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#Teaser Tuesday ~ TORN (Fire Born 2) By Laney McMann

Today on the blog, I’m sharing the first teaser from TORN, the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy.

This excerpt is taken from a random spot in the book. 😉

Birds scuttled over the treetops as Justice and I continued through the forest, dusk settling around us.

“We’re walking in circles again,” he said, his steps slowing. “There’s no way we’re going to find the Merrows. And it’s getting dark.”

“I doubt they’d help, anyway. They always hated me.” The memory of Max and me running down the beach as kids, laughing, flew through my head, Max complaining that he didn’t want to see the water spirits. I’d replayed it over and over again for years, driving myself crazy, but it remained one of the only memories I’d kept after my mother washed me of them.

“What’s up with you?”

“I—nothing.” I wrapped my hand around the eternity bracelets and squeezed.

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Coming September 8th


Winners Are In!

A huge Thank You to everyone who entered the Goodreads Giveaway to win a copy of TIED.

There were A LOT of entries. 😉

The winners are in and the signed paperbacks will go out soon!

 

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Also — I will be having an ARC Giveaway of TORN (Fire Born #2) soon ~

Stay tuned!

 

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Goodreads Giveaway #YA

FIVE more days to enter and win 1 of 10 Signed Paperback copies of TIED (Fire Born #1)

before TORN releases in September.

GOOD LUCK!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

TIED by Laney McMann

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by Laney McMann

Giveaway ends July 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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Goodreads Giveaway ~ TIED (Fire Born #1) #YA #UF

In honor of TORN, the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy’s upcoming release on September 8th …

I’m having a giveaway starting today (June 6th).

The month-long giveaway will happen on Goodreads, NOW through July 4th.

I’ll be giving away 10 SIGNED paperbacks of TIED (Fire Born #1).

 

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TIED (Fire Born #1)

These giveaways typically have a high number of entries, so get your name in to win!

 

Enter to WIN here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

TIED by Laney McMann

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by Laney McMann

Giveaway ends July 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

GOOD LUCK!

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Layla and Max are back September 8th.

 


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

 

Hi, everyone.

Today, I am thrilled to release the excerpt for TORN,

the 2nd book in The Fire Born Novels series.

Below is the first chapter.

Hope you like it.

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Layla

Sunlight seared my face, and my fingers dug into hot sand before a cool shade fell over me.

“Teine?” A soft voice called my name. Someone pulled on my arm.

My head lolled to the side, but my neck caught on a crick and refused to move further than a couple of inches.

“Teine? Can you hear me?” Soft wisps tickled my face, even as my head pounded above my left ear.

My eyelids opened and closed, scratching against the corneas like sandpaper—my mouth dry, like paste. Though blurry, a figure loomed over me.

“We have to go. Hold on to me.” A gentle squeeze of my hand made my fingers flex.

“Max …” My voice cracked, word slurred; my tongue seemed too large for my mouth. I raised my arm, but it thumped to the ground at my side with the weight of a lead pipe.

“Shh. Do not let go.”

My heavy arms swung up on their own. I attempted to clasp my hands, to entwine my fingers, but they slipped back down to my sides with a dead thud. Vision refusing to cooperate, my eyes slipped in and out of focus. “What … happened?”

“You will be all right.”

“Max?”

“Shh. Save your strength.”

Oh, god.

Max.

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

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“Layla!” Max’s voice tangles in my head along with a rush of wind whistling in my ears and the roar of fire surrounding my body.

 “I’m coming!” The pulse of pure energy surging through my veins is a fear I’ve never known—a heat I can’t control.

Where once white sand once stretched for miles, a war scene bristles. Dunes flattened to nothing. Bits of charred lumber and ash blanket the beach. Sea oats have been ripped free by their roots and lie smoldering, bright red embers shining up like sinister eyes.

The explosion has unleashed an acrid off-charge, tainting my surroundings in tendrils of fire and smoke streams. Sparks sizzle through the atmosphere, leaving traces of color in the air ahead of me, brought on by wicked lightning strikes illuminating the sky.

Streaks of green and white flash in all directions—fingers of electricity lacerating the clouds—like a fireworks display gone wrong.

Growls of building thunder vibrate my body before falling silent, and a cackling laugh echoes around me, taking my attention to the dune’s edge.

Crows line the shore, still as statues—miniature militant soldiers. Ebony feathers lay, as if methodically placed, around a broken body carpeted in withered gardenia petals. Blank, flat crystal grey eyes stare fixed and unmoving.

Cold shock ricochets through my core. “One will kill the other. Say goodbye to your beloved.” The voice, so foreign yet chillingly familiar, snarls inside my head.

A guttural vibration quakes the sky.

The atmosphere shifts, and the heavens erupt.

“Max!”

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“Shh, Layla, I’m right here.” Max’s face swims into view, stained in soot and blood, his dark eyes gazing down. “Are you okay?” Breathing hard, he crouches over me as I lay in the sand, the outline of his silhouette darkening by the sun at his back. “We need to get out of here.” He scoots forward. “Can you stand?” His fingertips brush my hand, and his firm hold makes me gasp. His gaze roams over my body—my face. Black irises taking over from the usual light grey … “Why are you looking at me like that?” His voice echoes around me as if he’s screaming, but I can barely hear him.

“You were dead,” I say in a whisper, staring up at him. “I saw you—before. Lying in the sand.”

“What?” He sweeps away the loose hairs sticking to my cheek. “I’m right here.” Concern deepens the contours of his face, and his brow crunches into a scowl as he puts a palm over my forehead. “Did you hit your head?” Cradling his arms underneath my body, he lifts me off the sand, up against him.

“Promise you’re not dead?” My voice slurs.

He chuckles, eyes darkening further. “Promise.”

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Layla and Max are back September 8th, 2014.

 


TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann~Excerpt Release Countdown #YA #UF

In ONE week,

the excerpt for TORN,

the 2nd book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy,

will go live.

Stay tuned!

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TORN (Fire Born #2) Playlist Countdown

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Continuing on with the TORN playlist this week.

I am compiling all of the songs for the book and will be posting them up until the launch in September.

So, for the second track, here’s:

QUIET

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This Will Destroy You.


COVER REVEAL ~ TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann

It’s here!

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The cover & blurb for TORN,

book #2 in The Fire Born Novels series,

is live!

Check it out:

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Fire Born

by Laney McMann

Release Date: September 8, 2014

Target Reader: Young Adult

Keywords: FictionParanormal RomanceUrban Fantasy

Back of the Book

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?

For more info: J Taylor Publishing


TORN (Fire Born #2) Cover Reveal Countdown

The Cover Reveal for TORN

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TORN (Fire Born #2) Cover Reveal Countdown

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

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is in 10 Days!

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Second Book in The Fire Born Novels by Laney McMann to release September 2014

Laney McMann’s debut novel, TIED, a Fire Born novel, will release its sequel, TORN, in September 2014.

The second installment in the Fire Born Novels continues Layla and Max’s story, widening the supernatural world and introducing a new set of characters into the fray. TORN ties together the loose strands started in TIED, and is a key element toward completing the circle of the trilogy.

Unlike book one in the series, TORN revolves not only around Layla LaBelle’s journey, but we get a view inside Max’s head, as the story is written in both perspectives.

TORN releases September 2014 in e-book and print by J. Taylor Publishing

Photo on 2014-02-01 at 13.13 #5With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney McMann developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. By the time she reached her teens, Laney had accumulated notebooks full of poems which led to short stories and finally novels, specifically in the young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology genres.

 

Stay tuned next month, as I have New News regarding the series. 😉


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

Published September 9, 2013

and a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card to ONE winner.

Just enter the RAFFLECOPTER!

That’s it.

GOOD LUCK!

And check out all the blogs joining the hop:

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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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“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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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!


#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

TIED PLAYLIST

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 2!

Two more TIED teasers until Monday’s official launch of the book.

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I lie on the forest floor, my face wet with tears, close to unconsciousness. My eyelids droop, blurring the leaves, the trees, the slight crease of blue sky above my head, blending them all into a brown muddied haze.

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   Coming Sept 9, 2013

Coming Sept 9, 2013

Last teaser goes up tomorrow. 😉


TIED Countdown to Launch Day 3!

It’s getting harder for me to find little teasers that don’t give too much away …. but here’s another sample from TIED. 😉

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The shuffle of my mother’s feet against the wood floor moved closer.

I shoved the heavy, creaking front door shut with a thump, and inhaled before turning to face her.

“Thank goodness you’re all right.”

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