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Puca Tour Day 9~Visiting Saba & Karlene

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Today for the tour I'm visiting my good friends  Saba  the writer and poet and Karlene the author and airline pilot. Remember, you can get extra points in the giveaway by stopping by the blogs on the tour. Plus, you'll love these ladies and don't want to miss them. I hope you'll stop by to say hi and to get extra entries to win this fabulous prize. To Ride A Puca is a vailable in eBook and hardback at  B&N ,  Amazon ,  The Book Depository  and other retail sites. This week I’m giving away a signed paperback of  TANGLED TIDES  by  Karen Amanda Hooper . It is about a girl who finds herself tangled up in the underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. It is one of my favorite books of the year so far, trust me you’ll love it! The contest will be open until June 3rd, the winner to be announced on the 4th.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Puca Tour Day 8~Visiting Magan & Denise

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Today for the tour I'm visiting two fabulous authors, Magan Vernon and Denise Grover Swank . Remember, you can get extra points in the giveaway by stopping by the blogs on the tour. Plus, if you don't know these authors yet, trust me you'll want to and you'll thank me. So I hope you'll stop by both locations to say hi and to get extra entries to win this fabulous prize. To Ride A Puca is a vailable in eBook and hardback at  B&N ,  Amazon ,  The Book Depository  and other retail sites. HINT: the giveaway asks a question to be answered on this blog, to find the answer you need only read the description of To Ride A Puca on Goodreads .  This week I’m giving away a signed paperback of  TANGLED TIDES  by  Karen Amanda Hooper . It is about a girl who finds herself tangled up in the underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. It is one of my favorite books of the year so far, trust me you’ll love it! The contest will be open until June 3rd, t

Puca Tour Day 7~Visiting Elle Strauss

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Welcome to week two of the To Ride A Puca tour! Today I'm dropping in at author Elle Strauss's blog , between beach trips with my writer's retreat friends that is. To Ride A Puca is a vailable in eBook and hardback at  B&N ,  Amazon ,  The Book Depository  and other retail sites. I hope you'll stop by to say hi and to get extra entries to win this fabulous prize: This week I’m giving away a signed paperback of  TANGLED TIDES  by  Karen Amanda Hooper . It is about a girl who finds herself tangled up in the underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. It is one of my favorite books of the year so far, trust me you’ll love it! The contest will be open until June 3rd, the winner to be announced on the 4th.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Puca tour Day 6~Visiting Karen & Angela

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In body I am here with my friends on one of the best writer's retreat ever: But, in mind and spirit I am on tour with my new book To Ride A Puca. For some great news; Rafflecopter has chosen a winner for the first week's giveaway. A big congratulations to the winner of an eBook of BECOME by Ali Cross and Running Wide Open by Lisa Nowak: Angela Brown And this week I have a shiny new prize for you wonderful peeps. A SIGNED book by a fantastic author. The great news, if you already follow my blog (I'll see you under followers), already signed up for the newsletter (I will have gotten an email), and already purchased a copy of To Ride A Puca (my publisher will notify me on the amount of sales), those points still count in this week's giveaway! Read on to find out about it and to enter. Welcome to week two of the To Ride A Puca tour! Today I'm over at Karen's blog , yep the very one whose book I'm giving away, and Angela Brown's blog . I hope y

Puca Tour Day 5~Visiting Melissa & More

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Today I have a bit more going on for the tour. I'm over at Dear Teen Me , that's right, I've written a Dear Teen Me letter for them! To check it out click here . And, I'm doing a radio interview hosted by Michelle Cromwell-Jordan that you won't want to miss because I'm sure I'll make a total fool of myself. Click here to check it out. And~yes there's more~today is the big cover reveal for my friend and fabulous author Ciara Knight's WEIGHTED. Here is a bit about it first: The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll kno

Puca Tour Day 4~Visiting Lorelei & Kristie

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Today for the  To Ride A Puca  release tour celebration I'm over at author Lorelei Bell's blog and you'll find another excerpt on author Kristie Cook's blog . I hope you'll stop by to say hi and get a few extra entries into the contest. This week I’m giving away an eBook of  BECOME  by  Ali Cross , a twist on a Norse tale that will leave you breathless, and RUNNING WIDE OPEN  by  Lisa Nowak , an adrenalin pumping ride with a hot tempered teen who loves car racing.   The contest will be open until May 27th, the winner to be announced on the 28th. To Ride A Puca is a vailable in eBook and hardback at  B&N ,  Amazon ,  The Book Depository  and other retail sites. To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Puca Tour Day 3~Visiting Dawn Ius

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Today for the  To Ride A Puca  release tour celebration I'm over at author Dawn Ius's blog . I hope you'll stop by to say hi and get a few extra entries into the contest. This week I’m giving away an eBook of  BECOME  by  Ali Cross , a twist on a Norse tale that will leave you breathless, and RUNNING WIDE OPEN  by  Lisa Nowak , an adrenalin pumping ride with a hot tempered teen who loves car racing.   The contest will be open until May 27th, the winner to be announced on the 28th. To Ride A Puca is a vailable in eBook and hardback at  B&N ,  Amazon ,  The Book Depository  and other retail sites. To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Puca Tour Day 2~Visiting SA Larsen

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Today for the To Ride A Puca  release tour celebration I'm over at SA Larsen's blog . I hope you'll stop by to say hi! This week I’m giving away an eBook of  BECOME  by  Ali Cross , a twist on a Norse tale that will leave you breathless, and RUNNING WIDE OPEN  by  Lisa Nowak , an adrenalin pumping ride with a hot tempered teen who loves car racing.  The contest will be open until May 27th, the winner to be announced on the 28th. To Ride A Puca is a vailable in eBook and hardback at  B&N ,  Amazon ,  The Book Depository  and other retail sites. To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below:: a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Puca Tour has begun!

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The blog tour for To Ride A Púca begins today! Be sure to stop by the fabulous author Judith Graves blog to read an excerpt and by the Critique Sisters' Corner where I'm chatting with Linda. If you follow both of them and comment on the posts you'll get an extra entry! This week's prizes are an eBook of the outstanding novel of Norse mythology, BECOME by Ali Cross and the thrilling racing novel RUNNING WIDE OPEN by Lisa Nowak. The contest will be open until May 27th, the winner to be announced on the 28th. To Ride A Puca is available in eBook and hardback at B&N , Amazon , The Book Depository and other retail sites. To enter the giveaway for the above eBooks, fill out the form below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Indelibles Beach Bash Giveaway

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The  Indelible s authors have several books coming out this summer   an d to celebrate we're all getting together to give away a Nook or Kindle (winner's choice) along with a copy one of each of our books in it! I'll be giving putting a copy of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll in the eReader for the lucky winner, or Channeler's Choice if they have already read Spruce Knoll. To enter look for the hidden word  within this paragraph  (hint; bold letters) and go to the  Indelibles site   an d fill out the form! The next blog in the hop is author  Karen Amanda Hooper . Click on her name to check out the next book in the giveaway and to get the next clue to win the Nook or Kindle!

Release Celebration for Driven & Giveaway

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To celebrate the release of the latest addition to her series, Lisa Nowak is giving away an eBook copy of her first novel~ Running Wide Open ~to one of you, my followers! Be sure to leave a comment on this post to enter to win. This is the perfect novels for guys and with father's day just around the corner you don't want to miss out. Now, on to Driven. The last thing on 16-year-old Jess DeLand’s wish list is a boyfriend. She’d have to be crazy to think any guy would look twice at her. Besides, there are more important things to hope for, like a job working on cars and an end to her mom’s drinking. Foster care is a constant threat, and Jess is willing to sacrifice anything to stay out of the system. When luck hands her the chance to work on a race car, she finds herself rushing full throttle into a world of opportunities—including a boy who doesn’t mind the grease under her fingernails. The question is, can a girl who keeps herself locked up tighter than Richard Petty’

Wednesday Writing Goal~Breaks End

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Last week I had a much needed break from writing and now I'm totally recharged and ready to go. And it's a good thing because I have a writer's retreat coming up in less than two weeks! In Hawaii no less. Yep really. First I'll be spending a week there with my better half, then my writerly friends arrive and the work begins. I couldn't be more excited. And I also have a massive blog tour launching on the 21st for To Ride A Puca during which there will be epic giveaways of signed physical books by some of my very favorite authors. You won't want to miss a day of it, trust me! Which of course means I'll be checking in on the blogs participating~and on this one of course~to say hi to everyone while I'm enjoying the beach and sun. There will be new prizes each week with the Puca tour so be sure to stop by often. The entry form with be on each post here on my blog to make it easy to enter. And guess what, To Ride A Puca has released!!! It's available

Happy Release Day to Magan Vernon

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The Highly anticipated second book in The My Alien Romance series is here! And I'm excited to be celebrating its release with Magan. Here is a bit about it: Face it, long distance relationships in high school are hard, especially when the other one in the relationship is an alien. Alex Bianchi may have survived an intergalactic battle, but that still doesn't excuse her from her senior year of high school, or qualify her for any sort of scholarship. To make up for college tuition costs, she takes a job at a local coffee shop. If only coffee could solve all of her problems. As Alex's senior year progresses, everything changes and she can't figure out if it is interstellar or if it is just time to break up with an alien. It is available now on Amazon and Smashwords . Check out the series that Lydia Kang, author of The Fountain, calls  "A tiny bit Twilight, A tiny bit Men in Black, and a whole lot of fun!" For a limited time the first book in t

Tuesday Writing Tip~Begin/End

We all know how important the beginning and ending of our novels are. We labor over them until it seems our eyes will bleed. But in doing so we often overlook something that is nearly as important; the beginnings and endings of each chapter. That's right, each chapter. #WriteTip: Dedicate a good amount of time to the beginning and ending of each chapter. They must build tension, carry the story, and just as importantly, the reader along. What about you, any good writing tips this week? How much stock do you put into the beginnings and endings of your chapters?

Random Act Of Kindness/Emotion Thesaurus

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A smile. An encouraging word. A thoughtful gesture. Each day people interact with us, help, and make our day a bit brighter and full. This is especially true in the Writing Community .  Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and keeps you strong when times are tough. The author who generously offers council, advice and inspiration when asked. So many people take the time to make us feel special, don't they? They comment on our blogs, re-tweet our posts, chat with us on forums and wish us Happy Birthday on Facebook. Kindness ROCKS! To commemorate the release of their book The Emotion Thesaurus , Becca and Angela at The Bookshelf Muse are hosting a TITANIC Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ . And because I think KINDNESS is contagious, I'm participating too! I'm blitzing Christine Fonseca because she is an amazing friend and author who has al

Wednesday Writing Goal~A Real Break

This time I mean it, seriously! I'm taking a break this week if it kills me. Okay maybe I won't go that far, but I will do my best to take a break. To Ride A Puca (*whispers:* It's been seen in the wild already in eBook format!) is launching on the 21st and I need to gather my witts (because they're scattered to the winds) and catch my breath before then. You might have noticed that stunning sidebar button for the upcoming tour. Starting May 21st I'll be giving away some amazing signed books by fantastic authors so be sure not to miss it! You might also have noticed the new Contact button located on the bar above. Though it is set up for reviewers, anyone can fill it out if they'd like to get a hold of me for an interview, feature, or if they have a question. I'm knocking out my reading goals like a champ. I finished Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon. Loved it! If there are any fans of The Secret Circle out there, you'll love Beautiful Demons (maybe

The Púca Tour is Coming

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In a matter of mere days, the hardback and eBook of To Ride A Púca will be hitting the stores! *faints* I have a lot of fun planned for the blog tour and I'd love for all of you to be a part of it. There will be great prizes each week and contestants will get entry points for each blog that they comment on that week, and even more entries for those blogs they follow. The tour will begin on May 21st and run through June 15th. My tour dates are full, but if you'd like to host me later, separate from the tour, I'd be happy to do that as well. Prizes will be awarded at the end of each week so those entering don't have to wait until the end of the tour. A new prize for each week will be given! Here is what will be up for grabs: Week #1 Prizes: eBook of BECOME by Ali Cross   (OMG, you've GOT to read this. This book blew me away) Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead

Spies, Murder and Mystery Marathon

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In celebration of the official release of A Spy Like Me, Laura Pauling is hosting a three-week blog series: A Spies, Murder and Mystery Marathon. There will be authors galore, guest posts and book giveaways almost every day! Here are a few of the authors who are participating: Gemma Halliday, Cindy M. Hogan, Elizabeth Spann Craig,
Nova Ren Suma, Elisa Ludwig, and Anne R. Allen....Just to name a few! And here's why she's celebrating! The release of her debut novel (which I designed the cover for through my design company, CP Design , yay!): Stripping your date down to his underwear has never been so dangerous. After dodging bullets on a first date, Savvy must sneak, deceive and spy to save her family and friends and figure out if Malcolm is one of the bad guys before she completely falls for him. Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble  ~  Smashwords  (printed version coming soon) Head on over to  Laura’s blog  for the start of the Spies, Murder and Mystery Marathon. You won

Artemis Rising Blog Hop

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Today I'm excited to be part of Cheri Lasota's blog hop for her fantastic YA novel, Artemis Rising  which is now available in paperback! This story, set in the Azores Islands, weaves two different myths~one Greek, one Arthurian~into a love story set in the 1890s. Intrigued? Read on to learn more from Cheri about the exotic setting of the novel. Cheri: Azores: The Jewel of the Oceano Atlântico I am often asked why I chose to set my novel, Artemis Rising, in the Azores Islands. The answer is quite sim­ple: I used to live there. But that doesn’t really tell the story, does it? To truly describe the love I have for these islands, I have to go back to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota in 1994. My fam­ily had lived there for four long, cold years, and ever since I was a wee tyke grow­ing up in Washington State, I had loved the ocean. I mean LOVED the ocean. Think of your most favorite thing or per­son in all the world. Can you pic­ture it? Okay, yes, this is exactly how I fel

Sneak Peek at Elle Strauss's New Book

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If you haven't heard about the release of Elle Strauss's new book yet, then you're in for a treat. We've got the first chapter right here for you! But first a bit about this sequel to her debut novel, Clockwise: The last year has been smooth sailing for Casey Donovan. She and her boyfriend Nate are doing better than ever, and things at home are good, too. Everything’s been so calm, she hasn’t “tripped” back to the nineteenth century in ages. Then the unthinkable happens and she accidentally takes her rebellious brother Tim back in time. It’s 1862 with the Civil War brewing, and for Tim this spells adventure and excitement. Finding himself stuck in the past, he enlists in the Union army, but it doesn’t take long before he discovers real life war is no fun and games. Casey and Nate race against the clock to find Tim, but the strain wears on their relationship. It doesn’t help that the intriguing new boy next door has his sights on Casey, and isn’t shy to let her

Tuesday Writing Tip~Summer Writing

Happy May! With all the activity of spring and summer it can be hard to get any writing done. But, you don't have to miss out on all the fun just to keep your word count up. #WriteTip: Take a notebook with you and make a writing exercise out of your down time at the beach/lake/pool/whatever. You can write flash fiction (short fiction), record the five senses all around you, or people watch and record body language or conversation styles. All of this will keep your creative juices flowing and help your writing. Another bonus tip is to drop in on Twitter where we do #wordwars all the time. Basically writing sprints where we check in on Twitter and report our progress with those participating. Just search for or use the hashtag #wordwar to see if anyone is up for one. Also, don't miss the cover reveal for Susan Kaye Quinn's much anticipated Closed Hearts, the sequel to her fabulous debut novel Open Minds. Click here to check it out and leave her a comment!