Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thank you everyone!

Last week's book blog tours was so much fun. Julie from A Tale of Many Reviews was an amazing host. The bloggers who participated were terrific and I really enjoyed being able to read the reviews and hear what others had to say about Madison and her friends. So from the bottom of my heart...

Saturday I got to meet new readers and hang out with family and friends. I'd like to thank Starbucks for letting us take over a large section of the store. It was great to have so much support from everyone.

So what's next? Hopefully, I get butt in chair and finish the first draft of the novel I'm working on. There will be another giveaway. I'll be sharing my notes on writing a one sentence pitch. And at the end of the month I'll be celebrating the release of Jessica Therrien's novel, Oppression. After that, who knows. 

Monday, January 30, 2012


Resources for writers:

Society of Children’sBook Writers and Illustrators: The international professional organization for writers and illustrators of children’s literature since 1971.

YA Lit Chat: We Read, write, and live YA.

Verla Kay’s Website: A place for children's writers and illustrators to gather and share information, help each other and have fun while learning the business of writing and illustrating for children.

The Purple Crayon: Harold Underdown – Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children’s Books.

Industry news:

Vonna Carter shares two incredible lists:
     Conferences 2012: Editors – a list of where editors who are acquiring picture books
     through young adult will be in 2012.
     Conferences 2012: Agents – a list of where agents who are acquiring picture books
     through young adult will be in 2012.

Fellow authors:

Site of YA author AlexLidell: Information on the author, her novels, and bonus materials for readers and writers. Insight into Lidell’s YA Fantasy CADET OF TILDOR.

Alex Cavanaugh's blog: Sci-fi writer on a journey of discovery - books, movies, music, games, and TV shows. Founder of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Author of the CassaStar series.

Site of Susan Kaye Quinn: Information on the author and her books which includes her best selling young adult SF Mindjack Trilogy and The Debt Collector series (a more grown-up SF, meant for ages 17+).

Monday, January 23, 2012

Embrace's Blog Tour!

Embrace is on tour this week. Julie from a Tale of Many Reviews is hosting the tour and has done an awesome job! There is an amazing line-up of YA bloggers that have been hard at work. Some blog are giving away Embrace eBooks, hemp bracelets and the lovely bookmarks Micha, my wonderful PR, designed. Be sure to visit each stop along the tour and enter all the giveaways. Plus, Julie from A Tale of Many Reviews is hosting the grand prize giveaway on January 28th.

Here's the schedule. I hope you enjoy the tour.

January 23 :
Twimom 101 ~ Top 10 Post & Giveaway
Book Briefs ~ This or That & Giveaway
Xpresso Reads ~ Review
Autumn Reviews ~ Review
Basia’s Bookshelf ~ Author Interview & Giveaway
January 24:
The Fairytale Nerd ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
January 25:
Letters Inside Out ~ Dream Cast & Giveaway
Good Choice Reading ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
Stuck in Books ~ Character Interview & Giveaway
909 Reviews Never Lie ~ Review
January 26:
Bookworm Lisa ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
Endlessly Bookish ~ Character Interview & Giveaway
January 27:
Comfort Books ~ Review
WovenMyst ~ Review
Bookish Babes ~ Guest Post & Giveaway
Reader Girls ~ Review
January 28:
A Tale of Many Reviews ~ Final Stop & Grand Prize Giveaway

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday already

One more day until the weekend and I can't wait. Not that I have big plans, but it's been another crazy week at work.

Things I'm looking forward to are a little quiet writing time and Underworld, Awakening. Any other fans out there? The trailer is awesome. (Click here to view.)

If you haven't seen Underworld or any of its sequels, I highly recommend them.

In news, Embrace is one month old this week and will be on tour next week over at A Tale of Many Reviews. There will be a lot of fun opportunities to win copies of the book along with the Embrace hemp bracelets and bookmarks. For a sneak peek at the line-up click here.

Embrace is also climbing the GoodReads list of YA Debut novels. That's very exciting!

And I'll be doing a local book signing. For date and times check out the announcement on the sidebar.

I think that's about it for me. Omnific Publishing is doing their Author! Author! Blog Bounce! I hope you'll hop along and see what others are up to.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Author Interview: Merely Dee by Marian Manseau Cheatham

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Marian Manseau Cheatham, author of Merely Dee, a historical tale release last week. I'm fortunate to be in one of Marian's critique groups and had the pleasure of seeing this story come together. I'm looking forwarded to being able to read the entire novel.

Merely Dee
By Marian Manseau Cheatham

The 1915 Western Electric Employee Picnic is the social highlight of the year in Cicero, Illinois. Five steamers wait to ferry seven thousand passengers to the picnic grounds in Michigan City, Indiana. As teenager Dee Pageau packs her picnic basket and prepares to board the SS Eastland, she anticipates this will be the best day of her life. Dee hopes to spend time with her best friend, Mae Koznecki—but she also wants to get to know Mae’s handsome brother, Karel, a little better. Dee has no idea that in a matter of hours, tragedy will strike.

Despite her mother’s dark premonition that death awaits her if she boards the SS Eastland, Dee decides the risk is worth a chance for more time with Karel. Dee’s excitement quickly turns to terror, though, when the ship capsizes at the dock, threatening the lives of everyone on board. Rescued from certain death—not once, but twice—by Karel and a mysterious stranger, Dee soon discovers that Mae is nowhere to be found. Dee can only sit back and wait to hear if she is trapped in the flooding bowels of the capsized ship or worse yet, dead.

In this captivating historical tale, Dee takes a coming-of-age journey like no other as she soon realizes that surviving the disaster is only the beginning.

Please help me welcome Marian.

Cherie:  Tell us about your novel, Merely Dee, in your own words.

Marian:  Merely Dee is YA historical fiction based on an actual event. The novel is suspenseful and tragic and sad, but also romantic, and in the end, full of hope for the future.

Cherie:  It sounds like Merely Dee has it all. When will your book be available and where will readers be able to purchase it?
Marian:  It’s now available and can be purchased at iuniverse.com, Amazon.com  or Barnes & Noble.com

Cherie: Where did you get the idea for your novel?
Marian:  The idea for Merely Dee came from a Manseau family story. The novel details the deadly capsizing of the SS Eastland, a passenger steamer leased by Western Electric employees for their 1915 company picnic. My Grandma Manseau had a ticket to that picnic, but the night before the big event, my great grandmother had a premonition of danger and begged my grandmother to stay home. Grandma Manseau listened to her mother and remained safely at home, but my character Dee Pageau does not obey her mother and sneaks off to the picnic. And of course, she finds herself aboard the Eastland on the morning of the historic disaster.

Cherie:  I’m glad that your grandmother did listen to her great grandmother and that she passed the story down to you. What was the most difficult chapter to write?
Marian:  My most difficult chapter was Chapter 4 which begins only seconds after the Eastland capsizes. My protagonist has managed to survive, only to find herself a witness to hundreds of ghastly deaths. Researching the aftermath was gruesome and left me emotionally drained. I tried to express some of my own shock and horror through my character’s eyewitness account.

Cherie:  What are you working on now?
Marian:  I’m currently working on another historical YA. This novel is set in rural Japan during the summer of 1968. There’s romance, humor, and an exotic location. What more could a teen reader want?

Cherie:  Sounds like your next novel will be just as exciting as Merely Dee. Is there anything else you’d like to share with the reader?
Marian:  I hope that Merely Dee brings to light the little-known story of the Eastland Disaster. That tragic event was the greatest loss-of-life-disaster in the history of Chicago and yet, few Chicagoans know or talk about it. I’m hoping that will change!

Cherie:  I’m sure your novel will do just that. Now to help lighten the mood, I have a few fun questions for you. Favorite color?
Marian:  In my office I like calming colors like pale green or a warm yellow. But when I dress, I prefer bolder colors like deep purple, bright red, or hot pink.

Cherie:  Do you believe in the supernatural?
Marian:   I do! And I tell of a possible encounter with the drowned victims of the Eastland in my Author’s Notes.

Cherie:  If you could be any mythical creature, who would you be and why?
Marian:  I’d be the winged horse, Pegasus. Strong, powerful and able to soar above the landscape with grace and speed.

Cherie:  Any secret crushes? (It can be anyone real or fictional.)
Marian:  Oh, I really hate to admit this, but I have a mad crush on Edward Cullen from Twilight. I’m not usually a fan of vampires, but I’d make an exception in his case.

Cherie:  Do you believe in love at first sight?
Marian:  I totally do believe in love at first sight, but I didn’t fall for my husband that way. He kind of grew on me and now I can’t live without him. So maybe love at first sight isn’t the best thing after all!

Cherie:  You might be right about that. Who are you drawn to the good guy or the bad guy?
Marian:  When I was younger I always gravitated to the bad guy, but I’ve learned from my mistakes and now I’ll choose the good guy every time.

Cherie:  Favorite author?
Marian:  Shakespeare!

Cherie:  Favorite movie or television show?
Marian:  One of my favorite movies is Shakespeare in Love.

Cherie:  Do you have any guilty pleasures that get you through the writing/revising process?
Marian:  A hot Vanilla Chai from Dunkin Donuts. And if I’m really, really bad, a vanilla-frosted long john.

Cherie:  This was a lot of fun. Thanks for joining me today!

Buy Merely Dee today

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Release: Destiny's Fire, by Trisha Wolfe

Today is Destiny's Fire's book birthday! I hope you'll join me in celebrating this exciting Young Adult steampunk/paranormal romance by my pub sister Trisha Wolfe. I can't wait to read this book!

Destiny's Fire is also on Tour over at A Tale of Many Reviews. Click here to join the fun. 

And isn't the cover beautiful! From the picture of the girl to the colors, I absolutely love it.

Destiny's Fire
It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind--—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate...… if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life. 

Find Trisha Wolfe

Buy Destiny's Fire today

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy Thursday!

The last couple weeks have been very busy. Between the holidays and the release of my debut novel EMBRACE there hasn't been a dull moment. Plus this week I'm participating in the Indie Book Fair. It's a great way to discover new books to help fill your eReader. I hope you'll consider taking a few minutes to peruse the list of newly published books from both small-publishers and self-published authors.

And it's Thursday, which means it's Omnific Publishing's Author! Author! Blog Bounce. It's a great time to join in the fun and see what others have been up to.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Indie Book Fair

Did you find a new Kindle, Nook, or iPad under the Christmas tree? Browse the Indie Book Fair and find a new ebook to break in that reader!

These great new books were released Nov 2011-Feb 2012 by Indie authors, priced right so that taking a chance on a new author doesn’t have to break your wallet. (Check out Susan Kaye Quinn's previous Internet Book Fair for other great Indie finds.)

[Indie = self-published or small-publisher, for the purposes of this post, because no matter how we’re published, we’re all in this together, trying to get the word out about our books]

Note: Links are given for Amazon and prices noted are subject to change. Most authors publish across all e-book formats. Click on the author’s name for additional purchasing options, including paper copies.

For Your Browsing Pleasure

Contemporary (Adult)

Build a Man by Talli Roland (Chick Lit) 
Slave to the rich, rude and deluded, cosmetic surgery receptionist Serenity Holland longs for the day she's a high-flying tabloid reporter. Unfortunately, every pitch she sends out disappears like her clients' liposuctioned fat, never to be seen again. Then she meets Jeremy Ritchie -- the hang-dog man determined to be Britain's Most Eligible Bachelor by making himself over from head to toe and everything in between -- giving Serenity a story no editor could resist. With London's biggest tabloid on board and her very own column tracking Jeremy's progress from dud to dude, Serenity is determined to be a success, even going undercover to gain intimate access to Jeremy's life. But when Jeremy's surgery goes drastically wrong and Serenity is ordered to cover all the car-crash goriness, she must decide how far she really will go for her dream job. $0.99 on Amazon

The Golden Sky by Elisa Hirsch (Memoir) 
The night I met Cade I never would’ve thought that two years later, after we were homeless street musicians in Hawaii, we would have a little girl and another baby on the way.  Our son was born with the type of birth defects that make televangelists cringe. The “death home” gave him a really nice funeral, the kind I’d never wished to attend. We lost it after that, totally cemented in our grief.  Cade got into drugs, joined a rock and roll band, and I kicked him out of the house. That was how I met: Earl (an old man and unlikely best friend), the “big sag” (a middle aged woman who still flashed folks), Todda (the stripper next door), and Chris (a cowboy who fell in love with me). It wasn’t until I killed a rogue skunk, and my daughter nearly choked on a fry, that I gave my husband another chance.  But could our marriage recover from the death of our son? $2.99 onAmazon

Someone Else’s Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts (Contemporary Romance) 
Jason Vanderholt is the hottest actor under thirty with legions of screaming fans. Chloe Winters is a college student who hasn't gotten around to watching most of his movies. When they meet by chance, he is smitten, but it just isn't her fairytale. In fact, it could be her worst nightmare as her past, attracted by the bright lights of the media, comes back to haunt her. $0.99 on Amazon

Historical Romance

The Duke’s Divorce by Anne Gallagher Available late January 2012
A simple trip to the Scottish Highlands finds the Duke of Cantin with a bride he does not want.  With her impeccable beauty and fiery disposition, Fiona takes Society by storm.  As their prearranged divorce proceedings draw near, can Fiona change his mind? Check author's website.

Literary Fiction

String Bridge by Jessica Bell 
Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece. Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a 'proper' career and her music for motherhood. That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage—and the person she used to be. However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits ... $6.99 on Amazon ALSO:  Music Sample!


Sherwood Ltd. by Anne R. Allen
Sherwood. The name immediately conjures up images of Richard Greene, Michael Praed and Russell Crowe. Or maybe that sly fox in the Disney version. Only, in Anne R. Allen's latest rom-com mystery the fox is a coyote and there's no Robin Hood. Or is there? In her usual inimitable fashion Allen peels back the layers, one hilarious subplot after another, until you just never know what's real and what's not. Rather like the Robin Hood legend. When the Manners Doctor, Camilla Randall, flies into Robin Hood airport with a suitcase in one hand and a book contract in the other she thinks she's leaving all her problems behind and is about to start a new life. If you look very carefully you may just spot the Sheriff of Nottingham, Maid Marian and even Little John hidden away. But as for Robin Hood
himself... You'll just have to read it and find out.
  $2.99 on Amazon

Short Stories and Anthologies

The Initiate (Cloud Prophet Trilogy) by  Megg Jensen (YA Fantasy)
Over a thousand years ago, the gods left Eloh's people and took their magic with them. To win back their favor, her people sacrifice ten female initiates every ten years. No has ever survived. There has never been a Chosen One. Forced into becoming an initiate, Eloh will try to find a way to beat the odds, stay with her boyfriend, and survive the fires that threaten to consume her. But will her lack of faith in the gods and her disbelief in their magic doom her to a painful death? $0.99 on Amazon

Eight by Karly Kirkpatrick (YA Paranormal Short Story Collection)
Prepare to be thrilled and chilled by Kirkpatrick's eight short tales in EIGHT. These eight stories, while short, pack a big punch. There are demon spirits, zombies, and even some human baddies. Each story comes complete with author's commentary. It also includes the previously unreleased short Grenades. $0.99 on Amazon

{CoverComingSoon} In His Eyes by The Indelibles (YA Anthology) - Available February 14th
Just in time for Valentines Day, The Indelibles bring you a one-of-a-kind young adult anthology! Twenty original short stories, all from the point of view of our favorite male characters - some are old flames from our novels and some were dreamed up especially for this anthology. Let these imminently crushable, swoon-worthy guys show you what romance looks like – in his eyes. Add to Goodreads TBR

The contributors to IN HIS EYES include award winners, frequent “Top 100” placers, and hot 2011 debut authors: S.R. Wells, C.K. Bryant, Elle Strauss, Susan Kaye Quinn, Jessie Harrell, Magan Vernon, Lisa Nowak, Heather McCorkle, RaShelle Workman, Ali Cross, Karen Amanda Hooper, Cory Putman Oakes, Laura Pauling, Stacey Wallace Benefiel, Sarra Cannon, Katie Klein, Cheri Lasota

Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal by
Lani Woodland, Melonie Piper, Rita Webb, Wendy Swore, Melanie Marks, Heather McCubbin and Evan Joseph (YA Anthology)
Discover the secrets of a siren, fly with a hawk girl over the mountains of Montana, and flee supernatural party-crashers as the d├ęcor comes to life in this magical journey through paranormal stories. Along the way, watch for ghosts in a haunted house, or ride through the moonlight with a stranger. Save a comatose boy who has lost his soul, and don’t forget to bring your garlic and wolfsbane—you never know when the shadows will snag you. Transcendent includes eight stories of magic, love, death, and choice by some of the newest names in young adult fiction. $0.99 on Amazon

Young Adult

Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn (Paranormal/Science Fiction) 
When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep. Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her. $2.99 on Amazon 

Bound by C.K. Bryant (Paranormal Romance) 
When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia,has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive. $3.99 on Amazon

Become by Ali Cross (YA Urban Fantasy)
Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she Becomes the evil she despises and the good she always feared. When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her Choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is a reason to want to change—something she’s never had before—a friend. $3.99 on Amazon

Exiled by RaShelle Workman (YA SF Romance) 
Worlds divided them. Chance brought them together. Only love will save them.

An alien princess exiled to Earth. An arrogant boy. One week to get back to her planet or she'll die. And, her only chance for survival? She must help the boy find his soul mate. Piece of cake! $0.99 on Kindle

The Secret of Spruce
 by Heather McCorkle (Urban Fantasy)
Following the tragic death of her parents, Eren Donovan moves to Spruce Knoll to live with an aunt she’s never met. Little does Eren know the entire town of Spruce Knoll is filled with “channelers”—a magical group of people who immigrated to the small Colorado town when they were driven out of their own lands. Channelers are tied to the fate of the world. As the world slowly dies, so do they—and they alone have the power to stop the destruction of Earth. Soon, Eren learns she not only lives among them, but she is one. When she meets local boy Aiden, his charm convinces her that being a channeler may not be all bad though. $4.99 on Amazon 

Destined by Jessie Harrell (Retelling) 
When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear. As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.  $0.99 on Amazon

Darkspell by Elizabeth Mueller (Paranormal Romance) 
Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary . . . until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold. As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter’s protector against the darkness that hunts her.  Violently thrust into a magickal realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own. Will love prove thicker than magick? $3.99 on Amazon

Untraceable by S. R. Johannes (Thriller) 
Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him. One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape  and find her father. Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And
it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.
$0.99 on Amazon

Rival Demons (Book 5 of the Peachville High Demons Series) by Sarra Cannon (Paranormal Romance) Available January 20th
After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Order of Shadows, Harper finds herself thrust into the strange and beautiful world of the shadow demons. But crossing through the portal doesn't mean she is safe. The Order of Shadows is determined to bring her home and transfer the Prima line to the Harris family. They send their most vicious hunters after Harper. Hunters who will not stop until they have found their prey. Determined to keep her safe, Jackson takes her deep into an underground world filled with dangers of its own. Here, Harper will begin a journey that will teach her more about herself and her own path than she ever imagined possible. Add to Goodreads TBR

The Legend of Victor Standish: Under a Voodoo Moon by Roland D. Yeomans (Urban Fantasy/Romance) 
Can love kill? Yes ... if you love a ghoul who hungers for your flesh only slightly less than she does your heart.  Yet to the lonely street orphan Victor Standish, who has risked his life for a meal, to find love (even for one magical French Quarter night) is worth dying in the morning. $2.99 on Amazon All profits go to the Salvation Army.

Getting Sideways (Book 2 in the Full Throttle Series) by Lisa Nowak (Contemporary) 
Getting shipped off to live with his uncle Race was the best thing that ever happened to fifteen-year-old Cody. Then a wreck at the speedway nearly ruined everything. Cody’s making every effort to get his life back on track—writing for the school paper, searching for the perfect girlfriend, and counting the days until he gets his drivers’ license—but there’s no escaping the nightmares that haunt him. A chance to build his own car seems like the perfect distraction. Until Cody realizes he’ll have to live up to Race’s legendary status. But that’s the least of his worries, considering he doesn’t have his dad’s permission. All he has to do is the impossible: keep Race from discovering his lie until he can convince his dad that racing’s safe. Yeah, sure. That’ll be easy. $3.99 on Amazon

Tangled Tides by Karen Hooper (Sea Monster Memoirs) 
Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one. When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious. Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara.
The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans. $4.99 on Amazon

Here by Denise Grover Swank (SF Romance)
Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before. Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.  $2.99 on Amazon

The Veil by  Cory
Putman Oakes
(Paranormal Romance)
Seventeen-year-old Addison Russell is in for a shock when she discovers that she can see the invisible world of the Annorasi.  Suddenly, nothing is as it appears to be—the house she lives in, the woman who raised her, even the most beautiful boy in town all turn out to be more than what they seem.  And when this strange new world forces Addy to answer for a crime that was committed long ago, by parents she has never known, she has no choice but to trust Luc, the mysterious Annorasi who has been sent to protect her.  Or so he says . . . $7.99 on Amazon

Embrace by Cherie Colyer (Paranormal Romance)
Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve. Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him. Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the
answers, Madison seeks her own. 
Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover. 
$6.99 on Amazon

Onyx Talisman by Brenda Pandos (Paranormal Romance)
Unrest stirs deep in Scotts Valley. Filled with uncertainty, Julia anxiously awaits Nicholas’ return. Phil, holds the pieces of Julia’s fragile psyche together, secretly hoping Nicholas stays away forever. But Alora secretly conspires to reclaim her talisman and strip Julia of
everything she holds dear. Little do they know, a war is coming and more than one vampire would like to see the Prince of Vampires overthrown. Can Julia bargain with fate? Find out how it all ends in this explosive grand finale of The Talisman Trilogy.
$3.99 on Amazon 

How to Date an Alien by Magan Vernon (Science Fiction) 
High school senior Alex Bianchi's estranged father gets her an internship at Circe Operations Center to pad her college applications. But Circe isn't your typical military base. It's an alien-run operation center and not all of the aliens are friendly, especially the one that tries to kill Alex on her first day. When Ace, a dark-eyed Caltian, enters and saves the day, she can't help but be drawn to him. Can these star-crossed lovers survive when they're on the brink of intergalactic war? $2.99 on Amazon

Fireseed One by  Catherine Stine (Science Fiction/Thriller) 
Fireseed One is a journey into a tricked-out near-future earth where 18 year-old Varik has inherited a vast ocean farm, following the suspicious drowning of his Marine biologist father. When Marisa, a beautiful and devious terrorist, destroys the world's food source, Varik is forced to travel to a lethal hotzone, teeming with dangerous nomads and a strange cult to search for a magical hybrid plant that may not even exist. The catch? He must take Marisa along, the only person who seems to know way, way too much key information.  $2.99 on Amazon 

The Missing by M.A. Leslie (Paranormal)
Eight-year-old, Ethan Doyle is just a normal kid whose biggest problem in life was to fight for the attention of his busy parents from his older twin siblings. But, after his aunt and uncle tragically die, his family takes in his teenage cousin, Kelsey, and moves to a spooky old, manor house in a new town. At first, everything seems fine, but when he begins to see and speak to a spirit named Lucas, his biggest problem becomes, just staying alive. Lucas was ten years old when the spirits of the house came to him and asked him for help setting their spirits free. Unfortunately, he never made the deadline and as a result the spirits took him and made him a part of the house as well. As he soon finds out, the only way he can save his own soul is to save the souls of the missing boys in the house. With his own deadline in place, Ethan enlists the help of his cousin Kelsey to solve the twenty-year-old mystery of THE MISSING. $0.99 on Amazon

Princess Kandake by Stephanie Jefferson (Fantasy) Available February 1, 2012
In Nubia a woman can be whatever she chooses. At 14, Kandake knows exactly what she chooses...Prime Warrior of Nubia. But her grandmother has said that she will follow her father on the throne. Refusing to abandon her warrior dreams she continues to train. When her brother is kidnapped, Kandake learns she must be both queen and warrior to win his release! See Author's Website 

Middle Grade

Blink of a Dragon by Eisley Jacobs (Fantasy)
Discovering she’s connected to dragons is one thing, but when another dragon is caught hanging out in the fifth grade, Meia thinks things couldn’t get any worse. Is she ever wrong! Trouble is brewing in the cosmos and Deglan believes this new dragon holds the answers, but his hopes are crushed when the leader of the exiled dark dragons ambushes them. The fate of the dragons and possibly the whole world falls to Deglan and Meia as they
search for the only creature powerful 
enough to send the dark dragons back into the abyss. What they encounter along the way makes the adventure worth fighting for. $0.99 on Amazon