Thursday, September 6, 2012

Guest Post with Beth Yarnall + Giveaway (International)

We've known debut author Beth Yarnall for a while now. We used to giggle, swoon and drool over hawt men on Twitter for #mancandymonday. It was fun! So naturally, having a fellow man candy Monday maniac on the blog was a definite heck yes! You don't want to miss out on Beth's debut, RUSH.


Meet Beth:
Beth Yarnall writes romantic suspense, mysteries and the occasional hilarious blog post. A storyteller since her playground days, Beth remembers her friends asking her to make up stories of how the person `died' in the slumber party game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, so it's little wonder she prefers writing stories in which people meet unfortunate ends. In middle school she discovered romance novels, which inspired her to write a spoof of soap operas for the school's newspaper. She hasn't stopped writing since.

For a number of years, Beth made her living as a hairstylist and makeup artist and co-owned a salon with her very best friend. Somehow hairstylists and salons always seem to find their way into her stories. Beth lives deep in the heart of `The O.C.' California with her husband, two sons, and their dog where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information about Beth and her stories please visit her website-

Connect with Beth: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

From Opening Words to The End: A Writer’s Journey to Publication

The madness started on an ordinary day just like today or even yesterday. There was nothing special about it, nothing to take note of. I couldn’t even tell you if it was a Thursday or a Tuesday. I don’t know what month it was. When it started I had no idea the ways in which it would change my life. It started out a slow, harmless leak, just a little quirk. I dipped my toe in and then before I knew it I was up to my neck, treading water and wondering how it all had come to this.

And then I get a message that floated toward me like a lifeboat. I am rescued. In the distance I can see another boat, bigger than the one I’ve climbed aboard. Perhaps this one is for me, too. I don’t know, but if there are two boats maybe there will be more. And if I squint, shielding my eyes from the dazzling sun, I can just make out the ghost of an island in the distance. My destination. It flickers and fades, then suddenly sharpens long enough for me get a glimpse that burns behind my eyes when I close them at night.

I journey onward in keen acknowledgement and gratitude for the water in which I’d flailed. The tide is slow sometimes so slow I detect no movement at all. I wonder if I climbed into my little boat too soon. That maybe if I’d waited, a faster boat would have come along, sleeker and flashier than my little vessel. There are others in the water around me. I see them. Sometimes they call out a suggestion or a tidbit of advice. Their boats are better than mine, sturdier by far. And then one coasts near enough for me to see that it’s is held together with duct tape and twine. It only looked shinier. I run a hand over my boat, admiring its craftsmanship.

I chose this boat and I have to believe it was the right one for me. I don’t know how far it will take me, maybe to the island, maybe not. Maybe it will take me as far as it can, as far as I’m meant to go. I can still see the shore where the maddening water first beckoned. It’s a reminder of the distance I’ve traveled, further than I ever thought I’d go. I try not to focus on the glimmering island ahead for too long. It leaves my present lacking and I need all of my focus on what’s going on around me. The waters are teaming with opportunities. They leap above the surface, taunting and tantalizing. I take as many as I can. Some die, some sprout possibilities.

The madness is all around me. It’s inside me. It’s become what I am, sometimes defining who I am. I am legitimized. I am published. So when people ask I can now tell them— I am an author. I write stories. I don’t dabble in the madness. I float freely and willingly through its dark depths.


Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 239 pages
Publisher: Crimson Romance (August 13, 2012)

Someone is stalking Miyuki Price-Jones.

As the host of a very successful home shopping TV show that sells adult toys, Mi has become the object of an ex-con’s obsession, requiring the services of ex-Navy SEAL turned bodyguard, Lucas Vega.

Damaged by their pasts, Lucas and Mi find more in common then they could have imagined and secrets they thought would tear them apart could be the ties that bind them together forever. But with the stalker growing bolder, Lucas and Mi must learn to trust each other or risk losing more than their hearts.

One of them could lose their life.
Connect with Beth: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter
Get Your Own Copy: Kindle | Nook | All Romance
Book Extras: Read an Excerpt | Kati's Review

Okay peeps, the lovely Beth is giving away a $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner's choice) to one(1) lucky reader. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment about Beth's book or romantic suspense (like it? favorite book? series?)
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional.
A huge thanks to Beth for stopping by the blog and for donating the giveaway prize.
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