Saturday, March 05, 2016

Hanging Out with Ro

Ro is in the KNOW. If you've read her blog, you've probably noticed the picture at the top:



I loved it instantly. I think that's the perfect depiction of a writer/reader. This weekend, Ro interviewed me as part of my Piper Morgan Joins the Circus cover reveal. Head on over to her blog and learn more about my upcoming books, my viewing habits, and the sad lack of old-fashioned paper-based books in my life.




Also, don't forget to sign up to participate in my Dear Teen Me blog hop. Just add your link here and post a blog Friday, March 11 that includes a letter to your teenage self.


Friday, March 04, 2016

Write a Letter to Your Teen Self!

First, I want to announce the winner of last week's getaway. Diane Carlisle won the ARC of Piper Morgan Joins the Circus. Diane's one of my favorite people, so YAY!


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Kelly Hashway has been rocking the re-release of her book, Into the Fire. As part of her re-release blitz, she's come up with a great idea. She's sharing it in her newsletter, but I thought I'd do a super-duper blog hop to help her out.



Here's the plan. If you want to join in on the fun, just add your blog to the list below and post your letter Friday, March 11th. You can get the link at the bottom of this page, where it says "Get Link Code." I'll have this list up all next week.

If you want to see what a Dear Teen Me letter looks like, here's mine from DearTeenMe.com in 2014. I'll be writing a new one next week. (Click on the picture to read more.)


Who's in? Sign up here to participate:


Thursday, March 03, 2016

Cover Reveal: Out of the Ashes by Kelly Hashway

I have another beautiful cover to reveal today and it's from our friend Kelly Hashway. This is the second in her Into the Fire trilogy, which you've heard about previously on my blog. Her second cover is just as amazing as her first. 

You'll be able to buy this book on Amazon on March 22. In the meantime, be sure to add it on Goodreads.

Ready to see it?

Here it is!




Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman’s worst nightmare has come true…

She’s been reborn as a Phoenix and has forgotten everything from her first life—including Logan Schmidt. He’s handsome and protective, but with no recollection, he can’t be trusted.

Accused of being a Hunter, Logan’s mortality is put to the test…

Logan isn’t willing to admit he and Cara are over—not even after he watches her rise from her own ashes.

While the other Phoenixes are convinced Logan is a sworn enemy, a group of deadly Hunters are sure he is a Phoenix. Only being guilty of loving Cara, he must prove them all wrong—and convince Cara she loves him.

However, a magical link may be the demise of Logan’s devotion…

With the Hunters hot on their heels, it’s up to Logan to save Cara. But when the dagger calls out, Logan is drawn to its power.

Cara’s missing memories may not be the only obstacle standing between her and Logan. 

Their relationship isn’t just complicated—it’s deadly. And when Cara finds herself at a crossroad, she is forced to choose…

She can plunge into the darkness of her treacherous fate, or use her Phoenix instincts to once again rise Out of The Ashes.

Bio:

Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction for young adults, middle graders, and young children. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes YA and NA romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency. 


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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

IWSG: Do You Know How You Eat an Elephant?

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecuritiesIf you're a writer, join in!



How do you eat an elephant?



Like any big goal you have in life, writing a novel can feel a lot like eating an elephant. The task is so gigantic, you just don't know where to start. If you do start, you stall because it's just so overwhelming.



As life gets in the way, it can be easy to set writing aside for another day. We have more important things to do. Like:



And:



And:



But what can be more important than pursuing our dreams? Yet when we put them off until tomorrow, days turn into weeks and soon it will be January 2017 and we'll have let another year slip by.



Instead of trying to tackle your entire WIP in one day, I have a new idea for you writers out there. Try Club 100. Someone told me about it when I was writing romance back in the early 00s. Here's how it works. For 100 days you commit to writing 100 words a day. You can write more, but not one word less. Just 100...that's maybe a couple of paragraphs. When you finish your 100 days, give yourself a reward and start over. See how many times you can avoid breaking the chain.

When you're finished, there's a badge at this site for your efforts. It looks like this:



It's an oldie, but it worked for me back in the day. Maybe it will help you!

Do you use any special tricks to motivate yourself?

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Introducing Big Yearning by Christina Rains

I'm so excited to introduce a new book from one of our blogging friends. Christina Rains' publisher is one I remember from way back in my young writing days, when Ellora's Cave was the new publisher on the scene. Yes, I'm that old! First, check out her eye-catching cover and then scroll down to read all about her book.



Blurb:

Suzetta Hughes has it bad for gorgeous forest guide Rayce Webb, but her best friend already called dibs on him. He hasn't shown interest in anyone else other than Suzetta, though. Clearly that means the claim is canceled, but when Suzetta shares more than a kiss with him by the river, she feels her guilt weighing her down. After an intense fight with her friend, Suzetta flees into the Oregon wilderness to search for evidence of a Sasquatch in the area. Rayce finds her, but a rock slide traps them in a cave. The water level is slowly rising, and while help is on its way, it might not arrive in time. Will Rayce and Suzetta be able to dig themselves free, or will this hunt for Bigfoot be their last?

Bio:

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents' own good and loves to pretend he's Batman. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has several short stories and novellas published. Her first novel, OF BLOOD AND SORROW was published early 2015.


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Monday, February 29, 2016

Best Books of February

It's time once again to tell you about the best books I read this month. It's the month of romance and it brought lots of romance to my Kindle. Here are the month's best!



There's an interesting story behind the first book I read this month. It was written by the very talented artist who designed my bookmarks. If you're looking for a swag designer, look no further than Kristin Rae. If you're looking for a great book to read, look no further than Kristin Rae's book, Wish You Were Italian.




I'm just going to say it--Europe is huge in YA and middle grade fiction. There's no book that captures exactly why like Wish You Were Italian. The book features an American teen whose parents send her overseas to school for the summer. But instead of sticking her in a classroom, the author has her going rogue. She never even shows up at school at all, instead choosing to travel across Italy, meeting a cute boy (or two) along the way. Such a fun read, whether you're a teen or an adult!

I saw the second book I read this month on Facebook and I couldn't resist. A book told completely in blog posts, letters, homework assignments, and other forms of written communication? I'm in! Here's the adorable cover:



In The Pages Between Us, two best friends create a notebook so that they can communicate, since their class schedule keeps them apart most of the school day. Because the story is told through letters, we feel like we have front-row seats to this slowly dissolving friendship. It's tragic, but hopeful, since both girls form very solid lives of their own while still remaining BFFs. Brilliant, brilliant storytelling...in a very fun format.

The author of the next book will be familiar to those of you who regularly read my blog. Kelly Hashway rereleased one of her previous books this month and I got to help her promote it on social media. Into the Fire is a supernatural love story with a stunning cover:



I wasn't sure what to expect from a book about a girl who bursts into fire and rises from the ashes, but this is, at its heart, a young adult romance. Cara is torn between her feelings for Logan and the knowledge that loving her can be very, very bad for his health, especially since she risks bursting into flames every time things "heat up" between them. Whether you're a fantasy reader or not, you'll love the relatable adolescent themes in this book.

The next book has a premise you can't resist. A girl whose cousin bought a ghost on eBay? How fun! Ghost for Sale is a love story--but one member of the couple involved in that love story just happens to be dead.



Being in love with a ghost sucks. You can't touch, you can never get married and spend your life together. All you can do is hang out and search for your ghost's dead twin sister. Sandra has managed to make a romantic comedy with a human-meets-ghost twist work in such a charming way. I loved every page of this book! 

I feel like I just met Karen Helene Walker, but I think we've been reading each other's blogs for a while now. This month I finally got a chance to read her spooky book The Wishing Steps.



Karen has created some amazing women. They're strong and resilient but, most importantly, they inspire others. In The Wishing Steps, a set of invisible steps provides these women an escape of sorts--a place they can go when they're afraid or hurting. We follow three generations of women who are taught that, yes, there are bad people, but good people can change the world.

That's all for this month. What good books have you read so far this year?