Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More about Up to Me

I'm pleased to tell you that Up to Me has an official release date.  JANUARY 6, 2013.


*throws confetti*

The cover reveal will be December 12th and the next day I'll begin the 12 Days of Christmas giveaways, where something different will be given away each day on my blog.  Oh, and did I mention I'll start doing teasers, too?  Because I totally will:)  Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep

In the meantime, here's another pic of Charlie Hunnam (my Up to Me vision of a devilish Davenport) to keep your mind's eye stimulated until I bring you the book.  Ready the bibs, ladies!!!  hehe  Enjoy!!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Jingle All the YA

Call me crazy, but when I think of the holidays, I think of those little sampler boxes of candies and cheeses and coffees and different treats that you can get for people.  You know the ones I'm talking about, right?  I love those!  I almost always find a few new food and drink loves when I get those things.  Well, in honor of the holidays, some fabulous author friends of mine and I have put together a sampler for you.  AND IT'S FREE!!!  There are samples of 14 bestselling Young Adult titles.  Now, that alone should be a pretty cool thing, right?  Well, we've gone a step farther.  Reading our little pack of goodies could help you win a brand new Kindle Fire HD!  Holy crap, right?  Right.

Okay, so here are all the details:

Here's the book. Isn't it lovely?

You can download it on Amazon, Apple and Kobo.  Sorry if your format isn't supported.  Not all sites were able to put this up for us:(

Here's the description of contest

WIN A KINDLE FIRE HD ($199) or ereader of your choice up to value of $200

It's easy to enter!

1) Download the free ebook, 
2) find the secret phrase (hintL there is one character in each book bolded)
3) Enter secret phrase (14 characters) into the contest link embedded in the ebook.

Contest ends on Dec 31st. Winner announced on Jan 7th

Here's the description of the book

Curl up this holiday season and sample 14 bestselling young adult books. 

14 YA authors compiled this special gift for their readers. The holiday sampler includes excerpts from YA's bestselling books - all wrapped up in one neat little package. 

Whether you like paranormal, romance, mythology, or thrillers, "Jingle all the YA" gives you a taste of it all.

This sampler includes:

Chelsea M. Cameron - Nocturnal (When seventeen-year-old Ava-Claire Sullivan meets a mysterious boy in a cemetery who isn't human, she'll have to decide whether a relationship with him is worth the risk to her own mortality.)

GP Ching - Grounded (A modest seventeen-year-old girl discovers she's the product of a government experiment, when her father's illness causes her to leave her isolated community.)

Shelly Crane - Significance (Because you are my significant, my soul mate, and I'm yours.)

Chelsea Fine - Anew (Sometimes love is meant to be, but sometimes...love is the death of you.)

Jessie Harrell - Destined (When Psyche destroys the one relationship she can't live without, she must journey alone through ancient Greece and face the wrath of the gods if she wants to reclaim an immortal love.

Ella James - Here

S.R. Johannes - Untraceable (When Grace's forest ranger father goes, missing, she fights officials and nature to find out what happened, uncovering a conspiracy that changes her small town forever.)

Tiffany King - Forever Changed

M. Leighton - Fragile (Her heart, as delicate as glass. His love, as strong as steel. Can either survive life and death?

Addison Moore - Ethereal (An entire faction of earthbound angels wants 16 y/o Skyla Messenger dead, at least she still has Logan, a boy who shares her gift of telepathy, or does she?)

Jessica Sorenson - Ember (What if you knew when someone was going to die?)

Raine Thomas - Becoming (When Amber Hopkins discovers that ancient gods, avenging angels and other beings of myth and legend all exist, she doesn't realize that her life is only going to get more complicated from there.)

RaShelle Workman - Exiled (Worlds divided them. Chance brought them together. Only love will save them.)

Samantha Young - Smokeless Fire (One girl's fiery battle with ancient deadly creatures, epic family drama and heart-wrenching romantic entanglements.)

In case you miss the link at the back of the book, you can also enter via the rafflecopter on my sidebar.  So, what are you waiting for?  Go download this sampler and get that code word!!  Good luck and I hope you find some great new books by some great new authors:)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Super Spectacular Fisher Amelie

For those of you who don't know Fisher Amelie, I'm here to tell you that she's awesome.  Plain and simple.  She's one of the most diversely talented people I've ever met.  This girl is "artsy" in its purest form.  Among her many creative skills is her ability to capture emotion.  In her writing, she does it with breathtaking ease.  You can even see it in the few short sentences she's included in the trailer for her new book.  I'm telling you, it's pretty amazing.  Take a peek and see if this doesn't make you want to go and buy the book right this minute.

Now, I've only gotten to read the first few chapters of this book, but let me tell you--WHAT A HOOK!  I can't wait to read the rest!  This is edgy and emotional and sexy and dark.

If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah...then you’re gonna’ hate my story.

Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.

I’m Sophie Price...And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.


“Hold me tighter,” I whispered against his teeth. He clutched me closer yet not tight enough. “More,” I demanded.
He drew me firmer against him and I felt every ridge of his body.
“Is that close enough?” he laughed into my throat.
“Perfect,” I told him.

Here's where you can find Fisher:
Look for VAIN at Amazon and Barnes & Noble Christmas Day!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mia's Heart by Courtney Cole

So, the fabulously talented Courtney Cole has just released, a bit early too I might add, her new book, Mia's Heart.  It's the second installment in her young adult series, the Paradise Diaries.  In my opinion, it's the best one yet.  I just love, love, love Mia!  She's got some sass and some spunk and I think her story is an awesome one.  Did I mention there are hot guys galore?  Well there are.  Oh me, oh my!

Without further ado, meet Mia.

My name is Mia Giannis.
I am seventeen years old.
I live in Valese, Caberra.

 This has become my mantra and my lifeline, having recently lost my memory due to a scary natural disaster.

Yeah.  I have amnesia.  Messed up, right?

You don't know the half of it.

 Not remembering anything has turned my world upside down. My parents try their hardest to “remind” me of who I was, but it doesn't feel right. Or, if what they're saying is true and that really was me, I'm not sure I like that person very much.

 And then there’s my love life.  Apparently, Gavin Ariastasis is my oldest and best friend in the world. Also, apparently, we’ve never dated.  But now, noticing him for what feels like the first time, he’s making my heart do somersaults.  He knows me inside and out—the real me.  Plus, he’s sexy and charming as hell.  Sounds perfect, right? 

 But then... there’s the new guy. Quinn McKeyen – tall, gorgeous and deliciously American.  His mischievous grin and slow Midwestern drawl turn my insides to mush in two seconds flat making me question who I really am and what I really want.

 Seriously. What am I supposed to do with all that?!  I feel torn between them, but I barely even know who I am, let alone what I want.

I just hope my indecisive heart will clue me in.  And sooner rather than later…before I lose what little of my mind that I have left. 

You can purchase Mia's Heart on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  You can find Courtney on her blog.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Up to Me- first look

Okay, I was going to wait to post ANYTHING about Up to Me, the book to follow Down to You, which will be out in January.  BUT, I decided to go ahead and give you a little peek into what's going on in this book.  You'll have questions when you see this, such as why the long hair?  Why the goatee?  But I can't answer those. You'll just have to read it and find out.  But let me assure you, you will LOVE it!  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  I'm so excited!  I broke my cardinal rule and told my sister all about what I have in store for the books.  Rather than ruining it, I think it just made her that much more excited.  She asks me every day if it's ready for her yet.  LOL  That is a very, very good sign;)

So, here is your first visual for book 2.  Charlie Hunnam, the celebrity face for my twins.  Enjoy!!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

I don't know how many of you have ever had a truly terrifying and very significant health scare, but if you have, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about here.

I'm sure many of y'all have wondered why I've been so quiet or why it has taken me so long to respond to even simple things.  Well, since last Wednesday, I've been living under the very real possibility that I might have cancer.  As far as worst fears go, that one is pretty much the top of the list for me, right along with being severely maimed and / or decapitated.  It's amazing how much something like that affects your life.  And I mean every area of your life.  Nothing is without the shadow of that big, huge looming IF.

For the most part, I kept this to myself.  It dominated my thoughts for nearly every minute of that time, though, making it very hard to concentrate and to do the things that I normally do so effortlessly.  I guess I sort of withdrew.  Anyway, none of y'all out there knew what was going on, how upset I was or where my head was at, but the funny thing is, you know me well enough to know something was wrong.  Very wrong.  Over the last week, I've gotten tweets saying you miss me, emails saying you hope everything is all right and messages telling me you love me and are thinking of me, all without knowing that I was living in hell week.

So my answer to the question WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY is this:  You've brightened some of the darkest days I've ever had, you've shown me love and support without even knowing how desperately I needed it and you've been all around amazing with no discernible reason to be.  It's just the way you are.  And I thank you.  Every single one of you, I thank you!  You can't imagine what it has meant to me to have you in my life.

I'm a pretty grateful person anyway, but this has really given me a much-needed adjustment in perspective.  It's so easy to get wrapped up in the things that don't really matter, and I suppose I had.  But today, the day after getting some of the best news EVER, I feel like I have a little better handle on things.

I know God has a reason for the things He allows to happen, and I'm not sure why He answers some prayers the way He does, but I sure am thankful for the way He answered this one!  Things could've gone much differently and I'm more grateful than I could possibly explain for the way this has turned out.  For those who don't get the good news, for those who have to fight for their life every minute of every day, I am deeply, deeply sorry for what you're going through.  To everyone else, I can say this:  TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!  Not only will you one day wish you had, but there are people who love you that will be devastated if something happens to you.  Enjoy every day.  Live it to the fullest.  And I say these things as a reminder to myself, too because it's so easy to forget and to fall right back into the same old mindsets.  I don't want to take things for grated anymore. I don't want to take two healthy lungs, two healthy legs, a healthy heart, a brain that works (for the most part) for granted anymore.  I'm thankful for every single one of those things.  And more.  And I should be thankful every day.

It sounds so cheesy and cliche to say "every day is a gift," but it really is.  When it seems like you might not have many more left, every minute of each one you have takes on a whole new meaning.

I know I'm rambling now, so let me end with a huge THANK YOU!  From the bottom of my heart, thank you!  For those of you who I've missed on FB or Twitter or even an e-mail that might've slipped through the cracks, please know that it's not intentional.  I've been distracted and consumed lately, but not so much so that I don't smile over your tweets and your wonderfully kind words.  In all your life, you'll likely never know how much they've meant to me.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My friend, Shelly Crane

I can't say enough good stuff about this woman.  She's just an amazing person and a powerhouse of an author.  She recently got some bling-ity bling (no, that's not a thing, nor does it really make sense here, but it just felt right at the time) for her Collide series in the form of some fab new covers from Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations.  See what you think.

The first book in the series, Collide, is still FREE here on Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo.  Go say hi to this awesome chick on her blog here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Incendiary by Amy Bartol

Okay, for those of you who don't know, I love me some Amy Bartol!  She is amazing in every possible way and now the fourth book in her epic Premonition Series is getting ready to release on November 30th.  Holy moly.  Take a look at this awesome cover and description. And if you haven't read her work then get on it!  She's beyond fabulous!  Check this out: