Hawk Holland is dead—he just doesn’t know it.
At seventeen, Hawk is a professional Motocross rider. Hot, badass, smart—with a drug problem—and a death wish. Winning is what he does best. Being in the spotlight is second nature. But after his best friend dies of an overdose during a televised race, Hawk goes down a road that leads to a similar fate—and that’s just the way he wants it—or so he thought.
Fawn Marchat is a CrossWorlder. Her lineage stems from her greatest of grandmothers, the Goddess Hecate. Fawn has many gifts, including the ability to see into the Afterlife and save souls on the Crossroads of death. But between her over-bearing grandfather insisting she follow the path of her elders in Wiccan Craft and assume her birthright, her uptight private Catholic school, and her mom always on her case about the only positive diversion in her life—Fawn has no desire to save anyone but herself.
When the world of the living collides with the world of the dead, Hawk Holland realizes a choice he made while under the influence set him on the fast-track to the Crossroads, a waylay station for lost souls with a one way ticket to Hell, and Fawn is the only one who might be able to save him.
I am so happy to share my pub sister’s release of The Artisans! 😉
BLURB: In this dark southern gothic novel, a young woman meets a man who may be more than he seems. After the death of her mother, 17-year-old Rave Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands. To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day. Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad’s drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox. But Raven’s stepdad is drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she’s ever known out of jail. Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries’ clothing line, signing over her creative rights. Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can’t imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes. But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?
What people are saying:
~ “The Artisans has all the elements I love – spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored.” ~ Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.
~ “High stakes and unsuspecting romance fill the pages of THE ARTISANS. Julie Reece completely blindsided me, proving the most tender love can be found where we least expect to find it.” ~ Jennifer Murgia Author of FOREST OF WHISPERS.
~ “THE ARTISANS by Julie Reece is a captivating tale of dark magic, love and redemption. The main characters of Raven and Gideon were completely absorbing and I really enjoyed the underlying tension between them. With plenty of haunting action, friendship, bravery and love, THE ARTISANS by Julie Reece had me hooked from the beginning.” ~ Linda Green reviewer for Fresh Fiction.
~ “Read THE ARTISANS in the middle of the night with a flashlight if you dare. The perfect blend of romance and horror with a strong female lead kept me reading through the night.” ~ L.S. Murphy, author of Pixelated
~ “Dios mío. This book is one of the most amazing books I think I’ve ever read. The Artisans has everything I’ve ever wanted in a book” ~ Jackie, No Bent Spines Reviews
3 eBooks of THE ARTISANS International
Ends on May 22nd at Midnight EST!
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This contest has ended. The winner will be announced tomorrow (1/5).
I’m happy to once again be participating in the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Book Hounds. 🙂
For the Hop this year, a few titles are up for grabs, all in the fantasy genre, all YA. There will be ONE winner, just choose the book you want. 😉
by Julie Reece
YA Urban Fantasy
Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.
In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.
Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.
Her heritage did.
Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.
by L.S. Murphy
YA urban fantasy
She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.
It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.
Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.
Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.
Maybe … just maybe … that’s okay.
It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.
And last option:
TIED (Fire Born #1)
by Laney McMann
YA Urban Fantasy
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.
In addition, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to the same winner.
So, to make this easy, and fast, the book will be in e-book format (Kindle or Nook) and I will have a simply entry. Random.com will choose the winner. No purchase necessary to win. International entries welcome. Just leave me a comment in the form below, tell me which book you want, your email address, and the format (Kindle or Nook). That’s it!
**the giveaway will run from December 21-31, 2014.
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Good Luck and Happy Holidays!
December 20, 2014 | Categories: Author, BLOG HOPS, Giveaways | Tags: Arts, Book Giveaway, CRUX by Julie Reece, Fiction, laney mcmann, REAPER by L.S. Murphy, The Fire Born Novels, TIED by Laney McMann, YA book Giveaway, YA Books, YA Fiction, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 13 Comments
The playlist runs scene by scene, chapter by chapter with some songs overlapping, and some chapters having more than one song. Hope you enjoy. 😉
Blue Foundation ~ Dream (3:11 P.M.)
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)
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).
Thanks for listening, 😉
September 13, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, Music, New Releases, TIED, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Author, Fiction, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, music, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, TIED by Laney McMann, TIED playlist, YA Books, YA books 2013, YA Fiction, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment
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. 😉
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.”
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! 😉
September 8, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Blog Tours, Fire Born Updates, Giveaways, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Author, Fiction, Fire Born Novels, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, YA Books, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment
I completely forgot to post today!
Here’s this week’s TIED playlist track:
August 5, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, Music, TIED, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Author, Fiction, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, M83, music, my music monday, The Fire Born Novels, TIED by Laney McMann, TIED playlist, YA Books, you tube, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 1 Comment
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. 😉
J. Taylor Publishing
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!!
July 31, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Blog Tours, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, TIED, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Author, Bibliophilia, Blog, Book Launch, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Readers, Reading, September 9, The Fire Born Novels, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED Blog Tour, TIED by Laney McMann, Writer, YA Books, YA Fiction, YA New releases, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment
8 Weeks and counting ….
Here’s this week’s playlist track:
July 22, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, Music, TIED, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Author, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, my music monday, The Fire Born Novels, TIED by Laney McMann, TIED playlist, YA Books, YA Fiction, you tube, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 2 Comments
Welcome to the second edition of Sample Sunday.
I’m going to try to post an excerpt from TIED one or two Sunday’s a month until release day on September 9th.
Here’s today’s teaser:
“Layla.” Benny’s terrified voice rang out above me. Her fear-filled eyes came into focus as glaring fluorescent lights radiated down from the ceiling. “Can you see me?”
“Who else would I see? You’re in my face.” I shielded my eyes from the light’s glare, the vision reverberating through my mind. The same vision I’d seen a hundred times before. The one I thought had to be a memory but knew couldn’t be. The vision that made my heart ache as if it were being ripped out.
A crowd of dancers hovered around, all gazes fixed on me as I hastily wiped my damp eyes.
What did I do?
“I told you she was crazy,” Dena said.
See you in a couple of weeks for another sample. 😉
- #SampleSunday TIED, The Fire Born Novels, Book One (laneymcmann.com)
July 14, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Book One., Fire Born Updates, Sample Sunday, TIED, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Author, Excerpt, Fiction, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, Sample Sunday, The Fire Born Novels, TIED by Laney McMann, YA Books, YA Fiction, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment