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Ho! Ho! Ho! Young Adult Kindle Giveaway!

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Dead of Night by Carlyle Labuschagne

Happy Book Release to Carlyle!

I started talking to Carlyle online sometime before her first book came out and I had the pleasure of meeting her at UtopYA this past year. If you haven't checked out her books, please do. She is amazing and one of the nicest people I've ever met. :)

Dead of Night was first published in 2014 in the USA
Nominated by best kindle hub for Best Dystopian 2014 
Nominated for UtopYAcon Best Dystopian book 2015
And has since been re edited with new content for
Fire Quill Publishers

In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.

World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about - to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are in…

Sudden Hope

Sudden Hope, my first novel outside of the fantasy/paranormal world, is now available!
Here is a little about Sudden Hope and what readers are saying about it. :) 

Alec is a seventeen-year-old who has endured more in life than anyone should have to. Seeing his neighbor and ex-bestfriend, Skylar, struggle after a tragic loss, Alec makes it his mission to show her that life is worth living. 
Little does he know that he will learn that same lesson.

"Ok this review is hard to write. This book is beyond amazing. There are no words for how good this book is. There is so much to this story. So much heartache and sadness but also love and happiness. There is something in this story that all of us can relate to and something to touch all of our hearts. Daniele Lanzarotta I definitely think for your first contemporary romance you hit this one out of the park!"  - Crazy Chix Book Reviews 
"I loved this book. It deals with teen bullying and violence that are so prevalent and often overlo…

Bone Chilling! Author of Generations Apart Reacts to Lady Gaga's Music Video - Til It Happens To You

Hi everyone, 
I have a special guest today! Lucille Griswold is the author of Generations Apart, a novel that shows the life-long impact of sexual assault. In Generations Apart, the assault happened in a college campus decades ago. It makes us question just how much things have changed since, if at all. Sometimes it feels that the only difference between then and now is that we hear more about it now with news being on social media...  One in five college women will be sexually assaulted this year unless something changes, and something NEEDS to change.   

Guest Post from Lucille Griswold.
Bone Chilling!
You won't know how it feels Til It Happens To You.  No words could be more true.  I hope what happens in the Lady Gaga video never happens to anyone, as no individual deserves to be violated nor to experience how it really feels.  Coincidence, or not, this video came out around the same time as my book Generations Apart.  What happens in my book took place on a college campus and the s…

Character Withdrawal

(This is me, babbling about character withdrawals. lol I actually wrote this a few weeks ago, but didn't have a chance to share it until now.)
Ending a book is never easy. I know authors who can’t wait to type, ‘The End’. I think that is the normal reaction… Right? *laughs* I’m not one of those authors. I can’t wait to share the story with my readers, but I also dread the moment when I type ‘The End’, because I don’t want to let go of certain characters. As readers, you get attached to characters while reading a book for a couple of hours or days. Now imagine having those characters become a part of your life for months or years.... 
It’s not easy. This is actually the number one reason why I love writing series versus standalone books. Yet, I find myself writing my first standalone book and I’m already dreading that character withdrawal from when the story is over. I mean, they aren’t even gone yet and I already miss them.
And 'Sudden Hope' (young adult novel) so happens …

Teaser Tuesday - The Sweetest Date - Venom

Through the window, I can see him put the blanket on the bed of the truck. He comes back around with the flashlight and leads me to the back, helping me up. I sit on the blanket and he hops up, lying down next to where I’m sitting.
He sighs. “It’s funny that you asked me to bring you here.”
“Why?” I ask, looking back at him. He is playing with the flashlight, now shinning it on my face and nearly blinding me.
“Sorry,” he says as he puts the flashlight down on the back center of truck’s bed.
“This is where I came when I ran away once.”
“I’m not running away,” I say defensively. “I just needed to well—to get a way for a while.”
“You can lie down,” he says. “I don’t bite.” I laugh at his comment. I lie down next to him and stare up at the stars; one of the few things that, centuries after centuries, remains unchanged.
I feel his hand on mine and I close my eyes.
“My first name is Sarah,” I say and I can feel a weight being lifted off my shoulders as I say it.
He looks to the side so he …

Guest Post by Author Liz Long - HUNTED

I'm so excited to have you be a part of my release day for HUNTED, Book 3 of the Donovan Circus Series! Sometimes it feels like I just released the first book, GIFTED, a few days ago; other times, it feels like more years than it's actually been! :) Thank you to the amazing bloggers, authors, and readers who have helped make this such an awesome release day. Also a special thanks to my cover designer, Kate at Dwell Design Press for her amazing cover work! I hope you all find the third adventure as exciting as the first two - and perhaps much darker, as there are many underlying things bubbling to the surface, secrets coming unveiled, and a death that will shake the troupe in a terrible way.
Back Cover Synopsis: Lucy Sullivan finally belongs with the gifted Donovan Circus. Members are finding their rhythm, even the new folks from the Grayson Circus who joined after the last attack. Lucy feels like a trusted leader who can win the gifted battles and prevent humans from discover…


YA Author Ripley Patton and her YA son are starting a new endeavor, RIPLEY'S BOOKLIST, and they're seeking YA Authors and Readers to join them.RIPLEY’S BOOKLIST is a Young Adult Fiction e-book subscription list curated by the mother/son team, serving up quality CHEAP and FREE YA book deals to your inbox once a week.WHAT MAKES RIPLEY'S BOOKLIST UNIQUE?THEY FOCUS ON WHAT THEY LOVE AND KNOW: AWESOME YA FICTIONE-book subscription lists are a dime a dozen, There are hundreds of them, many of which you've probably already subscribed (and then unsubscribed) to. So, why add another one? Ripley's Booklist will focus on young adult fiction ONLY. They read YA. They write YA. They breathe YA. So, they'll be honing in on what they know and love to curate the best YA fiction under $5 they can find. If you read YA, this list is for you.THEY'RE PICKYMost e-book subscriptions lists accept any book or author who pays their listing fee. That isn't curating. It's busin…

Guest Post by NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Hiatt - STARFALL

STARFALL, the electrifying conclusion of NYT Bestselling author's Starstruck series was released on February 24th. 
A little about how the whole series came to be…
Back when I was in third grade (or thereabouts), a girl in my class used to tell us all that she was really a Martian princess. She was ADAMANT about it, and even though we made fun of her (as kids will) and tried all kinds of things to convince or trick her into admitting she was making it up, she stuck to her story—probably for at least a month, though of course I remember it as much longer now.  I forgot all about her and her story until a few years ago, when something brought it to mind. At that point, my writer-brain suddenly whispered, “What if she was telling the truth? What if she really WAS a Martian princess?” And thus, the idea for STARSTRUCK was born.
By the time I finished the book (which took me over a year, since it was my first foray into writing for the young adult market after more than a dozen historical…

Teaser Tuesday - Happy St. Patrick's Day from Venom's Irish Vampire

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I'm sharing a little teaser from Venom, featuring my Irish vamp Harvey... and Nicholas, of course. v--v
Nicholas' POV

 I speed the entire way home, where I practically jump out of the car and rush in through the front door.
I find Harvey sitting in the living room, reading a book.
Once he hears me, he puts the book down.
“What is wrong with you?” he asks.
“Where is Sarah?”
“We have a problem.”
He laughs. “I don’t have a problem. You might. In fact, you have more than just one problem, but please, go on.”
“Man, just… I’m not in the mood, okay?”
I guess at that point, he realizes I’m serious and that something really is wrong.
“What happened?”
“We have to move and I need you to do something for me.”
His tone changes immediately. “Why the hell do we have to move and what do you need?”
“I kind of bit someone and couldn’t compel her into forgetting it.”
“Why the hell not?”
“It doesn’t matter. Telling you what happened won’t …

I'm back!

Hi everyone,

I'm currently updating my blog. It's been far too long! I really do miss blogging, but it's just been a crazy year. I'm back though and I will be here more often. :)

For now, I will leave you with a quick update on new releases since last time I was here.

The Vampires are back!  You know... the non-sparkling ones. v--v
Venom, the first novel in the Imprinted Souls Series spin-off, featuring Nicholas, Harvey, and Sarah, is now available. So if you missed my favorite sarcastic vamp, you won't want to miss this!


Things have always been complicated for Sarah. She was one of the few forbidden vampires who were turned as a child. She was a vampire for over 300 years, until the day she was given angel blood.

She is now mortal, but her life is far from normal.

Sarah lives with two vampires: Harvey, and her brother Nicholas. Together, they do what they can to keep her hidden from their kind.

But between her desire to live a normal human life and her brother&#…