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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If you haven’t read any Kelley York books yet, you’re totally missing out. She writes emotionally charged contemporary young adult novels that you must read. She has a new story coming out this winter, and you should definitely add it to your to-read list.
All London Noble wanted out of her senior year of high school was anonymity. The complete opposite of Jasmine, her emotionally unstable baby sister, London has worked hard to stay out of the spotlight.
Then she discovers that Wade, one of the most popular guys in school, is gay like her and their new-found closeness based around their shared secret has half the student body convinced they’re hooking up…and a lot of girls aren’t happy about it. Rumors are flying about “Dirty London” and her inability to keep her clothes on, and London is pretty sure she’s developing a crush on the only girl who sees through it all.
If she could admit why stealing boyfriends is the last thing on her mind—not to mention find out what’s going on with Jasmine and her rapidly disappearing psych medications—her life would be a much brighter place. But if her and Wade’s truth gets out, and if she doesn’t find a way to help her sister, London faces losing a lot more than her obscurity.
Release date: February 2014 (tentatively)
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Kelley York was born in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, step-daughter, and cats, while fantasizing about moving to England or Ireland. She has a fascination with bells and animals, is a lover of video games, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or to at least write about them.
Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person’s character and the workings of their mind are limitless.
I am totally stoked to have two special writers here with me today to celebrate the release of their new adult novel collaboration: Unexpectedly You by Mia Josephs and Riley Janes.
Many of you know that Mia Josephs is the pen name of Jolene Perry—who has done a ton of collaboration projects with other writers, but this story is the first to be published by Riley Janes. I haven’t read it yet but expect it to be fantastic because…
1. Mia is a terrific writer, and
2. Mia only writes collaborations with other terrific authors, hence Riley is a terrific writer too.
Welcome ladies. Gonna keep it simple today. A few questions and that’s it. Oh, Mia is in red and Riley is in blue. And I am in black.
In Unexpectedly You the main characters are brought together through a wedding planning business in Las Vegas. I always thought wedding planning would be fun. Except that you have to deal with some overly picky brides sometimes. So… were either of you a bridezilla when you got married?
Totally no. I’m way too relaxed for that. We didn’t have a ring for Mike until like two minutes before the ceremony… We forgot the music… I was like – whatever. I’M GETTING MARRIED lol.
I was so NOT a bridezilla, but I can say someone in the wedding party was… All I cared about that day was the honeymoon! LOL.
Hmmm. I wonder if that was Riley’s husband. Wouldn’t that be funny. But really, that wasn’t my big question, but thanks for answering. So back to Unexpectedly You. What made you choose Vegas and a wedding planning business for the setting?
I saw this picture on Pinterest of this hot guy behind a camera, smoking. He became Nate and I liked the idea of a snobby arty guy being stuck taking wedding photos. And because torturing characters is fun, I made it his mommy’s business.
OMG. I so love to torture people… I mean characters, too.
Yep, Mia came up with the idea, said, “hey, wanna write this chick?” and I said, “Sure!”
That would’ve been my answer too.
So above I listed my two very good reasons why people should read this book, but I want to hear from you guys. Why do YOU think we should read this book?
1. Nate is hot.
2. Seriously smokin’ hot
3. there’s some fun sexy stuff and not just between the two main characters
4. I think girls will either really identify with Brooke or just find her hilarious, or both.
5. the “first meeting” scene
6. the “post scary movie” scene
7. the scene where Nate pulls his man card and snags a date with a maid of honor
8. the “catching Brooke alone” scene
9. the “final” scene
10. because it’s funny when two people irritate each other
11. because friends to more stories make me happy
12. Because the cover photo is pretty
13 Nate is hot.
14. wait, that was said already?
15. Okay, he’s more than hot. He’s talented, broken-hearted, and just adorbs with his banter with Brooke.
16. it’ll make you laugh
17. it’ll make you laugh a lot.
18. it’s short, sweet, and a one-sitting type read that will leave you kinda smiling like a goof
19. because all Mia’s stuff is seriously awesome, so even if you just read it for her half, it’ll be worth it
Wow. You guys went way above and beyond. And I’m definitely sold!
So… collaborations are kinda the thing right now. And really, you get two writers for the price of one, and how can you beat that. What made you guys decide to do this collaboration project?
Riley had all this insanity going on and I’d been working on a lot of really heavy books. I sent her the pic and Nate’s backstory and said – I think you’d be perfect to write this girl. You up for it?
When Mia Josephs asks you to write a story with her, you say yes, then pinch yourself to make sure you didn’t dream it
I would agree – no, you don’t.
So final question. Which of you would like to be the first to write a collaboration with me?
*twenty minutes later*
Well I guess, they’re having a hard time deciding who gets to be the lucky one, so I’ll wrap this up now.
Thanks ladies for stopping by. And here is the blurb for Unexpectedly You, and where you can find it. Oh, and a chance to win it.
Brooke Winters has every second of her day planned out. She makes lists for the satisfaction of checking things off. When Marks Events and Weddings has an opening, she knows she’s perfect for the job. What she doesn’t expect is that the boss’s unkempt and full of bad attitude son will be the person she works most closely with.
Nate Marks lost his fiancé and his best friend the moment he walked in on them sleeping together. He finds himself back at home in Las Vegas with his mother, taking photos for her wedding planning business instead of creating a portfolio to show at art galleries. Heartbroken and lost, Nate couldn’t care less about how he’s perceived by wedding clients… or the newest hire, Brooke.
When Brooke finds Nate at the office passed out and hung over, she quickly fixes him up to look presentable for their meetings. Nate spills about his broken relationship, and soon their clashed personalities balance each other out. But when they both discover there might be more between them, they panic.
Brooke’s determined to live life on her schedule, which never included a relationship with a co-worker or friend, and with Nate still aching over the girl he thought he’d spend his life with—they’re both about to lose a love they never expected to find.
If you like dark stories, you have to read Pepper Winters. I read Tears of Tess not long ago and am waiting for Quintessentially Q to be released.
And now Pepper has another novel to watch for.
Title: Last Shadow
Author: Pepper Winters
Genre: Dark Romance
Tentative Release Date: April 2014
Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets
A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to slavery, cruelty, and non-consensual sex. A story about a killer with no remorse, a woman living in nightmares, and a future that binds them in servitude.
I’m named after the blackest of shadows. Conjured from earth, created by demons, molded by fire to become the perfect killer. I need no-one. I feel nothing. I am nobody… until her.
My name is of no consequence, they sometimes call me whore, slut, or possession. I dance by night and waste away by day. Every foul moment of this life is replaced with my hopes and dreams, inked onto my skin for the world to see. I have a promise to keep. I will be free—it’s only a matter of time…until him.
About the Author
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 puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.
Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.
Connect with the Pepper
If you haven’t read Pepper’s best-seller Tears of Tess, now is a perfect time just before Quintessentially Q hits the shelves in December.
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Today I’m participating in the book blitz for Lizzy Charles’ Effortless With You. Her ebook has been out for a while and now you can get it in print!
I haven’t had a chance to read Effortless With You yet, but will now be ordering the print version. I’ve gotten to know Lizzy a little recently and she actually doesn’t live too far away from me, so there is a very high chance I’ll get to meet her… like live–in person, hopefully in the next year.
So congratulations to Lizzy on the print release of Effortless With You. And here is all the information in case you hadn’t seen it yet.
Effortless With You
by Lizzy Charles
Release Date: 11/05/13
From Swoon Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool,
invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new
boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her
parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can’t
end fast enough.
To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most
popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be
other girls’ dreams, but definitely not Lucy’s. After all, Justin is cocky,
annoying, and a jerk. So what if he’s the most beautiful jerk Lucy’s ever seen?
Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just
maybe, there’s more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it
won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.
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
As a fairly new blogger in May 2012, I participated in the Dust if Off Blog Hop. One of the hosts was Theresa. After the blog hop ended, I went to her blog and looked through her WIP list, and I’m like… I want to read that, and that, and that, and that.
And it’s like OMG, I need to be friends with this woman. And since she was the host of the blog hop, I had the perfect opportunity to stalk her without appearing so stalkerish.
So I buttered her up a bit until she tossed out the offer to exchange manuscripts. (Honestly, I don’t remember how it went down, but I think she was the one to offer first because I tend to be a little shy.)
I read one manuscript of hers (loved it) and then not long after got to read the one that is being published in 2 days. And fast forward to today where I know her now. Our friendship was totally meant to be because I’ve discovered all these things (other than writing) that we have in common too.
-We have the same middle name: Marie
-We both have difficult to pronounce (maiden) last names
-We both love of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (is there anything better than chocolate & peanut butter?)
-We both like learning about history (like the really old stuff, not just the 200 years ago stuff.)
-We both love of spicy tuna sushi–yum yum
-We both love photography Okay, I’m not a great photographer, but I wish I was. It’s one of those things that’s been on my bucket list. But she’s a photographer, and you need to go here to see some of her amazing pictures.
-And get this. I first read her debut novel in the summer 2012 when it had a different name. In November 2012, I completed my NaNo project, which I was calling Never Again—although it was only the working title. And then in April 2013, her publisher suggested (Never) Again. What a weird freaking coincidence, huh.
From Theresa: The name (Never) Again came from the publisher. The original title for the book was Displaced Hearts and my Dad actually came up with it, so when I was approached about coming up with a new title, I wasn’t budging. But after a week or two going back and forth with my editor, throwing out random words I settled on the original suggestion of (Never) Again. I’m actually really happy with it now, but it will always be Displaced Hearts to me.
So with all that we have in comment, it was definitely a friendship that was meant to be. And I am soooooooooooo excited to see her very first book being released.
If you have not checked her out, make sure you do, because you will be seeing more from Theresa because she’s got so many great stories written and even more ideas stored in her head.
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By the way, she’s got a totally fun blog hop coming up this week that you can’t miss. See here. We’ll get to hear what others said they’d never again do, but then did.
Have you heard of this cool author, Becca Ann? She also goes by Cassie Mae, since that’s her real name. But she’s written a ton of books and Becca Ann is a pseudonym. (Don’t worry. I haven’t revealed some top-secret information—this is known to the world.)
So she released her first book last winter. Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend. I loved it. Fun story, terrific characters, and Cassie has a terrific voice. (Which is what all authors want.)
This summer I got to add Reasons (which is short for Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend) to my signed book collection—yay! I went to a writers retreat and met some terrific ladies, and since the fun and fabulous Cassie Mae was there too, I brought along my copy of Reasons.
I’ve met a ton of authors online, but Cassie Mae is one of the few I’ve gotten to meet in person. And since I consider her a friend now, it was way cool to get her autograph.
So, here is my latest acquisition. And if you haven’t read it, go check out Cassie Mae’s blog (click here) to see how you can get it, and to read more about her other books.
Today I get to showcase a cover for a novella by my friend Rachel Schieffelbein. I got to read this a while back and loved Abigail and Chase. It’s just a fun, sweet read. Plus, it was really interesting because it takes place at a horse show, which is something I know nothing about, so I learned some new things.
And you get to help choose the cover! How cool is that?
So here it is…
Abigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys — much less date!
Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.
Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail’s biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail’s biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?
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A while back I read You Are Mine by Janeal Falor and loved it. If you haven’t read it, check it out. Now she’s releasing a novella prequel to that story, and I’m really looking forward to it because it’s about one of the characters from You Are Mine that I wanted to know more about.
Congrats to Janeal. And here is all the info.
Nothing prepared her for being on her own. And she’s definitely unprepared for the warlocks hunting her down. But she must stay one step ahead because if caught, the best she can hope for is death.
In honor of Jolene Perry’s birthday AND the cover reveal for one of her books-The Summer I Found You, I’m going to tell you about the summer I found/met Jo. (Then you can see the cover.)
I was salmon fishing in the Mat-Su Valley in Alaska. (For those of you who don’t know, that’s short for Matanuska Susitna Valley, and it’s got some of the best salmon fishing in state. So I was fighting this gigantic King Salmon on the Little Susitna River, and the damn thing jerked me out of the boat. I about froze to death in the cold water because although June is summer everywhere else in the US, in Alaska, it’s not so hot.
So anyways, we got back to camp (without the salmon), and I got dressed in warm clothes and decided to go for a walk. I was heading down the trail when all of a sudden I spotted a huge bear in front of me with that I-want-to-eat-you-for-dinner look on his (or her—I didn’t know) face. For the second time that day, I froze. Except this time it was in my tracks.
“Duck,” a voice yelled from behind me, and I dropped to my knees. *Crack!* Something whizzed over my head, and ¼ of a second later, the bear dropped to the ground.
Long story not so short—I turned around and found a woman holding a mean looking rifle. She introduced herself as Jolene Perry, we went out for coffee (she had coffee, I had a quadruple Jack Daniels on the rocks), and I went home with some bear meat and the coolest bear skin rug ever. Cause Jo has six of them already in her house, just like every other Alaskan family.
Okay. So maybe that didn’t happen, but the real story is a little boring. You know a friend of a friend type thing, stalking her blog, asking her to be a part of The Big Reveal. And Voila—here I get to be a part of another of her cover reveals.
But now back to the point of this post: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JO!!!!!
And here it is: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
Beautiful, isn’t it? Definitely one I’d pick up on the cover alone.
Blurb: A teenage girl trying to cope with her new diagnosis of type one diabetes and a teenage male veteran is learning how to embrace his new life after losing an arm come together by using each other as an escape, only to discover through love and struggle that your life is what you make of it.
Expected publication date: March 1, 2014. To find this book, you can go here-Goodreads, here-Amazon, and here-B&N.
Jolene’s all over the place, but here’s a few specific sites where you can find her.
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So congratulations on this newest release Jo and Happy Birthday!