Friday, March 03, 2017

Cover Reveal: Forgotten by Kristin Smith

I love covers. I especially love getting to see brand new covers. Today, I'm helping Kristin Smith share her latest book cover with the world! Scroll down to read all about it, pre-order your copy, and enter her giveaway.


The epic tale of Sienna Preston continues in this second installment of the exhilarating Deception Game series.

Seventeen-year-old Sienna is no stranger to heartache and loss. But this time, it's different; someone―or something―has tampered with a loved one's memories, and she's determined to get answers.

The trail leads her to the glittering skyscrapers and modern luxuries of Rubex, the Capital of Pacifica, where she infiltrates the government's Agency for Intelligence and Genetics. But answers are not always easy to come by, especially when her own memories may have been altered. Luckily, Zane Ryder is there to help her put the pieces back together, his devotion and concern muddying the waters between friendship and something more.

When Sienna gets too close to uncovering dark Agency secrets, she's framed for the murder of a prominent government official, sending her on the run. Sienna's heart may be torn about who she loves, but none of that really matters anymore―because the only thing that awaits her now is a death sentence.



Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at


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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

IWSG: Reworking Old Stories

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecurities. If you haven't yet, join in. You'll be glad you did!

Each month we have a question. This month's question is:

Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

I started writing in 1995. Needless to say, I have more than a few unpublished manuscripts. I lost the romance manuscripts years ago, and that's probably for the best.

I do have 22 manuscripts on my computer--before you gasp, most are partials (three chapters and a synopsis). Most have either been rejected by my agent or publisher. Will those rejected books ever see the light of day?

Why do I say that? Because I know me. IF someday I decide to put the idea into action, I'm probably going to want to start over. Same idea, different approach.

Do I regret the time I spent writing those books that will never be read? Nope. Nothing we write is ever wasted. With ever word, we get stronger and more confident. So I look at those unpublished manuscripts as my "training." A master's degree, of sorts, that I'm still trying to earn!

Have you ever reworked an old story?

My next Piper Morgan book, Piper Morgan Makes a Splash, comes out April 4, 2017. Sign up if you'd like to help out by posting on your blog about it!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cover Reveal: Still Me...After All These Years: 24 Writers Reflect on Aging

Karen Walker. LD Masterson. Patricia Stoltey. Susan Swidersky. Linda Hoye. Valerie Capps. If any of those names sound familiar, you're probably active in the blogging community. These authors and 18 others are all part of a new, exciting book jam-packed with great stories about aging. And that awesome book is now available for pre-order! Check out the cover...and scroll down to read all about it and see the full author list.


Poignant...Humorous...Brutally Honest!

A collection of personal reflections guaranteed to keep you inspired and entertained on that journey we all travel together: The Journey of Aging

With a blend of grace, dignity, warmth and humor, women and men from 60 to 90 and from all walks of life candidly share the blessings and pitfalls of aging – from keeping dreams alive and keeping sex lives active to dealing with retirement, loss of independence and a growing sense of mortality.



Author List: 

Holly Glister
Karen Norstad
Fran Fischer
Pat Garcia
Matt Nyman
Clara Alexander
Aaron Gordon
Ellie Gordon
Maureen Polikoff
Jill Plaman
Wendy Brown
MaryFrank Sanborn
Karla Rosie Harper

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mystery Monday: Brandon Lawson

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...

There's no shortage of mysterious roadside disappearances in this country's history. In fact, if you want to get abducted by aliens, I'm starting to think your best bet is to just stand by your car at the side of the road.

Brandon Lawson was a 26-year-old father of four who lived in San Angelo, Texas with his girlfriend. On the night of August 9, 2013, he left his home just before midnight after he and his girlfriend got into a fight.

Approximately 45 minutes later, he called his brother to say he'd run out of gas. He then called 9-1-1. The recording of the call has been widely distributed and's very difficult to interpret in places, but here's a sample:

Brandon: Yes, I'm in the middle of the field ...(inaudible)...right here, goin' towards Abiline, on both truck ran out of gas... there's one car here...(inaudible). Please hurry.

9-1-1 Emergency: Ok. Now. Run that by me.....?

Full transcript here.

Audio here:

When Brandon's brother arrived, his truck was there but he was nowhere to be found. His keys and cell phone were missing, as well.

He had an outstanding felony warrant at the time he disappeared, but he was the one who called 911 and asked for them to send the police. Could he have somehow gotten afraid that he'd be arrested and taken off? Or an even better question...what could have spooked him so badly that he'd call and ask for the police when he knew he had an outstanding warrant?

What do you think happened to Brandon Lawson?