Jul 13

I’ve got Kyra Lennon here today to talk about series writing. She is releasing the third book in her Game On Series and you must check them out.
 
Welcome, Kyra and congratulations on your newest release. So I was wondering. Did you start writing the first, Game On, knowing it’d be a series?

 
Nope, it was supposed to be one book, one story, but it got a little out of hand! One of my CPs suggested making it into a series shortly after the book was released, and early reviews told me that people were interested in the secondary characters as well as the main characters so I went with it – and here we are at Book 3!
 
Are there any more planned?
 
It will be a five book series. After that, no more lol!
 
You have your novella, but have you written any other stand alone stories/novels?
 
I have one standalone written, about a rock band, although there is potential for a companion novel. I also have two standalones half written, but I’m not really sure how they’re going to work out just yet. I will definitely be easing off on writing anymore book series for a while once Game On is finished!
 
How did you pick which characters to do the stories about?
 
Originally, the plan was for a four book series, focusing on Leah Walker (the MC from Game On) and her two best friends, Bree and Freya, with the final book going back to Leah. But Jesse Shaw was such a popular character in Game On, I decided it was worth giving him his own book. I have also had some suggestions that there should be a book dedicated to the Westberg Warriors beefcake, Bryce Warren, but I think adding any more books to the mix at this point would be a mistake.
 
Bryce gets a lot of page time in the last two books, so I think people will be satisfied.

 
Since your series has different main characters, how to do you keep track of all their personality traits and such. Are you organized with it all in a notebook(s)? Or on the computer?

 
Haha, I am not organised at all! I think I do have anotebook around somewhere that has very, very basic notes in, but for the most part, the information lives inside my head, and just stays there until I’m ready to let it out!

 
Thanks so much for interviewing me, Suzi! This was fun!

 
Thanks for sharing with us, Kyra.
 

At the age of twenty-one, Bree Collinson has more than she ever dreamed of. A handsome husband, a fancy house, and more shoes than Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos combined. But having everything handed to her isn’t the way Bree wants to live the rest of her life.

When an idea to better herself pops into her head, she doesn’t expect her husband to question her, and keep her tied by her apron strings to the kitchen.

Isolated and unsure who to turn to, Bree finds herself falling back into a dangerous friendship, and developing feelings for the only person who really listens to her. Torn between her loyalty to her husband and her attraction to a man who has the perfect family she always wanted, she has some tough choices to make.

While Bree tries to figure out what she wants, a tragedy rocks the Westberg Warriors, triggering some dark memories, and pushing her to take a look at what’s really important.

About the Author:

Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she’s not reading, you’ll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels.
Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go.

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Mar 23

My friends, Kelley Lynn and Jenny Morris, just released their book, Road to Somewhere. It’s about two sisters, a roadtrip, and apparently cowboys. :) I haven’t had a chance to read it since I just purchased it last night, but I really like the storyline being about two sisters.

I haven’t seen a lot of that in YA. More often when books involve siblings, it’s a brother/sister combination. Or, you typically have a ‘good’ sibling and a ‘bad’ sibling, but this doesn’t seem to be that way either.
 
So I’m looking forward to reading this story about Charlie and Lucy. And I’m also curious about those cowboys. :)
 
Let me know what other books you’re read about sisters OR brothers. Or if you’ve read Road to Somewhere.


Road to Somewhere at Amazon or Goodreads

 
For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn’t just a vacation, it’s life changing. While her parents think she’s helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn’t quite the summer of fun she imagined.

Add in a detour to her grandparents’ ranch in Texas, and between mucking the stalls, down-home cookin’, and drool worthy ranch hands, this could just turn into the best, and most complicated, summer of their lives.

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Mar 21

Today I’ve got the cover reveal for Cassie Mae’s latest novel, The Real Thing.
Since she’s way more funny than I am, I’m gonna let her introduce it.

Take it away Cassie Mae…

 

So, this book… it’s about this girl.
And she loves her online time.
Her phone is her buddy.
And her favorite app is her Kindle, because she also LOVES to read.
Read a lot.
Then there’s this boy.
He’s best friends with this bookworm girl.
He sort of has a thing for her.
But, he’s also got major anxiety.
And isn’t sure how to make a move.
So when they end up rooming together for the summer, this guy tries to get this girl to put the screen away long enough for him to win her over.
But of course, it’s not easy to unplug. Especially for an internet junkie.
Hmm… that girl sounds pretty familiar ;)
And here’s the hawt cover for it! 

And here’s the actual blurb, and not my picture version :)

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.

About Cassie Mae :)
Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestsellers REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND and HOW TO DATE A NERD, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

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Mar 14

Today I’ve got two cover reveals by my good friend, Rachel Schieffelbein.

The first book, Don’t Fall, is being published by Swoon Romance. There are three options, and you can vote for your favorite cover.

The other cover reveal is for Over the Ocean, which Rachel–writing as Georgia St. Mane–is self-publishing. It’s got the cutest cover ever, so make sure you scroll down after you vote.

Here they are…

Don’t Fall
Release Date: 2014
Swoon Romance
Summary from Goodreads::
In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive
mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings,
pitched as a contemporary retelling of RAPUNZEL.



Seventeen-year-old
Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted
mother. She doesn’t go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her
over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn’t even have a best
friend. 



But Anya doesn’t seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her
daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the
library, the only place she’s allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful
boy.



Before long she’s lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet
Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with
the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only
other person she’s ever cared about.


Swoon Romance wants you to help
them decide the cover for Don’t Fall!
They have three lovely cover options for you to choose from.  Please vote below on your favorite cover!
Which cover do you like better?
Option #1
Option #2
Option #3

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Option #1:
Designed by Taylor.ink, photograph by Beth Mitchell
Option #2: Photographed
and designed by Laura Lanning

Option #3:
Designed by Anna Zaffke, photo from Shutterstock.by  Aleshyn_Andrei

About the Author
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

 





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And now…


Over the Ocean by Georgia St. Mane (Rachel Schieffelbein)


When Bree meets Logan, and hears his oh-so-sexy British accent, it’s lust at first sight.

Bree thinks Logan feels the same way, especially when they’re snuggled up on her couch with his tongue down her throat. But when Logan decides that getting into a relationship when he only has a few months left in the States is a bad idea, Bree agrees to be “just friends.”

But every time he flashes his swoon-worthy smile, complete with dimples, Bree has a hard time keeping her thoughts in the “friend zone.”

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Mar 10

I first met Pepper Winters a few years ago, and I’m happy to see her successes after all the hard work she done. Her dark stories draw me in, and I’m looking forward to reading her newest release.

So I’m totally jealous of all the interesting places she’s visited, and for this blog tour I wanted to know how her travels and the places she’s lived affects her choice of settings.


I love to write about places I’ve been, mention hotels I’ve actually stayed in, and twist fact with fiction. I draw on my travels a lot to add authenticity to my work.


When I wrote Tears of Tess, I loved writing about Mexico and France. I find it gives me the luxury to leave my lounge and travel. Sometimes I see it so clearly, I feel like I’m truly there.

I don’t think I’m swayed completely by my travels, but I probably won’t write about a book based in America as I’ve only ever been to New York and I don’t know enough about the different states. I would have to do a lot of research or do a fair bit of traveling to be confident to get it right.

Thanks for stopping by Pepper, and for those who haven’t seen it, all the info on Destroyed is below.

Title: Destroyed
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Dark (Lighter) / Romance (Grey Romance)
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Tour Hosted by: As the Pages Turn
*Synopsis*

She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated. 

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn’t realized how far I could fall or what I’d do to get free. 

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.

I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.


*About Pepper*
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero the better and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex. 

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby (who speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at pepperwinters@gmail.com
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Feb 28

How to write awesome books.

Well I can’t give much advice on that, but Cassie Mae could because she’s a terrific writer. First she had How to Date a Nerd. The next one coming out is How to Seduce a Band Geek and the third is How to Hook a Bookworm.

Her characters are fun and sweet, and you really need to check out her books if you haven’t. Now here are the covers for Band Geek and Bookworm.

How to Seduce a Band
Geek (How To #2)
Release Date: 05/06/14
Swoon Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
Sierra Livingston’s got it bad for her sister’s best friend, Levi
Mason—the boy who carries his drumsticks in his pocket, marches with the school’s
band, and taps his feet to whatever beat runs through his head. Sierra racks
her brain for ways to impress the sexy drummer, but the short skirts and
bursting cleavage don’t seem to cut it.

 



When Sierra gets paired with Levi’s sister, Brea, for a mentorship program,
they strike a deal. In exchange for Sierra keeping her mouth shut about Brea
ditching the program, Brea lets Sierra dig for more info on Levi to help get
the guy of her dreams.
But when Sierra discovers Levi no longer plays the drums, his family has moved
into a trailer, and he’s traded in his Range Rover for a baby blue moped,
Sierra’s not sure if she can go through with violating his privacy. She’ll have
to find the courage to ask him straight out—if he’s willing to let her in—and
explore other ways to seduce the school’s band geek.

How to Hook a Bookworm (How To #3)
Release Date: TBD
Swoon Romance

 



Summary from Goodreads:
It’s Brea Mason’s sixteenth birthday, and she has three wishes. 1.
Be magically eighteen like the rest of her friends. 2. Grow a money tree for
her family whose financial problems are well known about town.  3.
Overcome her test anxiety before she flunks out of every class.

 





But one day later, she’s still sixteen, her family’s money worries
abound, and she’s no closer to passing than she was the day before!
Then a very sexy transfer student—with gobs of cash—shows up. Brea
figures she has a better chance of burping up glitter than attracting the new
guy, but he seems extremely interested in her.

 





Just when Brea thinks things are looking up, her report card
arrives marked with four giant F’s. Enter resident bookworm and Brea’s loyal
friend, Adam Silver. If he can’t help Brea pass, no one can.

 





Even with Adam’s help, Brea can’t handle the mounting pressure,
and finds an escape with the new student who knows little about her
problems. 
But spending oodles of time with her boyfriend strains the
friendship with Adam she relies so heavily on. Faced with losing the only real
comfort and support she has ever had, Brea starts to wonder if she can hook a
bookworm before it’s too late. 
Link to book one:
(cover linked to Goodreads)

 

 

About the Author

 

Amazon multi-category
and international bestselling author of HOW TO DATE A NERD, HOW TO SEDUCE
A BAND GEEK and HOW TO HOOK A BOOKWORM
Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. Her angel children and perfect husband fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.
Cassie Mae is an Amazon.com bestselling author of the teen contemporary romance novel REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, which she self-published. In addition to publishing with Swoon Romance, she is published by Random House Flirt.
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Feb 25
Just recently I’ve had the chance to get to know Lizzy Charles,
and I’m excited to say that she is now publishing book number two:
Perfectly Messy–which has a great title.

 

Lizzy actually lives about 4 hours away from me, so I hope I’ll get to meet her in
person sometime soon. I’ve been lucky to meet some of my writer friends this last year,
which means I get to have them autograph their book, and Lizzy is one
more I’d like to add to that list.

&

So here is her second novel. And congratulations Lizzy!

 

Perfectly Messy
Release Date: May 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
Popularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall
knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business
owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming.
But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for
the man he’s trying to be.

 

But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen
kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous
photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal
during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play
for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect
her: he breaks her heart.


For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second
chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s
pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.
Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything.
Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the
one person he can’t live without.

 

About the Author
When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.
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Jan 05

I got a nice surprise right around Christmas. But backtrack a bit first.
 
In early December Kristin Lenz and the ladies of YA Fusion hosted a giveaway, and I won a prize. They had a number of books, and I was second in line to pick my choice. I chose What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen.
 

 
Fast forward to almost Christmas. I got the book in the mail, and much to my surprise Tracy had signed it. I don’t know if all the giveaway winners got their books signed, it wasn’t said so on the blog post, so I hadn’t expected it at all.
 
And now I have another book to add to my signed book collection. Yay!
 
So thank you to Kristin, Tracy and the ladies at YA Fusion. And if you’ve never been to the YA Fusion site, go here to check them out.

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Dec 22

I’ve got a bunch of great writer friends who all had debuts out this year.
And in the spirit of Christmas, they’ve gotten together to give one person the
chance to win a bunch of terrific books.

The bundle will include an ecopy of

and (perfect for the holidays!)
The Spirit of Christmas

 
I’ve read most of these books and can assure you it’s a terrific prize. And I also know all the writers and have a ton of respect for them and their writing. So make sure you sign up, and maybe you’ll be the lucky winner.

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Dec 09

So just recently I got another signed book to add to my collection. Okay, I’ve had it a few months, but I actually just started reading it and am loving it.
 
 
This summer I almost got to meet Kelley when I went to a writing retreat. But she ended up having some conflicts and didn’t make it. So… I had to wait to get my book signed.
 
But luckily, the wonderful Jessica Salyer, whom I met for the first time that weekend too, took my book back to Kelley, who signed it and sent it back to me.
 
I’ve always been a contemporary reader and every once in a while I jump into fantasy. And I’m glad I did this time too, because Kelley’s story and characters have me wanting to keep reading.
 
So thank you to Kelley (and Jessica). It’s cool to get autographed books, but to get them from friends, that’s is super cool!

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