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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors: Saved by a Wallet

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter Sunday. My excerpt today comes from the same book I've been sharing with you. After 'misbehaving' when lost in the jungle, my hero and heroine have been captured by desperadoes in military gear. This eight comes right after they checked David's wallet for ID.

“Who is your father?”

David didn’t know if it would be to his advantage to tell or not.  This guy could have a grudge against his father.  After all, with his dad’s political background there was no telling what he might have done that hurt this thug.  Still, what choice did he really have?  “Richard Lovinggood,” he answered.

“Ah.”  Rafael tossed his pants to him.  “You and the woman get dressed.”
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sweet Saturday Sample: Big Tipper

Welcome to Sweet Saturday Sample. My sample today comes from a book that's been sitting on my computer for several years. I keep meaning to go back and edit it, but it's more fun to write new stuff. Anyway, in this excerpt, my hero Wes just arrived at the diner where my heroine Caroline works. Caroline doesn't want to wait on him at all. She threw herself at Wes for months, and all he did was reject her. Caroline speaks first.

“What can I get you?”

“I want a date.”

Caroline frowned.  “Do you mean the date nut bread or the date bars?  We have both.”

“I don’t mean either one.” He smiled so beatifically that Caroline wanted to hit him.  “I want you to give me a date that we can get married.”

He didn’t bother to lower his voice, so several customers' heads swiveled their way.

“I’ll bring you the date bars.  They’re good.”

Caroline hustled away and returned with the date bars and some coffee.  “Here.”  She put a ticket down beside him and ran away before he could try to talk to her. 

Wes ate the date bars and drank his coffee.  He looked at his bill and called, “Caroline, I'm ready to pay.”

Caroline was making a mess of the egg salad anyway, so she dried her hands and went to take his money.  “That’ll be four fifty five.

Wes placed a folded five dollar bill in her hand.  “Keep the change.”

“You’re the last of the big tippers, Wes.”  She went to the register to put the money away, but when she unfolded the five, a diamond ring fell out into the change in the register drawer. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Duty by Rachel Rossano

Blurb for Duty
Brielle Solarius struggles to keep her village from starvation. The men rode off to war and never returned. The remaining women and children face a dire winter if they do not find a solution soon.

Tomas Dyrease, the newly made Earl of Irvaine and the village of Wisenvale, owes his good fortune to his king. When that same king demands Tomas marry the impoverished daughter of the late Lord Wisten, he obeys. However, no one warned him that she wasn’t a typical noblewoman.

Duty: a novel of Rhynanfollows their journey from strangers to friends as they face complications from their pasts and the shaky politics of a changing regime. Then Brielle is implicated in her cousin’s treasonous activities. Can a marriage of duty survive treason?
Welcome to my blog.  I have a special guest today.  Her name is Rachel Rossano, and here's her brief biography.

Author Bio

Author of novels, novellas, and short stories, Rachel Rossano balances her time between the chaos of raising and homeschooling her three children and the world of drama and high adventure in her head. With her faithful husband and chief consulting editor by her side, she dreams of many more adventures to come in both of her double lives. Check out her work at
Rachel, thank you so much for visiting my blog.  Who would play you in a film of your life?

All of the actresses that come to mind are way too pretty to play me, but I wouldn’t mind Kate Winslet or Emma Stone. It is hard to find a short blond actress with in Hollywood. Of course, they would have to manage an American accent.
Short and blonde describes me too.  Which of your books is your favorite?
Oh, that is like asking which of my children is my favorite child. Each of them is different and I love them each for different reasons. I am most enthralled with Duty at the moment, which is to be expected since that one is the newest, the shiniest, and my best work so far. But Wren comes in close second, with many others, including my current project (Diaspora), moving up the ranks.
I know what you mean.  It's hard to pick a favorite, isn't it?  If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Write my story! Publish my story! Get moving or else! My characters tend to be pushy and demanding in my head.
Pesky characters!  Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I have two favorite writing spots. The first is my couch in my living room with a pillow behind me (I am a bit on the short side) and my laptop on my son’s table, which is the perfect height for typing. The second is a local restaurant. The perks of that spot is food, no children, and no internet connection to distract me.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
I love creating characters and exploring their stories. Before I wrote, the characters and stories remained in my head or my carefully horded notebooks, losing details from the natural atrophy of memory. Now that I have written the books, captured and polished the stories on the page, I can share them with others. Their stories will remain even when I forget the details or I am no longer there to explain my notes.
Rachel, thank you so much for answering my questions.  Readers, Rachel has another treat in store for us.  She has written a short post titled Dressing for the Part which she has agreed to share with us.  So without hearing anything else from me, here's Rachel.

Dressing for the Part

By Rachel Rossano

As much as I enjoy browsing fashion photos in magazines at the doctor’s office, I haven’t been much of a fashion-centric writer. However, a fellow writer recently pointed out that fashion definitely demands consideration when developing characters. Looking over my recent release, Duty, I realized I had been using fashion to allude to aspects of my characters.

“I glanced at him from beneath my cloak’s hood. Arrogant in his size and superior mass, his eyes picked me out of the writhing mass of captives. Early morning sunlight glinted off plain armor and an unadorned helm, yet the unwashed barbarians treated him with the respect due a commander.”

From the first appearance of Lord Irvaine, his attire tells my heroine, and my reader, that he isn’t a man to fuss about showy clothing. He spends the first few chapters with dirt on his face. Although he is commander and a nobleman, he doesn’t use clothing to set himself apart from his men. Instead he dresses as a common soldier, a reflection of how he views himself.

Even when he dresses up, he shows a bit of his character.

“The music stopped. Around us, voices hushed. The crowd parted, making a path for someone. Lord Irvaine strode toward me. A gold edged tunic of emerald emblazoned with the figure of a hart covered his chest. His dark hair, now dry, curled to his head. He had finally washed his face. He stopped at the edge of the open circle that hastily formed around Loren and myself.”

Now dressed in his best finery, Lord Irvaine’s choice of a tunic with the emblem of his title emblazoned across the chest indicates his acceptance of the duties involved in carrying his new title. He isn’t marrying the heroine because he loves her, but because the requirement to wed her came with the title. The fact he took the time to clean up for the occasion of the wedding shows that at least some respect for the ceremony to come.

On the second occasion for dressing up, his clothes indicate his appreciation for simplicity.

“My tongue stumbled to a halt at the sight of Irvaine. The hue of his dark blue tunic almost matched my gown. The soft wool fit the width of his shoulders like it had been tailored for them. The only decoration, a simple silver pattern accenting the neckline, drew the eye to his face. He looked less exhausted clean shaven as long as I didn’t look into his eyes. Weary and worn, they betrayed his anxiety about the evening ahead. However, the worry melted as he focused on me.”

Even a man of action who doesn’t really care about what he wears can reflect bits of his character in his choices of clothing.

What other characters can you think of who reflect bits of their character in their clothing?
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Angry woman Suite



Lee Fullbright



Raised in a crumbling New England mansion by four women with personalities as split as a cracked mirror, young Francis Grayson has an obsessive need to fix them all. There’s his mother, distant and beautiful Magdalene; his disfigured, suffocating Aunt Stella; his odious grandmother; and the bane of his existence, his abusive and delusional Aunt Lothian.


For years, Francis plays a tricky game of duck and cover with the women, turning to music to stay sane. He finds a friend and mentor in Aidan Madsen, schoolmaster, local Revolutionary War historian, musician and keeper of the Grayson women’s darkest secrets. In a skillful move by Fullbright, those secrets are revealed through the viewpoints of three different people–Aidan, Francis and Francis’stepdaughter, Elyse–adding layers of eloquent complexity to a story as powerful as it is troubling.


While Francis realizes his dream of forming his own big band in the 1940s, his success is tempered by the inner monster of his childhood, one that roars to life when he marries Elyse’s mother. Elyse becomes her stepfather’s favorite target, and her bitterness becomes entwined with a desire to know the real Francis Grayson.


For Aidan’s part, his involvement with the Grayson family only deepens, and secrets carried for a lifetime begin to coalesce as he seeks to enlighten Francis–and subsequently Elyse–of why the events of so many years ago matter now. The ugliness of deceit, betrayal and resentment permeates the narrative, yet there are shining moments of hope, especially in the relationship between Elyse and her grandfather.


Ultimately, as more of the past filters into the present, the question becomes: What is the truth, and whose version of the truth is correct? Fullbright never untangles this conundrum, and it only adds to the richness of this exemplary novel.—Kirkus Reviews




It is said that love is comfort, and that comfort comes from recognition of the beloved. Papa was the first to tell me this, and if it’s even a little bit true, then I took my comfort for granted, not realizing that one can’t truly appreciate the beloved until one yearns for the comfort to be returned. Even now, when I can’t sleep at night, when I can’t slow the speeding of my heart, when I can’t stop the replaying of what-if’s in my head, I take myself back to that place where cabbage roses dance on walls and my beloved reigns supreme; where I am queen of his heart and he is my comfort, and then and only then do I feel safe.

You’d think it would be enough, being able to conjure up at least a measure of my old, first love. Yet for a long while it wasn’t. Because I was incapable of stanching the nagging questions about my second, almost greater love. Questioning why Francis hadn’t seen the truth of it like Papa had; that the streak I’d struggled with hadn’t been born of badness; that badness wasn’t an intrinsic part of me like my eyes being blue.

But Francis, unfortunately, hadn’t been able to see through things the way Papa had, and that was because Francis had rarely felt safe. You could see it in the way Francis’s eyes got doubtful taking in a room, and the way he was always biting down on his lower lip. The way it looked as if he was always trying to keep himself from crying.

From Kirkus Reviews
"Secrets and lies suffuse generations of one Pennsylvania family . . . in a skillful move by Fullbright, those secrets are revealed through the viewpoints of three very different people . . . a superb debut that exposes the consequences of the choices we make and legacy's sometimes excruciating embrace."

From Midwest Book Review

"A very human story . . . a fine read focusing on the long lasting dysfunction of family."

"There is something fascinating in labyrinthine plot twists, which is what we have here, and I must applaud Fullbright for her keen and magical ability to pull it off with such aplomb."-Norm Goldman, Montreal Books Examiner and

5 Stars ***** Reviewed by Joana James for Readers Favorite: "The Angry Woman Suite is quite a ride . . . very cleverly written . . . an outstanding novel."

Rating: 5.0 stars Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite:" Lee Fullbright is master of characterization."

Rating: 5.0 stars Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite:
"The Angry Woman Suite is a brilliant, complex, complicated story about talented, complicated people . . . this is a story to remember!"
Lee Fullbright, a medical practice consultant in her non-writing life, lives on San Diego’s beautiful peninsula with her writing partner, Baby Rae, a 12-year-old rescued Australian cattle dog with attitude.        
The Angry Woman Suite, a Kirkus Critics’ pick, 5-starred Readers Favorite, and a Discovery Aware winner, is her first published novel.
Lee will be giving away a $50 Amazon gift certificate to one random commenter at the end of her tour, so follow the tour and comment often. You can find her schedule at

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Soul Sucker

Soul Sucker

by Kate Pearce






Supernatural Branch of Law Enforcement empath Ella Walsh sucks memories from people's heads. The job fills her mind with others' nightmares and leaves her with little time for love, but if she doesn't pair off with a mate of the government's choosing soon, the psychic blowback will destroy her powers and her sanity.


The last time shapeshifting SBLE superstar Vadim Morosov worked with an empath, he got her killed and himself assigned to a desk. He worries about taking on another partner, but helping Ella track down an empath killer might be his only chance to save his career.


Naturally, the government decides to throw them together.


They resist at first, but they can't deny the simmering heat between them. As the killer's strikes grow closer to home, their bond gets tighter. And when the murderer finally traps Ella, her developing link with Vadim might be the only thing that can save her.








“I think the question you should be asking yourself, Ms. Walsh, is why you feel so threatened by me.”


She screeched to a halt again. “Threatened, by you?”


“Yes. I think you’ve got used to getting your own way in that office, and you don’t like anyone else coming in and questioning anything you say.”


“And I think you’re talking out of your ass.”


“I don’t like incompetence, Ms. Walsh, and I don’t like working with empaths on the brink of a break- down. I’ll work with you because I have no choice, but I’ll be questioning everything that comes out of your mouth, double and triple checking it and, if necessary, taking my concerns to the very top to make sure I’m heard so I don’t get left holding the can when everything blows up.”


She stared into his eyes and for the first time in her life seriously contemplated drawing her weapon and shooting a fellow professional. But he’d probably like it if she did that, and she still had no way of knowing if he could actually be killed.


Instead, she gave him her best professional smile. “I’m glad you shared your concerns with me, Morosov. I appreciate your input and will consider each and every one of your points very carefully.”


Text Copyright © 2012 by Kate Pearce

Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved. ® and TM are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.




AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Award winning author, Kate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to 'get with the program', she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.


A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write her first romance novel. Kate is published by Signet Eclipse, Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora's Cave, Carina Press, Cleis Press and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.

you can find her at:


Twitter as Kate4queen




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Beyond the Book: The Master Bathroom

Hello and welcome to Beyond the Book, Elaine's attempt to keep you informed about the characters you've known aand loved. My name is Jenna West, and I was Elaine's heroine in Purple Heart. For the past few weeks I've been sharing my home renovation with you. Today, I'll show you one of my favorite spots, the master bathroom. When I remember the tiny space we had before, I appreciate the new room even more.  Here it is!

Purple Heart is available at and at most other retail outlets.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors: Prisoners

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. My poor hero and heroine in this yet untitled work have had a dreadful time while lost in the Amazon rain forest. Last week they had just finished 'misbehaving' together when men wearing fatigues grabbed them. I'm picking up exactly where I left off last week.

He felt a blow to the back of his neck that sent a shower of sparks falling across his vision and knocked him to the ground.  A booted foot met his ribs a second later. 

Two men hauled him to his feet and dragged him over to the man who seemed to be in charge.  “What are you going to do, Rafael?” the one who had kicked David asked.

“I think we should all have a turn with the woman,” a burly man with only one eye said as he leered at Phaedra who now stood defiantly naked before them.
“We shall see,” Rafael muttered, his glance flicking across Phaedra.  “First I want to know who

 they are and why they are here.”  He pointed at David.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sweet Saturday Sample: Prince Alan

Hello, and welcome to Sweet Saturday Sample. My excerpt today comes from my soon to be released book The Enchanted. The Enchanted is my first fantasy romance. In this excerpt, my hero is talking to his old tutor about the political marriage his father demands of him.

Alan grimaced. "I had hoped my father would forget this marriage nonsense, but evidently it is not to be."

"Indeed not."

"You sound as if you agree with my father." Alan frowned. "I expected your loyalty to lie with me."

"As it always does," the old man placated. "I love you as if you were my own son."

"Then why do you speak to me in such a fashion?"

Cademon shrugged. "Is it not obvious? Since Nealon's death, you are your father's heir. You must marry and produce offspring. I would not have chosen such a way as prison to bring you to your senses, but did you not know that eventually your father would require you to marry?"

"I gave it very little thought."

"I have heard good things about the Lady Morgane. Perhaps you will grow to love her."


Cademon tapped Alan's knee. "Your father needs this marriage, Alan. It will cement the alliance between our people and King Maccus. We need this alliance. Since you went away, the Baronis to the north have grown bolder in their attempts to take your father's northernmost provinces."

"And Maccus lives on our northern border," Alan finished.


Alan's face hardened. "Did my father send you to me?"

Cademon flushed and nodded. "I will not lie. He did send me. He wants me to report on your willingness to obey."

"And what will you tell him?"

"That you are a loyal son who understands the necessity of the marriage and will do his part to produce heirs for the kingdom." Cademon smiled at him and rose from his chair. "Your father was wrong to send you to prison as he did, but all of that is now ended. Take your rightful place at his side.”

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Fashionista Friday: Easter Dress

When I was a little girl, my mother always bought Easter dresses for my sister and me. She had a good fashion sense. I don't find much to dislike in her selection. Even now, I often buy myself something new to wear on Easter. I think this outfit would be nice to wear on Easter Sunday. What about you? Do you buy yourself something new?

Easter Dress

Roberto cavalli dress

Nine West high heels

Chanel handbag
$2,845 -

Stud earrings

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Beyond the Book: Jo's Room

Welcome to Beyond the Book, Elaine's attempt to keep you informed of what her characters are doing once the book wins. My name is Jenna West, and I was Elaine's heroine in Purple Heart. I've been sharing my home renovation with Elaine's readers. We've seen my living room, dining room, kitchen, and master bedroom, and today let's take a look at Jo's room. She's my daughter. I let her pick out everything.  My little sweet pea did a beautiful job. I really like the fabric she picked for her comforter.  The only thing we still have to buy is a bookcase for her special books. Her very favorite is Little Woman. If you'd like to read our story, you can buy Purple Heart at  and at most retail outlets.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Saving Casey From Decadent Publishing

Hello and thanks for visiting.  My guest  today is Liza O'Connor,  author of Saving Casey.

Liza, when did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved to write novels. I’d come home from a hard day of stressful work and detox by writing. I had to put a timer on my light in my home office so the lights went off at 11 p.m. ensuring I’d stop writing and go to bed. When I write, I lose track of time. Without the timer, I would write until 3 in the morning, which did not bode well for the following work day. Still, the click and the room turning pitch black, except for the glowing pc screen, always took me by surprise and I so wanted to turn the lights back on for another hour of writing…


About eight years ago, I grew weary of that timer and stopped working so I could write all day and night if I wished. I didn’t try to publish, I just wrote to my heart’s content. Not a concern about publish-ability or offending readers with controversial topics and statements. I just wrote whatever I wanted. Complete freedom of expression.


I also genre hopped with no worry about confusing my readers, because I didn’t have any readers to confuse.


I call those my Liza Unfettered Years. They were pure self-indulgent joy. All I had were critters. (I belong to two excellent critter groups because even unusual plots and disturbing characters should be well-written,)


How long did you write before you got published?

In 2012 I wrote a story, Saving Casey, that one of my multi-published critters insisted I submit for publication. I had actually placed it in my ‘unpublishable but excellent novels’ folder. But she thought it needed published, so I sent it off. The first publisher rejected it, the second publisher made no response whatsoever, not even to my queries once their 3 month promised response time came and went, then I sent it to Decadent Publishing for their Bono Book division. When I received their response, I expected it to be a rejection, not because it wasn’t a great story, but because it touches too many ‘avoid’ issues. To my shock and great pleasure, they liked the book; they just wanted me to change the age of my character Troy.


Their suggestion would make the story more palatable to a wider range of readers, so I had no problem making the change. 


From my first attempt to landing a contract, it took me 6 months and 3 submissions to find Saving Casey a home.


What is your favorite scene from your book?

It’s when Cass comes home from the hospital. She can’t believe the absurd level of wealth of her new family. Her middle-class attitude can’t help but make fun of it all.


What are you working on now?

I’ve got three books I’m working on.

Lyrical Press just contracted my story Ghost Lover for publication. It’ll probably come out in the first half of 2014. It’s a humorous sweet, double-romance with a lascivious ghost and his ghost ocelot intervening when it appears his family line is about to go extinct.


Since a year and a half gap is too long between books, I’ll be independently publishing Worst Week Ever in 2013 midyear. It’s probably the funniest book I’ve ever written and a favorite among my critters. Being of a curious nature, I wanted to see how independent publishing compares to using a publishing house.


Honestly, I suspect I’ll prefer using a publishing house, but to give this experiment a fair shot, I’m using one of my best novels and have hired an editor with proven talent, Danielle Fine.



Then I’m working on a paranormal romance suspense thriller. I’m hoping to get it submitted and contracted for publication near 2013 yearend, but if I don’t work a little faster, that probably isn’t feasible.



Do you have any advice for new authors?

Since Saving Casey is my debut novel, I’ve lots of first-hand advice.


Do not rush into publication. First, join several critique groups, and then drop any that aren’t working for you. (They vary in their approaches. Locate authors with similar voices to yours and ask them to become your personal crit partners).


While you’re building your backlog, TAKE A MARKETING SEMINAR.


You need to market yourself even more than your book. Books come and go. But you, the author, must remain current. Marketing yourself should begin before you ever submit a novel to a publishing house. In fact, if you don’t have a social network presence at time of submission, you might be rejected even if they love your book. This is a ‘market or perish’ new literary world. They need authors who understand and are fully committed to marketing themselves and their books.


Create a backlog of really good books first before you send out your first submission. 3-5 books is reasonable. I’m not the only one who advises this. It’s standard advice. But let me assure you, it’s great advice. Once you sign your first contract, your writing time will become scarce as water in a desert. These books will give you a buffer to allow for future submissions while you acclimate yourself to all the new stuff you are learning.


Well that’s it for the questions. I had fun answering. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy reading them and they inspire you to read Saving Casey. Be warned, you’ll laugh, cry, and yell at characters when you do.

For this blog stop’s contest, I’m offering to put tats onto one lucky commenter’s picture. Just leave your email and say you want your picture marred.

Liza, thank you so much for your interview and your good advice.  Readers, if you'd like to win that prize follow the tour and comment often.  You can find the tour schedule at  Let's have a blurb and excerpt now.


Eighty-year-old Cass wakes up in the body of a troubled seventeen-year-old girl named Casey, which all believe has survived a suicide attempt. Cass intends to turn the girl’s life around, only it’s harder than she expects. All Casey’s troubles have now become Cass’s and someone wants her dead.
Upon settling down on the toilet, Cass noticed the floor to ceiling mirror facing her and screamed at the sight of the creature within it. Short black hair spouted about its head, black circles surrounded both eyes and fell like triangular knives down the cheeks. Black lips, stretched in horror as if in a nightmare. Pulling up her pants, she moved closer to the mirror.
She was a ghoul, an honest to God ghoul!
The door crashed open and her father stared at her, fear and panic clear in his eyes.
She touched her face. “Please tell me these aren’t permanent.”
His panic remained a second longer as her words filtered into his brain and then he pulled her into his arms. “Don’t worry, we will get them removed—if you want to…”
“If? Oh, I definitely want them removed,” she said.
How can I turn around my life if I look like the walking dead from a low-grade monster movie?
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Adventure Bio:
I live in Denville, NJ with my dog, Jess. We hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, I learned to fly small cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. I’m an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through my entire life, my first love has and always will be writing novels. I love to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
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Saving Casey will be reduced from $5.99 to $2.99 for the duration of the tour (March 5th-April 11th) at Amazon, B&N, DP/Bono, ARe, Coffee Time Romance, BookStrand and Smashwords.