Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Lovin' Reader Party hop and giveaway!



Are you in Southern California? Do you like books? Hanging out with other readers and authors? Music? Dancing? Food? Wine? If you enjoy any of those things, we hope you'll join us for the Summer Lovin' Reader Party. It's different than most signings. It's a signing, yes, but it's definitely also a party! All the authors attend the whole event and spent time mingling, visiting and dancing the night away. Ticket price includes the signing, light appetizers, wine tasting, and the after party with music and dancing. It's a blast and my favorite event of the year. Hope to see you there!

Be sure to grab your tickets this week!! They're 5.00 dollars off this week only!

To celebrate I'm giving away a 10.00 dollar Amazon gift card. Comment on this post with your email address for a chance to win the gift card. Follow along on the hop to see what the other authors are giving away, and also enter the BIG giveaway. Hope to see you in Temecula!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cover Reveal: THE HISTORY OF US

I'm so, so, SO excited to share the cover for THE HISTORY OF US with you guys today. I really love it. I'm warning you now, it's different than any of my other covers. It's perfect for the story though and it's exactly what I wanted. I asked them to show the road trip and film/picture aspect of the book, and they nailed it. Even the rainbow is perfect. I hope you guys love it as much as I do!


Cover Design: Aaron Anderson


Blurb:

Sometimes it's not about coming out, it's about settling in.

Eighteen-year-old Bradley Collins came out a year ago and hasn't looked back since. Who cares if he doesn’t know any other gay people? Bradley has friends and basketball—that’s all he needs. Even if that means always sitting on the sidelines when the guys go out looking for girls.

When cute film-boy TJ tries to flirt with Bradley while his friends are doing their thing, he freaks. Yeah, he’s gay, but he’s never had the opportunity to go out with a boy before. He’s never had to worry about how his friends will react to seeing him with a guy.

Bradley accompanies TJ on a road trip to film TJ’s senior project documentary. In each city they visit, they meet with people from different walks of life, and Bradley learns there’s a whole lot more to being honest about himself than just coming out. He still has to figure out who he really is, and learn to be okay with what he discovers.

Available June 11, 2015

Pre-order links

Harmony Ink

Dreamspinner Press


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And so you can meet Bradley and TJ, I had this artwork done of them as well.

Artwork by jeminabox

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Cover Reveal: AT THE STARS by Elisabeth Staab

I'm super happy to help reveal the cover for Elisabeth's Staab's upcoming NA, AT THE STARS. It's beautiful!



Blurb:
A GIRL TRYING TO LEAVE HER PAST BEHIND
I was a normal teenager who loved music and dancing, until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. A few years later when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and the curious stares. I decided to get in my car and just go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me.

A GUY WHO CAN’T LET HIS GO
For the last eight years, all I can think about is the day I ended another man’s life. Then I manage to save Cassie’s, and I feel like maybe I’ve got some kind of second chance. To do what I couldn’t before, or maybe even for something bigger. Something like love. If only I could feel like I deserve her...

Pre-order links:
Amazon http://goo.gl/vFu9mc
Kobo http://goo.gl/WgEIft
B&N
iBooks
ARe

About the cover:
Cover Photography by Michael Stokes
Cover Model – Adam Von Rothfelder
Cover design by Babski Creative Studios

About Elisabeth:
Elisabeth Staab loves passionate stories and happy endings. Her books have been called “emotionally delicious,” “action-packed,” and “gloriously snarky.” When not writing romance, she enjoys date night with her husband, reading Harry Potter with her kids, and marathoning her favorite books or TV series. Find out more at ElisabethStaab.com, follow along on Facebook and Twitter, and keep up with new releases and giveaways by signing up for her newsletter.

Excerpt:

“So nobody should get close to you? I thought the same thing about myself. It’s lonely though, right?” She looks worried about me now. That’s worse than when she looked like she wanted to kiss me.

I tug on a strand of that hair one more time. An excuse to touch her without really touching her. “There’s no need to worry about me. I’m great.”

I’m not looking at her when I say those last few words. I’m jingling my keys and looking back toward my truck, the universal symbol for “I really gotta get the fuck out of here.” This conversation is getting more touchy-feely than I know how to handle.

So I’m busy thinking about getting back to the truck. I don’t see it coming when she reaches up to brush her lips across mine.

It’s not an aggressive kiss. It almost doesn’t even qualify as a kiss at all, compared to what I’m used to. Her lips are as soft as I figured they would be from looking at them, and they fit so easily against mine. The way she throws her arms around my neck though, I’ve got this armful of Cassie and the only thing I want to do is hold on. Anyway, she could fall backward if I let go. I can’t let her fall.

I open my mouth to remind her why this is all a bad idea, and instead of words I hear a low, strangled sound come out of my throat. She uses the chance to slip her warm tongue against mine. She’s a great kisser—an amazing kisser—soft but firm, and insistent. I don’t know why I didn’t expect her to be good. It means she’s kissed other guys, and right now I can’t think about her and other guys.





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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda ~ GIVEAWAY

This book was EVERYTHING. And when I say everything, I mean every-freaking-thing. I have not loved a book this much in a long, long, long, LONG time. It's always super scary to read a book that you've really been looking forward to. Simon was one of my three most anticipated reads of the year so there was a lot of pressure there. I mean, I figured I'd like it. The title was great, the cover amazing, the blurb incredible. But you just never know. I wanted to like it...but that doesn't always happen. Here, I didn't like it, I freaking LOVED it.

I want to live inside this book.

I want to be best friends for life with Becky Albertalli, which is probably a little creepy of me but, DUDE, she created not only one of the best characters I have ever read, but one of the best books.

I wish you could see me. I'm getting a little teary-eyed writing this and this wasn't a sad book at all, but it was THAT GOOD. The voice...you guys know I'm a huge male POV fan, but I'm also pretty picky about it. She nailed it. Like nailed it in a way I can only dream about ever nailing it. It was perfect. The cursing, the sarcasm, the fragments, the confusion, every little thing rang so, so, so true in this book. I can't even...I want to read it again!

So, here's the deal. I stayed up until almost one this morning reading. If you're a mom of younger kids, you know how big a deal this is. Even though it's a weekend, they're almost always up early.

I highlighted the crap out of this book. My kindle copy is glowing yellow.

I laughed too many times to count. My poor husband was trying to sleep next to me and I kept giggling and saying things like, "This is the cutest book I have ever read!" and "I am so in love!" and didn't even try to be quiet about my happiness and excitement while he slept (sorry, Dom!).

Not only was I giggling loudly I kept saying, "awwwww!" I swooned. Like too many times to count. Seriously, the romance about killed me. Simon and Blue forever!

I kept thinking that if anyone saw me in my bed, late at night with a blanket over my head, Kindle in hand, and a smile on my face the size of California, I would look even creepier than wanting to be Becky Albertalli's bff. But I couldn't help it. My cheeks hurt today because I read for hours with a smile.

When I finished the book, I still had the smile but also my eyes were teary because of the awesomeness. It's not often a book makes me teary even though it didn't make me sad at all. All the tears were just because it was so incredibly cute, perfect and every other word you can think of.

If you couldn't tell, I kind of loved this book :) I shall go add it to my favorites page right now. You guys should read it. Like, right now. Today.

And because I love it so much, I will gift an ebook copy from Barnes and Noble or Amazon to one person who comments on this post. Giveaway ends on Wednesday the 15th because I'm impatient and I want to give a copy away ASAP.



Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


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