Sunday, November 8, 2015

THE GREAT HUNT Four Month Countdown!



In four months the first book in my brand new 2-book duology will be publishing! Today I'm sharing three things with you--a teaser from the story, the maps, and how you can order signed copies! The Great Hunt is a high fantasy with princesses, magic, monsters, and hunters. The main character, Princess Aerity, is a studious girl who enjoys aerial silk acrobatics. In this teaser Aerity is on her silks during the night when the hunter Paxton Seabolt finds her…




Excerpt from The Great Hunt, coming March 8, 2016


Aerity had never felt more nervous in her life as he made his slow approach. She wasn’t accustomed to feeling this way, her body out of sorts, her thoughts scattered. She was glad to have the silks to cling to.

Paxton took his time. Aerity thought she should say something, perhaps a witty quip, but she was afraid she’d sound breathless. She didn’t want him to know how he affected her. He walked a circle around her, moving nearer, his eyes scrutinizing every element in that curious way of his. Aerity kept very still. No lad other than Harrison had dared to get this close. He stopped in front of her and looked skyward. His eyes trailed up the silks to the ceiling and he reached up, his fingers and palm wrapping around the smooth fabric, feeling his way down. When he got to her hand he let go, never touching her.

“I wonder,” he said quietly. His eyes roamed over her hair and face, her robe cinched at the waist. If he thought she looked silly he didn’t show it.

“You wonder what?” She was horrified to hear that she indeed sounded as breathless as she was. Curses.

Paxton’s hand drifted over the hair at her shoulder, his fingers gathering a mass of light red strands and winding them gently about his palm until her long tresses were a loose knot around his strong hand. She could feel the light tug at her scalp as his fist slightly tightened. Her chest fluttered at the sight of his thumb running back and forth over the taut hair there. She suddenly wished she could feel that caress.


These books, guys, they are very different for me, and they've been challenging and fulfilling to me as a writer in ways I never could have expected. Creating an entire world, a continent with five kingdoms, was surreal. And I'm absolutely THRILLED to be able to share the final maps that will be in the book! OMGosh, I wrote a book with maps!!!

Left is a closeup of the kingdom of Lochlanach, where the story takes place. Top right is the entire continent of Eurona with all five kingdoms. Bottom right is a closeup of the Royal Lands of Lochlanach.

I'm so eager to have this book in your hands, friends. It's going to be my first EVER book in hardback, which is yet another dream-come-true made possible by your support. Thank you.

HOW TO ORDER SIGNED COPIES:

Okay, this is awesome. I'm doing an event on February 27th in Savannah, Georgia called ApollyCon. So many amazing authors will be there. If you are close enough to travel, please go. You will not regret it! If you are too far to travel, I have good news. You can order autographed, personalized copies of all of my books, including The Great Hunt (and books from the other attending authors) though their virtual signing website!!! And the sales are open Internationally! Yes, they can deliver worldwide! I cannot wait to sign and hug all of your books. And to those of you who will be there in person, my publisher has approved to have early copies of The Great Hunt at the event for sale, ten days before publication! This makes me want to happy dance all over the place!

For those of you who want to preorder via other venders, here are purchase links, plus links to other fun stuff! Big hugs, Sweeties.

Pinterest board with setting imagery and character inspiration photos!

Post with my original map sketches and more about the story.

Post about how I originally got the idea for The Great Hunt.

Add The Great Hunt on GOODREADS!

PREORDER The Great Hunt:

Amazon
Barnes&Noble
iTunes
The Book Depository (free worldwide shipping)




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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fall Giveaway Time! International!



It's that time again! Due to the cost of postage and frequent returns, I will no longer be mailing books internationally, but I can send signed bookmarks and signed bookplates. Good luck, and thanks for entering! :)

** Winners will be emailed October 16th and you MUST respond within 72 hours to claim your prize!


INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY ENTRY FORM! (20 Signed Sets of Bookmarks and Bookplate Stickers!)

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U.S. GIVEAWAY ENTRY FORM! 
(One ARC + 10 Bookmark/Bookplate Bundles!)

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Signed Book Locations - SWEET TEMPTATION Release!



If all goes well, with the help of 70-ish Sweet Helpers, there will be signed copies of Sweet Temptation available on release week in 40 different states!!! I am beyond giddy about this!

As my Sweet Helpers descend upon Bookstores across the U.S, armed with autographed stickers and bookmarks, they are going to contact me to let me know when their store has been Blitzed. At that time I will immediately blast the info of their location via Twitter and Facebook, along with updating a list right here in this post. FYI -- I can't update my blog from my phone, so I can only add locations when I'm stopped at a bookstore or back at home (I'm going to be traveling to local bookstores on release day and spending a good bit of time in the car). Please be patient and keep an eye on my social media accounts in the meantime.

Twitter

Facebook

I have listed the states expected to be blitzed in alphabetical order below. I cannot list the exact city/store locations until my Sweet Helpers write me on Tuesday or Wednesday and say, "Hey, I put the stickers in the books at such-and-such location." There are many variables that could keep things from working out, so I don't want to list exact locations until I know for certain they will have the signed books there. Please cross your fingers that all the Sweet Helpers are able to make their drops with no issues! And send a big "Yay, thank you!" to all of them!! :D

And in case you missed it, I'm having a Launch Party on Saturday, September 12th at 3pm at AFK Books in Virginia Beach! If you live in the area or are willing to travel, here is the information! We'll have music from the soundtrack and lots of giveaway goodies.


BOOKSTORE LOCATIONS WITH SIGNED COPIES OF SWEET TEMPTATION:


Alabama: Montgomery BAM
Arizona: Barnes&Noble in Tempe MarketPlace, San tan Village B&N on Williams Field Rd in Gilbert
Arkansas: Hastings in Searcy
California: Victorville B&N, Encinitas B&N, Keplers in Menlo Park, B&N Media City Center in Burbank, Grossmont Center B&N in LaMesa, Manhattan Beach B&N, Opera Plaza in SanFran, Sacramento B&N, Dublin B&N, San Bruno B&N, San Mateo B&N
Colorado: West Bowles Avenue B&N in Littleton, and South Willow Street B&N in Lone Tree
Delaware: Christiana Mall B&N in Newark
Florida: Wellington B&N, Wesley Chapel B&N
Georgia: Marietta B&N
Illinois: Naperville B&N
Indiana: Noblesville B&N, Mishawaka B&N
Kansas: Topeka B&N
Maine: Portland BAM
Maryland: B&N at FSK Mall in Frederick, Towson B&N
Massachusetts: Holyoke B&N, B&N 392 State Road Route 6 in North Dartmouth, Walpole Mall B&N
Michigan: Livonia B&N, Woodland Mall/Grand Rapids B&N, Portage B&N on Westnedge
Minnesota: Blaine B&N
Misouri: Independence Commons B&N in Independence, Des Peres (West County Mall) B&N
Nevada: Henderson B&N
New York: B&N 4401 Transit Rd in Williamsville, B&N 1565 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, B&N Warren Street Manhattan, Union Square B&N, Rochester B&N
North Carolina: Asheville Mall B&N, 8030 Renaissance Pkwy Durham B&N
Ohio: Pickerington B&N
Oklahoma: 13800 N May Ave, Oklahoma City B&N,
Oregon: Clackamas Town Center B&N in Clackamas
Pennsylvania: Bradley's Book Outlet in DuBois, B&N State College, B&N 800 Settlers Ridge Center Dr in Pittsburgh
Tennessee: B&N 1701 Mallory Lane in Brentwood
Texas: B&N at 7700 West Northwest Hwy in Dallas, First Colony B&N
Virginia: Virginia Beach Blvd B&N, Manassas B&N, FairOaks B&N, Lynnhaven Mall B&N, Hampton Roads B&N, Tyson's Corner B&N, AFK Books in Va Beach, Springfield B&N, Waynesboro BAM, Lynchburg B&N
Washington: Silverdale B&N
Wisconsin: Books a Million in Eau Claire, Green Bay B&N, Glendale B&N


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Seeking Delivery Helpers for SWEET TEMPTATION's Release!



I have an idea. I'm not sure if it will be successful or if it will completely bomb, but I'm willing to give it a try if you are. This idea will take some trust on my part, and some work on your part. But it can be a win-win for all.

Here's what I'm thinking…what if Sweeties from all over the U.S., armed with handfuls of Sweet Series bookmarks and autographed nameplate stickers stormed their local bookstores on SWEET TEMPTATION's publication day (Tuesday, September 8th, 2015), thereby allowing tons of readers to buy autographed copies from their stores on release week? How awesome would that be? And of course I would send enough for the "Sweet Helper" to have at least one bookmark/nameplate for themselves! I would keep a running blog post going that week, and when my Sweet Helpers verify with me that they made their special delivery, I will add that store name & location to the list, that way Sweeties all over the U.S. know they can get signed copies at their store! I don't know about you, but there is nothing cooler than going to a bookstore and finding a book you want that's been signed. That has happened to me three times and it's the best!

HELPER REQUIREMENTS:

~ You MUST be willing to visit your local store at some point before it closes on Tuesday, September 8th. The books will be at all Barnes & Nobles and probably Books-a-Millions, but I cannot guarantee it'll be at indie stores. You're free to call your local store to ask! It will also NOT be in Target/Walmart stores.
~ Find the copies of SWEET TEMPTATION on the shelves and put a sticker in each one along with a bookmark. You're welcome to notify the staff that you're doing it, but it's not necessary. I usually don't bother telling anyone when I sign books at a store (I do it anytime I see my books in stores, hehe).
~ If two people sign up for the same store I will give it to the first person and ask the second person if they have another store they're willing to travel to.
~ Email me to let me know the deed has been done.
~ Maybe even take a pic and I'll share it. I will send shootouts to my helpers on Facebook and Twitter throughout the week.
~ I might have to have a maximum number of helpers, though I'm not sure what that number would be yet. I need to count my bookmarks. Please do not be offended if there's a cutoff and I'm not able to send any to you.
~I will take entries for the next week (until August 25) or until the list is getting to the aforementioned cutoff limit.


Edit/Update: We've reached our max, so I'm taking down the form - you guys are amazing - I'm sorry to those of you who didn't get a spot! :( I wish I had unlimited resources!! Sending hugs of gratefulness.


I am so excited!! I hope this works. Crossing my fingers and grinning like an idiot here. But please keep in mind that I'm doing this ALL myself. I don't have an assistant or publicist doing this for me, so the number of participants is going to depend on my time and finances.

Big hugs, Sweeties! Only 21 more days until Kai is in your hot little hands. :) :)



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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Another Kai Teaser? You Got it!



Two. More. Months. Oh my great goodness! Only two months until Kaidan's story hits shelves!!

You have lots of preorder options for this book, including receiving a signed copy from my local bookstore within a week of the publication date! All preorder information will be at the end of this post.

Teaser Time!!!

SPOILER ALERT!! Remember Anna's first kiss in the hotel room? Well, here is the aftermath from Kaidan's point of view. Enjoy. ;)

She grunts with frustration and throws a pillow at me. It's probably the angriest she's ever been in her life. I raise an eyebrow to see how much madder I can make her. "Pillow fight?"

She wants to scream. I can see it in her rigid, huffing demeanor, but she takes a cleansing breath and deflates a notch.

Nice trick. If only I could do that. I've got some parts that could use deflating.

"Get off my bed," she orders. "Please. I'm ready to go to sleep."

That's a load of bollocks. She's not tired. She's as filled with passion as I am, but she's too bloody good to embrace it. Her self-control burns me up. I want her to throw a wobbly and break things. Then pounce on me.

But seriously. We should be naked.



Add Sweet Temptation on Goodreads!


PREORDER LINKS!

Amazon/Kindle (paperback & ebook)
Barnes&Noble/Nook (paperback and ebook)
Kobo (ebook)
iTunes/iBooks (ebook)
Book Depository (paperback - free worldwide delivery for international readers!)



How to Order Signed Copies from my 
Local Bookstore:

To order autographed copies of Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning, or Sweet Temptation, call AFK Books & Records at (757)962-1996! They are super nice and they'll process everything over the telephone. Sorry, but the store does not have a secure online ordering form at this time, so orders must be made via phone. You may request a personalization for the autographs when you call. Books are $9.99 each. I will go to the store to sign your book(s)!

Every Sweet book purchased from AFK Books will include a signed Sweet series bookmark, and every copy of Sweet Temptation will include a hott Kai button/pin! Unfortunately the store can only ship to U.S. addresses at this time, sorry to my Sweeties far and wide (but I think the Apollycon event in February 2016 will be taking international orders for signed books, so I will post details for that when it's time!)

(Please note that if Sweet Temptation is part of your order, your order will not be shipped until after publication on September 8th, unless you want to pay more than one shipping fee of $4.99 USPS Priority Mail. You won't be billed until the order ships.)

Thank you so much for your support, Sweeties!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY Cover Reveal!



I adore author Gena Showalter and her Alice in Zombieland books, so I'm thrilled to take part in her cover reveal today for the 4th book in this series, A Mad Zombie Party. And good news, it's releasing just around the corner!!


Releasing September 29th, 2015!!


The battle rages on.

Ali Bell and Cole Holland's crew of zombie slayers thought they'd won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular—the love of his life, Kat Parker.

On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond—Kat's spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla is the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat's death. But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes, the line between hate and attraction is blurred…and the road to redemption isn't through revenge, but in letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future.





AND HERE IS THE PRETTY!





PREORDER LINKS!


Amazon/Kindle
Barnes&Noble/Nook
Book Depository (worldwide)
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

THE GREAT HUNT Maps and Other Fun Stuff



I can't believe it's time for The Great Hunt's cover reveal, and soon ARCs!  (Advanced Review Copies)  I've been so focused on Kaidan's story, Sweet Temptation, hitting shelves in 2.5 months that The Great Hunt has really snuck up on me!  :)  I have so much to share about it…

First off, the official cover!!!

Coming from HarperTeen March 8, 2016!

Book Blurb:

Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.

My thoughts on the cover:  

The publisher went a different direction than I expected, opting for a realistic, wistful image, and I think it turned out SO lovely.  On a side note, Aerity's hair on the cover is red, but in the story she is actually strawberry blond. As you know, covers do not always depict characters exactly--their focus is to capture the overall tone and grab readers' attention.  That being said, I don't want you to read the book and be like, "Hey! That is not strawberry blond!" I know, I know, I'm sorry. LOL. Here is how I envision Aerity's hair, only longer:

Actress Molly C. Quinn


What to expect in the story:

The Great Hunt is a high fantasy YA romance.  It's told in 3rd person from several points of view.  We'll have a traditional royal family under a lot of pressure, and a princess and her lady cousin/best friend trying to be strong in the face of disheartening circumstances. We'll have romantic tension and smooching (of course!) along with a society dealing with stereotypes, fears, and injustices.  There's a lot going on and a cast of characters who I'm so excited for you to meet!  The Great Hunt has my first ever character who I had bafflingly ambiguous feelings toward while writing: Lord Lief Alvi. Actually, I know how I feel, overall, and how I'll feel about him at the end, but this particular man was tough to write. One moment I was swooning for him and the next moment I was thinking, "What a pig!" But I couldn't bring myself to tone him down.  I wanted these characters to be realistic in their flaws and differences. In real life we all have good and bad aspects of our personalities, right?  I'm interested how you'll feel about Lord Alvi - I've got even crazier plans for him in book 2!

The name of the story world is Eurona.  The Great Hunt is book 1 of 2 in the Eurona Duology.  The land where most of book 1 takes place is called Lochlanach.  This books will have maps!  How cool is that??  I drew the original maps, which are awful, but I want to share them since the final professional sketches will not be ready in time for ARCs.  The maps will definitely make it a richer, less confusing reading experience.  

This is Eurona's world map with all five kingdoms

The Five Kingdoms of Eurona:

Lochlanach, the waterlands
Ascomanni, the coldlands
Toresta, the ridgelands
Zorfina, the drylands
Kalor, the hotlands


Close-up of the Kingdom of Lochlanach, the setting for The Great Hunt

Close-up of the Royal Lands of Lochlanach where much of the story is based


I'm sorry that the picture quality is not great, but I hope these images will be useful to those who receive ARCs!



Add The Great Hunt on Goodreads!

Preorder The Great Hunt on Amazon!

Check out The Great Hunt Pinterest Inspiration Board!

Enter to win an ARC on YA Books Central!



That's it for now, Sweeties.  Thanks for listening to my ramblings.  *hugs*


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Sunday, June 7, 2015

3 Months Until SWEET TEMPTATION!



You guys.  YOU GUYS!  I can't believe we're down to three more months!  It feels like I've been waiting foreeeeeeverrrrrr to share Kaidan's story with you!  I can't wait until he's in each of your hot little hands, hehe.  :)  :)  Okay, before we get to the teaser I want to make sure you all know you can preorder signed copies of Sweet Temptation from my local bookstore!  (Along with Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, and Sweet Reckoning.)

Every Sweet book purchased from AFK Books will include a signed Sweet series bookmark, and every copy of Sweet Temptation will include a hott Kai button/pin!  Unfortunately the store can only ship to U.S. addresses at this time, sorry to my Sweeties far and wide (but I think the Apollycon event in February 2016 will be taking international orders for signed books, so I will post details for that when it's time!)





Here's How to Order!

Call AFK Books & Records at (757)962-1996!  They are super nice and they'll process everything over the telephone.
Sorry, but the store does not have a secure online ordering form at this time, so orders must be made via phone. You may request a personalization for the autographs when you call. Books are $9.99 each.
(Please note that if Sweet Temptation is part of your order, your order will not be shipped until after publication on September 8th, unless you want to pay more than one shipping fee of $4.99 USPS Priority Mail. You won't be billed until the order ships.)
U.S. mailing addresses only.

And now, your June Sweet Temptation teaser!!!!!


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Thank you Jennifer Munswami with J.M. Rising Horse Creations for this graphic!!

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Please add Sweet Temptation on Goodreads!



PREORDER LINKS!

Amazon/Kindle (paperback & ebook)
Barnes&Noble/Nook (paperback and ebook)
Kobo (ebook)
iTunes/iBooks (ebook)
Book Depository (paperback - free worldwide delivery for international readers!)

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Kaidan's SWEET TEMPTATION Playlist!!


Last year when I wrote Sweet Temptation I wanted to highlight a "Now Playing on Kaidan's Playlist" song at the beginning of each chapter, seeing as how Kai Rowe is the drummer in a rock band, and his life  & moods seem to revolve around music.  I needed help finding plenty of Kai-inspired music and you guys came to the rescue!  The majority of the songs featured in the book are reader-chosen and I can't thank you enough.  Even my husband's suggestions made it into the lineup!  :)  It is my hopes that you will go out and buy these songs to support the artists.  I just bought them all today, and I want to share the list with you.  This list is in chronological order of when they appear in the book.  It is subject to change in the last stages of editing (it's already had to change quite a bit from the tentative list I posted last year) but there's a good chance this will be the final list.  Yay!  I LOVE IT.  The only song mentioned in the book that's not on the playlist is "Trouble" by Taylor Swift, because that song was being hummed by Anna, so it would be on her playlist, not Kai's.  (And no, I haven't made an official playlist for Anna yet - sorry guys.)

Thanks again, sweeties!!!  Much love and many hugs!  Enjoy…



 
*Artist for Let It Rock is Kevin Rudolph


Add Sweet Temptation on Goodreads!


PREORDER LINKS!

Amazon/Kindle (paperback & ebook)
Barnes&Noble/Nook (paperback and ebook)
Kobo (ebook)
iTunes/iBooks (ebook)
Book Depository (paperback - free worldwide delivery for international readers!)

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Title Reveal: When You Want To Write It, But…Yeah...


I wish, wish, wish I was one of those authors with lots of ideas. Those prolific writers often complain about how they can't decide what to write next because they have so many stories knocking around in their heads, and I'm sitting here like…




Yeah, I know, poor me, lol.  But seriously, I always wanted to be a writer, loved writing, and it took me THIRTY TWO YEARS to get my first full book idea!  Some things in life are simply unfair.  ;)  But enough whining.  Everything happens for a reason, right?  Le sigh.

Let me tell you a little about writing my Irish fantasy, See Me.  I had so much fun writing it.  I giggled and swooned and just enjoyed myself.  And then I got to the ending.  I only had 2-3 more chapters to write, and my brain froze up.  I knew my characters would have to go into the land of faerie, but the details would NOT come to me.  My imagination turned to fog.  Guys, it took me an entire year to write that ending.  And then when I knew I needed to revise it and add a new layer before I could publish it, I froze up again.  It took me another whole year to revise it and work up the nerve to indie publish!  I'm a mess, y'all.  That book came out more than a year ago, and I've been wanting to write a sequel ever since.  

I really, really, really want to give Cass and Rock their story - but, yeah.  Issues.  I literally have the title and a first chapter and no solid story idea.  I even got Jennifer Munswami to make a cover for it, which I freaking LOVE, hoping it would spur me on, but it's just sitting there looking pretty in my files.  I refuse to share it until I know for certain it's being written and published.

When people write me and ask me if I ever get writer's block and how I deal with it, I want to laugh maniacally.  I don't know how I've managed to write six complete books.  I'm the queen of writer's block, and let's just say I don't deal with it well.  I sit in front of my computer for hours, daydreaming, praying, sometimes crying, sometimes feeling depressed.  I have brainstormed with my husband and writing friends (they're probably so sick of me).  We have come up with a few very cool ideas for the sequel, but each path leads to some huge roadblock.  It's like, "Ooh, this can happen! But wait…then how will this other part work?"  I just cannot come up with a cohesive plot that's not full of gaping holes.  It makes me so sad and frustrated.  

I promise I'm working on it.  I'm shuffling through ideas every day.  I'm determined, but this is the part of the writing process that's hard for me.  Outlining.  Plotting.  Once I get the basic story idea in my head, I can run with it, hair in the wind and all that good stuff.  Until then, I'd like to share with you the title of said hopeful story.  Big hugs to you all.  And thanks for the encouragement along the way.

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(The "Coming Soon" part is wishful thinking!)

PS - check out my blog post before this one if you're interested in bidding on a signed set of ALL my books to benefit Nepal Earthquake Relief!  

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nepal International Benefit Auction




Hi sweeties.  This is a special post.  My heart is broken over so many things this week, primarily the destruction in Nepal after their 7.8 magnitude earthquake.  I've decided to do a silent auction to help raise funds for the disaster relief. My husband and I will match the highest bidder's donation. 



Here's what I'm offering to the single highest bidder: Autographed copies of See MeSweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning, and an ARC of Sweet Temptation, each with bookmarks, along with a Kaidan Rowe button. I'm also going to throw in a set of drumstick pens and a Sweet Temptation Playlist CD! This pack is a $50+ value.






Here's how it will work: This is a silent auction, which means you will not know how much others are bidding. You will simply bid the highest amount you're willing to pay in the document link below (bids received in the comments are not counted).  If you bid once and decide you want to bid more, feel free to bid again.  If you win, I will email you next Friday.  The next step, if you win, will be for you to donate your bid amount directly to the American Red Cross (On the donation form you'll need to click "Nepal Earthquake Relief" under the "Use My Donation to Support" tab.)  Then you email me the receipt, provide me with your mailing address, and I will mail your prize pack and match your bid.  This is open internationally.

Though the bidding is technically "silent," I will update the post at the end of each day to let you know what the highest standing bid amount is at that point so you can have an idea.


***Day 9  - May 7 (final night!) - Highest bid $400.00


Bidding will close Friday, May 8th, at 2:00 p.m. EST.


Good luck, and thank you so much!


Bidding is over! I am so grateful to everyone who placed bids. Thank you so much to our highest bidder at $485!!!  WOW!  So generous.  (She wishes to stay anonymous.) I will round up my match so we're donating a total of one thousand dollars to Nepal Relief. They certainly need it and I urge everyone to give, even a little, if you can.
Much love, Sweeties. 
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SWEET TEMPTATION April Teaser!



Five more months until Kaidan's story hits bookshelves!  In this companion novel to the Sweet Evil trilogy, Kai's thoughts will be all yours. You'll finally get to see a little of Kai's life before he met Anna, and during their times apart.  Kai, Kai, Kai!  This excerpt from Sweet Temptation is a fun moment - you might remember it from Sweet Peril...enjoy!












Image by Jennifer Munswami


Add Sweet Temptation to your Goodreads Shelf



PREORDER LINKS! 

Amazon/Kindle (paperback and ebook) 

Barnes&Noble/Nook (paperback and ebook) 

iTunes/iBooks (ebook) 

Book Depository (paperback - FREE Worldwide delivery!) 

Kobo (ebook)

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

SWEET TEMPTATION ARC Giveaway Week!



Wholly Moley, this week is going to be epically SWEET for giveaways!!! 


First, the basics--some information, because many have asked.


Wait, there's a 4th book in the Sweet Evil series??? I thought it was only a trilogy!

Yes, there is a fourth book! It's a companion novel ALL from Kaidan Rowe's point of view! Sweet Temptation has bits of the entire trilogy so we can finally find out what Kai was up to before he met Anna, and during those times when they were apart. You don't have to read the trilogy to understand this book, but it will enrich the experience to know Anna's story first, methinks.


What is an ARC?

ARC stands for Advanced Review Copy, printed for pre-publication publicity purposes within the U.S. They are also known as "Proofs" or "Galleys." Not all publishers print ARCs. Some post e-galleys and some don't do advanced copies at all. ARCs are printed mid-edits, so they are not the finished product. They contain errors and content that might change before the final publication, but they give early reviewers a good idea of the story. ARCs go out to libraries, booksellers, book events, and select reviewers. They are not for sale, and frankly it's hard to get your hands on them. Even us authors are only given a small amount.


Will there be e-galleys of Sweet Temptation?

No. I requested that the publisher not put ST on edelweiss or any of those sites because my only book that was ever offered on those sites was pirated immediately. Thousands of people obtained Sweet Reckoning for free, illegally, months before it was published. That is not okay to me. It might only be one "reviewer" out of thousands on the site who pirate the books, but that is all it takes. I'm sorry that there are a few who ruin it for the masses. I'm truly, truly sorry not to offer the book to my foreign reviewers, but I hope you will understand. I have no control over whether the books are pirated after publication, but if I can stop them from being stolen before it's even out, then I will. 


How can I get an ARC, then?

I'm not certain which events the ARCs will be given away at, but I have two ways for you to win one this week!


TWEETSTAKES: If you've never done one of these, prepare your heart because it's likely to beat out of your chest! Monday, March 30th, at 9:00 PM EST we will tweet for 15 minutes with a certain hashtag (to be announced just before the Tweetstakes begins). The publisher is offering Sweet Temptation ARCs to 5 lucky winners with U.S. mailing addresses. Here's how it works: Just before 9pm on Monday night I will tweet the hashtag. You have 15 minutes to tweet with that hashtag as many times as you please. I will refresh my screen 5 times, and the tweeter on top each time is a winner. At 9:15 I will announce that the Tweetstakes has ended, and I'll post winner names as quickly as I can, usually within 10 minutes. It's super exciting!



TRAVEL TO AN UPCOMING EVENT: I will be giving away one ARC at the Roanoke, VA event and one at the St. Louis, MO event! Click on the "Events" tab above to see event details! (Not sure exactly how I will work those giveaways - maybe a free raffle - I'll let you know at the events.) I'm signing at BEA too, but I'm not sure yet if it will be Sweet Temptation or one of the earlier books.



INTERNATIONAL BLOG GIVEAWAY: I am also doing a giveaway here on my blog today, and this one is open internationally!!! The Rafflecopter form below is for all of these prizes. Winners will be emailed and shown on the Rafflecopter form at the end. You can enter by logging in through Facebook or using your email (please do not use another person's email, only your own).


Kaidan Prize Pack!!!
1 autographed Sweet Temptation ARC
Large and medium Kai buttons
Drumstick pencils
4 signed Sweet Series bookmarks
Victoria Secret perfume (discontinued scent called Sweet Temptation!)
Purple polish


7 Autographed Bookmark Bundles:
4 Sweet Series bookmarks
1 See Me bookmark
1 Drop Card with link & code to get the prologue and first chapter of Sweet Temptation!



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Good luck, Sweeties!!! *huggles*


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Saturday, March 14, 2015

SEE ME New Cover, Sale, and Giveaway!



I've been keeping seeeeecrets! Working together with artist Jennifer Munswami, I have a new cover to reveal for See Me! My coming-of-age Irish fantasy is on sale for $1.99 during St. Patrick's week! :) The sale price will go from now until Friday, March 20th.

Also, the book has been re-edited and will be re-published as a second edition as soon as it's approved by CreateSpace - so hopefully the paperback version will update with the new cover within a couple days. Yay!

Okay, cover time. I adored the first cover, but I felt that it printed really dark. I wanted something brighter and I am in love with this new magical image! SQUEE!!!





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New cover image by Jennifer Munswami of J.M. Rising Horse Creations


Love, love, love.


BUYING LINKS:
Amazon/Kindle (ebook) Paperback is currently unavailable while the new cover & content is under review - should be available early in the week!
Barnes&Noble/Nook (ebook)
Kobo (ebook)
iTunes/iBooks (ebook) - sale price is updated, but was not able to update the cover or manuscript, grrr
Book Depository (paperback - FREE World wide shipping!) - it might take a month or two for the new cover & content to update with them
Audiobook from Tantor


I mentioned on Facebook that I'd written the first chapter of the sequel. Well, I still have not figured out the entire plot for Cass and Rock's story, but darn it, I am determined to write it and publish it this year!!
Here's what I can tell you about Cass's story. It starts two years after See Me ends. This puts Cassidy at 19, in "NA" territory, but the story will have much of the same feel as the first. Cass opted to go straight into the magical "workforce" with her parents after high school graduation. We will get to see what Robyn, McKale, Ronan/Rock, and all our Chlourichaun boys have been up to!

And now I'm off to pray for inspiration. I'm not good at "coming up with" story ideas. They usually have to hit me out of the blue. I so NEED that to happen. Soon. Thank you guys for your patience and support with this! Each kind word means the world.

Big hugs. Luck of the Irish to you. May the winds be at your back and all of those lovely things. Happy St. Patrick's Day, all.

If you'd like to win a beautiful See Me bookmark, please enter below - this giveaway is International!!







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Saturday, February 7, 2015

SWEET TEMPTATION Cover Reveal!



You asked for it. You got it. Or, rather, you're *going* to get it September 8, 2015 - a book entirely from Kaidan Rowe's point of view. ;) Get ready, Kai-sighers!

In exactly seven months you'll get to read Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, and Sweet Reckoning all through Kaidan's eyes in one condensed companion novel. You'll find out what was going through his head during those pivotal scenes, and what he was doing during those bouts of time when he wasn't with Anna. I hope you will enjoy his story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Being in Kai's head was a roller coaster of emotion. Never a dull moment with that boy!

Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it.

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve.

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.


And now for the cover. It's my favorite one yet, and I'm thrilled to finally share it!!









The thing I have loved most about each cover is that they capture the tone and feel of the story for me. Also, I don't think it was done on purpose, but the colors of Anna's dresses always seem to convey the emotions of Kaidan in that story.


(Thank you to Jennifer Munswami for creating this gorgeous banner!)


Red=Lust, Black=Wrath, Pink=Love, and now Purple=Pride.

I don't mean the I'm-proud-of-my-kid kind of pride or the pride of accomplishment, like when you study hard and earn a good grade. I'm talking about the sin of pride, the ego, that selfish state of mind where someone thinks they are all that matters and they don't need anyone else. Kai spent a lot of time thinking that way, as you'll see. I can't wait!

Preorder your copy of Sweet Temptation now!

PREORDER LINKS: Barnes&Noble (paperback and Nook)
Amazon (paperback and Kindle)
iTunes/iBooks (ebook)
Book Depository (paperback - free international shipping!)
Please know that I have no control over the pricing.

Add Sweet Temptation to your GOODREADS shelf!


And now a little International giveaway for my Sweeties. Twelve sets of Sweet Series bookmarks!

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Much love to each of you, always.




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Monday, February 2, 2015

The Great Hunt



This past week, I finished a huge revision on my book The Great Hunt.  It's set to publish with HarperTeen Winter 2016 (somewhere between Jan-March 2016).  This novel is the first in a 2-book duology.  This will be my first book to release in hardback - EVER!  That feels so huge to me.  And intimidating.  And scary.  One more year!  *bites nails*


Now that The Great Hunt is off to the copy editors, I can finally get excited and tell you more about it! 

This book was VERY challenging for me.  It's a high fantasy, based on the introduction to the Grimm Brothers tale "The Singing Bone."  It's my first ever attempt at high fantasy, and wow.  I have a whole new respect for authors like Sarah J. Maas, Rae Carson, Kristin Cashore, and Marie Rutkiski, who make it look easy.  I can't even imagine what went into those books.  Fantasy is first and foremost about world building.  Making up a land with all its rules and dialects and idiosyncrasies requires massive layering and keeping track of details.  I was in over my head.  Thank God for good editors and thorough beta readers!  Not to mention professional artists who will make an awesome map to replace the sad excuse for a map that I made.


In this story, the world is called Eurona.  There are five lands, or kingdoms, in Eurona:


Lochlanach: The Waterlands (primary setting)
Ascomanni: The Coldlands
Toresta: The Ridgelands
Zorfina: The Drylands
Kalor: The Hotlands


There are people who can perform magic with their hands, but it is outlawed. These magical people are called the Lashed, because when they do magic it causes a purple line to show under their nail, like a bruised lash mark.


I'm also working on the blurb.  I will share this draft, but I'm certain the official blurb will change a bit before it's finalized.  This one will give you a general idea, though.  I seriously cannot wait for you to meet Aerity and Paxton.  :-D



Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.


Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.

For those of you who are visual people, I made a PINTEREST BOARD of images that I found inspirational for characters, scenes, and setting while writing.  I hope you enjoy!

Add The Great Hunt to your GOODREADS to-read shelf!

You can read more HERE about how the idea for The Great Hunt originated.  Big hugs, everyone!

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