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#CRYSTALLUM edits have begun! #YA #UF

Official edits on my new YA Urban Fantasy,

CRYSTALLUM

(The Primordial Principles #1)

have begun!

 

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Midwinter’s Eve #Giveaway Hop #YA

This contest has ended. The winner will be announced tomorrow (1/5).

Stay tuned!

Hi everyone!

I’m happy to once again be participating in the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Book Hounds. 🙂

 

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For the Hop this year, a few titles are up for grabs, all in the fantasy genre, all YA. There will be ONE winner, just choose the book you want. 😉

First option:

CRUX

by Julie Reece

YA Urban Fantasy

13She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

Next option:

REAPER

by L.S. Murphy

YA urban fantasy

19There’s no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.

It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.

Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.

Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.

Maybe … just maybe … that’s okay.

It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.

And last option:

TIED (Fire Born #1)

by Laney McMann

YA Urban Fantasy

perf5.250x8.000.inddNormal 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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In addition, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to the same winner.

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 So, to make this easy, and fast, the book will be in e-book format (Kindle or Nook) and I will have a simply entry. Random.com will choose the winner. No purchase necessary to win. International entries welcome. Just leave me a comment in the form below, tell me which book you want, your email address, and the format (Kindle or Nook). That’s it!

Easy. 🙂

**the giveaway will run from December 21-31, 2014.

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Good Luck and Happy Holidays!


COVER REVEAL ~ Will The Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up? by Ella Martin

 

I have a Cover Reveal to share with everyone today!

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Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up?

Author:

Ella Martin

Publisher:

Astraea Press

Publication Date:

July 1, 2014

 

Short Blurb:

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…

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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:

Blog: http://www.ella-martin.com

Twitter: @westgateprep

Facebook: www. facebook.com/AuthorEllaMartin

Tumblr: http://www.westgateprep.tumblr.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/westgateprep

 

Professional inquiries:

Julia A. Weber

J.A. Weber Literaturagentur

j.weber@jaw-litagent.com

+49 421 3608641

 

 

 


EXCERPT RELEASE ~~ TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann #YA

 

Hi, everyone.

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.

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ONE

Layla

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.”

“Max?”

“Shh. Save your strength.”

Oh, god.

Max.

I fell … We fell. It was so hot. Too hot, and …

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“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.

“Max!”

#**#**#

“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.”

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Layla and Max are back September 8th, 2014.

 


Author Spotlight & Book Release ~ INSPIRED by Danielle E. Shipley

I have a special treat on the blog today. I’m sharing Danielle E. Shipley’s just released, INSPIRED

And we have a giveaway plus an interview with the author. 😉

Here’s a peek:

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by Danielle E. Shipley

Release Date: March 17, 2014

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fiction

Description

For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.

In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.

Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.

Or so he hopes.

Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.

Their own.

Let’s talk to Danielle about the book:

LM: How long have you been writing?

DS: Pretty much since I realized books didn’t just show up in Mommy’s hands for her to read to me – they’re made, and anyone with a grasp of words can make them! So I started grasping around age 5 or 6, and never let go.

LM: Did you always aspire to be an author?

DS: An author just for fun? Yes, always. A professional author? Not ‘til the realization in my late teens that authorhood is the only career I’ve got a heart for. So since then, I’ve followed the passion with everything I’ve got.

LM: Can you tell us what inspired you to write the story? 😉

DS: My favorite gang of muses: My characters! Most of the people I make up either don’t like me much or just don’t care, but a handful of them and I get along…well, as much as we get along with anybody. XD So I wanted to show what our crazy relationship is like, just with a little bit more of an actual plot. Trust me, no reader wants to wade through an accurate transcript of our nonsensical interactions.

LM: Who is your favorite character and why?

DS: Aw, that’s tough! Even assuming we’re narrowing it down to just the “Inspired” cast, I stand most in awe of Luc, but Wilbur’s the sweetest, while it’s so much fun to let my attitude out in Uri. If all the characters were about to fall off a mental cliff or something, though, I’d probably grab for Yves. I guess I feel the most maternal about him, since he looks like the character most desperately in need of a mother’s hug!

LM: Are you working on any new projects you’d like to share with us?

DS: April is Camp NaNoWriMo (the non-November version of National Novel Writing Month), and one of my other favorite muses (hi, Mom!) recently sparked some big plans for a book which just may involve some faces made familiar through “Inspired”. I’m excited to zoom through the first draft and see what the fictional folk do on the page!

LM: Plotter or Pantser?

DS: Plotter. Hard core. If I don’t have my 20-plus pages of chapter-by-chapter outline, I don’t feel half ready.

LM: What books are you currently reading, if any?

DS: It’s been a Book Two kind of reading scene, these days. Just finished Maggie Stiefvater’s “Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)” and Rachel Bach’s “Honor’s Knight (The Paradox Trilogy #2)”; currently a few pages into A.G. Howard’s “Unhinged” (sequel to “Splintered”); and I’ve been working my way through a leisurely re-read of Stephen Lawhead’s “Scarlet (King Raven Trilogy #2)” for months, ‘cause it’s always pleasant to have a Robin Hood retelling chillin’ out in the background.

LM: Twitter or Facebook?

DS: Lately, Twitter. Technologically speaking, it tends to frustrate me less.

LM: Fantasy or Paranormal?

DS: Both! A wizard and a vampire time travel into a bar… I will read about that bar. I love a good genre-mash.

LM: Any tips you’d like to give aspiring writers hoping to be published one day?

DS: Write whatever the heck you want! Don’t be too hard on your work, but always push yourself to make it better. Don’t worry about what everybody else is writing; you do you. Know that reaching your goals may well take longer than the building of Rome, but hey, every little brick helps to keep the dream alive. And only let life make you bitter if you’re confident you can channel that vitriol into a smashing story.

LM: When you’re not writing, you are?

DS: Twitchy over the fact that I’m not writing. Working on production prep for my self-pubbed projects. Wasting time online. Squealing over BBC’s “Sherlock” with my cross-country BFF. Weeping my characters’ tears as they weather some out-of-book storm. Talking out the blues with my mom. Seriously wishing I were writing.

LM: Tea or Coffee?

DS: Tea! A friend got me hooked on a site that lets you create customs blends. I’ve got two character-inspired teas I’m drinking by the pot already, and there shall be more.

LM: Summer or Winter?

DS: Summer. I despise the cold and early darkness of winter. It kills my soul. …though it’s hoodies and tea season, so there’s that.

LM: I despise the cold too! Early bird or Night Owl?

DS: Night owl. I mean, I’d love to start my day early, but not if it means I have to consistently be in bed before midnight. Besides, my muse enjoys poking me between 1 and 2am.

LM: Favorite time to write?

DS: I like to get started first thing, otherwise distractions will push the start time back ‘til I’ve lost the morning. (I guess my brain really does see 1am as the magical genesis hour, because by the time we cross into the afternoon, my day feels half over – never mind that there are way more waking hours ahead of me than behind.) On the other hand, once I’ve started, I don’t want to stop, so the pm hours become my favorite, too. So I guess the short answer would have been “when I’m awake”. X)

Thanks so much, Danielle. 😉

Danielle is also having a GIVEAWAY!

ENTER HERE!

Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who homeschooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it.

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Twitter: @DESHIPLEY

 


On Writing

A series of random thoughts.

Writing is akin to hearing a thousand voices screaming at you all at once and you trying to decipher which ones you should listen to, and which ones you should ignore. Life’s a bit like that too.


TORN (Fire Born #2) Cover Reveal Countdown

The Cover Reveal for TORN

(Fire Born #2)

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TORN (Fire Born #2) Cover Reveal Countdown

The cover reveal for the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy,

TORN

is in 10 Days!

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ARC Giveaway ~ INSPIRED by Danielle E. Shipley

J. Taylor Publishing are giving away FIVE ARCs of Inspired by Danielle E. Shipley!

Check it out!

For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.

In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.

Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.

Or so he hopes.

Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.

INSPIRED is an innovative glimpse at the true muse of a writer, a tale told with style and wit. And J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARC copies.

To YOU!

You don’t even have to be a book blogger!

Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review between the dates March 3rd and March 17th 2014, you are eligible to enter.

Interested?

Then just fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed.

You have until midnight of March 2nd to enter.

About Danielle E. Shipley:

Danielle E. Shipley, author, Inspired

Danielle E. Shipley, author, Inspired

Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who homeschooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it.


ARC Giveaway ~ Beasts of Burdin by Alexander Nader

J. Taylor Publishing are giving away FIVE ARCs of Beasts of Burdin by Alexander Nader!

Check it out!

Demon hunter Ty Burdin hung up his guns, knife, trench coat and fedora a year ago. Bags packed, hands washed of all demon politics, he’s done. Forever.

In fact, to get far far away, he dragged Nora, his rockabilly secretary, from Miami to the Tennessee mountains where he’s lived a life of peace—if peace can be defined as drowning in scotch and taking private eye jobs to keep the lights on. Jobs for real people. Not demons.

No demons.

He’s retired from that. Remember?

Demon hunters aren’t a dime a dozen, though, and when Ty’s brother asks him for a favor—just one—what’s a brother to do? Agreeing to take down one hillbilly demon shouldn’t take that long. In. Decapitate. Out. Favor complete. Back to the office where Nora and his bottle of whiskey are waiting.

Unfortunately for Ty, staying retired doesn’t seem to be in the cards, and an avalanche of bad luck draws him right back to an agency he despises and the career that nearly cost him his sanity.

This time, Ty has no way out and will have to face his own demons just to survive.

BEASTS OF BURDIN is the first installment in an exciting and witty new urban fantasy series, featuring Ty Burdin, a retired demon hunter turned private eye. And J. Taylor Publishing is giving away FIVE ARC copies.

To YOU!

You don’t even have to be a book blogger!

Nope, so long as you are willing to leave an honest review between the dates January 27th – February 10th 2014, you are eligible to enter.

Interested?

Then just fill out the form and keep your fingers crossed.

You have until midnight of January 26th to enter.

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