Monday, August 22, 2016

Keeping Her Secret is out Today!

It's the Book Birthday to Keeping Her Secret!!!! I love this book and hope y'all will check it out!


All’s fair in love and summertime prank wars

The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain—her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn’t expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.

Courtney has what every girl wants—she’s beautiful, rich, and the object of every boy’s desire at Camp Pine Ridge. Too bad none of them make her feel an iota of what Riya’s kiss did all those years ago. But Courtney needs to uphold appearances at all costs—even if it means instigating an all-out prank war with Riya as her main target.

Neither girl can stop thinking about the other…but that doesn’t mean they can give up past hurts and take a chance on a future together.

Read the first chapter at the Entangled Teen website!

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes

What readers are saying

★★★★★"This book deserves all the praise and then some, one of my favorite reads of this year, and maybe even my life. So many parts inspired me, moved me and just made me want more." –Olivia Channel, OliviaChannel.com

★★★★★"Keeping Her Secret is one of those magical books that keeps you turning pages long after you should have gone to bed. I recommend the book completely, and if I were a teacher I would place it on my required summer reading list." –Bonajean McAneney, Goodreads Reviewer

★★★★★"I really loved this book. It was such an honest look at young women learning to accept their sexuality and being comfortable enough to express it." –Bette Hansen, Goodreads Reviewer

About the Author


Sarah Nicolas is a recovering mechanical engineer, library event planner, and author. She lives in Orlando with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. Sarah writes YA novels as Sarah Nicolas and romance under the name Aria Kane. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing volleyball or drinking wine. She is a contributor for Book Riot and at YAtopia.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Newsletter

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Actual Beach Reads: Daytona Beach & more at Book Riot

Since there was so much talk about what makes a "beach read" and what kinds of books qualify, I went to the World's Most Famous Beach to find out what people were actually reading on the beach.

What's the most popular genre? The most popular book? Find out in my Book Riot article here.

Since my last update, I've also contributed to the following Book Riot group posts:



Happy reading!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sarah Nicolas at Book Riot

As you may or may not have seen on my various social media accounts, I'm now a contributor at Book Riot!

I've had four posts published so far and more on the way!

"They pay me real, actual money to talk to authors in a four-story building full of books. It’s basically heaven for a bookish extrovert.

But before I started this job… let’s just say it was a dark time."

Why I Sacrificed 45% of My Salary to Work in a Library, May 3, 2016


"But most surprising: it was smart. Clever. Sex-positive. Touching, but not corny. It was everything I never knew I needed. Everything I’d been told romance wasn’t.

I had been lied to."

Why I'm a Romance Evangelist, May 11, 2016


"It’s been over a month since my city, formerly a synonym for family vacations, became a synonym for tragedy. Few people outside of our town realize that Orlando is also home to a thriving and growing literary community."

#Litlando Meets #OrlandoStrong: The Orlando Bookish Community's Response to the Pulse Shooting, July 18, 2016


"I have a lot of books. The pile of boxes of books is literally bigger than the pile of all my other belongings combined."

The Stages of Moving When You Own a Lot of Books, July 27, 2016


I also contribute to regular posts about what all the contributors are reading and what are favorite books of a certain time period. Here are those:

The Best Books of 2016, So Far June 27, 2016
The Best Books We Read in June June 29, 2016
Peek Over Our Shoulders July 11, 2016
Peek Over Our Shoulders July 21, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sarah Nicolas & Leigh Mar #PitchWars Bios and Wishlist

Welcome to our corner of the Pitch Wars blog hop! Lost? Here’s more info on #PitchWars, a mentoring/pitch contest combo for MG, YA, NA, and Adult fiction authors looking for a literary agent.

This is Sarah’s fifth year mentoring Pitch Wars and Leigh’s first after being one of Sarah’s mentees last year. We are excited to be teaming up and fully intend to WIN!

In past years, Sarah has coached mentees who have “won” the YA category – i.e., gotten the most requests from agents. Almost all of her past mentees have gotten an agent or a book deal following Pitch Wars – including Leigh, who signed with Elana Roth Parker at Laura Dail Literary Agency with her Pitch Wars MS.

#TeamSarah (Or #TeamCoffeeDragon) Alumnae:

  


*Chelsea and Shannon did not get offers immediately from Pitch Wars, but since I have great taste in writers ;-) they did eventually get agents/book deals.


About us

Sarah writes YA as Sarah Nicolas (Dragons are People, Too and the forthcoming YA f/f romancKeeping Her Secret) and adult romance as Aria Kane. She’s represented by Rebecca Podos at the Rees Literary Agency and has worked as a Publicity Director for Entangled Publishing and in the editorial department of two small publishers. Sarah used to read slush for Liz Pelletier and Prophecy Girl was the first book she ever "pulled out of the slush" and championed.

Sarah’s a whedonite, a whovian, and still convinced she’s going to marry Leonardo (the Ninja Turtle). She plays a lot of wallyball and her day job is planning events for a public library.

Get to know Sarah on: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram She also writes for Book Riot and blogs for YAtopia

Leigh Mar writes YA that feels contemporary, but usually has a speculative twist tossed in there somewhere. She interns for a literary agent, reading a MS a week and making recommendations and revision plans. The MS that most excited her this year wound up with six offers of representation, so, she has pretty excellent taste!

Leigh is a wanna-be private eye who spends more time daydreaming than solving crimes. She is a professional marketer by day, writer and reader by night (often, far too late into the night…).

Get to know Leigh on: Twitter, Tumblr. She also blogs for To The Shelves and answers questions at Ask Authors

Wishlist

We are seeking ALL THE YA*

We love all genres. Sarah’s tastes tend to fall towards spec-fic of any kind, but she also enjoys contemporary or historical with a strong hook. Leigh loves plots with twists you don’t see coming and characters you can’t help but root for and follow anywhere (likable or not). We don’t need a love story in our YA, but we do appreciate a good one (main plot, sub plot, unrequited, what have you).

Other interests include: Diverse cultures and settings, breaking of cultural norms (especially gender norms), villains you can love, broken souls realizing they are stronger than they thought, strong and complicated family relationships (especially sisters!), underdogs who take you by surprise, times of change (summers before college, moves to new places, etc.), mysteries, strong voices with smart and witty writing. If you have a genre-bender like Sarah’s 2013 mentee’s Amped, bring it!

We absolutely love and want your LGBTQ+ stories!

*Excluding: hardcore horror, on-screen rape (no exceptions), books centered around sexual assault, dream stories

Edit: This previously said no ghost stories, but we've removed that from our exception list. As long as the ghosts don't have anything to do with dreams, count us in!

What to expect working with us

Be prepared to WORK! We want a mentee with a positive attitude who’s not afraid of hard work, who’s open to constructive criticism and can take feedback and run with it. Last year, Leigh deleted the first 60-some pages off her MS. Poof, gone. She wrote about 20k new words and re-structured the telling of her story while adding a new character and subplot (and it was SO much better!). If you're looking for someone to challenge you to make your book better in every way and to help you write the best damn pitch/query letter your book has ever hoped for, you’ve found the right team.

So if you have an awesome YA, submit to us on August 3rd! In the meantime, read some of Sarah’s query secrets and follow us on Twitter for more #PitchWars prep tips.

(And if you missed the letter for the scavenger hunt, take a muccloser look at my entire post.)

Check out the other YA mentors's wishlists (then come back and join our team, because we're the best!)

Mister Linky's Magical Widgets -- Thumb-Linky widget will appear right here!
This preview will disappear when the widget is displayed on your site.
If this widget does not appear, click here to display it.

Monday, March 28, 2016

THE WAY TO HER HEART by Amy Reece


Happy book birthday to Amy Reece!

No amount of counseling can bring Josh Harris back to his old self.

After a tragedy that changed his life forever, eighteen-year-old Josh has lived in a year-long fog of medication and confusion. It’s all he can do to not think about his dad—a culinary genius who raised him in the kitchen. Thankfully, Josh inherited his golden palate and sixth sense for cooking, which is the only thing that makes sense anymore.

For a seventeen-year-old girl, life can’t get much worse…

Bernie Abeyta is a senior in high school and lives with her drug-addicted mother, but has managed to keep her grades up so she can get into college. With her father in prison and her mom’s sleazy boyfriend getting too close for comfort, Bernie turns to her best friend Gabby Rodriguez for help, but discovers Gabby has gone missing. Distressed over her friend’s sudden disappearance, Bernie resorts to living out of her car while she looks for answers and tries to avoid foster care.

Part love, part mystery, part cookbook—and all heart.

During economics class, Josh finds himself captivated by his new project partner, Bernie. As they grow closer, he insists Bernie move in with him and his mother. Furthermore, he offers to help look for Gabby.

Bernie refuses to believe Gabby ran away, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of the mystery—no matter how great the danger to herself.

Will Bernie’s gritty life be too much for Josh to handle? Or will he fight for The Way to Her Heart?

Kindle


Excerpt

October
Josh

She cut her hair. Josh realized he was staring at the girl in the next row and pulled his gaze back to his notebook as the teacher droned on about supply and demand curves. I don’t care for short hair on girls. Yet he couldn’t keep his eyes off her. He didn’t even know her name. On Friday her hair had been long, the silky black tresses reaching below her shoulder blades. Today, he could see the back of her neck. He could see how long and slender it was and watched as she reached around to feel it, seeming surprised, perhaps still unused to the short cut. She pushed the long front layer behind her ear. The purple streak is kind of cute, though. He once again forced his gaze back to his notes, reminding himself that he had a girlfriend; a beautiful girlfriend with long blonde hair. Focus, Harris. Get your mind off the pretty girl with the short hair. She was pretty. He’d always thought so, even though he didn’t know her name. He’d heard it; wasn’t it something weird? Enough! Supply, demand. That’s all you need to think about.

“So, for the next few weeks you will be paired up with one of your classmates as we launch a new project designed to help you experience some of what it takes to create and stick to a household budget.” Mr. Griego picked up a stack of index cards from his desk. “I have created a scenario with careers and incomes for each couple. Some of you have children, and some don’t. Every few days you will get a new financial situation you have to deal with. Each week of this project will be the equivalent of one month for your budget. You will turn in a complete six month budget, along with a written report at the end of the project. Each couple will also give a five-minute oral presentation.” He started calling names and handing out index cards. There were groans and titters of laughter as the names were called because some of the couples were same-sex. “Josh Harris and Bernie Abeyta.” No one in the class said anything or laughed at the pairing. Josh wasn’t surprised; he had pretty much fallen off the radar over a year ago. He stood and walked to the front of the room to retrieve the index card.

“Who’s Bernie Abeyta?” he asked quietly. Great. I’m paired with a guy. Just what I needed.

The girl with the short, purple hair raised her hand. “Me.” She sounded bored.

“Okay. I’m, uh, I’m Josh.” He stood in front of her desk, awkwardly shifting from side to side.

“Yeah. I’m Bernie.” She glanced up quickly, meeting his gaze, then looked away.

“You have the last fifteen minutes of class to exchange contact information, phone numbers, email addresses, whatever you need to get in touch with your partner. Most of the project work will need to be on your own time as you will need to visit grocery stores and do some online research,” Mr. Griego said.

Josh sat down in the newly vacated desk in front of Bernie. “So.” He waved the index card. “One of us is a teacher and the other is an attorney. Which do you want to be?”

Bernie shrugged. “It doesn’t really matter to me. You choose.”

He looked at her, a half-smile on his face. Close-up he noticed that she had beautiful, smooth, light-brown skin and her eyes were so dark they looked black. She didn’t wear much makeup; she didn’t need to. “Fine. I’ll be the teacher. You can be the attorney.” She looked up quickly. “Is that okay?”

She shrugged again. “Sure. It doesn’t matter. Do we have kids?”

“Yeah, we have two: an eight-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son. So, I guess we should exchange phone numbers and email.” He scrawled his information on a page of his notebook and tore it out, handing it to her.

She took the page, staring at it blankly for a moment before tearing a piece of paper out of her own notebook. “Here’s my email.”

He looked at it. “What’s your cell number?”
“I don’t have one. Just the email.”

“Oh. Okay.” Josh had never heard of anyone his age who didn’t have a cell phone. “So, do you want to get together tonight to get started on this? We could meet at my house. Or yours. Whatever you want.”

“Yours. Here.” She pushed the paper back at him. “Write your address. I have to work until seven. I can be there around seven-thirty. Is that okay?” She didn’t meet his eyes.

“Uh, sure. That’s fine. Here.” He handed the paper back. “Do you need a ride or anything?”

“No.”

“Oh. Great. So, I’ll, uh, see you tonight. I guess.” He had never been so tongue-tied around a girl.

“Yeah.” She turned her attention back to her notebook, clearly dismissing him.

Josh returned to his seat, chagrined. I seem to have lost my touch. Then again, he hadn’t really been trying very hard for a long time. He used to be much better at this whole thing: friends, girls, talking. Now he simply didn’t have the energy anymore. It was October of his senior year and he was biding his time until he could graduate and move on with his life. She’s really pretty, though. He groaned inwardly as he packed his notebook and shouldered his backpack. He knew he had no business noticing how pretty his new partner was; he should be thinking about how gorgeous his girlfriend had looked in her cheerleading uniform that morning during the pep rally. She was beautiful, sweet, and had stuck by him through a seriously dark time in his life. He had really been phoning it in lately with Kayleigh. Jeez, he could do better. He merged with the flow of humanity in the hallway, determined to do right by her, starting tomorrow at lunch.


About the Author

Amy Reece lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and family. She loves to read and travel and has an unhealthy addiction to dogs. She believes red wine and coffee are the elixirs of life and lead to great inspiration. She is the author of The Seeker Series (YA paranormal) and The Way to Her Heart (YA romantic suspense).

Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Website | Blog | Wattpad


Giveaway 

Enter to WIN a $15 Amazon Gift Car or a SIGNED PAPERBACK of The Way to her Heart – US ONLY!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/63d974dd74/

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Exceprt: The Summer Marked by Rebekah L. Purdy

The sequel to the chilling Winter People returns to the world of Faerie, and is a romantic and enchanting follow-up.

Salome left humankind behind to be with her boyfriend, Gareth, in the Kingdom of Summer. But now forces of darkness are rising. Her happily-ever-after is coming apart, and the Kingdom is on the brink of war.

Newly-single Kadie Byers is on her way home for Thanksgiving, imagining a visit filled with hot chocolate, a hot guy for a little rebound action, and some girl time with her bestie, Salome. Except she receives a message from Salome with two important words: PLEASE HURRY.

When Kadie rushes to help Salome, she’s ripped from the human world and pulled into the kingdoms of Faerie, where she’s shocked to learn that Salome’s monsters are real, and that she’s now at the mercy of one extremely vengeful Winter Queen…

Now both Salome and Kadie must find a way to survive the deadly chaos…or lose themselves to Winter’s deadly, icy grasp.

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes


Excerpt

A sigh escaped my lips when I watched daylight sneak through the door at the back of the room. Somehow, I’d survived the night. My body ached as I attempted to stretch my legs out, my arms still tied to the post.

Every part of me was numb from the cold, but I was alive. As more light fractured the shadows, my gaze fell to the blood-slickened floors. It looked as if the floor tiles had bled. I buried my face against my shoulder. I wanted to cry but didn’t dare show my fear. If they realized how badly this place affected me, they’d find other ways to get inside my head or worse, maybe torture me. A shiver scraped along my spine at the thought.

I need to get out of here. I’m going to go crazy.

A lock rattled then the door flung open. Etienne sauntered inside, his white tunic opened like some seventies porn star. He gave me a sad smile.

“Good. You’re awake. The queen would like to see you.” He walked over and untied the ropes that secured me to the bed.

I cried out as my wrists were freed. The skin around them was raw and reddened from my attempts to escape.

“What are you, her bitch?”

“You should just give in now, otherwise the Winter Queen will only make things worse.”

“Trust me, I’m gonna keep fighting until I get out of this hell hole.”


About the Author

Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids) she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads




Monday, September 14, 2015

Cover Reveal: Illusion by Lea Nolan @lea_nolan #giveaway

I'm so happy to help reveal the cover for Lea Nolan's Illusion, releasing October 5th! In fact, the two previous books in the Hoodoo Apprentice trilogy are getting a makeover.

ILLUSION_500
New school. Cross-country move. Broken heart. If only these were Emma Guthrie’s worst problems as the first day of her sophomore year dawns. Instead, she must battle a trio of enemies—human and spectral—who may or may not have joined forces against her. All while pretending to be over Cooper Beaumont, her ex-boyfriend and true love, to shield him from her arch-nemesis’s revenge.

Worse, when the fight escalates, Emma is tempted to use the black magic she’s always fought against, endangering her own soul. As her enemies close in, join forces, and fight with new and dark magic she’s never seen before, Emma must finally harness the power within her to fulfill an ancient prophecy, defeat a centuries-old evil, save her family, and reclaim the only boy she’s ever loved.









Conjure_500 Be careful what you search for…Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry--hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma's ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper's soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.But when a strange girl bent on revenge appears, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before the last days of summer--and her friends--are lost forever.

Amazon | B&N





ALLURE_500 Worst. Summer. Ever. Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries. Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Faced with the horror of a soul-eating boo hag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

Amazon | B&N




Excerpt:

A screech echoes through the woods. The sound is like a nail scraped against tin and raises the tiny hairs on the back of my neck. It’s the unmistakable caw of a crow. Spinning, I search the dimness for the source. Before my eyes can focus, a glossy black shadow bursts through a sheet of Spanish moss draped on a nearby live oak.

Shrieking, I cover my head with my hands and duck, then dart toward the path that brought me here. The bird pursues, flapping its large wings and gaining ground fast. With a whoosh, it swoops from the sky and slams into me, sinking its talons into my arm. I scream, then thrash around, trying to knock it loose. Its spiky nails clamp deeper into my flesh.

“Get off her!” Cooper’s voice booms.

Tears, the very best kind, surge. I’ve never been so happy to have him near. “Help!” I lamely shake my arm again, but the psychotic bird hangs on.

Cooper’s feet pound against the dirt as he races toward me and my winged assailant. As he draws close, the crow squawks, then jams its beak into my scalp, yanking out a clump of hair.

Pain, brilliant yellow and blinding, flashes across my vision. I wail, overcome.

“Emma, duck.”

I drop to my knees. Something hard thumps against the bird, launching it into the air like a golf ball from a tee. Its piercing caw bounces across the clearing. As the bird soars into the moonlit sky, it attempts to beat its wings, but something’s wrong. Only one of its feathered sides extends. Midair the shiny black crow stalls then careens back toward the earth. Just as I’m sure it’s headed straight for us, the lame wing unfolds then beats furiously to avoid what is sure to be a deadly collision. Veering off, it follows a wobbly flight path toward the shadowy forest.

Cooper tosses a long, heavy stick onto the ground, then reaches for my hand and pulls me to my feet. “Are you okay?” His wide hands clutch my arms as his eyes search mine.

“I—I think so.” My voice shakes as I work to process all that’s happened in the last few minutes. My temperature drops as shock sets in. Was it real, or just an immensely screwed-up dream? One glance at the slick streak of blood dripping down my skin confirms my new wound, though I can’t tell how bad it is until I see it in the light.

Grabbing me close, he wraps his strong arms around my back. The heady scent of his Cooperness swirls around me, filling me with familiar warmth that heads off my shock. My thoughts zoom to the red stain that has likely already smeared his polo. “I’m bleeding.” I try to pull away.

“I know.” He grips me close, like he’s fallen from a ship and I’m the only life preserver.

“But it’ll get it on your shirt.” A tear streams down the side of my face.

He pulls away, just enough to meet my gaze. “Who cares about my shirt? I thought I lost you, Emmaline.” Brushing his thumb against my cheek, he wipes away the salty liquid.

“But you didn’t. You saved me.”

“I was almost too late.” His voice is breathy and so full of despair it nearly breaks my heart.


About the Author

Lea Nolan Bio Pic 6-2012 Lea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance and YA. Her books for young adults feature bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also pens smart, witty contemporary stories for adults filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, she resides in Maryland where she scarfs down crab cakes whenever she gets the chance.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Newsletter

Giveaway

Cover Reveal Giveaway-Grand Prize REVISED a Rafflecopter giveaway