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#SampleSunday TIED, Book One of The Fire Born Novels

Welcome to the second edition of Sample Sunday.

I’m going to try to post an excerpt from TIED one or two Sunday’s a month until release day on September 9th.

Here’s today’s teaser:

“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.

See you in a couple of weeks for another sample. 😉

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#SampleSunday TIED, The Fire Born Novels, Book One

Super excited today. I have the go ahead by my publisher to share some quotes, snippets, and samples from TIED, Book One of The Fire Born Novels. 😉

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Afternoon sun flooded through the shop’s front windows in sheets, creating a back lit silhouette in the doorway. Dust particles floated past my scope of vision like miniature ghosts, and the clear grey eyes glancing at me made my breath end in my throat.

The room spun and slowed to a time-warped crawl, and the spicy sweetness of gardenias wafted through the air. Visions rushed up to the surface, flooding my brain, blowing the circuits. My magazine dropped to the floor, and I swayed, grabbing the counter for support, forcing myself to blink.

“Layla?” Thudding feet echoed in the distance.

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That’s all for this Sunday. I’ll see what I can find for next week. 😉

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eARC #Giveaway of TIED, Book One of The Fire Born Novels #YAlit

I have another surprise today!

Next week I’ll be having an eARC Giveaway of TIED.

Incase you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s what will be up for grabs:

(Not the reader mind you, just the electronic book format. Mobi or epub)

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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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Stay tuned if you’d like to win an Advanced Reader Copy (electronic format) before TIED releases in September. 😉

 


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 13

13 weeks and counting! Here’s this week’s TIED playlist track:


TIED (Fire Born Novel #1) SNEAK PEEK! #YA

So … I have a special surprise today!

 I finally get to share the first 500 words from TIED,

and you all get a little peek inside Layla and Max’s world. 🙂

Ready?

Coming Sept 9, 2013

Coming Sept 9, 2013

Coming Sept 9, 2013

This excerpt comes from the beginning of the book.

Chapter One.

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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You can always add TIED to your Goodreads TBR list 😉

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For more Information on the Fire Born Novels you can go to: J. Taylor Publishing

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My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 19!

We have officially started the teens!

19 weeks and counting.

Moving on with the playlist …


#Giveaway TIED #yalit

The TIED Giveaway ends tomorrow … 😉

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My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 20

WOW … We’re already in week 20. TIED releases soon. That’s kinda crazy.

On with the playlist.


Bookmark #Giveaway for TIED! Book One of The Fire Born Novels!

FIRST EVER PRINTED Bookmarks for TIED are now here!

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Want one?

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.

That’s IT!

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!

TIED

Book One of The Fire Born Novels

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO … TO PROTECT THE ONE YOU LOVE?

Coming Sept 9, 2013

Coming Sept 9, 2013

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.

Thanks, everyone!

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TIED GIVEAWAY Update!

The GIVEAWAY is starting soon …

Ready to play?

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