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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Puca Tour Day 9~Visiting Saba & Karlene

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 available in eBook and hardback at B&NAmazonThe 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. 


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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Puca Tour Day 8~Visiting Magan & Denise

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 available in eBook and hardback at B&NAmazonThe 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, the winner to be announced on the 4th. 


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Puca Tour Day 7~Visiting Elle Strauss

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 available in eBook and hardback at B&NAmazonThe 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. 


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Monday, May 28, 2012

Puca tour Day 6~Visiting Karen & Angela

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:


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 you'll stop by both locations to say hi and to get extra entries to win this fabulous prize. (To Ride A Puca is available in eBook and hardback at B&NAmazonThe 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. To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below:

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Puca Tour Day 5~Visiting Melissa & More

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 know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.

You can add Weighted to your Goodreads shelves here.
Now on to the Puca tour and giveaway!


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, andRUNNING 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 available in eBook and hardback at B&NAmazonThe Book Depository and other retail sites.
To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below:

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Puca Tour Day 4~Visiting Lorelei & Kristie


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, andRUNNING 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 available in eBook and hardback at B&NAmazonThe Book Depository and other retail sites.
To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below: 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Puca Tour Day 3~Visiting Dawn Ius


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, andRUNNING 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 available in eBook and hardback at B&NAmazonThe Book Depository and other retail sites.
To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below:

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Puca Tour Day 2~Visiting SA Larsen


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, andRUNNING 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 available in eBook and hardback at B&NAmazonThe Book Depository and other retail sites.
To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below::

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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Puca Tour has begun!


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:

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Indelibles Beach Bash Giveaway



The Indelibles authors have several books coming out this summer and 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 and 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!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Release Celebration for Driven & Giveaway


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’s racing secrets open up enough to risk friendship and her first romance?
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“The first romance is captured beautifully—just the right combination of natural and awkward, of eager and scared.” ~ Bob Martin, writing professor, Pacific Northwest College of Art


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In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron. Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she’d use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias.
Don't forget to leave a comment on this post to enter to win a copy of the first novel, Running Wide Open. Just be sure to tell me you'd like to win a copy and to leave a way to contact you. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wednesday Writing Goal~Breaks End

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 in both hardback and eBook. Here it is on B&NAmazon, The Book Depository. More links to come soon.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Happy Release Day to Magan Vernon

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 the series, How to Date an Alien is only 99 cents for the Ebook. The #1 Alien Romance on Goodreads!

Get it to day at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Smashwords.

Stay tuned for more details and a giveaway coming up with The Indelibles!

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Magan is a self-proclaimed geek-to-glam poster child who channels her inner geek by writing science fiction for teens, even though she slept with a night light until she was in middle school for fear of alien attacks. She now lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in central Illinois where she still sleeps with a night light...just in case.
You can find her on her web site.

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?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Random Act Of Kindness/Emotion Thesaurus

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 always gone above and beyond for me. To celebrate Christine I want to shout out about her fantastic novel, Lacrimosa and her novella Dies Irae and give away an eBook copy of each to one commentor!  If you don't know this fabulous author yet and her outstanding novels, you've got to check her out!


Do you know someone special that you'd like to randomly acknowledge? Don't be shy--come join us and celebrate! Send them an email, give them a shout out, or show your appreciation in another way. Kindness makes the world go round. :)

Becca and Angela have a special RAOK gift waiting for you as well, so hop on over to The Bookshelf Muse to pick it up.

Have you ever participated in or been the recipient of a Random Act Of Kindness?  Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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 even more!). Now I'm working on Catching Fire, book two in The Hunger Games series.

How about you, did you reach your goals last week? What are they for this week?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Púca Tour is Coming

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, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.

(A fantastic read for all, but especially the guys in your life. Don't forget that Father's Day is coming up!)


Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the flashpoint of racing fuel, and it's landed him at his uncle's trailer, a last-chance home before military school. But how can he take the guy seriously when he calls himself Race, eats Twinkies for breakfast, and pals around with rednecks who drive in circles every Saturday night?

Week #2 Prize:

A personalized, signed paperback of the fantastic sea creature story, Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper. Move over Arial these mermaids rock! Easily one of the best books I've read this year. 

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.


Week #3 Prize:


A personalized, signed hardback of the mind-blowing Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca. A fantastic book that will change the way you see angels and demons, and the sacrifices one makes for love. 

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan. 


Week #4 Grand Prize:

Personalized, signed physical copies of my favorite historical fantasy novels, The Vespertine and The Springsweet by the amazing Saundra Mitchell. Mind-blowingly good. Seriously, she is one of my all-time favorite authors. And she was fabulous enough to agree to sign copies of both novels to the grand prize winner!

The Vespertine: It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future.

The Springsweet: Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiancé, seventeen-year-old Zora Stewart leaves Baltimore for the frontier town of West Glory, Oklahoma, to help her young widowed aunt keep her homestead going. There she discovers that she possesses the astonishing ability to sense water under the parched earth.

Entry forms will be posted on my sidebar for each giveaway the day before the week of that giveaway. You'll have many opportunities for points. I hope you'll join me in celebrating and pick up your copy of To Ride A Púca. Anyone who buys a copy and sends me a screen shot of their receipt will get 5 extra points in all the giveaways! 



Monday, May 7, 2012

Spies, Murder and Mystery Marathon


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’t want to miss this sizzling series as we head into summer. Stock up on some great thrilling reads! If you dare…

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Artemis Rising Blog Hop

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 felt about the sea. Being land­locked for four years was a soul-​​crushing expe­ri­ence for me, so when my mother told me where we were to be sta­tioned next, you can believe my reac­tion. Though, I con­fess, I’d never heard of the Azores and had no idea where they were. But frankly, I didn’t care. That was just about the best news I’d ever had, um, EVER.

And it con­tin­ued to be, the more I learned about the Azores, the more I dis­cov­ered its peo­ple, its cul­ture, its beauty. Nothing in my pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence had pre­pared me for the sight of the moon­rise heav­ing up from the sea in my back­yard, its light-​​stream burst­ing over the sur­face of the break­ing waves. I don’t even know if I do it jus­tice in the novel. But I sure tried. And that brings me to my real rea­son for set­ting my novel there. I wanted oth­ers to expe­ri­ence the love I have for these islands and this peo­ple. I wanted them to feel what I felt, to see what I saw.
The Arrival

I first arrived on Terceira Island (one of the largest of nine islands in the mid-Atlantic, about 800 miles off the coast of Portugal and 2000 miles from the U.S.) at 3 a.m. on a stormy night. I had no idea what to expect. We stayed in tem­po­rary hous­ing at Lajes Air Force Base that first night, and in the morn­ing, when I peeked out the win­dow to that round rim of blue ocean encom­pass­ing an island only 18 by 11 miles wide, the first thought I had was: “I’m going to miss this island when I leave.” You might find this reac­tion rather strange. I was sur­prised by it too. I’ve since learned that the Azoreans have a word for it. They call it saudade. It is one of the most dif­fi­cult words in the world to trans­late, but I can tell you this: I felt it deeply on that day. I can only describe it in my own words as a per­pet­ual and intense long­ing for some­thing you did not know existed. It is sad­ness and joy mixed into one. And it encap­su­lates every­thing I feel for the Azores Islands.

The Research

It wasn’t until I did leave the islands two years later that I real­ized I wanted to set my first novel there. I have always had a love for his­tor­i­cal nov­els and par­tic­u­larly nov­els set in the late 19th cen­tury. So when I was 22, I began a 5-​​year-​​long study of the Azores Islands, and out of this research came many of the ele­ments of my book: reli­gious fes­ti­vals, arena bull­fights, street bull­fights, and the towns and vil­lages I fre­quented when I lived there–Angra do Heroísmo, Praia da Vitória, Agualva, and Lajes.

These ele­ments are inter­wo­ven seam­lessly into the mytho­log­i­cal aspects I also use in the novel: the Greek myth of Alpheus and Arethusa and the Arthurian leg­end of Tristan and Isolde. In a way, writ­ing Artemis Rising was like piec­ing a puz­zle together. I knew in my heart that the pieces fit—I just had to fig­ure out the order.

Watch Dr. Veronica Esagui's interview of Cheri Lasota on the Author's Forum:





You can order the paperback on Amazon.comBuy.comBook Depository, and Barnes & Noble

To continue on the blog hop, please click here to jump over to  Jessie Harrell's blog. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sneak Peek at Elle Strauss's New Book

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 know it.

Can Nate and Casey find Tim in time to save him? And is it too late to save their love?


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Sample Chapter
Chapter One
CASEY
Beginning of Summer Holidays
Sometimes I wished I were an only child. But then I’d be walking or taking transit instead of getting a lift from my brother Tim in his Cavalier beater. He didn’t have air conditioning either, and the wind blowing in from our open windows was hot and moist. The humidity made me feel like I was wearing a warm, wet washcloth for a shirt.
“Can’t you drop me off first?” I said, fanning myself with my hand. I was meeting my best friend Lucinda at the mall, and she only had a thirty minute break from her job at Forever21. Plus, the mall was air conditioned. Bonus.
“I gotta get some cash first. Besides, I’m not your personal taxi service, Casey.” Tim snarled, turning the volume up on his stereo. The bass beat was so loud it rattled the trunk. “Get off your lazy butt and get your license already.”
I gave him a dirty look and reached over to turn the music down. I had a very good reason for not getting my license, but I could never tell Tim or any member of my family what it was. There were only three people currently living who knew the reason. One of them was my boyfriend Nate Mackenzie.
My heart still fluttered a bit when I thought of him in those terms. My boyfriend. Not just some out-of-reach guy I crushed hard on my whole sophomore year, but my boyfriend.
We’d already been an official couple for an entire year, totally blowing all the doomsday predictions that we’d never make it. No one thought a college boy would stick it out with a junior in high school--especially Nate’s evil former girlfriend!
But he did, and we were still going strong. I’d be starting my senior year in a few weeks and then I’d join him at Boston University, too.
“If you dropped me off first, you wouldn’t have to deal with me,” I tried to reason.
“If I didn’t shuttle you around at all I wouldn’t have to deal with you.”
The only reason he did was because my parents were putting the screws in. Tim’s bad attitude, questionable choice of friends and poor grades put him in their bad books. Driving me around was penance.
He pulled into the parking lot of the bank and hopped out, leaving the car running. I reached over and turned it off. Idling the car was bad for the environment for one, and a waste of Tim’s hard-earned minimum-wage job gas money for another. You’d think he’d know better.
I checked the time on my phone and grew anxious as Lucinda’s break time grew nearer. Tim had his back to me as he stood in line at the ATM window. I looked at my reflection in the visor mirror. Since I’d grown out of my skinny awkwardness last year (and snagged a hot boyfriend), I was more mindful of my looks. Instead of trying to hide behind a bush of dark, curly hair, I used better hair products and found a great stylist, and I liked the way my curls framed my face now. I took a tube of lip gloss out of my purse and rolled it onto my lips.
I tugged on my shorts and rubbed my bare legs. They were so long, my knees almost touched the glove compartment. Height had its advantages, but getting comfortable in a small car wasn’t one of them.
I turned the radio on and hummed along. I daydreamed about me and Nate and how we could relax for the rest of the summer, hopefully stretching the lazy days out as long as possible.
I checked the time on my phone again and immediately started stressing about being late to meet Lucinda. C’mon, Tim! He was second in line now. I texted Lucinda to let her know I might be a little late.
I heard sirens and I perked up. This wasn’t the best neighborhood. The bank wasn’t huge, just tucked into a strip mall along with a nail place, a dollar store, and a thrift shop. Litter overflowed from the bin and a good amount had been blown up against the cement foundation.
I checked on Tim. He’d finally made it to the front, the last one in line. If I’d known it was going to take him this long, I would’ve run into the dollar store and picked up cheap nail polish.
The siren noise grew increasingly louder and suddenly three cop cars pulled into the parking lot beside me. My heart jumped, and I thought fleetingly that maybe Tim was in trouble with the law again. Only, he was getting money out of the ATM, not robbing the bank.
But someone was.
Everything happened so fast.
A guy with a ski mask pushed past Tim as he ran out the bank doors. A cop shouted, “Stop or I’ll shoot,” and another masked man followed. Guns went off. Tim stood there, stunned and frozen.
I heard myself shout, “Tim!” He was right in the middle of the cross-fire!
A police officer ran to him, pushing him to the ground just as the second armed man shot in their direction. The officer fell to the ground, taking the bullet instead of Tim.
The robbers ran around the corner and out of sight, chased by police officers on foot and a cruiser down the back ally.
I sprinted to Tim where he was on the ground by the fallen cop.
“Are you okay?” I asked, my voice tight.
His face was white, and he motioned to the woman beside him. “Yeah, but I don’t think she is.”
The officer moaned, holding her hand on her chest.
“Oh, ma’am, are you okay?” I searched for blood but couldn’t see any.
“I will be,” she said gasping for breath. “I have a vest on.”
Another officer kneeled beside her. “Ambulance is on its way.”
The woman had dark hair pulled back in a low bun. Her eyes stayed pinched together and her pale face glistened with sweat. The impact of the bullet was enough to do some damage. I picked up her police hat that had fallen off her head and handed it to her.
“Thank you,” I said.
“Just doing my duty.”
The ambulance arrived. The paramedics pushed us aside and lifted the woman onto a gurney.
The cop who’d checked her pulse stepped forward from his open door cruiser. Radio dispatch noises leaked out.
I watched the ambulance pull away, siren blasting, and realized I didn’t know her name. I asked the officer standing beside me.
“That’s Officer Clarice Porter,” he said. “Now, would you two mind coming with me to the station to file a report?”
We agreed, and I took my first ride in a police car. It was Tim’s second, but his first was not for noble reasons. He still claimed it was his friend Alex, and not him, who’d stolen the cigarettes from the convenience store.
A thought like a loud banner ran through my mind as the doors of the police cruiser slammed shut and we drove away.
Clarice Porter saved my brother’s life.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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!