Sunday, October 5, 2014

Blog Tour: Guest Post: What I Really Learned in College

Title- What I Really Learned in College
Series- With Honors #1
By- Addison Winters
Release Date- July 14th, 2014
Publisher- Booktrope Entice

Alex Rose is a 32-year-old divorced mother of two, looking for a better life for her and her sons. In search of answers, she returns to college to finally get that degree she’s always dreamed of. What she finds is something she wasn’t even looking for.

Mason Brooks is every girl’s dream: 21 years old, tall, with dirty blond hair that curls when it’s wet, sea-blue eyes, and dimples. Hot, sexy…and deliciously na├»ve and innocent.

Enter a tantalizing world where an average soccer mom utilizes her newfound knowledge of psychology to make life just a little more interesting. Follow along as Alex educates Mason on the art of seducing and pleasing a woman. Take notes as she introduces him to a whole new level of intensity and sexual pleasure. Study the sensual art of tantric sex as Alex creates her own style of silk and lace female dominance.

This little tryst will never survive past college–but Alex is determined to enjoy it the fullest while it lasts.


Guest Post

How does music affect your writing?

Music has always been very dear to me. I absolutely love getting lost in the melody and drifting off into another world. My husband gives me a hard time about it because I always turn it up to a deafening level while I’m driving (I have a bad habit of blowing the speakers out of my cars) and when he gets in, he gets blasted. Then I get his favorite line, ‘What are you, 16?’. I just smile and blow it off. I’ve heard it all before.

I’ve never adhered to a specific genre of music. I pretty much love all music from classical to heavy metal (yes, I grew up in the 80s) with the exception of Rap, hip hop, and R&B music. I have an extensive playlist on youtube and my phone that have been played so often I’m surprised they still work. My children love to introduce me to new music and I must admit, they have pretty good taste. I rarely listen to the radio so I probably wouldn’t know anything about the current music scene without their input.

When I’m writing, I typically turn on my music and get lost in the words and the world I’ve created and the let reality slip away. Usually, the mood or tone of my writing reflects whatever scene I’m working on. About 90% of my writing is upbeat, sarcastic and sexy and the tunes I listen to reflect that when I working.

While creating the world in which Alex and Mason reside, I listen to a lot of  Thirty Seconds to Mars, Imagine Dragons, Fun., The Lumineers, Pink, All American Rejects, Snow Patrol, and Augustana just to name a few. In a way, certain songs from these artists have become a playlist or rather soundtrack for the series in my mind. When I hear them I drift away into their lives and what situations they are experiencing...particularly Alex since the series is written from her voice.

For me, music plays a vital role in my writing and creative process. It bridges the connection between my characters and acts as an umbrella under which they seek shelter. It allows me to see the world through their eyes and find their voice.

About The Author

Addison Winters graduated from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis with a BS in psychology. She loves music, can be found “dancing” around her house when no one’s home, and is notorious for blowing the speakers out on her car. She’s been known to surprise her children with Jell-O balloon fights and to pull “devious” pranks on her friends. Addison enjoys playing basketball and softball and is proud to be the team captain for the Happy Hooters in the Striking Out Cancer, annual Ladies Softball Tournament. She is also an avid reader and enjoys spending time in her gardens and with her family. She and her husband, Monte, have three children, three puppies, and an oversized cat. They reside in Indiana.


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