October 5, 2009

Review & Giveaway: Embellish by R.L. Sloan

Solis was raped as a child and she was constantly battling why this happened to her. She can't escape the nightmares that make her re-live the event over and over. Little did she know, there was a reason this happened and it has to do with her destiny. Her family and the family of the raper have been at war for 257 years.

When she meets a hunky vampire that she is drawn to like a magnet, suddenly everything seems to fall into place. Nacio, the vamp, is determined to stop Solis's tormentors once and end the war once and for all.

I love vampires, romance and voodoo so I knew this was a book that I needed to read. I'm so glad I did. It's easy to relate to Solis and it's even easier to hate her enemies. You can't help but root for the good guys in this thriller.

Q & A

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

I knew I wanted to write a book several years ago in my early twenties. I wasn't sure what it would be about, but I never did it until just recently. When I finally sat down to write, I let my imagination run wild, and I penned Embellish.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration in my life were my mother and my grandparents. I was always taught as a woman to "Have my own things", no matter what it was. Even as a child in school the message at home was, have your own pencils, your own paper--independence was a huge philosophy.

How do you create the characters in your books? Are they based on people you know?

Characters from my book were created from some good and bad characteristics of people I know, and then I take those characteristics and intensify them. If a characteristic is good then you will see good in just about everything that characters does. If the characteristic is bad or evil the evil will have no morality behind it whatsoever.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

I believe a book everyone should read is "Women who love to much" by author Robin Norwood. She gives excellent advice to women who are extreme over achievers, that tend not be be happy unless they are unhappy in love. Women and men can learn a lot from the her perspective.

If you weren’t a writer, what be your profession?

Actually, I am a therapist, as well as a writer. If I could have been something different, I would have tried my luck as an actress, a back up singer for some popular song diva or rock band, or perhaps a doctor.

If you could trade places with anyone in the world, past or present, real or fiction, who would it be and why?

If I could trade places with someone, I would trade places with Oprah. I would love to be able to have the resources to find adoptive homes for as many children as possible, or provide housing to the homeless population.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have 3 things, what would they be?

If I were stranded on a deserted island, I would have to have my little pie-faced daughter (she has a little round face), my wonderful husband, and an unending shipment of Oatmeal and Raisin cookies. Those are my favorite.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

One of my favorite movies of all time is Ever After with Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott. I am a hopeless romantic.

What is the one thing that you want all your fans to know?

I would like for all of my fans to know that I am a huge Scooby Doo Fan!!!! The original episodes from 1969-1978...minus Scrappy Doo...he talks way too much!!!!

If you could invite 5 people to dinner, who would they be and why?

My five dinner guests would be:

Oprah-I want to ask her hairstylist if he could make my hair look as beautiful as he does hers.

The Rock band Heart-(sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson)-I want them to sing "Magic Man" when we finish eating. I want to hear the guitar solo in "Magic Man"

Phil Collins(Genesis)-I want to know why he is so interested in the Alamo in San Antonio, and I want to know if he would play "In the air tonight" after we finished eating.

Boney James(Smooth Jazz saxophone artist)-I would want him to perform his song "The Total Experience". It's my theme song that I use for every book signing.

Chaka Khan(R&B artist)-So she can teach me to sing.

Book Information:
Embellish by R.L. Sloan
Outskirts Press, Inc.
June 2009
244 pages
$16.95 US

Stay tuned for Embellish II: Justice Served

And now for the giveaway (winner chooses paperback or ebook)!
1 book will be won by a Canadian reader
1 book will be won by a European reader
3 books will be won by US residents

Stop by the Embellish website and then come back and leave a comment about something you saw. Also tell me what country you currently live in.

EXTRA ENTRIES (mandatory entry must be completed in order for extra entries to count):
+10 follow her blog
+10 follow her on Twitter

+1 for following this blog
+1 for following me on twitter
+5 for sharing this contest -make sure you leave the link in your comments (on your blog, -sidebar counts, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) THIS CAN BE DONE ONCE A DAY
+5 for following my other blog freebies4meandu.
+5 for faving me on Technorati (right sidebar)
+1 for friending me on Myspace here.
+1 for friending me on Facebook here.
+1 for connecting with me via Networked Blogs (right sidebar)
+1 for friending me on GoodReads here.
+1 for friending me on Book Blogs here.
+1 for grabbing my button and placing it on your sidebar - leave link or your this entry does not count.
+2 for every meaningful comment you leave on any of my posts - excluding giveaway posts - make sure you come back and leave a comment on the giveaway post you would like to add your entries to
+10 for clicking on my Social Vibe icon (left sidebar) and filling out the information These entries can be used in any of my giveaways (both blogs). Email me or leave a comment somewhere on my blog letting me know how you want to use your entries.

*Current friends/followers receive the extra points as well - just make sure you remind me in the comments*

**Must leave an email address in comment or must be visible in blogger profile**

Winners will be chosen Oct. 16th and notified via email.

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  1. Cool! I enjoyed the excerpt on her site. I'm not following the author's blog and tweets, following your blog and tweets, and tweeted the giveaway.

    Latest: @rlsloan2009 @bridget3420 Great Embellish giveaway. http://bit.ly/vY8ZQ less than 5 seconds ago

    sdeeth at msn dot com

  2. I saw a picture of the author on the website and she is beautiful!
    I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

  3. Oops! Forgot to tell you taht I live in Canada.

  4. I just became a follower of her blog.

  5. I am a follower of your blog.

  6. +1 I went on the website and I love the cover of the book, it's so pretty! Also, I live in New York, USA.

    EXTRA ENTRIES (mandatory entry must be completed in order for extra entries to count):
    +10 I now follow her blog
    +10 I now follow her on Twitter (@lafemmereaders)
    +1 I follow this blog
    +1 I follow u on twitter (@lafemmereaders)
    +5 It's on my blog sidebar:http://lafemmereaders.blogspot.com/
    +5 I follow ur blog freebies4meandu.


  7. I went to the site and saw there was an audio excerpt. No speaker hooked up though. Le sigh. But the cover looks awesome : )

    +1 I follow you

    +1 friend request sent on BookBlogs

    I'm in Texas, US.


  8. I saw the instant e-book download is only $5.00!

    +10 follow her on twitter @throuthehaze

    +1 follow your blog

    +1 follow you on twitter @throuthehaze

    +5 tech fave-throuthehaze

    +1 FB friend-Rae Pavey

    +1 Networked Blogs-Rae Pavey

    +1 button

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  9. Wow! This novel seems to have everything! A little passion, vammpires, historical tales, voodoo...I'm impressed!

    I'm in the USA and paperback is my choice.

    +10 follow her blog (Ally/rubymoonstone@gmail

    +1 for following this blog (Ally/rubymoonstone@gmail)

    +5 for following my other blog freebies4meandu.(Ally/rubymoonstone@gmail)

    +5 for faving me on Technorati (rubymoon)

    +1 for friending me on Facebook here.(rose manning)

    +1 for connecting with me via Networked Blogs (rose manning)

    espressogurl at hotmail dot com

  10. On the website I saw that you can listen to an audio excerpt.

    I live in the US

    +10 following her blog
    +10 following her on twitter (squiggles87)
    +1 following your blog
    +1 following you on twitter (squiggles87)
    +1 goodreads friend

  11. Sounds great. I loved the excerpt.

    I live in the US

    I follow your blog.

    I follow on twitter.

    Posted here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/2009/10/contests-found-this-week.html

    Posted on the sidebar here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

    I follow your other blog.

    Friended on MySpace

    Friended on Facebook

    Friended on Goodreads

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  12. I like her book's web page has lots of options for how to purchase it online.

    +1 facebook
    +1 myspace

    United States


  13. This looks really good. Please enter me.

    +10 follow her blog
    +10 follow her on Twitter @neshelf

    +1 already a follower
    +1 following twitter @neshelf
    +5 for sharing this contest
    +5 for following my other blog freebies4meandu.
    +1 for friending me on GoodReads here.


  14. +10 extra entries for voting for Damien today (10/09)

    rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

  15. +10 follow her blog
    +1 for following this blog
    +1 for following you on twitter
    +5 blogged
    +5 for following you other blog freebies4meandu.
    +1 for friending you on GoodReads here.
    +1 for friending you on Book Blogs here.
    +1 grabbed button

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  16. I listened to the audio and I saw that there were many different ways to order the book +1

    +10 I follow her blog
    +1 I follow this blog
    +1 Follow you on twitter
    +5 I follow other blog
    that you have.

    I live in the USA

  17. +15 extra entries for voting for Damien today (10/12)

    rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

  18. +10 extra entries for voting for Damien on 10/13


    rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

  19. I listened to an audio excerpt of the book

    +1 Commenting
    +1 Follower
    +5 Follower of freebiesformeandu
    +1 Twitter follower (starryeyed24)
    +1 Networked Follower


  20. I learned that "R. L. Sloan is a south Texas native with a wild imagination for the paranormal."
    +10 Follow Embellish Blog
    +10 Follow Embellish on Twitter
    +1 Follow
    +1 Follow you on Twitter
    +5 Follow Freebies4meandu
    +5 I faved you on Technorati
    +1 Facebook Friend
    +1 Connect via Networked Blogs
    +1 Follow/friend Good Reads

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  21. Oooops!! I forgot to include my country in my post. I am from the US. Thanks!!

  22. Please include me in your giveaway

    +1 i follow your blog

    +1 follow on twitter as prairiebelle

    +5 follow freebies4meandu

    +1 facebook friend

    +1 follow on networked blogs

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