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Sisters (and brothers)

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

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.

The Real Thing

Friday, March 21st, 2014

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.

Two Today

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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.

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

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

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

Poll Maker

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

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


Author Links:

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.”

Over the Ocean at Goodreads

Destroyed by Pepper Winters

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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

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
*Connect with Pepper*

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The Big Reveal

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Welcome to the Big Reveal

I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds
of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at
all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will
have a new question for them.
After reading the answers to my question, scroll down to see the cover for one of our writers, Kyra Lennon, and her newest release.

Do you any story ideas that are just sitting in your mind or notebooks until you have the time to write them?


Julie Sondra Decker
I prefer to work on one story at a time. Since I write hard and fast, there’s not much time for anything else when I’m writing an idea. I do have a few thoughts floating around for the future, though. They’re mostly just vague plans for “a book about X” with a sketchy idea of the protagonist.


Kyra Lennon
I have a few stories jotted down, but for the most part, I like to work one at a time.


Manda Pepper
At any given time I have 3-5 ideas written down in a notebook, stuff I can come back to if I get stuck on whatever I’m working on, or if I’m looking for a new project. I do worry I’ll never get around to some of them, though.


Medeia Sharif
I always have a few ideas waiting for me. Outside of those ideas, I usually juggle 2-3 manuscripts.


Rachel Schieffelbein
I have a document saved on my computer with a big list of ideas. It can be very hard to decide what to work on next, and there have been times when I’ve worked on more than one thing at a time. But I try to focus in on the characters who are the loudest, and I realize that not every idea on that list will see the light of day. (Or the glow of my computer screen.)


Ilima Todd
There was a time (about a year ago) when I had NO ideas and was drawing from an empty well. It about drove me crazy. Right now I have way too many ideas than I have time for and it’s really hard to not want to jump ahead to the next shiny thing. But at this point, after the terrible lull I’ve experienced, it’s a problem I’m grateful for.


Janeal Falor
I definitely have more ideas than time to write them. Last I counted there were 15 ideas I for sure wanted to write. I work on only one story at a time, but when that book is out getting feedback, I’ll pick something else up so I’m constantly working on something to try and get through as many of those ideas as I can.


Do you have lots of ideas waiting to be written?
Kyra Lennon, my friend from across the sea—that’d be England, will soon be releasing the third story in her Game On series. And I’ve got the cover reveal here today. So here it is…

Sidelined (Game On Book 3) a NA contemporary romance
by Kyra Lennon
Release Date: March 31st 2014
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 Kyra:
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. And occasionally hanging out with rock stars, because that’s how she rolls!

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 in November.
You can find Kyra at the following places:
Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

How to…

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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
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
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 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.
Author Links:
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Perfectly Messy

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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.
Author Links:

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Valentines Day Giveaway

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

I have some friends doing a fantastic NA/YA giveaway. So if you haven’t
heard about it, sign up for you chance to win. One winner will receive a
NA selection of books, the other a YA.


And here’s how you do it. Good luck!

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Road to Somewhere Blog Hop

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

To celebrate the soon to be released collaboration about two sisters, Kelley Lynn and Jenny Morris are hosting this blog hop/cover reveal. Easy. Just share something about a sibling.
I only have one brother. And he’s a pretty good brother, who married a good woman, and they have good kids. But this story comes from years ago. I don’t even remember when. Maybe I was in high school, he in college. Maybe we were in junior and senior high. Either way, this story involves him and my parents. I apologize if I’ve told this before, because I don’t remember that either.
One day at our house, we noticed a funny smell from the bathroom. Not a normal funny bathroom smell, but worse. It might’ve taken a few days, but eventually after my mom, I think it was her, dug around in the closet, she found a bag of then thawed raw fish. Probably stuff my dad or brother caught that summer, so not stuff commercially packaged.
I didn’t put it there. My brother claimed he didn’t do it. And my Mom/Dad claimed they didn’t do it.
Nobody was a heavy sleepwalker, so that doesn’t seem plausible. But somebody had to do it, even though quite frankly, that’s not the kind of humor most in our family have.
Anyway. I probably threw most blame at my brother, and he probably returned that blame.
Either way. I didn’t do it.
My brother still claims he didn’t do it.
My parents still claim they didn’t do it.
So who did? This topic comes up every once in a while, nobody admitting to putting the fish in the closet. I’m not sure it’s ever going to be solved.
So that’s my story. Now on to Road to Somewhere.

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.
Congratulations Jenny and Kelley. And to see other blog hoppers, click on the link following the rafflecopter.

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A nice surprise

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

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.