Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The BEACH BOOK BLAST Summer Launch Event kicks off!

Hello world!

I'm so excited that the Beach Book Blast event is kicking off today and that I'm a part of this great effort! Please check out this link for a list of all the fantastic prizes you have a chance to win, including a copy of my book, Everything to Lose. :) Then there's the amazing grand prize - a Kindle Fire! So what are you waiting for? Come join the party!

Here are the details of the event:

Aug. 15-18th

Beach Book Blast Summer Release Event
Kindle Fire Grand Prize plus many other prizes

And here's something about my new release - released in August and already a 5* review:

From the suburbs of London to the old charm of Ascoli Piceno, Italy, follow the journey a broken couple must take to discover the long-buried secrets that shattered their marriage. 

Lisbeth Marsh put everything on hold to be with her ideal man, even the wish to have a family. But when the dream of everlasting love vanished into thin air, she was faced with the mistakes and prejudices of her choices. 

Dane Marsh is a proud man who spent years worshiping the gods of ambition. Toward this single-minded purpose, he sacrificed his happiness and peace of mind. Now that he knows what he's lost, will he have the courage to turn his life around? 

With a little meddling from Moonlight Dating's Jeanette Lagrange and a dash of magic, the two embark on the trip of a lifetime to bury the ghosts of the past.


On Thursday, 16th August, we're also going to have a Facebook Release Party. Please join us for some chatting, fun, and even more prizes! But first, hop on over to the Book Blast Facebook page and like us so you can stay abreast of all the fantastic deals and events the Book Blast team has in store for you.

To learn more about the authors participating in this event, please click on the "Authors" tab of the Beach Book Blast website. You can also check out the Summer Launch Event Books and pick out your favorites. The beauty of it is there's a lot to choose from - something for all tastes!

As if we didn't already have enough prizes, during this event alone (Aug. 15-18), Something to Live for will also be FREE ON SMASHWORDS. So, I hope you get advantage of this opportunity to get a copy and many thanks if you do :).

When I started thinking about what to write about for this event, I narrowed down on the setting on my book, and picked up two little details that always show up in some measure - even a small one - in my writing.  These two things are:

1. Travel - My stories often feature different settings around the world.
2. Food - There's a food item or recipe mentioned in all of of my books (so far).

So I decided to ask the Beach Book Blast authors a couple of questions and here's what some of them responded.  


If you had to live in any place in the world apart from your home country, where would it be and why?

[NOTE: The links to the books below are to Amazon, but if you prefer other formats, please find all the links to retailers, book info, and links to individual author giveaways here.]

"I haven't traveled that extensively internationally, but five years ago my husband and I toured Europe for our 25th Anniversary. If I were pulling up stakes and moving, I'd move to Rome. Since I'm from Pittsburgh, I'd head for sun and NO SNOW! Also... their sense of style is unmatched. The most amazing part is the city itself. You can be walking down a street, turn a corner and suddenly find yourself in front of a 2,000 year old ruin." - Janice Lane Palko, author of St. Anne's Day.

"I would love to live in England. I was able to visit Oxford in 2008 during a study abroad trip. Oxford was a perfect place to stay. It was surrounded by countryside and was close enough to reach London and other sites within an hour by train. I'd like to be able to live there for one - two years and spend the time traveling, meeting people, and learning about the history of the area." - Christina Routon, author of Hillbilly Rockstar.

"I like hot, tropical places. I'd do well in an island off Belize where rain is collected in giant rooftop barrels and the snorkeling is always great!" - Tamara Ward, author of Jade O'Reilly and the Mysterious Musician and Private Deception.

"Somewhere in the mountains, but not where it’s too cold all the time because I hate being cold. Australia, maybe, or southern Italy. And I’ve heard New Zealand is beautiful, too. I can handle some winter and snow, just not too much." - Stacey Joy Netzel, author of Chasin' Mason.

"I would never willingly reside anywhere else. However, being forced to choose, I would choose the United Kingdom due to its historical connections with America. I would also enjoy Japan for the attention to excellence that its citizens seem to bring to everyday activities." - Dale Amidei, author of The Britteridge Heresy.

Alicia and Roy Street, authors of Touch Me and Tango, say:
"Cote d'Acur, France. I like pastel colors, the beach, tiny swimsuits, and they know how to party." - Roy
"Malta sounds great. Got any spare rooms, Natalie?" - Alicia

"Hawaii because they have beaches AND mountains, my two favorite places." - Sheila Seabrook, author of Wedding Fever.

"Other than Canada I haven't been anywhere other than the US so sometimes my answer is anywhere but here! I would live in Montreal in a second but it feels like a second home to me even when I haven't been there in ages. Within a day or two my French is back with my Canadian accent firmly in place. I have a fantasy that I make enough writing that I can move to the South of France to spend the rest of my days writing." - L.C. Giroux, author of All In.

And then there's yours truly...

"I really love where I live - Malta, where we have beaches and great weather. However, I always dream of having a second home - a condo in Manhattan, New York, with a big picture window offering a great view of the skyline. What an amazing, vibrant city! I wouldn't like the winters, though. So I'll probably just hang out on the beach here then :)" - Natalie G. Owens, author of Everything to Lose (Moonlight Dating Series).


Which food item or dish makes you most happy and gives you comfort - and why?

"I love Italian food and wine!" - Janice Lane Palko, author of St. Anne's Day.

"I would have to say pizza. It's easy to make or buy and it comes in so many varieties. I don't really have a favorite. It's filling and there's always enough for leftovers. Almost anything can be a pizza topping. It's the one food I never seem to get tired of." - Christina Routon, author of Hillbilly Rockstar.

"Pasta! I love pasta! It could be spaghetti or lasagna, bow tie or angel hair. Something about the carb rush just makes me feel happy! As I type, my husband is making my favorite pasta salad with feta cheese, black olives, onion and tomatoes. Yum! Pasta = love." - Tamara Ward, author of Jade O'Reilly and the Mysterious Musician and Private Deception.

"Two things—I love spaghetti for the blend of spices and garlic, and I LOVE black tea with honey and sugar. I save my tea morning and night for when I’m working at the computer, or relaxing while watching a good show. I love the sweetness and the warmth as I sip."- Stacey Joy Netzel, author of Chasin' Mason.

"I enjoy cooking Italian, Chinese and Thai style dishes. I avoid taking comfort from food, preferring to think of it as the fuel for my body instead of entertainment." - Dale Amidei, author of The Britteridge Heresy.

Alicia and Roy Street, authors of Touch Me and Tango, say:
"Organic banana and blueberry smoothie with soy milk. It's my ritual pre-workout drink. Makes me feel sunny and charged up." - Roy
"Mashed potatoes. They remind me of family dinners when I was a child." - Alicia

"Creamy milk chocolate because it melts in my mouth and tastes exquisite." - Sheila Seabrook, author of Wedding Fever.

"Italian my idea of perfect comfort food. After that, honestly anything my husband cooks. He never should have been a scientist. He'd have made a wonderful French chef." - L.C. Giroux, author of All In.

And my favorite is...

"I have a weakness for both Italian and Indian cuisine. Love the many varieties of pasta, especially a very simple recipe with fresh fish (swordfish, maybe), fresh tomatoes, mint, garlic, chillies, wine and olive oil. Then, Indian food. Where do I start? Curries make me happy. A close third for me is Thai cuisine, especially dishes with ginger and lemongrass :)" - Natalie G. Owens, author of Everything to Lose (Moonlight Dating Series).

So what about you, readers? What would be your answers to these two questions? Answer the questions in a comment here and you'll be entered for a free copy of any of my books - your choice. Please state your preference and provide your email address :)

Finally, here are the links to the Beach Book Blast authors' websites. Go on and check them out. :)

Alicia and Roy Street

Dale Amidei

Debra Burroughs 

Greg Carrico

L.C. Giroux

Liz Jasper

Liz Matis

Stacey Joy Netzel 

Natalie G. Owens

Janice Lane Palko 

Christina Routon

Sheila Seabrook

Lily Silver

*lizzie starr

Kiru Taye 

Tamara Ward

A visual list of the freebies (not including the individual author giveaways and the main prize)...


~ Natalie ~ 
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love, Mystery... and a world of surprises in between!