Friday, January 30, 2015

The Cephalopod Coffehouse: Best Books of January

It's the last Friday of the month, which means it's time to reveal the best books of January. It's part of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse:

I only read three books and a short story this month, which is good, considering I averaged 15,000 words a week of writing for my clients. And yes, that's a lot of writing!

The first book jumped out at me from Twitter. The author followed me and, when I was following back, I saw some of her book titles in her introductions. I clicked over to her site and loved every single book cover. I chose to jump in with this one first:

If you like my books, you'll also like My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours. I think a sign of a good book is when you finish it and think, "I wish I'd thought of that idea. What a great book!" I'm in love with Kristina Springer's writing, so I'll be back for more, for sure!

You'll recognize the cover for the second book. We all fell in love with it during her cover reveal last fall.

Quanie's writing wowed me. Her characters are full, three-dimensional people who you feel like you know. (Or maybe you just feel you want to know them!) But best of all--the story is truly riveting. From page one, you can't wait to see what happens next.

The third book was actually a short story, which was awesome because I could read it all the way through. That was exactly what I did. This story was not only compelling, but it's a very important story touching on a very sensitive subject. Plus, it's only $.99! Download it now.  You won't regret it, I promise.

The fourth book was Face Time by SJ Pajonas.

This ended up on my Goodreads to-read list because of one of you. I'm not sure which blogger featured it, but I love technology, so it jumped right out at me. It's a very realistic portrayal of a long-distance romance in an age where we can speak to people on the other side of the world using Face Time. The characters were relatable, the story sucked me right in, and I recommend it to any technogeek-reader like me!

Have you entered my Valentine's Day giveaway yet? It includes this prize pack for tween girls (or yourself!):

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I'm Doing a Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Today is my husband's 50th birthday, so yay! Here we are at the Biltmore Estate last February:

In celebration of his birthday, I'm kicking off a cool new giveaway. My book, 25 Roses, has a Valentine's Day theme. And guess what? Tween girls are really, really hard to buy for on Valentine's Day.

So I'm making it easy for you! I'm giving away this package of three gifts for tween girls. Or you can keep them for yourself.

This pack includes an autographed copy of 25 Roses, a chocolate rose like the ones in the book, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a gift bag. If you're an international entrant, I can't promise the pack will arrive in time for Valentine's Day, so keep that in mind when entering.

The giveaway ends at 12 a.m. February 9th and it will be in the mail that day. Here's the Rafflecopter:

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Monday, January 26, 2015

April is Coming...Plus Don't Forget to Breathe by Cathrina Constantine

Today I'm helping with a very special cover reveal...and it's a cover that will take your breath away.


Here it is!

Is that not an amazing cover? It's by our very own Cathrina Constantine. Below I have more about her book, but first I wanted to remind everyone that today is the sign-up day for this:

Last year, I met SO many incredible bloggers through the challenge. You just pick a theme and post every day in April (except Sundays), starting with A and ending with Z. Click on this linky to sign up.

Now...on to Cathrina's book.



Sixteen-year-old Leocadia arrives home from school to find her mom’s bloody body. Unaware that the killer still lingers, she rushes to her mother’s side, only to be grabbed from behind and then everything fades to black. After a year of retrograde amnesia and battling personal demons, Leo’s dreams are getting worse—she’s starting to remember. More bodies are discovered and they seem to be oddly linked to her mom’s unsolved homicide. When Leo allows her friend, Henry, to drag her to the haunted Lucien Mansion, misty ghosts appear, ghosts that just might lead her to her mother’s murderer.

Will Leo let her memories threaten her into a relapse or, will she fight to find her mother’s killer – only to become his next victim?

Cathrina is having her first ever release party on Facebook: It's for one hour only. There will be a giveaway and ebook prizes. If you wish to join here's the site:


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Also, congratulations to Carrie Butler...

She won a signed copy of 25 Roses in yesterday's giveaway!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog

I'm participating in a fun opportunity today. It's called Grow Your Blog and here's the pretty badge.

2 Bags Full

It's a great opportunity to meet other bloggers. Vicki has compiled a list of people who are eager for new followers. Go through the list and click over. Chances are, they'll read your blog, as well!

The instructions say I should tell you a little about myself. If you're a first-time visitor here, you can probably tell I do a little writing.

My blog also incorporates a LOT of pictures. I like the Buzzfeed style of blogging.

I live in Nashville and I'm a full-time freelancer, in addition to being a novelist. Basically I write until someone drags me out of the house to do something else. Or until I fall asleep.

Oh...and I'm doing a giveaway. Anyone's eligible, whether you read my blog regularly or you're just visiting. Just put in the comments some form of the words "Enter me in the drawing" and you'll be entered to win a signed copy of my latest book for you or the young girl in your life.