A few days ago I told everyone I had a surprise in store … I asked my publisher if they would agree, and they did. So …
Staring TODAY, and for a limited time, TIED, book #1 of the Fire Born Novels trilogy is on sale to celebrate not only its one year anniversary, but also the launch of the second book in the trilogy, TORN, which goes live on September 8th. ;)
September 1, 2014 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, TIED, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Author, Fiction, Goodreads, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, The Fire Born Novels, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment
We have 10 Days until the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy launches.
And here’s what’s in store:
First, the TORN Blog/Book Tour (the schedule is up on the menu ^^^), which includes a Giveaway.
Second, the TORN Book Blast and Blitz, both of which are happening on the 8th (launch day), which also include Giveaways, so if you’d like to shout along, please feel free. ;)
Thirdly, the TORN playlist will be up and running next week for everyone who wants a glimpse into the feel of the book.
AND, lastly, >>> I have a special treat for everyone who hasn’t read TIED (Fire Born 1) coming very soon (days), so stay tuned for that.
In the meantime …
Layla and Max are back September 8th.
August 29, 2014 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, TORN, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Author, Book Blast, Book Blitz, book tour, Fiction, Goodreads, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, The Fire Born Novels, TIED by Laney McMann, TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann, YA Fiction, YA releases 2014, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment
I’ve been called on upon by my friend, Alex Nader, author of the awesome adult urban fantasy novel, Beasts of Burdin, to do this blog hop in which I answer some questions about what I’m working on right now. Here goes:
4. What am I working on?
Currently, I’m writing the last book in the Fire Born Novels Trilogy, TRUE, the first of which TIED was released in 2013, and the second, TORN, will be released on September 8th. Writing the last book in a series is definitely a challenge. There are so many threads to remember and string together … likely why it’s taking forever. ;) Love the Fire Born story, and I’m both excited and sad to send it coming to an end.
I also have two other YA series’ that I’m in various stages on.
3. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t follow trends with my writing, and I believe that no two writers are ever the same, no two voices, ideas, or imaginations. I write from my heart about what drives me, excites me, makes me mad, confuses me … and since my experiences are my own, so is my style. I think all writers are unique.
2. Why do I write what I do?
Because I love it. I write novels about young adults because that’s the voice that comes out. It’s also the genre that I prefer to read. I write urban fantasy because I’m fascinated by the idea of other worlds, other walks of life, powers … awesome. And of course, there’s nothing better than combining all of those elements with a little bit of romance. ;)
1. How does your writing process work?
I’m a pantser, which means I write by the seat of my pants. I get an idea and I go. This method, of course, gets me into dead ends and corners that are a pain to get out of, but I really do love that. I outline very loosely. Basically, I get an idea in my head for a story (always a series because I want to submerge myself for more than one book), and I see it like I would see a movie reel, in full action color. After that, I write some notes, let it meld a bit, and go for it.
Okay, so now I am supposed to pass the torch.
Here’s to fellow YA author, Julie Reece, whose novel CRUX is amazing . Julie also has a new series titled, The Artisans that releases in 2015!
Welcome To The
Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt!
Thanks for stopping by my part of the Hunt. Let’s get started:
My top 5 summer reading list books include:
City of Heavenly Fire ~ Mortal Instruments #6 by Cassandra Clare
(finished, and 5 Stars from me. LOVE this series, and ready for the Dark Artifices in 2015.)
Opposition ~ Lux series #5 by Jennifer Armentrout
(Can’t WAIT to see how this series comes to an end in August.)
Unbreakable ~ Legion #1 by Kami Garcia
The Wolf Gift ~ The Wolf Gift Chronicles #1 by Anne Rice
Angels and Demons ~ Dan Brown
Okay … On to the winning part of the post:
The Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt was organized to help bring authors of all publishing backgrounds together in a show of solidarity.
FORTY awesome authors have signed up to support this event. (Yes, TIED (Fire Born #1) is among the books)
MORE THAN FORTY awesome SIGNED books* have been donated by these authors to make up the Grand Prize, as well as $30 worth of Amazon Gift Cards.
And YOU could win them ALL!
All you have to do is hop around ALL blogs on the Hunt.
Within the posts on EVERY stop you will find a NUMBER.
Make a note of EVERY number from EVERY stop.
Once you have collected them ALL, simply add them up to calculate the total, and then hop back to here to the ENTRY FORM PAGE, fill in your details AND your calculated answer … and You’re In!
Up for Grabs?
$30 Amazon Gift Card (3 @ $10 ea.) AND these titles.
All of them:
BUT FIRST …
I have a second giveaway.
Author Lisa Amowitz is giving away additional swag on my blog. Only my blog. Here’s what she has up for grabs:
Breaking Glass and Vision bookmarks
Four sets of Vision trading cards (4) each
Four Signed Spencer Hill Press bookmarks she designed–
(Note: Lisa designed both of her covers as well as over 20 titles for SHP.)
And a Breaking Glass T-shirt (sz small)
Ready to enter to WIN?
To enter your name into Random.org to WIN Lisa Amowitz’s Swag, just leave a comment below telling me one book on your summer reads list (with your email so I can contact you if you win) and you’re entered! Easy!
THEN … head over to the next blog in the HUNT and continue adding up all your numbers for the GRAND PRIZE that you enter here:
For the next stop on the Hunt head over to Laura Howard’s blog HERE
You have until MIDNIGHT (EST) of 19th July to enter.
Terms & Conditions can be found HERE
*Thank you to Joelle Charbonneau who, although unable to participate, donated a copy of The Testing for the Grand Prize.
coming September 9, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press
The light is darker than you think.
Visit me on the web at: lisaamowitz.com
A huge Thank You to everyone who entered the Goodreads Giveaway to win a copy of TIED.
There were A LOT of entries. ;)
The winners are in and the signed paperbacks will go out soon!
Also — I will be having an ARC Giveaway of TORN (Fire Born #2) soon ~
July 4, 2014 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Giveaways, J Taylor Publishing, TIED, TORN, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Author, Book Giveaways, Fiction, Goodreads, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, The Fire Born Novels, TIED by Laney McMann, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment
I have a Cover Reveal to share with everyone today!
Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up?
July 1, 2014
If only fairy tales warned “happily ever after” only happens with the right guy…
15-year-old Bianca learns the hard way when she falls for Dante, the hottest guy in her class, who turns out to be anything but charming. And it doesn’t help that Tim, a long-time crush and her brother’s best friend, still makes her head fuzzy. Bianca has to ask: WILL THE REAL PRINCE CHARMING PLEASE STAND UP?
Back Cover Blurb:
Happily Ever After only happens with the right guy. It’s a tiny but important detail most fairy tales choose to leave out. But what happens when the princess rides off into the sunset with Prince Charming, only to discover he’s not so charming, after all?
Bianca Sullivan thinks she’s a pretty average girl. Sure, her brother may be the super-stud captain of the football team, but that’s her only claim to fame –- until her friends’ social experiment turns her into the new It girl of the Sophomore class, and she captures the attention of the most popular guy in her grade. Ecstatic to introduce the world to her first boyfriend, she’s trying to enjoy being wooed by the ultimate heartthrob. But no one’s ever told her what to do when her friends hate her boyfriend and Prince Charming starts acting like a control-freaky misogynist. And as if deciding whether to trust Prince Charming, her friends, or her own instincts wasn’t hard enough, being around her brother’s best friend is making her head all fuzzy, too. Oh, if only love was as simple as fairy tales make it out to be…
Ella Martin is a prep school survivor and a Southern California native. She writes books about spunky teenagers who are way cooler than she ever was, and she totally believes in love and happy endings. She likes sunny places and is terrified of snowy winters, so she now lives in Florida with her husband and son.
Social Media Links:
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Julia A. Weber
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For the next track on the TORN playlist, here’s:
Breathe This Air
May 27, 2014 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, Music, Travel, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Author, Breathe This Air, Fiction, J. Taylor Publishing, Jon Hopkins, laney mcmann, The Fire Born Novels, TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann, TORN Fire Born #2 Playlist, you tube | Leave a comment
Today, I am happy to share fellow author, and friend, Alexander Nader’s new cover for
Burdin of Choice,
the 2nd book in the Beasts of Burdin series.
Check it out:
Release Date: November 10, 2014
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Urban Fantasy
Back of the Book
Ty Burdin is back. Back to drinking and back to avoiding demons. He is, of course, the leading expert in his field. In both subjects.
That’s probably why, when a customer offers him way too much money just to locate a missing car and some mysterious cargo, he readily agrees. The dude is human after all—Ty’s prime target client base.
Along with the money comes a slew of disappearances which Ty tries to ignore while tracking down that car, because, of course, those missing people might be demon related, and as he’s said before, that’s agency business. Not his. Period.
Ty Burdin is to back drinking as well as everything he vowed never to get involved with again.
Question is, which one will kill him first? The booze, the demons, or the Agency?
** I gave the first book in this series 4 Stars. Here’s my review on Goodreads:
Still grinning. I could say that the plot was tight, the story moved at the speed of light, and I liked the new approach on demons versus the world, and that would all be true, but even more than that— what kept me turning the pages was Ty. His voice is fresh and witty and sarcastic, and I found myself getting wrapped up in his words, the way he talked, the way he saw life. Really a great book that pulled me out of my own head and put me in someone else’s. For me, that’s the benchmark of a good story. Can’t wait to see what Ty gets into in Burdin 2.
For more info: J. Taylor Publishing
May 13, 2014 | Categories: Books, Cover Reveals, J Taylor Publishing, Upcoming Releases | Tags: 2014 new book releases, Adult Urban Fantasy, Alexander Nader, Author, Beasts of Burdin series, Burdin of Choice, cover reveals, Fiction, J. Taylor Publishing | Leave a comment
Today, I am thrilled to release the excerpt for TORN,
the 2nd book in The Fire Born Novels series.
Below is the first chapter.
Hope you like it.
Sunlight seared my face, and my fingers dug into hot sand before a cool shade fell over me.
“Teine?” A soft voice called my name. Someone pulled on my arm.
My head lolled to the side, but my neck caught on a crick and refused to move further than a couple of inches.
“Teine? Can you hear me?” Soft wisps tickled my face, even as my head pounded above my left ear.
My eyelids opened and closed, scratching against the corneas like sandpaper—my mouth dry, like paste. Though blurry, a figure loomed over me.
“We have to go. Hold on to me.” A gentle squeeze of my hand made my fingers flex.
“Max …” My voice cracked, word slurred; my tongue seemed too large for my mouth. I raised my arm, but it thumped to the ground at my side with the weight of a lead pipe.
“Shh. Do not let go.”
My heavy arms swung up on their own. I attempted to clasp my hands, to entwine my fingers, but they slipped back down to my sides with a dead thud. Vision refusing to cooperate, my eyes slipped in and out of focus. “What … happened?”
“You will be all right.”
“Shh. Save your strength.”
I fell … We fell. It was so hot. Too hot, and …
“Layla!” Max’s voice tangles in my head along with a rush of wind whistling in my ears and the roar of fire surrounding my body.
“I’m coming!” The pulse of pure energy surging through my veins is a fear I’ve never known—a heat I can’t control.
Where once white sand once stretched for miles, a war scene bristles. Dunes flattened to nothing. Bits of charred lumber and ash blanket the beach. Sea oats have been ripped free by their roots and lie smoldering, bright red embers shining up like sinister eyes.
The explosion has unleashed an acrid off-charge, tainting my surroundings in tendrils of fire and smoke streams. Sparks sizzle through the atmosphere, leaving traces of color in the air ahead of me, brought on by wicked lightning strikes illuminating the sky.
Streaks of green and white flash in all directions—fingers of electricity lacerating the clouds—like a fireworks display gone wrong.
Growls of building thunder vibrate my body before falling silent, and a cackling laugh echoes around me, taking my attention to the dune’s edge.
Crows line the shore, still as statues—miniature militant soldiers. Ebony feathers lay, as if methodically placed, around a broken body carpeted in withered gardenia petals. Blank, flat crystal grey eyes stare fixed and unmoving.
Cold shock ricochets through my core. “One will kill the other. Say goodbye to your beloved.” The voice, so foreign yet chillingly familiar, snarls inside my head.
A guttural vibration quakes the sky.
The atmosphere shifts, and the heavens erupt.
“Shh, Layla, I’m right here.” Max’s face swims into view, stained in soot and blood, his dark eyes gazing down. “Are you okay?” Breathing hard, he crouches over me as I lay in the sand, the outline of his silhouette darkening by the sun at his back. “We need to get out of here.” He scoots forward. “Can you stand?” His fingertips brush my hand, and his firm hold makes me gasp. His gaze roams over my body—my face. Black irises taking over from the usual light grey … “Why are you looking at me like that?” His voice echoes around me as if he’s screaming, but I can barely hear him.
“You were dead,” I say in a whisper, staring up at him. “I saw you—before. Lying in the sand.”
“What?” He sweeps away the loose hairs sticking to my cheek. “I’m right here.” Concern deepens the contours of his face, and his brow crunches into a scowl as he puts a palm over my forehead. “Did you hit your head?” Cradling his arms underneath my body, he lifts me off the sand, up against him.
“Promise you’re not dead?” My voice slurs.
He chuckles, eyes darkening further. “Promise.”
Layla and Max are back September 8th, 2014.
May 12, 2014 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Author, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, TORN, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Author, Author of The Fire Born Novels, Fiction, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, The Fire Born Novels, TIED by Laney McMann, TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann, TORN Excerpt Release, YA Fiction, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 2 Comments