Tuesday, October 14, 2014

THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY cover reveal

I am so, SO stoked to share the cover of THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY with you guys. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Cover Design: X-Potion Designs

Preorder from Amazon

Blurb:
When “crazy” runs in your family and your namesake is known for walking into a river with a pocket full of rocks, a girl kind of wants to avoid tempting fate at all costs. For Virginia Nichols, the only way to dodge that bullet is to be perfect at everything: school, student council, life. Too bad it’s all a lie, and underneath the perfection...Virginia is lost.

Ryder Blackstock knows a thing or two about being born into fate. The talents passed down from his father aren't exactly normal; instead of learning how to throw a fastball, he was taught to hot-wire a car like a pro and pick any pocket in sight. He’s got criminal blood, just like his old man. And as soon as he turns eighteen, he’ll be living life on the run with his dad.

When Ryder and Virginia meet on the beach, it seems they couldn't be more different. Soon they discover they’re both trapped in their lives—Virginia denying her fate, Ryder embracing his. Like the rocks in Virginia Woolf’s pockets, the weight of their destinies will pull them under. But being together brings out pieces of themselves they didn't know existed—pieces that make them want to take fate into their own hands and rewrite their destinies...if it’s not too late.


Excerpt:

As his mouth covers mine, fear pummels me, a wave going over my head like I’m trapped in a broken dock, scared that I might die. My reflex is to jerk back, to take a breath because air is something I need and it’s okay to need that.

My vision is lost to anything except blue and brown, the twist in his eyes, the questions there, and the comfort. The last part isn’t something I’d expect from a boy like him and it makes another wave of fear threaten to drown me. But then his thumb brushes my neck and a tingle in my stomach makes my body shiver. It feels so good. He feels so good that I forget there’s the worry of drowning.

I lean closer to him and that’s all the incentive he needs to take my mouth again. His tongue is at my lips and I’m opening them to let him in. There’s tasting and touching and a twisting together of tongues. I giggle into his mouth at how my thoughts are all coming out in “T” words and he chuckles as though he hears them.

The laughing lends only a quick interruption, not that I want one, before he’s kissing me again and it’s all I can feel or think about. It’s all I want to know.

The studs of his piercings press into my skin, not painful, but reminding me they’re there.

He tastes like the air after rain, clean and new and almost like being reborn.

His hand feels big on my neck, but he’s gentle, much gentler than he seems when he tangles it in my hair.

Just like everything is with him, the kiss is intense, urgent, fast moving. It was almost like he was born from the dark, coming out of nowhere the first night we met. Before I knew what was happening, he was there, his voice asking if I was hurt, his hand grabbing me to save me.

His lips are the same, they weren’t there and then they were and now he’s wrapped around me, lowering me to the beach, a weight that freaks me out while grounding me at the same time.

My body pulses when his warm hand slides under my coat, under my shirt to touch the bare skin of my belly.

“Wait.” The palm of my hand lands on his chest. “Not…not so fast.”

And then his lips are gone. It’s seriously like this guy is a magician or something with the way he’s there then he’s not.

“Shit. Sorry. Wanted to feel your skin.”


Aaaaand, I have to cut it off there :) I think this was one of my favorite kissing scenes I've ever written, so I wanted to share it with you guys. Hope you enjoyed it and love the cover! Hope you'll preorder and/or add it to Goodreads. Also, don't forget I'll be at Queer Romance Month on Thursday talking about why queer romance matters.

THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY on Goodreads.


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Teaser Tuesday: THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY

Hey, all. Here's a short teaser of my upcoming YA, THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY (A Misfits Novel). Cover should be coming this week! Also, I'm sharing the artwork of my little group of misfits again because I love it so much.


Blurb:

When “crazy” runs in your family and your namesake is known for walking into a river with a pocket full of rocks, a girl kind of wants to avoid tempting fate at all costs. For Virginia Nichols, the only way to dodge that bullet is to be perfect at everything: school, student council, life. Too bad it’s all a lie, and underneath the perfection...Virginia is lost.

Ryder Blackstock knows a thing or two about being born into fate. The talents passed down from his father aren't exactly normal; instead of learning how to throw a fastball, he was taught to hot-wire a car like a pro and pick any pocket in sight. He’s got criminal blood, just like his old man. And as soon as he turns eighteen, he’ll be living life on the run with his dad.

When Ryder and Virginia meet on the beach, it seems they couldn't be more different. Soon they discover they’re both trapped in their lives—Virginia denying her fate, Ryder embracing his. Like the rocks in Virginia Woolf’s pockets, the weight of their destinies will pull them under. But being together brings out pieces of themselves they didn't know existed—pieces that make them want to take fate into their own hands and rewrite their destinies...if it’s not too late.

Teaser from Ryder :)

Virginia’s walking like some creepy guy is behind her while she’s on a quiet street at night, so I don’t say anything until we get to the car. When we do I look at her from over the top of it, her eyes catching mine as she opens the door. “I can call Shane to come back and get me if you don’t wanna chill.” Because I’m suddenly wondering if I’m who she’s trying to escape. Yeah, she told me to come here but I’m not stupid. I realize that at any second she could decide that hanging out with me is too fucked up. That we’re too different. Hell, I might decide the same thing.

“No…I…I wouldn’t have said to come if that’s not what I wanted.”

Those words somehow knock the breath out of me. I’m usually pretty good at understanding how the world works. I get that Luke doesn’t want to be stuck with me. Shit like that happens. I understand that Dad had to leave. Yeah, the things he does are wrong and no I shouldn’t do them but there’s a balance to the world—people like Virginia and Luke who are smart and have plans and people like me who aren’t all that good. We give people like them something to aspire to be better than, and something to rebel against. Give people like Mr. Miller someone to try and control.

We can’t all be future business leaders of America.

We can’t all be perfect.

Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t know the first way to try.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

We took the donations today!

Today was the day Melissa and I were able to take all your clothes donations to the LGBT Youth Center in LA! My first step was to get all of this

(Plus the one small box and two small bags I got after this picture was taken) into my car.

Once the car was all pack we were on our way!

Los Angeles is about an hour and a half from me so we had lots of time to chat books which was always fun. Once we got to LA we only passed the building once before we found it! When I spoke to them on the phone they said you can't miss it because of the mural on the wall. We shouldn't have missed this

but hey, that's okay. We made it there and that's all that matters!

Once we were let in the gate, security came out to help us and asked..."will you need a cart?"
Our reply was..."Um...I think we'll need more than one!" LOL. And we did. But we got everything inside. Both of the two women we spoke with were VERY nice and were both so surprised by how much we had to bring in. They really appreciated it. We could tell. I'm so excited to know that all the clothes will go to help youth who really need it and that's because of YOU. Thank you all so much for helping. I really can't express how much it means to me. I think this is something I'd like to do every year! It was a great experience. Just as we were pulling out there was a big gust of wind which made the flag fly. It was kind of perfect :)




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Thursday, October 9, 2014

I have news!

I've been talking about a book I've been working on for a while but haven't really given you guys a ton of information on it. That changes today! :)

Let's start with a visual. I've been working with artist Sarah Jo Chreene. Check out her Facebook page. She is awesome. She drew an INCREDIBLE image to represent my characters. All the love interests aren't on this but some of them are. This is the core group of friends from my upcoming series. Yes, you got the right. Series!

Meet Shane, Drea, Ryder, Cody and Tanner...

We had so much fun with this. It IS my people. If you click on the picture to make it larger you can see more detail--all the characters have various piercings (you guys know I love those!) and Sarah was able to put them all in for me!

I am so excited for this series for a few reasons. First--the characters. They are awesome. I love them all. It's also a return to YA for me. I haven't released a YA in a long time and it has been such a wonderful experience. I loved spending time with this crew.

As you can tell the cast is diverse (yay for diversity!). Drea is half-black and we have characters with different backgrounds and sexualities. It's everything I love about...well about life and the world we live in.

Here's the blurb for the first book, THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY. (subject to change)

When your namesake is known for drowning herself by walking into a river with a pocket full of rocks, and the other women in your family aren't exactly “all there,” a girl kind of wants to avoid tempting fate at all costs. For Virginia Nichols, the only way to dodge that bullet is to be perfect at everything: school, student council, life. Too bad it’s all a lie and underneath the perfection...Virginia is lost.

Ryder Blackstock knows a thing or two about being born into fate. The talents passed down from his father aren't exactly normal; instead of learning how to throw a fastball, he was taught to hot-wire a car like a pro and pick any pocket in sight. He’s got criminal blood, just like his old man. And as soon as he turns eighteen, he’ll be living life on the run with his dad.

When Ryder and Virginia meet on the beach, it seems they couldn't be more different. Soon, they discover they’re both trapped in their lives—Virginia denying her fate, Ryder embracing his. The weight of their destinies is like the rocks in their pockets, pulling them under. But being together brings out pieces of themselves they didn't know existed—pieces that make them want to take fate into their own hands and rewrite their destinies...if it isn’t too late.


THE WEIGHT OF DESTINY releases November 2014! Keep an eye out for the cover reveal, first chapter and preorder link coming soon.

Add it on Goodreads HERE.


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