#Spotlight #Giveaway – Silver Dagger Book Tours Celebration

Silver Dagger Book Tours is now 2
years old this month!
Believe it or not, Silver Dagger Book
Tours was created and is mainly operated by just one person!
I used to be just an internet crawler
looking for new books and giveaways and stumbled upon book tours.
After indulging in many dozens of tours, I decided I’d like to try my
hand at blogging in my spare time (with absolutely no blogging
experience at all!) I was a book blogger for several companies (and
still am) and stuck with it for over 3 years. In that time, I learned
all the ropes and became a pretty efficient blogger, but there was
still something missing- I wanted to make my posts stand out a bit!
So, I started creating small graphics like “about the book” and
the other standard graphics that you see in all my tours nowadays and
started jazzing my posts up.
I became pregnant with my second child
in the fall of 2015 and me and my hubby decided to try to purchase
our first home finally, so I quit my waitressing job to pack up
everything for the move and never looked back!
It took several months of trying to get
the ball rolling and was quite difficult at first to get authors to
tour with me. Thus, I had an idea to let everybody pay what they can
comfortably afford instead of set rates as I thought what some other
companies charged were just outrageous!
Since then, I have done over 1000 tours
and worked with hundreds of amazing authors – many who come back
for repeat tours! I have 2-3 tours kick off every weekday with
occasional tours on the weekends and EVERY tour is required to have a
giveaway so readers can gain a little something and have fun while
they enjoy learning about new books.
I have an absolutely amazing group of
bloggers that share my tours on their sites and really couldn’t have
gotten this far without their continued support and would like to
thank each and every one of them! Ya’ll are amazing! I also have two
assistants that help me check links and keep up with blogger activity
– Janet, who’s been with me over a year, and Laurie, who is a new
addition. Ya’ll ladies are spectacular and I couldn’t do it without
you!
Absolutely everything else is
completely run solely by me though and I really enjoy organizing
tours and helping new authors get discovered. I don’t discriminate
and host ALL fictional genres in ALL age ranges as me and my bloggers
have a broad range of readers that enjoy many different genres.
After two years of astronomical tours,
I am going stronger than ever now and growing on a daily basis with
plans to continue hosting tours for many many years!
If you are an author interested in
booking a tour with me, you can see a general FAQ page and booking
HERE!
If you are a blogger interested in
joining some of my tours, you can see my current sign ups HERE!
And sign up for email invites HERE!
A third generation local of the
historic town of Fredericksburg, TX, I was born and raised among the
rolling hills of the Texas Hill Country where the beauty of the
landscape is breathtaking and town is famous for the Main Street historic
shopping district, the best peaches in the world, wildflowers and
wine. I really can’t imagine living anywhere else!
A country girl through and through, I
grew up hunting, fishing and digging for Indian artifacts, all the
while enjoying the many rivers and swimming holes around town. I’m a
stay at home mom with three beautiful boys, ages 9, 2, and 1 that
encompass my entire world!
A bookaholic from birth, I have always
had a deep passion for reading and spend many late nights devouring
books into the wee hours of the morning. My “real” book
collection numbers over 3000 books and take up an entire small room
in our house with custom bookshelves built by my husband that I call
my “book cave”. I’ve been building this collection since my
childhood and will keep on adding to it for the rest of my life. Of
course, I also have a similar collection of ebooks as well as I
finally went digital a few years ago.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading,
playing with my kids, doing DIY renovation projects with my husband,
cooking, and relaxing on my back porch with a good cup of coffee
while I watch the massive axis deer herd come through the yard.

 

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#Spotlight – CHARLESTON HARBOR ROMANCES by Debbie White

Sweet Indulgence
A Charleston Harbor Novel Book 1
by Debbie White
Genre: Sweet Romance
Real Men Eat Cupcakes
Annie McPherson has had it with all the blind dates her grandmother and
auntie set her up with. She just wants to be left alone to run the
Sweet Indulgence cupcake bakery – even if it means she’ll remain
single forever.
Jack’s just been through a gut-wrenching break-up, and women are the last
thing on his mind. Now he’s on a mission to pick up cupcakes for
his niece’s birthday party—not a mission to fall in love. Pulled
in by Annie’s good looks and witty charm, though, temptation proves
too sweet.
But will Annie’s pesky grandmother and auntie welcome Jack as Annie’s
choice or will they have him jumping through hoops to prove he’s
the one?
Fans of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs are sure to love
Sweet Indulgence, the first sweet romance novel in the Charleston
Harbor series.
This book is too sweet to pass up!
**Only .99 cents!!**
Sweet Magnolia
A Charleston Harbor Novel Book 2
What doesn’t divide us makes us stronger.
While on their honeymoon, Annie and Jack are called back to Charleston,
cutting their trip short. But no matter what the disaster, nothing
can deter this dynamic duo from moving forward with their plans to
build their dream home, Sweet Magnolia on Kiawah Island.
This is book two of the Charleston Harbor Novels set in historic
Charleston, South Carolina where sweet tea and love for family
prevail and is the balm that soothes the heart. Follow along in the
series as the Powells and McPhersons live life to the fullest while
overcoming many hardships, making them stronger, and bringing them
closer than ever.
Sweet Carolina
A Charleston Harbor Novel Book 3
When a hurricane threatens to wreak havoc on the South Carolina coast,
Annie prepares Sweet Magnolia for what she thinks will be a day or
two without electricity while Jack checks on Lady Powell down at the
dock. But when Jack doesn’t return promptly, Annie becomes concerned.
Mary makes an announcement
that makes her the center of attention, but Annie has a bit of news
causing them to share the limelight.
Annie is having second thoughts about running the Sweet Indulgence. Is she
just feeling the pressure of motherhood or could this be the end of
the cupcakery she started from the ground up?
Sweet Carolina, the final installment of the Charleston Harbor Novels
promises to be an uplifting clean and sweet contemporary women’s
fiction laced with a romantic thread, where honor, family, love, and
hope always prevail.
Debbie is a USA Today Bestselling Author. She currently lives in northern
California where the hills are dotted with vineyards and the jagged
coastline is nearby. Many of her books describe the beautiful area
she calls home. She avidly supports animal rescue by donating a
percentage of all book sales to rescue groups nationwide! Now here
are a few more interesting tidbits of information about her!
1. Her spouse served in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years. She uses
some of her experiences as a military wife in some of her stories.
2. She has two granddaughters and a grandson.
3. She received her degree in Sociology in 2011 and graduated Magna Cum
Laude.
4. She hasn’t always dreamed of writing, but she’s always loved reading
and decided she’d give it a try. Her fans love her so much, she’s
still putting out books three years later.
5. Her very first book, The Salty Dog was an Amazon Best-seller.
6. You can follow all the latest news about releases, book signings and
more on her website
http://www.authordebbiewhite.com

 

#ChickLitMay Happily Ever After Hop


Picture it . . . the lovely month of May, where spring is springing up all over the Northern Hemisphere, and there’s going to be a royal wedding, and it’s International Chick Lit Month! What’s a Chick Lit lover to do? Join Chick Lit Chat HQ’s Happily Ever After Hop on Facebook, of course!

From Monday, May 7th through Sunday, May 13th, 49 bestselling and award-winning Chick Lit and Romantic Comedy authors will be whooping it up on Facebook, celebrating all things royal and romantic. And because our readers deserve to be treated like queens, these authors will be giving away books, swag, gift cards, and lots of other fabulous prizes (no toads or poisoned apples here!), plus the week will wrap up with an award of a blingtastic, royal-themed Grand Prize Pack worth more than $150*, and not one, not two, notthreenotfournotfive, but SIX $25 Amazon gift cards!

 


So, grab that tiara, hop on your unicorn, and head on over to the Happily Ever After Hop page on Facebook and join the group where you can meet and chat with your fellow readers, as well as some of the most popular authors in your favorite genres. Plus you’ll find links for all the participating authors and you can enter to win the Grand Prize Pack or one of those Amazon gift cards. We look forward to partying with you!

*The royal-themed Grand Prize Pack giveaway is not open to international entrants. However, all of the individual author giveaways and the $25 Amazon gift card giveaways are open internationally.

Monday, May 7th

Rich Amooi https://www.facebook.com/author.richamooi/

Tracie Banister https://www.facebook.com/tracie.banister

Susan Hatler https://www.facebook.com/authorsusanhatler/

Erin Huss https://www.facebook.com/authorerinhuss

Jennie Marts https://www.facebook.com/JennieMartsBooks/

Susannah Nix https://www.facebook.com/susannahnix/

Melanie Summers https://www.facebook.com/MJSummersAuthorPage

Barbara Valentin https://www.facebook.com/Platespinner/

Joslyn Westbrook https://www.facebook.com/JoslynWestbrookOfficial

 

Tuesday, May 8th

Jackie Bouchard https://www.facebook.com/JackieBouchardWriter/

Laura Chapman https://www.facebook.com/laurachapmanbooks/

Renee Conoulty https://www.facebook.com/ReneeConoultyAuthor

Jayne Denker https://www.facebook.com/JayneDenkerAuthor/

Whitney Dineen https://www.facebook.com/Whitney-Dineen-11687019412/

Karin Gillespie https://www.facebook.com/karingillespieauthor/

Diane Michaels https://www.facebook.com/dianemichaelsauthor/

Robyn Neeley https://www.facebook.com/RobynNeeleyAuthor/

 

Wednesday, May 9th

Glynis Astie https://www.facebook.com/glynisastieauthor/

Kathryn Biel https://www.facebook.com/kathrynrbiel

Christina Boyd https://www.facebook.com/TheDarcyMonologues/

Rachael Eliker https://www.facebook.com/rachaeleliker/

Jenny Gardiner https://www.facebook.com/jennygardinerbooks

A.G. Henley https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAGHenley/

Holly Kerr https://www.facebook.com/HollyKerrAuthor

Heidi Renee Mason https://www.facebook.com/HeidiReneeMason/

 

Thursday, May 10th

Beth Carter https://www.facebook.com/authorbethcarter/

Karen M. Cox https://www.facebook.com/karenmcox1932/

Virginia Gray https://www.facebook.com/Virginia.Gray.Author/

Laura Kenyon https://www.facebook.com/laurakenyonwrites

Cat Lavoie https://www.facebook.com/CatLavoieBooks/

Nikki LeClair https://www.facebook.com/NikkiLeClairBooks/

Cassandra O’Leary https://www.facebook.com/cassandraolearyauthor

Meredith Schorr https://www.facebook.com/MeredithSchorrAuthor/

 

Friday, May 11th

Melissa Baldwin https://www.facebook.com/authormelissabaldwin/

Lindsay Detwiler https://www.facebook.com/lindsayanndetwiler

Angie Ellington https://www.facebook.com/angienellingtonbooks

Laura Heffernan https://www.facebook.com/lauraheffernanbooks

Beth Labonte https://www.facebook.com/bethlabontebooks/

Monique McDonell https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMcDonellAuthor/

Kate O’Keeffe https://www.facebook.com/kateokeeffeauthor/

Michelle Jo Quinn https://www.facebook.com/MichelleJoQuinnAuthor

 

Saturday, May 12th

Hilary Grossman https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor/

Tracy Krimmer https://www.facebook.com/krimmerauthor/

June Moonbridge https://www.facebook.com/JMoonbridge

Jennifer Peel https://www.facebook.com/jenniferpeelauthor/

Bria Quinlan https://www.facebook.com/BriaQuinlanAuthor/

Natalina Reis https://www.facebook.com/authornatalinareis/

Sarah Louise Smith

https://www.facebook.com/sarahlouisesmithauthor/

Stacey Wiedower https://www.facebook.com/StaceyWiedower.author/

 

#Spotlight #Giveaway – UNTIL THERE WAS US by Samantha Chase

Until There Was Us

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iBooks: https://apple.co/2HIZmVm

Synopsis

He’ll have to play his cards just right for her to take a chance on him…

 Megan Montgomery has always been careful…except that one time she threw caution to the wind and hooked up with a sexy groomsman at her cousin’s wedding. But that was two years ago—so why can’t she stop thinking about Alex Rebat?

 Alex has been living the good life. He loves his job, has a great circle of friends, and doesn’t answer to anyone. The problem? There’s only one woman he wants and she ran out on him after one amazing weekend. But now that Megan’s coming back to town, Alex hopes he can convince her to take another chance on him…and on a future that can only be built together.

MeetTheAuthor

Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

Learn more:

www.chasing-romance.com    |    Facebook     |     Twitter @SamanthaChase3

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#Spotlight #Giveaway – CAUGHT UP IN A COWBOY by Jennie Marts

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Title: Caught Up in a Cowboy

Author: Jennie Marts

Series: Cowboys of Creedence, #1

Pub Date: May 1, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Western

 Synopsis

This cowboy plays to win

 Rockford James was raised as a tried-and-true cowboy in a town crazy about ice hockey. Rock is as hot on the ice as he is on a horse, and the NHL snapped him up. Now, injuries have permanently benched him. Body and pride wounded, he returns to his hometown ranch to find that a lot has changed. The one thing that hasn’t? His feelings for high school sweetheart and girl-next-door Quinn Rivers.

Quinn had no choice but to get over Rock after he left. Teenaged and heartbroken, she had a rebound one night stand that ended in single motherhood. Now that Rock’s back—and clamoring for a second chance—Quinn will do anything to avoid getting caught up in this oh-so-tempting cowboy…

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | IndieBound

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MeetTheAuthor

Jennie Marts is the USA Today bestselling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends. Find her online at jenniemarts.com.

Find Jennie Online:

Website: http://www.jenniemarts.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennieMartsBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JennieMarts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6876233.Jennie_Marts

Giveaway

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#Spotlight – THE WOMEN OF WILLOWBROOK Series by Kelsey Jensen

It all began with a choice…

Anna Pierce had, by all accounts, a blessed life. She grew up in a home full of laughter, love, and support. Where the biggest problem she faced (other than how to deal with her family’s crazy antics) was deciding her plans for college. Little did she know the ugly path her choice would drag her down.

A choice that left her free-falling…

Fast forward five years. Her life still held that same laughter, love, and support, but it was no longer full. A shadow hung overhead, waiting. Always threatening.

Until he caught her…

Jake Taylor stormed into her life and turned her world upside down. He made her feel things she’d hidden away from; made her face life again. But, most importantly, he helped her find the light.

And gave her happily ever after…


It all started with a wish…

Evangeline Grant, or Evan as you’d know her (if you liked living), grew up surrounded by love. And because of all that love, she had one wish in life. It was loaded, but it was simple.

A wish that left her heartbroken and hopeless…

Unfortunately, years down the road, that wish was obliterated. A secret she kept hidden away, suffering alone with only her parents to comfort her in her dark times. But she wasn’t the only one keeping a secret.

Until he gave her hope…

Then Mr. Tall, Dark, and F***ing Godly himself had to show up and flip the script. For the first time in years, Evan found herself with hope; all thanks to Emmanuel Silva. As they each face their demons, a decision has to be made. A decision that will change the course of not only their lives but a precious little girl’s as well.

And helped her wish of happily ever after come true…

About the Series

Pierce My Heart & Grant Her Wish
by Kelsey Jensen

Series
Women of Willowbrook

Genre
Adult
Contemporary Romance

Publisher
Independent

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**Each book in this series is a STANDALONE with a new couple. NO cliffhanger**

 

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Pierce My Heart 2016 © Kelsey Jensen ~ All Rights Reserved

 

Grant Her Wish Excerpt

Grant Her Wish 2017 © Kelsey Jensen ~ All Rights Reserved

 

About Kelsey Jensen

Kelsey is a romance hoarder, a Bob Seger groupie, and a die-hard fan of all things leather, fringe, silver, classy, and full of sparkles.

She was never a writer in the normal sense, but she was always a creator of stories. From Barbie’s to The Sims, Kelsey made sure they lived…interesting lives. Summer of ’15, Marcus Mumford’s voice crooning in her ear, a character started to speak to Kelsey and refused to let go. This character put her on a path of following a dream she never even knew she’d had until it came true.

When she’s not lost in the world of Willowbrook and all its inhabitants, exploring a new planet, or finding new places to lose herself in characters, she can be found deep in the world of other authors, trying out her baking skills on her family and friends, learning–then tweaking–new recipes from the Food Network, immersing herself in good music, enjoying the California sunshine with her two fur babies, relaxing and cackling like a loon with the people close to her, or disappearing as she binge-watches seasons in a day on Netflix.

Kelsey’s Links

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#Spotlight – Author ELLIE MASTERS

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★★ ELLIE MASTERS ★★
 
TFcover.jpgTWIST OF FATE
Genre: Romantic suspense/thriller
Details: Full length, multi POV, standalone, HEA novel
Author: Ellie Masters

 

ARCs will be available for read/review third week in January.

 

Blurb:
Melissa is a victim, capable of attracting only the worst kind of man. She seeks redemption for crimes she did not commit.

 

CJ struggles to absolve himself of an unforgivable act. He seeks salvation through heroism, but fails every day.

 

Our prince, a man with the blackest of hearts and an endless capacity to inflict pain, seeks validation for his work. His corruption is absolute, but even he will sacrifice for love.

 

Meanwhile, a man of pure evil invades their lives, weaving his sinister threads and binding their futures.

 

But Fate has different plans for them all. As tornados tear through the town, their lives will be uprooted, twisted, and tangled beyond what any of them could foresee.

 

 

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CHANGING ROLES

Genre: Dark Romance/Mystery



BLURB:

Kate Summers’s career on the Police Force came to an implosive end when the Mayor’s wife exposed her secret life as the Mistress of Pain. Kate lost not only her detective’s badge, but something much more valuable. She lost her confidence as a Mistress of men.
She now scrapes by as a private investigator, feeding off the misery of others. When the Mayor and his wife ask her to investigate the murder of their daughter, Kate faces a difficult decision. To follow the leads, she must reenter the world that destroyed her career and go undercover as a submissive to a noted Dom. Only Kate swore she’d never endure the submissive role again.
Yet Jake Davenport is the one dominant fearless enough to not only challenge her rules, but break them. While accepting her new role and the erotic thrill it brings her is difficult enough, Jake’s complicated past raises many questions. As her investigation progresses, the man she’s fallen in love with might just be her number one suspect.

 

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An Angel Fire  Rock Romance

Genre: Contemporary Rock Romance

Blurb:

 

Skye Summers endured a tragic past. She wants what the past stole, and despite lingering scars, she’s surviving and thriving. Now she cures the sick, heals the wounded, and takes care of those clinging to life. The only person she can’t heal is herself, because Skye is too broken for love.
Ash Dean has it all: Fame, fortune, and the adoration of screaming fans. The constant parties, drugs, alcohol, and an endless string of one-night stands are taking their toll. He gives and his fans take, until he’s lost within the crowd. He wants someone to see him for the man he wishes to be rather than the one he’s become.
 

 

 

 

One fate…
Two lives…
Three Days…
That’s the proposition…

 

 

 

It would be insane to accept and Skye’s a fool to agree, but she’s tired of playing it safe, besides what could go wrong?

 

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ASHES TO NEW
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Genre: Women’s Lit/Abuse Survival

 

Blurb:
Ashes to New, prequel to Heart’s Insanity: an Angel Fire Rock Romance, is a story about the fiercest kind of love. It’s about enduring. Surviving. And never giving up. Elsbeth and Forest are two teenagers trapped within an abusive foster home. They endure tragedy, but find there is light in the darkest places. With hope is as limitless as the summer sky, all they need is the love of one another to survive.

 

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About the author:

 

ellie.jpgELLIE MASTERS is the bestselling author of Heart’s Insanity: an Angel Fire Rock Romance. She writes multiple genres, creating the stories she loves to read. These are dark erotic tales. Or maybe sweet contemporary stories. How about a romantic thriller to whet your appetite? Ellie writes it all. Want to read passionate poems and sensual secrets? She does that too. Dip into the eclectic mind of Ellie Masters, spend time exploring the sensual realm where she breathes life into her characters and brings them from her mind to the page and into the heart of her readers every day.
When not writing, Ellie can be found outside, where her passion for all things outdoor reigns supreme: off­ roading, ATV-ing, scuba diving, hiking, and breathing fresh air, are just a few of her favorite pursuits.
She has lived all over the United States, east, west, north, south and central, but grew up under the Hawaiian sun. Now, Ellie is proud to call herself a Southern transplant, learning to say y’all and ‘bless her heart’ with the best of them. She lives with her beloved husband, two children who refuse to flee the nest, and four fur-­babies; three cats who rule the household, and a dog who wants nothing other than for the cats to be his friends. The cats have a different opinion regarding this matter.
Ellie’s favorite way to spend an evening is curled up on a couch, laptop in place, watching a fire, drinking a good wine, and bringing forth all the characters from her mind to the page and hopefully into the hearts of her readers.

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#Spotlight #Giveaway – DANCE DIARIES (Books #1 and #2) by The Girl with the Tree Tattoo


Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance: What I Wish I Had Known (Book #1)

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Why didn’t anyone tell me? Ballroom dancing is fun, magical and, most of all, life-changing. When I first started learning ballroom though, I fumbled around awkwardly and sometimes painfully, figuring things out as I went along. Certain things weren’t explained or just never came up in conversation. From what to expect in class to how to find the right teacher or dance partner to how much ballroom really costs, Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance covers the things that I wish I had known when I first started learning ballroom. This quick read is your cheat sheet to help you get the most out of your ballroom experience.

Buy the Book:  BookBaby  ~  Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble


Dance Diaries: Ballroom Budgeting: How I Afford to Dance (Book #2)

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Anyone who tries ballroom dancing quickly learns how expensive it can be. From private lessons to competition fees, the monetary cost of being a ballroom student can quickly skyrocket. In my experience, the high cost is the most frequently cited reason for quitting dance. It shouldn’t be that way!

I live paycheck to paycheck, carry credit card debt, and still dance and compete in pro-am ballroom. In my first two years as a pro-am competitive ballroom dancer, I entered five competitions, had the money reserved for two additional events, and, at the same time, reduced my credit card debt by almost 50%!

I wrote this second book in my Dance Diaries series out of a desire to help my fellow struggling dancers do the same thing. From budgeting basics to specific tips on how to save on ballroom dancing, in Ballroom Budgeting, I share exactly how I dance and compete in ballroom while living paycheck to paycheck AND reducing debt! I even provide the tools I use to help you start organizing your own ballroom budget right away! Stop stressing over the cost and focus on what is important – the dancing!

Buy the Book: BookBaby  ~  Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble  

 


MeetTheAuthor

katieKatie is known as the Girl with the Tree Tattoo because of the tree of life tattoo that covers her entire back. She has been taking ballroom dancing lessons since December 2012 and competing in pro-am ballroom competitions since April 2014. It was through ballroom dance that Katie started to discover who she really was and what she was capable of, despite the demons of fear, self-doubt, and anxiety that live in her head. Through sharing her own experiences, Katie hopes to lead others to experience the amazing effect ballroom dancing can have on a life.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~ Facebook

YOUTUBE: Watch The Girl With the Tree Tattoo dance gracefully in competition!


Guest Post by The Girl With the Tree Tattoo, author of the Dance Diaries

Compare with Caution

I’ve started and restarted this guest post about four times. It’s coming to you at the end of the Dance Diaries book tour, and I really want it to be good. But the creative process has been a struggle. I considered writing about how I’ve learned to act as my own fairy godmother in making many of my ballroom dreams come true. I tried writing about the development of the Dance Diaries books. The words just weren’t flowing. Dance Diaries: Ballroom Budgeting would give you the inside scoop on the sacrifices I make to get myself to the ball. I think the author interviews from this tour adequately covered how the Dance Diaries books came to be. So what could I share with you that you couldn’t find elsewhere?

While searching for inspiration, I watched Dancing with the Stars. I loved watching the contestants who just put everything out there when they performed. I also felt a slight pang of jealousy as I thought about my own struggles and failures in the emotional expression aspect of ballroom. Later, after I had already thrown out two versions of this article, I was chatting with a friend and fellow ballroom dancer and still searching for the right topic. As he told me the latest news in his dancing adventures, I was happy to hear how well things were going for him. At the same time, I felt a shadow of self-pity creep over me as I thought about how all of my ballroom goals were on hold. But there was a tiny bright light – my inspiration!

The dark spots on what should have been positive moments were the result of me comparing myself to others, and judging myself on what I lacked in that comparison. I can’t perform like they do on Dancing with the Stars. I don’t get to compete as much or take as many lessons as my ballroom friend. I do the same thing when it comes to being a writer. I find other writers who have more followers on their blog than I do, or who have been more widely published. I look at my sales rank on Amazon and, when it falls, I feel like I’m somehow a worse writer than I was the day before. The comparison trap is what I want to write to you about. It’s a dangerous trap that I fall into over and over.

When you fall into the comparison trap, your flaws and shortcomings become magnified 100 times and your talents and triumphs become microscopic. You focus on what others have that you don’t or what they’ve accomplished that you haven’t. If you stay too long, your motivation and drive can be smothered by an overwhelming feeling of “why bother?”

As a woman who lives essentially paycheck to paycheck, it is incredibly easy for me to fall into the comparison trap when it comes to ballroom. This passion ain’t cheap, and I am surrounded by students who don’t even flinch at shelling out thousands of dollars every month to take more private lessons and go to more competitions than I can afford. I have fought the urge to just give up every time I watch others go off to a competition without me. I miss out on a lot of events simply because I can’t pay.

I keep pulling myself back out of the trap though. I remind myself that I am on my own path, not anyone else’s. This is important for anyone pursuing a passion. You will meet others with the same dreams, but you will not go after them in the same way. I wanted to become a ballroom dancer, but I had to choose the path that felt right for me. I definitely don’t fit the look of a traditional ballroom dancer (see the tree tattoo displayed proudly on my back!). I also couldn’t follow in other competitive students’ footsteps by taking hours of private lessons every week and entering competitions every couple months; my budget wouldn’t allow it. So I forged my own path with the resources available to me.

That path has also included a parallel path for pursuing my writing passion. While other students went to competitions I couldn’t afford, I published two books! I could have taken the time, energy and money spent on my books and put them into ballroom instead. But growing both passions together was the right choice for me.

Of course, the one serious consequence to trailblazing is I do not reach the same milestones as others, whether in ballroom or writing, at the same time, if at all. So I will always be lacking something if I compare my journey’s progress to theirs. But it’s not an apples to apples comparison. They will also be lacking something I have, because I am reaching different milestones.

It’s so easy to compare, I often find myself doing it without thinking. So I try to remember to compare with caution. I can look to another’s journey for inspiration or lessons (i.e, what not to do), but I shouldn’t look to determine my own progress. My path has its own unique set of twists and turns, just like anyone’s, and the best way for me to know how far I’ve come is to look behind me.

In whatever passion you’re pursuing, there is a great chance you will not be able to avoid the comparison trap. That’s ok! There will always be a gap between you and the stronger, faster, richer, or more advanced. As soon as you start closing one gap, another will appear. So don’t worry so much about how far along others are on their journey. You are not on the same path, so it’s best to just focus on the trail ahead of you.

 


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Series: A Lady Forsaken, Book 1

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Word Count: 78,000

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A Lady Shunned by All…

Lady Viola Oberbrook only wanted to forget the ill-fated early morning duel that took the lives of two young, wealthy, promising men of the ton and sent her fleeing for her father’s country estate. Eight years later, she has her life in order: a fulfilling business, a few trusted friends, and no plans to return to London society. What she doesn’t expect is to come face to face with her past.

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Title: Forgotten No More

Series: A Lady Forsaken, Book Two

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Release Date: November 20, 2014

Word Count: 83,000

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A lady forgotten by all…

Ruby St. Augustin must find the truth of her past to determine what her future holds. She only has a short time in London to uncover the identity of her real father and the secrets behind her birth. If anyone learns of her mission, she will disgrace everyone she holds dear. What she doesn’t expect is to draw the attention of a man who doesn’t care about his reputation or her past.
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Release Date: June 29, 2015

Word Count: 85,000 appox.

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**Warning: Not every story of love has a happy ending**

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Lady Viola Haversham is determined to put her past where it belongs—behind her. To do so, she sets out to host the grandest holiday celebration Foldger’s Hall has ever seen; proving to everyone—including herself—that she has more to offer than the hardship and loss she has brought to her family.

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Lady Ellington, the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy marquis, has spent her entire life hiding from London’s high society—both as a result of her own desires and those forced upon her by her overbearing and abusive father. When the marquis passes away suddenly, Ellie feels as though a weight has been lifted and immediately assumes her role as mistress of Drake House. Though she is constantly looking over her shoulder, wondering when it will all be taken from her. And for good reason—no sooner has she shed her black mourning garb than a missive arrives, announcing an heir to the Marquisate. A person she has never heard of before, but one with enough power to change her fate entirely.

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Taken in by his nursemaid in infancy and raised as an orphan, Alex has never had the benefits of a name or a bloodline. Yet he’s content to work hard and earn his keep as a stable hand in one of London’s finest homes, proving himself worthy of both his position and his friendship to the beautiful Lady Ellington. When Ellie asks for his help with a delicate matter, he’s happy to oblige, but soon finds himself in the middle of more than he bargained for. His innocent meeting reveals secrets from the past that he never could have imagined, and he discovers that he’s a duke by birth. But even with the possibility of a title and all that goes along with it, Alex is unsure whether he can tear down the walls Ellie has built to protect her heart.

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christina-photoChristina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

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Tullamore Castle Ireland is an enchanted place where the adventurous can expect the unexpected. Phantom lovers materialize in haunted beds, werewolves lurk in the woods, a vampire falls in love with a jewel thief, seductive Djinn appear the bedchambers, an enchanted lift carries lovers away, and a lonely griffin patrols the castle ramparts hoping to reclaim its long lost mate. And that’s just the beginning of Emerald Isle Enchantment, steamy paranormal romance with a magical Celtic twist. Katalina Leon, Dena Garson, Rebecca Royce, Rea Thomas, Louisa Masters, Virginia Cavanaugh, J.L. LaRose.

 

 

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Louisa Masters, An Irish Flirtation. A last-minute change of venue has wedding planner Jillian on edge. Can the magic of Castle Tullamore and sexy Fin tempt her to throw away a lifetime of professionalism?

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