Friday, January 30, 2015

Is it the end for dreamcast’s and character Bio’s? No its not!

Hi everyone,

During last weekend another copyright violation dilemma erupted regarding the use of pictures for dreamcast and character bio’s. A blogger have hosted an author’s stop which included pictures that was under copyright, and in return the blogger have been held accountable for it and being sued for using these pictures on their blog.

But dreamcast and character bio previews are a great way to introduce characters to readers old and new, simply ceasing such stops would just be insane. But how do you protect the author, the blogger and any other party with these type of stops? There is just one way around it. You need to purchase stock photos with licenses that includes the use of the picture in cases like these. Will an author be spending $50 and maybe even more to present his/her characters to their readers? No way, budgets are already tight and it would just be insane!

So we needed to find a way around it and contacted our stock provider. We explained and provided samples of dreamcast and character bios and have asked them if their $1 license would include such use.

Their reply:

Hi Karen,

Absolutely. As long as the content associated with the images is not under the prohibited categories (Political/religious endorsements, adult services, pornography, tobacco, defamatory content, etc). You can read all the details about the license here: https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/Info/RoyaltyFreeLicense

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So if authors are in need of character pictures they can purchase it on https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/ at $1 per picture and will be able to use them for their dreamcast and character bio’s. For any tour Sparkle arranges with the dreamcast and character bio feature, Sparkle will be using our account to purchase the pictures and the author will be invoiced extra for the purchase. Sparkle will then send the author and bloggers the valid purchase receipt and license to ensure that should anyone have a query, the proof can be provided and everyone involve will be protected.

We hope that this will help any author out there that doesn’t want to part with their dreamcast or character bio’s, and in return help our fellow bloggers provide legal stops when promoting all the great characters out there.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Call for Hosts - We are now scheduling a One Month Blog Tour for Tranquility - Serenity Series #2 by @AvaOShay from February 23 - March 20, 2015

We are now scheduling a One Month Blog Tour for Tranquility - Serenity Series #2 by Ava O’Shea from February 23 - March 20, 2015


  • This is a Contemporary M/M Romance suitable for a New Adult audience.
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Call for Hosts - We are now scheduling a One Week Blog Tour for REVIVAL by @mkgilher from Feb 9 to Feb 17, 2015.

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We are now scheduling a One Week Blog Tour for REVIVAL - Return to Us Trilogy #1 by M.K. Gilher from Feb 9 to Feb 17, 2015.

Note: This will be a HTML code blog tour, so it will be copy, paste and post for all stops.

· This is an Erotic Romance/Suspense novel suitable for an Adult/Erotica audience.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Call for Hosts -We are now scheduling a Three Day Release Blast Forever in My Heart by @MKAlexander1 from Feb 23 to 25, 2015.

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We are now scheduling a Three Day Release Blast Forever in My Heart, Tangled Hearts #2 by Maria K. Alexander from Feb 23 to 25, 2015. This is a Romance novel suitable for an Adult audience. Post does not have to be top spot and an easy html will be provided for the blast.

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Call for Hosts - We are now scheduling a Cover Reveal for Tranquility - Serenity Series #2 by @AvaOShay on Feb 2, 2015

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We are now scheduling a Cover Reveal for Tranquility - Serenity Series #2 by Ava O’Shay on Feb 2, 2015. This is a Contemporary Romance m/m novel suitable for a New/Adult audience. Post does not have to be top spot and an easy html will be provided for the reveal. Take note that this is a clean cover.

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Now on Tour– Another Mazzy Monday by @karenmbryson #giveaway

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Another Mazzy Monday - Tawnee Mountain Resort #1
by Savannah Young & Sierra Avalon
Audience: Adult - Genre: Contemporary Romance - Formats: E-book - Publisher: Short on Time Books -Cover by: http://www.goonwrite.com/ - Editor: Shirley Pearson - Pages: 200 pages - ASIN: B00R0F9ZKY - Date Published: January 6, 2015
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When the wealthy and charming Drew Graham walks into the Tawnee Mountain Resort where I work and offers me a lucrative part-time job it sounds too good to be true. I just have to pretend to be his fiancĂ©e until he wins the election for Governor and then we can go our separate ways. It seems like an easy way to make a hundred thousand dollars…until his brother, Austin, returns from Europe and moves in with us. And I’m completely overwhelmed by my attraction to my fake fiancĂ©’s rebellious younger brother.
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When I finally hit the last room in a long row of rooms I see a guy sitting there looking bored and staring at two fast food containers in front of him on the table. He glances up at me when I enter. The first thing I notice is his piercing green eyes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen eyes that green on a human being that weren’t Photoshopped The second thing I notice is his messy, light brown hair. It doesn’t look like it’s been combed it in a week. It makes me wonder if it’s some new hair trend or if he just doesn’t bother to style it. Not that I have too much room to talk when it comes to hair. My curly red mop has been the bane of my existence since I was a kid. About the only thing I can ever do with it is pull it back into a pony tail. “Sedona?” I nod. “Have a seat.” He points to the chair right next to him. I remember Lewis’s warning and take a seat across the table instead. I want to be as close to the door as possible. The guy is big and muscular and much more intimidating than I imagined he’d be. My heart is thumping in my chest because his size and rough demeanor are making me nervous. When he pushes one of the fast food containers in my direction I cringe. I rarely eat fast food and when I do it’s from Just Veggies, an organic vegetarian place near campus. He doesn’t hesitate to open his container and take a bite of the messy burger that’s dripping some kind of white sauce all over his pile of fries. My stomach turns in response. “I bought you a burger.” He points to the second container he’s pushed in my direction. “Ambrose scheduled our sessions during lunch.” I make a point of pushing the container back over to him. “No thank you.” He frowns. “It’s from Frankie’s. Everybody loves Frankie’s burgers.” “Clearly not everyone.” His brows knit like he can’t believe I refused the food he bought. “You don’t want it?” He actually sounds hurt. “No, I don’t.” “Why?” I lift my book bag from the ground and point to one of the many political cause buttons I have covering the knitted tote my mom made for me. He barely acknowledges it. “What is that supposed to mean?” Now I’m the one who’s frowning. “Meat is murder. It’s a slogan. It means that I don’t eat animal flesh.” “You’re one of those vegans?” He doesn’t bother hiding the condescension in his voice. “Technically I’m a vegetarian. I eat free range, organic dairy products.” “Fine. I’ll eat the burger.” He glares at me as he opens the second container and takes a huge bite of the burger. I’m appalled until I notice that he slyly pushes both containers away and doesn’t take another bite of either burger. “I guess I should have brought an apple for the teacher.” “Only if it’s organic. And I’m not actually a teacher. I’m a tutor.” We both stare at each other for a long moment. Awkward does not even begin to describe our pairing. We’re like two people from different planets trying to communicate when we don’t speak each other’s languages. I remove a slip of paper from my bag. “Mr. Ambrose gave me your schedule of classes for the semester. You’re taking Film Appreciation, The History of Jazz, Advanced Yoga and Stress Management. What’s your major?” He shrugs. “Undeclared right now. But I’ll probably go with Sports Management.” “So these are Gen Ed classes?” He cocks his head and looks confused. “General Education classes,” I clarify. “Elective classes you need to take to fulfill requirements that aren’t directly related to your major.” “I guess so.” I’m a little disturbed by his lackadaisical attitude, but I let it go for the moment. We’re clearly not going to be able to develop much of a rapport so maybe it’s best just to get down to business. “We’re just handed a class schedule,” he clarifies. “Assigned classes. We don’t pick them ourselves.” “And they assigned you the History of Jazz? That’s the class that you’re having trouble with?” “The dude who was supposed to teach the class croaked and they got this new chick who apparently doesn’t like basketball.” There is so much wrong with his statement I don’t even know where to begin. “Might I suggest that you call your professors either professor or doctor and not chick.” I bristle at my own use of the derogatory word, but I continue, “And what does her not liking basketball have to do with your performance in the class.” At this he gives me a sly smile. “Let’s just say she’s not willing to play ball the way the other professors are.” I’m not sure exactly what he means by that, but there seems to be some kind of sports reference that is lost on me. “So you’re saying your other classes are going well and you’re just having trouble with the one class, History of Jazz?” He leans back in his chair and eyes me for a few seconds before he nods. I don’t like when he looks at me like that. It’s like he’s examining some weird, new specimen and trying to make sense of it. “All of my other teachers are huge basketball fans and they know I’m the in the starting lineup. I’m not sure what the jazz goddess’s problem is.” I take in a deep breath before I say something that’s sure to get me fired. “Why don’t we start by calling her Dr. Fisher? I think that might help. And why do you think she has a problem?” “She doesn’t like basketball. That’s not normal. Everybody loves basketball. This entire campus lives and breathes the sport.” “I don’t love basketball. I don’t even like it. Not even a little bit.” He actually looks stunned for a moment. Like I slapped him. Then he regains his cocky composure. “You’re one weird chick,” he mutters almost to himself, but still loud enough that I can hear him. “Excuse me?” I say even though I heard him. I just didn’t like having an insult hurled at me by someone I don’t even know. “You. Are. One. Weird. Chick.” His words are slower and louder as if I didn’t hear him the first time. “I actually heard what you said. I just didn’t like it.” A smug smirk appears on his face that I would love to slap right off if I could. I continue. “In case you haven’t noticed I’m not a bird I’m a human being. I’d appreciate it if you didn’t refer to me as a chick.” He bites his bottom lip as if he’s actually giving it some thought. Then he says, “You’re one weird woman. Is that better?” “I’m not sure why you have to bring gender into the equation at all. Why not just call me a weird person?” That makes him laugh. “You don’t care that I think you’re weird. You just don’t want me to call you a chick?” “I’ve been weird my whole life. I’m used to it.” “At least you’re willing to own it.” “So did you bring your textbook with you or are you just going to spend the next ninety minutes taunting me?” “I kind of like taunting you.” dream Mazzy Dreamcast gif   playlist
 
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clip_image006USA TODAY Bestselling author Karen Mueller Bryson writes romance under four pen names. SAVANNAH YOUNG’s stories take place in fictional OLD TOWN, which is very much like the rural Northwest New Jersey town in which she grew up. SIERRA AVALON’s stories always include a bit of sass and lots of spice. When Karen isn’t on her computer writing new novels she likes to spend time with her husband and their bloodhounds in their home outside Phoenix, Arizona.
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Tour Schedule - One Week Blog Tour for Another Mazzy Monday, Tawnee Mountain Resort #1 by Savannah Young & Sierra Avalon from Jan 26 to Feb 3, 2015
Jan 26
Books, Authors, Blogs - Promo
Coffee Books & Art - Promo
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog - Promo
Jan 27
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Promo
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews - Promo, Author Interview & Playlist
Jan 28
The Avid Reader - Promo, Dream Cast, Character Bio's, Author Interview & Playlist
Room With Books - Promo
Jan 29
Reading by the Book - Promo & Top Ten
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom - Promo & Top Ten
Jan 30
Evanlea's Bookshelf - Promo & Playlist
Indy Book Fairy - Promo & Character Bio's
Feb 2
Deal Sharing Aunt - Promo
Eclipse Reviews - Promo, Dream Cast, Character Bio's & Playlist
Feb 3
Portals to New Worlds - Promo, Dream Cast, Character Bio's, Author Interview & Playlist
A Little Bit of R&R - Promo, Character Bio's, Dream Cast & Playlist

Friday, January 23, 2015

Call for Hosts - We are now scheduling a Three Day Blast for Special Delivery II by @perriforrest from Feb 13 to 15, 2015.

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We are now scheduling a Three Day Blast for Special Delivery II by Perri Forrest from Feb 13 to 15, 2015. This is a BWWM Fiction/Romance novel suitable for an Adult audience. Post does not have to be top spot and an easy html will be provided for the blast.

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Call for Hosts - We are now scheduling a One Week Blog Tour for Before Time - The Time Trilogy # 1 by @xunairaj from Feb 23 to March 3, 2015.

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We are now scheduling a One Week Blog Tour for Before Time - The Time Trilogy # 1 by Xunaira J. from Feb 23 to March 3, 2015.

· This is a Romance Novel suitable for a New Adult audience.

· Post does not have to be top spot but must be live at 6:00 am EST, easy HTML code will be provided.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Now on Tour–Dating In The Dark by @TraceRbookworm #giveaway

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Dating in the Dark - Sweet Delights Series #1
by Tracey Rogers
Audience: Adult - Genre: Contemporary Romance - Formats: E-book  - Publisher: Beachwalk Press - Cover by: Fantasia Frog Designs - Editor: Kelly Anderson - Pages: 150 (50K words) - ASIN: B00QYB19M2 - Date Published: Dec 15th 2014
   
blurb Can you find what you need hidden within the dark? Hiding out in his sister's bakery to recover from a recent injury isn't an ideal solution for newly unemployed meteorologist Damian Trent. Especially since he doesn't like cake. But hiding anywhere is preferable to facing the media frenzy revolving around his life. He has no intention of being seen by anyone. That is, until he hears a honey-toned voice over the phone. Public relations agent Sophie Rose has a boss who makes her working week a hellish one. He drives her to her need for sugar, so the recently opened Sweet Delights Bakery is perfect for her much needed Friday treat. But one day when she calls to place an order, she gets an unexpected surprise. Sophie's keen to dump her V-plates, though only the right man will do. Damian, with his sexy, yet familiar sounding voice, seems the ideal person for her to gain some much needed experience with. But why do they need to date in the dark? Content Warning: contains sensual sex.  
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Damian rested his arm across his forehead and sighed, trying to blot out the ringing sound and failing. Sleep wasn’t happening. He ached from his walk after pushing it to a run. With each step he’d remembered Sophie’s voice. He had very little else to occupy his mind, so she was an easy focus. Every stride had gathered pace, and before he knew it a walk had become a jog; a jog becoming a run. And her voice was still inside his head. Stretching out on the creaky sofa bed, he winced at the movement. Irritated, he tugged the sheet down from his bare chest to lean over and grab the phone. He placed it to his ear and muttered something unintelligible. “Hi, sorry—did I wake you?” “Sophie?” Or was he asleep and dreaming? “Oh, crap. I did, didn’t I? I’m so sorry. I couldn’t sleep, so I thought… Anyway, my apologies. Pretend I never happened, and goodnight,” she said speeding over her words. “Sophie, wait!” he called out, wanting to stop her before she hung up, needing to listen to her voice for a little while longer. “I couldn’t sleep either,” he reassured her as he heard her soft breaths. He shuffled higher against his pillow and propped one hand behind his head. Why couldn’t she sleep? Because of him? And how had she gotten his number? “Really?” Her relieved sigh made him smile. If he wasn’t careful smiling could become a habit of his. “When you left your number in the box, I thought…” Left his number? He had no idea what his number was. “What did you think?” “I thought you might want me to call?” she asked hesitantly, as if she was worried about his response. She wouldn’t be worried if she could see the stirring going on beneath the sheet. Or maybe she would be? Though she seemed confident, he still detected a shyness behind her words. “And did you want to call?” “I did.” His jaw clenched at her immediate response, a muscle flickering in his cheek. Interesting. Her honesty was evoking things inside that he was starting to like. A lot. “I like hearing your voice.” Christ, what was she doing to him? “What do you look like?” he asked, without thinking about the repercussions of his question. Silence. “Does that matter?” she said quietly, the warmth in her tone dropping a degree or two. “No, no it doesn’t.” He frowned, the admission taking him by surprise. “Tell me what you’re wearing instead.” “Why?” “Because if you don’t tell me you’re wearing something hideous, I won’t be sleeping for the rest of the night either.” She laughed then, the sound not helping his libido whatsoever. “Damian.” “Yeah.” “I’m not wearing anything hideous.” He groaned then, obviously out loud because Sophie was laughing again. “I’m not wearing anything.” Oh, hell. A sudden spike of desire sliced through his veins, making him regret his impulsive words. “Then I’m now very grateful I don’t know what you look like.” “You could. Know what I look like I mean.” “You want to tell me now?” “No. I want to show you. On a…date?” Damian lifted a hand to his face, massaging his fingers above his brow, then lower to scrub over his jaw. His breath felt restricted by his tightening lungs. As much as he wanted to see her, to touch her, to have someone touch him in a way that wasn’t clinical or trying to fix him—he couldn’t do it. How could he see her, without her seeing him? playlist   giveaway  
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clip_image008Usually found with a pen in my hand, or my head in a book, I’m a contemporary romance author who also thinks fangs and wings are a very attractive accessory. A devourer of books from an early age, imagination was my best discovery. I spent much of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn’t searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romance was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana’s books. I’m still in that world and I refuse to leave. I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around. I like nothing more than to be swept away by the words on a page. I hope I can sweep you away too.
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Tour Schedule - Two Week Blog Tour for Dating in the Dark, Sweet Delights Series by Tracey Rodgers from Jan 19 to Feb 5, 2015.
Jan 19
A Book Junky's Obsession - Promo
Books, Authors, Blogs - Promo & Top Ten
Sassy Southern Book Blog - Review
Jan 20
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Promo
Smile Somebody Loves You - Promo & Top Ten
Coffee Books & Art - Promo, & Top Ten
Jan 21
Kimber Leigh Writes - Promo & Top Ten
Sweet Treat Reading Reviews - Promo
Jan 22
Trips Down Imagination Road - Review
The Avid Reader - Promo, Author Interview & Playlist
Jan 23
Lindsey Gray ~ Author & Reviewer - Review
The Idle Musings of a Writer's Mind - Promo & Author Interview 
Jan 26
Cover Reveals - Promo
Jan 27
Rustys Reading - Promo
Books Boys and Badass Bloggettes - Promo
Jan 28
Kelly P's Blog - Promo
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom - Promo & Top Ten
Jan 29
Cajun Book Lover - Promo
Indy Book Fairy - Promo
Archaeolibrarian - I dig good books! - Promo & Playlist
Jan 30
Deal Sharing Aunt - Promo
Eclipse Reviews - Promo, Character Interview & Playlist
Feb 2
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog - Promo
Feb 3
G & Co. Book Blog - Promo
Bound 2 Escape - Promo
Feb 4
Portals to New Worlds - Promo, Author Interview & Playlist
Feb 5
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews - Promo, Author Interview & Playlist
Room With Books - Promo
A Little Bit of R&R - Promo