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26. YA Scavenger Hunt!

Post Title:  YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!



Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the RED TEAM--but there are a bunch of other teams as well for more chances to win different sets of signed books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Here are the books up for grabs from the Red Team!


Is that Into the Fire I see there? Yes, I think it is!

Today, I am hosting T.A. Maclagan for the YA Scavenger Hunt!



T.A. Maclagan is a Kansas girl by birth but now lives in the bush-clad hills of Wellington, New Zealand with her Kiwi husband, son and four pampered cats. With a bachelor’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in anthropology, she’s studied poison dart frogs in the rainforests of Costa Rica, howler monkeys in Panama and the very exotic and always elusive American farmer. It was as she was writing her ‘just the facts’ dissertation that T.A.felt the call to pursue something more imaginative and discovered a passion for creative writing.


Before T.A. tells you about her new book, check out book one.

When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real? Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation. She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash.

Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency. For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing. But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now. Between her cover as a high-school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur. Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity? 
 
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

My Name is Milena Rokva, book 2 of the Alexandra Gastone Duology, is coming this summer!

Before then, grab They Call Me Alexandra Gastone, $1.99 for a limited time at all major ebook retailers! Booklist called Alexandra Gastone “an intricate, debut spy thriller” and Publisher’s Weekly said “…the intersection of action, espionage, and drama makes for solid…entertainment.”

Worried you’ll win YASH and end up with 2 copies? Don’t be. Should you purchase Alexandra Gastone and then win YASH, I’ll send you an ARC of Book 2, instead!

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Grab book one here.


And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, T.A. Maclagan, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 8. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author LH Nicole!

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27. Monday Mishmash 3/28/16


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:

1. YA Scavenger Hunt  I'm on Team Red for the YA Scavenger, which begins tomorrow! Stop back and join in the fun. Here are the books you could win:
2.  Allergies  My allergies have been awful! I'm coughing, sneezing, and feeling downright icky. :(
3.  Editing  I'm editing for clients this week. Nothing new there, though.
4.  Successful School Visit  Last week I visited Blairstown Elementary School. I'll be posting about the visit next Wednesday, complete with pictures and why school visits should be part of your promotional efforts if you write for kids.
5.  Seismic Crimes Cover Reveal  Check out the cover of Chrys Fey's Seismic Crimes, Disaster Crimes book two: 

An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.
Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.
When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?

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That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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28. Friday Feature: Darkness Released Cover Reveal


► COVER REVEAL ◄
"What happens when ghosts of the past threaten your future?"


DARKNESS RELEASED by Candis Vargo
The Darkness Series, Book #2
Release Date: April 12th!
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Cover Designer: Redbird Designs 
►SYNOPSIS◄

For Hailey James, the ghosts of the past have never truly been laid to rest…

After a troubled childhood and one last visit to her family’s abandoned home, everything in Hailey’s life seems to be going according to plan. The business she runs with her best friend, Pat, has hit big time success, and she isn’t even twenty-five. 

When night terrors come out to play, her future is in jeopardy…

With the demolition of her childhood home, and her twenty-fifth birthday drawing near, Hailey’s nightmares become even worse. She is no longer able to do her job. At Pat’s insistence, Hailey undergoes hypnosis. She doesn’t remember much of her childhood, but when she sees a man dressed all in red in her visions, Hailey knows he is the key to her understanding.

Hailey can’t seem to escape her past and the ghostly women who haunt it. But she can break the cycle of suffering that has surrounded the women of her family, especially with the future of her little niece, Lilly, on the line.

To move forward, sometimes we must go back…

Hailey’s future remains uncertain if she can’t face her demons. She can only hope she will be able to defeat the evil which has pervaded her childhood and threatens her family.

When the shadows of her past threaten to cloud her future, Hailey must find the strength to unlock the truth of her troubled childhood.


►►► THE DARKNESS SERIES ◄◄◄
DARKNESS WITHIN, BOOK 1: http://bit.ly/1LEJ3Gs

►CANDIS VARGO◄
Growing up on an old dirty road in the middle of nowhere, as a child Candis used her love for books as a way to escape reality (and her brother constantly trying to kill her—literally). She blames her love of all things Horror on being born on Friday the 13th and will always find joy in scaring her friends.

You will find a little piece of her in every book she writes. She loves a good happy ending, but most of the time she prefers one she never saw coming.

When she’s not writing or reading, she can usually be found chasing her children around. She currently lives in Rome, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. And her fat cat.

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29. Out of the Ashes Is Here!

It's here! I think I'm even more excited for the release of this book than I was for the rerelease of Into the Fire because this one is new to everyone. This trilogy just gets better as it goes along in my opinion. Don't take my word for it though. Read it and decide for yourself.



Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman’s worst nightmare has come true… 

She’s been reborn as a Phoenix and has forgotten everything from her first life—including Logan Schmidt. He’s handsome and protective, but with no recollection, he can’t be trusted. 

Accused of being a Hunter, Logan’s mortality is put to the test… 

Logan isn’t willing to admit he and Cara are over—not even after he watches her rise from her own ashes. 

While the other Phoenixes are convinced Logan is a sworn enemy, a group of deadly Hunters are sure he is a Phoenix. Only being guilty of loving Cara, he must prove them all wrong—and convince Cara she loves him. 

However, a magical link may be the demise of Logan’s devotion… 

With the Hunters hot on their heels, it’s up to Logan to save Cara. But when the dagger calls out, Logan is drawn to its power. 

Cara’s missing memories may not be the only obstacle standing between her and Logan. Their relationship isn’t just complicated—it’s deadly. And when Cara finds herself at a crossroad, she is forced to choose… 

She can plunge into the darkness of her treacherous fate, or use her Phoenix instincts to once again rise Out of The Ashes.


Grab it on Amazon.


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30. Monday Mishmash 3/21/16


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Drafting  I'm trying to finish up the first draft of my Ashelyn Drake romantic suspense sequel before my daughter is home for Easter break.
  2. School Visit  I'll be visiting Blairstown Elementary School on Thursday and doing three presentations. Wish me luck!
  3. Out of the Ashes Releases Tomorrow!  Book two in the Into the Fire Trilogy comes out tomorrow! I'm a little excited. ;) Because of that, there will be no Writer Wednesday this week since I'll be posting on release day instead. 
  4. Into the Fire Free Promotion Success!  I was so happy to see all the free downloads of Into the Fire last week during the free promotion. 

  5. Easter  Hoppy Easter to all if I don't "see" you before then.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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31. Friday Feature: Waking Up Blank



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 Author: Sara Schoen
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release date: June 17th 2015

Chelsea Lerman wakes from a sixteen-week coma with a shattered memory.

Following the brutal attack that left her life in tatters, Chelsea learns her best friend Maddie Gray was murdered. Left with only fragments of memory—and none at all about the crime—she is certain she wouldn’t kill Maddie.
But the police aren’t looking for who did it, because they already have a prime suspect…Chelsea. The only way to prove her innocence is to figure out who she is, explore her faded past, and unlock her blocked memories.
The truth she seeks might be deadly.
Chelsea realizes if she didn’t kill Maddie, someone else did. If she has any hope of reclaiming her life, she has to find out who did it…and why. However, her friends, family, and the police aren’t convinced her memory loss is genuine, so she’s forced to undertake the dangerous search alone.
Plagued by a sense of being watched and a series of mysterious “accidents,” and unsure who to trust, Chelsea is running out of time. Can she unmask Maddie’s murderer before she becomes the next victim?

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About This Author

My name is Sara, I’m twenty years old, and I was born and raised in Northern Virginia. I have always been interested in writing, even started a book in elementary school, but it wasn’t until high school that my friend, and writing partner, more or less forced me to join an amateur writing site. After some convincing from her, I plucked up the courage and posted one of my stories. While it wasn’t popular at first, I was shocked and overwhelmed by the support of readers on Wattpad, and they gave me the support and confidence to get where I am today. I continued to write religiously for the next three years I was on the website, starting countless stories and deleting a few others. It wasn’t until I was nineteen that I was given the opportunity to work with a publisher, and I’m excited that I now get to share my work with countless other people as well as continue to write for the fans that supported me to continue working toward telling the world a remarkable story.


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32. Writer Wednesday: Choices of a Hybrid Author

Let's face it. The publishing world is changing. I've been a hybrid author for a while now, releasing books both through self-publishing and through traditional publishing houses. Honestly, there are pros and cons to both, and I feel you have to do what is best for you and your book.

I decided to branch out into writing adult, because I'm not writing enough age groups already, right? ;) Well, when I sat down to do my taxes (Eek!) I realized my self-published Ashelyn Drake books tend to sell better than my traditionally published Ashelyn Drake books. Hmm… It could be the age levels affecting this. It could be a lot of things, actually. Oddly enough, Ashelyn Drake sells better on Barnes and Noble than Amazon, too. (Don't ask me how I feel about B&N doing away with the Nook. I'm still crying over that.) But I've decided that my first Ashelyn Drake adult titles will be self-published. 

You can ask my agent how I feel about self-publishing. It makes me crazy nervous. Even though I've done it before, I panic. Why? It's a LOT of work to self-publish. A LOT. But if sales are better, I think that work is worth it. Does this mean I'll self-publish all my adult titles? Nope. I'm a hybrid author and I don't see that changing, because like I said, there are pros and cons to self-publishing and traditional publishing. 

But I feel really good about self-publishing Lies We Tell. Did I just title drop? ;) Scared? Yes. But good at the same time. I'm weird like that. And since Lies We Tell is with my editor now, it might be coming your way sooner than anticipated.

*If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

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33. Monday Mishmash 3/14/16 With a Whole Lot of FREE Books!


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:

1.  Into the Fire Trailer Reveal  
If you are a newsletter subscriber, you already saw the Into the Fire trailer. For those of you who aren't, here it is! 
      
2.  Out of the Ashes Is Up For Preorder  Book two in the Into the Fire trilogy is now available for preorder. Preorder your copy here.


3.  Drafting Again!  I'm so excited that I have two weeks (free of client edits due to a rescheduling) to draft the sequel of my romantic suspense (written as Ashelyn Drake). Book one is with my editor now, which means I might be able to release it before my original fall release date!

4.  Into the Fire Will Be FREE for 5 Days!!!  Yes, you read that correctly. Limitless Publishing will be offering Into the Fire FREE for 5 days beginning March 15 to celebrate the upcoming release of Out of the Ashes. That means, if you haven't checked out Into the Fire yet, you'll want to grab it during this free promo because the price will go back up at the end of the five days. You can grab it for FREE here on those dates.

5. Review Into the Fire And Get Out of the Ashes for FREE!  I'm all about giving you guys free stuff lately. :) If you grab Into the Fire and post an honest review on Amazon, I'll give you Out of the Ashes to review for FREE. And then if you post a review of that book on Amazon, I'll give you Up In Flames for FREE. Yes, that means you can grab book one during the free promotion, review it, and get the other two books in the series for free as well just for reviewing them. Three books for free! I'm not crazy. I just love my reviewers. How do you get this amazing deal? Fill out this form with your review link and your preference of ebook (PDF or Kindle). That's it!
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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34. Friday Feature: Secrets of Artemis


Today I'd like to introduce you to C.K. Brooke and her novel, Secrets of Artemis.


Not even the god of gods could command my heart not to love...

In Ancient Greece, the goddess Artemis was venerated as a maiden huntress, swift with her bow and arrows, and eternally chaste. But could there be more to her story? Perhaps Lady Artemis had envisioned quite a different destiny than the one her father, Zeus, had chosen for her. What if she hadn't merely pined after the giant huntsman, Orion, but had secretly partaken of a forbidden romance with him?

From prolific fantasy writer C.K. Brooke comes an original divine novel, in which Artemis's classic myths are retold as never before, in her own voice, as the young goddess sets the record straight and reveals the true account of her immortal life - and love. 

Grab the book on Amazon.




C.K. Brooke is the author of multiple fantasy, romance and women's adventure novels. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. For news about upcoming releases, follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and visit her at www.CKBrooke.com.







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35. Writer Wednesday: When To Hire An Editor

Today's topic comes from Sheena-kay who wants to know at what stage of your writing/manuscript you should hire an editor.

It depends. Some of my clients want to focus on content and making sure that all the necessary plot elements are in place. They hire me for developmental edits. In this case, they've drafted and revised but don't consider the work ready for submission to agents and/or publishers yet. I help them fix any content issues before they revise and polish their work.

Other clients like to wait until they can't find anything else to fix and then have me do a developmental edit. These clients feel like their manuscripts are strong already but want an outside opinion to make sure the story is coming across as clearly on the page as it is in their heads.

The next group is looking for a content edit because they feel pretty confident in their stories but want another pair of eyes on it to catch glaring issues as well as SPAG errors. These individuals usually have critique partners and/or beta readers who have helped them work on the book before I see it.

And the last option I see is from people who have the content the way they want it after going through several critique partners and beta readers and are basically looking for me to proofread for errors.

So when should you hire an editor? It really depends on what you're looking for from your editor and how helpful your CPs and betas have been. The only time I would say you absolutely need to hire an editor is before you self-publish. While you need to revise your own work, you can't be the only one to work on it. You need an editor. (Even editors can't edit their own work.) And in the case of self-publishing, a proofreader is a must. You don't want to let grammar and typos ruin a great story. :)

*If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

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36. Monday Mishmash 3/7/16


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Happy Release Day to Rick Starkey!  Blues Bones is officially out in the world today. I can't tell you how much I love this book. If you read middle grade or know any middle grade readers, check this one out.
  2. Girls' Day!  My daughter is off from school today, so I'm spending the day with her. I love our girls' days.
  3. Editing  I'm editing for clients again this week. I'm really lucky to have such amazing authors for clients. It makes my job so much fun.
  4. Romantic Suspense  I started working on the sequel to my Ashelyn Drake romantic suspense. I have to say, I really like writing for adults.
  5. Class Pictures  It's class picture day at my daughter's school tomorrow. I'll be helping out for part of the day. It's always fun to see the kids all dressed up.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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37. Friday Feature: Cheerleading Can Be Murder Cover Reveal


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CHEERLEADING CAN BE MURDER
Horror High Series #1 by Carissa Ann Lynch
Coming April 5th from Limitless Publishing!

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Getting on the cheerleading squad is hard enough without a psycho on the loose…

For Harrow High freshman Dakota Densford, life should be easy. All she has to worry about is talking to cute boys and remembering her locker combination. But when cheerleading tryouts draw near, she learns the cards are stacked against her—spots on the varsity team are limited. Dakota faces her competition head-on, but when her life is threatened, that takes the competition to a whole new level.

High school is never easy, and freshman year is off to a rough start…

Between Dakota’s uniform being ripped up and masked vandals trashing another girl’s house, everyone is suspect. To complicate matters further, Dakota has a thing for Andy McGraw, but she finds him locking lips with another girl.

The harassment continues, and when Dakota finds suspicious flyers inside her best friend’s locker, she doesn’t know what to think. The principal’s unfeeling, overachiever daughter, Brittani Barlow, will do anything to secure her place on the team. But Dakota’s neighbor, on the other hand, definitely fits the profile of a sociopath.

Cheerleading has become a game of life and death.

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||| CARISSA ANN LYNCH |||
Besides my family, my greatest love in life is books. Reading them, writing them, holding them, smelling them…well, you get the idea. I’ve always loved to read, and some of my earliest childhood memories are me, tucked away in my room, lost in a good book. I received a five dollar allowance each week, and I always — always — spent it on books. My love affair with writing started early, but it mostly involved journaling and writing silly poems. Several years ago, I didn’t have a book to read so I decided on a whim to write my own story, something I’d like to read. It turned out to be harder than I thought, but from that point on I was hooked. My first and second books were released by Sarah Book Publishing: This Is Not About Love and Grayson’s Ridge. I’m a total genre-hopper. Basically, I like to write what I like to read: a little bit of everything! I reside in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with my husband, three children, and massive collection of books. I have a degree in psychology and worked as a counselor.

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1MFqBf9

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38. Writer Wednesday: Revamping Your Newsletter


I was all set to answer a reader question, but there's something else that I want to share with you all today. It's about newsletters. Last week I mentioned that mine was changing and in a big way for my subscribers. Well, I didn't realize that those changes would also be big for me. Here's how.

First, I changed the subject line of my newsletters. I used to boringly title them with the month and the year. *Yawn* Seriously, what was I thinking? The newsletter I sent out a few days ago was titled "Just For You: A Sneak Peek, A Giveaway, and a FREE Story!" Surprise, surprise, I had my highest open rate ever! I mean, come on. This is way more exciting than the month and year. I promised you free stuff, the potential to win something, and a sneak peek. That's much more interesting and gives you a reason to click on it and see what's inside.

Now let's take a closer look at what I did there. I made my newsletter all about my readers. I rewarded them three times in one newsletter! Subscribers got to see the cover of Out of the Ashes before everyone else. They got an exclusive giveaway no one else can enter. AND they got a FREE story that's not available to anyone else.

I'm planning to keep this format for my newsletter because it's great for everyone. A higher open rate is what I want. Goodies are what my subscribers want. Everyone wins!

If you want to get in on all these goodies I'm giving my newsletter subscribers, click here.


If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

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39. Monday Mishmash 2/29/16


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Out of the Ashes Cover Reveal!  I seriously can't decide which cover in the Into the Fire Trilogy I love the most. This one is just as gorgeous as the first. Check it out.
    Add the book on Goodreads
  2. Leap Into Cash Giveaway  I'm a Reader Not a Writer is giving away $250 and I'm one of the authors contributing to that prize money. Be sure to enter here: 
  3. a Rafflecopter giveaway
  4. Editing  I have two client edits on my plate this week, which is pretty typical. ;)
  5. Writing Adult  Lately, I'm getting all these ideas for adult series. One is a romantic suspense, which will be written as Ashelyn Drake, and the other is a paranormal series that I'm really excited about. Am I finally growing up? Nah. Let's not get crazy. ;)
  6. Giveaway Winner!  Over the weekend, I had rafflecopter select winners for my Diary of a Wimpy Kid giveaway and my Dork Diaries giveaway, and rafflecopter decided Beth Ellyn Summer should get both! Huge congrats to Beth!
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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40. Friday Feature: Piper Morgan To the Rescue


I'm really excited to share the cover of Stephanie Faris's newest book, Piper Morgan to the Rescue. It's adorable!
Piper Morgan To the Rescue
By Stephanie Faris



Piper helps some four-legged friends find the perfect home in the third book of the brand-new Piper Morgan series.


Piper is super excited to help out at Bark Street, a local animal shelter in town. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by adorable puppies and dogs all day? And when Piper sees Taffy, the cutest dog she has ever seen, Piper is determined to find a way to bring Taffy home. But it won’t be easy—especially when she finds out someone else wants to make Taffy a part of their family, too!





Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.

Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive. 

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Don't you just love it? And Stephanie has a giveaway for you all too!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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41. Writer Wednesday: Big Changes to My Newsletter & A Dear Teen Me Letter


Today, you're getting two posts for the price of one! Okay, they're both free. ;)

First, I've decided to make some big changes in my newsletter, and they will mean great things for my subscribers. You see, I've been sending out my newsletter's on the first of each month. Here's the problem with that. 

I miss out on giving newsletter subscribers sneak peeks at my covers, trailers, sales, etc. Shouldn't loyal subscribers get perks? Of course they should! And not just sneak peeks. I'm going to offer you MORE!

Here are some of the things you can expect from my newsletter:
  • Exclusive Monthly Giveaways  I always give my newsletter subscribers more entries in the giveaways I run on my blog, but from now on I will also do monthly giveaways just for my newsletter subscribers. You'll be the only ones allowed to enter! I'll be giving away a variety of items, such as ebooks, signed paperbacks, ARCs, gift cards, SWAG, and any other cool items I come across that I think you'd enjoy.
  • Sneak Peeks  Newsletter subscribers will now get to see my covers, trailers, etc., BEFORE they are revealed to the public.
  • Bonus/Deleted Scenes  I've decided to give my newsletter subscribers access to bonus and deleted scenes from my books. Some of these will later end up either on Wattpad or compiled for sale, but newsletter subscribers will get them for FREE and before anyone else!
  • Sale Notifications  If I'm running a sale on one of my books (which I do pretty often), my newsletter subscribers will get notified so they can get the discounted price.
  • Book Recommendations  If I read a great book that I think everyone else should check out, I'll tell you about it and most likely giveaway a copy.

So no more newsletters on the first of the month. You'll hear from me when I have something great to share with you. That might be once a month, twice a month, or three times depending on how many freebies I feel like showering you with that month. ;) Sound good?

If you aren't signed up for my newsletters already, sign up NOW here, because my first giveaway is fast approaching.


Second, the Into the Fire street team is posting Dear Teen Me letters this week, so of course I had to write one. Let me just start by saying these letters are tough to write!



Dear Teen Me,

As you get older, you're going to realize that you don't need to be the center of attention. It's great that you're friends with all types of people, but what's really important is forming close bonds with the people who really care about you. You can't please everyone, and life is a lot easier when you stop trying to. Just be you. Some people will like who you are and some won't, and that's okay. So what if someone sees you in your glasses instead of your contacts? I promise the world won't end and neither will your relationship with that person. And embrace your accident-prone tendencies. They aren't going to go away, so being embarrassed by them is silly. They are part of who you are. Stop being afraid of how others will see you and learn to laugh at yourself. My motto now is "If you aren't weird, you're boring" because everyone has quirks and they are nothing to be ashamed of.

You're good at accepting others for who they are, so start doing the same thing for yourself.

Love,
Kelly

As another incentive to sign up for my newsletter, I'm including a letter from Jeremy from Into the Fire, where he writes to his former self after going through his rebirth. Sign up here, to get access to his letter, which I'll be sending on the 28th along with a sneak peek at book two's cover.

*If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

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42. Monday Mishmash 2/22/16


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Into the Fire Paperbacks!  OMG!!! I'm still freaking out (in a good way) over how gorgeous the Into the Fire Paperbacks are. They arrived on Friday. Here are some pictures of my pretty books! 

  2. Big Changes to My Newsletter  I'm going to post about this on Wednesday, but BIG things are in store for my newsletter. Big for my subscribers that is. If you aren't subscribed, you're going to want to do that here. And check back on Wednesday to see exactly what I have in store for my loyal newsletter subscribers. Hint: You're going to like it. :)
  3. Mystery of Majestic Cave Cover  The second book in the Curse of the Granville Fortune series has a gorgeous cover. I'm not sharing it yet, but I just approved it at the end of last week. Stay tuned for the big unveiling. :) Oh, and book two is coming your way in early June.
  4. What Is Up With Outlook's New Look?  MSN decided to update my email. AGAIN. *Sigh* I'm not liking the new changes. The system is very wonky because I think they tried to make it do too much. Now it glitches all the time. I hope they work the kinks out soon.
  5. Big Changes All Around  My newsletter isn't the only thing that's going to change. I'm putting my foot down and getting really stern…with myself. You see over the past year, I somehow became an editor who also writes, and while I love editing, I'm not okay with this. I'm a writer. I WILL write first and edit second. No more of this, "My editing schedule is booked for the next five months so I won't be able to write until then." I'm writing EVERY day. My pace with edits will slow down, but I'm okay with that.
  6. My Daughter's Birthday  My daughter turns nine on Friday. I can't believe that. My little girl is getting so big!
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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43. Friday Feature: Frog Hollow


I'm really happy to feature my fellow Limitless author, Savannah Blevins. First, look how gorgeous the cover of Frog Hollow is!


It's a sign. No one is safe.

At just twenty-two years old, Wilhelmina Daniels inherits a house, a family of eclectic witches, and a death sentence on the same day. As revealed by Reid Thomas, her shy but smoldering neighbor, Wilhelmina is a descendent of the Innocent--a line of gifted women who are to be admired, feared, and above all else, protected. 

Death, mayhem, and The Haunted...

The murder of Wilhelmina's mother--the family matriarch--sends the small town's rumor-mill into a frenzy. Suspicions fall on The Haunted, a rival force with dual personalities, one of them being Julien Cote.It's difficult to believe the charming boy has a sexual deviant with a hankering for violence lurking inside.Rumor has it Julien can seduce an angel out of her wings. Wilhelmina doesn't have wings, but if he calls her cheri d'amour one more time, she's liable to lose something of equal importance--her heart. But with Reid hailing from her clan, will she stay close to her own, or venture into the unknown?
Even a powerful spell can't seal Julien's fate

Julien knows an incantation that just might help Wilhelmina to solve her mother's death, but when an unidentified stalker is spotted spying in her house, her family is certain it's Julien's dangerous alter ego come out to play.Wilhelmina must decide--is risking her life worth the possible heartbreak of discovering the truth about Julien's fate and her mother's death? Or will she cast aside her desire for Julien and vow her love to Reid. 

Leaving her past forever buried in the murky depth of...Frog Hollow

And doesn't the book sound amazing? I need to read this one. Grab your copy hereOh, and if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can grab this book for FREE! 

Savannah was born in Hyden, Kentucky. She received her M.S in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Mississippi in 2009. She's been writing since the early age of nine when she begged her parents for a type writer for Christmas.

She now lives in Corbin, Ky with her husband of eight years, John, and their two wonderful daughters, Delilah and Gracie.

When she isn't working, or running after her kids, she spends her free time traveling the country with her husband. There is nothing better than a day of football in the grove, a late night of basketball at Rupp Arena or slapping the glass to celebrate another Washington Capitals goal.

She is a strong believer that with enough hard work and determination you can accomplish anything.

*Want your YA, NA, or MG book featured on my blog? Contact me here and we'll set it up.

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44. Writer Wednesday: Into the Fire Street Team Revealed!



Applications have been carefully reviewed and the official Into the Fire street team has been selected. Before I share the list of people who made the team, let me just say that this experience was very surreal for me. I was amazed at how many people submitted applications and how excited people were at the prospect of being selected. I want to thank everyone who applied, and know that even if you weren't selected (because we committed to only taking 20 people to keep the group small—and I still took one extra because narrowing down this list was SO hard!), you made my day and have my gratitude for wanting to help me promote this series.

Okay, without further ado, here is the official Into the Fire street team!

Keren Hughes ~ Gothic Angel Book Reviews
Jennifer Helms ~ @JenBibiHelms 
Shieka Doctor ~ Doctor's Notes
Stephanie Belden ~ @smbmar 
Veray Carter ~ @pinkladyroses 
Michelle Willms ~ Michelle Willm's Blog
Janera Holt ~ Booknut101: Once Upon a Time
FSMeurinne ~ Book Enticer
Rachel Andrews ~ Rachel's Book Reviews
Elizabeth Thiele ~ Crazii Bitches Blog
Maghon Thomas ~ Happy Tails and Tales
Jessica Porter ~ Crossroad Reviews
Denise Cayetano ~ I Am Shelfless
Beth Consugar ~ @eaconsugar
Stephanie Faris ~ Stephanie Faris
Kat Romeo ~ Living in a Fictional Reality
G. Donald Cribbs ~ G. Donald Cribbs Books
Kristen Chandler ~ Shelf_Life
Rachel Gunter ~ Bookish Wonderland
Ashley Kemp ~ Mama Reads
Brie Chelton ~ @Chapter_Break

Some of these amazing people have supported my other books and some are completely new to me, but they are all equally incredible for wanting to be part of this series. I thank them all immensely.

First up for promo of Into the Fire is the cover reveal happening this Saturday through Monday. And guys, it's so GORGEOUS!!!!! I can't wait for you to see it. So, that means my usual Friday Feature post will actually be on Saturday so I can share the cover. Be sure to stop back on Saturday. :)

*If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

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45. Into the Fire Cover Reveal!

You know when you see a book cover and it brings tears to your eyes because it's just so perfect? Well, that's how I felt when Limitless Publishing sent me the cover of Into the Fire. Deranged Doctor blew me away. I mean this is Cara. Right down to the freaky red streaks she has in her hair and her sapphire eyes. And that Phoenix emblem! Oh wait…you haven't seen it yet! ;)

Okay, check out the GORGEOUS new cover!




In one month’s time, seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman will die and be reborn from her own ashes…

Her life of secrecy has never been easy. She’s watched her younger brother, Jeremy, burn and rise again in a coming-of-age process called rebirth. And just like her brother, when her time comes, she won’t remember anything from her first life other than she’s a Phoenix—a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical Phoenix bird.

The last thing she needs to worry about is falling for the new guy in town—Logan Schmidt.

Cara is drawn to Logan in a way she can’t explain, but she’s not exactly complaining. Everything is perfect…except it’s not. Once she’s reborn, she’ll forget Logan. And to make things worse, a Phoenix Hunter is on the loose, and Cara’s involvement with Logan is bringing out her Phoenix qualities—the very qualities that will draw the Hunter right to her.

Desperate times call for desperate measures…

Afraid of hurting Logan, Cara breaks it off for good. But her attraction to him runs deeper than a typical high school crush. She wants him—needs him. And if he proves willing to stay by her side, their love might destroy them both.


Can Cara hide from the Phoenix Hunters long enough to survive her rebirth? And if so, will it mean a new beginning with Logan—or the beginning of the end?


So, what do you think? I can't tell you how much time I've spent staring at this cover. The book is now up on Goodreads, so you can add it to your shelf here. Want the book to arrive on your Kindle on release day? Preorder it here NOW.

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46. Monday Mishmash 2/8/16


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Blues Bones Cover Reveal  I couldn't be more excited to share the cover of Blues Bones by Rick Starkey because this is the first book I offered on as an acquisitions editor for Leap Books, Seek. It's an AMAZING story, and the cover is just as awesome. Check it out and preorder the book here for a special discounted price. The book releases March 7th.
  2. Into the Fire's New Cover  Into the Fire's new cover has been revealed as well. This book has been heavily edited AND new content has been added. I'm really happy with the end result and think readers will be too. For now, check out my gorgeous cover designed by Deranged Doctor. And thank you to everyone who participated in the social media cover reveal this weekend.
     
    Preorder it here.
  3. Editing  More client edits and edits for Leap this week. :)
  4. The S-word  No, I don't mean spring, though I wish I did. I'd like snow if it was warm and melted within a few hours. ;) We're getting two storms this week and I'm not thrilled.
  5. Drafting  Because my editing schedule is crazy, I got an idea for another adult romantic suspense. Of course! So I'm literary jotting down snippets of dialogue and scenes while cooking, lying in bed at night, and any other time when I can spare a few minutes.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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47. Into the Fire Release Day!

It's release day!

My paranormal romance Into the Fire is here!


In one month’s time, seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman will die and be reborn from her own ashes…


Her life of secrecy has never been easy. She’s watched her younger brother, Jeremy, burn and rise again in a coming-of-age process called rebirth. And just like her brother, when her time comes, she won’t remember anything from her first life other than she’s a Phoenix—a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical Phoenix bird.


The last thing she needs to worry about is falling for the new guy in town—Logan Schmidt.


Cara is drawn to Logan in a way she can’t explain, but she’s not exactly complaining. Every-thing is perfect…except it’s not. Once she’s reborn, she’ll forget Logan. And to make things worse, a Phoenix Hunter is on the loose, and Cara’s involvement with Logan is bringing out her Phoenix qualities—the very qualities that will draw the Hunter right to her.


Desperate times call for desperate measures…


Afraid of hurting Logan, Cara breaks it off for good. But her attraction to him runs deeper than a typical high school crush. She wants him—needs him. And if he proves willing to stay by her side, their love might destroy them both.


Can Cara hide from the Phoenix Hunters long enough to survive her rebirth? And if so, will it mean a new beginning with Logan—or the beginning of the end?

Need some teasers? Of course you do!





Grab your copy here now!

I want to thank everyone who participated in the cover reveal earlier this month, who is helping with the social media blitz this week, and who is participating in the blog tour next week. This book is very special to me and so is everyone who is spreading the word about it. 

Also, I want to thank my amazing Into the Fire Street Team for being so supportive. Thank you to:
Stephanie Faris
Beth Consugar
Booknut 101
Stephanie Belden
Michelle Willms
Denise Cayetano
G. Donald Cribbs
Kristen Chandler
Jen Bibi Helms
Brie Wood
Kat Romeo
Keren Hughes
Jessica Porter
FSMeurinne
Ashley Kemp
Maghon Thomas
Veray Carter
Rachel Gunter
Doctors Notes
Rachel Andrews
Elizabeth Thiele

Thanks to these amazing readers, there are already a bunch of reviews up on Amazon, so be sure to check those out.


*Writer Wednesday will resume next week.

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48. Monday Mishmash 2/15/16


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Into the Fire releases tomorrow!  I can't believe release day is almost here already! Tomorrow is the big day. Grab your copy of Into the Fire here.
     
  2. Giveaway for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 10 and Dork Diaries 10  To celebrate the rerelease and revamping of Curse of the Granville Fortune, I'm giving away the newest books in the Dork Diaries and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Enter here.


  3. Drafting  Last week I started drafting a new book. It's another adult romantic suspense! I was surprised too. ;)
  4. Editing  I'm booked with client edits again this week. Last week I sent another Leap book off for formatting and got a cover just about finalized. It's so much fun being on the other side of publishing.
  5. Presidents Day & Valentine's Day  My daughter and husband are home today for Presidents Day, so we'll be spending the day together. I hope you all had a great Valentine's Day and are enjoying Presidents Day.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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49. Friday Feature: Curse of the Granville Fortune and Two Giveaways!


I've been very quiet about my relaunch of Curse of the Granville Fortune. I wanted to get the book edited, have a new cover designed, and get it back out into the hands of readers. That didn't allow me to promote it the way I usually would. So now that the book is back out in the world in both ebook and paperback formats, I've decided to host a giveaway, TWO actually. But first, check out the new and improved Curse of the Granville Fortune.

Twelve-year-old J.B.’s visions leave him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into a freak—or worse, going insane. 

The visions stem from a family curse. An ancestor stole the Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entire family will suffer. To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. 

But he’s not the only one searching for the treasure. His journey leads to a dark forest where he’ll battle his worst fears. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it's too late.

Buy the book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

And now for the giveaways. I have brand new copies of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School and Dork Diaries Tales From a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter for you. I'm keeping them as separate giveaways and separate rafflecopters so there will be a different winner for each. Good luck!

***Giveaways are only open to US residents.***

If you'd like to enter to win Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School, enter on the rafflecopter below:


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If you'd like to enter to win Dork Diaries Tales From a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter, enter on the rafflecopter below:


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50. Writer Wednesday: Making the Most of Your Book Launch

Today's topic comes courtesy of Rick Starkey, who happens to have a middle grade book coming out next month, so his question is quite timely. Rick wants to know what mistakes a debut author should avoid and what are some tips for success.

Let's start with the mistakes because those are easier to identify. 
  • Don't claim your book is better than *Insert Best-Selling Title Here.*  Nothing makes a reader or buyer cringe more than someone who thinks they are better than everyone else and, therefore, wrote the best book ever. 
  • Don't talk about nothing but your book.  Spamming people is guaranteed to make people tune you out, unfriend you on FB, unfollow you on other sites, and not buy your book.
  • Don't badmouth other authors.  Again, this goes with the first tip. Putting other people down does NOT build you up. It brings your own reputation down. Don't do it.
  • Don't sit there doing nothing and expect readers to magically come to you.  Marketing is tough, but we have to do it or readers will never find our work.
Okay, let's move on to things you should do, and notice I didn't say things that will ensure your book's success. The reason for that is because really nothing will ensure the book's success. What works well for one author may not work at all for another author, so there is no real answer to what will make your book sell. What you need to do is make sure you are putting yourself and your book before readers in the best possible light. After that, you're kind of hoping for the best. So how do you do that?
  • Let readers know you have a book out.  Readers can't buy what they don't know exists. On release day, tell the world your story is now an actual book.
  • Post genuine content and make an effort to connect with readers.  Again, it can't all be about your book. Talk about other things too. Let people see you're a real person.
  • Offer bonus incentives for people who review your book.  Everyone loves free stuff. So offering bonus scenes, deleted scenes, signed copies, SWAG, etc. for people who review the book is great. Now, you may have to hold an exclusive giveaway if the items you're offering cost money because you don't want to spend your lifesavings. ;)
  • Support other authors.  In the midst of sharing the news about your book, promote the works of others. Writers need to stick together.
  • Utilize Joint Promo.  This is similar to the last one, but a little different. Banding together with a bunch of other authors means you can offer big rewards to readers and also drastically increase your online reach. Think of this. If you get together with 9 other authors and all pitch in $10, you have a $100 prize to giveaway. That will attract a lot more people than doing a $10 giveaway on your own. Also, you now have the audiences of 10 authors seeing your book. That's great exposure.
  • Let readers try before they buy.  One of my favorite features on Amazon is the Look Inside feature, because I want to read page one to see if I like the author's voice before I buy. So jump on Wattpad (and your website) and post a few pages of your book to let people test it out. Then create some teaser images to post all over social media. Why go through the effort to do this if Amazon let's readers Look Inside? Simple. If readers don't see your book on Amazon, they'll never use that feature to try out your writing. But posting a teaser on your social media accounts might just draw them in and get them to read more.
Okay, I could keep going but this post would get really long. I think that's a good start. If you have any tips you'd like to share, please leave them in the comments so we can all learn from each other.


*If you have a question you'd like me to answer from the other side of the editor's desk, feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll schedule it for a future post.

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