Friday, January 30, 2015

New Faces for NEO Chronicles Stories

Rounding out my recent cover updates, I'd like to share the new faces of Frailties of the Bond and Atone, both stories of the NEO Chronicles: Characters Revealed.

Frailties is a YA urban fantasy short story involving vampires, gods, and a road to revenge.
Atone is an urban fantasy short story about an assassin with a killer kiss who decides to take on that one last job.

Here are their origianl covers, which I love. But like my Shadow Jumpers covers, they did not let people in on the "series" pattern.

Now, for their new covers...

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Ta da!
Thanks again to Heather McCorkle of McCorkle Creations for working with me, being patient with me and designing something I'm very proud of.

And don't forget about my Newsletter Member Appreciation Giveaway. There are also bonus entries if you've purchased Beacon and/or reviewed it. Don't miss out on your chance to win one of three $15 Evernight Teen gift cards. Enter here.

And here's to having a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Your Just Desserts

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Please enjoy this piece of chocolate cheesecake garnished with uh, I think that is mint, and decorated with zests of chocolate and a beautifully sliced strawberry.

Why?

Just because :-)

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Let's "Thread" the Word About WOVEN

Grab your needle and thread...

No wait...it's not that kind of party.

It's a Happy Book Birthday celebration for WOVEN by Michael Jensen and David Powers King, published by Scholastic

About WOVEN:
Two unlikely allies must journey across a kingdom in the hopes of thwarting death itself.

All his life, Nels has wanted to be a knight of the kingdom of Avërand. Tall and strong, and with a knack for helping those in need, the people of his sleepy little village have even taken to calling him the Knight of Cobblestown.

But that was before Nels died, murdered outside his home by a mysterious figure.

Now the young hero has awoken as a ghost, invisible to all around him save one person—his only hope for understanding what happened to him—the kingdom’s heir, Princess Tyra. At first the spoiled royal wants nothing to do with Nels, but as the mystery of his death unravels, the two find themselves linked by a secret, and an enemy who could be hiding behind any face.

Nels and Tyra have no choice but to abscond from the castle, charting a hidden world of tangled magic and forlorn phantoms. They must seek out an ancient needle with the power to mend what has been torn, and they have to move fast. Because soon Nels will disappear forever.

Available now wherever books are sold

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About the Authors:
Photo credit: Michael Schoenfeld
Michael Jensen is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s prestigious music, dance, and theater program. Michael taught voice at BYU before establishing his own vocal instruction studio. In addition to being an imaginative storyteller, Michael is an accomplished composer and vocalist. He lives in Salt Lake City with his husband and their four dogs.

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Photo credit: Katie Pyne Rasmussen
David Powers King was born in beautiful downtown Burbank, California where his love for film inspired him to become a writer. An avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, David also has a soft spot for zombies and the paranormal. He now lives in the mountain West with his wife and three children.

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Praise for Woven:
"It’s not often that you read a fantasy that feels as epic and original as Woven by King and Jensen. Clever, well-paced, and full of intrigue, it’s a superb read. Highly recommended."
— James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner

"WOVEN reads like a lost classic that was somehow just rediscovered. It has the feel of a comfortable, familiar blanket that's somehow been newly-made of the brightest, most original material possible, and it is pure pleasure to read."

 James A. Owen, author & illustrator of Here, There Be Dragons
"The worldbuilding is dynamic, original and intriguing … and the characters, appealing. A sure bet for high-fantasy fans." — Kirkus Reviews

"This brisk adventure from first-time authors Jensen and King is a charming quest tale in classic fantasy tradition." — Publisher’s Weekly


Rafflecopper Giveaway Link (One of 5 copies of Woven – signed by both authors):
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Newsletter Membership Appreciation

I am so grateful to each and every person signed up for my newsletter, and for those soon to join. I realize it's not a promise to purchase every writing project I'm a part of or produce, but it is a chance to share my writing highs and low, specials, or select info just for you. In appreciation for your membersip to receive my newsletter, I'm doing a member only giveaway. Only by being a member of my newsletter list or by joining to receive it can you enter to win.

So what's the prize?

Three randomly selected winners will receive a $15 Evernight Teen giftcard. You can discover such wonderful authors as C. Lee McKenzie, Medeia Shariff, Catherine Stine, Marcus Damanda, Meredeth Houston, and so many other fabulous authors, that's if you haven't already fallen in love with them already :-)

Here's the giveaway to enter:

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

52 Likes by Medeia Shariff & a Giveaway!

52 LIKES, Evernight Teen, 2015
Purchase from Amazon, Evernight Teen (vendor links will be updated on the author's site)

After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. She’s plagued by not knowing the identity of her rapist and by the nasty rumors in school about that night. Valerie follows clues from ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site—why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he’ll put up a fight to remain hidden.

Find Medeia – YA and MG Author

Blog   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads   |   Instagram   |   Amazon

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Like an Evergreen Project - I Have A Dream

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When I think of the Civil Rights era, I think of the fear-mongering and oppression given legal backing to place a group of human beings into a category of subhuman and therefore unworthy of equal access to rights outlined in the Bill of Rights, the document we often reference today when an infringement is felt or experienced.

I think of the strength of character it took to know that fear, to face it hourly, daily, weekly, constantly aware that violent tactics would be used to discourage activists from seeking to have equal rights and equal protection under the laws of this land. And in most cases, not a gosh darn thing done to perpetrators of various horrendous acts, like lynching.

Dr. Martin Luther King was a well known leader of the Civil Rights Era. Having this holiday set aside in his honor, to me, is our country's way of giving a name and face to a growing pain this country had to go through to become a better nation.

Although many strides have been made and many minds opened to seeing people as "members of the HUMAN race" first, then their different complexions, pigmentations and ethic backgrounds, we still have issues that must be addressed if we are to be a country that truly means for every person to have equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal protection under the law.

The struggle doesn't stop because one step forward was made. We must maintain our own personal "evergreen projects" working in our own minds, hearts, and homes to see humans as humans, or we can sadly slip into a society where...

***It's okay that a woman walking home from work gets attacked, raped and beaten nearly to death...because, hey, she's black. Doesn't matter. Now, if she was white, let's get a rope!***

That may sound foolish, but consider Rosewood and who knows how many other little towns or villages that may have fallen to such a heinous end without survivors to document what happened to them.

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On August 28, 1963, Dr. King delivered his "I have a dream" speech which still resonds strongly to this day. I have a dream as well, that my daughter doesn't have to endure racial profiling (been there, not a good feeling) or ever experience the penetrating, piercing pain of a hate stare, such as the likes I experienced during a very brief visit to a deep-in-the-South town. I have a dream that maybe we'll soon realize that we're one race, a human race, and the beauty lies in how our differences can complement one another.

Do you have a dream?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Evernight Teen Birthday BlogHop


Happy Birthday to EVERNIGHT TEEN!

EVERNIGHT TEEN turns two this month and we’re having a huge party to celebrate! It may be EVERNIGHT TEEN’s birthday, but you get the presents. So, grab a piece of cake, hop from blog-to-blog and discover EVERNIGHT TEEN!

Be sure to visit every stop on the hop and answer each question. The more blogs you hop, the more chances to win the GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Mini sponsored by EVERNIGHT TEEN (one entry per blog). Plus, hop each blog for a host of other fabulous prizes.

Have your TBR list handy because we have lots of new titles for you to add, including my featured book…


Beacon started as a NaNoWriMo project in 2012. I didn't hit 50k but I had over 25k word count for a story that had to be told. I'm so thankful that after much revising, editing, and getting my query just right, Evernight Teen decided to take a chance on a dreamer like me. The novel is a YA urban fantasy dystopian, a genre mash up filled with self-discovery, unearthing truths, a few fights and a blossoming romance. 

About Beacon~
For seventeen-year-old Macie Breen, life in The Colony is a daily norm of being the odd-girl-out, that is, until everyday predictable slams to a screeching halt. Forced to the capital city of Bliss, Macie's life becomes a horrific unraveling as she confronts daunting truths about The Colony as well as who, or what, she is.

Enter for a chance to win EVERNIGHT TEEN’s GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Mini and my blog prize of a $15 Evernight Teen gift card by answering this question (be sure to include your email address to be eligible to win):

What is one of your favorie birthday memories? Was it a particular gift, a party, or maybe something intangible that brings you joy every time you think about it?

The birthday blog hop continues by clicking here :-)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday to Your Best Year Yet

I normally don't participate in Throwback Thursday themed posts, memes or whatnot. No real reason, just haven't. But with the new year, I wanted to take a look back at one of the most important things in my life: My Chipmunk

Here's three-year-old Chipmunk as a busy, buzzing black and yellow bumblebee. If I tried to get ten-year-old her in an outfit like this now, oh dear, you'd hear her "Oh my God, Mom! Are you serious?" all the way to Timbuktu. Her tomboyish sensitivities would just collapse into something awful. Everything about it screams "cute" not "cool." lol!

It reminds me of how we all change, whether for better or worse is for each person to decide during their own introspective journey. Last year's goals were for 2014. It's time I look at the difference I want to make and BE for 2015. Also, in looking back, you can see those things you did right - or not so right - and apply the lessons learned to making this year your best year yet.

Hey...that's it.

That's my 2015 goal:

I will make 2015 my best year yet.

I've got some writing and publishing all in the mix to make that happen, but there it is... my 2015 goal.

So what's something you'd like to accomplish to make 2015 your best year yet?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IWSG and Me

Purpost and Posting deets here.
Welcome to IWSG 2015. This has been such a help for me as both an author and a person. I find IWSG is an awesome support system. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for this brainchild and to all the bloggers keeping it going.

So for this month's post I'm to share a little about me. Here I am in pictures:
I'm sassy.
I'm a single mom to the most wonderful growing darling.
I'm an author of YA, NA, MG and adult fiction.
I'm a geek, hence the photo of cosplay Gandalf from Comic Con 2013
I'm a friend and so, so very blessed to have some awesome friends like Graeme Ing and Gwen Gardner from my Untethered Realms group.
Sometimes I'm lost, dazed, dreaming.
When insecure, I'm afraid and panicked, unsure and filled with doubt.
But I'm glad to be a part of IWSG where there are others who understand what I go through, understand my writing passion and dreams and provide support so like that little fellow stuck in the bird's beak, I can stay persistent.
So, what's one thing you can share about who you are?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

52 Likes, Cover Reveal


January 16th, author Medeia Sharif has a haunting novel releasing from Evernight Teen. Here is the cover

52 LIKES by Medeia Sharif
Cover Reveal, Evernight Teen, 2015

After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. She’s plagued by not knowing the identity of her rapist and by the nasty rumors in school about that night. Valerie follows clues from ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site—why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he’ll put up a fight to remain hidden.

Find Medeia – YA and MG Author

Blog   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads   |   Instagram   |   Amazon

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's a Hangover Blog Hop, Evernight Style

Happy New Year from Evernight!

Now that the Christmas cookies are gone, gifts unwrapped, and your holiday visitors have left, you’ve earned some well-deserved TLC. Evernight authors not only have the cure for your holiday hangover, they have fantastic new books for your 2015 reading list, too!

Be sure to visit every stop on the hop and answer each question. The more blogs you hop, the more chances to win the GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Mini sponsored by Evernight Publishing (one entry per blog). Plus, hop each blog for a host of other fabulous prizes. AND...
*I'm going give a prize to one commentor (randomly chosen) as well: $25 Paypal cash.*

So sink into your favorite chair and enjoy your holiday hangover!

I'm not the world's best when it comes to drinking alcohol. There are some folks with the tolerance of a whale. I, on the other hand, have the tolerance of a squirrel lol! However, I've discovered a great way to go from enjoying a night of appletinis, Vegas bombers and cosmos to a cheery morning sans the crazy hangover:

***Lots of water***

For whatever reason, getting in a few cups of water before calling it a night helps reduce the chance of morning headache, dizziness and nausea. It seems to help settle the system to a state of normal. I'm sure there's some science to explain it, but since it works, I just won't question it :-)

Now, enter for a chance to win Evernight’s GRAND PRIZE of an iPad Mini and my blog prize by answering this question (be sure to include your email address to be eligible to win):

So, have you ever experienced a hangover, whether from one drink too many or another overindulgence (like waaaay too much stress from the holidays)? What has been your go-to cure for your hangover?

A good book can work as a hangover cure from stress-related things. I'd recommend Beacon, published by Evernight Teen. It's a YA urban fantasy dystopian filled with action and a budding romance that I truly hope you enjoy!

Your Holiday Hangover continues here: Evernight Publishing blog hop