Friday, August 30, 2013

Join us for 4 Minutes of Literary Fame

Be a stand-up author & get your
4 Minutes of (Literary) Fame
Or just come to have a good time!

Hosted by Kym Brunner, Katie Sparks, and Cherie Colyer


1) We picked a cool pub that'll let us have a private backroom. (Kidlit + alcohol = Happy Crowd)
2) You sign up in advance to obtain your very own “4 Minutes of Fame” in the form of:
  • reading pages from your book
  • sharing your book trailer
  • showing illustrations you've drawn
  • revealing your book cover
  • something else creative you've thought of that relates to your children’s lit book,
3) Invite your friends, family, and fellow authors to join us for some good, old-fashioned book gossip and…
4) Viola! You've gotten your 4 Minutes of Literary Fame and some free exposure for you and/or your books!
WHO:   Any traditionally published, self-published, or want-to-be-published author/poet
WHAT:  A good time (Seriously, that’s all this is – FUN!)
HOW:   Sign up to be one of the stand-up authors by clicking HERE
We’re limiting this first stand-up literary event to the first 15 authors who sign up – but are planning more events to come in the future! If you don’t want to present THIS time, come on out and cheer on your fellow authors!
WHEN: MONDAY, OCTOBER 21ST at 7:00 PM (til approx. 9:00, but you can stay as late as you like….)
WHERE: TOKIO PUB ( 1900 W. Higgins, Schaumburg, IL
COST:  FREE (although we hope you buy a cocktail or three to thank Tokio Pub for allowing us heathens in…)
*We will have a table setup for the stand-up authors to display bookmarks or other giveaways, but so that others can attend without feeling pressured to buy, we ask that you do not bring your books to sell. HOWEVER, we will be giving all attendees a list of the stand up authors' names, book titles, and/or website addresses so they may purchase your books after the event. Thanks! :)
Now all we need is ... You!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hold Tight on Tour

First, I'd like to congratulate Lisa S, grand prize winner in my Spread the Word Giveaway, and Christina A, Nola D, Cristina A, and Carolyn J second place winners!

Now down to today's news, I'm very excited to announce that Hold Tight is on tour this week. A huge thank you to Julie at AToMR and Omnific Publishing for making this event possible. Another thank you goes out to participating bloggers. You guys rock!

The tour's going on all week. I hope you'll take some time to follow along. Each stop has something different to offer, from reviews to guest posts by moi to excerpts from the book, it promises to be a lot of fun.

Before I go, I'd like to share a few of my favorite quotes.

Follow the tour to see what readers have to say about HOLD TIGHT
and to read exclusive excerpts!

Download HOLD TIGHT today!

Haven't read EMBRACE yet? Get it today for only 99. cents

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Limited Time! Get EMBRACE for .99 cents

Hi everyone! To celebrate the release of HOLD TIGHT, book two in the Embrace Series, my publisher has lowered the price of EMBRACE to .99 cents! I'm not sure how long this great offer will last, so hurry and get your copy today!

How far would you go to save the people you love?

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.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound. 

Read EMBRACE today for only 99. cents
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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New Release: HOLD TIGHT, book two in Embrace Series

After months of revising, organizing, and preparing HOLD TIGHT is now available, and I couldn't be more excited. I'd like to thank Omnific Publishing and the entire HT Team for all their hard work in getting this book ready for today.

What's one little spell?

When you’re new to magic, one spell can be the difference between getting what you want...and ruining the lives of everyone you love.

Sixteen-year-old Madison has just embraced her magical powers. The trick now is learning how to control them. She and her boyfriend -and fellow witch- can’t even enjoy a simple kiss without getting shocked when their powers collide. Instead of mastering her new skills, though, Madison is stuck watching her kid brother and doing chores.

But being a witch does have its benefits. With a simple spell, Madison instantly conjures the help she needs around the house. Or so she thinks. Her idea of “help” invites trouble of its own as a pair of dangerous yet enticing beings enter her life. When a classmate disappears soon afterwards, Madison discovers she's the next victim of a threat she's powerless to resist...and there’s nothing it won’t kill to make her surrender.

Caught in the crossfire between two dashing but deadly creatures, Madison must figure out which one to trust and how to rid her world of the other—before one of them destroys her and everyone she cares about.

Get HOLD TIGHT today!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Dream for the low price of your soul

One dream coming right up, and all it will cost is the low, low price of your soul.

I can hear the collective intake of breaths and see the shaking of heads. I’m with you, but it does pose an interesting question—would you make a deal with the devil to achieve power or success for a delimited term? 

This question came up a lot when I was writing Embrace and Hold Tight. I think the answer would depend on the price. So let’s say, for argument sakes, you can have whatever you most desire for one night of your time. Sort of like they did in the 1993 movie Indecent Proposal.

Would you give up a night of your life?

What if the stakes were higher and a deal cost you years off your total lifespan. Say you wanted to become the best blues guitarist this side of the Mississippi River—maybe that would cost you ten years. If you wanted wealth, twenty.

That might be tempting. Become a NYT bestselling author and all it cost me is ten years off the top. Hmm…

Probably still not worth it, but tempting.

Or maybe instead of taking years like poker chips, you’re granted years to live. Ask to be the youngest person to become president of the United States and get ten years to live: two to campaign, eight to serve, and then your time is up. Advance immediately to the top of a Fortune 500 company, fifteen years to live. Possess magical powers, twenty-five years.

Would you make the deal?

What if it doesn't matter what you ask for. The price is the same no matter what you desire—power and success can be yours for ten years, and at the end of that time your debt comes due, like what is done in the television series Supernatural.

Of course, time does fly and before you know it someone or something will be knocking down your door to collect their fee, which in this case would be your soul.

I think it’s easy to say no to most of those scenarios, but what if you were making the deal to save the life of a loved one. The deal isn’t for personal gain, but to give another person a second chance to live.

Would you?

Find out what Madison Riley does in Hold Tight. Available August 20th.

If you haven't entered the Embrace Swag Giveaway or to win a paperback copy of Hold Tight, there's still time. Just click on the giveaway to enter.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

No Rest for the Wicked

The first Wednesday brings with it IWSG. Thanks Alex Cavanaugh for hosting this great meme. Want to learn more about it, click here

July and August have been busy months for me. Work has been hectic. That can be good and bad, but when you add that to trying to get ready for a book release it sort of makes things crazy. And while there are plenty of things for me to stress over -- like I don't have my bookmarks, yet, and every time I check something off my To-do list I add two more things that need to get done -- I just don't have the time to worry. What will be will be, right? So I'm focusing on what I can control, which means I need to keep this post short, but before I go I'd like to share a few things with you...

You can find out why I'd want to be a detour over at Author Turf. I know you're curious.

And my publisher uploaded the Hold Tight book trailer to YouTube. So exciting!

And there are a few giveaways going on...

You can win an Embrace Swag Package that includes a series tote bag, the hemp bracelet from book one, and Madison's necklace in book two. Enter here


Omnific Publishing is giveaway three paperback copies of Hold Tight on Goodreads. Enter here.

And there is an eCopy of Embrace up for grabs at Martini Times. This giveaway ends today. Enter here.

Plus the Omnific Angels Tour is happening this week. Stop by Nicki Elson's blog for more details.

Happy August everyone!