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#TORN (Fire Born 2) Playlist #YA

The TORN Playlist has been compiled, and unlike TIED’s Playlist which consisted of around 30 songs, I’ve scaled TORN’s way down.

Here goes:

Hide & Seek ~ Imogen Heap

Ivy ~ Active Child

Wizard Motor ~ Mogwai

No Air ~ Jordan Sparks

All I Want Is You ~ U2

The End ~ Kings of Leon

After The Storm ~ Mumford and Sons

Running Up That Hill ~ Placebo

All That We Had Is Lost ~ Postiljonen

The Devil’s Tears ~ Angus & Julia Stone

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I will post the songs to play on the blog the day TORN goes live (Sept 8th). Only 4 more days!

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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!

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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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Release Day Blast ~ UNNATURAL by J.A. Belfield

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UNNATURAL RELEASES TODAY!

Unnatural

Unnatural. One word to sum up werewolf Kyle Larsen—his mood swings, abnormal body, and choice of female.

The first two, he blames on the vampire venom.

The third, though? No, feline shifter Brook Nicholls was all his doing—a female of whom the pack will never approve.

As part of the Coalition, an organisation with even stricter rules than the pack and a rigidly warped sense of responsibility, Brook comes with a whole lot of opposition of her own.

No wonder the two of them keep their relationship secret for as long as they can.

Now, distanced from his family by his own indiscretions, Kyle’s left to fight battles he’s unsure how to win—some of them even against his own pack.

Is one woman really so important that he’s willing to defy his Alpha for her?

If his heart has any say in the matter, the answer will be yes.

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To celebrate Unnatural‘s release, CAGED, Holloway Pack 3 is on SALE!

The UNNATURAL Blog Tour begins tomorrow, and throughout the duration of the tour, CAGED will be available for just 99c.

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AND there’s a GIVEAWAY!

Up for grabs is:

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To grab your own copy of UNNATURAL, click on any of the purchase links below.

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J.A. BelfieldBest known for her Holloway Pack Stories, J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.

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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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NEW RELEASE and Author Spotlight ~ Beasts of Burdin by Alexander Nader

Today, I have fellow author, and friend, Alexander Nader on the blog to talk about his newly released adult urban fantasy title, Beasts of Burdin.

First let’s see what the book is about:

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by Alexander Nader

Release Date: February 10, 2014

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Urban Fantasy

Description

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.

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Yeah, it’s a good read, but let’s hear what Alex has to say about the series and other stuff:

LM: The story line around Beasts of Burdin contains a good number of demons. Did you pull from mythology, your imagination, or both?

AN: All of the demon names in B.o.B. are real and most of the abilities are too. I took some liberties with the physical descriptions to make them suit my needs. There really is a demon made of eyeballs, though. I didn’t make that up. As soon as I read about it I was like, “I have to find a place for this guy”.

LM: Researching is one of my favorite aspects of writing. It’s crazy what you come across. Was is it the demons that inspired the story or something else? And I really liked Ty Burdin, he isn’t your ordinary demon hunter, where did the idea of his character come from?

AN:The idea for the story came from a twisted version of a song lyric. The original lyric was, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing me that I was him”. I played around with that in my head until I ended up with, “The greatest trick humanity ever pulled was convincing itself the devil existed”. From there it rolled into people creating demons with their minds. All of the demons just came from ideas. Human mythology is pretty deep, so when I needed a war-demon, I just searched until I found something.

As far as Ty goes, he is the adoptive child of this whole hard-boiled noir phase I’ve been going through lately. It started when I read a comic book re-imagining Wolverine as an old school private eye. After that, I read The Maltese Falcon and then moved on to Philip Marlow. The brutal honesty of the characters struck me enough to want to make that modern. Hopefully, that’s what I’ve accomplished.

LM: I like the idea of reinventing a song lyric to suit your story telling needs. And speaking of writing itself, how long have you been writing? Did you always aspire to be an author?

AN: I was born to be an author! *Looks around to see if anyone is buying it* Nope. *Slumps* Well, I wrote a comic book about a cat with super powers in third grade and I may or may not have dabbled in some terrible song writing over the years. Other than that I started my first novel a little over two years ago. (Not Beasts of Burdin, it was actually the third novel I wrote. The first two sucked. (I put them in the corner to think about what they’d done)

I’ve always kind of jumped from hobby to hobby, but writing is the first one that has really felt right. It’s the first thing I can actually see myself doing.

LM: 🙂 Looks like you found your calling. Any of those hobbies you care to share with your readers? And speaking of hobbies, what else do you do with your time when you’re not writing?

AN: As a kid it was mostly extreme sports of one sort or another. BMX, rollerblading, snowboarding, skateboards. I was never any good with the board sports though. Most of my teens were wasted on video games and cars, if you can call that a hobby. Then it became guitar. I would probably still be playing guitar if I didn’t hate the sound of my own voice. I go through spurts where I exercise a lot followed by long periods of physical dormancy. A little bit of everything really.

Nowadays, when I’m not writing I’m usually just trying to catch up with my wife and kids. I work a lot, so any time not working is family time. I’m currently learning a lot about Pokemon and Beyblade, while teaching about Mario and super-heroes. It’s a pretty awesome trade-off.

LM: That’s a great trade-off. So, for anyone who might not know, Beasts of Burdin is a series, can you tell us anything about book 2?

AN: Burdin 2 (Burdin of Choice) is done. When this is posted I think I will be working with the my publisher on the cover art. It should hit the shelves November 10th. It’s definitely going to feel a little different, but the story gets bigger. There are more characters, more suspense, more intrigue, more jerkwaddery (<- I don’t know how Laney feels about language on her blog, so that’s a nifty little bit of self-editing.), more demons, more alcohol, and more cigarettes. Don’t worry though, all of that stuff is in the first book too, there’s just more in the second book. People will be able to pick up Burdin of Choice and feel like they were right where they left off; listening to the drunken ramblings of a vaguely retired demon hunter.

LM: Thanks for the self-editing on my account. 😉 I think we’re good. Any tips you can give other writers hoping to be published one day?

AN: Write for you and no one else. When you stop worrying about whether or not someone will publish your writing is when you’ll write something worth publishing. That’s how it worked for me anyway.

LM: Couldn’t agree with you more on that. Plotter or Pantser?

AN: Little bit of both. I make a thoroughly detailed outline of about twenty sentences and go from there. I guess I vaguely plot the entire book and then kind of pants the individual chapters. If that makes any sense.

LM: ‘Pants’ the chapters is one I haven’t heard yet. 😉 Coffee or Tea?

AN: BOTH! Green tea only though, I’m not big on black tea anymore. I prefer my coffee with chocolate, but have been known to drink it straight, no chaser, when in a bind.

LM: Tea for me, unless it’s iced coffee. E-Book or Print?

AN: BOTH. I like to have books on my shelves. It looks good and makes me feel all accomplished and such, but it’s hard to argue the convenience of ebooks. I keep the Kindle app on my phone and try to sneak in a couple pages every time I’m waiting for something.

LM: Me too. Introvert or Extrovert?

AN: An introverted extrovert. HA! How’s that for clarity. Yeah, I’m a little on the fence. About everything, apparently. Anyway, I seem to be okay at talking to people and functioning in groups, but I don’t really like it and try to avoid it at all costs.

LM: I think that sways you pretty far into the introverted group, like so many writers. 😉 Thanks for taking time out to talk with me, Alex. It was fun.

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1

“Ty Burdin! Answer the phone already. It’s your brother.” The voice comes from the next room in a tone usually used by stress-fried mothers, not twenty-something-year-old receptionists. The harsh words crack through my whiskey-soaked brain like someone snapped a bullwhip in my ear. I pick my head up off the desk and wipe the drool from my mouth, as she bursts in the door.

“He’s adopted, and good morning,” I say, opening the drawer to my desk and digging through it.

“It’s not morning. It’s past noon, you lazy drunk.” Her tone is accusing, but there’s a slight smile to her ruby red lips. I really do think Nora gets enjoyment from trying to keep me in line. Her rockabilly style, all tattoos and polkadots, might scare some people off, but honestly, I think it’s kind of cool.

“Fine, I was wrong about the time, but you’re wrong, too,” I say.

“Oh, yeah? How’s that?” Nora kicks her hip to the side and props a hand on her leopard print skirt.

“I’m not drunk. I’m hungover.” I pull out a flask full of scotch and take a long drink. “I’m working on getting back on track, though.” I tip the flask toward her.

“I swear someone’s gonna find you in a ditch one day.” Her voice has a trace of concern, but it’s mostly drowned out by annoyance.

“In my line of work, that’s almost a guarantee. Now, can you tell me why you disturbed my ugly sleep?” Ugly sleep is a gross understatement. No amount of alcohol ever seems to drown out the vision of the young, innocent girl burned into my memory. The scene is even more ominous in my dreams than it was in real life.

A thunderclap breaks the silence of my memories. Nora stares down at me, hands stuck together. “Wake up, drunkard. Hartnet’s been trying to reach you on the phone for the past fifteen minutes.”

The pocket of my jacket buzzes, probably been ringing the entire time. Nora walks over to where it hangs by the door and withdraws the phone. “Jesus, Ty. You’ve got four missed calls, ten new messages, and over twenty emails. Do you ever check this thing?”

“No.” I have the phone, but honestly, I hate it.
Nora sets the still ringing phone on my desk, puts her hands on her hips and, using only facial expressions, guilts me into picking up.

“Hello,” I say into the phone that smells of smoke. I use my free hand to dig out cigarettes and a lighter.

“Ty! Finally, man, where you been?” Hartnet asks.

“Oh, you know me. I just got back from hiking the Swiss Alps with Edmund Hillary.”

“Real funny, Ty, but I imagine you’ve been spending more time with Jim or Jack.”

“God, no, I hate southern whiskey,” I say. “I prefer a fine scotch, Macallan to be specific.”

“You prefer whatever’s in front of you as long as there’s a proof label on the bottle,” Hartnet says.

I don’t have any argument for that. “So, what do you want?”

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Here’s my review of the book:

4 STARS.

Still grinning.

I could say that the plot was tight, the story moved at the speed of light, and I liked the new approach on demons versus the world, and that would all be true, but even more than that— what kept me turning the pages was Ty. His voice is fresh and witty and sarcastic, and I found myself getting wrapped up in his words, the way he talked, the way he saw life. Really a great book that pulled me out of my own head and put me in someone else’s. For me, that’s the benchmark of a good story. Can’t wait to see what Ty gets into in Burdin 2.

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So go on, check it out for yourself.

And here’s a chance to win a signed copy along with a few other book goodies, and an Amazon gift card:

Enter the Rafflecopter HERE  

Good Luck!

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Alex lives in the tourist infested hills of east Tennessee with his amazing wife/muse and three superb children. He would tell you more about how awesome they are, but you probably wouldn’t believe him. When he’s not hanging out with them he’s making pizzas. When he’s not doing that he’s working at a bookstore and occasionally he jots a few words down. He’s a big fan of good music, good storytelling, and mixed martial arts.

He once wrote a short story about pirates to his wife via text message that blossomed into a full length novel and never stopped after that.

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Book Release and #Giveaway ~ Darkest Day (The 19th Year #3) by Emi Gayle

January 6th marked the release of Darkest Day by Emi Gayle, the final book in the 19th Year Trilogy.

(Is everyone sad yet?)

To celebrate the release, we have a big Giveaway, a quick 10’s List with Suze, and a fun poll about Mac.

Let’s check the book out first:

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Blurb:

Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end.

It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between.

There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever.

After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas.

Nor does she want to.

With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads.

Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known—vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed.

Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting.

In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide.

Responsibility? Or Love?

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Now let’s hear what Suze’s Top 10 favorite TV shows and movies:

10. Abbott and Costello

9. Alvin and the Chipmunks

8. Batman & Robin

7. Sesame Street

6. Ghostbusters

5. The Goonies

4. Hercules

3. The Jetsons

2. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

1. The Flintstones

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 AND for the POLL:

Have some fun with us! And give us your guess:

What will Mac choose upon her 19th birthday?

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AND … the  group Giveaway. Emi is giving away:

– One set of paperback copies of After Dark, Day After AND Darkest Day for the US only.

– Two sets of ebooks of the complete trilogy – this is for International participants

– Three set of bookmarks of the complete trilogy – also open to international participants

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For more info you can find Emi Gayle on the web: Web  |  Blog  |  Twitter  |  Facebook

And you can add Darkest Day to Your TBR List on Goodreads

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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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#Giveaway ~ Darkest Day by Emi Gayle ARCS

J. Taylor Publishing are giving away FIVE ARCs of Darkest Day by Emi Gayle!

Check it out!

Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end.

It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between.

There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever.

After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas.

Nor does she want to.

With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads. Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known — vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed.

Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting.

In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide.

Responsibility? Or Love?

DARKEST DAY is the third installment in the 19th Year Trilogy, featuring Changeling Mac Thorne and her hot-geeky boyfriend Winn Thomas. 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 December 23rd 2013 – January 6th 2014, you are eligible to enter.

Interested?

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

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About Emi Gayle:

Emi Gayle just wants to be young again. She lives vicariously through her youthful characters, while simultaneously acting as chief-Mom to her teenaged son and searching for a way to keep her two daughters from ever reaching the dreaded teen years.

Ironically, those years were some of Emi’s favorite times. She met the man of her dreams at 14, was engaged to him at 19, married him at 20 and she’s still in love with him to this day. She’ll never forget what it was like to fall in love at such a young age — emotions she wants everyone to feel.


November Book #Giveaways of TIED

THESE GIVEAWAYS HAVE ENDED.

I have TWO Giveaways going on this month.

First one is happening over on Goodreads from today through the 29th (yeah, soon) for TWO Signed paperbacks of TIED.

Here’s the link to enter: Goodreads

(Goodreads runs this giveaway)

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Second up, Reading Teen is hosting me on their blog and as thanks I’m having a giveaway over there. ONE signed paperback. Easy entry:

What’s your ideal boyfriend? Bad boy? Good guy with an edge? Best friend turned boyfriend? Leave a comment on Reading Teen on my TIED Spotlight post to win, and check out everyone else’s dream guy. 😉

Here’s the link to enter: Reading Teen

(the winner of this giveaway will be chosen randomly)

Good Luck and Happy November!

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#Teaser Tuesday TIED (Fire Born #1)

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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. Goosebumps shivered down my arms, the air seeming to quiver with a faint breeze.
“Layla, are you okay?” Someone shook me by the shoulder. “Layla?” Devon’s voice rang from far away.
I tried to speak, but words wouldn’t form. I remembered his face, the waterfall, the forest. The warmth of his hand in mine. Droplets of water cascading down his golden skin. His eyes reflecting the sunlight like crystals. The rush of wind as he ran beside me. His laughter. The sound of his voice when he called my name.
“Max …”

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#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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NEW RELEASE and Author Spotlight ~ Eye of the Soul by Terri Rochenski

Today I have the pleasure of hosting fellow author, Terri Rochenski and showcasing her awesome ‘just released’ adult fantasy novel, Eye Of The Soul. We have a group Giveaway and an interview! But first let’s see what the book is about:

Eye of the Soul

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Series:  Pool of Souls #1

Genre:  Fantasy

Publisher:  J. Taylor Publishing

Release Date:  October 7, 2013

BLURB: 

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.

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Excerpt:

Cursing her arthritic fingers, Miri squeezed out a rag and draped it over the human man’s hot forehead.

“I’ve seen a lot more harvests than you, old goat,” she muttered, lifting his eyelids. “I’m thinking you’ll never catch up either. Doubt you last another half-moon’s phase.”

Miri pushed to her feet and stretched her hunched back. A heavy sigh slipped past her wrinkled lips as she glanced around the sick house. Keeping the night watch wasn’t too bad—she’d volunteered often since her old bones wouldn’t allow much sleep.

“Joints wasted, hearing all but gone …” Miri yanked on the long white braid lying over her shoulder. “I’m the old goat.”

She shuffled down the aisle, woolen kirtle swishing in the silence. A cool, autumn breeze rustled the crimson leaves of the magnolia and palm fronds overhead, drawing her gaze upward. Violet streaks lit the pre-dawn sky.A dog barked, yipped, and fell silent.

Miri peered across the village green to the thatched buildings beyond. A shadow passed between two cottages. Another three hurried toward the neighboring dwelling.

“Sight fading or my mind, too?” Miri rubbed her watery eyes, blinked, and leaned forward. Light flickered through the palm trees behind the outlying homes.

Torches?

The flames drew closer, weaving between the trunks.

Humans from the mainland? Miri’s hand clutched at her throat. Soldiers. Fadir have mercy.

The men crept through the village, taking up positions at every doorway. Two brutes, more horse-like in size than human, approached the sick house.

Sputtering torch held high, the first strode forward, dark eyes intent upon Miri. A green surcoat covered broad shoulders and fell to his thighs. The golden wheat sheaf of the city of Varosh adorned his chest.

Cold sweat beaded upon Miri’s brow. Breath burst from her lungs, and she moved back, clutching the door jam.

The second soldier stepped closer, chains and shackles clanking in his hand. He stopped two paces away from Miri, and a smile stretched his stubbled cheeks, revealing rotted teeth. “Good morning pointy-ears.”

Miri stared, heartbeat thundering in her ears. She’d been called worse in her eighty-three birth passings but never with such malice.

A single cry rang out across the village, and doors crashed inward. Screams rent the air.

“Don’t fight Native woman,” rotten-teeth sneered, shackles outstretched.

“W-why?” Miri whispered, taking a step backward.

A scowl narrowed his gaze, and his fist shot forward.

Bursts of light and pain exploded through Miri as she crumpled to the floor.

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Miri’s people huddled on the village green as fall’s pale sun crested the trees. Cold metal had been clasped around their necks and ankles. Many trembled in the cool air, little more than night clothes covering their nakedness. Miri held to her braid with a white-knuckled grip, her head and its egg-sized bump throbbing in time with her pulse.

A handful of other battered Natives who had attempted flight were the last to join them, the soldiers tossing them forward like sacks of potatoes.

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Let’s hear what Terri has to say:

So tell us, Terri, how long have you been writing?

TR: I started a true passion in 8th grade when Gundi, a little gnome in my brain, decided that I needed to share his story. Kinda took off from there.

Characters chattering in the brain. I get that too. 😉 Did you always aspire to be an author?

TR: Actually, no. My journey didn’t truly begin until I met Anne Tyler in my mid 20’s and she encouraged me to write a story I had in my mind. She mentored me through 2 historical romance novels and even wrote letters of introduction to a few agents. I received a ton of rejections and gave up on both novels to move onto my passion – fantasy.

Tell me about Eye of the Soul. Was there anything in particular that inspired you to write the story? Do you have a favorite character? Why?

TR: A few year’s worth of personal experiences inspired Hyla’s story. You’ll have to check out my stop at J.A. Belfield’s blog to read my post about that. As for a favorite character … I suppose Jadon. He’s the too-good-looking-for-his-own-good soldier who all the ladies salivate over. Well, all but ONE lady. He learns a few humbling things which make him a better man.

I like Jadon, too. Probably my favorite. Do you have any other projects in the works you’d like to share?

TR: Other than book #2 that I’m still slaving over, I have another standalone fantasy novel in the works. The tentative title is The Crystal Portal. The world has a Tuscan feel to it, one I can’t wait to dive back into one of these days.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

TR: Total plotter. I have binders with tabbed sections, timelines, outlines, character interviews … you name it, I plan it. NO writing begins until these are done. Have to have my eggs in order!

Fantasy fan or paranormal?

TR: I’m actually a fan of both. I prefer fantasy, but I’m extremely picky about books in that genre. Medieval & high (WELL WRITTEN) tug at me more than others. As for paranormal, if the story is engaging I’ll read it.

Are you reading any books other than your own?

TR: I’ve read a handful in the past few months, but the best worth mentioning? Fantasy – A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr. Paranormal – Caged (Holloway Pack #3) by J.A. Belfield.

Any tips you’d like to share with other writers hoping to be published one day?

TR: It’s funny how many times I’ve been asked this one! LOL! Be stubborn. Keep writing. Keep submitting. Don’t give up.

Agreed!

Thanks so much, Terri.

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Eye of the Soul

On to the Giveaway!

Paperback of Eye of the Soul, notebook, pen and bookmark.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand.


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And lastly, I too am giving away a copy of Eye of the Soul to celebrate the book’s release for the October New Release Giveaway. If you’d like to win an e-book copy, here’s the Rafflecopter to enter: Enter HERE!


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

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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 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!


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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#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 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!