Friday, March 06, 2015

Trailer Reveal for The Darkness Within by Kelly Hashway

Today I'm doing something I've never done before. I'm hosting a trailer reveal on my blog! The trailer is for the upcoming sequel to The Monster Within by my blogging friend Kelly Hashway.

The sequel is called The Darkness Within and here's the beautiful cover:

Read more about the book below the trailer. And don't forget to pre-order it on Amazon to be first in line to get it when it launches on June 2!

And now...the trailer for The Darkness Within:

Blurb: After dying of cancer at seventeen and being brought back to life by an evil witch who turned her into a monster, Samantha Thompson thinks she's finally gotten past all the tragedy in her life. Now she's part of a coven of good witches who are helping her and her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, learn to use the powers they received from other witches. Aside from the fact that Sam and Ethan are still in hiding from their old lives--the ones they had before Sam was brought back to life--things couldn't be better. Sam and Ethan are inseparable. What could go wrong? 


Ethan's magic came from a witch who'd turned as evil as possible, and though his coven thought he'd be fine, the more he uses his magic, the stranger he starts acting. The magic inside him is changing who he is. One minute he's Sam's sweet, perfect Ethan and the next, he's a complete stranger. Even with all her witchy power, Sam is helpless against the magic corrupting Ethan. Can Sam find out what's wrong with him before she loses him to dark magic forever?

Title: The Darkness Within (The Monster Within #2)
Author: Kelly Hashway
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ISBN:  9781633920217
Release Date: 6/2/2015
Formats: Paper, e-book 


Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency. 


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

IWSG: Insecurity Has No End

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecurities. Add your name to the list to join in!

January was a crazy month for me. My second book launched on January 6th, which meant twice-weekly trips to the post office and plenty of stress. February brought that disturbing quiet that always comes after a book release. Thankfully I have a lot of blogging friends to keep me company!

When you're trying to get published, nobody ever tells you what a stressful time a book release can be. So many people have put faith in your writing and the last thing you want to do is let them down. So you watch your numbers obsessively and eat lots and lots of chocolate and hope someone buys your book!

You eventually realize there are only some things in publishing you can control. You write the best book you can, promote it in every way you can imagine, and hope for the best.

I guess there's solace in knowing we all feel this way. I do wonder if authors ever get to a point where they feel secure in their success. Doubtful. Perhaps we should all take the advice of J.K. Rowling on the issue.

What are you feeling insecure about this month? Sign up for IWSG and let everyone know!

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Cover Reveal: One Hundred Thirty Stars by Shelley Sly

Today I get to introduce you to a cool new cover from a fellow middle grade author. It's from our blogging friend Shelley Sly.

And now, the cover. One...two...three...

Here it is!

That book cover has "I must read this book" written all over it! One Hundred Thirty Stars is not available on Amazon yet, so I'm linking to it on Goodreads so that you can add it to your to-read list!

Blurb: Eleven-year-old Kelly “Birdie” Knotts has the perfect summer vacation planned: she’s finally going to visit her dad, Arthur. Birdie hardly knows him, but she has high hopes that he’ll be the one family member who understands her.

Too bad her vacation is nothing like she imagined it would be.

Arthur’s plans for their father-daughter visit revolve around a video game convention, where he dresses head-to-toe in costume and makes a boisterous scene every chance he gets. When he isn’t shouting gleefully in the hallways, he’s belting out off-pitch tunes in the karaoke room. Birdie’s new plan? Hide under a rock for life.

It’s impossible for Birdie to get to know Arthur when he insists that he’s a video game character. And if he doesn’t step up and start acting like a dad, it might be game over.

Shelley Sly grew up in northern New Jersey, but currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and their chocolate lab mix. Three things she's a huge nerd about are children's books, indie music, and RPGs. 

Shelley Sly lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area with her husband and their chocolate lab mix. She writes middle grade novels about friendship, family, and figuring out where you fit in. Shelley is the author of WISHING FOR WASHINGTON, and her brand new release, ONE HUNDRED THIRTY STARS. You can find her online at


Monday, March 02, 2015

We Need a “Like” for Life

Although it took me a while to figure it out, this is one of the best things about Facebook:

You post something, someone comments. You can reply to that comment or you can Like it. A Like says, "I saw what you said and thank you for commenting." You don't have to say anything else.

Even if you post a comment below the comment as a reply, if that person replies, normally you'd feel compelled to reply to that reply just to be polite. But where does it end? At some point you have to end the conversation. And that is when that Like button comes in handy.

I've noticed the absence of this Like feature in real life. Especially when emailing. So many times I receive an email reply that doesn't really merit a return email. I want to somehow let the person know I received the last email and acknowledge it, though, without filling his/her inbox with an email that just says "thank you" or "okay."

How cool would a "Like" be in that situation? Or in real life when someone comes to your cubicle at work and won't stop talking about nonsense? If you could just "Like" that person's last sentence and make them go away...that would be awesome.

Do you ever use the "Like" button on Facebook to gracefully end a conversation? Do you sometimes feel like you should send a short reply to an email to be polite, but you don't want to bother the person?