Friday, September 16, 2016

A Big Thank You

From early August to early September, my friends joined together to help me celebrate the release of my new Piper Morgan series. They hosted my blog, tweeted about it, and added their own special touch to each guest post.

They may not remember it, but by helping me, they were all entered into my giveaway. One lucky helper gets free autographed books. I entered them into a random name picker and PATRICIA LYNNE is the winner!

I also held a Rafflecopter throughout the giveaway that had more than 800 entries. Which is mucho exciting!!! Here are the Rafflecopter winners.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Of course, as always, I'm the true winner because now I have a list of great bloggers whose books I get to read and tell you all about over the coming months. I can't wait.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of my great helpers, listed in alphabetical order by blog name/first name below! Please visit all their blogs--especially if you're an author looking for a supportive community of friends!

Alex Cavanaugh
Beth Ellyn Summer
Beverly Stowe McClure
Cathrina Constantine
Elizabeth Seckman
Jacqui Murray
Jamie Ghione
Karen Walker
Kelly Hashway
Leandra Wallace
Liz A.
Lori MacLaughlin
March of Time Books
Mason Canyon
Medeia Sharif
Meradeth Houston
Military Wife and Pug Life
Murees Dupé
Patricia Lynne
Pensive Pens
Quanie Miller
Sandra Cox
Susan Brody
Tamara Narayan
Valerie Capps
Yvonne Ventresca

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Introducing After Loving You by Ashelyn Drake

One of my favorite bloggers has a book coming out. On October 3, After Loving You debuts. Kelly Hashway, writing as Ashelyn Drake, is the author, so you know it'll be a good one.

Ready to see the cover? Here it is! Scroll down to read more about the book.


When Mia Thompson and Jared Grande break up before college, they think that's the end for them.

But two years later, Mia is stalking Jared's Facebook page and he's contacting her every chance he gets. Even though they're both seeing other people, they can't seem to say good-bye to the past they shared.

One way or another, they'll have to figure out how to love again. Is it time to get back together or time to move on?


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. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes 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.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Best Books of August

It's once again time to tell you about the best books I read this month. Sorry this one's a little late--my blog tour ran later than I expected. Here are my favorite August reads.

The first book this month comes from a familiar name to those who have followed me for a while. Cindy Callaghan is a rock star in the middle-grade fiction world. She even has her own Amazon Prime TV series based on one of her books. Her latest book is part of a series that has characters lost in various exciting parts of the world. They've been to Rome, Ireland, Paris, and London...but this location is my favorite of all:

Lost in Hollywood is the perfect demonstration of how this author uses plot devices in her books to cleverly take readers through the local sights. A 13-year-old girl named Ginger travels with her family and her BFF to Hollywood to help out her ailing aunt, only to find herself playing detective. When she learns that her memory-challenged aunt has hidden a large amount of money somewhere in Hollywood, Ginger, her BFF, and her aunt's caregiver's niece go on a hunt. The author takes us along for the ride and by the end of it, we feel like we've spent some serious time in Hollywood!

Next up is Jo Whittemore's latest book. I always read Jo's Aladdin M!x books, so I was excited she had a new book out--this one with HarperCollins.

Brooke's Not-So-Perfect Plan is the first in a super-fun series about four friends who write an advice column for their middle school paper. That premise alone drew me in! The first book tells the story of Brooke, who is extremely relatable no matter how old you are. Why? Because she's crazy-busy all the time. She's taken on way too much between her sports, hanging out with her friends, and writing this advice column. This is a fun and diverse novel about friendship and the pressures of being an overachieving middle school student.

The third book I read in August was actually a three-parter from blogger Valerie Capps. These short stories will draw you in, keeping you reading until the end. Best of all--they're only $.99 each!


Encounter on a Deserted Highway is the kind of spooky story that will stay with you long after you've finished it. The ending seriously gave me chills. A man and his daughter stop to pick up a stranger on a long stretch of road...and it's a decision that changes their lives forever. In Incident at the Diner, a little girl and her father enter a diner filled with a few locals who have a prejudice against them. The sweet little girl seems oblivious to their prejudices, but the tension soon builds and you know there's more to that little girl than meets the eye. In Lucy Get Your Gun, a young girl finds her life in upheaval after her father dies. A strange man shows up, saying he's been sent by child services to take some of the children, since she can't handle them on her own. Lucy and her brother have to "get their guns" to scare the man off, but the story has a very strong anti-gun message in the end! (Not to mention a surprise twist or two along the way.)

Next up is a book with a mesmerizing cover. Tamara Narayan is a blogger I met in recent months and I'm so glad I did. This book is another must-read to add to your list.

As you probably guessed, Heart Stopper and Other Stories is a book of short stories. If, like me, you loved Stephen King's earlier short story collections, you'll love this book. Each story has that eerie feeling, combined with amazing writing that has you turning each page. My favorite is Detour, with an ending that kept the story on my mind long after I finished it, but I also loved the surprise ending of One Step Away. Be careful reading this book late at night, when you're home alone!

Lori L. MacLaughlin is another new friend of mine. She has a new book out, but I wanted to read the first in the series before I read the latest:

If you're a fan of fantasy and adventure, Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble is your book! The action kicks off from the start and continues throughout the book. Best of all, it has two kick-butt female characters that you grow to love! Lori wrapped everything up perfectly while still making you eager to pick up Book Two. Best of all, you don't have to wait, since Book Two is now available!

What are you reading now?