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Midwinter’s Eve #Giveaway Hop #YA

This contest has ended. The winner will be announced tomorrow (1/5).

Stay tuned!

Hi everyone!

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. 🙂

 

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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. 😉

First option:

CRUX

by Julie Reece

YA Urban Fantasy

13She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

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.

Next option:

REAPER

by L.S. Murphy

YA urban fantasy

19There’s no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

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

perf5.250x8.000.inddNormal 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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In addition, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to the same winner.

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 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!

Easy. 🙂

**the giveaway will run from December 21-31, 2014.

Check out all the other bloggers participating in the Hop here:

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Good Luck and Happy Holidays!


Read Chapter One of TIED (FireBorn1) by @LaneyMcMann @JTaylorPub #YA

 

To celebrate the holiday season, I’ll be sharing the first few chapters of TIED, book 1 in the Fire Born Novels trilogy, over the next few days.

ENJOY!

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YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

CHAPTER ONE

My window opened easily. The same way it had so many times before. Climbing out on the ledge, I found the ground empty and dropped from the second floor—a jump I’d made a hundred times. In another life.

My feet sunk into the sand, and I followed the well-worn pathway through the dunes. Even the strong evening winds hadn’t misshaped the deep gully. The ocean’s breeze lashed at my hair as the moonlight glinted off the water’s surface. Seagulls flew up from their nesting grounds. They should have recognized me, since I’d been wandering at night for so long. Wrapping my arms around my knees to block the slight chill, I settled in the sand, and the birds quieted in a tight huddle, the wind blowing their feathers in awkward angles.

My gaze fell on a figure standing beyond the dunes edge, a shadow hidden within the darkness. My pulse quickened, but I didn’t move. Another trick—an illusion. Weary of the games my mind continued to play, I bit back tears and the catch in my throat. I should have been immune to them—the hallucinations—the way they haunted me and followed me, but I wasn’t.

Forcing myself to blink, I turned my head away. The visions had grown worse as I’d become older. I’d tried to convince myself they were nightmares—or weird dreams. Hoped for years
they were, but only people who sleep dream.

Unable, or unwilling to stop myself, I glanced back over my shoulder, thoughts flooding my brain. Memories I knew couldn’t be memories but I cherished all the same. For years I’d tried to shake them away. To make myself forget. I couldn’t.

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A stone raps against my bedroom window. I creep over and peer through the blinds. “You’re late.” I lean out over the sill, grinning at the boy staring up at me.

“Come on, let’s go before she comes,” he says.

I climb onto the window ledge. “Be nice. She’s my friend.”

“Okay. Jump.” He waves at me to go faster.

“Move, and I will.” He takes one casual step to the side.

The jump isn’t too high; I make it all the time.

He grabs my hand when I land beside him in the soft sand.

“Ready?”

I nod.

“One, two …”

“I’m going to tell!” Benny runs across my yard toward me, her blonde pigtails flapping in the wind. “You’re not allowed to talk to that boy, Layla! Your mom said!”

Max tightens his grip on my hand. “Shut up, Benny! I’m old enough.”

“You’re only nine. Don’t go! “

“Three!” Max and I leave the ground.

“You’re going to get in so much trouble.” Benny’s yell rings in the distance.

Our feet touch down in the wet grass of the Otherworld, icy sea air whipping at my face.

“Hopefully, she won’t follow us again.” Max lets go of my hand.

“She won’t. I told her not to.” I lead the way down the cliff face to the ocean.

“She never listens to you.” I glare at him and keep walking.

“Wait.” He scrambles down the path after me, losing his footing on the rocks for a moment before he catches himself.

I reach for his hand, my fingers brushing over the leather bracelet wrapping his wrist—the one that matches my own. “Let’s go see if the water spirits are out.” Pulling him beside me, I run through the last stretch of pebbles to the sand.

“The Merrows don’t like to be gawked at. Let’s do something else.” He tries to yank his hand away, but I tighten my grip and hold it in place.

“We could play skip the stone.” His voice rises above the wind in my ears. “I’ll let you win this time.”

“I’m the youngest, so I get to choose what we do.”

“You chose last time. And who said you were the youngest? Anyway, the Merrows hate us. Let’s do something else.” He trudges along behind me, pouting.

My laughter rings on the wind.

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The sting of loss reverberated in my chest as the chill of night air seeped into my bones. I opened my eyes to the darkened shoreline and glanced again toward the dunes. No shadow remained. No one stood watching me. I had lost my mind.

(end of chapter)

 

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Stay tuned for chapter two and thank you for reading! 😉

 


TIED (FireBorn1) #TeaserTenth

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#TeaserTenth is a monthly meme for writers, both published and unpublished. It’s a great opportunity to meet other writers, as well as readers, by sharing a sampling (10 lines or less) of the stories we are working on, or have already published.

Feel free to join! (click the badge above for details.)

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Today I’m sharing lines from TIED, the first installment in the Fire Born trilogy, published September 2013.

My gaze fell on a figure standing beyond the dunes edge, a shadow hidden within the darkness. My pulse quickened, but I didn’t move. Another trick—an illusion. Weary of the games my mind continued to play, I bit back tears and the catch in my throat.

I should have been immune to them—the hallucinations—the way they haunted me and followed me. I wasn’t.

Forcing myself to blink, I turned my head away.

The visions had grown worse as I’d become older. I’d tried to convince myself they were nightmares—or weird dreams. Hoped for years they were, but only people who sleep dream.

To read more, you can find the book here: TIED

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To follow all the other blogs participating in TeaserTenth go here: TeaserTenth

And thank you to J.A Belfield for creating the meme!


#Giveaway ~ Signed Paperbacks of TIED & TORN #YA #UF

I will be giving away copies of  both TIED & TORN on Goodreads for the holidays. Check out the details and enter below!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

TIED by Laney McMann

TIED

by Laney McMann

Giveaway ends December 12, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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TORN (Fire Born #2) Book Blitz

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Itching for Books Book Blitz:

September 8th –
Rockin’ Book Reviews
YA,YA and More YA
Crawling Over The Pages
Word to Dreams
Suzy Turner, YA Author
The Cover Contessa
Book Lovers Life
Girl of 1000 Wonders
In Between The Lines
Mom With A Kindle
Book Club Sisters
Books Direct
OriginiquEquanimity
Donnie Darko Girl
Illuminite Caliginosus

September 9th –
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Write Away Bliss
CBY Book Club
Amiabooklover
Mythical Books
Blue Books and Butterflies
Book Lovers Life
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Bitches n Prose
Bibliophile Mystery
Jump Into Books
Book Enthralled

September 10th –
Once Upon a YA Book
Ashley’s Paranormal Book Blog
Dalene’s Book Reviews
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The Phantom Paragrapher
A Dream Within A Dream
The Story Goes…
Julie Antonovich Reece
Musings of the Book-a-holic Fairies, inc.
Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog
The Paisley Reader
Girl With Pen
Books and Starlight

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The Book Blast (September 8th)

Julie Reece

Mythical Books

J.A. Belfield

Lisa Is A Bookworm

 Danielle E. Shipley

Terri Rochenski

Jeanz Book Read N Reviews

Long and Short Reviews

A Dream Within A Dream

Happy Tales and Tails

Katherine Skye

Book Bite Reviews

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******The Giveaway has ended, and I will be announcing winners in the next few days.

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The Book Tour (Week One):

September 8th: Reader Girls Blog

September 9th: Julie Reece

September 10th: Mythical Books

September 11th: Scribbler’s Sojourn

September 12th: Alex Nader

Week TWO starts today with Ever On Word.

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September is for Sequels Blog Hop Winners!

Hi guys! Thanks to everyone who entered the

September is for Sequels Blog Hop Giveaway.

There were a lot of entries, and to show my thanks,

I’ve decided to choose TWO winners instead of one.

So ….

Lisa V.

&

Jaime Lynn

Check your emails.

You both won copies of TIED and TORN in e-book form.

I’ll be contacting you soon!!

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TORN (Fire Born 2) is LIVE. #YA #ReleaseDay #Giveaway

The Fire Born are back and

TORN is LIVE.

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In honor of TORN’s release, I have a ton going on.

Check it all out:

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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?

 

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The Book Tour is happening now, and here’s the schedule for anyone who wants to see what I’m talking about: TORN Book Tour

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The TORN Book Blast and Book Blitz are also happening all over social media for the next few days. Thank you, thank you to all the awesome bloggers/readers, and writers who are participating!

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Also, as I mentioned a few days ago, TIED (Fire Born 1) is one sale until September 15th to celebrate its ONE YEAR book birthday. : ) (Plus, it gives you guys a chance to pick up the book if you haven’t yet, before you read TORN. They kind of need to be read in order.)

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And finally, the GIVEAWAY!

I have several giveaways happening across the board, three to be exact.

The TORN Book Tour giveaway and the Blast I’ll be hosting alongside my publisher, as well as all the other bloggers participating. The Book Blitz Giveaway is being hosted by Itching For Books (click the banner)

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HERE’S WHAT’S UP FOR GRABS on my blog for the Book Tour:

Signed paperback copies of TIED and TORN to ONE winner (U.S. & Canada), E-book copies of TIED and TORN to ONE winner (Int), and signed bookmarks of TIED and TORN to FIVE winners (U.S., Canada, and U.K.)

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AND here’s what up for grabs for the Book Blast:

Signed paperback copy of TIED and TORN to ONE winner & e-book copy of TIED and TORN to ONE winner (Int).

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WHEW! That’s it guys. Sorry for the long post. I’m off to finish the 3rd Fire Born Novel 😉


September Is For Sequels Blog Hop #Giveaway #YA

It’s been forever since I participated in a blog hop it seems, but September for Sequels is the perfect place for me to hop back in.

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What’s up for grabs on my end of things?

As this is a sequels hop, I’m offering up a e-book copy of not yet released, TORN, the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy which launches on September 8th. And since it is the second, I’m also going to giveaway a e-book copy of the first book in the trilogy, TIED.

 

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Target Audience: Young Adult

Key Words: Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Mystery, Mythology

Publisher: J Taylor Publishing

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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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AND … the sequel:

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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?

Releasing September 8, 2014

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September is for Sequels will run from September 2nd – September 10 at midnight.

To make the entries super simple, I’m only asking for you to leave a comment in the comment form below, including your email, so I can contact the winner. Random.org will choose one winner at contests end, on September 10 at midnight. (The giveaway is International)

That’s it. Simple.

Thanks, and GOOD LUCK!

Check out all the other blogs participating in the hop and goodies up for grabs HERE


#TIED (Fire Born 1) by Laney McMann On Sale! #YA

A few days ago I told everyone I had a surprise in store … I asked my publisher if they would agree, and they did. So …

Staring TODAY, and for a limited time, TIED, book #1 of the Fire Born Novels trilogy is on sale to celebrate not only its one year anniversary, but also the launch of the second book in the trilogy, TORN, which goes live on September 8th. 😉

 

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#TORN (Fire Born 2) 10 Day Countdown to Launch #YA

We have 10 Days until the second book in the Fire Born Novels trilogy launches.

 

And here’s what’s in store:

First, the TORN Blog/Book Tour (the schedule is up on the menu ^^^), which includes a Giveaway.

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Second, the TORN Book Blast and Blitz, both of which are happening on the 8th (launch day), which also include Giveaways, so if you’d like to shout along, please feel free. 😉

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Thirdly, the TORN playlist will be up and running next week for everyone who wants a glimpse into the feel of the book.

 

AND, lastly, >>> I have a special treat for everyone who hasn’t read TIED (Fire Born 1) coming very soon (days), so stay tuned for that.

In the meantime …

 

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Layla and Max are back September 8th.


ARC #Giveaway ~ TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann

J. Taylor Publishing are giving away FIVE ARCs of Torn by Laney McMann!

Check it out!

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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?

If young love worth fighting for keeps you up reading all night, you will love this second installment in the Fire Born trilogy.

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* by September 14th 2014, you are eligible to enter.

Interested?

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

You have until midnight of August 25th, 2014 to enter.

*A review should consist of your honest thoughts regarding a book, usually a few paragraphs long and around 150 – 500 (or more, if desired) words in length.

About Laney McMann:

 With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

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Laney McMannWith a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.


TORN Upcoming Giveaway

In just about a week, J. Taylor Publishing will be hosting an eARC Giveaway for TORN (Fire Born 2).

Stay tuned to win an Advanced Reader Copy before the book goes live on September 8th!

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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


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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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.

 


TORN (Fire Born #2) Playlist Countdown

For the third track of the TORN playlist, here’s:

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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!

TORN (Book #2)


TORN (Fire Born #2) Playlist Countdown

CollagesTHIS IS THE ONE

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

by

This Will Destroy You.


TORN (Fire Born #2) Playlist Countdown

CollagesTHIS IS THE ONE

I am slowly compiling the playlist for TORN, the 2nd installment of the Fire Born Novels, and today I’m sharing the first track.

🙂

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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:

TORN final cover

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

(Fire Born #2)

is in

5 DAYS!

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(Fire Born #2)


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!

         (Fire Born #2)

(Fire Born #2)


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. 😉