Monday, August 26, 2013

A Graceful Mess by Nacole Stayton Promo and Giveaway!

Title:   A Graceful Mess
Author:  Nacole Stayton
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Publication Date:  August 27, 2013
Photographer: Toski
Cover Designed By:  Perfect Pear Creative
Event organized by: Literati Author Services

Hiding behind the anguish from my past, my coyness seeps off of me like an aroma. I have felt like a stranger in my own skin, trying to claw my way out for far too long, allowing very few people to see past my façade…until my eyes met with his. I felt a sudden rush of energy all the way to my core. It jolted me in ways I never thought possible.

Never in a million years would I have expected to be in the mess I am today. It all leads back to the night Parker Porter turned my world upside down. The night his hazel eyes undressed me, peeling away the layers of the woman I tried so hard to be. He awoke desires that burned deep within me and changed me in one quick glance, leaving me vulnerable and exposed, picking up the shattered pieces of my carefully constructed life…a life I should not be living…a life I was not born into, but placed into by the state of Maine.

Parker opened a door that I am far from closing until I have answers and am able to face the life I was destined to live. I just have to decide if his love is worth the mess.

“They say be careful of the quiet ones.” –Grace

Warning: This book is intended for readers 18+ due to explicit language and sexual encounters.



Christian “Nacole” Stayton is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass state. She spends her days working at a local hospital in the billing department and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle Fire. She is passionate about her faith, family and The Bachelor. Her hair color changes with the seasons and she has a weakness for tattoos, iced coffee, and happy endings.

Guess Post: Why book covers are so important?

Ahh if that isn’t a popular question right now, I don’t know what is! Let’s compare book covers to an apple. When I pick apples I normally pick one up, feel the texture and the give it a little squeeze. If the outside doesn’t appear to be good, I toss it back in the barrel and dig for another apple. Books are just like apples in the sense that the outside is the first thing a consumer sees. Whether you are shopping for produce or books, you judge them solely based on their appearance. Am I right? Okay that’s rhetorical, because I know I am. Have you ever heard the line “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” I know I am right because I too can admit to tossing aside of book, or a bad apple based on its appearance alone. Who knows it may be bruised on the outside and perfectly good on the inside. The point is, if a reader isn’t interested or drawn to your book because your cover isn’t appealing, misleading or just plain ugly that reader will never get a chance to see what lies on the inside of that cover. They won’t give your book a second glance, and there is a missed opportunity to reach someone in your audience. Why sell your book short? Just like the farmer who grew the apples. He put time, sweat and a lot of elbow grease into growing them, much like us authors. We stay up late, ignore our families, all to what…have our books be glanced at and discarded like bad fruit. No way! So why publish a book with a cover that isn’t going to attract people?  Trust me on this. I changed my first novels cover three times. Maybe the cover meant a lot to me. I got it.  I understood it, but if my reader doesn’t, or people don’t connect with it, it may get looked over or thrown back in the barrel. The moral of my rambling is…books covers are important!


       Tour-Wide Giveaway (Open Internationally ~ some prizes limited to US Residents)

2 ~ signed paperbacks of A Graceful Mess
1 ~ A Graceful Mess Tumbler
5  ~ ebooks of A Graceful Mess (gifted from Amazon)
10 ~ bracelets w/postcards

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