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Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: The Dragon’s Eye Blog Tour with Lexi Ander

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Please join us in welcoming author Lexi Ander to The Novel Approach today, on the tour for the latest installment in the Sumeria’s Sons series, Dragon’s Eye. Enjoy Lexi’s guest post and the excerpt she’s selected to share, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win some great prizes. Details are below.

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What did you say? Utnap-blah—who? I can’t even guess how to say that.

Utnapishtim is the Sumerian equivalent to Noah. You say his name like [oo t-nuhpish-tim]

When I started Sumeria’s Son, the platform I built the series on was the Epic of Gilgamesh. I built the origins and motivations from the ancient story. I know, like that was a shock. ^_^ Utnapishtim was one of the few humans who was offered immortality and a place in Dilmun.

To give you a bit of background Utnapishtim, here’s the down and dirty on the Sumerian deluge myth. King Enlil is fed up with all the noise of humanity and decided to get rid of them. If you have already read the blog post on Abzu and the Igigi War, I’m sure you recognize the common theme between the two stories.

Anyway, he sends out plagues, and famine, and drought which destroyed the world three times and yet the human race persevered. Little did Enlil know (until it was too late) that the humans had help from Enki. The humans procreated quickly and soon they were just as noisy as they were before. In a fit of frustration, Enlil calls a meeting of the gods and makes them vow not to help the humans. To get around that decree, Enki didn’t speak to Utnapishtim directly but spoke into a bed of reeds. What an old trick to tell someone without actually telling them. What do you mean? Utnapishtim over heard me musing aloud?

Utnapishtim followed the instructions and built a boat, loading his family, the village craftsmen, baby animals, and grains. The storm that Enlil caused was so awesome in power that the gods fled to Dilmun. The description of how Utnapishtim tested the lowering of the waters was very similar to that of Noah’s with the releasing of the dove, the swallow, and the raven. They left the boat and had a great party, making a sacrifice to the gods. When the gods cautiously ventured from Dilmun, they were chagrinned at Utnapishtim undying loyalty and faith in the gods and they granted him and his wife immortality and a place among the gods.

After Enkidu died, Gilgamesh went a little insane in his grief and keenly feeling his mortality he searched for his ancestor, Utnapishtim. Even though Gilgamesh was a demigod and long lived, he could die. Just as the gods Humbaba and Gugalanna had died, and his beloved Enkidu. He entered the gates of the Sun Road guarded by the scorpion men and traveled to Dilmun. Utnapishtim cautioned him to abandon his quest but still told him how to gather the plant from the riverbed. It didn’tdo  Gilgamesh any good because a sneaky snake came by while he rested and ate the plant. (Must’ve been a vegetarian snake.)

If you’re wondering if I brought Utnapishtim in as character, the answer would be no. But the story of Gilgamesh’s search is important. The story of the deluge was just for fun but gives you an idea of how the gods sometimes viewed humanity.

A huge thank you for allowing me to be a guest on the blog today! Throughout the blog tour for Dragon’s Eye, I hope you enjoy the behind the scenes look at the gods and mythos, and how they play a part in Sumeria’s Sons. For a visual representation, please visit my Pinterest page. During the tour I discuss the Sumerian pantheon, about who and what the Gods/Goddess are, and how I use them. Make sure you stop by the other blogs to get a complete look at the Gods and Goddess the Lycan’s follow.

Also, Less Than Three Press is running a special sale on Sumeria’s Sons from September 23rd  through October 7th (dates inclusive).

Twin Flames is $0.99: Amazon || LT3 Press ||

25% off Songs of the Earth: Amazon || LT3 Press

25% off Dreams of the ForgottenAmazon || LT3 Press

25% off Surrounded by CrimsonAmazon || LT3 Press

Thank you for stopping by and reading!

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Dragon's Eye CoverBlurb: In the wake of birth and betrayal, Ushna takes the God Ashur to Tristan in a last desperate bid to save Tristan’s life—and is helpless to do anything but watch as Ashur instead buries him in a grave. Though he has no desire to go on living, having now lost Brian and Tristan, Ushna has no choice. Not only do their children need him, the mysterious Simurgh has come out of hiding and forces him to continue on—for there is much to do and little time to do it, especially with treachery and danger closing in on them from every side.

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Excerpt: The other vehicles parked behind us. Corey spoke to my parents but I couldn’t hear what he said. My father nodded and headed towards the last vehicle, where the wounded had been loaded. Warriors surrounded our SUV before Corey opened my door. I didn’t want to leave the vehicle. If I did, then Tristan’s fate would be set in stone. Illogical, I knew, but the thought of stepping foot in that house without him was the point of no return. I’d never be able to undo anything that transpired today, as if I even had the power to accomplish something like that. Part of me knew I didn’t want to answer the questions that would eventually come.

What Saéna said kept returning to the forefront of my thoughts. Why was this not a time to grieve? The only reason could be that Tristan wasn’t lost, wasn’t dead. But I saw him buried and Ashur held onto me until there was no hope of saving Tristan from suffocating. My blood boiled at the memory and I breathed around the anger. She is tending him now. What did that mean? Who? Who was tending Tristan? How was I to look past my pain when I’d lost the brightest point in my life? When Brian was killed, even though we wouldn’t have bonded for years, I still felt the absence of his Flame. Tristan and I had bonded last night and… and… wait.

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Lexi Ander Bio PicAbout the Author: Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.

Where to find Lexi Ander:

Website: http://www.lexiander.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lexi.ander.9

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LexiAnder1

Blog: http://lexiander.blogspot.com/

E-mail: lexi.ander.author@gmail.com

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THE GIVEAWAY

  1. $20 Amazon Gift Card, $20 All Romance Gift Card, hard copy of Dragon’s Eye, swag (pens, bookmarks)
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  4. E-book copy of Dragon’s Eye
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The Fine Print:

*Entrants must be 18 years or older to qualify

*Some residency restrictions may apply

*All comments must be relevant to the author’s prompt to be eligible (when applicable)

*The Novel Approach will not be held liable for prize delivery unless otherwise specified

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Hi, friends and fellow reading addicts, welcome back to another peek into the future at The Novel Approach, and a teaser of who we have visiting with us in the coming week.

We’ve got a great lineup of guest authors to share with you, along with giveaways, and, of course, many more reviews too.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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Monday – Author BA Tortuga kicks off our week this week on the tour for The Articles of Release, book two in the Release Series

Tuesday – Today we’ll be welcoming author Lexi Ander to TNA on the tour for her latest novel Dragon’s Eye

We’ll also have author Ingela Bohm joining us today to chat a bit about her new novel Last Communion

Wednesday – We’ll have author KC Burn dropping by today as a featured author on the Countdown to GayRomLit 2015 Celebration

We also have Carole Cummings and Andrew Q. Gordon stopping in for a new edition of Genre Talk

Thursday – We’ll be starting October (!!!) off with author Skylar M. Cates and an exclusive cover reveal for her upcoming Dreamspinner holiday story A Guy’s Thanksgiving

We’ll also have author AF Henley with us to chat about their new novel Wolf WY

Friday – Rounding out the second of our GayRomLit Blog Tour visits this week will be author Jaime Reese, filling us in on what she likes most about GRL

Mia Kerick will also join us today on the tour for her new book A Hard Day’s Night

And, we’ll have yet another edition of Flashback Friday for you today too

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, we’ll have author Lex Chase here with us to chat about her new novel Bayou Fairy Tale

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And that, as they say, is that! Until next week, happy reading!

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Surrounded by Crimson Blog Tour with Lexi Ander

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We’re so pleased to welcome author Lexi Ander back today, on the Surrounded by Crimson blog tour.

Since the color red is referenced in the title of the book, I asked Lexi if she’d like to chat about symbolism, what the color represents in the story, and if the symbolism was intentional or synchronstic.

Enjoy what she has to say on the subject, then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win one of the following prizes:

  1. $20 Amazon Gift card, $20 All Romance Gift card, hard copy of Surrounded by Crimson, swag (pens, bookmarks)
  2. $20 All Romance Gift card, hard copy of Surrounded by Crimson, swag (pens, bookmarks)
  3. hard copy of Surrounded by Crimson, swag (pens, bookmarks)
  4. e-book copy of Surrounded by Crimson
  5. e-book copy of Surrounded by Crimson

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Lexi: Do I include different symbolic elements into the story? Ah… yes and no. I don’t usually use symbolism on purpose. Most of the time it’s accidental and I have a moment where I think, “Hey, that would fit like a beaut!” Sometimes I insert symbols of the culture that I’m writing about. But… when I sat down to pen Surrounded by Crimson, I did intend to us the some symbolism for the color red.

Red is powerful and invokes a wide range of emotional responses in people that goes from the sexy side of passion, seduction, and love to the negative reactions of violence and anger. With prehistoric people, the color was associated with the primal forces of fire and blood.

When I was writing Dreams of the Forgotten, I was also reading The Rise and Fall of Babylon. There was a description of a burial site that predated Babylonia. At the excavation of Uruk, there was a list of items found along with an explanation of red being the color of mourning for the area. There were other tidbits about the length of time they mourned along with habits and rituals, which fascinated me—and some pieces made it into the ending of Dreams of the Forgotten. Tristan wears red as he mourns for the loss of Brian.

Tristan’s red robes were carried forward into Surrounded by Crimson, but had nothing to do with the title, at the beginning. No, I had meant for the symbolism to be about sacrifice because this was supposed to be the book in which some died. The idea was nixed when I was in the middle of book three, but I kept the title based on the replacement scene which would be pivotal to the storyline. When my writing finally dropped my off at that point, I had a thought went something like this. “Well, hell, how is Tristan going to show people what this looks like when he can’t step outside of himself to show everyone that?” Briefly, I considered changing the title.

All wasn’t lost, though. When I finished, I noticed I had woven in the mourning element, along with the love, the rage, and well, I won’t give away spoilers, but there was another element, and it all fit. The title came to represent several things instead of that one snippet of a scene. In no way was the symbolism intentional, but I happen to think that since I had the title picked out long before I began writing helped to bring everything together than if I had planned it. ^_^

Fun Facts About Red

Red is one of the top two favorite colors of all people.

Red is the most popular color used on flags in the world. Approximately 77% of all flags include red.

Red is the international color for stop.

Red districts sell sex and pornography in every European culture.

The history of languages reveals that red is the first color after black and white. (All languages have words for black and white. If a third hue exists, it is red.)

Cultural Meanings

Red is the color of good luck in Asia and is the most popular color in China.

Most Japanese children draw the sun as a big red circle.

In East Asian stock markets, red is used to denote a rise in stock prices. (Note: In North American stock markets, red is used to denote a drop in stock prices.)

Red is an auspicious color for marriage. Brides in India and Nepal wear red saris; in Japan, a red kimono symbolizes happiness and good luck.

In Russia, the word for “red” means beautiful.

Thank you for stopping by and reading! Good luck with the giveaway!

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Cover Surrounded by CrimsonBlurb: Tristan has agreed to bond with Ushna but there is still much to do and returning to Tribe Enkidu puts everyone on edge. Tristan is being stalked like prey all the while fighting depression as he mourns the loss of Nikita and enduring a battle of wills with the Elder Council over his birthright. The pleading of his adoptive daughter only adds still more stress to the situation.

Stumbling onto a secret prison while searching for Ushna leads Tristan to risk everything to free a lost God. But breaking the tie to his Flame has more repercussions than Tristan knew and the assistance of a forgotten Goddess and a centuries old lover may not be enough to save him.

Buy Links: Less Than Three Press | Amazon US | All Romance eBooks

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Lexi Ander Bio PicAbout the Author: Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.

Where to find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog | E-mail | Goodreads

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Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by to see what we have coming up in the week ahead. I hope you’ll come back to visit with our guest authors and to check out some of the reviews we have in store for you.

Here’s what’s on tap:

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Monday – We have Lexi Ander stopping in for a visit to help us kick of the week, on her Surrounded by Crimson blog tour

We’re also hosting author Shae Connor today on the What Happened in Vegas?? blog tour

Tuesday – We have Tuesday twofer for you today, when authors Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade drop by on their Prickly Business blog tour

WednesdayR.J. Jones is our lead-off guest today on the Black and Bluhe blog tour

We’re also welcoming Carole Cummings back for another edition of Genre Talk with author Deja Black

ThursdayCharlie Cochet is our guest of honor today on the Against the Grain blog tour

Friday – And finally, Tara Lain is wrapping up the week to help us celebrate the GayRomLit 2015 Blog Tour, with an interview with her guys from Knave of Broken Hearts

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And that does it for now. Until next time, happy reading!

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Interview and Giveaway: The Dreams of the Forgotten Blog Tour With Lexi Ander

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Lexi Ander today on the Dreams of the Forgotten (Sumeria’s Sons: Book Three) blog tour. I’ve asked Lexi a few questions about which of her series she’d love to see hit the big screen, and she’s also offering the chance at some great giveaway items, including:

1. $20 Amazon Gift card, $20 All Romance Gift card, hard copy of Dreams of the Forgotten, swag (pens, bookmarks, and such)
2. $20 All Romance Gift card, hard copy of Dreams of the Forgotten, swag (pens, bookmarks, and such)
3. Hard copy of Dreams of the Forgotten, swag (pens, bookmarks)
4. An e-book copy of Dreams of the Forgotten to two winners

Just click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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TNA: Hi, Lexi! Just when you thought you were done with blog posts… :)

Lexi: LOL! I know! I thought all the hard work was done. Thank you for having me on the blog today.

TNA: You’re very welcome. It’s great to have you back with us!

Let’s pretend one of your book series has been optioned for the big screen. Which series would you wish it to be, and why do you think it would translate so well to film?

Lexi: What a great set of questions! I think The Valespian Pact would translate better to the big screen than Sumeria’s Sons. The first couple of Books of Sumeria’s Sons has a good deal of internal thoughts and growth that won’t do well in a movie. (At least I think so.) Although there were definitely a couple of scenes that would be awesome to see. Like Ushna fighting in the ring against Enki or the battle against Craig Stoiler. The Valespian Pact is more active. As I thought about it, I could defiantly see it play out movie style.

TNA: Who would you choose to star in the movies?

Lexi: Oh… Hard question. I think Jason Momoa would make a great Dargon. I can envision him moving like the lion Dargon is. Oh, I’m getting the hang of this.Shaneva: Lena Headly. Ashari: Gina Torres. Azaes and Mestor: Samuel L. Jackson (that would completely rock) I have combed the IMB website and I couldn’t find any one I would cast as Zeus. How he is and what he looks like in my head is all… Zeus. I mean, his identity didn’t derive from photo inspiration. I took his hair and eyes from other places, but he was basically already there when I picked up the pen, so trying to pick someone who I thought could portray him was hard. If Sumeria’s Sons actually made it to the big screen… you’re going to laugh. Jason Momoa as Ushna. Yes, it seems the love interests all have a type, even if they differ on the outside. Jason has that intensity that Ushna exudes. For Tristan, I think Kit Harrington would be a good choice.

TNA: What scene(s) do you think would be the most fun to see up on the big screen, and why?

Lexi: I love action movies and so I’d pick the scene with Zeus and the Monticore protecting the mountain pass to Haven. That was such a huge scene with so much happening at one time. I’d love to hear Canry’s siren songs and to see Zeus slay the Hunter, and watch the Feteine pop in the battle out of thin air.

TNA: What are you working on now/have coming up next?

Lexi: The release schedule is pretty busy the next couple of months. April’s release was Dreams of the Forgotten. In May, The Aurora Conspiracy in the Keeping the Stars Running anthology releases. Starting Fires and Surrounded by Crimson is coming this summer. For writing, I’m working on the last book of Sumeria’s Sons then I’m diving into the Valespian Pact.

Again, thank you for having me. I have a great time envisioning my books as movies was fun. Thanks everybody for stopping by and reading. Good luck with the giveaway!

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PrintBlurb: For Tristan and Ushna, nothing comes easy and with each passing day the challenges grow and the dangers multiply. The safe home they are building for their family and tribe is threatened from all sides, and the peace they seek is being torn apart by enemies and internal strife. Tristan dares not reveal his condition to any but those closest to him, all the while he’s plagued by dreams he cannot remember upon waking…

And over all of it hangs the knowledge that his time with Ushna is running out. Because Ushna already has a Flame awaiting rebirth, and though Tristan would die to protect that bond, he constantly struggles against his beast who demands they bind Ushna to their side.

Buy Links: Less Than Three Press | Amazon | All Romance eBook

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Lexi Bio PicAbout the Author: Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.

Where to find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog | E-mail

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Here’s A Sneak Peek at the Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and many thanks for stopping by to see what we have in store for you here at The Novel Approach in the coming week. There’s lots coming up to be excited about–great guests, interesting content, a few giveaways, and, of course, we’ll be sharing more reviews with you as well.

Here’s what’s on tap!

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MondayK. Vale is here to kick off our week on her Crossed Hearts blog tour

Michele Michael Rakes also joins us today with a guest stop in the Fourth and Long blog tour

TuesdayCharlie Cochet makes us a stop today on the Healing Hunter’s Heart tour

We’ll also have Morticia Knight with us on the Justice Prevails blog tour

WednesdayJordan Castillo Price drops by today with an interview and giveaway for her newest audiobook release Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary

And we’ll also be hosting author Tina Blenke on her Shifting Cargo blog tour

ThursdayLexi Ander is our guest today on her Dreams of the Forgotten blog tour

Brita Addams to chat a bit up her upcoming Dreamspinner Press release Beloved Unmasked

FridayJacob Z. Flores drops by with a video chat on his Spellbound blog tour

Sam Standish is also our guest to discuss his newest novel Making Men

Saturday – Finally, to close out the week, author K. Lynn will join us on the Coffee Date blog tour

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And that does it for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Songs of the Earth Blog Tour With Lexi Ander

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The Novel Approach is please to welcome author Lexi Ander on the Songs of the Earth blog tour. Enjoy Lexi’s guest post and then be sure to enter her giveaway. Details and the Rafflecopter widget are below.

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Pieces of the Past

I love world building because it feeds the geek in me. Taking a point of interest and researching all the hows and whys makes me a very happy girl. Sometimes it’s equal parts fun and frustrating, especially when looking into ancient history. The internet is great but the validity of the data can be questionable. Even so, some real gems can be found, especially if I get my hands on archeological data—lists of what was found at grave sites or in buried forgotten cities. Statues and earthenware, descriptions of motifs on vases and bowls, the layout of temples—all of it stirs my imagination and give me tidbits of details to add to my stories.

It is from these that I have drawn seem aspects of Sumeria’s Sons such as the use of copper, lapis lazuli, and the color red worn when mourning. There were some things that couldn’t be transferred over, such as clothing. Everyone wore wraps or robes with bare calves, sometime without sandals. This is a detail that someone couldn’t get away with in modern times without drawing attention and turning a few heads.

Being a prince, I wanted Tristan to have formal wear that set him apart and sorta screamed, “I’m your king!” and yet still be able to blend in with human society if needed. The clothing of ancient Sumeria wouldn’t do, so I looked around and pulled inspiration from other places. What tickled my fancy was the formal wedding dress from Pakistan and India. Absolutely gorgeous. I used the design as a basis for creating formal clothing that Tristan would eventually need.

Even though there are hints of the Lycan’s origins doesn’t mean everything has a Sumerian flare. I think the guys look best in their Levi button flies, broken in cowboy boots, and Stetson hats but around them pieces of that past are there to remind them of their origins. It’s no different than my great grandmother’s carnival glass sitting in my china cabinet or the wall sconces that came from my husband’s grandparent’s home. What has been handed down in your family?

Bonus: Just recently there was an article in Newsweek Tech & Science that featured four songs that were taken from ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablets. The songs are being sung in a language 3000 years gone and is quite beautiful to listen to.

Thank you for stopping by and reading! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway before you leave. ^_^

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PrintBook Title: Songs of the Earth
Series: Sumeria’s Son #2
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 49.000 words
Genre : Paranormal, Fantasy , Urban Fantasy
Release Date: January 7 , 2015
Cover artist: LeBurden Design

Blurb: Thrust into the role of Prince of the Lycans, Tristan strives to find his footing in a life suddenly rife with secrets and lies—and danger. Betrayed by a Goddess meant to safeguard him, desperate to protect his consort and their growing tribe, he can only prepare for the worst and struggle to hope.

And then the worst comes to kill them…

Buy Links: LT3 Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | All Romance eBooks

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Lexi Bio PicAbout the Author: Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog | E-mail | GoodReads

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The BIG Giveaway: Click the Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the following prizes

First Prize: $20 Amazon Gift card, $20 All Romance Gift card, hard copy of Songs of the Earth, swag (pens, bookmarks, coffee cup)
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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Happy Sunday, everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely week. 

Coming up in the week ahead, we’ve got plenty of great stuff in store for you to enjoy, more guest authors, interesting articles, interviews, reviews, and, thanks to the generosity of our guests, more giveaways just because they appreciate you, their readers.

Here’s what’s on tap:

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MondaySue Brown kicks off our week, talking about breaking rules on the Stolen Dreams blog tour

Charlie Cochrane is also with us on the Lessons for Survivors blog tour, sharing a deleted scene featuring Jonty and Orlando

TuesdayAmanda C. Stone will be here with a short Q&A on The Adventures of Cole and Perry blog tour

Garrett Leigh also joins us today on the Rare audiobook tour

WednesdayMaggie Kavanagh drops by on the Double Indemnity blog tour

Hayden Thorne will also be here to talk about the re-release of the gorgeous (not that I’m biased) YA Historical Fantasy novel The Twilight Gods

Carole Cummings is also here today with a little “Genre Talk”. Joining her is DSP Pubications author Yeyu – the topic: Historical Fantasy

ThursdayLexi Ander stops in on the Songs of the Earth blog tour to talk about world-building

Amber Kell also joins us to talk a bit about magic on the Porter’s Reaper blog tour

FridayRick R. Reed joins us on the Blink blog tour to talk a bit about writing what you know

Saturday – And finally, debut author Izzy van Swelm is here today to close out a week of outstanding guests on the Soul Mate for SIN blog tour

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Guest Post, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Lexi Ander Talks About Wait? I Made That Rule?

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I would like to thank The Novel Approach for hosting me today. I’m taking you behind the scenes to the making of Twin Flames with today’s topic of “world rules.”

When I’m writing by the seat of my pants, creating the characters and the world as I go along, I have to very careful. Nowadays, I build my world first. When I began Twin Flames I had the situation: Tristan breaks bond with jerk mate. But as the story evolved and I built the world I hit a snag… and not a small one. Continue reading

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