Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Youtube 50 subscriber Giveaway!

Hey peeps!

I'm full of happy news today! I'm excited to inform you I signed a three book contract with Swoon Romance. Woot! My Contemporary YA series will come out next year. Squeeeeeee!

In other great news, my Youtube channel hit 50 subscribers. To celebrate, I'm doing a giveaway. To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!


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Sunday, December 1, 2013

November Wrap Up and December TBR

Happy December, my friends!

Here's a sneaky peak at the books I read last month. There weren't a lot as I was busy with the holidays and my own writing. That being said, what I did read was AWESOME!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book Chat: My thoughts on Allegiant

Here it is, folks. My thoughts on the final installment of the Divergent trilogy. Check it the vlog and subscribe while you're there.

Hope you're all enjoying the long weekend!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Author Talk: Info Dump & How To Avoid It


Hello, my lovely friends. Are you still suffering from a turkey coma like me? Thanksgiving at my house was a blast, and I hope your day was equally as great.

I'd yet to do any writerly chats on my vlog, so I thought I'd treat you all to one today. The subject at hand: info dump and how to avoid it.

Make sure to subscribe to my channel while you're there and have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

November Favorites


Happy Thanksgiving, peeps! I hope you have a safe wonderful day surrounded by friends and family.

Make sure to check out my Youtube channel while you're enjoying your tryptophan induced haze. I've been vlogging up a storm. Give me a follow while you're there :)

Stay tuned for some super exciting news!!!



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Insurgent- My Thoughts


Hey, peeps!

Long time no talk! I'm about to remedy that. I just recently started vlogging, and if you check out the video below, you can see my thoughts on Veronica Roth's Insurgent. Great book!

Stay tuned for some exciting news. Hopefully by the end of the month!






Friday, June 7, 2013

Cover reveal: Of Darkness And Crowns

Of Darkness and Crowns (Goddess Wars #2)
Release Date: September 1, 2013
Cover artist: Steven Novak
Cover Reveal Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours


***WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK ONE***

Summary from Goodreads:
The moon goddess has taken up residency within Prince Caben, darkening his mind and soul. Now he hunts the very women he sacrificed his life to save, his conflicting desires for love and power raging a battle within him. Kaliope possesses the key to setting Bale free, and Caben will stop at nothing to see his goddess restored. Even if that means destroying the kingdom he’s sworn to protect, and the infuriating woman who torments his thoughts.


Kaliope, now the leader to the newly formed Nactue Guard, has vowed to save Caben. But with a traitor lurking among her people, and powers she’s unable to fully control, Kaliope’s mission becomes shrouded with doubt. Her new role as watcher over Caben’s kingdom brings a burden she’s unable to bear alone, and appointing the right person in charge of the prince’s affairs has turned a kingdom against the Nactue leader. Saving her stubborn, willful prince from the darkness overtaking him will be the battle of her life, and she needs people she can trust by her side. But bad blood between members of the Nactue obscure Kaliope’s journey, while her feelings for Caben cloud her judgment.

When the time comes to do what she must to destroy the goddess of chaos, will she be able to if it means losing Caben forever?

Book two of the Goddess Wars is told in dual point of view from Kaliope and Caben. New Adult Dark Fantasy, intended for readers 17 years of age and older. 

***Excerpt (Caben’s POV)***

The Crusher grinds to a halt. I’m propelled forward, and my head smacks the low-hanging ceiling of the front compartment.
“Damn, you fool!” I palm my throbbing forehead, eyeing the driver of the Crusher—the machines I now call by their Otherworlder name.
“Sorry, my liege,” he says, backing against his seat, farther away from the glowing ribbons circling my fingers. 
Ignoring him, I study the luminous white—like the surface of the moon—crawling beneath my skin, and marvel at the power. My power. Had I possessed it that day the Cavan Army forced me from my home, they never could have done so easily. But then, I never would have obtained this power. Ironic. 
“Just drive,” I tell him. I take a seat on the front bench, away from the foul stench emanating from the back compartment—our diversion tactic that will gain me entry into my palace, where I know she’s being kept.
The glow beneath my skin illuminates brighter, reminding me of her skin. I curl my fingers into a tight ball.
The battle up ahead is only part of my plan, one that I know Kaliope will fall for. I need the reserves away from the palace. Then we’ll take care of her Nactue once we’re inside. My back molars clamp down hard at the thought of her—a mix of something like fire and nausea invading my stomach.
At one time, I felt things for the black-haired beauty. I chuckle to myself. Well, at least my groin did. Just thinking of her body makes me ache, and I have to adjust myself. But that was when I was weak, when I only thought and felt with that weakness. As much as I hated my father for thinking me too feeble to rule, he was right. I was pathetic.
Bale freed me. Released the part of me that I kept buried, locked away deep down, and I no longer fear anything. I think of everything that once made me shudder or quake with dread and laugh. It’s so simple.
Without fear, there is only freedom.
Power.
And if I free Bale completely, releasing her from within my being and making her corporeal, she’ll bestow me with even more power. I don’t care what the dark goddess does or where she goes once I restore Empress Iana’s relic. I don’t give a damn what happens to the maggoty Otherworlders or their realm.
I just want her out of my mind. And I want the power.
Then I’ll set my sights on Perinya, and on gaining what’s mine.
A deep cackle fills my head, deep and sultry.
“Quiet, woman.” I roll my eyes. We’ve come to a compromise, the goddess and I, that she may remain within my mind, but she’s to keep quiet. I got tired of her constant lectures and angry rants about her sisters. She does stay silent…for the most part. But the sooner I get her out of my head, the better.
Having a woman fill your thoughts is a weakness in itself. A sudden flash of a smiling, laughing Kal blurs my vision, and I shake my head.
There’s only one way to rid my thoughts of that woman.
Kill her.
“Burrow, leach,” I command the driver. “We’re coming up on the battle. Go underground.”
“Yes, my liege.”
Tonight, I plot. Find a way into the capital of Perinya and into my home. And then take back what’s mine. The goddess can have what she wants. I’m only interested in claiming what’s mine.
No one will ever take anything away from me again.
Don’t get in my way, Kal.
I shake my head harder, trying to quiet the pesky thoughts that always spring up when I think of her. Something left over from before—a residual feeling, an effect she has on me.
It won’t be there much longer. I smile, and Bale laughs.


***

Of Silver and Beasts (Goddess Wars #1)
Release Date:  April 19th 2013

Summary from Goodreads:
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena.

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Perseverance



Hello, my lovely friends. I know it's been a while since I've posted, and for that I'm sorry. I've been riding a creative wave and have been holed up in my writing cave. Ooooh! I made a rhyme, lol!

So, today I'm going to talk about perseverance. I know a lot of authors—both newbie, and some who have been around a while—struggle with staying in the game. And by that I mean, being patient.

The publishing business is tough, ya'll. I'm not going to lie. It's all about hurrying up, writing that book as fast and as best as you can, then waiting. And waiting. And waiting. For those of us with patience problems, all the waiting around can sometimes prove difficult.

The publishing world has changed drastically in the short time I've been involved. What was once taboo is now becoming the norm. Publishing on your own has been made easy thanks to the likes of Amazon and Createspace. Friends that have struggled to land a traditional publishing deal have tested the waters. Some are doing great. Others are still struggling. Some have no interest in going out on their own. They've stuck to their guns and with patience, and perseverance, have landed publishing deals.

Then there are authors like me. Authors who are stalled. Stuck somewhere in the middle between what once was, and what is fast becoming a whole new world in publishing. Authors who have published with smaller e-presses, but haven't really made their mark yet. Authors who are agented, but just can't seem to land a traditional deal. Many, like me, are curious about self-publishing. Have maybe tested the waters with a shorter work, or jumped in with both feet and went for it, but lack the knowledge or support to successfully promote themselves.

What do I say to those like me who are struggling to "make it" in this business? Who see their friends selling thousands of books, landing contracts, and hitting bestseller lists?

Stick with it! Don't give up!

There are days when all I want to do is throw in the towel. Days when I want to ram my head into the wall, toss my laptop into my pool, and run screaming down the street. Rejection sucks. Waiting sucks. Doubting yourself sucks.

I'm reminded of a scene from one of my favorite movies, A League Of Their Own. Tom Hanks is talking to one of his players who tells him she didn't expect things to be so hard. His response has stuck with me for years. He tells her "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great."

Publishing isn't easy…for those seeking the traditional route, or indie. Anyone who tells you otherwise isn't doing it right, lol! No matter the direction you take, you're in for long hours of plotting, drafting, revising, editing, promoting etc. You don't jump into this business for any reason other than you're passionate about writing. You've got a story to tell, and you want to touch others with that story.

Stay on course. Don't get discouraged. Persevere.

Become your very own success story.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Streamline Birthday Bash!


Hello, my lovelies!! So excited to be a part of my fab author pal, Jennifer Lane's Streamline birthday bash!!

If you haven't read this book yet, you're totally missing out. Leo and Audrey captivated my heart from the beginning, and Leo's stormy home-life… It tore me apart. Such a good read! Check out the cover below and make sure to enter the giveaway!



Streamline turns one-year-old this week! We're celebrating with a giveaway.

Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He's captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother's crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father's abuse, battered and alone.

Leo's girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida's top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there's an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder.

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything's on the line...streamline.

"What an emotional journey! I don't think I have ever cried over a character so much in my life."
~Dani from Paulette's Papers

"The issues that are touched upon in the story: family, substance abuse, teen relationships, trust, honor...they are dealt with in an amazingly realistic, unglossed manner."
~Andrea from The Bookish Babe

"Overall, Streamline is a wonderfully, emotionally complex story about the ones we love, the ones we hurt, the mistakes that break the human heart, and the unconditional love that puts the pieces back together."
~Dani from Refracted Light Reviews

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

What you should be reading: books you and your OLDER teen should enjoy


Happy Sunday, my lovelies!

I know in my previous post I told you that I've been writing. And I have. A LOT!

But, what I didn't mention was that any moment I wasn't working on my own story, I was reading. Yep, I'm a reader first and foremost and I have a TON of suggested reading for you today.

I want to preface these suggestions with a little warning: These books deal with tough, unpleasant situations, and some have sex in them. Each of these stories, I believe, hover within the realm of older YA and New Adult (so think age 17+). If I've included these suggestions here it's because they are books I'd allow my "older" teen to read. I would not give any of these books to a twelve or thirteen year old and say "have at it." The situations are too heavy and, in my opinion, inappropriate for younger teens. These are great books to share with an older, more mature teen because they can spark deep discussion, which, during a time of transition and readying to go off to college, join the work force, or move out on their own, is a good thing. So, take my suggestions and move forward accordingly :)

Woohoo!! Here we go:



Slammed by Colleen Hoover:

I don't want to get all spoilery with any of my suggested reads, so I'll try to keep my pimping short and sweet. This book has it ALL! Humor, angst, heartbreak, love, incredible friendship, devastating loss, and most importantly: fabulous writing. This is by far one of the best books I read in 2012 and I HIGHLY suggest you read it. Yes, there are some heavy situations in this book, so if you are super cautious about what you let your teen read, I suggest you read it first and then decide for yourself. I'm pretty liberal with what I let my oldest daughter read, and this is one I'm definitely pushing at her.






Point Of Retreat by Colleen Hoover:

This is the equally awesome, equally tear your heart out and piece it back together awesome sequel to Slammed. Same characters you've come to love, same amount of tragedy, and an "Oh my God, I can't believe it actually got worse for them" moment that will have you cursing and loving the author because it's so hard to get through, yet so brilliant at the same time. READ IT. READ BOTH. Have your older teen read these. Then sit down and have a lovely chat about them and bond. Seriously. Go do it now. You will butterflying thank me later :)




Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry:

Here's another rip you up and shred your heart into tiny pieces story. The horrific situations the author placed her two main characters in was heartbreaking and genius, just like Ms. Hoover above. Great writing, great characters… A MUST read.




Hopeless by Colleen Hoover:

Are we noticing a trend here? I hope so, lol. Ms. Hoover is now an automatic buy for me. Yep, her stuff is THAT GOOD. As much as I completely loved Slammed and Point Of Retreat, I think Hopeless killed me just a little bit more. The two main characters, Sky and Holder, were so captivating, and flawed, and wonderful, I found myself crying, and laughing, and texting my good friend with random "Oh my God! This book!" messages. I'm sure she thought I was crazy, and at the time I probably was. Crazy in love with this book. This is DEFINITELY NOT for younger teens as it deals with the issue of sexual abuse. My suggestion would be to read the book first because it should be enjoyed by adults, as well as mature teens, and then give it to your OLDER teen. This one will spark deep, serious conversation. There's nothing like bonding with your grown child over a great book, and this books is GREAT!





The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden:

I literally just read this, and I can't get it out of my head. To me, that's the mark of a great story: when a few days have passed since you've finished a book and you're still thinking about it and its characters. Much like the aforementioned stories, this book deals with some heavy issues: abuse, rape, bullying, etc. The abuse is shown in a graphic light, so that is something to be wary of before you hand this story over to your child. Though heavy and disturbing, the sad fact is that these are issues that many of our teens are suffering through this day and age and I believe this is not only a great story, but a good tool to use to talk with your older teen. I'm all for open conversation and equipping my children with knowledge. Especially if that knowledge will allow them to help someone in need.

I have a whole slew of books I want to share with you, but I'll leave you with these few today. Read, and enjoy!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Long overdue update!


Hey there, peeps!

Long time no talk, right? Well, I'm here to remedy that, lol.

I'm hoping you all had a wonderful New Year. I've been a busy little bee, knee deep in the sequel to Ex Factor, the debut novel in my new Diamond Girls series. Ex Factor is still on submission, so I took it upon myself to write and complete the follow up while I've been waiting. Woot!

Like its predecessor, Unbreakable focuses on a tough issue facing teens and adults today: abuse. Each of the main characters experiences a different kind of abuse, (parental, significant other) and the story takes you on their journey as they battle against their oppressors and learn its possible to trust someone other than themselves.

Keep your fingers crossed, my friends. These books feature All Star Cheerleading in a way I haven't seen before, and it's my hope I'll be able to share them with you soon!


 
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