122 Rules by Deek Rhew

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Happy Happy Birthday!

Today is an incredibly special day! 

Today is Erin's birthday!


Erin is the love of my life. She's the lub to my heart's dub. She's the dance partner of my soul. She's my Ideal Reader. She's my best friend. She's my person. I can't even begin to tell you all the really special things about my bride.

Take a stroll with me and I'll give you a glimpse into what an incredibly lucky fella I am.

Erin makes every minute special. On our dates...




Or just climbing into the car...



Erin's always trying to express herself in different looks. But whether she's got purple hair..
Erin Rhew - Purple and Mysterious


Different styles...
Erin Rhew - Dark and Brooding


Grey hair...


Or blonde...
The Blonde putt-putt smack down!

She's still the same person, just showing a different facet of her amazing personality. For instance, she's always making me laugh with her zany hilarious antics.
Erin Rhew - Save a Horse...

A lot of the time I don't even know what she's going to do, but I can guarantee that it will be fun, kind, sweet, amazing, astounding, or all of the above.

A few months ago we posed together as Sam Bradford (the main character from 122 Rules) and his girlfriend. I have to say that Erin pulled off the bad chick thing!
Erin Rhew the criminal
I'd rob a bank with this woman anytime! Hubba! Hubba!


Erin can pull of the Portland Rocker Chick vibe...
Erin Rhew the rock star


Or the horticulturist surprised by her ginormous blooms...
Erin Rhew the flower farmer


She pulls off Ms. Agent Smith without the tiniest misstep...
Erin Rhew as Ms. Agent Smith

As a lifelong fan of The Matrix, she's had a lot of time to study the characters. Nailed it!


Of course everyone knows that Erin is a brilliant author.
Erin Rhew - Beautiful and Charming
If you haven't gotten to read one of her books, start with The Prophecy. I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed!

In fact, just recently I was lucky enough to get to do a book signing with her!
People come to see the beautiful woman. Is there a man in this pic too?

Of course, you don't want to tick her off. She's the daughter of a Marine after all, and knows how to handle dangerous situations.

Do NOT mess with this chicka!

From danger to fun in 2 seconds flat!



I'm beyond lucky that she makes "us" a priority...



And even luckier that she agreed to be my bride!

OMH Did you ever see a more beautiful bride?!!!


Erin makes the mundane fun and the unbearable bearable.


At the end of the day, no matter what's happened, the troubles we've faced or the foes we've battled, it is just the two of us.

Erin and me, #Always

Erin, you are my best friend and the best person I've ever known. Thank you more than words could ever express for sharing your heart and your life with me. I want you to have the happiest of birthdays ever and to know that you are loved beyond beyond beyond.

#Always your j


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

5...4...3...2...122 Launch!

The 122 Rules Book Launch!

Bought some advertising space to celebrate and get the word out!

This officially marks the closing chapter of a five year journey. Today 122 Rules officially launches! It has been an incredible journey: I learned a whole new trade, discovered who I am as a writer, and found my way to being published.

But of all these trials, tribulations, and victories, the most significant thing to happen along the way was meeting Erin Rhew. That writing lead me to her means that I'll be a smashing success even if I don't sell a single book. She's my best friend, my partner, my person, my soulmate, and my Ideal Reader.


So today, we celebrate something that took me as long to write as it took Captain Kirk and crew to explore the galaxy. Those two things are equivalent...right? LOL!!!

Ceeeeellllebrate good times!

Woo! Woo! Woo!

But, really. We're chill about it. We're cool. We'll even show a little 'tude!
Whaazzz up! Party on!

Erin's launched THREE books, and this isn't even my first one...
Deek and Birth of an American Gigolo
But this is my first novel and one that I've been working on forever, and it's the one where Erin and I spent the most time talking in the margins of the manuscript and falling in love. It's the kick off of the 122 Series, and, hopefully, the gateway to many more books.

Okay, so what's coming? Well, for starters, Erin and I are on blog tour for the next couple of weeks. Her publisher decided to use April to promote the Fulfillment Series, so we decided to make it a Book Blog Extravaganza!


Tim McGraw and Faith Hill had a Soul 2 Soul tour, so we thought why not do a Rhew 2 Rhew tour! Starting on April 11th and running through April 25th, watch out for Erin and I as we blog tour around the world. There's interviews, top 10s, spotlights, fun, drama, and a chance to WIN!!! Wut? Yep, we are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card! So watch out!

In fact, if you join the Rhewination you can enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. This contest is open NOW, but only available to the ruling class of #Rhewvians. So join the Rhewination today!

Okay, so 122 Rules. Let's talk about that for a minute.

First the cover!
122 Rules by Deek Rhew
This amazing art is by Anita at Race-Point.com. If you need to get a cover or any art done, I seriously recommend her! #AnitaIsAmazing

Synopsis

In his black and white world, Sam Bradford--former Marine turned government assassin--finally sees a speck of grey. He has always followed orders without question, but his latest assignment threatens to disrupt the precision of his universe and may either severe or redeem his last remaining sliver of humanity.

Using his mastery of the 122 Rules of Psychology, Sam hunts down everyone The Agency sends him to find and eliminates them. Just as he has his rifle scope focused on his latest victim, Monica Sable, a SoCal girl entangled with the mob, his long-dormant conscience reappears for a final performance...one last ditch effort to save the sinking ship of Sam’s soul. He’s killed innocents before, but tarries on pulling the trigger this time.

When Monica escapes his crosshairs and fumbles her way across the country in a pathetic attempt to elude capture, Sam gives chase. But he’s not the only one after her. Ruthless henchmen, hired by the mob, froth like bloodhounds and nip at Monica’s heels. Now Sam is faced with a choice: turn his back on the rules and jeopardize his way of life by helping her or join the pack and rip her to shreds.

What are readers saying?

122 Rules is a fast-paced thrill-ride, filled with rich characters living in an expertly woven world of mystery and suspense. Deek Rhew’s debut novel will take readers by storm, and keep them coming back for sequels.

​~Michelle K. Pickett, Bestselling and award-winning author of PODs and Unspeakable.


The perfect, fast-paced novel for fans of kick-butt heroines, creepy killers, and getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. An absolute must-read!


With a pinch of humor and multiple twists of violent action, 122 RULES is a page-turning thriller where law-upholders, law-enforcers and law-breakers co-exist in a fuzzy line that makes you wonder: Who is enforcing the law, who is breaking it, and who are the victims of this uncertainty? Monica, a feisty and irreverent law student, is caught in the middle of it all when she finds herself in the wrong place, at the wrong time, overhearing the wrong conversation, one that changes her life forever taking us on a warped path where, what we think is real, might not be true, and what is true, is clearly debatable. Yes, Deek Rhew keeps you wondering until the last page!

~Leonardo Wild, author of THE GALAPAGOS AGENDA, a Paradigm Shift Thriller.

This is a moment in your life without comparison or equal because you are about to embark on a journey that will undoubtedly become one of those memorable experiences you tell all your friends about. And that’s why it is your Rhewination. From this point onward, everything else you read will be measured against your first reading Deek Rhew’s 122 Rules.

~Elgon Williams, author of Fried Windows (in a Light White Sauce)



Visit Amazon and Goodreads!





Remember to stay tuned for our Rhew 2 Rhew Blog Tour starting April 11th!

Rhew 2 Rhew Book Blog Tour

Thanks, peeps! I look forward to spending the month with you!

Deek

Friday, April 1, 2016

Book Blitz for Saven Deception by Siobhan Davis!

Saven Deception banner

This is my stop during the book blitz for Saven: Deception (The Saven Series #1) by Siobhan Davis. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 30 March till 5 April, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

Saven: Deception is now free on all book selling sites, so make sure to grab your copy! And there's a tour wide giveaway!

Saven DeceptionSaven: Deception (The Saven Series #1)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: December 15, 2015

Blurb:
I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?


Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?

Teaser Saven Deception - Sadie


You can find Saven: Deception on Goodreads

You can grab your free copy of Saven Deception here:
- Amazon USA
- Amazon UK
- Amazon Canada
- Amazon Australia
- B&N
- Kobo
- iTunes

Teaser Saven Deception - Couple Teaser 1


SiobhanAbout the Author:
Siobhan Davis writes young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, and she is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling series. The first book in her new Saven series was released in December 2015.

A self-professed teenager forever–at least when it comes to books, music, and films, Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. She loves baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).

Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years. She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:
- Website
- Blog
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Google +
- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Newsletter

Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website


There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Saven: Deception. Open International. Below are the prizes you can win:
- a kindle e-reader
- The Complete Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Signed paperbacks of Saven Deception and Saven Disclosure by Siobhan Davis

For a chance to win enter the rafflecopter giveaway below:
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Cover Reveal for She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla!

Today is the cover reveal for She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla!
TitleShe Laughs in Pink (Sheridan Hall Series, Book 1)
Author: Jessica Calla
Genre: New Adult
Release dateMay 17, 2016
PublisherBookFish Books

Blurb:
Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place—dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben's heart.
Then she meets Ben's roommate, Chase.
On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he's ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he's never been more inspired in his life.
Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate.
Excerpt:

He murmurs between kisses, “Juliet, you know I can’t resist you. I don’t want to be the bad guy.” 

I nibble his jawline down to his neck as the train pulls away, leaving us in the empty station. Already a new crowd is forming for the next train. “I needed to kiss you. Thought this would be a good place,” I mumble as I work my way down his neck. 

He turns me around. My back hits the cold wall and I shiver. He holds my face as he studies me, his gaze falling on my lips as I catch my breath. “Should we be together, gorgeous?” he asks. “Could it be that simple?"

 

About the Author
Jessica Calla is a lawyer by day, romance writer by night. Her favorite time is "bedtime," when she's free to open the laptop, battle with the blinking cursor, and pour out the contents of her heart. Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, two sons, and her dog. Besides reading and writing, she enjoys movies, coffee, and chocolate and considers herself addicted to Diet Coke and Netflix (in a good way).
Author Pic She Laughs in Pink Jessica Calla
There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of She Laughs in Pink. One person will win a $25 Amazon gift card!
Here is the link to the rafflecopter giveaway:
Now that we've shared this awesome cover, we can't wait to share the book! See you in May!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

122 Rules Cover Reveal. What a Journey!

This has been a very long time coming. I've been working on 122 Rules for the better part of five years. FIVE! Of course in the process I was doing a ton more than just writing this book; I was learning a new profession. Figuring out who I am as an author, taking a tour around the school of Hard Knocks, and completely falling in love with the craft.

I have a much greater appreciation for all those books that grace the shelves of Barnes and Noble and your local library. Someone, actually thousands of someones, spent countless hours toiling over the wording, gallons of elbow grease fixing story lines, and a million gray-matter cycles trying to make their imaginary world a place you'll think of and miss long after you snap closed the cover and put it on the shelf.

In the end, I can say that it was SO totally worth it. Here it is. The finish line is in site, and 122 Rules is about to be unleashed on the world. Eeep!

Oddly, though my book is about a federal assassin that grows a conscience mid-assignment, it's also a love story. You see, during my writer journey, I met and fell in love with the beautiful and brilliant, Erin Rhew. As my very first editor, she and I had some of our very first conversations in the margins of this book. Conversations that amazingly and magically have never stopped.

One of our first pics together!

I've joked that I loved her writing so much, I had to marry the author. :-) But this books wouldn't have come to fruition without her. There's no possibility. Even if I never go anywhere with my writing, even if this is it, I have been a smashing success because it lead me to Erin.

Just another day in the life! Showin' a little 'tude!

Okay, so without further ado, I bring to you the first in the 122 Rules series!


This art was the brain child of myself, ErinAnitaZara, and Matt. See, it really does take a village! The uber-talented Anita from Race-Point, did several iterations under the watchful and creative eyes of Zara and Matt. And with a few final tweaks from the folks at Panda it was done!

Go to the official 122 Rules web page for updates and to learn more!

The official release date is 04/05/2016!
122 Rules is available for pre-order on Amazon



Check out 122 Rules on Goodreads

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land - Cover Reveal

Today, I have the pleasure of revealing the cover for BookFish Books' latest young adult contemporary novel, A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land!

Before we get to the goodies, let's take a look at what the story is about!

Back Cover

In the little highway town of Bourbon, Missouri, deadly secrets lurk behind Southern charm. 

Seventeen year old Charli Valentine didn’t expect to spend the last few weeks of summer break nursing a broken heart, icing a black eye, and watching her ex kiss another girl. Since being a good girl has gotten her nothing but heartache, Charli decides to give rebellion a try. She pigs out, drinks, and hangs with Luke Parker, the son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher. 

But there’s more to Luke than meets the eye. His tough exterior and terrible dialect hide a good person despite his bad boy reputation. No matter how hard he tries to fight it, Luke is drawn to Charli’s innocence and finds her clumsiness too charming to resist. Though they’re from opposite sides of the tracks, neither can resist the magnetism drawing them together. 

When Charli discovers a box in her mother’s closet, she pieces together the truth about Bourbon’s past and uncovers a deadly secret about her family. And once Luke learns of it, he vows to protect Charli no matter the cost. 



From the real Bourbon, Missouri
Photo Credit: BGI Photography



Sounds like an intriguing tale. Love, murder, and a mystery in small town America. 

And who wrote this engaging tale? A.C. Land!


About The Author

Author of the Bourbon series, A. C. Land has been a lover of stories since she first read about Peter Pan giving Wendy an acorn and teaching her to fly. She always dreamed of telling big stories about small towns.


Residing on a cattle farm in Missouri, A. C. loves playing with her rambunctious Jack Russell, Riley, making decorative cakes, taking pictures, drinking pumpkin spice coffee, and hanging out with her nephews.

Find A.C. online: 



And now, for the moment you've been waiting for...the cover!

Cover Reveal

Cover Design: Anita at Racepoint

Be on the lookout for A Shot of Bourbon
available March 2016!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ellie Sipila from Move to the Write on Book Design and Digital Book Production


Book Design and Digital Book Production

Today I'm fortunate to get to host Ellie Sipila, from Move to the Write. She is the one responsible for the beautiful layout of Birth of an American Gigolo.

Birth of an American Gigolo's amazing layout

What most authors and readers don't think about is just how much work goes into making the interior of a book pleasing to the eye and easy to handle. This is because of the unsung heroes that pour their time, sweat, and expertise into making it so you don't have to think about!

Take it away, Ellie!


I know. What an unglamorous side of the literary world—design and production. Yawn! I mean, we all love books—of course we do!—but after the author writes the thing, isn’t it the editors who do most of the work? They tweak the story, wrangle the words, clarify things, get all the thoughts making sense. Who really cares about design and production?

Um…(*waves*) I do. And whether you know it or not, you.

When I mention to people that I design books, I’m fairly sure 99% of them think I am a cover artist. Well, yes, that’s part of it, but only a very small part. Don’t believe me? Open any book on your shelf and you will see the work of a designer—or better yet, you won’t see anything at all. But it’s all there.

Here are some of the things you’re not seeing: Running heads and feet, part and chapter openers, pull quote styles, end notes, footnotes, forwards, title pages, folios, copyright pages, body text, image placement, captions, charts, page numbers, typeface choices, binding type, cover type, margin widths, bleed, slug, leading, tracking, kerning, orphans, widows, dingbats, glyphs, gutters, bleed…

Tired yet? I am too.

The thing is, when you think of a book designer’s job, you probably don’t think about any of that stuff. And guess what? That’s kinda the point. While the cover is there to get you to do something—buy the book—the inside design is there to make you not do something—get distracted.


It is the designer’s job to make sure the author’s words are laid out in a way that is clear, logical, and pleasing to the eye. It’s hard to absorb the author’s message when you cannot read the words because the designer has chosen a font that is 98% hieroglyphics. It’s hard to pay attention when the pull quotes are overpowering the tiny body text that runs into the gutter, or the table is split across two pages. Did you know that, often, the bottom margin width is deeper than the others? This is because some kind designer thought, Hey, wouldn’t it be more comfortable for the reader to have space down there to put her thumbs? That’s right, my reading friends.

That little bit of comfort was thought of by a designer.

You may buy a book based on its cover, but you will enjoy it because of the designer (and the words. I suppose they’re important too or whatever. Mostly it’s the design though. I swear it).

Production comes in two main types—print and digital—and without it, there would be no book.

Primarily, I work in digital production. This involves quite a bit of HTML and CSS code writing that will be packaged into an epub file that you can download onto your computer, phone, e-reader, or tablet. If you have an e-reader, open up your latest squeeze.

Can you go into the table of contents, tap on a chapter title, and be magically whisked to that spot in the book? Do you know who hooked that up for you?

Have you ever come across a word you weren’t too sure about, so you touched it and a definition popped up? Guess who did that?


Have you ever come across a digital book that featured an audio file, fancy background colour, drop caps, images, links to outside resources, maybe even a video? Have you ever read a digital book that was vibrant with colour and you thought, WOW, the colours in this image look AMAZING compared my print version of this book! Well, that’s because the person who produced that e-book understood the difference between RGB colour and CMYK.

HTML coding is constantly changing, which means a person who works in digital book production must be constantly updating their skills. You may not even notice how beautifully your new e-book renders on Google Chrome but how horribly it does on Firefox.  But there is someone out there who is striving to fix that, dear ones. And you know who it is.

Want to learn more? Check out my website: www.movetothewrite.com

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

Have a question or want a quote? Contact me at ellie@movetothewrite.com