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#TeaserTenth ~ #YA #UF

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#TeaserTenth is a monthly meme for writers, both published and unpublished. It’s a great opportunity to meet other writers, as well as readers, by sharing a sampling (10 lines or less) of the stories we are working on, or have already published.

Feel free to join! (click the badge above for details.)

This week, I’ve decided to share lines from one of my works in progress. This is taken from a random spot in the book. (unedited.)

Enjoy!

“It’s four fifteen in the morning, and I’m afraid to even venture why I received a notice for you to appear in front of the Warden later today, and Danny has nothing to say, which could only mean one thing—” Plumb looked Cole up and down. “With the condition you’re in, I’m not sure I want to know where you’ve been.”

“You probably don’t.” Cole held his hand out for the summons.

Plumb handed the paper over, scowling. “Are you going to tell me where you’ve been?”

“Thought you didn’t want to know.” He walked toward the porch.

“Cole.”

“I’m tired as hell. I’ve been up all night.” He turned to face her. “I need to get some sleep.”

“What were you doing in the middle of the night that the Principals couldn’t handle?”

“A girl.”

“Excuse me?”

“No … I, no, I wasn’t doing … a girl. She just … never mind.”

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Thanks for reading! 🙂

To join in here’s the link: http://www.jabelfield.com/teaser-tenth.html

And a big Thank You to J.A. Belfield for creating the meme.


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!


Christmas Cracker Scavenger Hunt #Giveaway

This giveaway has ended.

Welcome to the 2nd Christmas Cracker Scavenger Hunt!

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This year we are giving away a few prizes including Amazon Gift Cards

& e-books.

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Here on my blog, I am giving away a e-book copy of …

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by Erika Beebe, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, J. Keller Ford, L.S. Murphy, Danielle E. Shipley, Anna Simpson

Release Date: December 2, 2013

Target Reader: Young Adult

Keywords: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Fiction, Romantic, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Description

What if today never ends?

What if everything about life—everything anyone hoped to be, to do, to experience—never happens?

Whether sitting in a chair, driving down the road, in surgery, jumping off a cliff or flying … that’s where you’d be … forever.

Unless …

In One More Day, Erika Beebe, Marissa Halvorson, Kimberly Kay, J. Keller Ford, Danielle E. Shipley and Anna Simpson join L.S. Murphy to give us their twists, surprising us with answers to two big questions, all from the perspective of characters under the age of eighteen.

How do we restart time?

How do we make everything go back to normal?

The answers, in whatever the world—human, alien, medieval, fantasy or fairytale—could,maybe, happen today.

Right now.

What would you do if this happened … to you?

To enter in the drawing to win this book, just enter your name and what format you need (Nook or Kindle) in the form below, and that’s it, you’re entered! Easy.

Now, for the Grand prizes,

HERE’S WHAT’S UP FOR GRABS:

Grand Prize:

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Second Grand Prize:

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Here’s how to play the Scavenger Hunt:

Hop around ALL of the Blogs taking part in the Christmas Cracker Scavenger Hunt, collect the individual letter from each participating blog, then rearrange them to spell something related to Christmas. This is the answer you will need to enter into the Grand Prize Rafflectopter to be eligible for entry.

MY LETTER IS:

So start hopping from blog to blog, gather your letters from EVERY ONE of them, figure out the Christmas word the letters spell and go to the Rafflecopter HERE to enter to win the grand prize!

For the next stop on the hop, head over to Danielle E. Shipley’s blog at http://everonword.wordpress.com/

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Participating blogs (they also each have an e-book prize up for grabs):

Danielle E. Shipley

Julie Reece

Juliette Cross

Keri Lake

Claire Gillian

Jonathan Lister

Laney McMann

Anna Simpson

Terri Rochenski

Alexander Nader

J.Taylor Publishing

J.A. Belfield

GOOD LUCK and Thanks for playing!!

***Giveaway runs from Dec 12 at noon-15 at midnight, 2014


TIED (FireBorn1) #TeaserTenth

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#TeaserTenth is a monthly meme for writers, both published and unpublished. It’s a great opportunity to meet other writers, as well as readers, by sharing a sampling (10 lines or less) of the stories we are working on, or have already published.

Feel free to join! (click the badge above for details.)

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Today I’m sharing lines from TIED, the first installment in the Fire Born trilogy, published September 2013.

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. 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.

To read more, you can find the book here: TIED

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And thank you to J.A Belfield for creating the meme!


September is for Sequels Blog Hop Winners!

Hi guys! Thanks to everyone who entered the

September is for Sequels Blog Hop Giveaway.

There were a lot of entries, and to show my thanks,

I’ve decided to choose TWO winners instead of one.

So ….

Lisa V.

&

Jaime Lynn

Check your emails.

You both won copies of TIED and TORN in e-book form.

I’ll be contacting you soon!!

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September Is For Sequels Blog Hop #Giveaway #YA

It’s been forever since I participated in a blog hop it seems, but September for Sequels is the perfect place for me to hop back in.

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What’s up for grabs on my end of things?

As this is a sequels hop, I’m offering up a e-book copy of not yet released, TORN, the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy which launches on September 8th. And since it is the second, I’m also going to giveaway a e-book copy of the first book in the trilogy, TIED.

 

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Target Audience: Young Adult

Key Words: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Mythology

Publisher: J Taylor Publishing

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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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AND … the sequel:

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Find Max.

That’s all Layla cares about. Not healing from the Fomore attack. Not finding answers to how she survived a fall that nearly killed her. Nothing will stop her. She will find him. She’ll even pair up with an overbearing Fallen Angel who’s hell bent on making everything harder than it needs to be if she has to.

Protect Layla.

For Max, nothing else matters. Not the bruises covering his body. Not the pain radiating from his broken bones. Not even his hands tied behind his back. He will find a way to save Layla, and the Fomore will pay if they’ve hurt her.

Every. Single. One of them.

In the second installment of The Fire Born trilogy, a new breed of villain looms—one Layla and Max will never suspect, and this killer has nothing to lose. Better yet, with Max and Layla’s deaths, victory is in the grip of the enemy.

Will Max and Layla find each other in time, or is it already too late for them both?

Releasing September 8, 2014

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September is for Sequels will run from September 2nd – September 10 at midnight.

To make the entries super simple, I’m only asking for you to leave a comment in the comment form below, including your email, so I can contact the winner. Random.org will choose one winner at contests end, on September 10 at midnight. (The giveaway is International)

That’s it. Simple.

Thanks, and GOOD LUCK!

Check out all the other blogs participating in the hop and goodies up for grabs HERE


What I’m Working On ~ Blog Hop

I’ve been called on upon by my friend, Alex Naderauthor of the awesome adult urban fantasy novel, Beasts of Burdinto 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 Reecewhose novel CRUX is amazing . Julie also has a new series titled, The Artisans that releases in 2015!


Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt Update

For all the winners who won a TIED bookmark, or the signed copy of TIED on Gretchen McNeil’s Blog during the Hunt, your prizes are in route to you. Check your mail boxes, and Thank You for playing along!

 

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Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt #SRScavHunt

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:

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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)

 

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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:

ENTRY FORM PAGE

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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

Good luck!

 

*Thank you to Joelle Charbonneau who, although unable to participate, donated a copy of The Testing for the Grand Prize.

 

Info on Lisa Amowitz:
Her young adult novel BREAKING GLASS is available now 
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coming September 9, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press

The light is darker than you think.

Visit me on the web at: lisaamowitz.com

Breaking Glass on GOODREADS 
 

 

Facebook Author page

 

 


Romance Is In The Air #Giveaway Hop

Romance is in the air Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Rachael Anderson

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WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS. 😉

What’s up for grabs on the hop?

Taking full advantage of the romance theme … and putting a Paranormal spin on it 😉 … I’m offering a few Young Adult Paranormal Romance titles

Here’s what’s up to win:

Young Adult:

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Good stuff.

So … Rafflecopter is going to choose TWO winners.

Each winner can choose ONE e-book of choice.

ENTER RAFFLECOPTER

Good Luck!

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Midwinter’s Eve #Giveaway Hop

Rounding out the year of 2013, I’ve decided to jump in on the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Book Hounds.

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Up for grabs is a paperback copy of TIED (The Fire Born Novels, Book #1)

Published September 9, 2013

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and a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card to ONE winner.

Just enter the RAFFLECOPTER!

That’s it.

GOOD LUCK!

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Spooktacular #Giveaway Hop #YAbooks

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A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS! 😉

For the 4th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer ~

I am choosing to do a Young Adult Paranormal Themed Giveaway in honor of All Hallows Eve.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

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One winner will get to choose TWO titles of their choice available in e-book form, plus they will win a $10 Amazon gift card.

 That’s 5 YA Paranormal titles to choose from: CRUX, AFTER DARK, REAPER, TIED, or DAY AFTER,

PLUS a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

(If you’d like to read the blurbs for each of these books, just click the covers.)

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Enter to WIN Here: RAFFLECOPTER FORM

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This Giveaway will run from October 15th through October 31st upon which time, Rafflecopter will choose the winner.

GOOD LUCK!

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October New Release #Giveaway Hop

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A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS! 😉

In honor of the October New Release Giveaway hosted by Book Twirps and Refracted Light Reviews, I am giving away an E-Book of Just Released,

EYE OF THE SOUL

by Terri Rochenski

Eye of the Soul

Genre: Adult Fantasy

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Escape.

That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.

Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.

Or so she believes.

Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.

Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.

Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.

Forever.

What do you need to do to enter to win this awesome book?

Enter the Rafflecopter of course. 😉

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GOOD LUCK and thanks for playing!

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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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September New Release Book Blog Hop #GIVEAWAY!

THIS HOP HAS ENDED. STAY TUNED FOR THE NEXT ONE IN OCTOBER. 🙂

 

 

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Welcome to my stop on the September New Releases Giveaway Hop brought to you by Book Twirps and Refracted Light Reviews

For my stop, I am celebrating TWO September new releases. The release of TIED by Laney McMann AND the release of PERRY ROAD by Emi Gayle.

What’s up for grabs?

An e-book of TIED

AND

an e-book of PERRY ROAD

Yep.

TWO BOOKS ARE UP FOR GRABS.

Check them out:

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Enter the TIED Rafflecopter HERE!                                         

Enter the PERRY ROAD Rafflecopter HERE!

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TIED Blurb:

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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PERRY ROAD Blurb:

In 2132, “We the people …” means nothing, and it hasn’t for a hundred years.

Like all the citizens of the American Union, eighteen-year-old Erianna Keating is not to ask questions. She is not to believe anything except what the A.U. tells her. More importantly, she’s not supposed to know what she doesn’t know, nor that she’s a pawn.

Like everyone else, though, she is, and like everyone else, she is a hundred percent oblivious to what’s going on.

Or is she? Are they?

Erianna thinks going to Perry Road and joining the national registration program is her next step toward adulthood; the 2132 candidates for adult-classification, though, are in for a big surprise. Especially Erianna.

Thanks to Zane Warren, an awkward but hot guy who won’t shut up about a history that doesn’t—orshouldn’t—matter anymore, Erianna will know. Will learn. That includes finding out what actually happens after registration and doing something, anything, about it.

Fixing what went wrong, what caused the U.S.A. to split into two countries, though, is not on Erianna’s bucket list, but as she faces her future, she must decide whether to fall in line with the American Union’s plan for her, or to consider that Zane might not be wrong, and the time for revolution begins now.

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This Giveaway will run from September 15th through September 30th upon which time, Rafflecopter will choose the winners and they will be announced on my blog the following day.

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GOOD LUCK!

Check out all the blogs joining in on the September Release Giveaway Hop, and see what other books are up for grabs. 😉

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Road Trip Wednesday ~ Best Summer Vacation Destination?

In this month’s Bookmobile selection–OVER YOU by Amy Reed–the main character and her best friend try to escape their problems with a summer trip to Nebraska. If you could escape somewhere (anywhere!) for the summer, where would it be?

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Good question.

If I could go anywhere in the world for the summer … it would be Ireland. For tons of reasons. 😉

How about you guys? Any special location to escape to for a few months?


Road Trip Wednesday — Best Books of March

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March, for me, has been an awesome reading month. I’m crazy late, but I finally started The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. And when I say started, I really mean finished– the whole series. Except of course The City of Heavenly Fire — not due out until March ‘014 ;(

This is one of the best series of books I’ve read in a really, really long time, and I can’t believe I’m just now getting around to it. So — here are some covers of the series to drool over, and if you’re a YA fan who hasn’t read these books — do yourself a favor. Jace might be one of the best male characters I’ve ever read. Ever. Yeah, that good.

(couldn’t get a good pic of City of Lost Souls but that cover is a beauty too.)

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

City of Ashes

City of Ashes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

City of Glass (Mortal Instruments)

City of Glass (Mortal Instruments) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Road Trip Wednesday #170 Best Books

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This week on Road Trip Wednesday, YA Highway asks the question:

What’s the best book you’ve read in February?

Hm … All of the books I’ve read in the month of February were great. I started off the month with Suzanne Collin’s THE HUNGER GAMES series, finished Lauren Kate’s FALLEN series with RAPTURE, read The 19th Year series, AFTER DARK and the sequel, DAY AFTER by Emi Gayle–both awesome–and I rounded out the month with Michael Scott’s final book in The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, THE ENCHANTRESS. Lucky for me, my line edits haven’t begun on TIED, so I’ve had more free time to read everyone else’s stuff for a change.

There were two books I gave 5 Stars to in February — well, one book actually and one series of books.

THE HUNGER GAMES series by Suzanne Collins was truly an incredible, pull-you-in-and-refuse-to-let-you-go story, and for that reason, it was my favorite series for the month of February.

BUT … DAY AFTER by Emi Gayle, was my favorite book for the month.

Both of these reads, although YA, are completely different and therefore can’t really be compared against each other. Dystopian vs Urban Fantasy. I am, and have always been, the biggest fantasy fan, and DAY AFTER delivered for me in that category. It’s not due for official release until May, though, and you’ll have to read AFTER DARK first, too! 😉

So, you guys? Favorite books for February?

Check out YA Highways Road Trip Wednesday for more Best Books of February!


Road Trip Wednesday — Crazy Love

This week on YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday Blog Carnival, the theme of love goes on …

YA Highway RTW

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love OR what’s your favorite movie/book moment of someone doing crazy things for love?

That’s a loaded question. Let’s see … First off, I’ve done so many stupid/crazy things for “love” they’d be hard to count.

I could talk about the time I … or about … Nah … I’ll leave that to the imagination and head straight toward my favorite movie moments. Not sure I’d call these crazy, really, but I have A LOT of favorite moments. THESE ARE ALL SPOILERS! DON’T WATCH IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THESE ALREADY. 😉

Here are just a few:

MOVIES:

SAY ANYTHING boom box scene with John Cusak

THE WEDDING SINGER airplane scene

REALITY BITES

LIKE CRAZY

THE ART OF GETTING BY

I am in love with this movie–the realness of it, but finding one good scene to show was impossible, so here are a lot of them: SPOILER!

MOULIN ROUGE

Another incredible favorite of mine, but again–can’t find the end scene by itself … SPOILER!

There are my few for now. You guys? Favorite movie moments?


Road Trip Wednesday — Love is in the air

Jumping on the YA Highway’s Blog Carnival this week in honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

This week’s topic: What do you love most about writing (and/or reading)?

I’m going to pick reading because I will forever be a reader before a writer. Why do I love it so? For me, reading fantasy and paranormal, which are my all time favorites, is like walking into another world–into someone else’s shoes–and living there for a while.

It’s the ability to transport somewhere else–somewhere you never even dreamed of. It’s magic.

How about you? Why do you love reading and/or writing so much?


The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

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Light the fireworks: http://www.shotsforpassion.com – New domain name for my blog! (Photo credit: Shots For Passion)

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’m supposed to tag eleven bloggers, but I’m cheating a little and tagging all of you who have WIP’s to play. Why? Because there are a lot of you. Yay me. 

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! 😉

Here goes:

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!! 😉 ***