Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ivy B Hanging out with Mary Corrales

Hello Sweet Bees

It's Saturday...the first day of winter and the day after the release of Christmas Eve Surprise. I guess only time will tell if it's a book people enjoy or not. I try not to worry once I put it out there. It's almost like it's not really mine anymore...if that makes any sense.

But what is mine today is a blog date with Mary Corrales! I'm happy to say that this lovely lady is another incredibly supportive person whom I met through blogging. She's not only there when I need writing advice, or a blog to borrow for a promo post (like today for instance), but she's there for me as a good friend and I'm very lucky to have her in my life.

Now, please, hop on over to

My post today is about the importance of communicating with your partner. Stella and Tim, the lead characters in Christmas Eve Surprise, have stopped communicating quite the way they should and it's what leads to the big surprise on Christmas Eve.

I've got one more promo date before Christmas so be sure to come back then to find out where I am.

Until next time,

Ivy B looking forward to celebrating Christmas.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Ivy B Giving You a Christmas Eve Surprise and More!

Hello Sweet Bees!!

It's here! The day has finally arrived! December, 20/2013! It's release day for...

Christmas Eve Surprise!! 

If you leave a comment on today's post (with your email address) and either join my blog, follow me on twitter or like me on facebook, (if you already haven't I mean) I'll enter your name in a draw for a free copy of Christmas Eve Surprise. I'll announce the winner on Ivy B on Sunday.

So, I'm on four different blogs today, not including my own, promoting the heck out of this heart warming Christmas story about a happily married couple named Stella and Tim. I had so much fun writing this tale and I have my husband to thank for the seed of inspiration. 

Ok, so that's all for me on Ivy B today. I'd like to turn your attention to please to the links below...

Linda Kage's Blog Page 
Katie Babbles 

All of these wonderful blogs are generously hosting me on release day and I can't thank them enough.  

A big thank-you again to all those of you who have hosted me (and will be doing so in the next day or so) and to those who helped get this story from Breathless Press published.  I am  incredibly happy.

Until Saturday, 

Ivy B smiling from ear to ear with pride and Christmas Eve Surprise Cheer!


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ivy B Hosting Sheri Velarde/Kelly Ryan and her Not So Silent Night

Hello my dear Sweet Bees and welcome to Thursday!!

Before I introduce my guest for today, I've a wee bit of Ivy news for you first. Tomorrow is release day for Christmas Eve Surprise and remember, if you stop by and comment (with your email) and join me on twitter or join  my blog or like me on facebook, I'll enter your name in a draw for your very own digital copy of Christmas Eve Surprise!

Also, today, and for the next week, my Christmas story from last year, Baby, You're Cold Inside, goes on sale as a Bargain Book on Breathless Press! It's only 99 Cents! That's practically giving it away! Yes, it's's a bit of a chilly tale for the Christmas Season, but you can always warm your soul later with Christmas Eve Surprise. It's all kinds of nice and funny too!

One more bit (yes, yes Sheri/Kelly! I'm almost done my shameless me, me,me, promo) after you've taken your time with my guest Sheri, please come on by

This piece was really interesting to write. It's called "Ivy Bateman's teenage garage sale!". It's a post about various items from my teenage years that you may find for sale if I was to say, have a garage sale. It was a lovely, and slightly painful, trip down memory lane.

And now...without further ramblings from me, please let me introduce my charming and, I'm sorry to say, evil guest for today. Look...I'm just telling you like it is, Sheri took a "What Lord of the Rings Character Are You?" test and it turns out she's Sauron. That's pretty much as evil as you can get. Now, she's been nothing but nice to me so don't let that result scare you...I only told your to warn you.

Sheri Velarde, AKA Kelly Ryan,  is here today today to chat about Not So Silent Night. It's coming to you tomorrow from Breathless Press! Please glue your eyes to the screen and give a long, warm gaze at Sheri Velarde!


I'd like to thank Ivy for having me over and letting me talk to you all a little about my new release, Not So Silent Night, and Christmas time in general. I'll try to keep it short, as I know that it is the time of year that people are busy with family, friends and various festivities.

When I think of Christmas I think of gathering with friends and family. I put friends first, because there have been times in my life when family is not around and the family that you choose, aka friends, have made all the difference in my holiday celebrations. Not everyone is around their family at this time of year, due to distance or other circumstances. Some people have no family left and the holidays can seem like a chore for them.

That is the point my heroine Anna is at in Not So Silent Night. She is alone and the very thought of the holidays makes me ill. She has her best friends who never let her wallow in too much self pity, forcing her to be part of their family and celebrations, but it is not until she meets the sexy and otherworldly Russian, Alexander, that she truly begins to feel the spirit. She learns that Christmas is what you make of it, that you can build a family with those you love and if you are willing to open up and enjoy the season, you can. I think that is a lesson that everyone can take to heart at this time of year.

Christmas time can be stressful or lonely, but taking it back to the heart of the matter, celebrating the time and togetherness with those you love can make it all the more enjoyable. Spending time with those who love you can help you get through anything and usually have a good time doing it. That is what Anna learned and I hope that others out there experience the same thing.


Blurb for Not So Silent Night

Anna is a lonely woman, running her dead grandmother's flower shop. She hates Christmas and could not feel more lost when a handsome and mysterious Russian, Alexander, walks into her shop and her life. Each has secrets and magic they are harboring. Just as their passion erupts, the good old boys in town threaten to ruin everything. Getting to know each other is tough for most couples, but with a pack of werewolves out to destroy them, things become intense. They find themselves in a fight for their lives. Can their newfound love give them the strength to win against this threat and trust in the future?


Excerpt from Not So Silent Night

 "So you just got the quick sketch of my life, so perhaps I can ask where you are from. I love your accent."

"Russia. I grew up right outside of Moscow."

"Russia? Wow! What brings you to small town Vermont? Other than the snow, I can't imagine we are anything like Moscow," Anna said in true wonderment.

"My family came to visit and we wanted to go somewhere quiet. I live in Washington, D.C. now. Here seemed like a good spot for a vacation. And I must say I am glad we picked this town on a whim." Alexander moved even closer to her, close enough they were almost touching and he could gently stroke her hair, sending a visible shiver
down her back. "I am not making you uncomfortable, am I?"

Anna swallowed. "No, uncomfortable is not exactly the word for what you are making me feel." She turned around so she stared up into Alexander's deep blue eyes. They were close enough for her to kiss his full lips and she found herself wanting to very much.

"You are a very beautiful woman, Anna." Alexander stepped even closer so their bodies touched. Anna immediately felt heat rush all through her body from only a little contact. She felt her own blue eyes widen in anticipation.

"Thank you," Anna murmured, feeling a blush spread across her face, so evident on her pale skin. "So are you... I mean, you are very attractive too."

Alexander smiled and leaned down so his lips almost touched hers. "I am going to kiss you now, Anna, unless you tell me not to."

"Umm, okay." Anna's breath grew heavier as Alexander brought his lips to meet hers.

Links to all things Sheri!


Thank-you to Sheri for stopping by Ivy B today! I wish you all the best with Not So Silent Night.

Until tomorrow, 

Ivy B hoping that like Sheri, you've found the heart of your Christmas Season. 


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ivy B Chatting Over At BP

Hello Sweet Bees

This will be quick post to direct you to....

where I'm sitting down to have a chat with blog resident Dominic Lane about all things me. Ok, that's all for now. It's quite late. It may be Wednesday for you, but this message is from the past; from Tuesday night where I have just recently returned from seeing the second Hobbit movie and would like to report that it quite wonderful and Richard Armitage is friggin' hot...even as a dwarf.

Hugs and good night and until Thursday, which will be a jam packed day,

Ivy B dreaming of things with a Tolkien bent.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ivy B Enchanted by Erzabet

Hello Sweet Bees

And welcome to Tuesday! It's a good day and there are now only 3 sleeps until the release of Christmas Eve Surprise!

How are you all enjoying your December? I'm relaxing into it now which is good. Christmas is just over a week away and I keep forgetting which may sound bad, but it isn't. It means I'm content with things as they are and what happens, happens.

But what is happening today you may be asking? Well, today I'm visiting over at

If you feel you know me a little and would like to know me a wee bit better, this blog stop is for you. It's an interview about writerly things and my process I suppose you could say.

And with that explanation, I'm off to work.

I hope all of have, had or are having a lovely day.

Until Thursday,

Ivy B hopefully continuing to be kind of Zen about the season.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Ivy B Promoting with Torie & Romance Reviews Today...Today!

Hello Sweet Bees

It's Monday and you know what Monday means? It means that there are only four days until the release of Christmas Eve Surprise!!  Where does the time go? It seems like last month I was writing it and not five months ago...

Anyway, I'll stop yaking get things rolling here. Today I'm visiting on two blogs. Check me out at


Over at Torie's I'm chatting about the Holiday special that means the most to me while over at Romance Reviews Today, I'm being interviewed. Stop by both if you have the time and please spread the love!

And I'm just putting it out there, but for those of you who come by my blog on Friday, the big release day, and comment (with your email) and follow me on twitter (if you don't already) and/or join my blog (if you already haven't), I will put your name if for draw for a copy of Christmas Eve Surprise. I will draw a name on Sunday, the 22nd.

Ok, I'm off to go to work or to shovel snow. I'm not sure yet.

Until tomorrow,

Ivy B ready for the big release week!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Surprise! Ivy B Going on Christmas Eve (Surprise) Tour!

Hello Sweet Bees and Happy Sunday!

It's a cozy morning and the snow is beginning to fall. We're supposed to have a storm hit by noon and for it to carry on through until tomorrow evening. What does that mean for me? Possibly some time to do some reading!  We'll see...

Right now though, it's time for a wee blog post about my upcoming week. When I found out what day Christmas Eve Surprise was going to be released on (this Friday, December 20th!), I put out a call to some fellow authors and booked dates on their blogs to chat about my latest book. Thanks guys! And then my publisher, Breathless Press, set up a blog tour for me for this week! I'll be here, there and everywhere between now and the 23rd.

I'll be posting the days of to let you all know where to find me, but here's a handy, dandy list of where I'll be promoting over the next 8 days.

Monday, December 16/13

                                         Romance Reviews Today                                            

Tuesday, December 17/13

Wednesday, December 18/13:  Back to the Bee Hive for quite reflection.


UP DATE, I'm on the BP Blog on Wed,  18/13 instead of thurday.

Thursday, December 19/13

As well as promoting I'll also be hosting! Fellow BP author
will be stopping by!

Friday, December 20/13


Release Day!


Saturday, December 21/13



Sunday, December 22/13: Another rest stop


Monday, December 23/13

Back at 

For a chat about how I think things are going new book release wise!

So, mark it on your calendars and be sure to join me as I proudly promote Christmas Eve Surprise. I can't believe it's my fourth release in less than two years. I had a lot of fun writing it and I hope that you enjoy the tour and will hopefully feel inclined to pick it up. Right now, it's available for pre-order and is 20% the cover price and only $1.59.

Thanks to everyone who has already hosted precious to this upcoming week and thanks in advance for those of you about to host me. Thanks too to Breathless Press, Deadra Krieger who gave the story the green light, my editor Kristen Pavka, Victoria Miller who did my lovely cover, Jo Huysamen for all the marketing and to anyone else who was involved in bring this book to the interwebs.

I'm off to do Sunday things.

Until tomorrow,

Ivy B feeling grateful and very happy.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Ivy B Chatting with Faberge about Character Inspiration

Hello and Happy Friday Sweet Bees

Only one week until the release of Christmas Eve Surprise! So, in order to keep the promo train running, I'm going to send you over to see me at

On his blog, I'm chatting about who inspired the male characters in Christmas Eve Surprise. And speaking of guys, this has nothing to do with my book, but I witnessed something pretty adorable at work on Thusday that I'd like to share. I work at a used clothing store and about 4pm , four high school guys rushed into the store and did a B-Line over to the women's skirts! They were holding them up, discussing how nice they were, suggesting different ones if they thought there was a better choice and so on. I just stood behind the counter chuckling to myself and eventually found out from one of the boys that they needed skirts for an event at school. Raising money (and eyebrows! ba-doom, ting!) was involved. 

What I found most interesting about witnessing these boys choose skirts, and later blouses, was that they were very excited to be shopping for women's clothing. There wasn't a bashful face in the bunch. It was quite refreshing and it really made my day.

That's all for me. Please pop over to Faberge's now for a little peak at Christmas Eve Surprise.

Until Monday,

Ivy B hoping you have a lovely weekend.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ivy B Spreading Christmas Cheer at Foreplay and Fangs

Good Thursday Sweet Bees!

It's been a busy week for me both off and on the interwebs. I'm getting everything done though which is certainly improving my Christmas spirit! And also, I'm getting pretty excited about the release of Christmas Eve Surprise which is coming out in only 8 days to go!

However, today is another promo you can find me chatting with

So stop by, say hello and pass it on. The exposure is not only good for me, but for all the other Breathless Press Authors who have books coming out this month.

That's all for now. I will be back tomorrow to light your path towards another blogger who is kindly helping me promote my latest book.

Until then,

Ivy B hoping your Christmas season is shaping up nicely


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ivy B Helping Kelliea Count Down!

Hello Sweet Bees

It's Sunday and today I'm over at this lovely lady's blog...

Like me, Kelliea has a new book coming out on December, 20/13. Today on her blog begins the 12 day countdown to the release of her book Mistletoe Madness. From today until the release of her book, she'll be featuring an author on her blog. First up, me! Ivy Bateman! Which you probably already figured out what with me saying right at the beginning of this post that I was over at Kelleia's blog today.  Forgive's been a long week.

So hop on over to Kelliea's blog and find out what makes my Christmas Clock tick as I too get my promo hat on for the release of my Christmas story Christmas Eve Surprise.

Until next time,

Ivy B having a busy Sunday! I hope you're all having a good one!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Ivy B Promoting at Raven's

Hello Sweet Bees and welcome...good gravy what day is it??

Friday! Where does the time go? I don't know and if I think about all I have to do Christmas wise, I'll freeze up and do nothing so let's not focus on that! Let's focus on why I'm over at Raven's today!

As some of you may know, I have a new Christmas tale, Christmas Eve Surprise, coming out December, 20/13. It's a nice and warm Christmas story unlike last year's, Baby, You're Cold Inside, which was naughty and cold. (In a good way...well I think think it is, but I'm a wee bit biased.) This year's tale features a young couple trying to re-light the fire of their romantic life while last year's focused on a powerful woman who was coldness itself. As a side note, both stories are loosely based on classic Christmas tales. I'll write about that in another post.

Anyway...just go to Raven McAllan's blog now and see what I have to say about my latest book in another country. 

I wish you all a happy Friday and I'll be back Sunday to let you all know where I'm hanging out that day!

Until then,

Ivy B wishing you to not be stressed and focus on the happiness of the season.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ivy B Visiting with Sheri Velarde!

Hello Sweet Bees

And welcome to Tuesday! Today is the start of me hopping around the internet and landing on the blogs of fellow authors who are kindly letting me take up space in their cyber world.

I am of course promoting Christmas Eve Surprise! It's out December, 20th/13 and is already available for pre-order at Breathless Press  Don't believe me? Not sure you're ready for such a wonderous Christmas miracle? Well click on the beautiful cover over to your left and that will lead you to where you need to go.

You also should come by and say hello to me now at the blog of 

She too has a book coming out from Breathless Press on the 20th and if memory serves me correctly, she'll be hanging out on Ivy B sometime around then!

Until next time, which will be only in a few short days since it's a busy time here on Ivy B,

Ivy B trying VERY hard to not forget this season is supposed to be about JOY and not STRESS.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Ivy B Posting About Cyber Monday!

Hello Sweet Bees

Here's a post like me: Short and Sweet. my case the scale is a lot heavier on the short side...

Today at Breathless Press it's Cyber Monday! When you say that out loud, do you hear the ominous commercial voice? No? Hmmm...perhaps I didn't post it right...Maybe the picture will help with the effect!

There! Much better! So, it's 60% all books except books that are available for pre-order. Pre-order books are 20%! Pre-orders such as Christmas Eve Surprise by me, Ivy Bateman! This book comes out December, 20th and will only be $1.99, but right it's 20% less than that! Is that a bargain?? I think so!

I'll post the excerpt just to give you a taste!

Excerpt from Christmas Eve Surprise
 As the weeks crept closer and closer to Christmas Eve, Tim had had begun to worry that he wouldn't find a man that would have sex with him in front of Stella. He had fixated so much on this fantasy-fulfilling evening being his Christmas present to her that he'd not taken the time to find her another gift. Both he and Stella took finding each other the perfect gift very seriously. It wouldn't do if she was to present him with a gift she'd put a lot of thought into, like the beautiful chain she'd gotten him for his fob watch last year, only to be presented in return with a cardigan she didn't like or a hat she'd never wear.
He pulled out a key, unlocked his desk drawer, got out his black book, and pored over all of his carefully written notes. Tim looked at the dozens of entries he'd written about most of the single and attractive men in his office. None of them had seemed to be someone who would be willing to have a night of hot man sex in front of his wife. He felt doomed to give Stella a gift she would remember forever, but only because it was one he hadn't put any thought into. With a heavy heart he closed his black book and returned it to the drawer.
As he was locking it, his boss Terry walked in with an extremely good-looking man. The stranger filled his office with a god-like presence. He must be the new fellow.

There now, wasn't that fun? Just click the cover of Christmas Eve Surprise and it will take you right to the Breathless Press site! And then, after you pre-order my book, check out the rest of the website for more great deals from Breathless Press on this Cyber Monday!!

Until tomorrow Sweet Bees,

Ivy B going to clear the boulders of ice that have been ever so kindly deposited at the end of her driveway by the nice snow plow man.