How to Date a Nerd. Isn’t that a great title for a book? Not only is Cassie Mae a terrific writer, she’s got these awesome titles. I haven’t had a chance to read How to Date a Nerd yet, but I’ve read several of her other books, and this one is supposed to be just as fun. So now I’ll turn it over to Cassie Mae for her big cover reveal!
I know some of you have already seen the awesomeness that is my cover for HOW TO DATE A NERD, but this is the official reveal, so pretend it’s the first time you’re seeing it, ha!
And yes, I came off really braggy, but I love this cover so much. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect one.
Okay, and if you are reading my babbles here instead of just scrolling to the cover, I know most of you have followed my journey with HOW TO DATE A NERD and know just how big a deal this is for me to get it out there to everyone. It’s scheduled right now for a September release, and here’s to hoping I don’t lose my mind waiting And I want to thank all of you for the support you’ve shown me in the past two years since I started blogging. Nerd wouldn’t have been queried, wouldn’t have even been written without my bloggy buddies and their support. So THANK YOU! This is the one that started it all
Here’s the blurby thinger and my author stuff.
The only time Zoe gets to be herself is when she hides under her comforter to read X-Men comics, sending jealousy stabs at everyone who attends Comic-Con. Keeping up her popular rep is too important, and she’s so damn insecure to care about the consequences. But when Zoe’s sister takes her car for a ‘crash and burn into a tree’ joyride, her parents get her a replacement. A manual. Something she doesn’t know how to operate, but her next door neighbor Zak sure as heck does.
Zak’s a geek to the core, shunned by everyone in school for playing Dungeons and Dragons at lunch and wearing “Use the Force” t-shirts. And Zoe’s got it bad for the boy. Only Zak doesn’t want Popular Zoe. He wants Geek Zoe.
She has to shove her insecurities and the fear of dropping a few rungs on the social ladder aside to prove to Zak who she really is and who she wants to be… if she can figure it out herself.
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 Bestseller REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and PULLING THE SWITCH. She also has a three book deal with Swoon Romance Publishing, including her book HOW TO DATE A NERD. She spends her 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.
Thanks Cassie Mae for stopping by. For everyone else, if you haven’t read any of her books, what are you waiting for? Check out some of her others and pretty soon you can read How to Date a Nerd!
Have you seen the cover for Jolene Perry and Steph Campbell’s newest collaboration? They started with a terrific story called MY HEART FOR YOURS. (A must read. And I have a copy signed by Steph, so now I have to get Jo to sign it when I get the chance to meet her.)
Anyways… They decided to write the story of Eamon, the brother of one of the characters from MHFY. And I can’t wait to read this because I’m one of those people who wanted to know more about him. I love these companion novels and learning more about the supporting characters from the first novel. So I am waiting (im)patiently for this one.
A secret love.
A life lost too soon.
A destiny reversed.
You’ve met Tobin & Delia.
This is Eamon’s story…
The prequel to My Heart for Yours.
I’ve got another terrific book to share. The cover reveal for Cassie Mae’s Friday Night Alibi, which I had a chance to read. Along with being an awesome writer, Cassie Mae is one sweet gal, and is on her way to becoming the Queen of YA/NA Romantic Comedy. So make sure you check out her fun books.
Take it away, Cassie Mae…
Let’s all dance together!
I’m super thrilled to show you all my cover for my New Adult debut, FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI, published by Random House Flirt. This baby comes out on July 29th, but you can buy it now! And it’ll just zap onto your ereader the day it’s released.
Wanna know what it’s about? Well, it’s about this pig who learns how to fly, but only on friday nights and he grants wishes to people who are not where they’re supposed to be, to get them out of a bind. You know I’m totally joking. I just wanted to see how many people just skipped over all these words to get to the pretty cover, lol. You mention the pig in the comments and you get cyber gold stars.
Here’s the blurb
Rising star Cassie Mae introduces New Adult readers to a practical soon-to-be college freshman who seems to have everything—until a special guy shows her what she’s been missing.
In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.
Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black, and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.
Advance praise for Friday Night Alibi
“Totally entertaining with as many swoon-worthy moments as hilarious ones, Friday Night Alibi is a must-read.”—Jolene Perry, co-author of Out of Play
“A fun, funny, and fantastic story, this is one you will read in a day, and pick up to re-read again the next.”—Kelley Lynn, author of Fraction of Stone
Oh, and stuff about me too.
And now the pretty!
You can buy this book HERE, and it takes you to all the places it’s available.
I’ve got another cover release to participate in. Janeal Falor’s You Are Mine is coming out soon. I recently won an e-Arc and just started reading. Her first chapter definitely pulled me in. I like dark, edgy stories, and this seems to fit the bill. So here is what you need to know so you can check out You Are Mine and win an ebook copy.
You Are Mine by Janeal Falor
Series: Mine, #1
Publication date: May 6th 2013
Genre: YA Fantasy
Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life– worth less than the shadow she casts.
Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.
Janeal Falor lives in Utah where she’s finally managed to live in the same house for more than five years without moving. In her spare time she reads books like they’re nuts covered in caramel and chocolate, cooks whatever strikes her fancy, and enjoys the outdoors. Her husband and three children try to keep up with her overactive imagination. Usually they settle for having dinner on the table, even if she’s still going on about the voices in her head.
Janeal’s Links: Blog | Twitter | Goodreads
Here is your chance to win an e-book copy of You Are Mine. In the comments, leave your e-mail address and I’ll draw one commentator at random on May 11th.
I am happy to have Kelley Lynn’s new book featured on my blog today. I’ve gotten to know Kelley recently and am privileged to read one of her stories. And I look forward to reading this one. I currently have it sitting in my Amazon cart waiting to be purchased. But it’s on hold because I’m waiting for a few other books to be released so then I will get my free shipping.
And I am excited because I have the chance to meet Kelley this summer since she lives only a few states over. So after that, I will then have a SIGNED copy of Fraction of Stone. And that will be very cool.
So for those who haven’t heard about it yet, here is Kelley’s new novel, which is now available.
Fraction of Stone by Kelley Lynn
Genre: YA Fantasy
Wind tunnels, torrential rains and earthquakes tear apart Casden. The cause of the world’s imbalance is unknown, but the mounting occurrences suggest there’s little time before life ceases to exist.
Rydan Gale and Akara Nazreth are the only humans with the ability to wield magic. The tattoo on their necks and the discovery of an ancient book, dictate they are the key to the world’s survival.
But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures, extreme betrayals and magic-fearing men hunting them.
It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving.
About the Author:
Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.
Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands.
You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.
I’m happy to be a part of the cover reveal for Kelley York’s newest release Made of Stars. I’ve read three of Kelley’s books and loved them all, so if you haven’t checked out them, you need to do so.
Made of Stars by Kelley York
Release date: October 1st, 2013 from Entangled Publishing
When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.
The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance’s quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.
Then Chance’s mom turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his dad. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent…they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?
To learn more about Kelley York, go here:
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
To pre-order, go here:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble
No Sloppy Writing post today. Instead I get to be a part of the cover reveal for Jade Hart’s latest book. Make sure you check it out. It’s little taste of paradise to warm you at the end of winter. Hot guys. Beautiful girl. Anything can happen.
Coffee and Cockpits by Jade Hart
Publication date: March 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
By day, Nina Poppins is a professional flight attendant, who lives to travel, and isn’t afraid to chase her dreams. By night, she’s an award winning salsa dancer who wears sexy corsets and garter belts. She keeps her two lives separate, and none of her colleagues suspect that cool, demure Nina has a hot, spicy side.
Liam Mikin is a co-pilot who can get any air-hostess he wants with one blazing look of his blue eyes, and he wants Nina. He knows her secrets and is determined to win her affections.
Nikolai Rivers is an aircraft engineer who can dance as well as Nina and enjoys getting hot and heavy with her on the dance floor. But frustration chafes him at being held at arm’s length. However, his opportunity to break her exterior comes when an airplane malfunctions on a flight to Samoa, stranding all the crew on the Pacific island indefinitely.
Liam and Nikolai see each other as a challenge and start a race to be the first to earn Nina’s attention, but what they didn’t count on was the consequences of being island-wrecked, or the problems that come with fighting for the same girl…
Jade Hart is a self-confessed book worm who is happiest glued to a lap-top with an eternal battery life and typing up stories running rampant in her head.
Her three favorite things are:
1. Unlimited books on an Ebook Reader
2. Cracking the sugar on a creme brulee
3. Bunny rabbits
Jade currently resides in Middle-Earth, but has lived in Australia, England, and Hong Kong and uses her many travel experiences as muses for her work.
Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
I am happy to be a part of the cover reveal for Jolene Perry and Nyrae Dawn’s newest venture: Out of Play
I’ve read several of both Jolene and Nyrae’s books (and plan on reading more). And I’ve heard so many good things about their first collab Dizzy, which is on my kindle waiting to be read. They are both terrific authors, and I look forward to reading their collaborations. And if you haven’t read any of their books, make sure you check them out too after Out of Play.
To learn more about Jolene and Nyrae, check out their blogs.
Jolene Perry | Nyrae Dawn
Out of Play:
Rock star drummer Bishop Riley doesn’t have a problem. Celebrities—especially ones suffering from anxiety—deserve to party, right? Wrong. After taking a few too many pills, Bishop wakes up in the hospital facing an intervention. If he wants to stay in the band, he’ll have to detox while under house arrest in Seldon, Alaska.
Hockey player Penny Jones can’t imagine a life outside of Seldon. Though she has tons of scholarship offers, the last thing she wants is to leave. Who’ll take care of her absent-minded gramps? Not her mother, who can’t even be bothered with the new tenants next door.
Penny’s too hung up on another guy to deal with Bishop’s crappy attitude, and Bishop’s too busy sneaking pills to care. Until he starts hanging out with Gramps. If Bishop wants a chance with the fiery girl next door, he’ll have to admit he has a problem and kick it. Too bad addiction is hard to kick…and Bishop’s about to run out of time.
Expected publication date: August 6, 2013 by Entangled Teen.
Goodreads | Barnes and Noble | Amazon
Today I get to be a stop on Elizabeth Arroyo’s blog tour for her newly released The Second Sign. Elizabeth has been very involved with helping her community, and now she is going to talk about working with teens.
Take it away Elizabeth.
I’ve worked in the community with families and youth for about ten years. It takes a certain…skill-set to work with teens. Here’s a few I learned from the school of hard knocks (the upside-the-head kind).
• Do NOT assume anything. Assumptions makes an ASS out of U and ME as my brother-in-law so eloquently puts it. Never Assume.
• You will always be “them” in the “us” vs “them” equation. Unless you’re seventeen in this time, in this generation, that statement is correct whether you want to believe it or not. Yeah, I’ve been there, done that, but that was then this is now…a totally different ballgame.
• Listen. Just Listen.
• Don’t be afraid to be who you are. I’ve met adults who say they’d like to help but they’ve never experience poverty or violence and I tell them…great, when can you come out? Kids need to hear all types of experiences. I knew this counselor who worked hard every year to get funding for a skiing trip for a group of youth. I’m thinking…huh? These kids need school uniforms, food, school supplies and you’re spending hundreds of dollars on a ski trip? It took me a while to understand that this guy was providing them with much more than clothes and school supplies. He was providing them with hope. With a look at the world outside their four corners. Think outside the box.
• Don’t give up on them. That kid who’s slouching, rolling his eyes at you as you talk about the creative art of writing IS listening. I helped organize a youth event where teens were able to talk to professionals in various career fields. During the evaluation 99% noted that it was the first time they’ve ever talked to a professional and they wanted more time.
Elizabeth has worked in the community for the bulk of her professional career. She enjoys quiet moments, action flicks, and dancing with her four-year-old. THE SECOND SIGN is her debut novel. You can find more information about Elizabeth at:
You can find her at Website | Blog | Twitter
THE SECOND SIGN
Dark YA Paranormal Romance
Sapphire Star Publishing
Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.
When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.
As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.
So I got two more signed books to add to my collection. Yay! I won’t go into a long explanation, but basically Kelley York donated some prizes for an auction to raise money for people the Sandy Hook tragedy. And I won.
So two of those many items she donated were signed copies of Suicide Watch —her recently released book, and Hollowed—her first paranormal novel. Both YA. I’ve read Hollowed a while back, but Suicide Watch is new. And I started reading it the day I got it. ‘They’ say the first page is so important and Suicide Watch has a first page that grabs your attention right away and makes you want to keep reading.
Kelley also included 2 signed bookmarks from her book Hushed—which I’ve read and loved too. So thank you, Kelley for everything.
My final Jan Plan update
So I had 2 goals I was trying to accomplish partcipating in for Christa Desir’s JanPlan. Goal #1 was to finish a few things in The Proper Way to Say Goodbye. Well technically I finished the things I’d planned at the time, but then I found lots more things to fix. So I’m gonna call it completed—at least what I wanted to finish when I first made the goals. #2 was to finish the rough draft of my NaNo project. Which I did. Time to let it sit for a bit now.
So I’ll call it successful.
Anybody do Christa’s Jan Plan?
Or, as I ask every time I do an I-got-a-new-signed-book post, do you have any signed books?