancakes that I’m drooling just typing this! For a bit of variet...


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Valentine's Day Ebook Sale!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, In : Books 
How do you fancy snuggling up to a good ebook this Valentine's Day? Along with many other authors I'm involved in the Indie Book Festival Valentine's Day Ebook Sale, and my fun romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later has been reduced to $0.99/£0.77 until 16th Feb!

Fourteen Days Later By: Sibel Hodge
 
About Fourteen Days Later


Fourteen Days Later was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cyp...
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Welcome Tracey Alley!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, February 11, 2013, In : Guest Blog 
I've got a guest post by the fab author Tracey Alley today...

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The Scorpion and the Frog 

I'm certain that practically everyone has heard the parable of the Scorpion and the Frog so bear with me while I repeat it for the few who don't know it.  


"The land is flooding and the only way out is to cross the river.  A scorpion says to a frog "take me over the river on your back please" and the frog replies "I can't.  You're a scorpion and you'll sting me".  But the scorpion pleads his case by saying ...

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As a Reader or a Writer, Does Genre Sometimes Confuse You? by Faith Mortimer

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, February 8, 2013, In : Publishing/Writing 
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I've got a guest post on here today from the fab thriller author Faith Mortimer. Take it away Faith...

Good day!
  
Over the years I’ve found the subject of genre to be rather puzzling, especially as nowadays the line between genre often appears to ‘bleed’ between two, three or even four different genre. Genre is a French term and although it can be used as a "kind" or "sort" of virtually anything, the most common usage is of course for categorizing stories by television, film, theatre an...
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Attributes of Mastery by Blanca Beyar

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : Books 
Attributes of Mastery

It's my pleasure to welcome Blanca Beyar onto my blog today to talk about her spiritual book Attributes of Mastery...

How the Attributes Helped Me!

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If someone told me 20 years ago that I would be writing a book on the attributes of spirituality, I would have certainly laughed my heart out. There was a time in my life where spirituality was non-existent and my only foundation was the echoes from my past and the pain and disappointment that it had reflected in my life. 

 
When spirituality came kn...

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How I Write by Seb Kirby

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, February 4, 2013, In : Publishing/Writing 

I've got the fab thriller writer Seb Kirby on my blog today. Take it away Seb...
 
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Well, first I think that's a very personal thing and that every author will have their own take on this. There's no right or wrong way. As W. Somerset Maugham said: 'There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no-one knows what they are.' 

Basically, I prefer the Stephen King approach as set out in his 'On Writing'. You know, the book he wrote after he was hit by a truck when he was out walking to c...

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Coming Soon...A Gluten Free Soup Opera!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Books 


At the moment I'm busy editing my new gluten free/wheat free soup cookbook which will be available soon! Here's a little taster...

A Gluten Free Soup Opera

Whether you’re looking for a tasty starter, a light lunch, or a hearty dinner, there’s nothing quite like a nutritious bowl of soup. In the second book from Sibel Hodge’s gluten free cookbook series, A Gluten Free Soup Opera takes you on an international culinary journey, bringing you a delicious bowl of goodness for any occasion. All ...
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Girly Books Blog Hops Presents...North Cyprus

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 



Back by popular demand...The Girly Books Blog Hop is running between 17th - 21st January. As well as being swept away to new locations, you can also win some fab prizes along the way. And you don't even need your passport! 

The location I've chosen for my blog is North Cyprus, and if you keep reading you'll find out why...

What does a chick lit novel and the Holy Grail have in common?

My Perfect Wedding...

Cover for 'My Perfect Wedding'

Helen Grey is finally getting everything she wants. She's about to have the perfect dream...

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day 11th Jan 2013

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, January 10, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 
 
It is estimated that 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year - 80% of these are women and girls. (Source: U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report: 2007)
 
Those are scary numbers, aren't they? We're supposed to live in modern society but trafficking is a very real "modern-day" slavery nightmare for hundreds of thousands of people.

As a writer, I wanted to use my voice to raise awareness into sex trafficking, and that's how Trafficked: The Diary of a...

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Indie Book Giveaway - Over 75 Young Adult Books To Be Won

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, January 4, 2013, In : Book Giveaways 


If you like reading Young Adult books then head on over to Elle Casey's Blog where she's got a fabulous giveaway going on until 15th January. You can win over 75 fab books from lots of amazing authors!

Good Luck!

Peace and Love   Black heart (cards) 

Sibel XX 


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Sign up for my new newsletter!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, In : Books 
Happy New Year. I hope you all had a fantabulous Xmas and festive period! I'm back to work again already and will shortly be starting my new work in progress. 

Unfortunately, I'm unable to access my previous newsletter information from Tinymail, and my emails to them to reset my password have gone unanswered so I've been forced to set up a new newsletter. If you signed up for the previous one, could you please take a minute to sign up again for the new one, or if you simply want the gossip abo...

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Win a World Wildlife Fund Animal Adoption for Christmas

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, December 20, 2012, In : Book Giveaways 


 Endangered animals is a subject that's very close to my heart, so this Christmas I'd like to offer two people the chance to win an animal adoption for a year from the World Wildlife Fund. Here are just some of the animals on offer that you can adopt:

sponsor an Amur leopard
Snow Leopard

 sponsor an Amur leopard
Amur Leopard

 sponsor a tiger
Tiger

sponsor a jaguar 
Jaguar

 sponsor a polar bear
Polar Bear

sponsor a panda
Panda

sponsor a penguin
Penguin

sponsor an elephant
Elephant

sponsor an orangutan
Orangutan

sponsor a dolphin
Dolphin

sponsor a turtle
Turtle

sponsor a rhino
Rhino       
 From the WWF website in the US, it looks like there are even more animals to adopt than their website in the UK, so make sure you have a look ...

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Healing Meditations for Surviving Grief and Loss

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, In : Health & Fitness 
Healing Meditations for Surviving Grief and Loss


It’s an inevitable part of life that at some point we will all experience loss and grief. Loss doesn’t just mean the death of a loved one. It can also include any kind of major change, death of a cherished dream, divorce or the end of a relationship, loss of freedom, job loss, loss of income, rejection, chronic illness or disease, infertility, miscarriage, death of a pet, as well as many other tragedies. Every change in our lives is really a death of some kind (something has ended), and c...
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Fab recipe for Turkish-Style Chicken/Turkey Soup this Christmas!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, In : Gluten Free Recipes 
Chicken Soup


OK, so it's nearly Christmas and you're thinking about what to cook over the festive period, but how about trying a different kind of Turkey this year? Here's a recipe from my new gluten free Turkish cookbook A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey. It's for Turkish-style chicken soup, but you can also make it from leftover turkey - yum!

 Chicken Soup

(Tavuk Çorbası)

There’s nothing like a comforting bowl of chicken soup, is there? It’s probably the number one folklore remedy for treating colds and ...


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Try a Different Kind of Turkey This Thanksgiving!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, November 23, 2012, In : Gluten Free Recipes 
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Happy Thanksgiving to you all! If you fancy trying a different kind of Turkey this year, I've got a recipe for you from my new cookbook A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey...

Lentil and Rocket Soup
(Mercimek ve Rokka Çorbası)

This soup is a filling, tasty, and nutritious variation of the classic Turkish red lentil soup, which is usually served with wedges of lemon. You can use more or less mint if you prefer, but since I’m a minty kind of girl, I always add more. I love the peppery twist that the ...

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Crochet Saved My Life by Kathryn Vercillo

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, November 18, 2012, In : Books 

 

I'd like to welcome Kathryn Vercillo onto my blog today with an amazing story about how crocheting saved her life. Take it away Kathryn...

 
Crafting Together a Life One Stitch at a Time 

For many years I led parallel lives where the different passions and experiences that I had didn’t seem to intersect much. As I’ve gotten older and grown into myself more, things have begun to converge. I’ve become more fully the person I am meant to be. My new book, Crochet Saved My Life, represents the...

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The Romance Reviews - End of Year Splash Party!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, In : Book Giveaways 


Yep, it's that time again when the fab Romance Reviews host yet another great party with amazing prizes! And on 20th Nove I'll be donating an ebook copy of The Baby Trap!  Check out the other authors and prizes...

 
More than 300 participating authors and publishers!!!

More than 300 prizes to be won!!!



PARTICIPATING PUBLISHERS

Red Sage Publishing
Musa Publishing
Soul Mate Publishing
Evernight Publishing
Loose Id
Riptide Publishing


PARTICIPATING AUTHORS

Christine Bell
Hope Tarr
Lexi Blake
Ophelia London
Paige...

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It's a Catastrophe - Children's Book Out Now!

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, November 11, 2012, In : Books 


I'm so excited to announce my new middle grade children's novel is now out - yay! 

About It's a Catastrophe...

For Disney story lovers everywhere!
 
Think Cats & Dogs meets Toy Story
 
Warning! Contains fur-raising adventure, wacky characters, laugh out loud comedy, and heart-warming drama.
 
The cats at Briarswood Cottage are lucky. After being rescued from the local Cats’ Home by Ma Katz, they live out their days in luxury under the watchful eye of Buster, the mogfather. But all that’s about to...

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A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey Launch - Win an Amazon Gift Certificate and More!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, November 1, 2012, In : Book Giveaways 


My new recipe book A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey is finally available in ebook format, and in celebration of the launch I'm having a super fab giveaway for you!

About A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey...


If you’re suffering from coeliac disease, gluten and wheat sensitivity, or you simply want to sample delicious and healthy Turkish food, then this book’s for you.

A gluten free diet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste. Today it can be eclectic, vibrant, and adventurous. After cooking for ...

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Veggie Delights! Caramelized Roasted Vegetables with Feta

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, November 1, 2012, In : Gluten Free Recipes 
Caramelized Roast Vegetables with Feta
(Fırında Beyaz Peynirli Sebze)


 Caramelized Roast Vegetables with Feta for indie


I thought I’d share with you a recipe from my forthcoming cookery book A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey, which is packed full for delicious and healthy gluten free recipes. Here’s a scrummy one for some veggie delights…

Roasting veggies is a sure way to add a bit of sparkle in your diet, and I love the way the honey, balsamic vinegar, and oil caramelizes the veggies and makes them deliciously sweet. You can use any veget...

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Coming soon - A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, October 20, 2012, In : Gluten Free Recipes 


I'm so excited that my forthcoming recipe book is nearly ready! If you’re suffering from coeliac disease, gluten and wheat sensitivity, or you simply want to sample delicious and healthy Turkish food, then this book’s for you. 

About A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey:
 

A gluten free diet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste. Today it can be eclectic, vibrant, and adventurous. After cooking for her coeliac husband for over a decade, author Sibel Hodge now combines her knowledge of tasty, e...


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Coming soon...It's a Catastrophe!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, In : Books 
A big hello to you!

I've been hibernating for ages, working on some exciting projects, and am finally getting back into the swing of things. 

I've written my first children's novel It's a Catastrophe, and I'm just putting the finishing touches to a new gluten free Turkish recipe book A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey (I need to go on a big diet now!). 


About It's a Catastrophe...

For Disney story lovers everywhere!
 
Think Cats & Dogs meets Toy Story
 
Warning! Contains fur-raising adventure, wacky chara...

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Read an Excerpt from Shadow Precinct by Christian Porter

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, In : Books 


Today I've got an excerpt from Shadow Precinct by Christian Porter. He's a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C.  He has had jobs as a programmer/designer in the video game industry, and most recently as a technology coordinator for a network of charter schools in New Orleans.  He drew his inspiration for his debut novel from many different places: comic books and anime, old school kung-fu movies with awful voice dubbing, hip hop music with lots of curse words, action movies with ...
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Her Fake Romance by Donna Fasano

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, August 20, 2012, In : Books 

 
I've got the fantastic romance author Donna Fasano here today, sharing her fab new release, Her Fake Romance. Here's a snippet from the book, along with a scrummy recipe...
 

Raising a teen is never easy. Raising a teen as a single mom is enough to make a woman pull her hair out! The protagonist in my latest book, Julia Jones, is a hard-working single parent who is dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter, and in dealing with that frustrating situation, Julia somehow gets herself involved ...


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Read an excerpt from Casablanca, My Heart by Hannah Warren

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, July 20, 2012, In : Books 
Casablanca, My Heart


I've got a fab excerpt to share with you today from the romance Casablanca, My Heart by Hannah Warren...

Excerpt:


Amsterdam, 14 February 1996

I take another deep breath before I’m prepared to face the students. When I look at them, I immediately connect with two clear grey eyes studying me from under a mass of long, dark, uncombed hair.
The intensity of his stare makes me grab Rita’s hand and squeeze it.  Alert as she always is to my needs, she scans the group, then bends towards me and whisp...

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The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads Giveaway!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, July 9, 2012, In : Book Giveaways 


It's that time of year again when The Romance Reviews have a whole month of prizes and giveaways. There are more than 400 authors involved this year, giving away super fab books, plus a grand prize of a $100 gift certificate. I'll also be giving away an ebook copy of The Baby Trap on 15th July!

 
More than 400 participating authors and publishers!!!

More than 400 prizes to be won!!!

PARTICIPATING AUTHORS

Elisabeth Naughton
Saskia Walker
Lexi Blake
Maggie Shayne
Andrew Grey
Cathryn Cade
Lauren Dane
Kate N...

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E-Book Marketing Today - An Author's Guide

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, In : Publishing/Writing 
E-Book Marketing Today: An Author's Guide


Any authors and readers who've checked out Kindle Fire Dept.'s blog and Facebook page will know that they not only have the latest great books, Kindle Fire apps, and games, but they're also very professional and super fab to deal with. So I was honoured recently when they asked me to contribute to their new book about marketing for authors E-Book Marketing Today - An Author's Guide. Along with some really helpful and fantastic info, there are also contributions from other authors...

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Independence Day Giveaway - Win a paperback copy of The Baby Trap!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, In : Book Giveaways 
Cover for 'The Baby Trap' 

In celebration of being  independent women going through our own journeys in life, I'm giving away two paperback copies of my romantic comedy The Baby Trap, just in time for Independence Day!.


About The Baby Trap...

Based on her own experiences with infertility and two attempts at IVF, Sibel Hodge's latest novel The Baby Trap will have you laughing and crying at the ups and downs of modern baby-making...

When Gina turns thirty-three her body clock unexpectedly begins clanging in her ear with an...

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Walking With Elephants by Karen S Bell

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, June 15, 2012, In : Books 
Walking with Elephants


I love the title of this book! It's been described as  "Bridget Jones meets Erma Bombeck" by The Fiction Forum.  Today I'm sharing an excerpt from it, but before I do that, here's the blurb...

Suze Hall is at a crossroads. Her nemesis at work, Wanda, has been promoted and now will be her boss. Her husband, Bob, is leaving her and the three kids for a six-month sabbatical down under. To top it off, her best friend, Marcia, is missing in action—playing footsie with some new boyfriend!

Adding to...
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I'm Featured In Easy Living Magazine - A UK Glossy!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, In : Books 

  New Easy Living Out Now!


Amazingly amazing news, everyone!

I'm featured in the july issue of UK's fab glossy mag Easy Living Magazine! I'm fanning myself as I type this.

The article is all about women going it alone to find success and is on page 64. You can pick up a copy from newsagents and online. I have to admit it's a bit surreal, but absolutely incredible, and a big thanks goes out to Claire for picking me as one of the featured ladies.

Ooooh, gotta go now, I need to lie down! 

Happy Reading!

Sibel XX 

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Most Coveted Items on the Black Market

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, June 11, 2012, In : Lifestyle 


I came across a blog post recently at Backgroundcheck.org and wanted to share it with you. It was interesting to me because my books, Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave and Voodoo Deadly, feature two of the items on this list, and when I was doing research for them, it was pretty mind-blowing stuff! A few of these will be a complete surprise to you...

The $10 trillion economy of all the world’s informal markets would be the second-largest in the world (second to the United States), if form...


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What happens in Vegas...

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : Lifestyle 
 

Hi, everyone!

Well, I've recently come back from a fab trip to Vegas. No, of course I wasn't chillaxing with cocktails by the pool, leisurely strolling round the designer shops, or spending all my royalties in the casino. Instead, I was doing some very serious and tiring research for a future chick lit comedy that will be based in the city that never sleeps. So in my case, what happens in Vegas definitely won't be staying there.

I can definitely recommend the place. There's something for every...
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Featured Indie Chick - Melissa Smith

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, April 23, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 

This week's fab Indie Chick is Melissa Smith! This is of last in the Indie Chicks stories featured in the anthology. I hope you've enjoyed them. 

 Writing Out the Grief

Melissa A. Smith

A common question people ask a writer is what made them decide to sit down and start writing in the first place. For me, it was grief. 
While in high school, I wrote. I had taken journalism and the teacher loved my writings. Two pieces of my work had been published in two different school publications. I was also ...

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Is Chick Lit worth lying for?

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, In : Guest Blog 
Worth Lying For


I've got the fab Lisa Cheney and Lisa Craig here on my blog today talking about their latest chick lit release, Worth Lying For. Take it away girls...

Our new indie novel, Worth Lying For is a big, fat slice out of the life of forty-year-old Mary Minke. When Mary stumbles upon a bag of drug money—and steals it—no one could be as surprised as our goody-two-shoes main character.

Speaking of shoes, our original working title was Will Steal for Shoes. We loved that title. Then we sent out query...

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Featured Indie Chick - Michelle Muto

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, April 14, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 



This week's featured Indie Chick is Michelle Muto...

 THE MAGIC WITHIN AND THE LITTLE BOOK THAT COULD


 That's what I've been calling The Book of Lost Souls, the book that started my path to publication. I’ve always loved to write. I’ve always loved the way imagination and words blend on a page, the way they transport a reader to faraway worlds, or right next door, where witches live. From the time I was very young, books were an amazing world to me. There was no greater joy than going to th...
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Featured Indie Chick - Talia Jager

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, April 8, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 

This week's featured Indie Chick is Talia Jager!

 PAPER, PEN, AND CHOCOLATE

“Mom!” a voice yelled from the other room. “Make her stop!”
“I didn’t do anything!” another voice yelled before I could even get up to see what was going on.
 I sighed and struggled to get off the couch where I had just started writing a scene. Four months pregnant with our sixth child and the varicose veins were already causing problems for me. I wondered where my husband was hiding that he couldn’t handl...

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Featured Indie Chick - Julia Crane

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, April 2, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 


This weeks' fab inspirational Indie Chick story comes from Julia Crane...

 MOVING TO THE MIDDLE EAST

Separation was normal in my marriage. My husband was in the military, and usually gone six months a year. We had adapted quite well to the schedule. Of course, we had the normal period of adjustment when he would return, but that was part of the lifestyle. We were looking forward to his retirement, and being able to spend more time together as a family. That didn’t work out quite as we expecte...

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Featured Indie Chick - Carol Davis Luce

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 25, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 


This week's featured Indie Chick is Carol Davis Luce. You can now get the Indie Chicks Anthology -- FREE on Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook.  

 SELF-TAUGHT LATE BLOOMER

Carol Davis Luce

            My motto is, “If I can do it, anyone can do it.” I wasn’t born to write. I didn’t aspire to be a writer from the time I could hold a Crayon. I could, however, draw, and make things take shape through form and color on paper and canvas, and that’s the path I traveled well into midlife. The artis...

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Featured Indie Chick - Christine Kersey

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, March 17, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 


This week's featured Indie Chick is the fab Christine Kersey...

 

NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS

I love to read and lose myself in a good story – forget all that is going on around me and be in the story with the characters. One day in 1997 I finished reading a novel by Joy Fielding and realized she hadn’t needed to be an expert in a particular field, like medicine or law, to write a good suspense story. This fact inspired me to try my hand at writing. It also didn’t hurt that we’d just go...
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Featured Indie Chick - Mel Comley

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 11, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 

This week's featured Indie Chick is the super fab Mel Comley...


French Fancies
By Mel Comley
 

In 1993 I walked out on my sad and abusive marriage, one that I had stuck with for seven years. At the time I jointly owned a shop with my ex-husband and my Mother, so we had to sell the business when the marriage broke down.

If I thought that was hard it was nothing to what I had to endure the following six years. To make ends meet, I had to work two jobs for 70-80 hours a week over 6½ days. Take my wo...


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Meet Jennifer Chase

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, March 10, 2012, In : Author Interviews 
Author Jennifer Chase. 
Jennifer Chase holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s in criminology.  She’s a member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.  She is an award-winning author, freelance writer, and a criminologist.  She has authored four crime fiction, thriller novels and a non-fiction book screenwriting book.  Currently, she resides in California where she is at work on her next book.
Today, Jennifer Case discusses her book, 'Dark Mind'. 




What...

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Win prizes with The Romance Reviews Anniversary Party!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, In : Book Giveaways 


The Romance Reviews are having a fab 1st Year Anniversary Party this month with lots of great prizes! 

 
More than 300 participating authors and publishers!!!



PARTICIPATING PUBLISHERS

Dreamspinner Press
Musa Publishing
Samhain Publishing
Evernight Publishing
Riptide Publishing
Decadent Publishing


PARTICIPATING AUTHORS

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Read an Ebook Week! Get 50% off my books!

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Books 


In celebration of Read an Ebook Week between March 4th - 10th you can get 50% off all my books! Head on over to Smashwords and you'll be able to download them in whichever format you like using coupon code REW50.

Happy Reading!

Sibel XX

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Featured Indie Chick - Barbara Silkstone

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 4, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 

The fabulously funny Barbara Silkstone is this week's featured Indie Chick...

 
Barbara Silkstone 
 
HAVE YOU EVER LOST A HAT?
By Barbara Silkstone

I lost everything including my home, my car, and even my retirement accounts. I was physically attacked inside and outside a court building. My daughter and baby granddaughter were threatened. I came at the bad guys like a mother tiger.
A few years earlier I had agreed to testify against a real estate developer in a civil racketeering case. He was obscenely rich and coul...

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Kindle Fire Department Giveaway

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, In : Book Giveaways 


The fab Kindle Fire Department have got together with six authors (yes, little old moi is one of them!) to organize the giveaway of a Kindle Fire between 2nd March - 13th! My niece has got one of these and they're fab! Can't wait for Amazon to start selling them in the UK. Head on over to the Kindle Fire Department to enter!

 
 

I'm featuring my romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later for the giveaway, and I'll also be giving away a Kindle copy here on my blog at the end of the contest. 
 
Fourteen Days Later (Romantic Comedy)  
For those...

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Kindle Fire Department Giveaway! 2nd March - 13th!

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, February 25, 2012, In : Book Giveaways 


The fab Kindle Fire Department have got together with six authors (yes, little old moi is one of them!) to organize a giveaway of a Kindle Fire (I want one!). The giveaway runs from 2nd March - 13th so stay tuned for more details on my blog! I'm featuring my romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later and I'll also be giving away an ebook copy here at the end of the contest. 
 
Fourteen Days Later (Romantic Comedy) 
 
You can find The Kindle Fire Department on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest giveaway info and book features.

Happy Read...
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Featured Indie Chick - Sibel Hodge

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, February 25, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
Indie Chicks: 25 Women 25 Personal Stories 

 
It's my turn this week to share my story from the Indie Chicks Anthology...
 

From 200 rejections to Amazon top 200!

Sibel Hodge

 

Ever since I was old enough to scrawl my first word, which was Halibaaaaa, I knew I wanted to write books. OK, so the word didn’t actually make sense, and it might take a little longer for me to actually string a whole sentence together, but that didn’t put me off. I was going to write books and no one would stop me…

From when I was really young, my mum ...


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Featured Indie Chick - Christine DeMaio-Rice

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, February 19, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
This week's fab Indie Chick is Christine DeMaio-Rice...

 


 HOW A BIG YELLOW TRUCK CHANGED MY LIFE
(for the better)

An orange peel grapple is a big machine. Excavator on the bottom. Long arm in the middle. And a metal grapple on the end that looks like a horror movie claw. The base spins. The arm moves up and down. The grapple grabs stuff like SUVs and big piles of metal.
You may come across one while driving, and if you have a little boy in the car, you may have to pull over to watch the thing mov...
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Gerry McCullough talks about Belfast Girls!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : Books 
I've got the fab Gerry McCullough on my blog today talking about the fab success she's had with Belfast Girls...

  Image of Gerry McCullough
 

Belfast Girls One Year On: Bestselling Online.

As a very little girl, I loved writing stories. And I had every intention of becoming a writer in the tradition of Charles Dickens or Jane Austen – a bestseller who also had literary status. But I grew up, married, had four children and a full time job, and still hadn’t managed it.

Until, just over a year ago, my first full-len...


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Featured Indie Chick - Cheryl Bradshaw

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, February 12, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
This week's fab Indie Chick is Cheryl Bradshaw...
 
 
 
Just me and James Dean

When I was a little girl I used to make up stories at bedtime for my younger sister, Michelle.  The most vivid centered on a boy and a girl who received a piece of gum for Halloween in their trick-or-treat bag, and when they chewed it, they were transported to a magical land where they were granted unlimited wishes.  Even at such a young age, the process of concocting stories was effortless.  My mind revolved like the r...

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Featured Indie Chick - Dani Amore

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, February 6, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
This week's inspirational story from the Indie Chicks Anthology is Dani Amore...

 
WRITING FROM A FLOUR SACK
by
Dani Amore

Fact:  I was born on a bathroom floor.  Literally.  My arrival into this world was followed seconds later by an unceremonious drop onto the cold tile of St. John’sHospital in DetroitMichigan.
You see, I was the fifth out of six children.  My mother knew my delivery would be fast, but the nurse at the hospital insisted she go to the bathroom before the doctor arrived.

Later, ...

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I won the Liebster Blog Award!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, In : Books 


I'm honoured this week to receive the Liebster Blog Award! Yay!

The lovely Aris Whittier kindly passed on this award to me by choosing my blog as one of five that she loves. A big thanks, Aris!

For those of you who don't know, 'Liebster' means 'favourite' or 'dearest' in German, and the Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers who have under 200 followers to try to help increase traffic to their blog. The recipient, then inturn gives it to five other bloggers who have under 200 followers. 

So, I...

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Trafficked by Sophie Hayes

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, February 1, 2012, In : Book Reviews 
Trafficked: The Terrifying True Story of a British Girl Forced into the Sex Trade


As some of you know, Trafficking is a subject that's very close to my heart. Last year, I wrote Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave to try and raise awareness into a global problem that is going on right under your nose but hardly ever gets any media attention.

Recently, I read Trafficked by the British woman Sophie Hayes, which is her true story of being forced into the trafficking industry, and it really is a must read. Sophie has also started The Sophie Hayes Foundation to raise awareness ...
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Featured Indie Chick - Anne R Allen

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 

 
 

This week's Indie Chick is Anne R Allen with another inspiring story for you. Take it away Anne...
 

A KINKY ADVENTURE IN ANGLOPHILIA

 

By Anne R. Allen

 

When I started writing funny women’s fiction fifteen years ago, if anybody had given me a realistic idea of my chances for publication, I’d have chosen a less stressful hobby, like do-it-yourself brain surgery, professional frog herding, or maybe staging an all-Ayatollah drag revue in downtown Tehran.

As a California actress with yea...


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Valentine Blog Hop! Win some fab prizes!

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, January 28, 2012, In : Book Giveaways 


 I'm part of the Valentine Blog Hop that runs from 1st Feb until 14th 2012! 

There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs until February 14th in the Valentine Blog Hop organized by Book Luvin Babes. To play along, all you need to do is enter one or more of the contests on the participating blogs. Each blog has their own fab giveaway going on, and the winners from each of those blogs will be entered to win the Grand Prize! Woot!

First Grand Prize:

An Amazon Gift Voucher worth $75
  

 Second Grand P...

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Win a copy of the new Amber Fox Mystery - Voodoo Deadly

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, January 26, 2012, In : Book Giveaways 


My third Amber Fox mystery is now out, and in celebration, I'm giving away 10 ebook copies!

About Voodoo Deadly...

Feisty insurance investigator Amber Fox is back in her deadliest case ever…

When Chantal Langton, the daughter of a famous voodoo high priestess, goes missing, is it a simple case of a rich girl running off for some adventure, or is there something far more sinister going on?

Soon Amber’s slap bang in the middle of voodoo curses, a trail of missing women, and a labyrinth of decei...

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Featured Indie Chick - Sarah Woodbury

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, January 23, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
This Week's featured Indie Chick is Sarah Woodbury...

  Sarah Woodbury  

 
Turning Medieval by Sarah Woodbury


Sometimes it’s easy to pinpoint those moments in your life where everything is suddenly changed.  When you look across the room and say to yourself, I’m going to marry him.  Or stare down at those two pink lines on the pregnancy test, when you’re only twenty-two and been married for a month and a half and are living on only $800 a month because you’re both still in school and my God how is this...

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Featured Indie Chick - Suzanne Tyrpak

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, January 15, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
Suzanne Tyrpak 

Another inspiring story this week from Suzanne Tyrpak...
                                           
Holes

I used to think I had to be perfect. Of course, I fell short of perfection on a regular basis so I frequently felt like a failure.

The only way to prevent failure is to hide. If we don’t put ourselves out there, we can’t fail.

To prevent myself from failing, I hid in a fantasy world. As a young child, I longed to be a ballerina. I loved to dance, but more than that, I wanted to escape in...

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RIP Linda Evans

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, January 13, 2012, In : Books 

  Image of L. C. Evans

I was so sad and shocked yesterday to hear that the wonderful LC Evans had lost her battle with cancer. As well as being a great author, she also a lovely person and someone I considered a good friend. The literary world will be a lesser place for not having her in it. 

Fellow author and good friend of LC, Barbara Silkstone, made this announcement...

"It is with great sorry that I share ~ We lost one of our own last night. Our beloved and lovely lady, Linda Evans succumbed to her battle with ...

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day 11th Jan 2012

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Books 
Human Trafficking Awareness Day-Global Observation 1/11/11 

 
The 11th January 2012 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Please do what you can to spread the word to end modern-day slavery in every corner of the world...it's probably even happening in your community, right under your nose. 

It is estimated that 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year - 80% of these are women and girls. (Source: U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report: 2007)

As a writer, I wanted to use my voice to raise awareness into sex tra...

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Voodoo Deadly - new Amber Fox mystery coming soon!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, In : Books 
 

My new Amber Fox mystery is all finished and has just been proof read by my hubby (yes, a few heated arguments did take place!). It's now winging its way through cyberspace to my fab editor, Derek Prior! Woo hoo! 

Thanks so much to everyone who emailed me about whether there would be more books in the Amber Fox series - it's fab to know you're all as excited as me that there will be another one. Well, let's face it, I can't shut Amber up! Voodoo Deadly should be available for purchase in Feb....

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Featured Indie Chick - Prue Batten

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, January 8, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
This week we've got another inspirational post from the Indie Chicks Anthology by Prue Batten...
 

Mrs. So Got It Wrong Agent.

After writing forever, I decided to finally go down the independent road in 2008. At that time, it was called self-publishing and the track I decided to take was POD. Part of my reason for the move was that my books had been declared commercially viable by the UK literary consultancy that assessed them, but in every instance they were declined by the Big Six.

The only tim...


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Sari Caste - Writing a story that needs to be told

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, January 7, 2012, In : Books 
Sari Caste 

 
It's my pleasure to welcome Catherine Kirby to my blog today to do a guest post about her book, Sari Caste, which sounds a fascinating and heartbreaking read, and a story that needs to be told. Take it away, Catherine... 

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Hello, I'm Catherine Kirby, author of two novels: Sari Caste and See Through. I'm thrilled to be given an opportunity to be on one of Sibel's blogs. Thank you so much, Sibel.

I was totally fascinated by Sibel's site after we met up through Twitter. It's a breezy, eye-cat...


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Diana Rivers is back!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, In : Guest Blog 


 


Mystery-suspense-thriller writer, Faith Mortimer is delighted to add book three to her best-selling Diana Rivers mystery thriller series. This latest novel, “The Surgeon’s blade”  is more chilling, tense and is described as a ‘real corker of a read’.

When nursing sister, Libby Hunter wakes up in hospital following a traumatic sailing accident she discovers two deeply disturbing things. One - she has lost her memory and two – the stranger, (Nigel) whom she finds sitting by her beds...

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Featured Indie Chick - Cheryl Shireman

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, January 2, 2012, In : Indie Chicks 
It's my pleasure to welcome Cheryl Shireman as my featured Indie Chick this week. Cheryl is the inspiration for the Indie Chicks and our fab mentor! Take it away Cheryl...

 

Cheryl Shireman

I Burned My Bra For This? One Woman’s Fantasy

I’m a Baby Boomer. Which means that I remember bell-bottoms, Happy Days, and having only three channels on the television. I played Donny Osmond albums on a record player. My parents watched Gunsmoke, and on Sunday nights we all watched The Wonderful World of D...


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The Baby Trap now available in paperback!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, December 30, 2011, In : Books 


My latest chick lit novel The Baby Trap has just been released in paperback!

About The Baby Trap

Based on her own experiences with infertility and two attempts at IVF, Sibel Hodge’s latest novel The Baby Trap will have you laughing and crying at the ups and downs of modern baby-making…

When Gina turns thirty-three her body clock unexpectedly begins clanging in her ear with annoying persistence. The only problem is, having a baby isn’t as easy as she thought. Whether she’s feng shui-ing t...

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WG2E Winter Wonderland Anthology

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, December 30, 2011, In : Books 

Cover for 'The WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies: Winter Wonderland Edition' 

 I'm super excited to announce the
WG2E All For Indies first anthology is out now! The Winter Wonderland collaboration is a fab collection of authors that will make you think of winter in a completely new way...


Book Description:

In this debut launch of The WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies, you’re treated to a terrific, one-of-a-kind approach to the anthology concept.

You’ll get a variety of genres all packaged together as a wonderful way to discover some of today’s hottest new authors! An...

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, December 18, 2011, In : Books 

 


I'm taking some time off now for Christmas so this will be my last blog before 2012! Omigod, 2012? Where did 2011 go? This year I released three novels, one novella, and a shortie collection so I'm looking forward to chillaxing and having a break for a few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by at my blog in 2011. I hope you've found it interesting and have discovered some great reads. I'd also like to say a massive thanks to all you fab readers who've bought my novels this year, and all the reviewer...
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Featured Indie Chick - Katherine Owen

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 


This week's Indie Chick is Katherine Owen with a truly inspirational story for you... 

 One Fictionista’s Literary Bliss
By: Katherine Owen
I was anointed a female fictionista by an overzealous Georgia Bulldog fan on Twitter. I immediately took it for my job description.  So, here’s what you should know. I write. I write a lot. And, when I'm not writing, I think about writing a lot. You may think we're having a conversation, but invariably I'm stealing your name, asking how to spell it, and ...

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2 Romantic Comedies in a bargain box set!

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, December 17, 2011, In : Books 

  Cover for 'Romantic Comedy Box Set (Helen Grey Series Books 1 & 2)'



Now you can get two of my full length romantic comedy novels in a bargain box set! Yep, that's right! I've just released Fourteen Days Later and My Perfect Wedding in a handy double book set, saving all you fabulous readers $2 or £1.50!

Think Bridget Jones meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding...

DESCRIPTIONS

FOURTEEN DAYS LATER

Fourteen Days Later was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. 

When accident-prone Helen Grey finds ...
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Stacey Joy Netzel is dreaming of a generous Christmas

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, December 15, 2011, In : Books 

 


I've got the very generous Stace Joy Netzel on my blog today. With your help, she's come up with a way to spread the Christmas love to all of those people going through a bad time this Christmas. I'll let Stacey explain a bit more...


  Dreaming of a Generous Christmas

 

I recently released my Christmas novella DRAGONFLY DREAMS, and in keeping with the spirit of the story, I decided I would donate my December royalties for the book to family friends of mine who are going through a rough time med...


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Guest Blog by Russell Blake

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, In : Guest Blog 

Russell Blake
 
It's my pleasure to welcome Russell Blake onto my blog today...

About Russell

Russell is the international bestselling author of Fatal Exchange, a groundbreaking genre-blending thriller set against the counter-culture backdrop of New York’s gritty underground, The Geronimo Breach, an action/intrigue/thriller set in Panama, the bestselling Zero Sum trilogy of Wall Street thrillers – Kotov Syndrome, Focal Point and Checkmate (which hit #15 on Amazon’s top 100 free books), The Delphi Chroni...


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Win a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, In : Books 

 


Only a week away to the release of Asylum Harbor – the long awaited pre-quel to BURN OUT. To celebrate, Traci Hohenstein is running a contest on her blog. Win one of four $25 Amazon gift certificates.

Head on over there to enter!

Happy Reading!

Sibel XX

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Featured Indie Chick - Donna Fasano

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, December 12, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 

 
Donna Fasano wrote for Harlequin Books for 20 years before becoming a proud Independent Author. She's written over 30 romance and women's fiction novels that have sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. Her books have won awards and made best-seller lists. Below is the story she contributed to the anthology Indie Chicks: 25 Independent Women, 25 Inspiring Stories

 
Stepping Into The Light

I sit in the back row, shoulders rounded, knees jumping, my left thumb rubbing a raw spot in the center o...

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Win a copy of The Baby Trap!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, December 8, 2011, In : Books 


My new chick lit novel is out today! Woo hoo! In celebration, I'm giving away 10 copies.
 

About The Baby Trap

Based on her own experiences with infertility and two attempts at IVF, Sibel Hodge’s latest novel The Baby Trap will have you laughing and crying at the ups and downs of modern baby-making…

When Gina turns thirty-three her body clock unexpectedly begins clanging in her ear with annoying persistence. The only problem is, having a baby isn’t as easy as she thought. Whether she’s fe...

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Featured Indie Chick - Linda Welch

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, December 3, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 



Every week I'll be featuring a personal story from the Indie Chicks anthology. This week, it's Linda Welch. Take it away Linda...

 
 When I published the first two Whisperings paranormal mystery novels, I created an icon to use on Facebook and Twitter. The picture is of Whisperings lead character, Tiff Banks. It seemed a good way to advertise my product at the time. But no matter how often I say she is not me, I am not a tall, slim, blond young woman, many obviously don’t believe me. Response...

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Realease of Xarrok Birth of an Empire

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, December 3, 2011, In : Books 



A new book has been released in the Scifi genre. Birth of an Empire by Catrina Taylor was published this week and launches today. This book talks about the birth of a planet, and its alliances forged as the people strive to leave centuries of war. The characters weave a life webbed with passion, death, chaos and betrayal. Second chances open more doors than anyone in the book could expect, but you’ll have to read it to find out what I mean.

Below is a multi-site interview with the author, Ca...
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Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave named in Top 40 Books About Human Rights

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, In : Books 


I'm absolutely amazed and honoured today that my novella
 Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave is included in the 40 Best Books About Human Rights by Accredited Online Colleges! This list has some amazing and thought-provoking books on there concerning all human rights issues from Genocide and Civil Rights to Slavery, Trafficking, and Women's Rights. Included on the list are autobiographies by Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

I've read some of the other  books on the list but I will definitel...

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Featured Indie Chick - Lizzy Ford

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, November 26, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 
Every week I'll be featuring a personal story from the Indie Chicks anthology. This week, it's Lizzy Ford, and her's is a truly inspiring story...


 The Phoenix and the Darkness

 

I've been running from The Darkness since I left home at the age of 17.  I escaped a broken family to the military, found it unwelcoming to creative non-conformists but fulfilled my commitment.  The first man I dated was a drunkard who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder; the second raped me.  The rest of my ti...


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Guest blog by David Lender

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, November 26, 2011, In : Guest Blog 

It's my pleasure to welcome thriller writer David Lender onto my blog today. He's talking about his latest book which sounds like a powerful read. Take it away David!

Vaccine Nation Guest Blog Post 

When I started formulating ideas for my new thriller, Vaccine Nation, I settled first on writing about a gutsy, strong-willed woman protagonist.  That decision was influenced by the enjoyment I got from creating and living with the character of Sasha, the feisty heroine of my first novel, Trojan H...


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Hot Black Friday Ebook Deals!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, In : Books 

 


Looking for some hot ebook deals to celebrate Black Friday? Check out Val Maarten's blog to find out more! There's something for everyone.

Happy Reading!

Sibel XX


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Featured Indie Chick - Danielle Blanchard

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, November 19, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 


Every week I'll be featuring a personal story from the Indie Chicks anthology. This week, it's Danielle Blanchard...


“Write or Die”
By Danielle Blanchard

2010 was the worst year of my life. 
After a very successful career in the banking industry, I suddenly found myself unemployed, my marriage falling apart and to add insult to injury my father dying. I had a 10 month old daughter and suddenly, I was back living with my unmarried, child-free sister with two children. Life was bleak and the mo...

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New chick lit novel The Baby Trap - Coming Soon!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, In : Books 



 I'm excited to announce my fifth novel, The Baby Trap, will be out in the next few weeks!

This is a special book for me because it's based on my own experiences with infertility and two attempts at IVF. The Baby Trap will have you laughing and crying at the ups and downs of modern baby-making…


When Gina turns thirty-three her body clock unexpectedly begins clanging in her ear with annoying persistence. The only problem is, having a baby isn’t as easy as she thought. Whether she’s feng sh...

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Featured Indie Chick - Heather Marie Adkins

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, November 13, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 


Every week I'll be featuring a personal story from the Indie Chicks anthology. This week, it's Heather Marie Adkins...

 
 Latchkey Kid

by Heather Marie Adkins

It isn’t easy being the daughter of a police officer, but it’s even more difficult to be the daughter of a female police officer. I would come to understand this early, and often, in my life.
My mom’s career has always been the whirling force of my existence.
She was sworn into the Louisville Police Department on September 10, 1990. I w...


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Meet Cidney Swanson

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : Guest Blog 


I've got the lovely Cidney Swanson on my blog today. Take it away Cidney...

Love in a Minor Key

While my main characters wake me early in the morning and keep me tossing and turning at night, there are days when I find myself seduced by the charms of one of the minor characters inhabiting my personal universe.

Like Sir Walter de Rochefort.

Ah, Sir Walter, you relentless tease. Of all the characters in my Ripple series, he’s the most likely to tell me what he’s thinks of something. Anything. T...

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Featured Indie Chick - Shea MacLeod

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, November 6, 2011, In : Indie Chicks 


 

Every week I'll be featuring a personal story from the Indie Chicks anthology. This week it's Shea MacLeod, and you'll definitely need a tissue handy for this one!

 Knight in Shining Armour

by Shéa MacLeod

 

It’s strange how long a bruise can last. 

Long after the physical evidence is gone, the muscles remember.  A raised hand or an angry voice, and the body flinches away.  The mind tries to forget, bury the pain deep … but the scars are forever.

It didn’t start that way, of cour...


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Meet Isobel from Away With The Fairies

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, November 5, 2011, In : Guest Blog 
Away With The Fairies

I've got a guest post today on my blog by Vivienne Tufnell...

Interview with Isobel...

 

As a writer, I meet some extraordinary people in the course of my work and I get to write their stories for them. Of all the people who have appeared in my books, Isobel Trelawny, whom you may know from Away With The Fairies, has appeared in more tales than anyone else. She's played best supporting actress in several but she's the star of Away With The Fairies and today she's agreed to sit down with me and h...


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After Dark - a paranormal charity anthology

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, In : Books 


The With Love series orchestrators are proud to announce the release of our newest volume: After Dark. This incredible addition to the series enables us to continue to expand the reach of authors and artists around the world, by reaching a new fans. This anthology has a paranormal theme. This is not a horror collection, and it’s most certainly not full of goblins and all things you expect. Now, that’s not to say they aren’t in the anthology somewhere. It’s just to show you how unique ...

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The Romance Reviews Giveaways! - Win fab prizes!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, October 31, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 


The Romance Reviews are having an end of year splash party with lots of fantastic giveaways! Head on over to their page between 1st - 30th Nov to be in with a chance to win. I'm giving away a copy of my books on 5th Nov, 13th Nov, 16th Nov, and 21st Nov. Here are a list of other authors participating:

   
PARTICIPATING AUTHORS

Christina Phillips
Kat Martin
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dianna Love
Nicola Marsh
Hope Tarr
Anna Campbell
Leigh Duncan
Beth Trissel
Dale Mayer
DC Juris
DJ Gross
Gemini Judson
Kasi Alexander
Morg...

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What is your life whispering to you?

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, October 30, 2011, In : Books 


Back in the summer, I was involved in the Kindle Summer Book Club anthology with Cheryl Shireman. Recently, when she asked me to get involved in another anthology of women writers, I jumped at the chance. The idea behind Indie Chicks was fellow women sharing their inspirational stories with you about how they came to be living the life they were meant to live. We all face ups and downs in our lives, or times when we don't know where we're meant to be heading. Also, there are times when we kno...

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UK Kindle Book Lovers

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : Books 

 UK Kindle Book Lovers


Happy Sunday!

I've been MIA for a while as I've been working on my new chick lit novel The Baby Trap. Hopefully, it will be out before Xmas! 

Today I've just started a new Facebook group for UK Kindle Book Lovers. Since the UK is a little behind in all things Kindle, I'm hoping it will be a great place for readers to share what they're getting into right now, and for authors to introduce their work to fab Kindle owners.

So, if you're a UK Kindle Book Lover, we'd love to have you!

Happy Reading!

S...

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Diana Rivers does it again!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, September 26, 2011, In : Books 


I've got the fab Faith Mortimer here today, talking about her latest release...

 
STOP PRESS!

What is it with this female? Not being content enough after having a hectic and exciting time solving, The Assassin's Village murder and mystery in Cyprus, she decided to take a holiday in lush tropical Malaysia with her husband, Steve. (He's her long-suffering, patient soul-mate and lover.)

The pair checked into their country plantation hotel, luxurious and peaceful, the perfect place to relax and unwin...

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Chick Lit mystery The Fashion Police now FREE!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 



Pssssst! Freebie alert! For a limited time my chick lit mystery The Fashion Police is free on Amazon.com, B&N, and Smashwords! Grab it while it's hot!


Warning! May make you snort coffee out of your nose...
 
"I enjoyed the great mixture of action adventure and slapstick. I found myself chuckling out loud and on one occasion snorting water out my nose." --Coffeetime Romance & More
  

About The Fashion Police

The Fashion Police was runner-up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition 2010 and no...

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Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines Party - Win lots of prizes!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, September 15, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 


To celebrate the launch of Carol Wyer's new book she's having a Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines party over on her
blog...

The blog will be in ‘party mode’ all day – no matter which country you live in. This will allow people to spend as much time there as they want and there will be quite a lot for people to visit or explore. I’ll tell you more about that closer to the day.

Want to enter the competitions?
Mini Skirts competition. 
To enter this competition I need you to send me a photo of ...

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Book reviews - are they important?

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, In : Publishing/Writing 

 


Happy Wednesday everyone! I'm over at the Writer's Guide to Epublishing today talking about book reviews. Are they important? And how can we get more of them?

Why not join me?

Happy Writing!

Sibel XX 


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Introducing A King in the Court of Fools

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, September 8, 2011, In : Books 

 
 
Today, Larry Enright has the pleasure of interviewing the infamous Tom Ryan, ten year-old hero of the newly released A King in a Court of Fools, and author of the lost journal, the Book of Tom. 

As background, A King in a Court of Fools begins with a book — The Book of Tom — a journal writing assignment from Tom Ryan’s sixth-grade teacher, Sister Jeanne Lorette. That’s what she called it anyway. Tom called it punishment. In it, he chronicles the adventures of the Caswell Gang, a grou...

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Contest giveaways with Coffee Time Romance!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 
If you're looking for some romance to spice up your September then head on over to Coffee Time Romance & More and check out their contest giveaways. There's something for everyone!

Happy Romance!

Sibel xx

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How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room (and other short stories) now FREE!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

Psst...freebie alert! My short story collection How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room (and other short stories) is now free for a limited time!


Welcome to My World…

I’m an author of chick lit romances and mysteries. In my spare time I’m Wonder Woman! My world is sometimes wacky, quirky, and very accident-prone. 

This is a collection of five humorous short stories – what I like to call true fiction. Some are true, some are fiction, and some are a mixture of both. I guess you have t...

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Saffina Desforges & Mark Williams on The Summer Book Club!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, August 18, 2011, In : Books 

 Sugar and Spice (eBook): The Ground-breaking Debut Crime Thriller

Mark Williams and Saffina Desforges, authors of the bestseller Sugar & Spice are featured on the Summer Book Club this week, and they're talking about their amazing success as Indie Authors! 

Sugar & Spice - The Story Behind The Story

It’s just over a year now since the Saffina Desforges Partnership began. And what a year!

It’s been a roller-coaster ride so improbable that if we used it as the plot for a novel it would be rejected as unbelievable. 

An unknown name (actually two writers colla...

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Review of Full Confession by Linda S. Prather

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Full Confession

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 34th review is of Full Confession - a chilling short story.

About Full Confession
 
Detective Tina Caprillo came face to face with her past, and the demon of her nightmares. She'd taken an oath to u...

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Review of The Abattoir by M.K. Carver

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : Book Reviews 
The Abattoir (An Ellie Danson Mystery)
 

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 33rd review is of The Abattoir - a fast-paced thriller.

About The Abattoir
 
For Fans of Patricia Cornwell, Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter comes a new tale of psychological suspense. The Abatto...

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Review of I Wish I Would've by Aynoit Ashor

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

I Wish I Would've (Family Secrets)
 
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 32nd review is of I Wish I Would've - a powerful story about sexual abuse.

About I Wish I Would've
 
This novella follows a daughter on her quest for the truth and a mother who wants to keep her sa...

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Author's Coffee Time - grab a decaf with TL Haddix

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : Author Interviews 



It's Author's Coffee Time on my blog today. Grab a decaf and meet TL Haddix...

About TL

T. L. Haddix is the author of the Leroy's Sins Series, stand-alone Romantic Suspense novels which are available in both print and e-book form at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other fine online retailers.  She lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband and three cat-children, and is hard at work on the next installment of the Leroy's Sins series. You can contact her at www.tlhaddix.com, through www.facebook.c...

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Win a copy of Fourteen Days Later!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, August 12, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 



The fantabulous BatCrap Crazy blog has just done a lovely review for my romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later, and if you head on over to their website, you can win your own ebook copy in the format of your choice!

Good luck!

Sibel XX

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Meet the fantastically funny Barbara Silkstone!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, August 11, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Barbara Silkstone 


I've got the fantastically funny Barbara Silkstone on my blog today! So grab a chai and find out why Kindle was love at first site for her, and why she's an expert on how men think! 

 

About Barbara

When you’re a freelance writer with a quirky sense of humor, being in the right place at the right time helps a lot. If I just stand still for five minutes… wham! Something funny and worth writing about will happen to me. I’ve accidentally sky dived, been elected president of the Japan America...

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Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave - 10 Free Copies Available!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, August 8, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave 


I'm excited to announce the release of my new novella today. Now, I normally write chick lit books, so this novella is something very different for me. I wanted to write it because this is a subject that’s very close to my heart, and I hope it may raise awareness into human trafficking.

About Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave

My name is Elena and I used to be a human being. Now I am a sex slave.
If you are reading this diary then I am either dead or I have managed to escape…

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Trafficke...
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Victorine Lieske on The Summer Book Club

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, August 4, 2011, In : Books 
Cover for 'Not What She Seems'

Victorine Lieske is the author featured this week on The Summer Book Club. Let's find out how her fab success began! Take it away Victorine...

 

You know, it’s funny, I never set out to become an author. I thought it would be cool to be able to tell people that I wrote a novel. That was my whole motivation. It’s really kind of a silly thing, now that I think about it.

And of course, being a silly thought, I wasn’t very serious about it. I started a novel once, then about ten pages in I los...


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Author's Coffee Time - grab a chai with Dana Taylor

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 



It's Author's Coffee Time on my blog today. Grab a chai and meet the fab Dana Taylor...

About Dana

Dana Taylor writes stories with a mystical touch.   Her work as an energy healer influences her tales of flawed humans seeking spiritual and emotional healing.  Born and raised in California, she graduated from the University of Redlands. She has been published in various magazines, including the Ladies Home Journal. She hosted the Internet radio program Definitely Dana! at HealthyLife.net.  and w...

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Scott Nicholson on The Summer Book Club

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, July 28, 2011, In : Books 

 


Scott Nicholson is the next author to be featured on The Summer Book Club! I'm lurrving this cover so I want to hear more about Disintegration. 

Take it away Scott...


Disintegration was written four or five years ago during a dark time in my life. The title just sums up what was going on, and what I had to write to survive. I knew it was going to be dark and bleak, and that good people would do bad things and terrible people would do worse things. The evil twins are just a symbol of where I wa...

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Fourteen Days Later inspires real life challenge and YouTube video!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, July 22, 2011, In : Books 

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Oh, wow, I had to share this with you! It's always sooo fab to get emails from readers who've enjoyed my books, but I was recently contacted my Mimi Ikonn who had read my romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later and took everything one step further!

The idea behind Fourteen Days Later is that the main character, Helen, is stuck in a rut after a bad break-up with her boyfriend. Her best friend makes her do a fourteen-day life-changing challenge where she has to do something new every day for fourte...
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Let's Get Digital by David Gaughran - a must read for self publishing!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : Books 

Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should 


So you want to self publish? Well you absolutely have to check out David Gaughran's fantastic guide Let's Get Digital...

"You won't make any money from self-publishing."

MYTH!

The internet has revolutionized every business it has come into contact with, and publishing is no different.

For the first time, these changes are handing power back to the writer. It's up to YOU if you want to profit from them.

Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should.

This guide contains over 60,000 word...

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Review of Flirts by Lisa Scott

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, July 21, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

 Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories

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 30th review is of Flirts - a fab chick lit short story collection!

About Flirts
 
Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories to squeeze into your busy life. Fun, flirty, sweet and sassy—always with the per...

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Be Careful What You Wish For on The Summer Book Club!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, In : Books 


My chick lit mystery Be Careful What You Wish For is the next book to be featured in The Summer Book Club. So for those of you who don't know much about me, I'm the author of romantic comedies and chick lit mysteries. In my spare time I'm Wonder Woman!

About Be Careful What You Wish For…

Be Careful What You Wish For is the second Amber Fox murder mystery that follows on from The Fashion Police:

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

Armed with cool sarcasm and un...


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TREASURE QUEST: DISCOVERY LIES BETWEEN THE COVERS: MEGA AUTHOR BLOG HOP TOUR (JULY 18-25)

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, July 15, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 



This month I’m taking part in the fun Mega Author Blog Hop Tour. All authors participating have got some fantabulous prizes up for grabs, so let’s get the rules out of the way and then we chillax, have fun, and get started!


TOUR RULES:
 
1)  HAVE FUN!!!
 
2)  INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!
 
3)  THIS TOUR STARTS:  Monday, July 18, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
      THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, July 25, at Midnight (Arizona Time)
      Winners will be drawn and posted July 26th!  
 
4)  ME...

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Sign up for my newsletter!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, July 14, 2011, In : Books 

 


I've just set up a newsletter on my contact page. If you want the latest book release news, excerpts, contests, free downloads, discounts, and special offers, please sign up for my newsletter by filling out your email address. For subscribers only!

Happy Reading!

Sibel XX

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J Carson Black on the Summer Book Club

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

 


The Shop by J Carson Black is the next book to be featured on The Summer Book Club. Let's find out more about it...

How the Cult of Personality Inspired My Thriller THE SHOP 

When I decided to write a new thriller, I had several ideas on the table.  None of them made the final cut.  The idea for THE SHOP came out of the blue, thanks to a cable TV news show. 

Come to think of it, most of my ideas come out of left field.  When one of these ideas strikes, it’s like being hit by lightning.  I get...

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Review of Carpe Bead'em by Tonya Kappes

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, July 11, 2011, In : Book Reviews 
Carpe Bead'em

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 29th review is of Carpe Bead'em - fab chick lit!

About Carpe Bead'em

Orphaned at a young age, Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in C...

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Review of Following My Toes by Laurel Osterkamp

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, July 11, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

 Following My Toes

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 28th review is of Following my toes - great women's fiction.

About Following My Toes

Even if nobody believes her, Faith Emerson knows she’s psychic. After all, she totally saw it coming when Pet...

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Giveaway! 2 paperback copies of Fourteen Days Later to be won

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



I'm doing a giveaway on Goodreads this month! Two paperback copies of my romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later are up for grabs!

About Fourteen Days Later

Fourteen Days Later was short listed for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Marian Keyes, it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones.

When accident-prone Helen G...

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Indie Intros - an interview with Kristina Jackson, author of Feathers

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, July 7, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Feathers 


It's my pleasure to welcome Kristina Jackson onto my blog today...

About Kristina

“One day you will write your own book, just let your heart guide you.”

Those were the immortalised words of my teacher in the 5th Year of Primary School; I was 8 at the time.  I’d just had a short story published in the school magazine, and won a prize of a book for my privilege. I knew I had wanted to write since I could write sentences.  28 years later I am realising that dream.

I am Kristina Jackson. I am ...

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Cheryl Shireman on The Summer Book Club

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, In : Author Interviews 


Cheryl Shireman's Life is But a Dream is the next book to be featured on The Summer Book Club. So let's here a bit more from Cheryl...

BURNED MY BRA FOR THIS? ONE WOMAN’S FANTASY

I’m a Baby Boomer. Which means that I remember bell-bottoms, Happy Days, and having only three channels on the television. I played Donny Osmond albums on a record player. My parents watched Gunsmoke, and on Sunday nights we all watched The Wonderful World of Disney. In the living room. Together. On the only televi...

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Killing Cupid on The Summer Book Club

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

Killing Cupid 

Killing Cupid is the first book to be featured in the Summer Book Club. Mark Edwards, who co-wrote this darkly-funny stalker thriller with Louise Voss, will be on Facebook on Saturday evening to answer questions and chat.  He will even answer questions about the controversial Dan Brown/Stieg Larsson subtitle scandal if you are nice. Please drop by as his psychiatrist has warned him several times about talking to himself...  Go to www.facebook.com/summerbookclub for more information.


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Author's Coffee Time - grab a hot chocolate with JE Taylor

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, June 30, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 



It's author's coffee time on my blog today. Grab a hot chocolate and meet JE Taylor...

About JE

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 for rel...

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The Summer Book Club is here!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, In : Books 

The Summer Book Club 


Remember when going on vacation meant filling your suitcase with hefty volumes that threatened to tip you over the baggage allowance limit? The last minute dash into the airport bookshop and the desperate quest to find something to entertain you on the plane and the beach? 

Thanks to the Kindle and other e-readers, those days are gone. What to take? How do you choose from the hundreds of thousands of books available?

Along with some fellow Indie Authors, we set up the Kindle Summer Book Club t...

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How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room (and other short stories) FREE!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, June 27, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 



Psst...freebie alert! 

I've just published a collection of 5 humorous, chicklit short stories on Smashwords - How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room (and other short stories). If you'd like to download a free copy, here is the coupon code to use when purchasing: WQ97R. It will be live on Amazon in the next few days and I'd be soooo grateful for a review. 

About How to Dump Your Boyfriend in the Men's Room (and other short stories)...

Welcome to My World…


I’m an author of chick lit roman...

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Readers...want to find a good book? Looking for freebies?

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, In : Books 

 


As a reader, I want to find good books, talk about books, and get some fab freebies or find discounts. But where do you go and how do you find them?

With so many different websites and Facebook pages available to help you find your ultimate goal...a great book...the task can sometimes be daunting, so my fellow Indie author Lia Fairchild has come up with The Ultimate Reader Resource - a fantastic guide to enrich your enjoyment of reading by introducing you to new books, pointing out discounts ...
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Review of Hysteria by Eva Gale

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Cover for 'Hysteria'

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 27th review is of Hysteria - a historical erotic romance.

About Hysteria

England, 1860, and by her mother’s orders Constance is in treatment for Hysteria. She never complains. Until a new doctor ...

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Review of Sparks Fly by Lucy kevin

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : Book Reviews 


 Sparks Fly

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 26th review is of Sparks Fly - a chicklit romance.

About Sparks Fly

If you enjoy books by Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, Carly Phillips, and Susan Mallery, get ready for SPARKS FLY by Lucy Kevin, ...

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Review of Ain't Love Grand by Dana Taylor

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Ain't Love Grand?

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 25th review is of Ain't Love Grand - a sweet romance.

About Aint Love Grand

They first meet when he tackles her to the ground. All Persephone Jones was doing was trying to stop the bulldozer from d...

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Authors Coffee Time - grab a French Roast with Lew Serviss

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, June 20, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

 


It's author's coffee time on my blog today. Grab a French Roast and meet Lew Serviss...

About Lew

Lew Serviss is a writer and editor who has observed the world from New York, Paris and Washington. He has worked as a senior editor at The New York Times during the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington and at New York Newsday during some of the city’s most tumultuous times. He was the editor-in-chief for the launch of  The American, an award-winning international newsweekly based in New Y...

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Review of Brittle Shadows by Vicki Tyley

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 
Brittle Shadows
 

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 24th review is of Brittle Shaows - a mystery to keep you guessing.

About Brittle Shadows

When soon-to-be-wed Tanya Clark is confronted with her fiancé's naked corpse hanging from a wardrobe rail ...

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Review of One Insular Tahiti by Thea Atkinson

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

One Insular Tahiti (a novel of reincarnation and redemption)
 

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 23rd review is of One Insular Tahiti - a dramatic story about family relationships and reincarnation. 

About One Insular Tahiti

Luke's death has come the way he always feared it would: in the clau...

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Join me for a Q&A at The Romance Reviews

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 


Hey everyone! It's my Q&A chat in The Romance Reviews' lounge today so I want to talk about the F-Word! I write romantic comedies and chicklit mysteries...think Janet Evanovich meets Sophie Kinsella. In my spare time I'm Wonder Woman! 

Life is about living and laughing. After all, laughing keeps you young! Engrossing yourself in a good comedy is an excellent way to de-stress from our hectic lives. So my novels are all about the F-Word (no, not THAT F-Word!) - Fun!

Let's get the party started a...

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The Great INDIE Summer Read Giveaway!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, June 16, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 


Coffeemugged is hosting the Great INDIE Summer Read Giveaway! Yay! 

Thanks to the great amount of indie authors who have contributed to the prizes by gifting their hard work, there are over 100 books to be won! And I'm giving away a copy of my romantic comedy My Perfect Wedding in the ebook format of your choice.

There will also be some fab guest blogs, book snippets, and author interviews to keep you entertained. 

You'd be mad not to scoot on over there now and take part!


Good luck!

Sibel XX
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Guest Blogs and giveaways on Coffee Time Romance & More

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

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I'm doing 4 guest posts and ebook giveaways today on the fab Coffee Time Romance & More blog. You can find out more about me and my books AND win a copy of each of my novels!

My first post and giveaway  - Have some fun with chicklit and win a copy of my romantic comedy Fourteen Days Later. 

My second post and giveaway - Find out if I'm a plotter or a panster and win a copy of my chicklit mystery Be Careful What You Wish For!

My third post and giveaway  - Find out more about me and win a copy...

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Review of Killer in High Heels by Gemma Halliday

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, June 13, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Killer In High Heels (High Heels Mysteries) 

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 22nd review is of Killer in High Heels - a funtabulous chicklit mystery. Now you might wonder why I'm including Gemma Halliday in my Indie Books Reading Challenges but Gemma is actually going th...

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Review of Sink or Swim by Stacy Juba

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, June 13, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Sink or Swim

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 21st review is of Sink or Swim - an intriguing suspense...

About Sink or Swim

Ambitious personal trainer Cassidy Novak has gained national fame for starring on Sink or Swim, nicknamed SOS, a hit ga...

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Indie Intros...meet Valerie Maarten, author of Second Chances

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, June 13, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Second Chances 


It's my pleasure to welcome Valerie Maarten on my blog today. Not only is she a great author, she also does so much to help out fellow indies! You should check out her fab website Indie Authors Unite for more info.

About Valerie

Valerie Maarten has been writing ever since she discovered that letters made sounds and a combination of letters made words. It wasn't until recently that she decided to share her work. 

She can generally be found with pen and paper in hand, scribbling the next storylin...

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The C-Word and other profanities – Sibel Hodge’s 200 Expletives Revealed

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Books 

 


I'm doing a guest blog today over at Mark Williams International for the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Month! Check out my C-word and other profanities, and find out why chicklit girls just wanna have fun!

Sibel XX 

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Review of Confessions of a Call Centre Gal by Lisa Lim

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, June 6, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Confessions of a Call Center Gal: a novel 


 
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 20th review is of Confessions of a Call Centre Gal - a laugh-out-loud chicklit novel...

About Confessions of a call Centre Gal

A fun chick lit romance that will appeal to fans of Sophie Kinsella ...

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Hot Summer Ebook Deal!

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, June 5, 2011, In : Books 


Summer is here so in honour of lounging on a sunbed, chillaxing, I'm offering a hot sumer deal on my chicklit mystery The Fashion Police!

Until 15th June The Fashion Police will be reduced to $0.99! Woo hoo! You can buy it from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and Smashwords (using coupon code: ZR45Z).

The fashion business just got deadly...

The Fashion Police was a runner up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition 2010 and nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements 2010 by The Romance Reviews...

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Review of The Assassins' Village by Faith Mortimer

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, June 2, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

The Assassins' Village

 
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 nineteenth review is of The Assassins' Village - an Agatha Christie style mystery set in Cyprus...

About The Assassins' Village...

Bound and gagged, the shocked and terrified victim recognises his...

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The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads Event & Book Giveaway!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 


The Romance Reviews are hosting a fab Sizzling Summer Reads Event with over 100 book giveaways...
 
 Prepare to Sizzle!

 

Over $5,000 prizes up for grabs!

 

Total of 8 pairs of tickets to RomCon 2011 to be won!!!

(each pair worth $490)

 

Sizzling Summer Reads (Romance)

 

From June 1 to 28, 2011

 

at http://www.theromancereviews.com

(Look for the Sizzling Summer Reads event button)

 

Play the games. Explore new books.

 

Chat with authors. Rack up your points!

 

CAN YOU UNLOCK THE PUZZLE?

 

Visit everyday to increa...


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Winners 0f the International Chicklit Month prizes! Woo hoo!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 
A massive chicklit thanks to everyone who entered into the International Chicklit Month Ebook Giveaway! I had suuuuuch a hard time choosing the winners from your fab comments about why you love chicklit. 

The list of winners is below, and if you don't receive an email from me in the next few days, please get in touch as it will be flying around in a cyber abyss somewhere. And iff you get a moment, I'm sure the authors would really appreciate you leaving a review for them.


I'd also like to give...

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Review of Sugar and Spice by Saffina Desforges

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, May 29, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Sugar & Spice: The ground-breaking debut crime thriller 


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 eighteenth review is of Sugar and Spice - a gritty and gripping thriller...

About Sugar and Spice...
When you think the unthinkable, where do you turn?

Sugar & Spice is the groundbreaking debut nov...

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Author's Coffee Time - grab an Americano with Tim Ellis

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

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It's author's coffee time on my blog today. Grab an Americano and meet Tim Ellis...

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

Regular: Strong, milk and one sugar (I'm dieting) – its called Americana over here!

Ah-hem...there's sugar in that! What flavour cookie would you like with that?

Chocolate - always dark triple chocolate.

I'm salivating at the thought! And since you're on a diet I might have to nick it off you! What’s your greatest writing achievement to date? 

I co...

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Be Careful What You Wish For is now available in paperback!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, In : Books 

 Be Careful What You Wish For
 
My chicklit comedy mystery Be Careful What You Wish For is now available in paperback! Yay!

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 romance and chicklit…

Three deaths.
A safety deposit box robbery.
The boxing heavyweight champion of the world.

Somehow, they’re all related, and Amber has to ...

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Review of Burn Out by Traci Hohenstein

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, May 21, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Burn Out 


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 seventeenth review is of Burn Out - a captivating thriller...

About Burn Out...

For fans of Sue Grafton, Lisa Gardner, and Mary Higgins Clark comes a new suspense novel by Traci Hohenstein...

Lt. S...

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Sample Sunday Cookoff! Discover the recipe for chocolate chip banana muffins

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, May 21, 2011, In : Books 

 
It's Sample Sunday Cookoff again! You can read a sample from my chicklit comedy mystery The Fashion Police and grab this easy peasy recipe for choc chip banana muffins that Amber was going to make with the bananas she picked up. Well, bananas are healthy, aren't they? And chocolate comes from cocoa, which is bean! Absolutely healthy then...

This was going to be a piece of cake. I would just sneak around, posing as an inconspicuous shopper, and snap a few pictures of Clark stacking shelves. Wh...

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Just back from holiday!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, May 20, 2011, In : Books 

 


Hi everyone! I'm just back from Antalya in Turkey - the first holiday in 5 years! Had a fab time, although it rained for a few days. Still, I didn't let that spoil it for me. I managed to get some me time with my Kindle and will be posting a few book reviews when I get a minute. I also received some lovely reviews while I was away.

I'm now catching up on hundreds of emails! Arghhhhh!


Until next time....

Sibel XX

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Author's Coffee Time - grab a latte with Suzanne Tyrpak

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

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It's author's coffee time on my blog today, grab a latte and meet Suzanne Tyrpak...

About Suzanne

Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. Her debut novel is Vestal Virgin, suspense set in ancient Rome, available as a trade paperback and in all eformats.  Her collection of nine short stories Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) is available on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords. J.A. Konrath calls it, “Pure comedic brilliance.”  Her short story Downhill wa...

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Indie Intros - an interview with Donna Fasano, author of Mountain Laurel

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Mountain Laurel


I'd like to welcome the very successful Donna Fasano onto my blog today...

About Donna

Donna Fasano is a best-selling, award-winning author whose books have sold 3.5 million copies worldwide. She also writes romance novels under her pen name, Donna Clayton.

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.
I came to writing through reading. Most writers know they want/need to write from a very young age. I became enraptured with reading. Books were an escape for me, and I loved being able...

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Review of Take No More by Seb Kirby

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, May 2, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Take No More (A murder mystery thriller) 

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 sixteenth review is of Take No More - a fast-paced mystery...

About Take No More

What is the 450 year old secret at the heart of 'Take No More'?

The back cover reads like this:

My name is James Blak...

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Author's Coffee Time - grab a latte with Jason G. Anderson

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, May 1, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

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It's author's coffee time on my blog today. Grab a latte and meet Jason G. Anderson...

About Jason

Jason lives in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia) with his wonderful wife, Marina, and their three cats. During the day he assists scientists researching Antarctica; analysing satellite imagery and helping the scientists to manage the large quantities of data they acquire. At night he prefers to write about imaginary worlds far removed from our own.

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

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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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Review of Dating My Vibrator by Suzanne Tyrpak

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, March 31, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

DATING MY VIBRATOR (and other true fiction) 


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 eleventh review is of Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) - a humorous collection of short stories...

About Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction)

5 stars from Joe Konrath, who says, ...

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Indie Intros - an interview with Lia Fairchild, author of In Search of Lucy

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, March 31, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

In Search of Lucy 


I'd like to welcome debut author Lia Fairchild onto my blog today...

About Lia

I am a native Californian and avid reader. Writing is something I've wanted to do all my life, so the completion of my first novel is trulysatisfying. I hold a B.A. degree in Journalism (advertising). I also now have a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and have been a substitute teacher for the past five years. My most enjoyable moments are spent with my family, traveling, spending time outdoors or simply being t...

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I've been awarded the Memetastic Award!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, In : Books 

 

I had a wow moment this week when I was given a fun award! Yes, that right folks, I've been awarded The Memetastic Award by none other than the fabtastic romantic comedy author D.D. Scott!!! 

Like so many before me who have walked down the hallowed halls of the golden statue, I too, accept this awesome award. And now, I must follow the rules, which are:


1. You must proudly display the absolutely disgusting graphic in a post. Check

2. You must list 5 things about yourself, and 4 of them must be ...

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Be Careful What You Wish For - my chicklit comedy mystery will be out soon!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Books 



Be Careful What You Wish For should be back from my editor shortly. It won't be long before it's on sale - exciting stuff!

This is the second in my chicklit murder mystery series featuring Amber Fox...

About Be Careful What You Wish For

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

Three deaths.
A safety deposit box robbery.
The boxing heavyweight champion of the world.

Someho...

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Author's Coffee Time, grab a coffee ice cream with CJ West

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 



It's author's coffee time on my blog today! Grab a coffee ice cream and meet CJ West...

About CJ

CJ West spent twenty years helping companies solve computer networking and information management problems with firms including Arthur Andersen. In 1999, he began writing thrillers and several years later transitioned to writing fulltime.

Sin and Vengeance, the first book in CJ’s Randy Black series, was optioned for film by a screenwriting firm in early 2008. The screenplay, written by Marla Cukor,...

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Win Prizes with The Romance Reviews - Top Prizes Up For Grabs!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 


 

ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT

Until March 31!

Check out awesome books!

Chat with authors!

There's still chance to win!

Lots of prizes and the top 3 major prizes

are still up for grabs!

Check out The Romance Reviews website for more details

 Don't forget you can still vote for your favourite books with The Romance Reviews. The Fashion Police has been nominated Best Novel with Romantic Elements 2010. I'd love it if you voted for me! 

 
Good Luck!

Sibel XX

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A novel in one sentence - part three

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, March 28, 2011, In : Books 

 

 
I always think writing a synopsis or blurb for a book is worse than writing the whole thing! How do you sum up thousands of words in a few paragraphs? But how about making it even harder? 

A while ago I started a couple of threads over on Kindleboards and Amazon forums, asking authors to describe their novel in one sentence. Here are a few more taste-teasers for you...

My Perfect Wedding - Living the dream isn't all it's cracked up to be...

Burn Out - A suspense novel that involves a missing f...

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Indie Intros - an interview with David Lender, author of Trojan Horse

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, March 28, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Trojan Horse 


I'd like to welcome the very interesting David Lender onto my blog today...

About David

David Lender writes thrillers set in the financial sector based on his over 25-year career as a Wall Street investment banker.  He draws on an insider’s knowledge from his career in mergers and acquisitions with Merrill Lynch, Rothschild and Bank of America for the international settings, obsessively driven personalities and real-world financial intrigues of his novels.  His characters range from David Ba...

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Review of In Search of Lucy by Lia Fairchild

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, March 28, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

In Search of Lucy 


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 tenth review is of In Search of Lucy - a dramatic story of family relationships...

About In Search of Lucy

Thirty-year-old Lucy Lang is lost. She spent most of her young life sacrificing her own n...

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Author's Coffee Time - Grab a hazelnut latte with Kavita Nalawde

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, March 28, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

Kavita Nalawde 


It's Author's Coffee Time on my blog today! Come in, grab a coffee and cookie, and meet Kavita Nalawade...

About Kavita

Kavita Nalawde was born in Mumbai and currently lives in UK.  
She worked in the online communications department for a retail firm for nine years before deciding to take the plunge and be a writer full-time. 
She is married to a very patient IT professional.  She does the normal things that all wives and mums do in their daily life but doesn’t wait to grab the keyboard at ev...

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Sample Sunday Cookoff - Discover the recipe for a Chocolate Orgasm!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, March 25, 2011, In : Books 



I'm doing something a bit different this week for Sample Sunday. You can read a fun excerpt from my romantic comedy, Fourteen Days Later, and discover Atila's secret recipe how to make a Chocolate Orgasm! This is the way to any chocolate-lover's heart. Guys - I know you'll want to give your girlfriend/wife one of these fab Orgasms! And girls - you could just keep it to yourself to have your own secret Orgasm!

      After a hearty breakfast, I filled Ayshe in on the details of last night. We hu...
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With Love - a humanitarian aid Ebook anthology - Official Release!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, March 25, 2011, In : Books 

 With Love

The With Love Project began as an idea, squeaked out by a mouse of a voice into a cavern of warm hearts and listening ears. Within days an anthology of short stories were developed and a week later the entire book has been pulled together, cover created, donated and delivered to the incredible publisher. All of this done for free to help Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) address various crisis situations around the world. 

The eclectic mix of short stories, With Love, is now ...
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Indie Intros - an interview with Daphne Coleridge, author of The Claresby Mystery

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

The Claresby Mystery 


I'd like to welcome Daphne Coleridge on my blog today. Not only is she a talented writer, but she's also a fab artist! 

About Daphne

I am both a writer and artist and paint the pictures for my own books as well as writing them. The Artist’s Model and Purple Lake are both English romances which also reflect the eccentric and exciting world of artists which I love. Three Mysteries and The Claresby Mystery are quirky mystery stories, each with their own twist in the tail, and set in an English ...

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Author's Coffee Time - grab a regular coffee with Alex Knight

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, March 24, 2011, In : Author's Coffee Time 

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It's Author's Coffee Time on my blog today! Come in, grab a coffee and cookie, and meet Alex Knight...

About Alex

I currently live in a small city outside of Toronto with my partner. Murder and horror has always fascinated me so I enjoy writing about them, throwing in humor whenever possible. I'm an avid reader so if I'm not writing, or doing laundry, I'm reading. These days I'm supporting my talented, fellow indie writers, having decided that the big names have enjoyed my hard earned dollars ...

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My guest blog on A Moose Walked into a Bar

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, In : Books 

 


Today I'm doing a guest post called Follow That Goat! on the sit down comedy blog  A Moose Walked into a Bar. Why not come over and check it out! 

Happy Reading!

Sibel XX 
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I'm featured on Writing is the Easy Part!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, In : Books 

 

Today I'm featured on Writing is the Easy Part (Everything Else is Harder). It's the fabulously funny blog by BJK White. Why not check it out and enjoy the laughs?

Happy Reading!

Sibel XX

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Review of The Merry-Go-Round by Donna Fasano

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

The Merry-Go-Round, a romantic comedy 


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 nineth review is of the sweet romance, The Merry-Go-Round...
 
About The Merry-Go-Round

When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind...stepping off the merry-go-round. However,...

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A novel in one sentence - part two

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, In : Books 

 


I always think writing a synopsis or blurb for a book is worse than writing the whole thing! How do you sum up thousands of words in a few paragraphs? But how about making it even harder? 

A while ago I started a couple of threads over on Kindleboards and Amazon forums, asking authors to describe their novel in one sentence. Here are a few taste-teasers for you...
 
The Fashion Police (chicklit mystery) - The fashion business just got deadly!

Sweet Seduction - Livia's passion is baking, Rufus's ...

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Review of The Crown Conspiracy by Michael Sullivan

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, March 21, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

The Crown Conspiracy (The Riyria Revelations) 


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 eighth review is of the action-packed fantasy, The Crown Conspiracy... 

About The Crown Conspiracy

They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.

There is no ancient evil to de...

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Indie Book Lounge - find some fab indie books!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, March 21, 2011, In : Books 

 


If you're searching for some fab indie books but don't know where to start looking, you should check out a new site called Indie Book Lounge. There are loads of genres listed, and links to various ebook formats and paperbacks.  


Happy indie reading!


Sibel XX

 

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Indie Intros - an interview with Kristina Jackson, author of Feathers

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 20, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Feathers 

I'd like to welcome Kristina Jackson onto my blog today. Today Kristina is launching her debut short story collection, Feathers. Exciting stuff!

About Kristina

"One day you will write your own book, just let your heart guide you."

Those were the immortalised words of my teacher in the 5th Year of Primary School; I was 8 at the time. I'd just had a short story published in the school magazine, and won a prize of a book for my privilege. I knew I had wanted to write since I could write sentences....

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Read an excerpt from The Fashion Police

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, March 19, 2011, In : Books 



It's Sample Sunday tomorrow over on Twitter so I'm posting a random sample of my chicklit comedy mystery, The Fashion Police...


Luckily, throbbing body parts didn’t keep me awake that night. Mine or Brad’s – although I was quite sure that Brad would’ve liked the idea. However, he had left shortly after we consumed our dinner. Random thoughts deep in my subconscious kept me awake, instead. There was just something about the disappearance of the fashion collection. Something about it kep...
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Win a copy of Fourteen Days Later today!

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, March 19, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 


In the Romance Reviews Grand Opening event today you can win an ebook copy of my romantic comedy, Fourteen Days Later. All you need to do is answer some simple questions!

 


 Which literary award was Fourteen Days Later shortlisted for?
contributed by Sibel Hodge
 a: Harry Bowling Prize
 b: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
 c: Debut Dagger Award
 d: Brit Writers' Award

The answers can be found on  My Book page. To win, visit  The Romance Reviews website and check out the rules.

 

My chicklit comedy my...

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Have I ever fallen in love with one of my characters?

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, March 18, 2011, In : Books 


 


Today I'm featured on comedian and script writer Simon Dunn's
Just One Question! So have I ever fallen in love with one of my characters? Hmm...check out Simon's blog to find out!


Sibel XX

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Indie Intros - an interview with Morgan Gallagher, author of Changeling

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, March 17, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

 

I’d like to welcome the inspiring horror author Morgan Gallagher onto my blog today…

About Morgan

Morgan Gallagher is in her late 40s, and should know better, about spending her writing life with vampires. However, she has no choice, as they refuse to go away and leave her alone.  She lives in the Scottish Borders, with her husband and their six year old son.  A full time carer for her husband who is severely disabled, Morgan also works as a volunteer for several charities and is passionat...

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A novel in one sentence

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, March 17, 2011, In : Books 

 


I always think writing a synopsis or blurb for a book is worse than writing the whole thing! How do you sum up thousands of words in a few paragraphs? But how about making it even harder? 

A while ago I started a couple of threads over on Kindleboards and Amazon forums, asking authors to describe their novel in one sentence. Here are a few taste-teasers for you...

Fourteen Days Later (romantic comedy) - Is it really possible to change your life in fourteen days?


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Review of Impeding Justice by Mel Comley

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Impeding Justice (A Lorne Simpkins thriller) 

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 seventh review is of the fast-paced thriller, Impeding Justice... 


About Impeding Justice

Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins comes up against her long-time nemesis, The Unicorn. After leading Simp...

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With Love - a humanitarian aid Ebook anthology

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, In : Books 
 

I'm sure we've all been affected by the horrific scenes of the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Along with some talented fellow authors, I felt the need that I wanted to contribute to an ongoing humanitarian aid and disaster relief fund. But how? 

We decided to put together an anthology of short stories from different authors, which will be available on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords for all Ebook formats, and this is how With Love was born. Some authors have donated editing skills, stor...
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Indie Intros - an interview with Larry Enright, author of Four Years From Home

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Four Years from Home 


I'd like to welcome the talented Larry Enright onto my blog today...

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.

All of my stories begin with ideas. I see or recall a situation and it strikes me as something interesting or potentially interesting. Oddly, many of these ideas come to me lying in bed in the very early hours of the morning, awaiting the alarm clock to remind me that another day is beginning. During those moments, my mind is totally free. If I can remember the idea af...

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Like mysteries & thrillers? Win 11 books!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, March 14, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 


Do you like mystery, thrillers, and suspense novels? Today you can win eleven books (yes, a whopping eleven), and have some fun at the same time!

It's Match Up Monday over on Indie Authors Unite. All you need to do is visit their site and match up eleven clues to eleven books. The first person to leave all the correct answers will win all of the featured novels. Simple! 

I'm donating a copy of my chicklit mystery, The Fashion Police. Here are a list of other fab authors participating in the giv...

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Meet Amber Fox from The Fashion Police

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 13, 2011, In : Books 


I think character interviews are fun. A while ago, my feisty insurance investigator, Amber Fox, from The Fashion Police was interviewed on the fab Syria Says... website. This is what she said...


Syria Says: How did you first meet your writer?

Amber:  She was following me. Can you believe it? Stalking me, for some reason. Not that I didn’t know she was there, though. I’m an ex-cop turned insurance investigator - I could see her tail a mile off. It’s my job to know when someone’s foll...


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My Perfect Wedding now also available in paperback!

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 13, 2011, In : Books 

 


My latest romantic comedy, My Perfect Wedding, has been out in ebook format for a couple of months already (where has the time gone?). It's now been unleashed on the world in paperback!

About My Perfect Wedding  

Helen Grey is finally getting everything she wants. She’s about to have the perfect dream wedding and begin an exciting new life abroad on the sunny Mediterranean island of Cyprus. But living the dream isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. 

After a mix-up at the airport, Helen finds h...

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Review of Falling Star by Philip Chen

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, March 10, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Falling Star (The Watchers) 


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 sixth review is of the sci-fi thriller, Falling Star...

About Falling Star

The World is at risk; not the ordinary risk seen every night on prime time news, but a horrific one that portends the pos...

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Indie Intros - an interview with Deatri King-Bey, author of Picture Perfect

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Picture Perfect 

I'd like to welcome the talented and fun Deatri King-Bey to my blog today...

About Deatri

Hello Everyone, my name is Deatri King-Bey, and I am a read-a-holic. LOL. Just kidding—sort of. Seriously though, my love of reading and storytelling led me into becoming a developmental editor and author. I have edited titles by authors such as NYT Bestseller L.A. Banks to President Clinton’s Diarist, Janis Kearney, to aspiring authors. To date I have eight titles published and won the 2008 Emma Awar...

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Review of The Summoner, by Layton Green

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

The Summoner (The Dominic Grey Novels) 


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 fifth review is of the chillingly gripping novel, The Summoner... 

 
About The Summoner

A United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in...

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Win a copy of Fourteen Days Later today!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 


In the Romance Reviews Grand Opening event today you can win an ebook copy of my romantic comedy, Fourteen Days Later. All you need to do is answer some simple questions!



What excuse did Helen Grey's boyfriend use when she found a thong in the pocket of his best work trousers?
contributed by Sibel Hodge
 a: It was Helen's.
 b: He thought it was a rag to dust the photocopier.
 c: He'd never seen it before in his life.
 d: Why was Helen checking his trouser pockets?


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My Forthcoming Chicklit Mystery - Be Careful What You Wish For

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, March 7, 2011, In : Books 



Here's a sneak preview of my forthcoming novel, Be Careful What You Wish For. It's the second in my chicklit murder mystery series featuring Amber Fox...

About Be Careful What You Wish For

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

Three deaths.
A safety deposit box robbery.
The boxing heavyweight champion of the world.

Somehow, they’re all related, and Amber has to solv...

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Indie Intros - An interview with Tania Tirraoro, author of This Last Summer

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, March 7, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

This Last Summer 

Today I'd like to welcome the lovely Tania Tirraoro to my blog...

Tania was born in Wales and raised in the North West of England but now resides in leafy Surrey with her husband and two sons. She spent a decade working as a broadcast journalist and newsreader which has been the inspiration for This Last Summer.

Tania has a blog, notasadvertised.blogspot.com and a website helping parents with special needs education, www.specialneedsjungle.co.uk. Both Tania's sons have Asperger Syndrome and so...

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It's Read an Ebook Week. Smashwords Sale March 6 - 12!

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, March 6, 2011, In : Books 

e-book week banner 


In honour of Read an Ebook Week, I'm giving a 25% discount off my chicklit comedy mystery, The Fashion Police, through Smashwords. There are lots of other fab discounts and freebie books available throughout the week by other authors.  

To claim your discount, go to:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/7535 
If you use code RAE25 when you purchase, you can get it for $2.99. Why not check out other authors participating in Read an Ebook Week here:
 

http://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newe...

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Indie Intros - Junying Kirk, author of The Same Moon

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, March 5, 2011, In : Author Interviews 
The Same Moon 


Today I'd like to welcome the very interesting Junying Kirk on my blog.

About Junying

Junying Kirk came to Britain from China in 1988. She has lived almost as long in her adopted country as in the country of her birth. She was born in the 1960s and grew up in the turbulent times of the Cultural Revolution. She was one of the first to go to University after the death of Mao Zedong. A British Council scholarship led her to study English Language Teaching at Warwick University, followed by furthe...

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The Fashion Police is nominated Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements!

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, March 4, 2011, In : Books 

 The Fashion Police (An Amber Fox Murder Mystery)


Wow! This has just made my day! The Fashion Police has been nominated the Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews!


I'd love it if you voted for me here: 

 http://www.theromancereviews.com/bookvote.php
 

You will have to sign up to vote, but it only takes a moment.  


 

Many thanks!

Sibel XX

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Have Fun And Win Prizes At The Romance Reviews!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, March 3, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 

 
Play the games. Explore new books.
Chat with authors. Vote for Best Books of 2010.

Rack up your points!

CAN YOU UNLOCK THE PUZZLE?

Tip: Visit everyday to increase your chances to win awesome prizes!

Over 200 prizes waiting for you!


 
Major Prizes
(to be drawn at end of month)
Grand Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Prize: $70 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card
 

For Authors
(based on results of book votes)
 
Grand Prize: $200 TRR Advertising Package
2nd Pr...

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World Book Day Giveaway!

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, March 3, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 

It's World Book Day today, so in the spirit of getting people to discover the wonderful world of books, I'm giving away an ebook copy of my chicklit mystery, The Fashion Police.  It has just been voted the Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements in 2010 by The Romance Reviews!



 About The Fashion Police

 

 The Fashion Police (An Amber Fox Murder Mystery)
 
A runner up in the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition 2010, The Fashion Police is a screwball comedy-mystery, combining murder and mayhem with romance and chick-lit. Written in a simil...
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Indie Intros - An interview with Simon Dunn, author of Rotten Apple

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, March 3, 2011, In : Author Interviews 


Rotten Apple: Seven Deadly Stories From The City Of Sin 

Today I have the very talented Simon Dunn on my blog.  Simon is a scriptwriter and comedian in the UK. He has written for International Emmy Award-Winning comedy shows, and is currently developing drama ideas for British television.


Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.

I had a month off between writing drama scripts for the TV people, and I hadn’t written any comedy for a while. So I sat down and wrote an entry for my blog. The premise was that it was a terrible bit of...


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Sample of Devil Moon by Dana Taylor

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, In : Books 

Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance 


Here's a sample from Devil Moon by my friend Dana Taylor...

The set up: Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance is a comedy set in the Ozarks. Maddie is the uptight high school assistant principal.  Phil is the new high school football coach. This scene is toward the end of the book. Maddie has been warned off Phil by his ex-wife who has threatened to take Phil’s daughter out of his life unless Maddie gives him up. (Maddie occasionally gets advice from her dead Grandmother.)

Setting:  Maddie’s kitc...


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Review of The Hate by SL Pierce

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, February 26, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

The Hate (Short Story with Bonus Content) 


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 fourth review is of the gripping short story, The Hate... 


Review 

What do you do when the court system fails? For one woman it's a case of revenge and justice. When her daughter's killer gets away...
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Review of Three Sisters by Helen Smith

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, February 26, 2011, In : Book Reviews 

Three Sisters (The Emily Castles Mysteries) 


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 third review is of a London murder mystery, Three Sisters... 

Review
 
I don't normally read short stories so it was nice to get into something a bit different. 

Emily is still depressed from the dea...

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Indie Intros - An interview with Alyson Holman, author of Linnet and the Prince

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, February 25, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Linnet and the Prince 


I'd like to welcome Alyson Holman to my blog today. She is twenty-five years old and has been writing since she was in the sixth grade. 

About Alyson

I have completed at least a dozen original novel-length works, and more than 42 works of fanfiction, some of which are wildly popular. I enjoy going on fantastic adventures, and sharing them with people--some of my best friends have been made through reading and writing. My reward is readership, and happy comments. I love making people smile, mak...

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Indie Intros - Brendan Carroll, author of The Red Cross of Gold ~ The Assassin Chronicles Books I-XXI

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, February 24, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

The Red Cross of Gold XXI:. The Dead Confess No Sins (Assassin Chronicles) 


A big welcome today to Brendan Carroll, author of The Red Cross of Gold ~ The Assassin Chronicles Books I-XXI.

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.

 

I wrote my first book as fan-fiction for the Original Star Trek Series.  I had no idea at the time (early thirties) of how the publishing world worked.  I was completely happily ignorant. I poured my heart into it, even learning a lot of Klingon words and making some Klingon translations for one of the Rolling Stones s...


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Indie Intros - Mel Comley, author of Final Justice

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

Final Justice (A Lorne Simpkins thriller) (DI Lorne Simpkins thriller part of a trilogy) 


Today I'm introducting the lovely Mel Comley to my blog. Mel used to be a retail manager in Worcester but moved to France 9 years ago to renovate houses and fell into writing, thankfully.

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.  

 

 

 


We moved to France and couldn’t find any decent books in English to read. My Aunt brought us over a few Mills and Boons books and after reading them I thought I could do better. Then I discovered James Patterson and decided I loved the adrenalin...


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Indie Intros - Sean Sweeney, author of Model Agent

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, In : Author Interviews 

 
Model Agent: A Thriller (Jaclyn Johnson, code name Snapshot series)


It's my pleasure to welcome Sean Sweeney to my blog today. He's an author from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA. He also writes under the name John Fitch V. He's written seven novels, a novella, several short stories, with plenty coming.

Sean's Bio

Under the JFV name, I’ve penned The Obloeron Trilogy, One Hero A Savior, Turning Back The Clock, A Galaxy At War, as well as Vuvuzombie, Sidetracked, Amber Twilight, Refugees (as part of David Dalglish’s A Land of Ash), and The Mastermind. As Sean,...
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Read an excerpt from Fourteen Days Later

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, February 19, 2011, In : Books 




Fourteen Days Later was shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes, it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones

Here's a random excerpt...

We squeezed through the horde of irate shoppers and stood in the long queue at the till in front of the harassed and grumpy shop assistants. Afte...


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Review of Julius Katz Mystery by Dave Zeltserman

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : Book Reviews 
Julius Katz Mysteries 
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 second review is of the modern day Sherlock Holmes style books, Julius Katz Mysteries... 

Review

There are two Julius Katz mysteries together in this purchase and both were great reads. Julius is s...
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Review of The Witness Wore Blood Bay by LC Evans

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : Book Reviews 
The Witness Wore Blood Bay


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 First review for the fun, cozy mystery, The Witness Wore Blood Bay by LC Evans...

Review 


I wasn't sure if I was going to like this because the main character, Leigh, is a horsewoman and I'm not tha...
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Like Romance? Win some fab prizes!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, February 14, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 

 
If you like reading romance, you have to check out the Romance Reviews Grand Opening in March. They have some fun games and fab prizes on offer...




 

GRAND OPENING

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http://www.theromancereviews.com

 

Get ready for loads of fun activities!

 

Play awesome games!

 

Meet new and favorite authors!

 

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Vote for the Best Book of 2010!

 

Over 90 participating authors!

 

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Over $1,500 worth of cool prizes to be won!

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Read An Excerpt From My Perfect Wedding

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, February 12, 2011, In : Books 



My Perfect Wedding is a romantic comedy-mystery. It's the sequel to Fourteen Days Later, although it can be read as a standalone novel. Here's a snippet...

  
In my daydreams, this was exactly how I’d pictured an idyllic new life abroad (and I’d had quite a few, believe me).

Sitting on the edge of the terrace, leisurely drinking wine, and watching the colour of the sun turn from lemon to citrus to orangey red with my future husband. For a moment, I could pretend that I didn’t have any wo...


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Valentine's Day Giveaway! Win a copy of Fourteen Days Later.

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, February 11, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 



In the spirit of romance I'm doing a Valentine's Day giveaway of Fourteen Days Later in ebook format. All you have to do is leave a comment with the answer to two questions...

  

Fourteen Days Later was shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Marian Keyes, it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones.


 

B...


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Snuggle up with a romantic comedy this Valentine's Day

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, In : Books 



Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us…so why not treat yourself to a romantic comedy novel to snuggle up with?


Fourteen Days Later was shortlisted for the Harry Bowling Prize 2008 and received a Highly Commended by the Yeovil Literary Prize 2009. It is a romantic comedy with a unique infusion of British and Turkish Cypriot culture. Written in a similar style to Marian Keyes, it is My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Bridget Jones.


 

Blurb:

 

When accident-prone Helen Grey finds a thong stuffed into...


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I Heart Indie Books Reading Challenge - 2011

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, February 6, 2011, In : Books 



I've come across another fantastic reading challenge for all you lovers of fiction out there. The I Heart Indie Books Reading Challenge is easy and low-key. All you have to do is read between 1 - 30 books in 2011 in any genre.

For more details about the challenge, check out... 

http://indieparanormalbooksreviews.blogspot.com/2010/12/i-heart-indie-books-reading-challenge.html

Both readers and authors are encouraged to participate.

If you need a suggested reading list, here's a few to get you start...

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It's Sample Sunday! Read an excerpt from The Fashion Police

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, February 6, 2011, In : Books 



It's Sample Sunday again! Where has the time gone? This week you can read a random excerpt from my comedy mystery novel, The Fashion Police...

I stumbled through the doors of Hi-Tec’s plush Hertford office with my rucksack threatening to slide off my shoulder. I juggled two mochacinos and four chocolate muffins with extra chocolate sprinkles in one hand, and two mozzarella paninis and a bottle of sparkling water in the other hand. I’ll admit that the sparkling water was going a bit overboa...

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ABC Indie Fiction Challenge!

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, February 5, 2011, In : Books 


There are some truly fantastic Indie authors out there waiting to be discovered by you! What better way to do that than by entering the ABC Indie Fiction Reading Challenge going on over at quillsandzebras blog...

In order to join in, you must read 24 novels in 2011 by Indie authors. One of the key rules is that each story must be written by a different author, and the first letter of the authors' surnames must begin with a different letter.

For more details, a suggested reading list, and to sig...

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Three fab reviews by book bloggers in one day!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, In : Books 





I'm having a great day today! 

I've just had three fab reviews for my romantic comedies in one day. 

Here's what Hot Gossip Hot Reviews and I'm just sayin...Book Reviews by KK said about My Perfect Wedding...

"
My Perfect Weeding by Sibel Hodge jumps right into the story from the first page. Active words keeps the reader turning the pages. Told in first person, from the beginning, I wanted to know more about this "Karem" and how she felt about him. 

Dialogue is refreshing and very real. The way Ho...

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My Perfect Wedding is now available in various ebook formats!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, In : Books 


My Perfect Wedding is now available in various ebook formats and will be available in paperback soon...


Helen Grey is finally getting everything she wants. She’s about to have the perfect dream wedding and begin an exciting new life abroad on the sunny Mediterranean island of Cyprus. But living the dream isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. 

After a mix-up at the airport, Helen finds herself drawn into the midst of an elaborate plot to steal an ancient statue and assassinate a local businessm...

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It's Sample Sunday! - Read the first chapter of My Perfect Wedding

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, January 16, 2011, In : Books 



It’s Sample Sunday over on Twitter today, so I’m sharing a sample of my brand new romantic comedy-mystery, My Perfect Wedding…

 

Chapter 1

The customs officer flipped open Kalem’s passport and scrutinized the photo.

I tapped my foot. Come on, come on, don’t you know we’ve got a wedding to get to? My perfect wedding, nonetheless. And on top of that, the duty-free shops were seriously calling my name. We’d already been shuffling along in the security queue for forty-five minu...


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Chicklit ebook giveaway - 20 free ebook copies of my new novel, My Perfect Wedding!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, In : Book Giveaways 


 Chicklit ebook giveaway!

 
I'm giving away 20 ebook copies of my new romantic comedy, My Perfect Wedding. 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)...


Helen Grey is finally getting everything she wants. She’s about to have the perfect dream wedding and begin an exciting new life abroad on the sunny Mediterranean island of Cyprus. But living the dream isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. 

Afte...

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Check out my new ebook cover for The Fashion Police!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, December 28, 2010, In : Books 



For some reason, Amazon gave my previous cover for my comedy-mystery novel, The Fashion Police, an adult rating, which meant that it didn't appear on some of the searches. So I've had a redesign today, and this is the new cover!

Sibel XX 


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Check out my new book cover!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, December 27, 2010, In : Books 



I've been working on the new and improved cover for my romantic comedy, Fourteen Days Later. What do you think?


Sibel XX

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It's Sample Sunday!

Posted by sibelhodge on Sunday, December 26, 2010, In : Books 



It's Sample Sunday today over on Twitter, so here's a sample of my romantic comedy, Fourteen Days Later...

‘Fourteen days,’ said Ayshe. ‘That’s all it takes to change your life for the better.’


‘You are joking, right?’ I arched an eyebrow. ‘Nobody can change their life in fourteen days.’


‘That’s not what it says in here.’ Ayshe held up the magazine she’d been flicking through, her finger underlining one of the articles.‘“Orgasms or Chocolate? What do women really wa...
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Xmas Contest - Win a copy of The Fashion Police

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, December 20, 2010, In : Book Giveaways 


It's that festive time of year again! 

If you're looking for a fun e-book to read over the festive period, I'm doing an Xmas contest with The Romance Reviews. If anyone wants to win an e-book copy of my comedy mystery, The Fashion Police, then check out the contest here:

It runs from 24/12/10 - 29/12/10

Happy Xmas!

Sibel XX

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Energy Crystal Healing

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, In : Health & Fitness 



Looking for an alternative therapy to increase the wellbeing of your mind and body? Maybe you should consider Energy Crystal Healing…


What is Energy Crystal Healing?

 

Energy Healing is a wonderful non -invasive holistic therapy, which means that the focus is on the individual as a whole, rather than on physical symptoms alone. The aim is to restore wholeness, balance and health to emotions, mind and spirit as well as the physical body.

  

Our Energy centres within the body and our Ene...


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A lovely 5 star review of Fourteen Days Later

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, August 9, 2010, In : Books 
Fourteen Days Later (Romantic Comedy)


This has made my day! I've just had a lovely new 5 star review of my romantic comedy, Fourteen Days Later, on Amazon...

"I thoroughly enjoyed this well-crafted, witty novel with its the twists and turns, its quirky characters, and the cross-cultural British-Turkish Cypriot references. The characters are convincing and lovable and accident-prone Helen is a riot. Excellent dialogue. Highly recommended." 
Christa Polkinhorn, 
Author 

Love of a Stonemason


http://www.amazon.com/review/R1L1D3IVCBCFRH/re...
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Natural Cures for Insect Bites

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, July 24, 2010, In : Health & Fitness 


It's summer again! Hurrah, I love the hot weather. The only downside to that, of course, are the mosquitoes and sandflies. And no matter what we do, the little buzzers will always sneak up on us for a quiet munch.

 

Someone told me once that mosquitoes are actually attracted to blood type, so some people are naturally more susceptible to getting bitten than others. And that would make sense because they seem to love snacking on me, whereas my husband hardly gets bitten at all.

 

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What's my favourite part of writing a novel?

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, June 4, 2010, In : Books 


There's a whole heap of different elements that go in to writing a novel. Ask different authors what they prefer, and you'll get a variety of answers. Some love plotting or working out themes and story arcs. Some prefer writing dialogue, making up different characters, or the general nitty-gritty of writing.

 

Anyway, it got me thinking, and I started a thread over at the Kindle Boards forum to find out what fellow authors think. I got a really interesting response, and Deb, at Two ...


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Discover the benefits of garlic

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, In : Health & Fitness 



If you think that garlic is only responsible for giving you pungent breath, then think again. Garlic has been used by herbalists for centuries to treat almost every ailment from acne and arthritis to digestive problems and tumours.

The medicinal properties of garlic are due to the sulphur compounds that it contains, and it is thought to work because of its antibiotic and blood cleansing properties. Scientific evidence now backs up garlic’s reputation as an antiviral and antibacterial ag...


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2010 - Year of the Metal Tiger

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, In : Lifestyle 


Valentine’s Day wasn’t the only thing to happen on February 14th this year. It also saw the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Oriental astrology uses a sixty year cycle to work out which symbolic elements will shape our lives in the coming year. This year we have a combination that hasn’t been seen since 1950 - the Metal Tiger.

The Tiger is stubborn, impatient, focused on its goals, but they are also unpredictable, fiery, and selfish. Metal is a hard element with an air of cold con...


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Read an E-book Week!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, In : Books 


From March 7th – 13th 2010 it’s Read an E-book Week!

E-books are huge in the USA and the craze is now sweeping across the rest of the world. In honour of Read an E-book Week I am offering a special 25% discount off my e-books from March 7th – 13th when ordered through Smashwords.

To take advantage of this offer…

Fourteen Days Later – Quote coupon number RAE25 when ordering from:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/7537

The Fashion Police – Quote coupon number RAE25 wh...


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Are you feeling SAD?

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, February 25, 2010, In : Health & Fitness 




If you always feel lethargic and depressed during these gloomy winter months, you could be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. This depressive condition is caused by the chemical effects of light deprivation on the brain, which in turn alters the melatonin hormone that controls when we wake and sleep. It also seems to cause problems with our feel-good hormone, seratonin, making our moods slump down further. These days we are more aware of SAD, but it wasn’t officially reco...


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A gluten free Pancake Day

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, In : Health & Fitness 


It’s Pancake Day, but if you’ve got a wheat/gluten intolerance or allergy you won’t be able to indulge, right?

Wrong! Because a fantastic substitute for wheat flour is buckwheat. 

It’s a common misconception that buckwheat is a cereal grain, but it’s actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel. Buckwheat also has a rich supply of flavonoids that help to fight against many diseases.

Benefits of eating buckwheat

  • Can help to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure...


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The Mysterious Valentine

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, February 12, 2010, In : Lifestyle 




Every February, across the world, flowers, cards, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St Valentine. For me, St Valentine conjures up images of The Milk Tray Man, skiing down death-defying slopes to give the woman he loves a box of much fawned after box of chocolates. But what do we really know about him or why we celebrate this holiday?

 

The patron saint of romance has long been shrouded in mystery. One legend suggests that Valentine was a priest during th...


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New review of my comedy-mystery novel, The Fashion Police

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, In : Books 


Hot Gossip Hot Reviews book blog is a fantastic blog for readers who are looking for the latest gossip on new authors, e-publishers, and indie work from small-press. The blog site also won Best Romance Review Blog 2009. They have recently done a review of my comedy-mystery novel, The Fashion Police. Here’s what they said:

 

“In this cleverly written Ebook By Sibel Hodge, the reader is taken on a variety of plot twists with a missing fashion designer, crazy mobster stalkers, and a...


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Anyone For A Cuppa?

Posted by sibelhodge on Thursday, February 4, 2010, In : Health & Fitness 



Are you a green tea lover? If not, you should listen to the researchers who agree that green tea can prevent certain types of cancer. And as today is World Cancer Day, I’m honouring a natural product that could kick cancer in to touch. Here comes the science part…

Catechins are flavonoid phytochemical compounds found in green tea, and it’s been shown that one of these catechins called EGCG – or epigallocatechin gallate – is able to slow the growth of cancer cells by inhibitin...


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Balls To Fitness!

Posted by sibelhodge on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, In : Health & Fitness 



Every year millions of people make resolutions to get fit. Leisure centres and gyms are inundated with new members in January, but for many this sudden desire is short lived and very few people actually keep it up. But what if I told you that there was a revolutionary approach to health and fitness that was more like a massage, relaxation, and chiropractic routine rolled into one?

As a trained fitness instructor and sports therapist, the principles of Yumana Body Rolling make complete sens...


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Don't Let Life Get You Down

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, January 25, 2010, In : Lifestyle 


 

We all have days where nothing is going right, or moments in our life that drag us down. The important thing is how we deal with the stresses and upheavals that living in the modern world places upon us. So if you have that sinking feeling, just remember that today’s bad news could be tomorrow’s opportunity. Repeating positive motivational quotes and mantras help me get through the the rough times. Here are some of mine...

 

Life is full of should haves. You can’t change the past, but th...


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Banish Your Bloating AND Burn Fat

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, January 18, 2010, In : Health & Fitness 



Do you ever have that bloated feeling after eating, or have trouble losing weight? The answer could be in the combination of foods you’re eating, not what you’re eating. Food combining has been around for a long time, but how much do you know about it?  

Food combining is an ideal way to obtain your optimum weight and ensure that you absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your daily intake. It helps to prevent bloating, gas, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and other diges...


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Winter Allergy Relief

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, January 11, 2010, In : Health & Fitness 



Winter may bring relief to sufferers of pollen allergies, but it doesn’t mean the end of allergies for those with asthma and other respiratory problems.

Spending more time inside over the winter months can create more problems with dust mites, mould, household chemicals, and pet allergies, all of which can trigger asthma symptoms.

Moulds can produce allergic reactions, inflammation, problems with the immune system, coughs, aches and pains, sinus congestion, and a host of other pr...


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Could using a mobile phone cure Alzheimer's?

Posted by sibelhodge on Friday, January 8, 2010, In : Health & Fitness 





With all the bad press following the use of mobile phones in recent years, it’s interesting that a study to be published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has shown that using a mobile phone could actually protect against Alzheimer’s Disease or even reverse it's affects.


Studies are still at an early stage, but according to Dr Susanne Sorensen, Head of Reasearch at the Alzheimer’s Society, the results are both exciting and convincing.

Last year, British scientists made a hug...


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Are you sleeping comfortably?

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, In : Home & Garden 




These days we live in a stressful and hectic world with a decreasing amount of time available to spend on ourselves. Sleep is essential for our health and also our physical and emotional well being, and yet 70% of adults aren’t getting enough. The quality of sleep is just as important as the quantity, so if you’re having problems tossing and turning at night, maybe your bedroom isn’t conducive to a good nights sleep.


We spend around twenty-four years of our life asleep, but often th...


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E-books outsell physical books this Christmas!

Posted by sibelhodge on Monday, January 4, 2010, In : Books 

Online retailer Amazon has reported that customers bought more Kindle e-books than physical books this Christmas. Amazon's e-reader, The Kindle, was also the most gifted item in their history. Waterstone's say that they sell an e-book every ninety seconds. It all sounds like pretty amazing news for the future of e-books.

More and more e-readers are being introduced to the market, giving purchasers greater choice to customize their bookhabits.

It's only a matter of time before the e-book craze...


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January Sale!

Posted by sibelhodge on Saturday, January 2, 2010, In : Books 

January Sale!

In honour of the January Sales I am offering a 15% discount off my novels until 31/01/10 when ordered from Smashwords.

Fourteen Days Later - Quote coupon number QA57X when ordering.

The Fashion Police - Quote coupon number QM63C when ordering.



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And it's goodnight from the Noughties!

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, In : Lifestyle 
So, the Noughties are finally edging to a close, giving way to the first double-digit decade this century. It's been a challenging year for many of us, but we've got through it. I hope the powers that be all over the world have learnt their lessons. I don't want to be in a deja vu time warp this time next year, reading the same headlines.

As for me...I'm looking to the future for positive changes. Next year can only get better. After the decade that brought us the first African-American presi...

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2010 - Will it be doom or boom?

Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, In : Lifestyle 

It looks like there’s no ending in sight for the current global economic downturn. Bloomberg, the financial news channel, has been renamed ‘Doomberg’ in my house. Businesses are failing, people are being made redundant; we have less money to spend, so of course we want value for money. Historically we’ve always strived for more… More money, technology, clothes, cars; the list could go on and on. Any parent will be used to the non-stop hassling from their kids to get the latest games...


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