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TIED Countdown to Launch Day 5!!

Only 5 DAYS until TIED goes live. FIVE.

Here’s today’s TIED teaser. 😉

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

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

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Check back tomorrow for day four’s teaser. 😉


TIED Countdown to Launch, Day 6!

Hmmm…. what teaser shall I provide today?

Something good with only six days left to launch TIED.

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

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Check back tomorrow for another sample from the book!


#TIED Countdown to Launch, Day 7

ONE WEEK! ONE. EEK!

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

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

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

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Check in again tomorrow for another teaser!


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 1

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

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


#TIED Countdown to Launch, Day 8

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

Enjoy!

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“Jump.”

I smiled down at him but didn’t answer.

“Afraid?”

“No!”

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

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Check in tomorrow for another snippet from the book. 😉


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

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

Here we go:

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

Coming Sept 9, 2013

Coming Sept 9, 2013


My Music Monday ~ (TIED Countdown) Wk 2

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

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


COVER REVEAL ~ INSPIRED by Danielle E. Shipley

Today I have the pleasure of revealing Danielle E. Shipley’s cover for her upcoming release,

INSPIRED

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Check out this awesome cover. 😉

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Inspired

by Danielle E. Shipley

Release Date: March 17, 2014

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fiction

Back of the Book

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.

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What do you think? 🙂

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 For more info go to: J TAYLOR PUBLISHING


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 4

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

Here we go:


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 5!

TIED will be released in ONE MONTH!

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

Here are this week’s playlist tracks:


COVER REVEAL ~ The Stone Kingdom by Danielle Shipley

Today I have the pleasure of sharing Danielle Shipley’s cover of

The Stone Kingdom

(Book two of The Wilderhark Tales)

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Back of the book:

Love and prince,

Both true, wed rose of white in realm of stone;

For blood begins,

But naught can be put right by blood alone.”

 

One thoughtless act is all it takes to bring the curse threatened

on Rosalba’s christening day to pass. Now the princess must combine

her desperate determination with the service of benevolent tailor Edgwyn Wyle

to find the second half of the key to her kingdom’s restoration.

 

The Stone Kingdom

Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales

 

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An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast;

A princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell;

Bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk –

All within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

 

You’ve heard the stories –

of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist

the tower-bound damsel; of gorgeous gowns

appearing just in time for a midnight ball;

of frog princes, and swan princes,

and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea.

 

Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

 

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales.

Know them now as Wilderhark’s.

 

About the Author:

 

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 home schooled 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 at EverOnWord.wordpress.com

 

Book Details:

 

Full Title: “The Stone Kingdom (Book Two of The Wilderhark Tales)

ISBN: 978-0-9891846-1-8

Genre: Young Adult Fairytale

Length: Novella (179 pages)

Release DateSeptember 20th, 2013

Future availability: Paperback (Amazon.com) and eBook (Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com)

Add “The Stone Kingdom” to your Goodreads shelf today!


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 6!

I completely forgot to post today!

Here’s this week’s TIED playlist track:


TIED Blog Tour ~ Bloggers and Schedule

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

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

Here goes:

September 9:

J. Taylor Publishing

September 10:

Kindle Obsessed

September 11:

Nightly Reading

Musings of a YA Reader

September 12:

Scribbler’s Sojourn

Ever On Word

September 13:

Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight

September 15:

Mythical Books

September 16:

BookarooJu

Aimee Laine’s Blog

Julie Reece’s Blog

September 17:

YA Book Addict

Crazy Four Books

September 18:

Manga Maniac Cafe

September 19:

The Reading Diaries

Happy Tails and Tales Blog

September 20:

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

Emi Gayle’s Blog

September 23:

Bibliophilia, Please

September 24:

Known To Read

September 25:

L.S. Murphy’s Blog

J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer

September 26:

At Random

September 27:

Bookworm Lisa

September 28:

The Book Diaries

September 30:

Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Doctor’s Notes

October 1:

That Artsy Reader Girl

October 2:

The Scribble’s of Jocelyn Adams

October 3:

Katherine Skye YA Author

October 4:

The Cover Contessa

Alex Nader Writes

October 7:

Ohana Day Academy

October 8:

I Am A Reader Not A Writer

October 9:

Girls Heart Books

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WHEW!

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

I still have a few spots available.

You can sign up here: J Taylor Publishing

Thanks again for everyone who is participating!!


COVER REVEAL ~ Beasts of Burdin by Alexander Nader

Today I’m sharing the newest cover reveal from my fellow J. Taylor Publishing author, and friend, Alexander Nader.

Here’s

BEASTS OF BURDIN

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Beasts of Burdin

Beasts of Burdin

by Alexander Nader

Release Date: February 10, 2014

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Urban Fantasy

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.

For more information: J Taylor Publishing

Really excited about this book! Look for it in February.

 


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 8!

8 Weeks and counting ….

Here’s this week’s playlist track:


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 10

We are pulling into week 10 on the playlist.


COVER REVEAL ~ PERRY ROAD By Emi Gayle

As a very special surprise on this Independence Day, I am revealing Emi Gayle’s Cover and Blurb for her upcoming NEW ADULT DYSTOPIAN novel,

PERRY ROAD!

Check it out:

Perry Road

Back of the Book:

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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Can’t wait for this to release! I’m an Emi Gayle fan and loved both YA novels from her, AFTER DARK & DAY AFTER, so I’m really excited about this book.

If you want to add it to your TBR list on Goodreads, here you go: Add to Goodreads

About the Author, Emi Gayle:

I had a really great bio in my head around midnight one night …. right before I fell asleep and it disappeared into the nothingness of unconsciousness. Bummer. So here’s something less well thought out.

I want to be young again, so I’m kinda sorta living it again. At least on paper. You see, I write paranormal romance. Now, that stuff can get really hot, and really gritty and well … mine does. But! My characters are teenagers, 18 and under. Like I was once … and want to be again.

Why would I want to be a teenager again? Geez. Because! If you met the man of your dreams at 14 was engaged to him at 19 and married him at 20, wouldn’t YOU want to do all that over again? Especially if you were still in love with him? I mean, c’mon! It’s love! That’s why I write, too.

You see… just because you pass a certain age doesn’t mean you forget what it was like to be 14, 15, etc. Actually, because I kinda grew up with my husband, we both still feel like the 14 and 17 year old kids we once were. So that’s where I’m coming from. You might think it’s totally lame, but you know what? That’s ok! Maybe you’ll like my other me instead. 😉

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#Win an eARC of TIED #Giveaway #YABooks

This contest has ended, but I’ll be having another (Much bigger one) in September!

Thank you to everyone who entered, you guys are awesome. 😉

Want to read TIED before it releases in September?

Like I promised, I’m having a giveaway, and here’s your chance to win. 😉

Up for grabs is an eARC (Electronic Advanced Reader Copy) of TIED,

Book #1 of The Fire Born Novels

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Back of the book:

Coming Sept 9, 2013

Coming Sept 9, 2013

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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Add to your Goodreads To-Be-Read-List (If you’d like)

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Want to play?

Okay, all you have to do is leave a comment in the comment form below, and you will be entered in the drawing.

That’s all.

Just leave a comment, and you’re entered

Easy.

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GOOD LUCK!

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Terms & Condition for this giveaway

NO PURCHASE is necessary to enter this giveaway

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY to anyone over the age of 18

Prize is as stated: 1 e-ARC of TIED: Book #1 of The Fire Born Novels, delivered electronically via email

No cash alternative will be offered

Giveaway begins today: July 3, 2013 and will end at midnight of July 10th 2013

Entry requires no more than a comment in order for me to know you wish to be entered

Winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org shortly after contest’s closing

Winner will be contacted via email, and will need to be comfortable with their details being forwarded to the publisher, for delivery of their prize to be arranged. They will also need to specify whether mobi. or epub file is preferred as format of the stated prize

No addresses, emails, or other contact information will be shared with third parties other than those stated–all information will be treated with the strictest confidence

If there are any technical issues, they will handled post haste. Eg, duplicate entries will be deleted; if the blog via which you have entered goes ‘down’ your entry will still stand and be entered.

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

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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. 😉

 


COVER REVEAL ~ DARKEST DAY by Emi Gayle

So excited to reveal the final cover of the 19th Year Trilogy, Darkest Day.

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Darkest Day

The 19th Year

by Emi Gayle

Release Date: January 6, 2014

Target Reader: Young Adult

Keywords: FictionParanormal RomanceRomance,
Thriller/Suspense,Urban FantasyFairyShape-shifterVampire

Back of the Book

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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Can’t wait for Darkest Day, the third, and final, book of the 19th Year Trilogy! Loved both After Dark and Day After.


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 13

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


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 14

Moving into the 14th week …


TIED Book Trailer Is Out!

Here it is. See what you think …