WOW … We’re already in week 20. TIED releases soon. That’s kinda crazy.
On with the playlist.
April 29, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Book One., Books, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, TIED, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, laney mcmann, Paul Banks, Playlist, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED updates, YA Fiction, you tube, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave A Comment »
FIRST EVER PRINTED Bookmarks for TIED are now here!
Since this is my first giveaway for anything Fire Born Novel related, it’s gonna be super easy.
To enter the drawing you can either:
Comment on the blog (on this post)
Mention #TIED on Twitter (@laneymcmann)
Share the TIED cover and blurb link from my Facebook Author Page on your facebook page or profile.
The Giveaway will run through May 2.
I’ll be picking the winners at random and will post them here on the blog.
Thanks for playing!
MORE INFO ON THE BOOK? HERE YOU GO:
Book One of The Fire Born Novels
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO … TO PROTECT THE ONE YOU LOVE?
Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.
Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.
Or is that all in her head?
Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.
No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?
The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.
In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.
Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?
The answer may never be far enough … away.
- Cover Reveal: TIED (Book One of The Fire Born Novels!) (laneymcmann.com)
April 25, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Book One., Fire Born Updates, Giveaways, J Taylor Publishing, TIED, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: ebook, Facebook, Fire Born, Fire Born Novel, Giveaway, Goodreads, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla, Layla and Max, swag, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, Twitter, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 5 Comments »
Soooo …. Very soon I will be giving away some FIRST EVER printed bookmarks for
Book One of the Fire Born Novels.
Here’s a sample of what they look like (although they are much prettier in person.)
Here’s the front:
And here’s the back:
Told you they were pretty.
So what do you have to do to win one?
Stay tuned—details will be forthcoming.
In the mean time, follow the blog for more updates on future swag and check out TIED on Goodreads
April 19, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Author, Book One., Books, Giveaways, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, TIED, Young Adult Novels | Tags: bookmark giveaway, E-book, Facebook, Fiction, giveaways, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, Twitter, young adult author, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave A Comment »
23 weeks to go …
Moving on with the TIED playlist countdown.
April 8, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, TIED, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, laney mcmann, my music, my music monday, playlists, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, TIED playlist, YA Fiction, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave A Comment »
24 weeks and counting …. Here’s the next track for the TIED playlist. Enjoy.
April 1, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Books, J Taylor Publishing, Music, New Releases, TIED, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Author, chromatics, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, my music monday, TIED, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED playlist, YA Fiction, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy, YouTube | Leave A Comment »
THE COVER REVEAL FOR
Book One of The Fire Born Novels
9 DAYS !
February 19, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Cover Reveals, New Releases, Novel Writing, TIED, Writing, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Author, Countdown, cover releases, laney mcmann, teen reads, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, YA Fiction, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave A Comment »
This week on the TIED Countdown we’re listening to another playlist track from the first book in The Fire Born Novels trilogy. (again in random order from the official playlist to be posted Sept 9th.) Enjoy!
February 11, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Books, J Taylor Publishing, Music, TIED, Writing, Young Adult Novels | Tags: 2013 YA novel releases, Author, Fire Born Novels, laney mcmann, music, my music monday, teen novels, teens, The Neighbourhood, TIED A Fire Born Novel, YA Fiction, you tube, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 1 Comment »
Here’s how the THE NEXT BIG THING blog hop works. I get tagged to answer a bunch of question about my current book, (while simulataneously getting more word out), thanks to J.A. Belfield for the tip, and then I tag YOU, and you get to share in the love on your own blog to get the word out about YOUR WIP.
I questioned being involved in the hop considering my current WIP is kind of under wraps, while my current finished book is on its way to publication–but, I thought this would be fun.
SO …. I’m going to pretend that my current finished novel is actually a WIP–even though it’s not. K? K!
What is the working title of your book?
The title of my book is TIED, and it’s the first book in The Fire Born Novels series.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is one of those questions that’s hard to answer. Ideas sort of pop into my head and I run with them. Some work, some don’t–The Fire Born worked.
What is the genre of your book?
I write young adult dark/urban fantasy, paranormal romance, with bit of mythology mixed in.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
No clue. If I had to choose, it would probably be from people who aren’t even actors. I think it’s really hard to peg the right face/personality to a character you’ve dreamed up in your head.
What in one sentence is the synopsis of your book?
Yikes! Honestly, I don’t even think I’m allowed to tell you guys that yet—-under contract and all that. BUT–soon, so very soon.;) So, I’ll leave you with the hook that’s flying around on all my social media pages:
How far would you go … to protect the one you love?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?
All of The Fire Born Novels will be published by J. Taylor Publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Hm … first draft took three months. All subsequent drafts took — forever. Seriously. A longgg time.
What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
I wouldn’t. Funny–I was just thinking about this. My play off fantasy and paranormal feels a bit different than what I read–and I read a lot. I guess the readers will have to decide ultimately. But, my intention is always to speak from my own voice and let it roll. Whatever comes, comes. I’m not aiming to compare my books to anyone else’s.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Another loaded question that’s difficult to answer. I’m not sure that any one particular thing inspired me, necessarily. A ton of factors led me to continue to write this book and see it through to the end. Not all my novels have made it to completion. TIED spoke to me in a way nothing else has. So I guess you could say, the story itself inspired me.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The blurb will be out very soon, and I can’t spoil that, so I’ll just say that if the hook I mentioned before intrigues you–just wait
*** That’s it for me. Anyone want to jump in and let us know what all your blood, sweat and tears are pouring into? Leave me a link so I can check your book out!! ***
January 23, 2013 | Categories: Author, BLOG HOPS, Blog Tours, Blogging, Books, J Taylor Publishing, Publishing, WIP, Writing | Tags: Arts, Blog, Book, Fiction, laney mcmann, Literature, new authors, new book releases, novel writing, Publishing, Romance, The Fire Born Novels, The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, WIP, Working title, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author | 2 Comments »
We make so many promises as writers with a hope we can fulfill them all.
**As I sit finishing my final blurb for TIED, I’m reminded of this fact. Thought I’d share it.
January 13, 2013 | Categories: Author, Inspiration, J Taylor Publishing, Novel Writing, Quotes, Thoughts | Tags: blurbs, Book, excerpts, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, teens, The Fire Born Novels, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, YA Fiction | Leave A Comment »
I can finally talk again and share my big news! Details below:
Laney McMann signs three-book contract with J. Taylor Publishing for her Fire Born trilogy, a dark, Young Adult Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance series, including TIED, TORN and TRUE.
Apex, NC – October 24, 2012 - With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney McMann developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. By the time she reached her teens, Laney had accumulated notebooks full of poems which led to short stories and finally novels, specifically in the young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology genres.
“A lifelong love of writing fantasy led me to write TIED, ” says Laney. “TORN and TRUE naturally followed.”
That love of writing brought her to J. Taylor Publishing. “The premise of the Fire Borns compelled us to read TIED, the first of the trilogy, ” says J. Taylor Publishing, adding, “and the romantic possibilities, and intrinsic conflict placed up on the main characters won us over. We had absolutely no hesitation contracting this work.”
Figuring out life is a tremendous element in many young adult novels, and TIED is no different as it explores the facets of growing up, discovering oneself and deciding what parts of a future are important to the main characters.
”The tie in to lesser-known mythology truly captured our attention,” says J. Taylor Publishing. “We’re very excited to add another YA novel to our catalog and expect adults and teens alike will enjoy this series.”
TIED is planned for release in September 2013 with, TORN in late 2014 and TRUE to follow one year later.
About the Publisher
J. Taylor Publishing is an Independent Publisher who, thanks to the Internet, has a worldwide reach. Our debut authors are in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The company produces print and electronic books. For more information about J. Taylor Publishing, please visit www.jtaylorpublishing.com.
October 24, 2012 | Categories: Author, Publishing, Writing | Tags: Arts, Author, Dark fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Fire Born, J. Taylor Publishing, Laney, laney mcmann, Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Publishing, The Fire Born Novels, The Fire Born Trilogy, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, United States, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author, Young-adult fiction | 12 Comments »
Anyone who reads my blog with any regularity (Thank You!) knows that I’ve been working on my novel for two years. Two years full of a wide swing of emotions. Now, as I am officially on submission, I feel…uneasy. Anxious. A little bit afraid.
For the first time, I’m nervous about simply letting it go.
When I started working on my cover art, I felt excited. When I received the first layout, my heart skipped. Mine. My words. My name.
The second layout was similar. The fourth and fifth layouts had me feeling downright overwhelmed.
When my first wave of edits rolled in, I thought, okay, this is doable. Not so bad. When the second wave of fine toothed edits came over with suggestions and corrections everywhere, I panicked.
Oh my god. I’m actually doing this?
All those little insecurities welled up again and sat there on my shoulder, taunting me.
This wasn’t the plan, you know. You were just writing….just writing. Like always. Are you sure you want to do this? You can back out. Keep this story tucked away like all the other ones. No one has to know!
Overreacting. All part of the process. I get it. I am supposed to be putting all my efforts toward TORN, the second book in the series. I am supposed to submit the first book, forget about it, and move to the next. I know.
But…this is hard.
August 9, 2012 | Categories: Author, Books, Editing, Life, Publishing, Reviews, Self Publishing, Writer, Writing, Writing Tips | Tags: art, Arts, Blog, Facebook, goal accomplishment, laney mcmann, Publishing, Self-publishing, Social media, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, Twitter, Writers Resources, Writing, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author | 4 Comments »
TheFireBornNovels.com is officially up and running. Small in size and content still, but up and running nonetheless.
July 12, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Books, Publishing, Writer | Tags: Author, Blog, Google, laney mcmann, Novel, The Fire Born Novels, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, Web search engine, Website, Writer, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author | Leave A Comment »