Young Adult Dark Urban Fantasy Author ~

A Fire Born Novel

#Teaser Tuesday TIED (Fire Born #1)

“Layla.” Benny’s terrified voice rang out above me. Her fear-filled eyes came into focus as glaring fluorescent lights radiated down from the ceiling. “Can you see me?”

“Who else would I see? You’re in my face.” I shielded my eyes from the light’s glare, the vision reverberating through my mind. The same vision I’d seen a hundred times before. The one I thought had to be a memory but knew couldn’t be. The vision that made my heart ache as if it were being ripped out.

A crowd of dancers hovered around, all gazes fixed on me as I hastily wiped my damp eyes.

What did I do?

“I told you she was crazy,” Dena said.

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#TIED Book Blast #GIVEAWAY

Starting today, I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, is hosting the TIED Book Blast Giveaway.

First, about the book:

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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.
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Excerpt:

My window opened easily. The same way it had so many times before. Climbing out on the ledge, I found the ground empty and dropped from the second floor—a jump I’d made a hundred times. In another life.
My feet sunk into the sand, and I followed the well-worn pathway through the dunes. Even the strong evening winds hadn’t misshaped the deep gully. The ocean’s breeze lashed at my hair as the moonlight glinted off the water’s surface. Seagulls flew up from their nesting grounds. They should have recognized me, since I’d been wandering at night for so long. Wrapping my arms around my knees to block the slight chill, I settled in the sand, and the birds quieted in a tight huddle, the wind blowing their feathers in awkward angles.
My gaze fell on a figure standing beyond the dunes edge, a shadow hidden within the darkness. My pulse quickened, but I didn’t move. Another trick—an illusion. Weary of the games my mind continued to play, I bit back tears and the catch in my throat. I should have been immune to them—the hallucinations—the way they haunted me and followed me, but I wasn’t.
Forcing myself to blink, I turned my head away. The visions had grown worse as I’d become older. I’d tried to convince myself they were nightmares—or weird dreams. Hoped for years they were, but only people who sleep dream.
Unable, or unwilling to stop myself, I glanced back over my shoulder, thoughts flooding my brain. Memories I knew couldn’t be memories but I cherished all the same. For years I’d tried to shake them away. To make myself forget.
I couldn’t.#**#**#
A stone raps against my bedroom window. I creep over and peer through the blinds.
“You’re late.” I lean out over the sill, grinning at the boy staring up at me.
“Come on, let’s go before she comes,” he says.
I climb onto the window ledge. “Be nice. She’s my friend.”
“Okay. Jump.” He waves at me to go faster.
“Move, and I will.”
He takes one casual step to the side.The jump isn’t too high; I make it all the time.
He grabs my hand when I land beside him in the soft sand. “Ready?”
I nod.
“One, two …”
“I’m going to tell!” Benny runs across my yard toward me, her blonde pigtails flapping in the wind. “You’re not allowed to talk to that boy, Layla! Your mom said!”
Max tightens his grip on my hand.
“Shut up, Benny! I’m old enough.”
“You’re only nine. Don’t go! “
“Three!” Max and I leave the ground.
“You’re going to get in so much trouble.” Benny’s yell rings in the distance.
Our feet touch down in the wet grass of the Otherworld, icy sea air whipping at my face.
“Hopefully, she won’t follow us again.” Max lets go of my hand.
“She won’t. I told her not to.” I lead the way down the cliff face to the ocean.
“She never listens to you.”
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Up second? The Giveaway.

What’s up for grabs?  A $50 Amazon Gift Card or Pay Pal Cash.

Enter to win: RAFFLECOPTER

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Ends 11/24/13
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com/” target=”_blank”>http://iamareader.com</a> and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Good Luck!

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TIED (Fire Born #1) Book Blog Tour Recap Wk 4

Ending out the 4th week of the TIED book tour, here’s what we saw:

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September 30:

At Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews I’m talking character names in a cool interview, and the excerpt for the book is up.

My interview with Doctor’s Notes talks about why I became a writer, and the giveaway continues.

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 October 1:

Over on That Artsy Reader Girl the group giveaway is still under way (’til the 15th), and the TIED Playlist is up on her blog. 😉

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October 2:

Jocelyn and I, at The Scribble’s of Jocelyn Adams , talk villains vs heroines. Which one would you be?

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October 3:

Katherine Skye YA Author asked what types of characters I enjoy writing most. Hmmm. Can you guess?

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October 4:

Brooke at The Cover Contessa wanted to know who my favorite character is in TIED. Easy one.

And Alex and I, over at, Alex Nader Writes, talk about one of my favorite things—mythology, and how I like to twist it to my story lines—along with a few other things on his blog.

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Thank you so much to all the readers, authors, and bloggers who hosted me this past week!!
The last week of the blog rounds out on Wednesday. 😉

TIED (Fire Born #1) Book Blog Tour Recap Wk 3

As we round out week three of the TIED Blog Book Tour, I must say Thank You to everyone who participated thus far.

Here’s a recap of this past week’s posts:

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September 23:

On Monday I was talking Strangest Nightmares with Kayla over at Bibliophilia, Please

September 24:

On Tuesday Danielle and I were talking Inspiration, and she has a beautiful 5 Star review of TIED as well on Known To Read

September 25:

Hump Day came in with two of my fellow authors. Linda wants to know, Why Fantasy and Paranormal? at L.S. Murphy’s Blog

And what’s my favorite food? J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer finds that out as well as a few other things about me in our interview.

September 26:

Jen At Random is continuing on with the TIED Giveaway that is still in full steam and getting an awesome amount of entries. (Thank You to all who have entered so far)

September 27:

And lastly, Bookworm Lisa is also sharing the Giveaway festivities.

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Thank You again to everyone!

See you next week for round 4!

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TIED (Fire Born #1) Book Blog Tour Recap Wk 2

 A big Thank You to everyone who participated in the second week of the TIED blog tour.

Got some awesome reviews, and had some great conversations. 😉

Here’s how the week went:

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September 15:

Cremona over at Mythical Books had an incredible 4/5 Star review of TIED, and she’s shouting out the word of the continued Group Giveaway.

September 16:

Julie and I talked about daydreams and pizza toppings at Bookarooju

Aimee knows that I don’t eat Ben and Jerry’s and who in the world, dead or alive, I’d like to meet most and whyAimee Laine’s Blog

Julie and I talked about TIED and writing, and the GIveaway continues over on her blog: Julie Reece’s Blog

September 17:

The YA Book Addict had another great 4 STAR review of TIED.

Crazy Four Books had another awesome review of TIED!

September 18:

The super cool, Juliette Cross and I talked Books, Baubles and Bad Boys in her guest post.

September 19:

The Reading Diaries gave TIED 5 beautifully enthusiastic STARS. 🙂 Plus an interview and the GIVEAWAY continues.

TIED earned 5 STARS from Happy Tails and Tales Blog and I am seriously humbled now. 😉

September 20:

J Keller Ford and I talked PJ’s and Quidditch. Which position would you play?

Emi Gayle knows why I never snuck out of the house in High School and what color my prom dress was.

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AGAIN, Thank You so, so much to everyone who hosted, shouted, tweeted, liked, reviewed, and interviewed this week for the blog tour.

You guys are sooo awesome!

See everyone next week for round three!


#TIED Blog Tour Wk 1 Recap

As the first week of the TIED blog tour winds down, I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who shouted, blogged, interviewed, and took the time to review.

Here’s a quick recap of where I was, and who I was talking to, this week.

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September 9:

First up, of course, my publisher, J Taylor Publishing has the honor of announcing TIED’s release.

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September 10:

Next, I was over at Kindle Obsessed talking about what I believe makes a worthy read.

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September 11:

Over at Musings of a YA Reader I had a great interview, and discussed inspiration for the book, as well as mythology. 😉

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September 12:

Fellow Author, Terri Rochenski hosted me on her blog, Scribbler’s Sojourn where I counted down my favorite fantasy books. There are some great ones.

Author, Danielle Shipley had some really fun questions for me, including how I fell into the author thing backwards, in her interview at Ever On Word

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And I can’t leave out Known To Read who wrote a staggeringly awesome 5 Star review of TIED on her book blog. I will be over there on September 24th talking about inspiration. Can’t wait.

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Thank you so much again to all who hosted me this week.

Next week the GROUP GIVEAWAY continues, as well as a few more interviews with yours truly and probably a guest post or two. 😉

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#TIED (Fire Born Novels, Book 1) Playlist

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The playlist runs scene by scene, chapter by chapter with some songs overlapping, and some chapters having more than one song. Hope you enjoy. 😉

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Blue Foundation ~ Dream (3:11 P.M.) 

 M83 ~ Midnight City 

 Animal Kingdom ~ Strange Attractor 

 M83 ~ Wait 

Mumford & Sons ~ Reminder 

Coldplay ~ Trouble 

Gorillaz ~ Dare 

Paul Banks ~ The Base 

Chromatics ~ These Streets Will Never Look The Same 

Rihanna ~ Stay 

Imagine Dragons ~ Radioactive 

Awolnation ~ Sail 

Mumford & Sons ~ Ghosts That We Knew 

Moodswings ~ Hairy Piano 

M83 ~ By the kiss 

Pretty Lights ~ My Only Hope 

Gang Gang Dance ~ Adult Goth 

Enya ~ Lothlorien 

Night Terrors of 1927 ~ Dust and Bones 

The Chevin ~ Champion 

Moodswings ~ Thailand 

M83 ~ Where the Boats Go 

Polica ~ Amongster (Exitmusic Remix) 

M83 ~ This Bright Flash 

M83 ~ Wait (starting at 4:23) 

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It took a long time to compile the playlist for the book, and even longer to try to cut it down to size.

I will probably post the entire playlist sometime in the coming weeks (it’s about 45 songs, I think).

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Thanks for listening, 😉


TIED Release #GIVEAWAY #YAlit

This Giveaway has ended.

In honor of TIED’s debut, I am doing a big group giveaway.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

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TWO SIGNED PAPERBACKS OF TIED

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TWO EBOOK COPIES OF TIED (ONLY the electronic copies—not the e-reader)

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AND FIVE SIGNED BOOKMARKS

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How do you win? You enter the RAFFLECOPTER 😉

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The contest starts today, September 9, 2013, and will run through October 15th, 2013 at 11:59 PM at which time Rafflecopter will select the winners.

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GOOD LUCK and Thanks for entering!


TIED Countdown to Launch Day 1!!

Tomorrow marks the official launch of TIED, the first book in The Fire Born Novels trilogy!

Here’s the last teaser before the book goes live. 😉

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I unlocked the front door, and he rested his head against the side of the house, eyes downcast. My hand dropped from the lock. “It really is bad—what you need to tell me. Isn’t it?”

He glanced up, grey eyes finding mine. “It still depends on you.” His voice was raw, almost a whisper.

I reached for his hand, caressing it with my thumb. “If it brought you back to me, I’ll take it.”

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Hope you guys liked the week of samples.

Tomorrow starts the launch of TIED, the blog tour, and a big giveaway to honor the book’s release.

Don’t miss it! 😉

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TIED Countdown to Launch Day 2!

Two more TIED teasers until Monday’s official launch of the book.

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I lie on the forest floor, my face wet with tears, close to unconsciousness. My eyelids droop, blurring the leaves, the trees, the slight crease of blue sky above my head, blending them all into a brown muddied haze.

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   Coming Sept 9, 2013

Coming Sept 9, 2013

Last teaser goes up tomorrow. 😉


TIED Countdown to Launch Day 3!

It’s getting harder for me to find little teasers that don’t give too much away …. but here’s another sample from TIED. 😉

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The shuffle of my mother’s feet against the wood floor moved closer.

I shoved the heavy, creaking front door shut with a thump, and inhaled before turning to face her.

“Thank goodness you’re all right.”

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TIED Countdown to Launch Day 4

4 Days and Counting!!

Here’s todays TIED teaser.

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I took his hand in mine and held it, loosening his hold on me, trying to regulate my ragged breaths, and stared up into his concerned, welcoming face. “Are you haunting me?”

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TIED Countdown to Launch Day 5!!

Only 5 DAYS until TIED goes live. FIVE.

Here’s today’s TIED teaser. 😉

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Her eyebrows squeezed together, and she rose and ambled forward with hesitant steps, most of her weight leaning on her left side. I was afraid she’d tip over, fall off the porch and into the garden.

“Come closer my child. My vision is not what it used to be.” I advanced a little. She held out her hands and cradled my face with a cool and gentle touch. A quick nod, and a knowing smile spread across her elderly wrinkled face, as she patted me on the hand.

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Check back tomorrow for day four’s teaser. 😉


TIED Countdown to Launch, Day 6!

Hmmm…. what teaser shall I provide today?

Something good with only six days left to launch TIED.

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Blood sped through my veins as I gripped the edge of the counter, gazing into the face I knew so well. A shadow of confusion crossed his expression as he stared back at me before the corner of his mouth drew up in a slight grin, and my face flushed with a burning heat.

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Check back tomorrow for another sample from the book!


#TIED Countdown to Launch, Day 7

ONE WEEK! ONE. EEK!

Moving on with the today’s sample teaser of TIED. 😉

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“I’m sorry. Didn’t mean to scare you.” He sat on the edge of my bed. “Can I get you anything?”

I closed my eyes again. “I’ve officially lost my mind.” I wondered whether the doctor had been wrong about my quickly healed concussion. I’d obviously done more harm to my already damaged brain.

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Check in again tomorrow for another teaser!


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 1

Hi everyone. This will be my last official My Music Monday post related to TIED’s playlist. The entire playlist will go live on launch day, next Monday, September 9th.

Hope you guys have enjoyed all the music these last 33 weeks!


#TIED Countdown to Launch, Day 8

We’re on Day 8! Here’s the second TIED teaser.

Enjoy!

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“Jump.”

I smiled down at him but didn’t answer.

“Afraid?”

“No!”

“So, jump.” He smirked up at me, the wind blowing his hair
over his eyes.

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Check in tomorrow for another snippet from the book. 😉


TIED, The Fire Born Novels (# 1), Countdown to Launch

In honor of TIED’s official release on the 9th of September, I’ve decided to do a small teaser each day until the launch. 😉

Here we go:

Crisp leaves crunch under my feet, and a sweet scent drifts in from the nearby waterfall. I listen to it splashing off the rocks, inhaling a deep cleansing breath, the dampness of the forest warming my bones, before turning, heart hammering, eyes narrowing, frozen in my tracks.

Coming Sept 9, 2013

Coming Sept 9, 2013


Anything In Life Worth Having …

“Anything in life worth having is worth fighting for.”

~ Susan Elizabeth Phillips

As TIED went live two weeks early (Amazon only so far), I’m reminded of this quote. Of how true it is.

So, don’t give up, or give in, or walk away. Fight for what you want, work for it—believe in it.

Don’t be afraid to take the chance.


My Music Monday ~ (TIED Countdown) Wk 2

TWO WEEKS until TIED launches?! How did I lose count?

A few more songs to go on the TIED playlist this week.


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 4

With TIED only under a month before going live, the last few songs of the playlist are going to get crammed in  before launch on September 9th. (I think I lost count somehow.)

Here we go:


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 5!

TIED will be released in ONE MONTH!

I’m including two songs this week so I can get them all in before launch.

Here are this week’s playlist tracks:


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 6!

I completely forgot to post today!

Here’s this week’s TIED playlist track:


TIED Blog Tour ~ Bloggers and Schedule

The blog tour for TIED is just around the corner, and I want to say Thank You to all the bloggers/reviewers who have signed up for the tour, as well as give readers (and writers) the schedule to follow if you want to check it out. 😉

We start on September 9th. The day TIED releases onto the masses. 😉

Here goes:

September 9:

J. Taylor Publishing

September 10:

Kindle Obsessed

September 11:

Nightly Reading

Musings of a YA Reader

September 12:

Scribbler’s Sojourn

Ever On Word

September 13:

Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight

September 15:

Mythical Books

September 16:

BookarooJu

Aimee Laine’s Blog

Julie Reece’s Blog

September 17:

YA Book Addict

Crazy Four Books

September 18:

Manga Maniac Cafe

September 19:

The Reading Diaries

Happy Tails and Tales Blog

September 20:

The Dream Weaver’s Cottage (J. Keller Ford YA Author)

Emi Gayle’s Blog

September 23:

Bibliophilia, Please

September 24:

Known To Read

September 25:

L.S. Murphy’s Blog

J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer

September 26:

At Random

September 27:

Bookworm Lisa

September 28:

The Book Diaries

September 30:

Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Doctor’s Notes

October 1:

That Artsy Reader Girl

October 2:

The Scribble’s of Jocelyn Adams

October 3:

Katherine Skye YA Author

October 4:

The Cover Contessa

Alex Nader Writes

October 7:

Ohana Day Academy

October 8:

I Am A Reader Not A Writer

October 9:

Girls Heart Books

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WHEW!

 If you are a blogger or a reviewer and you’d like to be a part of the TIED blog tour,

I still have a few spots available.

You can sign up here: J Taylor Publishing

Thanks again for everyone who is participating!!