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Random Acts Guest Post and $25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card Giveaway (Comment to win!)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thanks, Krystal, for having me on your blog. I love the website header and the tagline “Live to Read.” I wish there were more hours in the day to read everything I want to read. But I guess I shouldn’t complain because I spend the other hours of my day creating stories.

I am very excited my debut book, Random Acts, was released on April 24th.  It has been a whirlwind of promotional blogs and checking my Amazon rank.   However, I am constantly reminding myself the only way to build a successful writing career is to write the next book. And the one after that.

Speaking of which, I have another romantic suspense, Too Close to Home, due out August 7, 2012. In this one, I draw on my former career as a manufacturing engineering—exciting, right? Well, that’s what makes my next story a little different. Several years ago when I was working on the plant floor near a process with a big tank full of chemicals, a worker approached me.  In a rather ominous tone he said, “You know, a guy drowned in that. Some say it was payback for a drug deal gone bad.” He was probably pulling the leg of a newbie, woman engineer, but his words stuck with me. So, when I started writing romantic suspense, it was inevitable I would one day have a scene where a worker drowns in the chromate bath. From that simple conversation, the idea for Too Close to Home was born.

Whether you’re a writer or not, have you ever heard a snippet of conversation or read an article in the newspaper that got you thinking “What if?” That’s how all my stories are born.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Growing up, Alison Stone never imagined becoming a writer. She enjoyed math and science and ultimately earned a degree in engineering. Go Yellow Jackets!
After the birth of her second child, Alison left Corporate America for full-time motherhood. She credits an advertisement for writing children’s books for sparking her interest in writing. She never did complete a children’s book, but she did have success writing articles for local publications.
Finally, Alison got up the nerve to try her hand at full-length fiction. After completing a handful of manuscripts, she sold her first book to Samhain Publishing in 2011, followed a few weeks later by a second sale.
Now, Alison has the best of both worlds. From her home office in Western New York, she writes fast-paced romantic suspense while her four children are in school. It never fails to amaze her how soon the afternoon bus arrives.

Alison will be awarding autographed bookmarks at every stop, as well as a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. She will also give away a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to host with the most comments.


  1. Thank you for hosting Alison.

  1. Sounds wonderful Alison, enter me in!

  1. Rachel said...:

    cool, Alison, I will definately try your book out.

  1. Thank heavens she left Corporate America to mother and write! Thanks for the contest:)

    bchild5 at aol dot com

  1. great advice on writing :) thank you!

  1. I have started reading more romantic suspense books lately and yours sound terrific!

    Thanks for the chance!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  1. Alba said...:

    Oh my god...someone drowning in a chromate bath X_X that sounds...Ouch! >.<
    I'll have my eyes out for this author :D thanks for having her on the blog :)

    -Alba, BookPics

  1. Hello everyone! I love your enthusiasm! My new career has allowed me to meet so many people I wouldn't have otherwise met. Thanks for stopping by and saying, "hello."

  1. Oh, and Alba, you have to write what you know, right? Not that I know what it's like to stick my head in a chromate bath, but it was fun to use my manufacturing experience in my writing. Trust me, it's way more exciting than it may sound! :)

  1. MomJane said...:

    What if? What a great comment. I have never thought of that. But it would work.

  1. I lived in Macon, GA for 8 years so I know Atlanta. Made lots of trips to libraries, museums, restaurants, and SHOPPING!

  1. MomJane ~ yes, "what if" is a great writer's tool. It gets the wheels turning.

    Catherine Lee ~ I loved Atlanta.

  1. Thanks for stopping by, Samantha.

  1. Julie S said...:

    Thanks for hosting this stop of the tour. And thanks for the giveaway.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  1. I think I would be a little leary of the chromate bath. Yep, definitely. It would definitely make me infintely more cautious around it. What a way to go. I really enjoyed your post and I am looking forward to checking out your books!

  1. Sounds like a great book!

    Jill.Watkins (at)

  1. Sayomay said...:

    Def checking this book out!

  1. Lori Thomas said...:

    Sounds like a great book!! Thx 4 the chance.

    ctymice at gmail dot com

  1. I don't think I have ever gone WHAT IF? If I was more imaginative. Perhaps then.


  1. ann said...:

    Sounds like an intriguing book. What if?
    sure will spark the thoughts to flow

    amhengst at verizon dot net

  1. What A Book I Cant Wait To Read It. Loved The Interview.

  1. Thank you for all your lovely comments.:)

  1. Looks excellent, I will be sure to add it to my tbr list.


    drinkshrunkentears at gmail dot com

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Sounds like a interesting book

  1. Thanks Stephanie & Kaerah for stopping by. I had a lot of fun writing Random Acts.

  1. Congrats on your debut release!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  1. Dyniy said...:

    I love the way you get your ideas for your stories. A simple conversation gets you going. I know how you feel. Sometimes I'll see something or someone will say something and my mind takes off. Now, if I could only get it doen on paper and not giveup and toss it I'd be ok. Congrats on the family and the new debut.

  1. Stacy S said...:

    Loving Random Acts and looking forward to your August release!

  1. Catie said...:

    Congrats on your debut! Thanks for the giveaway!

  1. Kendra said...:

    Good interview! Count me in for the giveaway!

  1. Rebecca Hipworth said...:

    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I'm always happy when people in technical jobs explore their creative side...score one for us!


  1. I'm enjoying all the comments. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Dovile said...:

    What exactly is a chromate bath?

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  1. Carol M said...:

    This sounds like a book I would enjoy!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  1. Dovile ~ I used to work in manufacturing. A chromate bath is part of a process used on automotive parts to prevent corrosion. I promise the book doesn't go into boring manufacturing processes. I only used a chromate bath to drown a guy. :) Thanks for asking!

    Carol & Kiley ~ thanks for stopping by, too.

  1. great interview. thanks Gale

  1. Michelle said...:

    Thanks for the giveaway, I'd like to enter please! :)

    yohitzmichelle at live dot com

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I always go 'what if?' It's more fun that way...

    taiyounotenshi at gmail dot com

  1. Unknown said...:

    Great giveaway! :)

  1. Alyssa Susanna said...:

    Cool! Thanks so much for the review, and hosting this author and giveaway !

    Alyssa Susanna

  1. Plot sounds interesting!
    Great giveaway Count me in!


  1. So happy to see so many people stop by. I'll definitely make sure you all are entered into the contest. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Evie said...:

    I agree with her...I don't have enough time to read everything that I want to read :)
    Thanks a lot for the contest!

  1. magic5905 said...:

    Thanks for hosting.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  1. Nicole :) said...:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Put my name in!

  1. Liese2 said...:

    Thanks so much for the book description. It's definitely one I will add to my TBR pile!

  1. books4me said...:

    Congrats to Allison for her debut novel and to her next novel out this early August! Keep it up!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

  1. Lmbrunken said...:

    Thank you tor the giveaway

    Lmbrunken at gmail dot com

  1. GW said...:

    Love to be entered in this amazing giveaway

  1. Both of these romantic suspense books look good to me!

    Jill.watkins (at)

  1. Wall said...:

    Love the co-worker comment. That sounds like something my Dad or brother-in-law would do just to freak someone out. What a great place to get an idea for a book.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Than you for the giveaway. the book sound great.
    flaka.077 at gmail dot com

  1. bn100 said...:

    Very nice post. The book sounds good.


  1. Alison said...:

    I love romantic suspense and would love to read this. Thanks for the post :)


  1. This book sounds awesome and what a great contenst! Thanks for hosting! :)

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Thanks for hosting this . This sounds like a interesting book .

  1. Love all the wonderful comments about Random Acts. Thanks for taking the time to stop by. :) Have a wonderful weekend. We'll be picking a winner soon...

  1. Sounds very interesting....! Please enter me too!

  1. Leannessf said...:

    Sounds promising! Would like to read this!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    leannessf at gmail dot com

  1. Okay, my first ever virtual book tour has wrapped up. The winner of the autographed bookmark from this stop is Taiyoutenshi. If you happen to read this Taiyoutenshi, contact me at Alison AT AlisonStone dot com.

    The winner of the $25 Amazon gift card is "Mary" who posted on JC Martin's blog: (The winner was chosen via a random number generator across all 10 blog stops.)

    And Krystal won the $10 gift card for having the most comments on this blog. You guys rock!

    Thank you to everyone who stopped by. I truly appreciate your support.