Monday, February 8, 2016

Fall in Love with YA Giveaway Hop

To celebrate the upcoming release of Jessica Hawke's novel, Phantom Traces, I’m partnering with some awesome YA authors in the Fall in Love with YA Giveaway Hop! 

If you enjoy well-written YA fiction featuring feisty characters and sizzling supernatural creatures that span the spectrum from ghosts to witches to mermaids to angels, then do yourself a favor and take a chance with the Fall in Love with YA Giveaway. It’s free to enter, and you’ve got a better chance to win than the Powerball! 

Check out what's up for grabs!

3 $10 Amazon Gift Cards
ebook  of Phantom Touch by Jessica Hawke
eBook of Speak of the Devil by Shawna Romkey
eBook of The Devil Made Me Do It by Shawna Romkey
eBook of The Devil You Know by Shawna Romkey
eBook of Tiva Boon: Royal Guardian by Jenn Nixon
eBook of Descent by Katie O'Sullivan
eBook of Embrace by Cherie Colyer
eBook of Some Fine Day by Kat Ross
eBook of Death Lies Between Us by Jody Kessler

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Giveaway runs from February 8 to February 15. Winners will be notified by email by February 19th. Please share with your friends and spread the word about this awesome giveaway!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Updates, Cover Reveal & an Upcoming Hop #IWSG

Hi everyone! 

It's hard to believe January is over. I hope 2016 is off to a good start for you.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the best way to keep your mind off your worries is to keep busy. Between my day job and juggling the first draft of my MG fantasy and my YA realistic romance, I've been too busy to dwell on insecurities. And working on two novels at one time has worked well for me, because when I get stuck on one, I just switch to the other. I've added about 5000-words to the YA novel and a little more than that to the MG fantasy. Both are coming along, slowly but surely. You can see my progress on these projects over on the sidebar.

In other news:
The cover to my good friend and critique partner's new book FLIP THE BIRD was revealed last week. Click here to learn more about her upcoming release and to add it to your to-be-read list.

Stop by next week for the Fall In Love with YA Giveaway Hop for a chance to win an Amazon gift card and other great prizes!

How's your writing coming? Are you keeping your insecurities at bay? Or at least keeping busy? Any good news to share?

Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and our co-hosts for keeping IWSG going. For those who aren't familiar with Insecure Writer's Support Group, just follow the link. It's a wonderful group. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

It's a Challenging Destiny sort of day

Hi everyone!

Challenging Destiny is making its way around the blog-sphere today. You can meet the darker side of Kira Rose at Uncommon YA and get a sneak peek of the book if you hop over to Jessica Therrien's blog.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Start the New Year Right: Setting Goals #IWSG

Hi everyone! 

It's time to share our thoughts, insecurities, and encouraging words. Thanks to Alex and our co-hosts for keeping IWSG going. For those who aren't familiar with Insecure Writer's Support Group, just follow the link. It's a wonderful group. 
I'm a big believe in setting realistic goals, and for 2016 my goal is to stay focused. To help me do that with my writing, I've set the following goals:

  • Exercise patience while my agent submits my latest YA novel. (This one is ALWAYS hard. I think I feign patience better than I exercise it.
  • Finish at least one first draft. With three project in the works (a MG fantasy, a YA realistic romance, and an Adult paranormal romance) this should be doable. 
  • Polish the novel I finish.
  • Promote my published works. Because they need love too.

I added a word-count widget to the sidebar so that I can see the progress I'm making on my WIPs. Percentage wise, the MG fantasy is winning.

How were your holidays? Are you a patience person? Have you set any goals?

Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Seasons Greetings!

Have a safe and happy holiday season
and may all your dreams come true!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Interview with R.P. Channing, author of Thirst, Blood of my Blood

Hi everyone!

I'm excited to have R.P. Channing here with me today. His book, Thirst, Blood of my Blood, is now available on Amazon.

Thirst, Blood of my Blood
by R.P. Channing
Genres: Young Adult Romance, Paranormal Romance, High School, Vampires, Demons, Witches, Dark Fantasy, Horror

About the book:
~ Kira Sutherland ~

After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her 'boyfriend'), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated...), and being labeled as having 'issues' in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:

1. Continue her 'therapy' (where she's told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often...)


2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for "Crazies and Convicts" (as the social media sites call them.)

She chooses the latter...

~ Cory Rand ~

Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother's best friend...sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.

Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual - he has a weakness) he's left with two choices:

1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks...)


2. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he'll get an education.

He chooses the latter...

It's at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.

Things he's always ignored.

Until now.

Please help me welcome R.P. Channing.

Cherie: Where did you get the idea for your novel?
R.P. Channing: Honestly? It came out of nowhere. I just started writing one day and it grew. The story as it is now bears little resemblance to the one I started writing initially. The ideas came to me as I wrote and developed the characters. 

Cherie: Funny how much an idea can change once an author starts to write the story. What was the most difficult chapter to write?
R.P. Channing: The entire second half of the book was absolute murder to write. I lost count of the number of times I rewrote the thing and touched it up. 

Cherie: Can you share with us something about Kira and Cory that we don’t learn about them from reading the book?
R.P. Channing: Kira lives in New York State (either in Nassau or Suffolk County). I decided not to mention this so she could be from "Any Town USA" as her hometown has little bearing on the story.  Cory's mother was drinking and driving when she had the car accident. This is not mentioned in the book.

The other thing I didn't reveal is the true source of Cory's internal power... ;)

Cherie: Interesting insight into both of your characters. So tell us, what are you working on now? 
R.P. Channing: Book Two. There will be several in this series, but each book will stand on its own, with no cliffhangers, and no need to read the earlier books to understand the later ones.

I am also working on another story (mostly in my head) that I've picked up and dropped three times already, a dystopian novel that really excites me - but there is no time for it now. The Starkfield Academy series will take precedence for now. 

Cherie: Good to know there will be more books! Thanks for being with us today.


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Author Bio
R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because I wouldn’t feel bad telling my mother about it...” When not hammering away (most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy. If it has words in it, I’ll take it.

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