New cover for A Crazy Homecoming

With book 2 in the Crazy Texas series coming out in February, I decided to go a new direction with the covers. I love the sweetness of the original cover for A Crazy Homecoming but I worried it was maybe too sweet. So with A Crazy Reunion waiting in the wings, it’s time to show off the new cover for A Crazy Homecoming!

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Sommer Stein from Perfect Pear Creative did the design for both covers. I can’t wait to reveal the cover for A Crazy Reunion–stay tuned! 🙂

Foot tappin’ research

There’s a lot more foot tappin’ than writing happening here tonight. “Devil Went Down to Georgia” just came on my Pandora station. How’s a girl supposed to write when epic fiddle tunes start playing?

BTW, did you notice he had to pull out a back-up bow? That’s some hardcore fiddle playing, if I do say so myself.

New! A Touch of Darkness from Yelena Casale and Tina Moss

I am so excited to share an excerpt for A Touch of Darkness, a new urban fantasy novel from the collaboration of Yelena Casale and Tina Moss. Y’all, I downloaded this the. day. it. launched. I’m lovin’ it.


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Cassie’s working for a tightwad boss at a pretentious NYC diner, dealing with paralyzing pain that doctors can’t diagnose, and trying to hide her hands that glow purple whenever she …well, whenever.

So, when a mysterious stranger walks out of her dreams and into her life to spout some nonsense about her being a mythical creature, she chalks it up to one more crazy thing to add to her it’s-a-crappy-life list. Yet, when the stranger’s predictions start to come true, she discovers a world that could shake up her humdrum existence.

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Excerpt

FROM THE AUTHOR:
Albert was one of my favorite characters to write. In this excerpt, we see Albert and Gabe on the streets of NYC. Gabe can’t understand the other’s fascination with this strange world, while Albert attempts to open Gabe’s mind to the possibilities. Some parts are removed to avoid spoilers. Hope you enjoy!

– Tina

After breakfast, Albert insisted taking Gabe on a tour of his new home – both the apartment and the city. “Can’t have you living like a beggar,” Albert had said as he waved his hand around yet another guest room. “You’ll stay with me as long as you need.”

Gabe had wanted to turn down the invitation, but since his options were limited, he accepted the hospitality as graciously as he could. Once the tour of the apartment hit the forty-minute mark, he wished he hadn’t agreed. Albert had shown him every square inch of every room, along with a persistent recitation of the history of the building itself. Now, outside on the street, Gabe took a breath of city air. He leaned against a tree just in front of the building and stared at the sky above. A perfect vision of blue cast from one end to the other as far as his eyes could see. Not a single cloud blocked the sun from shining overhead.

“No daydreaming. Too much to do. Too much to see.” Albert bounded down the front stairs like an excited puppy, the ends of his olive tweed jacket flapping behind. “This way.”

Gabe followed a few paces back, not sharing the enthusiasm. At the end of the next block, they came to a set of stairs leading into a concrete void below. The sign read “C” in a blue circle followed by “72nd Street Station.” Gabe angled his head, wondering silently just what he’d gotten himself into.

“Down we go, like Alice into the rabbit hole.” Albert’s exuberance manifested in the form of rhyme.

Snorting, Gabe said, “Okay. I’ll bite. Who’s Alice?”

“What? Oh no, never mind.” The old fallen waved his hand as if shooing the question away.

The pair lumbered down the steps and into the station. Albert demonstrated the proper method of swiping the fare card and entering through the turnstile. The infuriating machine read, “Please swipe again” four times before allowing Gabe entry. By the time the train arrived, fifteen minutes later, he had to ease his hold on the train’s metal handgrip to keep from breaking it.

“Settle down, young one, before you cause an unnecessary scene.”

The reprimand, along with Albert’s use of the damn nickname, did little to dissuade Gabe’s anger, but he managed not to cause the subway car any damage. Well, at least for the next few stops. When the train reached the stop at Forty-second Street, it jerked forward into the station. At the same instant, Gabe’s hand left the guardrail. The movement caused him to slam his shoulder into the back wall of the train.

Surprised by losing his balance, but otherwise unharmed, he examined the space where he’d landed. Hell. A huge dent remained behind. He leaned back, covering the damage with his body.

“Stop messing around,” Albert cried from the station platform. “Lots to see.”

Gabe resisted the urge to pull the emergency door from its frame and chuck it at the old coot. Barely. Grinding his teeth, he took one last look at the dent, shrugged, and then walked from the train without comment.

The forty-second street station had a long connecting walkway packed with people. Albert said it led to an area called Times Square. Pushing through the mob, they exited onto the street above, which proved equally as crowded. Gabe couldn’t believe the sight. Humans of every age and size, every shape and color, rushed through the streets with single-minded speed and purpose. The shared goal to get to their destinations as fast as possible created a synergy amongst the people.

Albert cleared his throat, breaking the strange mood that had descended upon Gabe. After additional coughs, he said somberly, “This city is a microcosm of the world, my young friend. It is a living, breathing concrete reflection of every person on the planet.” Pointing to a street corner, he continued, “Just look there. You see those people standing in line at the hot dog cart?”

“Yes,” Gabe said, his hunger gnawing to the forefront as the scent of meat and grease pervaded the air.

“What do you see when you look at them?”

“Humans.” Fighting to keep the bitterness from his tone, he said, “Emotional, unpredictable, ordinary humans.”

[…]

Continuing as if uninterrupted, Albert said, “I see life.” He pointed at individual humans as he spoke. “The man there. The one with the dark hair. He’s a college student from Beijing studying at NYU. He likes this all-American blonde from his class. He never talks to her, too afraid she’ll be turned off by his accent or mock his English.” He sighed. “Behind him, the woman in her twilight years has twelve grandchildren, twelve. She thinks about each one of them every day. She prays at night she doesn’t forget their names, their faces, that she’ll keep her memories and senses until her final breath.”

Gabe folded his arms across his chest and sucked his teeth. The knowledge of these humans’ lives… His chest tightened. “Why are you telling me this?”

[…]

Albert shook his head and sadness filled his gaze. “It’s through chaos we learn who we truly are.”


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Welcome to The Fussy Librarian readers

A Crazy Homecoming was featured in today’s The Fussy Librarian recommendations, so I just wanted to take a moment to welcome any Fussy Librarian readers who’ve visited me.

Fellow romance author Zoe York turned me on to a great web site called The Fussy Librarian. I went to check it out hoping to find a place to promote A Crazy Homecoming—but I ending up finding a truly cool resource as a reader!

FussyLibrarianLogoThere’s a new website for readers that’s like a matchmaking service for ebook lovers. You type in your email, tell them what kind of books you like to read and how you feel about profanity, violence and sex in novels. Then a daily email comes with your ebook recommendations. And it’s free!

I signed up as a reader and have found several books I’ve really enjoyed. And what’s more, the folks who run The Fussy Librarian are very supportive of indie authors. Another reason to  The Fussy Librarian.

Sign up for your Fussy Librarian recommendations here

Blog Tour Round-Up, Part 2

Here’s part 2 of my blog tour round-up. Go here for part 1.

Interviews & Guest Posts

At Books, Books, the Magical Fruit I talk about my ties to Crazy and how my own family research inspired me to write this series.

Romance novels are the bomb but I’m also a sucker for romance movies. Over at alwaysjoart, I offer up my top 5 romance movies.

Over at Reading Past My Bedtime, my guest post chronicles my love affair with romance. I always thought my formative adolescent reading years were occupied by sci-fi and fantasy–until I thought back on it and realized a romance novel is what sparked my voracious reading. You’ll have to scroll past the book info and review to see the guest post.

On Overstuffed Princess, Andrea asked a lot of great questions and threw me a curve when I had to list only five books I’d choose to have with me if I were stuck on a desert island. That’s a tough one!

On Dalene’s Book Reviews, Dalene interviewed me, and we touched on writing process, self-publishing, and some of my favorite authors.

Promo Blogroll

And if you’re looking for book bloggers to follow, check out these fine folks who generously posted a blurb for A Crazy Homecoming:

Blog Tour Round-up, Part 1

It’s a wrap! My first blog tour promoting A Crazy Homecoming is officially done. I had a great time and met some wonderful hosts. Some readers may wonder what a blog tour is. In my case, I visited a couple dozen book blogs to showcase A Crazy Homecoming. Based on the host’s preferences and schedule, my participation was as simple as a promo blurb or as in-depth as an interview. In a few cases, I provided a guest post. It’s a great way for authors and readers to connect!

In case you weren’t able to follow along, I thought I’d post a recap. Here are the reviews from the various stops. In the next blog post, I’ll recap the guest posts and interviews.

Reviews

I loved reading the reviews by these bloggers. Not just because it was a great stroke to the good ole ego. 😉 I may write simple little romances but I absolutely love it when readers comment on the themes that were so important to me as the writer. Gives me a little happy bubble every time!

  • Reading Past My Bedtime gave it ✮✮✮✮ and offered this great summary: “This story is not just a love story, but a story of finding your true place in life, and who you are, and who you are meant to be with.”
  • Snarky Mom Reads gave it ✮✮✮✮ and said, “It’s sweet, with a little bit of sexy sass thrown in, and a whole lot of romance.”
  • Hooked in a Book gave it ✮✮✮✮ with this praise: “There is sexual tension by the boat load, laughs, and the story was told beautifully.”
  • Sleepless Nights Romance Reviews gave it ♥♥♥♥ and offered this insight: “”the main cast of characters were amusing but they also made you feel how important a family can be — even if they’re your chosen family.”
  • Busy Moms Book Reviews gave it ✮✮✮✮½ and made me cheer out loud with this comment: “This was my first Cate Baylor book and I am hooked, if the rest of her books are half as good as this one she is sure to become one of my go to authors.”
  • The World As I See It gave it a thumbs up and said, “From the first page right up to last page I loved everything about this book.”
  • Overstuffed Princess also liked it and then wished for a cowboy of her own. 🙂
  • Paulette’s Papers called it “a nice way to escape for the afternoon.”

Happy reading, y’all!

I ♥ book bloggers

A Crazy Homecoming by Cate BaylorAs a rookie self-published author I depend on positive reviews and word of mouth to sell my books. That’s why I ♥ book bloggers and you should too!

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’m stopping at a few book blogs during September on a blog tour. I wanted to share a list of reviews that have been posted so far for A Crazy Homecoming:

With that out of the way, I want to let you know about my review philosophy. I am a strictly hands-off author. I offer a free electronic version of my book to those who asked for it. Beyond that, I’ve had no contact with them, except to thank them for their time and post after the review has been posted. I genuinely believe in honest reviews—thankfully, I’ve written a book that’s good enough to speak for itself. 🙂

Now, for book 2, which is coming out in December, I would be happy to send ARCs to these and any other book bloggers who ask for it. And I’d be happy to share teasers and generally be available to them because part of the fun of being an author is talking to fans.

To be blunt, I’d rather have candid feedback than false praise because it’s the candid feedback that will make me a better author. And better authors write better books, which in turn helps them sell more books. At least that’s my theory.

Happy reading!

Join My A Crazy Homecoming Virtual Book Tour

Tomorrow I’m kicking off a virtual book tour for A Crazy Homecoming. I’ll be stopping by each of these blogs for reviews, interviews, and guest posts from tomorrow (August 31) through September 27. Please consider supporting these book bloggers!

I’ve noted where I’ll be interviewed or guest posting. Here’s the full schedule:

August 31 – Reading Addiction Blog Tours – Meet and Greet
September 1 – A Life Through Books
September 2 – Free EBooks – Interview
September 3 – Reading Past My Bedtime – Guest Post
September 4 – Texas Book Nook 
September 5 – Snarky Mom Reads
September 5 – Rusty’s Reading – Guest Post
September 6 – Hooked in a Book 
September 9 – Queen of All She Reads – Guest Post
September 10 – My Reading Addiction
September 11 – Books, Books , the Magical Fruit – Guest Post
September 12 – Ali’s Books
September 13 – Perusing Princess – Interview
September 14 – Alway’s Jo Art – Guest Post
September 16 – Up All Night Reviews – Guest Post
September 19 – Book Suburbia
September 19 – Read Your Writes – Guest Post
September 20 – Busy Mom Book Reviews – Interview
September 21 – The World As I See It
September 24 – Overstuffed Princess – Interview
September 25 – Paulette’s Papers
September 26 – Dalene’s Book Reviews – Interview
September 27 – RABT Reviews