Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Give Away!!

Halloween is right around the corner! This is a big deal at my house. It's my husband's and my oldest daughter's favorite holiday. And why not? Full of spooky decorations, freaky movies, scary books, and awesome costumes. It's a great time of year.



If you are in need of some spooky reads Halloween, you are in the right place. Jen McConnel, Nicole Zoltack, T.A. Brock, Crystal Collier, Cortney Pearson, Meradeth Houston, and I have banned together to give you some awesome creepy reads.




One lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of my YA horror,
 
 
and an ebook of
 
BLACK HELLEBORE by Nicole Zoltack,
 
FATAL and BRUTAL by T.A. Brock,
 
MOONLESS by Crystal Collier,
 
AN ABSENCE OF LIGHT by Meradeth Houston,
 
DAUGHTER OF CHAOS by Jen McConnel,
 
and PHOBIC by Cortney Pearson.






Plus two of these awesome blood-splatter lollipops from Vintage Confections.







Cool, right?


So good luck, and Happy Halloween!


Oh! And one last thing! FLESH EATING ZOMBIES AND EVIL EX-GIRLFRIENDS
is on sale for 99 cents through Halloween!
 
 




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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cover Reveal: Nobody Knows

I'm very happy to take part in the cover reveal of Nobody Knows, by Kyra Lennon. I've been reading Kyra's posts on Facebook about this book for awhile and have been so excited for it to come out! (Which it does on November 3rd, by the way. So a bit more waiting, but at least now we can check out the awesome cover!)

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It's not easy being friends with rising rock stars - especially when you're the glue that holds them together.

Razes Hell has taken off in the charts, and Ellie can't believe her childhood friends, Drew and Jason Brooks, are on TV and drawing crowds after years spent playing in dodgy bars. From obscurity to overnight success, Ellie soon realises life in the public eye isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as dark secrets become headline news and old conflicts are re-ignited. When a fake feud meant to boost the band’s popularity threatens to rip the boys apart for real, Ellie finds herself torn – a position which only gets more uncomfortable when her loyalty to Jason collides with her blossoming relationship with Drew.

Nobody knows how deep their issues run; nobody but Ellie. With friendship, a music career and a new love on the line, can Ellie keep their tangled pasts from ruining their futures?
 
You can find Nobody Knows on Goodreads.
And it will be released on November 3rd!
 
You can find Kyra Lennon (who's awesome, by the way) on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

IWSG

It's Insecure Writer's Support Group day! Yay! But it's not a normal, writing is really hard and everything sucks, IWSG day. Today we are trying to share advice and encouragement for the IWSG anthology.

Before we continue, big, big thank yous to Alex J. Cavanaugh and his awesome cohosts My awesome co-hosts today are Kristin Smith, Elsie, Suzanne Furness, and Fundy Blue!





I thought about this and seriously wondered whether or not I would have anything of value to add. I know there have already been a lot of posts about writing, and I'm sure they're better than anything I could have come up with.

So I'm going to do something else. I don't know that it will fit into the anthology, but I'm doing it anyway. I'm going to talk about the after part. The baby blues. The fears, doubts, and holy-crap-I-sucks that come after you've already gotten through the writing, the revising, the querying, the accepting, more revising, and finally seeing your baby out there in the world.

People are going to love your book. Honestly. People have already loved it, that's why you've gotten this far. Even if you're self pubbing you know people have loved it to get this far. And more people will love it. Because it's good. (Don't forget that part, it's important.)

People will not like your book. I'm sorry, but it's just a sad fact of life. Not everyone will love your book. Just as you don't love every book out there in the world. And not just the ones that aren't your genre, your thing. We've all started books we thought we'd love, books our friends loved, and not liked them. That is a good thing to remember when you see those not loving reviews.

The best thing, of course, is to not see them. Stay away from all reviews as if they are the plague. But lets face it. That won't happen. Because then you might miss a good review. And we love the good reviews. So we peek, even though we know we shouldn't.

So when the bad reviews happen here is a to do list to help you get through them.

1. Yell at your screen. Explain to that reader why they are dumb. And wrong. And have no taste. Because clearly they have no taste. Remember, this step is to be done verbally or in your head. It is not, I repeat NOT to be typed up in a place where the reviewer or any reader can see it.

2. Eat something yummy. Chocolate is great, but if you aren't a chocolate person then go to your go-to food. Chips, French fries, banana cream pie. Whatever. Eat something yummy and feel free to pout.

3. Go to Goodreads. (yes really, you didn't read that wrong) go to one of your favorite books. One you love and you can't imagine anyone in their right mind not loving. Now go to its one star reviews. (Because it will have them.) Read them and feel free to go back to step one. See, even your beloved book, this amazing book, has people who don't love it. (Dumb people.)

4. Read some of your good reviews. Remind yourself that there are people who love your book. (Because it's awesome, and you are a wonderful writer.)

5. Remind yourself that YOU love your book. And you are the only person who really matters.

6. Keep writing. Because you love it and you're good at it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Home is Where You Are release day!!

 
It's release day for Home is Where You Are by Tessa Marie! (aka Theresa Paolo)
 
I was lucky enough to beta read this one and let me tell you, it's wonderful!
 
 
Home is Where You Are
 
Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.
 
 
 
 
It's on sale for 99 cents right now on Amazon,
and you can add it to your TBR list on Goodreads.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunflowers for Tina

Słoneczna jak słonecznik #zielona #herbata z pomarańczą zachwyci Was bogactwem smaku! Sprawdź na http://www.big-active.pl/zielona-z-pomarancza
 
It fills my heart to see the love spreading through the blogging community today.
 
Goodbye, Tina.
 
You touched many people and you will be missed.
 
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

IWSG: Making Goals

It's Insecure Writers Support Group day! Thank you to the amazing Alex Cavanaugh and his wonderful co-hosts, Laura at My Baffling Brain, Mark Koopmans, Shah Wharton, and Sheena-Kay Graham!

If you aren't familiar with the IWSG you should go check it out. It's a wonderful, wonderful group full of amazingly supportive writers.







My insecurity this month is setting goals. I'm very behind in my writing, summer was so crazy busy with four kids. But I'm hoping to catch up now that my older two started school yesterday. But I'm worried that having slowed down, I won't be able to catch back up.

So I'm trying to push myself, give myself a goal and make myself stick to it. I want to finish my YA ms by October first. I should be able to do this. This should be an attainable goal. I just need to make it happen.

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Easy peasy, right? ;-)
 
 

So how about you? What are your insecurities this month?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Real Thing Release Day!!!

It's release day for The Real Thing by Cassie Mae! Woo hoo!

I seriously loved this book. It's hilarious! Plus, in typical Cassie Mae fashion, it's also touching and romantic and basically all kinds of good things. :)

And now. . .

Time to party!

The Real Thing releases today (whoop whoop!) and Cassie's giving away a swag pack full of goodies.

The Real Thing postcards
A froggy loofah
Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
The Real Thing Samsung Galaxy S3 Phone Case
A Cassie Mae pen
A collection of select Cassie Mae/Becca Ann signed books

Rafflecopter right below the excerpt and book details :)

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“All right, all right,” he says, smiling and holding his palm up to stop me. Tomato juice is dripping from the top of his head down his cheeks, getting caught in the smile lines by his mouth. I can feel it running down my face, too, and I should be gagging, but I’m not.

I open my mouth to tell him how cute he looks even with juice all over him, but a light ploof! hits the center of the tub between our bodies, and I stare down at my froggy loofah, now covered in red.

“Oh no!” I frown, plucking the sponge up by the froggy’s arm, then looking up to the shower caddy over Eric’s head. Our splash war must’ve knocked my poor froggy right off his little perch. “My loofah.”

“That’s what it’s called!” Eric slaps the top of his knee, getting more juice on both of us. “I’ve been staring at that thing since you moved in, trying to remember what the hell people call it.”

A small bubble of laughter escapes through my slight frown. “Why?”

“That thing is creepy.”

I gasp. “It is not. It’s cute.” My lip pokes out as I look at the juice soaking into the blue frog’s face. “And now it’s ruined.”

He takes the loofah from my fingers, an adorable pinched look on his face.

“I don’t know how you can wash yourself with this,” he says, pulling at the leg poking from the big green sponge part.

“It’s soft on my sensitive lady parts.” I laugh as his face goes red again. I expect him to drop the loofah back in my hand—or throw it at me—but he doesn’t. He keeps pulling at it as if it’s the weirdest, yet most fascinating thing in the world.

“Is it really ruined?” he asks, tone suddenly nowhere near his usual playfulness. He actually looks worried about my sponge.

“It’s like a buck, Eric.” I adjust in the tub again as the juice creeps into nooks and crannies of my body I had no idea existed till now. “I can get another one tomorrow. Maybe an even creepier one just for you.”

I try to wink, but I’ve never been good at that. He sort of laughs, but his eyes go back to the froggy. He runs his thumb over the eyeballs, wiping the juice from it. I thought I knew Eric pretty well. But as I watch him stare at my loofah, head slightly cocked to the side, I realize I have no clue what he’s thinking. And that’s totally okay. The anticipation of finding out is better.

“Only a dollar?” His eyes lift to mine.

“Or two. Depending on where you go.”

His lips purse and he nods, then plunges the sponge into the juice. Before I can smack him for that, he pulls it from the bath and wrings it out over my head. My jaw drops to my knees.

“Oh, you are so dead.”

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Buy Me!
In this electrifying novel from Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction.
Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.

When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.
Advance praise for The Real Thing
“Cassie Mae is awesome! The perfect balance between laugh-out-loud funny and achingly poignant, The Real Thing is the ultimate escapist read. I didn’t want it to end!”—Lauren Layne, author of Isn’t She Lovely
“Watching two best friends figure out how to fall in love makes The Real Thing a summer read of swoon-worthy perfection.”—Jolene Perry, author of The Summer I Found You
“Cassie Mae’s The Real Thing made me want to close out every social media app and electronic device I have, but I couldn’t manage to stop reading!”—Rebecca Yarros, author of Full Measures

About the Author


Cassie Mae (who dawns 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 Spencer Hill Press. She has a favorite of all her book 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


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