Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pucked, cover reveal and extras!




Almost a year ago, I was hit with an idea so intense I nearly broke a glass while trying to clean it. It wasn't all put together cleanly, it never is, it was more like puzzle pieces. Each scene or idea was like a clue of the bigger picture. I took notes, started researching, took more notes, researched more, all while editing A Message of Flowers and then rewriting Soul Promise and the whole process I went through with that book. I quietly reached out and spoke to anyone and everyone I could about the topics in this novel. I am actually surprised I was able to write this to completion. Something that always gets me (angry, upset, torn up, blubbery) is anything to do with children or military/soldiers (I cry at every "Coming home" video). Parental Alienation is a form of child abuse. It's the act of alienating a child or children from their parent with purpose and intent to damage the relationship of parent and child.
Okay, if I go on any longer I'll probably lose your interest, so here we go!
Look at what the beautiful, talented Regina Wamba from Mae I Design created this time! ❤️




Pucked





Synopsis

Does life get in the way of love or does love get in the way of life?

Riley Silk doesn’t know the answer to this.  He loves.  He lives.  But he can’t figure out how to merge the two together.
Audrey Jacobs doesn’t believe there is an answer to the love versus life debate.  She believes life can’t be lived without love.  But even she has difficulties with how to access her own feelings.
Riley and Audrey have been friends for years, best friends.  But lines cross and blur.  Their functional relationship turns into an unconventional mess, and they both want to fix it, to go back to the way things were.
Stress, memories, and heartache thrash them both into different directions.  Can Riley cope with everything’s that happened?  Can Audrey overcome her insecurities? 

Who keeps the puck?  

**Trigger warning- abuse topics - Parental Alienation. Mild - alcohol abuse and drug abuse **
Release Date: February 10, 2015  









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For your listening pleasure, Safetysuit - Life In The Pain. This song is a hint about a scene and feeling that's felt at various points in the story.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Summer Remains by Seth King, cover reveal




Title: The Summer Remains
Author: Seth King
 Release Date: February 14, 2015


Synopsis


Twenty-four-year-old Summer Johnson knows two things. The first is that due to an incurable and worsening medical condition, she faces a risky surgery in three months’ time that may very well end in her death. The second is that she would like to fall in love before then.

As spring sinks into her namesake season on the Florida coast, Summer decides to play the odds and download a new dating app – and after one intriguing message from a beautiful surfer named Cooper Nichols, it becomes clear that the story of what may be her last few months under the sun is about to be completely revised. All she has to do now is write something worth reading.

Tender, honest, devastating and triumphant, The Summer Remains explores a very human battle being waged in a very digital age: the search for a love that will remain beyond this temporary borrowing of bones. In an era when many feel compelled to share and re-share anything about everything, prepare to feel a love so special, you will want to hug it close and make it yours forever.





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Author Bio

Seth King is a 25-year-old American author whose first book, The Goode Fight, became a quick bestseller and was dubbed "near genius" by a prominent review website. He enjoys reading, boating, traveling, playing the piano, and spending time with his family.



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Monday, December 29, 2014

Pucked cover reveal sign ups!

I know I don't talk about Pucked much... But I would LOVE if you'd be a part of the cover reveal! It's fantastic, you really ought to see this beauty.
A little about Pucked in case you have ZERO idea what I'm talking about:
It's a Young Adult Contemporary that follows two teens through their chaotic journey to adult while dealing with the affects of Parental Alienation.
There's hockey, drama, angst, awkwardness, and kisses. It's high school. But it's more than that. It's learning to cope through major things that aren't covered in school. 

Cover reveal date is January 15, 2015. Hope to see you there. Be sure to check the hashtag #Pucked4Life for updates and teasers.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Yesterday's Half Truths by Carey Heywood - Cover Reveal

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Yesterday's Half Truths

by N.Y. Times Bestselling Author

Carey Heywood

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Release Date: November 24, 2014

Synopsis

She never thought it would go this far. It started out so innocently, but now has taken on a life of its own. Problem is, Lindsay Palmer doesn't know how to stop. Even worse, she doesn't want to stop. Her daily deceit has become both her greatest pleasure and deepest shame. Thousands of people love her, but would they if they knew the truth. A simple favor for his baby sister brings Lindsay into Luke Jamieson's life. There's something about this girl that keeps her on his mind hours and days after each time they meet. Now here he is, falling in love with a liar. All he wants is for her to let him in, and maybe together he can lead her out of the cage of her own construction. Will the truth set her free, or have her lies already destroyed everything?
 
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Carey Bio Pix
New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Her books are full of emotion, humor and steam. She is inspired by everyday fairy tales. Her leading men are guys you might bump into at the grocery store; teachers, mechanics, and website designers. Supporting her all the way are her husband, three sometimes-adorable children, and their nine-pound attack Yorkie.

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www.careyheywood.cominfo@careyheywood.com
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Careylolo
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Between the Stars and Sky by David James (review)


NOW AVAILABLE
BETWEEN THE STARS AND SKY is a vivid contemporary novel from Young Adult author David James.  Lyrical and romantic, BETWEEN THE STARS AND SKY is a heart-stopping, contemporary read for fans of Maggie Stiefvater and David Levithan. 


SYNOPSIS: "In the small, lakeside town of Huntington, the Firelight Festival marks the end of summer. A time to laugh, to live, to love. And for Jackson Grant, it is a chance to begin again. 

 But there is a darker side to the Firelight Festival, a deadly tradition known as the Firelight Fall. A secret game. A legendary lie. A test of bravery. Those who fall risk everything, and Jackson is on the edge. Until he meets a girl who pushes him over. 


 For Jackson, falling for Sarah Blake might be as dangerous as jumping in the Firelight Fall. As summer burns away, Jackson and Sarah ignite an unstoppable love game. For her, his heart is on fire. And soon, Sarah shows him life, saves him from loss, and opens his heart to an infinite and wild love found between the stars and sky."




Review

Between The Stars and Sky by David James is a story of learning to love and letting go. I found myself getting lost in the emotional journey presented and once finished, I felt empty and lost in the best possible way. The lyrical depth bursting from the pages melted reality away for a short time, creating the perfect afternoon escape.
Within the story lies mini stories, humor, learning, and Christmas lights. Christmas lights? Yep. Read it, you’ll get it. The stories told by Jackson Grant are one of my favorite elements in this story. But my absolute favorite, the ending. So, on that note, my review must end.
I encourage you, get this book. You won't be disappointed. It's a quick read, but it's one that sticks with you.  


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer duet, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH'S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. A Legend of the Dreamer anthology, SHADES OF THE STARS, was released July 2013, and includes the exclusive novella, THE ENCHANTER'S FIRE. The final book in the duet, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in 2015. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. David enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. Visit David’s blog at djamesauthor.blogspot.com and facebook at facebook.com/djamesauthor to learn more about his novels.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Overcoming a fear

I have a fear.

Okay, that's a lie. I have a bunch of fears, some are silly, unrealistic, and some are truly scary. This one fear I have is fairly common across the....nation? Globe? Universe? I'm not sure, but I legit fear speaking in front of camera, strangers, one person, fifty. That whole public speaking thing, it's not for me. I've accepted that fate years ago when I received poor marks on all reports you had to share in front of the class.

The fear is real people. I clam up, feel sick, anxiety attacks left and right....it's a nightmare.

In July, after A Message of Flowers was featured in my local newspaper, I was asked to do an interview with Amy Kehm, host of Good Day PA. If you have not heard of it, it's a program through abc27, Harrisburg Pennsylvania news station. Amy informed me that it would be a LIVE in studio interview.

I was shocked, scared, excited, and nervous. So what do I do? What do I say? Absolutely nothing. I sat on this news and didn't tell a soul for roughly two weeks. Then I discussed the pros and cons with my husband. He encouraged me to go through with the interview, telling me that I'd be just fine and he would make sure to be there with me for support. I, of course, argued that I'd make animal noises instead of actual words. He laughed and told me I was being ridiculous.

This continued for about a week.

At that point, I finally emailed Amy back. I agreed to do the show, and after the date was set, then I had to work on my questions.

I practiced, and practiced, and practiced. Then I, you guessed it, practiced some more. I called two of my step kid's mom and asked her for help with an answer, because for the life of me, I could not find words to answer a SIMPLE question about my own book. Because, I was terrifiednervouspanickedsickafraid everything! LOL. Then, I called my sister and went over my answers. I took a teensy video of myself on my phone every day for weeks. Then I practiced the questions while recording myself....I was still scaredanxiouschickensick in denial over the whole thing.

I'll admit, I probably worried some friends and family members with my "vague-booking" because I was so not ready to announce it to the world....ermm, my world. I told a few select people and that was about it.

A few days before the interview, I was contacted about a scheduling error and asked to either move the interview or pretape it. I chose to pretape because I felt I needed to do this or I'd never do it. I was already counting all the ways I could get out of doing it at that point.

Finally the morning of the interview, I announced it on my personal page. I felt almost relieved after I told my friends and family. Not because of what they said, but because I finally let them in. That's something I have a problem with I'm emotional about something. No matter the topic, I hold most of it in and only share with certain people.

(my selfie in the lobby)

I am so grateful to my husband for encouraging me to do this interview. It was enlightening in a sense. I know I can count on myself.
My support system built of family and friends, that day I was grateful to have everyone I have.

(my husband's bird's eye view of the interview)

I was so scared. It was like someone asked me to sit in a tank filled with spiders. I was jittery, jumpy, nauseous, scared, and I could hardly breathe. Amy asked when I was ready, and I finally said I was, even though I felt like bursting out in tears and running away. I agreed.

 (Photo Credit: Staff at Good Day PA/abc27)

By the end of the interview, I was so close to my normal it wasn't funny. Did I remember what I answered? Nope. Not a word of it. But what I remember is how amazing and caring the staff is. Amy and her team that was there, were so nice to this scared chicken author. If I was thinking, I probably would've hugged them. I was and am so grateful they were such positive and supportive people. I will be going back and doing another interview.

You can find the interview HERE

You can tell how nervous I was in the video, and if you've read my books, you might catch my blunder. (Also, I'm aware there's a typo on their part. They listed Plucked as my upcoming novel, it's actually Pucked) I still find the interview surreal, I can't believe I did it.

Anyway, I just wanted to share this experience all with you. Hopefully, you'll do what scares you too.

"That thing that scares you the most, that makes you say, 'I don't know if I can do it, I'm scared.' Run towards it because it's so amazing on the other side." - Sherri Shepherd

I'm still a chicken, but I know I can do anything I put my mind to.

Deja Vu by Dani Morales



Amy Preston: Famous graphic designer.

That's Amy's goal. To be known for her talent. For now, Amy is a college student trying to finish her degree and make the right decisions to accomplish her goal.

When a chance meeting with Lubbock's royalty, Marcus Tyler, lands her in an exclusive club, she realizes it's the opportunity of a lifetime.

But not everything Amy is offered will lead her to her dreams. If she's not careful with her choices, not only will she lose the chance at her biggest break. She could lose something she never dreamed she needed.

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Excerpt
A few blocks down by campus, there’s a Starbucks. I practically live here during finals week, and I pull Jill inside so we can grab a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino. We get comfy on the couch by the window so we can people watch. It’s one of my favorite games, and Jill cracks up when I peg their drinks by their looks. It’s a little judgmental, but it’s all in good spirit. I mean it’s not like I say he’s getting a Chai Latte because he’s gay, or that she’s getting a Skinny Non-fat Vanilla Frappuccino with no whip cream because she’s fat. It’s more like I can see the person behind their clothes and accessories. It’s a gift my art professors raved about throughout school.

“What is tall, dark, and brooding getting, Ames?” Jill’s voice holds a challenge.

I examine the guy. He’s definitely tall, probably around 6’2’’ with black hair. The skin I can see is tanned, and he’s wearing some dark washed blue jeans with a light blue button up. Preppy but not overly so. I would peg him as either a business or architect major, and I start going through a list of possible drinks in my head.

“You better hurry, Ames. He’s getting ready to order.” She laughs at the length it’s taken me to decide on a drink for him.

“He’s going to get a Venti Café Americano with a double shot, no cream,” I say as he approaches the counter.

Pulling out my phone, I see that I have a few missed calls from my dad, and I make a mental note to call him back. I open up the browser to search for places to take Jill out tonight. It needs to be out of the way of campus so we don’t run into the jerk and his new girl, but close enough if we have to walk home.
“Can I get a Venti Café Americano with a double shot,” a smooth, deep voice echoes around the shop.
I look up to see every girl looking toward the back of the store where the guy just ordered what I predicted. Something about his voice draws my attention to his back, like I want to examine him further.

“Told you, Jill,” I say through a smile as I look over at her and away from him.

“You sure you’re not psychic?” She locks eyes with me and then they flicker away to only widen.

“What? Don’t tell me Stephen is here with that girl, Jill. I will personally take him out of the store and beat him senseless.” I get ready to turn around when a chuckle has me frozen in my chair.

“Do you ladies mind if I join you?” It’s the voice from the guy who just ordered.

Jill shakes her head no and gestures with her hand for him to take a seat. I stare daggers at her, but she just shrugs at me. Resting back into my chair, I continue the search for the right club, but can’t come up with anything that would guarantee a Stephen-free night.

“Marcus!” the barrista calls.

I look up to see the guy next to us eye me as he rises to fetch his coffee. Turning my attention to Jill, I see her study his ass and grin. She obviously likes what she sees.

“No creamer right?” I lean over and whisper at her.

“None. He’s coming back this way though.” Smiling at me, her eyes shimmer.

“What, why?” I let out.

“Why what?” Marcus asks as he sits down in the chair opposite me.

“Nothing.” I reply like I’m annoyed at his intrusion. He just shrugs it off like it’s not a big deal, and I decide to ignore him.

“So, I think we’re going to need to get ourselves a DD so we can go out tonight, Jill.” I smile at her.

“Come on, Ames. I don’t want to run into him,” she pleads with me.

“I know. I’ve been looking at clubs further out, which is why we would need a sober driver to accompany us.”

“I don’t mean to include myself in this conversation, but why don’t you just go to the new club that opens tonight. Déjà vu is on the corner of Main and Avenue X, so it’s close to the campus,” Marcus offers with a smile.

“No offense, but if it’s new, it’s a sure thing that her ex,” I point at Jill, “will be there, and the point of the night is to have fun.”

“Well, I have it on good authority to say that the only people getting into the club are ones with their names on the list.”

His smirk graces his face and it pulls my attention to examine him. Gorgeous set of lips that I could get lost in kissing, a nose that’s slightly crooked from being broken, and when my eyes make their way to his, a blue that’s not entirely blue. They have specks of green and yellow floating around and glinting off the light in the coffee shop. My train of thought goes fuzzy for a second, and I look away from him by grabbing my drink off the table while I try and process why all of a sudden I feel the need to wrap my body around his.

“Right, so a VIP list that our names wouldn’t be on either. How does that help?” The words fly out of my mouth. I tend to speak fast when I’m nervous.

“I can get you on the list,” Marcus says in a way that makes me rethink wrapping my body around his.




Author Bio

Dani Morales is a native Texan currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada with her three boys and her mother.  She adopted the boys in December of 2011 and loves spending every minute playing with them. On her spare time you can find a book in her hand or sitting in front of the computer typing out stories that run rampant in her mind. Her debut novel Entrelacen was released April 2013.

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I am so incredibly proud of Dani for this. I hope you all enjoy! :)