Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Book Birthday! WHO R U REALLY? by Margo Kelly


It’s a BOOK Birthday!
The birth of a debut book is often a long labor of love, and Margo Kelly’s Who R U Really? is no exception. Margo finished the first draft of the manuscript in 2010! More than four years later, more than four title changes, and way-more-than four revisions … it has finally arrived! WAHOO!

*.-*.-**throws confetti**.-*.-*



About the book: 
When Thea discovers a new role-playing game online, she breaks her parents’ rules to play. And in the world of the game, Thea falls for an older boy named Kit whose smarts and savvy can’t defeat his near-suicidal despair. Soon, he’s texting her, asking her to meet him, and talking in vague ways about how they can be together forever. As much as she suspects that this is wrong, Thea is powerless to resist Kit’s allure, and hurtles toward the very fate her parents feared most. Who R U Really? will excite you and scare you, as Thea’s life spins out of control.

“Kelly has painted a realistic picture of how a smart girl can get caught up in something dangerous online. … Guaranteed to give readers goosebumps.” -- School Library Journal.  (http://www.bookverdict.com)

“Thea’s mistakes, while frustrating to encounter, are frighteningly plausible, and the relationships among characters are well–fleshed out, especially between mother and daughter. Kelly’s first novel is a suspenseful page-turner.” -- Kirkus Reviews (www.kirkusreviews.com)

Who R U Really? will be published in hardcover and e-book versions by Merit Press (F+W Media) on September 18, 2014.

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Margo Kellyis a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. A veteran public speaker, she is now actively pursuing her love of writing. Who R U Really? is her first novel. Margo welcomes the opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs.

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Scheduled Appearances:
September 26, 2014 – 5pm – Book Signing at Hastings in Meridian, Idaho
September 27, 2014 – 4pm – Book Signing at Hastings on Overland in Boise, Idaho
October 3, 2014 – 7pm – Book Launch Party at Hyde Park Books in Boise, Idaho
October 11, 2014 – 4pm – Book Signing at Barnes & Noble in Boise, Idaho

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Win an autographed copy of CHALLENGING DESTINY


Hey everyone!

Challenging Destiny is on tour today. I'd like to thank my host, Fandom Monthly Magazine for organizing the tour and having me on their blog. Be sure to page down and enter the giveaway. 


About the book:

Logan Ragsdale and his younger sister, Ariana, have been marked, chosen to be unwilling participants in a war between angels and demons.

Logan can sense something's not quite right. Like an unexpected chill on a summer's day, he can feel the unseen closing in. He's had these feelings before and, each time, someone close to him died. He's afraid this time it might just be Ariana.

Logan's fears are soon confirmed when he discovers their new friends aren't human, but rather representatives from Heaven and Hell sent to Earth to ensure he and Ariana accept their roles in an ancient prophecy. Demons want Logan to open the gates of Hell. Ariana has the power to stop them, but if she chooses to side with Heaven to spare the lives of thousands of innocent people, she'll damn her brother for eternity.


Together, they must derail the biblical event if they hope to save themselves and the future of mankind...but what price are they willing to pay to keep the other safe?

Excerpt:

I glanced down at the silver dagger and then back up into her eyes. I couldn’t move. My muscles froze as my mind whirled.

She pressed the bone handle into my hand and closed my fingers around it. “You’d be freeing me from my contract with the Fallen. My soul will finally be at rest.” Her voice was soft. Tired. She raised her chin and closed her eyes. “Just make sure you hit my heart because I’m not going to promise getting stabbed isn’t going to piss me off.”


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Ups and Downs of First Drafts #IWSG


Hi everyone! 

Welcome to Insecure Writer's Support Group. We are a group writers who share our doubts and encouragements. I'd like to thank Alex Cavanaugh and this month's hosts. Learn more about the group here.





Work on my latest project is coming along. Right now I have a good flow going, but it's taking me longer to finish the first draft than I had hoped. I seem to be circling through the same three phases.

I start off positive.


But then something happens. I begin to doubt what I have written and all I can hear is Chuck telling me writing is hard.


That's about the time I walk away.

Thankfully, I always come back. I break out my pen and paper, my hidden stash of Dove chocolate, and brainstorm. Which brings me right back to "this is good". Repeat. Rinse. I'm at the top of the cycle right now. Hopefully, I can stay here until I finish this draft. (I'm about three quarters of the way done. So maybe by this time next month I'll be doing a happy dance.) 

Anyone else find themselves in this type of writing loop? 


Be sure to hop over to Monday's post and enter the Back to School Giveaway for your chance to win one of three gift cards.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Back to School Giveaway

Welcome to the Back to School Giveaway hosted by the authors at Darkly Delicious YA.


Add great YA titles to your to be read list on Goodreads and enter to win an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card so that you can purchase novels from your favorite authors.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Artisans by Julie Reece and Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

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The Artisans by Julie Reece

presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
The Artisans
They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old RAVEN WEATHERSBY gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.
To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.
Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.
But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse.
Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights.
Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.
But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?
The Artisans is a delectably rich, layered and dark YA Southern Gothic inspired by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont's classic Beauty and the Beast.
"The Artisans has all the elements I love - spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored." ~ Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.
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Title: The Artisans
Publication date: May 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Julie Reece
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Julie Reece
Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.
I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.
Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.
Then I thought I’d write one down…
Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Work In Progess #WIP Blog Tour

I've been tagged by Carol Oates for the #WIP Blog Tour. The way it works:

Provide the link back to the post by the person who nominated you. Write a little about and give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your current WIP, then nominate four other writers to do the same.


Carol Oates is the author of several wonderfully entertaining novels. She does a great job of putting new twists on well known myths. In her Shades Series she blends the lore of Avalon with King Author. Shades of Avalon, book two in the Shades Series, is now available.  Click here to visit her stop on this tour.

I have a couple novels in the works. I’m working my way through the first draft of a YA contemporary realistic fiction about a girl who struggles with guilt and her feelings of no longer belonging at home after the loss of her mother and about a boy who struggles to hang onto his dream of going to college after an unexpected illness leaves his step-father unable to work and his mom working overtime just to keep a roof over their heads. That’s a mouthful, I know. I’m still working on the blurb for this one.

Then there’s book three in the Embrace Series. The working title is ENTANGLED, although that’s subject to change.  Caden’s back. He’s the charismatic crossroad demon who Madison signed a contract with in Hold TightI've decided to share the first sentences of the first three chapters of this book with you today.


A little about book three:

Sixteen-year-old Madison Riley is back and doing the bidding of a crossroad demon. She has no choice, if she wants her six-year-old brother to remain healthy and alive.

Caden, the demon she serves, wants to become master of Death Himself, and he has the means to do it. It’s up to Madison and her coven to stop him, but Caden's intentions aren't all evil and their interference might just cost Madison her life and unleash hell on earth.

Here are the first sentences of the first three chapters:

The third grave on the left belonged to Vladimir Godspeed.

Caden wouldn’t tell me why his boss had any emotion whatsoever when it came to my contract.

I refused to talk about talismans, demons, or anything supernatural after that.


I nominate:






If you'd like to join the hop, copy the rules above, post them on your blog, and then leave the link back to your blog in the comments so that I can hop over and find out what you're working on. 

Thanks for stopping by.