Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Book Tour and Contest: Dog Days of Summer by PJ Fiala

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Dog Days of Summer

by P.J. Fiala








Owning Rolling Thunder Motorcycles, Inc. and raising his twin sons was top priority in Dog’s life. That was until he met Jocelyn James, the sweet, loving, single mother of Gunnar, a young man who works for Dog.


Joci raised Gunnar alone all of his life after her cheating, dickhead of a boyfriend ran off with another woman. She finished school, started her own graphic design business and hung out with friends and family. The last thing on her mind was men! That is until she met Dog.


The chemistry is undeniable. The passion is incredible. The family bond is like no other.







Chapter 1


There were times like this when Joci wanted to burst out laughing it felt so good. The wind in her face, running through her hair, the sun warming her skin, the roar all around her, seven hundred-plus pounds of pure unadulterated power between her legs, and she was controlling it all. Gliding through traffic with her son, Gunnar, just a few yards in front of her, feeling all the love and joy God made for her, just her. Yes, these were the times Joci enjoyed. She smiled as they came up behind a car and floated over to the left lane to pass. As she watched, Gunnar glided easily past the car, his dark hair pulled into a low ponytail, the two little kids in the back seat watching him and smiling at each other. You could tell they were thinking, Someday, I’m going to do that. Then as she pulled up alongside to pass them, they started smiling and pointing at her, one of them turning to the adult in the front seat and saying something causing the driver to look over at her as she passed him. He smiled at her, and Joci smiled back at the reaction; it happened often. She could almost hear the kids in the back: Look dad, a girl on a motorcycle.


She easily pulled in front of the car and continued on down the highway to their destination. She loved this life, this group of people that she had, at least, this in common with. A few minutes later, Gunnar and Joci put their turn signals on to turn off the highway, onto a frontage road, and into the parking lot of Rolling Thunder Motorcycles. They navigated the last few shoppers straggling out at the end of the day.


Gunnar worked at Rolling Thunder Motorcycles as a mechanic for the past year. He loved working here. He loved the people he worked with, he loved the customers and their bikes, he loved building bikes, and lately Dog had let him help in the design on some of the custom bikes they were known for. And well-known they were becoming. Dog built some of the hottest bikes around. He had recently been in Rider magazine, and showcased on several “biker” shows. His reputation for building beautiful, custom, mechanically sound bikes was becoming legend.






AUTHOR Bio and Links:



I was born in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri named Bridgeton. During my time in Missouri, I explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, and played kickball and endless games of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with my grandmother, Ruth, are the fondest childhood memories for me.


At the age of thirteen, my family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm. Yes, learn to farm! That was interesting. Taking city kids and throwing them on a farm with twenty-eight cows purchased from the humane society because they had been abused was interesting. I learned to milk cows, the ins and outs of breeding and feeding schedules, the never ending haying in the summer, and trying to stay warm in the winter. Our first winter in Wisconsin we had thirty-six inches of snow in one storm and were snowed in our house for three days! Needless to say, I wasn’t loving Wisconsin.


I am now married with four children and two grandchildren and a new one on the way this summer. I have learned to love Wisconsin, though I still hate snow. Wisconsin and the United States are beautiful, and my husband and I travel around by motorcycle seeing new sites and meeting new people. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are interested in where we are going and what we have seen along the way. At every gas station, restaurant, and hotel, we have people come up to us and ask us about what we are doing as well as offer advice on which roads in the area are better than others.


I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud. Proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.


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Interview with PJ:

1) Is there a story behind this book or any of the characters you'd like to share with us?


The main story is trust and loyalty.  Joci has major trust issues.  She’s been cheated on twice in the past and it’s just so hard for her to let go and trust Jeremiah.  Jeremiah was raised to be loyal and honorable.  He is a veteran and takes his responsibilities very seriously.  It’s hard on him that Joci doesn’t trust him right away.  He’s never had to deal with someone not trusting him.  He is loyal to the sister of a friend, which is where most of Jeremiah and Joci’s issues lie. 

2) What was the inspiration for this book?


The simple answer is Bikers.  My husband and I are bikers and so are most of our friends.  My family are all veterans.  We have two sons and a daughter-in-law who are also veterans.  They are all the inspiration behind the story.  Not every biker is a 1%er and not every veteran has problems.  I wanted to portray them all in the best possible light.

3) If you used a real setting, how intimate are you with it? Have you been there just to visit or have you lived there? Or did you do a lot of research about it?

I live in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The story takes place here in Green Bay, though, some of the places in the story are fictional, like The Barn.  While it isn’t uncommon for people to convert barns into bars in this area, the one in the book is fictional.  The Veterans Ride in the book is an actual ride we go one every year.  The route and the scenery are all from that ride.

4) Did you fall in love with you hero(es)? Why?


I absolutely did.  Jeremiah is a dream.  Every woman would want to be with a man like him.  He’s hot, for starters.  He’s loyal, honorable, smart, financially independent, a great father, the sex is panty-melting hot, he knows what he wants and he will be patient and work towards getting it.  What’s not to love?

5) How long did it take to write this book and how long before you found a publisher?


I wrote this book in about a month.  Once I started writing, it just flowed.  It went through several rounds of beta readers and has changed quite a bit from the first draft, but that’s good.  I found a publisher through a friend.  My friend and my publisher take their dogs to the same groomer.  They were talking one day and the rest, as they say, is history.

6) What was the toughest part about writing this book? Did any characters misbehave and if so, how?


LuAnn was hard for me to write.  She is modeled after a real person, and I have to say, I don’t like this person.  So, when it came to her antics and shenanigans, I had a hard time and would have to walk away for a bit.  LuAnn is delusional in that she believes she and Jeremiah will get married some day.  When Joci comes on the scene, LuAnn isn’t happy.  But, she’s also extremely immature and goes about things in a very immature, nasty way.  It’s hard writing about a character like her.  BUT, the final book in this series will be LuAnn’s book, so I’m going to need to get my act together for that one.

7) If this book became a movie, who would you cast to play the parts?


Hmmm, Chris Hemsworth is who I imagined Jeremiah looking like.  A younger Meg Ryan is who I thought Joci looked like.  LuAnn looks like a trashy Paris Hilton.  Wow, this could be fun.

8) What do you like to do when you need a break from writing?


As I mentioned, my husband and I ride motorcycle, so when the weather is nice, we ride.  I also read a lot of books, it’s how I learn.  And, playing with the grandkids is fun.  They are so sweet and a pleasure to enjoy.

9) Where do you usually write? Do you write in silence or with music or other background sounds?


I write in my office at home.  I always have music or the TV playing in the background.  I like the noise.

10) Tell us a little more about what makes you tick.


I love to laugh and I am very fortunate in that my husband is very funny.  His sense of humor is amazing and everyday he has me laughing.  I love music, Kid Rock, Bon Jovi, Ozzie Osbourne, ACDC, Aerosmith, and so many more.  I love traveling on the bikes and seeing new places and doing new things.  Seeing the world on a motorcycle is the best.  You smell the different smells, you are in the elements, rain, wind, sun. 

11) Is this book part of a series and if so, tell us about the series please.


Yes, Dog Days of Summer is the first in a series.  Jeremiah (Dog) Sheppard owns a motorcycle shop.  His twin sons and Joci’s son work for Jeremiah.  The next book is Rydin the Storm Out, Ryder’s story (one of the twins).  The third book is Gunnin for You, Gunnar’s story.  After that, I am thinking of a novella for one of the other characters, Connor, who is key to the story of Jeremiah and Joci, but Dog Days doesn’t revolve around him.  JT, the other twin, will need his story told and finally, LuAnn.


Thank you for reading this and reading Dog Days of Summer.  Time is precious and I appreciate yours.







P.J. will be awarding a rack card with Dog Tags to FIVE randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour, and a Grand Prize of a Kindle Paperwhite loaded with books from fellow authors to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. The author will also award a free ebook to FIVE randomly drawn hosts.


Scroll below the prize description for the rafflecopter code.


Dog Days of Summer by PJ Fiala Book Release Tour
1st Prize
Kindle Paperwhite
Wi-Fi, All-New Paperwhite Display, High Resolution, High Contrast, Next-Gen Built-in Light with additional 5W USB power adapter.
I have pre-loaded some amazing books from fabulous authors.
Dog Days of Summer by PJ Fiala
Website:  www.pjfiala.com
Jeremiah is a hot bike shop owner with a heart. He served in the Marine Corp. during Desert Storm, where he suffered loss. He gets a trashy biker-bitch pregnant and comes home after the war to raise his twin sons. He opened Rolling Thunder Motorcycles, Inc. and began building some of the hottest bikes around.

Joci is a hot biker babe who lost her parents at an early age, went through a little wild streak, got pregnant and got dumped. She raised her son, Gunnar on her own while building her graphic design/marketing business.

Coming together to put organize a charity ride for Veterans, is how they meet. But, it isn't all sunshine and roads! Follow Joci and Jeremiah as they ride the roads, fight, love and try to build a life together.
Lost and Found by M.E. Fields
Twitter:  https://www.twitter.com/meganfieldsuk
A couple torn apart, reunited after more than ten years. Will they find their way back to each other, or will secrets destroy their chance at love?

Ella lost all hope years ago after an abusive relationship with her ex that almost left her dead. Needing control over her life, Ella turned to BDSM. She needs the control and trust the lifestyle of being Mistress of the House brings. What will happen when Ella is reunited with her first love, her first everything? Revealing her secret could push Jack away forever.

Jack was forced to move with his family, leaving Ella behind. He never forgot his one true love though. Now back in London with his brother, he wants to reconnect with her, but will he be able to accept the woman she has become? Will Jack be able to look past the abuse and the fact that his sweet Ella is now a Mistress with her own club? Can Jack submit to Ella and be the submissive she needs?
The Garnet Dagger by Andrea Cooper
What happens when a vampire bites an Elvin?
Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.
Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.
When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?
Daughter of Sherwood by Laura Strickland
From the moment Wren bursts into his life, Sparrow loves her. But he knows she may choose his lifelong rival, Martin, as her mate. Martin wants Wren also, but Sparrow fears Martin is driven not by love but by ambition. When Martin is captured and held at Nottingham Castle, will the conflict between love and duty destroy the triad?
Daddy Moorebucks by Normandie Alleman
From the moment she laid eyes upon him, Marley knew in her heart that James was not just another client, and the difference wasn't even the large sum of money he offered in return for a single night of submission. No, what set him apart was the fact that when she called James "daddy," it was her own heart which beat faster and her own body which ached with need. After that night, Marley does her best to put all thought of him behind her, using the huge payday he provided to get on her feet again and start over... until James knocks on her door and walks right back into her life. He makes her a simple offer: if she will live with him and submit to him whenever he wishes, he will provide for her every desire.
Box of Dreams by J.J. DiBenedetto
What if you could see everyone else’s dreams? 

Sara Barnes has just discovered that she can. And this gift – or curse – will lead her on an extraordinary journey.

Follow Sara as her newfound ability leads her into adventures she never imagined. She will hunt down a serial killer, investigate a plot to murder one of her teachers, unravel a conspiracy between a mobster and a corrupt politician and face off against her nemesis: a woman who shares her talent, but uses it to destroy lives rather than save them. And Sara will have to manage all that while finishing college, becoming a doctor and falling in love, too.

Here are the first five books of the Dream Series, along with bonus material created especially for this collection. Included in this set are DREAM STUDENT, DREAM DOCTOR, DREAM CHILD, DREAM FAMILY and WAKING DREAM. In addition, you’ll find the short story BETTY & HOWARD’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE starring Sara’s parents. But most of all, when you open this box of dreams, you’ll find romance, suspense, humor and plenty of heart… 
Playdate by Alisa Easton
When Beth moved herself and her son to Litchville after a painful divorce, she looked forward to a new job and a fresh start in life. The last thing she expected was to encounter a playful mother's group that encouraged more than just emotional support to a newly single mother. Beth can't escape the magnetic attraction to her new friend Crystal and although she's never been with a woman before, she's curious to experiment. Meanwhile, her sexy neighbor Jack has made it clear that he's interested in her for more than just a cup of sugar. No strings attached. Litchville may be the best move Beth's ever made.
One Night in Bangkok by Gale Stanely
The temperature in Thailand is a humid ninety degrees but things are about to get a lot hotter for Philadelphia lawyer David Elliot.

Thailand is a hedonist’s paradise but David isn’t interested in the sinful pleasures Bangkok has to offer. His only concern is taking care of business so he can return home and patch things up with his ex. Then on his first night in town David meets Kai, and the younger man turns his world upside down. Kai is close-lipped, and David knows he's hiding something, but Kai brings a joie de vivre into David’s life that’s long been missing. Then after a few blissful weeks, Kai disappears and David is hurt. He knows this was never meant to be anything more than a pleasant diversion, but now that it's over can he walk away without looking back?
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·         Tropical Dreams by Kelly Cozzone
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·         Heart of the Hunter by Cherime McFarlane
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The Secret: Endangered Species by Penelope Syn
Time to Let Go by Christoph Fischer
September Verses by Hunter S. Jones
Mateguas Island by Linda Watkins
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·         That First Kiss by J.C. Valentine
·         Slow Burn by V.J. Chambers
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·         Learning Curves by Olivia Rigal
·         Can’t Shake You by Molly McLain
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2nd Prize
Signed Paperback of Knowing the Ropes by Teresa Noelle Roberts
Author will send upon notification from me of the winner
They’ve got the sex factor in spades. But can love survive the “ex” factor? Selene has harbored submissive fantasies most of her life, but as a domestic abuse counselor, she’s leery of giving up that much control. Until she meets Nick, a dom who offers to show her the ins and outs of ropes, paddles, and floggers. Selene’s common sense, taste for kink, and smoking sensuality is like a dream Nick never dared to have. Except they’ve both agreed to a no-strings arrangement, not long-term domestic bliss. And when an ex needs their help, there may not be time to save their love from all the things they’re afraid to say. Warning: Sexy, kinky, geeky dominant guy. Smart submissive woman. Crazy ex. A little experimentation between girlfriends. And lots and lots of kinky sex.
Knockout by J.C. Valentine
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From the wrong side of the tracks…

Alyson Blake had learned early on that the only one she could depend on was herself. The only light in her life was a boy whom everyone agreed was destined for prison; but with his first kiss, he had set her soul on fire. Since the day the police dragged him away in handcuffs, she had managed to lead a quiet life, but when she attends an event fraught with mayhem, trouble resurfaces.

The one person she can’t forget...

Jamison Weston is the kind of guy dads load their shotguns for; endowed with a hot temper and a rap sheet as long as both tattooed arms. Known as “The Judge,” Jami’s hot temper, lethal fists, and cocky attitude have earned him respect and admiration both in and out of the ring. But just when he thinks he’s pummeled his past to death, Alyson Blake reenters his life.

Two paths collide…

After years of separation, Alyson is eager to re-explore the man who’s never left her thoughts, but for Jamison, she’s both the distraction he wants, but doesn’t need. As the two embark on a relationship that neither of them expected or bargained for, an outside threat closes in. When Alyson crosses the line of professionalism and takes her work home with her, her life is put in danger, leaving Jamison with no choice but to once again step in and become her protector.
Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter
The CEO’s Unexpected Proposal by Karen Rose Smith
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
The Highlander’s Dangerous Temptation by Terri Brisbin
Shadow Falls and The Beginning by C.C. Hunter
Vienna Nocturne by Vivien Shotwell
Red Night by Michele Callahan
3rd Prize
Swag Pack from PJ Fiala, includes:
The official Rolling Thunder Motorcycles, Inc. Dog Tag
Dog Days of Summer Key Chain/Purse or Belt Charm
Collector Cards signed by PJ Fiala
Collector Album






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Missie1 said...

I loved all the questions asked & how they were answered, especially #5...she said about a month....OMG That is amazing info.
thanks for the giveaway & a chance to win some awesome prizes

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

Thanks Missie. That is awesome.

Unknown said...

You're very welcome, GF. It's been my pleasure. Ashley

PJ Fiala said...

Thank you so much for hosting, your site is wonderful. Missie1, thank you for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed the interview.

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