Friday, January 16, 2015

Are You Hooked on Horoscopes?

With: Amanda Usen

Giveaway Alert!

Every evening, my husband snaps open the newspaper and reads our horoscopes aloud. Like adding the words “in bed” to the end of Chinese fortunes, he gives our daily horoscopes a spin. “Love is in the stars for you...oh, wait. That must be a typo. They meant to write 'Love is in my pants.' How 'bout it, baby? You can't argue with destiny.”, you can't!

Ever since I was a teenager and an avid reader of the Cosmo Girl's Bedside Astrologer, I've been hooked on horoscopes. I don't know what it is about them that does it for me. Maybe I like having a little encouragement every day, a little map to success to follow. Or perhaps I'm looking for an excuse. If my horoscope suggests I lay low, maybe I should spend the day reading in bed and skip the gym... It's also possible I'm looking for a scapegoat. After all, I'm an Aries, a fire sign, quick-tempered and impatient, so if I blow a fuse, is it really my fault? Or can I blame my inner ram?

Today's horoscope advises me to “Ask for favors and offer something in return.” My husband is going to love this one! I can only imagine what “favors” he'll suggest, but my prediction is super-appropriate as I'm writing blogs and dreaming up giveaways for my new book IMPULSE CONTROL, the first book in the Men of the Zodiac Series from Entangled Publishings. My hero is an Aries, of course! How could I resist writing my own sign? He embodies all the best traits of Aries: adventurous, energetic, courageous, pioneering, quick-witted, and dynamic. He's the star of a wild Bear Grylls-like reality adventure show, and he and the heroine, his total opposite, a Martha Stewart-type with a TV show of her own, strike immediate sparks. Of course, he also exhibits the worst traits of Aries: selfish, quick-tempered, impulsive, impatient, foolhardy, and daredevil. Since he and the heroine constantly challenge each other, the tension gets fierce fast! An Aries likes to be in charge but also needs a partner who will give as good as she gets. I like to think I created the perfect match for Russ Donovan, the Wild Man. Susannah has a deep nurturing streak, but she has absolutely had it with men who try to walk all over her. I hope you'll check out IMPULSE CONTROL and let me know what you think about the love match.

What about you? Do you read your horoscope and identify with its traits? Do you use it as a scapegoat or an excuse to do something you wouldn't normally do, as I do?

Giveaway: Today's Aries horoscope tells me “Give-and-take will get you closer to the personal or professional goals you have set.” Since collaboration is clearly written in the stars, I invite you to participate in the GIVEaway I'm having to celebrate the imminent release of IMPULSE CONTROL. Just stop by my website the week of January 19th and enter! I'm giving away tons of print copies of my backlist and the ENTIRE Zodiac series of e-books, one every month as they release from Entangled. I hope you'll TAKE my news into your world and tell all your book lover friends about IMPULSE CONTROL!


Survivalist Russ Donovan is the toughest man in America, with a reality TV show to prove it. Now he’s been strong-armed into filming a new show with dainty lifestyle expert Susannah Stone. But while “At Home in the Wild” could mean millions for his family’s charity, Russ plans to put Little Susie Homemaker to the test—in the Adirondack Mountains in the dead of winter. And there's no way she'll be able to hack it...

Susannah is tougher than she looks. She's had to fight her way through life, and there's no way she'll let a bossy mountain man show her up. When she gets him on her turf, he’s in serious trouble. But now she's run into a bit of problem. Because no one—least of all Russ and Susannah—expects sparks to fly both on camera and off. And now everyone will see their risqué rivalry break all of the rules...

To enjoy the flames, buy IMPULSE CONTROL from:

Entangled Publishing
Barnes & Noble

About the author:
Amanda Usen knows two things for certain: chocolate cheesecake is good for breakfast and a hot chef can steal your heart. Her husband stole hers the first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America. They live in Western New York with their three children, one gerbil, four fish, a Russian tortoise, and a beagle. Amanda spends her days teaching pastry arts classes and her nights writing romance. If she isn’t baking or writing, she can usually be found reading a book and trying to get out of cooking dinner.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me! It's release day, so the contest is now live. Good luck! :-)

  2. I'm an Aries, and yes, I definitely think I hold some of its traits.


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