Wednesday, May 6, 2015

IWSG: May. I think. It's May, right?

Time has been flying lately! I can't believe the school year is almost out. I'm trying to tell myself I'll write more once school is out. (But I have this vague memory from the end of last summer where I told myself I'd write more once school started . . .)

For those that don't know it yet, the first Wednesday of the month is Insecure Writers Support Group day. The day for us to shout our insecurities into the world! Big thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh (IWSG founder and amazing writer and person) and his awesome cohosts, Eva Solar Melanie Schulz, Lisa-Buie Collard, and Stephen Tremp!






This month I'm going to Storymakers, a big writing conference in Utah. I'm super, super excited! I know I'll be meeting some of my favorite online people IN REAL LIFE! And seeing a few of my critique partners again, which is so wonderful.

But (there's always a but, isn't there?) I'm nervous too. I'm not a naturally social person. I don't make great first impressions. I'm awkward and dorky and I never know how to react to other human beings when they talk to me.

True story.

Thankfully I know I'll have a few good friends with me who've done this conference before and will be there to help me out. 

How about you? Are you good at the social networking stuff? Or are you awkward and shy like me? And anyone else going to Storymakers? I'd love to see y ou! 

Monday, May 4, 2015

REMAKE Trailer!

I'm super excited to help Ilima Todd share her book trailer
for her YA dystopian, REMAKE.
I've already read REMAKE and it's awesome.
Seriously. Great characters, great story.
And this trailer is amazing!




You can find REMAKE on Amazon,
or add it to your to be read list on Goodreads.

Happy reading!



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Friday, May 1, 2015

Cover Reveal: Grounded

Congratulations to Heather Young-Nichols
on her latest cover reveal!
It's a cute one!


“••*´¨`*•.COVER REVEAL ••*´¨`*•.
GROUNDED by Heather Young-Nichols



Title: Grounded
Author: Heather Young-Nichols
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 19th
Hosted by: Beautiful Promotions

Alyssum Bracken sets out in search of Jensen Burkhardt…

After a longtime feud over copper between the Gremalian and the Gobel races, she hopes he has inherited his father’s legendary abilities as tensions rise to a breaking point. But when she finds him in faraway New York, Alyssum discovers she didn’t reach the handsome gremlin first. Aric, a rival goblin, is already ensconced in Jensen’s life.

However, Aric Bramble isn’t the enemy…

Courageously risking exile to save both races from a bloody war, the unlikely trio decide to work together. A forbidden friendship with Aric, a first love with the noble Jensen, while juggling her father, their leader, the prejudice of her people against the Gobel—and Aric’s people trying to kill them all—might be too much for Alyssum to handle.

Jensen’s strength is the one thing keeping Alyssum grounded, but will their relationship be threatened by her friendship with Aric?

Will any of them even survive the coming conflict? Alyssum isn't sure…but she’s going to try.




THE AUTHOR:


Heather Young-Nichols was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan and graduated from nearby Saginaw Valley State University with a degree in sociology. The only thing that rivals her love of reading is her love of baseball. During the season you can find her gushing about both. 

Heather’s debut new adult contemporary romance, Up for Grabs (Swoon Publishing) released in May 2014 with the follow-up, Up for Forever (Swoon Publishing) due in May 2015. A young adult fantasy, Grounded, releases May 19, 2015 with Limitless Publishing.









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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New book in the world: Lonesome Beds and Bumpy Roads

Happy, happy book birthday to Theresa and Cassie!
They're two of my favorite contemporary authors, so put them together and you know you'll get nothing short of fabulous!


Synopsis

Lexie Boggs has dealt with enough drama for one teenage girl, and just when she thinks it's about over, the father who abandoned her a decade ago shows up looking for redemption. At least… that’s what he says. Ryan Parker thinks his future is set. He’s got a sweet job set up, graduation on the horizon, and a lifetime of dreams he’s planned with his girlfriend, Lexie—including a king-sized bed for their soon-to-be apartment. Only a slight snag tugs at the fantasy when Lexie starts putting aside all she’s worked hard on for her deadbeat dad and his “sickness.” Suddenly school is the only time spent together, and as Ryan expresses his suspicions about why Daddy Boggs is really back, Lexie pulls away, hoping Ryan is wrong but fearing he’s right. And as graduation approaches, Ryan and Lexie struggle to keep the futures they thought they had firmly intact from crumbling all over their now lonely king-sized bed.


You can find Lonesome Beds and Bumpy Roads
or add it to your TBR list on Goodreads.

About the Authors

 Cassie Mae (AKA Becca Ann) is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate. 
You can find her on Twitter, and Facebook.
Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin). (ONCE) AGAIN will release this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series, under her pen name Tessa Marie. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Doing it for Love Cover Reveal

It's cover reveal day for Cassie Mae's DOING IT FOR LOVE!
Cassie is one of my favorite authors. Her characters are always real
and her stories bring the sexy, and the funny.
I'm really looking forward to DOING IT FOR LOVE!
And now I'll hand things over to the lovely Cassie Mae:



I used to have a cover reveal like, every month. Then there was a LONG break. So I'm a bit antsy to share this one :) 

Keeping with tradition with my other cover reveals, here is the GIF version of the book.

Once upon a time, there was this girl named Liz. 



And she was dating this guy named Landon.



And they are totally in love, so this guy gets down on one knee blurts out while in the shower that he wants to marry her. 



She's in love with him, so of course she says yes. 



And they get it on.



But they've been together for years, and the sex is a little... 



And Liz is determined to not turn into an old married couple before they're even married.



So she proposes a deal to Landon---no sex until the big day. Anticipation will bring the spark back!



Landon agrees because he doesn't think she'll make it.



Liz thinks Landon will be the one to cave first. 



And with their hearts set on different honeymoon locales, a bet is made. 



But with all the stress of wedding plans, an unexpected job change, and no way to relieve the tension, Liz and Landon start to wonder if they're ready for a relationship that means more than just the stuff in the bedroom. 



And now here's the cover for it!!!


The actual blurb is below, along with the stuff about me and all those purchase links and yadda :D 

I'm so stoked for this one! (Side-note... it's my most favorite book I've written to date :) )

DOING IT FOR LOVE comes out September 29th! 

Spell for the day:

Wingardium Leviosa! 


Cassie Mae’s charming, sexy new novel, perfect for fans of Emma Chase, puts a steamy twist on modern love as one bride-to-be tries to put the spark back in the bedroom—by any means necessary.

Elizabeth Fanning’s life looks pretty perfect, judging by the diamond ring on her finger. Her fiancĂ©, Landon, is sweet, handsome, and hilarious. The trouble is, before they’ve even tied the knot, their sex life has gone from mind-blowing to “meh”—and Liz isn’t ready to be part of an old married couple. After a cathartic call to her best friend, Liz comes up with a brilliant idea. She and Landon may never be able to re-create the magic of their first time, but how amazing would their wedding night be if everything below the neck was off-limits until then?

Liz thinks it’ll bring them closer together. Landon’s convinced she’ll cave first. So they raise the stakes: Whoever lasts longer gets to pick their honeymoon destination. With her heart set on the Bahamas and Landon fighting for snowbound Utah, Liz simply has to win. But pretty soon, her body is screaming for attention, and Landon’s never seemed so far away. Has Liz’s experiment backfired? Losing their little competition would be frustrating—but the one thing she can’t afford to lose is him.
Learn more about or order a copy of Doing It For Love by Cassie Mae, available September 29, 2015:
Buy at Amazon
Buy at B&N
Buy at iTunes




Or add to your Goodreads here:




Cassie Mae (who dons the name Becca Ann on occasion) is the author of a few hundred... okay, maybe not that many... books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.
Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House, Swoon Romance, and Tulip Romance. She has a favorite of all her babies, but no, she won't tell you what it is. (Mainly because it changes depending on the day.)
Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge watch Teen Wolf and The Big Bang Theory. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. And she likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree.
You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Dylan O'Brien to her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiemaeauthor

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

IWSG: April

It's April! Yay! It's ever (finally) looking like spring here in Minnesota. Life is pretty good right now, so I'm not really feeling that insecure. So for today's Insecure Writer's Support Group I'm going to share some writing quotes that have spoken to me at different times along the way.

But first I'd like to thank the Ninja Captain, and IWSG founder, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and his co-hosts this month,Suzanne Furness, Tonja Drecker, Toi Thomas, Rachna Chhabria, Fundy Blue, and Donna Hole. You guys are all amazing! Thanks for keeping this wonderful group going!


And now some words of encouragement. I know recently I was feeling like reaching my next goal was NEVER going to be reached. Then, all of a sudden, it was. So keep on working, you'll get there!


 
And one more, just for fun:
 
 
 
Happy spring, everyone! :) :)
 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Big News (In which I use GIFs for the first time)

I'm very (super, crazy) excited to announce that I've signed with literary agent Rachel Marks!

She enthusiastically requested the full for my YA contemporary, HELLO/GOODBYE, and a few days later sent me an email to set up a phone call.

I squealed and danced around with my kids like this:


Then tried to act very professional on the phone but inside I felt like this:


I had to email the other agents who had the full and wait (incredibly im)patiently. But finally I was able to let Rachel know, "Yes, yes, I want to sign with you!"


I couldn't be happier. I'm thrilled to be working with Rachel and it feels so good to 
know someone else loves my story, my characters, enough to want to sign me, 
and work with me get them out into the world. 

Those of you still in the querying trenches,
be patient.
Keep writing, keep working.
It will happen!
It's taken me years and many failed attempts to cross
this goal off my list.
Your time will come, too. :)