Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sneak Peek into #EDGE ~ Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

The #EDGE boxed set is coming soon and is now available for preorder! Here's a sneak peak into the third book in the collection!



Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager.

Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite…

Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement.

Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?

The first in a series of dark YA novels, Mary Hades follows on from the bestselling Kindle Single 'My Daylight Monsters'. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure.

With some scenes of horror and some strong language, this book is best suited for readers aged fifteen and up.

Check out a preview of Mary Hades:

Meet Author Sarah Dalton

Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.

Sarah has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons.

Sarah's debut novel The Blemished is a fast paced young adult dystopia set in a fractured Britain. It follows the events of Mina Hart, a young Blemished girl who has a dangerous secret, as she tries to escape the dreaded Operation and get out of Area 14. She is also the author of the Amazon bestselling YA horror series Mary Hades.
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cover Reveal ~ Painting Rain by Annette K. Laren

Painting Rain
Painting Rain
by Annette K. Larsen
How do you heal your heart after tragedy leaves you broken? When the person you loved didn’t deserve it and they can’t earn your forgiveness because they’re already dead? How do you move on, and heal, and love?
If you’re Princess Lorraina, you paint.

A year ago Lorraina watched Tobias die, and she still doesn't know how she's supposed to heal—or forgive. How can she when she’s still running away? In an attempt to reinvent herself, she steps outside her comfortable life as princess and seeks the tutelage of a master painter—a man who is not at all impressed by her pedigree, and demands not just talent, but emotional honesty.

Struggling to learn what’s being taught, she finds herself drawn to someone who not only knows her secrets, but who she once considered far below her notice. Now she is compelled to seek him out despite knowing their relationship would be forbidden if discovered. Staying away from him doesn’t seem possible when discovering him may be the key to healing her heart and rediscovering herself.

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Annette LarsenAuthor Annette K. Larsen

I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University, where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children.

I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it.

I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Cover Reveal ~ Competing with the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hagar


Competing with the Star
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Limitless Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

The perfect guy, the perfect location. What could go wrong? 

Hadley Daniels’s life seems perfect…

Before the beginning of sophomore year of high school, Hadley and her family move to a beautiful beach town, where she makes amazing new friends and lands the boyfriend of her dreams—Nick Jenkins. He’s the kind of guy every girl swoons over, and it isn’t long until Hadley discovers some are still swooning.

A famous ex-girlfriend makes matters more complicated…

After some time dating, Hadley and Nick form a deep bond. But insecurity sets in when Hadley discovers her boyfriend once had a huge crush on her friend—who just happens to be the beautiful former teen TV star, Simone Hendrickson.

The past is the past—or so they say…

Hadley confronts Nick, who confesses about his history with Simone. Though he claims to only have eyes for Hadley now, it’s hard to believe—especially when she’s blindsided with the news that Nick and Simone kissed after school.

Now Hadley must determine who is telling the truth. Love, betrayal, friendship…who needs soap opera drama when you’re busy competing with a star? 

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About the Author

Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is also the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series (True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, and the soon to be released, Landry in Like) and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Sneak Peek into #Edge ~ The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton

The #EDGE boxed set is coming soon and is now available for preorder! Here's a sneak peak into the second book in the collection!



The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton

A Cult. A Murder. A Curse.

At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.

Check out a preview of The Forever Girl:

Meet Author Rebecca Hamilton

Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Romance author who writes books for teens through adult. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids and enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.

Rebecca is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

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EDGE: A Young Adult / New Adult Paranormal Collection

20 sought-after, page-turning full-length novels for just #99cents

Twenty of today's favorite YA & NA authors have come together to bring you a collection packed with full-length, spellbinding reads sure to keep you keep you on the edge of your seat and up way past your bedtime!

READER BEWARE: These novels take everything to the edge--and not just the edge of your seat. With authors who aren't afraid to push the boundaries, you get stories that take everything to limit, creating whimsical reads that teens can actually relate to and that adults can enjoy, too.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Shift in Perspective

Rather than a word count goal this year, I decided to challenge myself to something more than a number.

My writing challenge for 2016  - 3rd person point of view.

Since discovering the deadly combination of Harlequin books and the public library in my teens, I have probably read thousands of romance novels. As a YA author, I've also read hundreds of YA books. One of the biggest differences I see in YA romance and adult romance is perspective.

As a romance reader, I don't like 1st person perspective. I want to head hop, to see events and other characters, feel emotions, understand motivations from different characters' perspectives. I've only read a handful of adult romances with 1st person points of view and I can't say those books have touched me the same way 3rd person does.

Up until 10 years ago when I started reading YA, I'd never read a romance in 1st person. Yet YA is almost exclusively first person (exceptions apply, though I can't think of many at the moment). When I began writing YA, I immediately fell into the habit of 1st person. All of my YA novels are in 1st. I feel comfortable in it. There is so much freedom in delving into the mind of one character so deeply that you barely have to concentrate when writing. Even as I began working on a YA novel with alternating 1st person view points, I enjoyed getting to know my characters so deeply.

Right now, I'm working on two adult romances. Both are in 3rd person. Until I started writing them, I'd never considered how hard it would be to control head hopping. Part of this stems from the older style of romance writing that I'm used to as a reader. I've read countless books in which POV switches between multiple characters in a chapter. I've seen it done.

But as a writer, I can't do it.

Books have changed. Readers have changed. There are expectations.

So, I am writing in 3rd person and alternating chapters or creating scene breaks when I move into a new head. Occasionally, I find my characters become all knowing, but it's a quick fix on my end and it helps keep me on my toes. In 1st person, it's easy to make the character 3 dimensional, and give the illusion of 3D to the other characters. In 3rd person, every character I head hop into needs to have a depth greater than they'd need in 1st. And the more I write in 3rd person, the more I realize how much I love it.

Challenge accepted.