Showing posts from January, 2015

Friday Five

1. Excited to get this package from YA Books Central:

2. Right now reading:

Loving this book!  Best part has to be the Italian setting with hints of a 'vacation' romance!

3. Also reading this:

This book so far is reminding me of a 90s TV sitcom--

Lots of similarities only in UTOPIA it's told from a teen's POV.  Town is filled with people with paranormal abilities.  Lots of movie references throughout that, to me, took me out of an otherwise entertaining tale.

4. Loved this novella!

CAN'T WAIT for INVADED that comes out next week.

5. Getting into mood by ordering episodes of STAR CROSSED for my Fire:

**Guilty pleasure:

Plan on having lunch with some friends!  Should be fun to get away for a few!

A Curse of Ash & Iron Cover Reveal

Excited to help with the cover reveal of author friend Christine Norris's upcoming book!

Scroll down for the reveal!






Isn't it gorgeous?

Book Cover Copy: 
Benjamin Grimm knows the theater is much like real life. In 1876 Philadelphia, people play their parts, hiding behind the illusion of their lives, and never revealing their secrets.
When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. His delight turns to dismay when he discovers she has been under a spell for the past 7 years, being forced to live as a servant in her own home, and he realizes how sinister some secrets can be. She asks for his help, and he can’t refuse. Even if he doesn't believe in ‘real’ magic, he can’t abandon her.
Ellie has spent the long years since her mother’s death under the watchful eye and unforgiving eye of her stepmother. Bewitched and hidden in plain sight, it seems no one can help Ellie escape. Not even her own father, who is under a spell of his own. When …

Multicultural Children's Book Day & UNTIL THE ROBIN WALKS IN THE SNOW review

LET’S PARTY! We are hosting a Twitter party! Join us for Multicultural Children's Book Day Twitter Party on Jan 27th at 9:00pm EST. Use hashtag: #ReadYourWorld to win 10 awesome multicultural children’s book packages.

Platinum Sponsor Wisdom Tales Press is hosting a book giveaway on their website that anyone can enter. Winner will receive 6 Wisdom Tales Books of their choice.

What else happens on January 27th, 2015?? There will be a huge Linky that can be seen on the MCCBD site, on all nine of our CoHost’s sites and also on the Co-Founders sites as well. You can view our CoHosts here. Over 150 book reviewers will link up their book reviews and multicultural activities to form an amazing resource and activities list for parents, teachers and librarians to enjoy.

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LOVE, LUCY Release Day Blast

I'm really excited to be a part of the LOVE, LUCY Release Day Blast!  Just downloaded my own copy on my Kindle Fire!

Title: LOVE, LUCY Author: April Lindner Release date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 304 Formats: Hardcover, eBook Description: While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season. AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS Amazon: Barnes &…

Week 4 of #Wipmadness

Thanks so much for stopping by during this month of #wipmadness! I'm cheering you on!

For my final post of this month, I thought I'd talk about karma. You know the saying: What you do comes back to you?

In this biz, it can be tough at times. The ups and downs are like being on a roller coaster ride. You get on the coaster, not sure what to expect and then experience highs(like signing with an agent, signing a book deal, successful author speaking/signing engagements, landing on the NYT best sellers list) and then the lows(rejections galore, low book sales).

You have to be tough.

I've found it really helps to cheer on my fellow authors when they have successes and hope that karma will come back and bite me some time later on.

I really love what is posted in

The Giving GameThe idea of giving first is as old as time. What we give returns to us. You know how karma works. Karma says that what we give out is what returns …

Friday Five

1. Ugh, thought I deflected getting the nasty bug.  Sigh.  Started feeling weird yesterday.  Achy, sneezing all the time, and kind of woozy.  My birthday is TOMORROW and I hope I won't be sick.

Did I mention having a birthday in January sucks?  Seems either everyone is sick or someone dies.

2.Been catching up on STAR CROSSED on my new Kindle Fire:

3. Excited to get these Scholastic books:

Right now reading ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter and totally LOVING the voice of Grace.

4. Found these Latina dolls at Santa Ana, Ca Target.  At first was excited, now not so sure:

5. Finishing reading the ebook novella:

Love this series so much!  Think The Bachelor meets dystopian world.

**Guilty pleasure:

Crossing fingers I'll feel better tomorrow so I can go get my birthday peel.  Love this one!

Week 3 #Wipmadness

For this week I thought I'd touch on something from my online class this month.

What is one thing that has been stalling, holding you back from writing?

For me, it boiled down to one thing:


Fear that I will realize that maybe I'm not as talented as I thought

Fear that I'll never sign with an agent or get that traditional book deal

Some days I feel I suffer from a bad case of do-i-suck-a-phobia with my writing:

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I usually don't watch award shows but something Gina Rodriguez of JANE THE VIRGIN TV show really struck a cord with me. She told viewers if she could do it, than anyone could.  She remembered what her father told her:

Also she started changing her thinking from instead of 'why not?'-- to 'why not me?"


What really spoke to me  is how she said it might not happen right now, or a month, or even ten years from now. But it will come and when it does? It'll be so worth it!

Step by step.  That's…

Friday Five

1. First off, was actress Gina Rodriquez fab or what with her Golden Globe acceptance speech last Sunday?

2. Got a new Kindle HD Fire and the first thing I did was download the latest Beth Revis's novel:

Loved Beth's ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series and her latest novel doesn't disappoint!

Blurb: The future world is at peace.

Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift--the ability to enter people's dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother--to help others relive their happy memories.

But not all is at it seems.

Ella starts seeing impossible things--images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience--and influence--the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love--even though Ella's never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing...

Someone's altered her memory.

Ella's gift is enough to…

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES - excerpt reveal and giveaway!

I'm really excited to be a part of this! MTV has a sneak peak of the upcoming YA novel AN EMBER IN THE ASHES:

Of her story, Tahir says, “EMBER takes place in a brutal Empire inspired by ancient Rome. The book follows two people: Laia, a lower-class girl scraping out a living on the Empire’s backstreets, and Elias, an Empire soldier who wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. EMBER asks a lot of questions, chief among them, how far would you go—for family or freedom, for love or power?”

And because no great fantasy novel would be complete without a big, big baddie, Tahir has created a very special character in the story’s villain, the Commandant.

“This is a woman who is perfectly fine with whipping a 10-year-old to death, or punishing a slave with a branding. In fact, she takes satisfaction in such cruelty,” the author explained. “For the Commandant, everything is about control, so she runs Blackcliff with an iron fist. But despite her malevolence, the…