Roll out the red carpet!
Open the champagne!
It’s time to enter the Hall of Fame!
It’s launch day over at Sapphire Star Publishing, and today, it is my great pleasure to help my publishing sister, Carrie Butler, celebrate the launch of her first novel, STRENGTH!
Let’s hear about… STRENGTH, a new adult paranormal romance
When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, her rumor-laced notions are shattered. Handsome, considerate, and seemingly sane, Wallace Blake doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, screaming and banging on the walls of his dorm room. Hell, he doesn’t look like he spends his nights alone, period.
Too curious for her own good, Rena vows to uncover the truth behind Wallace’s madman reputation—and how two seconds of contact had left her with bruises. Of course, there are a few setbacks along the way: guilt, admiration, feelings of the warm and fuzzy variety…
Not to mention the unwanted attention of Wallace’s powerful, supernaturally-gifted family.
They’re a bloodline divided by opposing ideals, two soon-to-be warring factions that live in secret among us. When Rena ends up caught in their crossfire, Wallace has no choice but to save her by using his powers. Now they’re really in trouble. With war on the horizon and Rena’s life in the balance, he needs to put some distance between them. But Rena won’t let go. If fighting is what it takes to prove her own strength and keep Wallace in her life, then that’s what she’ll do—even if it means risking a whole lot more than her heart.
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They’re here! Carrie, Rena and best friend Gabby have come for a chat!
Thank you for having me over, Nicky! I’m thrilled to be here. 🙂
In fact, to celebrate this momentous occasion, I’ve brought an “interview” from my MC, Rena, and her best friend/roommate, Gabby…
*Gabby falls onto her bed with an exaggerated sigh.*
*Rena looks up, dismisses the distraction, and goes back to studying.*
*Gabby sighs even louder, rustling the pages of her magazine.*
*Gabby bolts into a sitting position.* Oh, good! You’re taking a break. Wanna do this quiz?
*Rena* I’m not taking a br—
*Gabby* Okay, first question. Describe the last man you met in three words.
*Rena spins around in her desk chair.* Wallace?
*Gabby nods, gesturing for her to continue.*
*Rena* I don’t know. We barely spoke to each other. It was more of an awkward, sorry-I-ran-into-you thing.
*Gabby* Uh huh. Well, if I ran into the Madman, I think it’d be a little more memorable than that.
*Rena rolls her eyes* Fine. He was big, okay? Bigger than I thought he’d be.
*Gabby leans in, scandal written all over her features.* Where?
*Rena* Where what?
*Gabby* You know… where was he big?
*Rena reaches back and throws a wad of paper at her roommate.* Everywhere! He was a big guy—you know, tall and muscular. For cryin’ out loud, Gabby, you’re ridiculous.
*Gabby deflects the paper with her magazine, cackling.* Okay, gimme two more words.
*Rena shakes her head.* I can’t believe I’m doing this. How about intense?
*Gabby* What do you mean?
*Rena* His expression, his stare…
*Gabby* A creeper stare?
*Rena’s cheeks show the slightest tinge of pink.* No, it wasn’t bad. It was just kind of heavy… like he could see into my soul or something.
*Gabby* Right. Soul-stare. What else?
*Rena* Why are we doing this, again?
*Gabby* Because this magazine cost me $5.99, and we’re going to partake in all it has to offer.
*Rena* Since when do you care about money?
*Gabby* Since now.
*Gabby purses her lips.* Ree, so help me, just answer the damn question!
*Rena* Fine! Wallace was… surprising, okay? It’s an adjective. He wasn’t what I expected. Are you happy?
*Gabby leans back.* As happy as I’m gonna be, I guess.
*Rena* Good. So, what’s the next question?
*Gabby* Huh? Oh, there wasn’t actually a quiz. I just wanted to hear more about the Madman.
*Rena’s eye twitches.* If you want to run, I’ll give you a five second head start.
*Gabby* Aww, c’mon. I just wanted to dish ab—
*Gabby* You’re not seriously going to chase me.
*Gabby* Girl, your face is turning an unsettling shade of red.
*Gabby pouts.* Are you really that mad?
*Gabby* I wasn’t even being that nos—
*Rena stands up.* One.
*Gabby throws the magazine down and bolts for the door.* Aiden! She’s losin’ it again!
*Rena slumps into her chair with a smile.* Every time…
Wow, awesome! And even more awesome, check out this praise for STRENGTH:
“I love that Carrie took so much time in building the relationship between them. Yay for no instalove!” – Read It, Reviewed It
“I freaking loved every last word on every page.” – Scelest’s Journal
“I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who’s interested in reading a bloody good book. :)” – The Life of a Total Book Nerd
“I devoured this book in two days – staying up until the early hours because I didn’t want to stop reading!” – Kyra Lennon, author of Game On
Find out more about the woman behind STRENGTH, Carrie Butler:
Carrie daydreamed her way through college—until they thrust a marketing degree into her hands, slapped a summa cum laude seal on the corner, and booted her out into a less-than-stellar job market. Instead of panicking at the prospect of unemployment, she used her Midwestern logic to steer into the skid and point her life in the direction she really wanted to go: writing out those daydreams.
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Well, what else is there to say apart from… HUGE congrats, Carrie, and Rock On!
Wishing you every success on launch day ~ I can’t wait to get reading! xxx 🙂