Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Giveaway

It's almost Christmas, and one of my favorite things about Christmas
is giving gifts! So some of my favorite writers (and critique partners) got
 together to do an awesome give away!

One winner will get a bundle of a bunch of amazing ebooks!

The bundle will include an ecopy of
Secondary Characters, by Rachel Schieffelbein
Unexpectedly You, by Riley Janes and Mia Josephs
 Fraction of Stone, by Kelley Lynn
and (perfect for the holidays!) The Spirit of Christmas!
which includes short stories by Me, J. A. Bennett, Kelley Lynn, and more!
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Unexpectedly You

Okay, first… BIG THANK YOU to Jessica for letting me invade her blog today. And second, I’m a little hopped up on medicine so this post may be a bit rambly and nonsensical. (Hey! Word recognizes “nonsensical” as a word. I thought I was just making that up.)

If you haven’t heard of this book here: 

It came out on Monday (woohoo!) and me and the awesome Mia Josephs (or you may know her as Jolene Perry) are stoked! And Jess was cool and said, hey, let’s do a character casting for it. Or maybe I suggested that… I’m having a hard time remembering. Oh well, doesn’t matter, I have pretty pictures for you.

So, Nate Marks is this totally artsy fartsy, hot photographer dude who works at his momma’s wedding planner biz while he puts his broken heart back together. He’s laid back, has an “I don’t give a crap” attitude, but he’s still pretty freaking talented. Mia wrote him, so I let her cast his character. :) (And I say, what a fine choice it is.)

Brooke Winters is this high-strung, petite go-getter who plans out nearly every second of every day trying to prove to her parents that she can be successful on her own. She’s conscious of every stray strand of hair on her clothes, has different panties for every occasion, and her phone is glued to her hand. She’s absolutely adorable in her harried and anal attitude way. Rachel McAdams fit the bill.

These two sound polar opposite (and they are) but this is their sweet story of how some people fit together, even when it’s… (dun dun dun)… UNEXPECTED.
Oh, and here’s a rafflecopter doohickey thinger in case you want to win a signed copy of the book along with other goodies.

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Thanks to Jessica, again!

Oh and duh, here are the purchase links. I always seem to forget those!

Riley…out :)

Thanks for taking over my blog, Riley. So what do you think? This ones definitely going on my TBR list, how about yours?


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Effortless With You Book Blitz

Effortless With You
by Lizzy Charles
Release Date: 11/05/13
From Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can't end fast enough.

To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls' dreams, but definitely not Lucy's. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he's the most beautiful jerk Lucy's ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there's more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.

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About the Author
When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.

Author Links:
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2 signed print book of Effortless With You (US only)
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Congrats to Lizzy on her book making it to print! Have you read it? On your TBR list?


Friday, November 1, 2013

All I Want For NaNo Blog Hop and The Spirit of Christmas Book Release

All I want for NaNo is . . .

I have a big wish list. World peace. Health and happiness for my family. But if we're just talking about NaNo, my wish is two kind of three things. Is that okay? I'm going to tell you anyway. I hope that our Anthology does well so the NaNo charities get a good donation. And the second thing I hope I'm able to do NaNo. The second part of that is without my family hating me at the end of the month for being on my computer constantly. :)

Do you have a NaNo wish?

Here's the rules: Post what you want for you NaNo and put a buy link to The Spirit of Christmas Anthology -, as well as the blog hop code--- ""
 That's it. Get as creative as you like, pictures--flash fiction--video, think outside the box.

Don't forget about the prizes!

Jennie's giving away a 50 page critique + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
I'm also giving a 50 page critique + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
Kelley's giving a $25 Amazon Giftcard + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
David's also giving a $25 Amazon Giftcard + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
Cassie's giving a choice of any of her ebooks + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas

And here's the book part....

My first story is being published today!!!! I cannot tell you how excited and nervous I am. THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS is an anthology of YA, christmas short stories. With all the proceeds going to the NaNo organization. It's available on Amazon Kindle and Paperback.

Isn't it beautiful! The amazing, Becca Ann did a fabulous job on the cover and the formatting of the book. Thank you! I'd also like to say thank you to J. A. Bennett for including me in her adventure, she had a great idea. And thank you to all my co-authors, Suzi Retzlaff, and Kelly Kizer Whitt for helping to make my story readable. I hope you guys enjoy it, and well if you don't, don't tell me. :)

Are you participating in our Bloghop? Going to get the Anthology? Participating in NaNo? I'll see you in December.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Author Interview: Theresa Paolo

I was able to interview Theresa Paolo who's debut book, (Never) Again, was released yesterday by Penguin. I had the opportunity to read this book before it was release and I have to say it was awesome.  The characters are relatable and likable. It's one of those stories that has you rooting for the main character. It's a must read.

JS:  Your book (NEVER) AGAIN came out yesterday. Congratulations! Can you tell us a little about it? 
TP: YAY! I’m so excited! A little bit about the book. Hmm…It’s like I’m pitching all over again lol Liz Wagner is heartbroken when her ex, Zach, moves across the country and stops calling. She finally moves on when he shows back up. She refuses to admit what everyone knows, she’s not over him. It’s not until a tragedy strikes and she has no choice but to rely on him that she realizes she never stopped loving him. But will she be able to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out?

JS: How did you get the idea for this book? 
TP: This is such a hard question because I’m afraid of giving away too much. Okay let’s see if I can do this. It started in 2007 when I saw something on the news and it stayed with me for days. I knew there were stories out there where characters dealt with this particular situation on the inside, but nothing I knew of, that dealt with the characters who were witnessing it on the outside. What were they feeling? What was going through their mind? Especially when it was a developing story and not much information was being given. Are you confused yet?

JS: Is this book a stand alone or will this be a series?
TP:  It’s a standalone right now, but I have high hopes to write other characters stories.

JS:  How long did it take you to write this book? 
TP:  I’m not exactly sure when I started writing but I got the idea in 2007 and I sent my first query out in 2010. I rewrote it two times and by 2013 I signed with Penguin.

JS: Did you always want to be a writer and when did you decide to become one? 
TP:  Growing up I changed my mind on a daily basis. I wanted to be a teacher, a lawyer, a journalist, an author, a columnist, work in marketing (that’s what I have my degree in) so many different things. I always went back to some sort of writer though. In 2006/2007 I decided I wanted to write a book and I went for it and have been hooked ever since.

JS:  How many query letters did you send out? 
TP:  Too many. Seriously. It’s almost embarrassing. I had written nine complete manuscripts (it’s up to 10 or 11 now), queried five and received 208 rejections. It really only takes one yes.

JS:  What are you working on now?
TP:  I have so many WIP’s. I’m super excited for the collab I have coming out, King Sized Beds and Happy Trails under my pen name, Tessa Marie, with the awesomely talented Becca Ann. We’re currently working on the second book Beachside Beds and Sandy Paths. I’m editing a YA book where the main character time travels back to 1925 and everyone thinks she’s her great grandmother. I’m also working on two New Adult books. And I have a YA witch story I go back and forth with that is completely out of my comfort zone and is probably why I haven’t worked on it in awhile.

JS:  What’s your favorite thing about being a writer? 
TP:  The community. I have met some amazing people and made so many friends. Some of my closest friends I met in the writing community. I don’t know what I would do without them! (Jessica, if you haven’t guessed, you’re one of them! J)

JS: Is (NEVER) AGAIN the first book you’ve ever written? 
TP:  Nope. It’s the sixth. Six and a half actually.

JS:  What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
TP:  Don’t give up. When people say it only takes one yes they aren’t kidding. Write every day and write for yourself. Once you start writing to please other people you’ll lose your voice. Learn as much as you can. Follow agents on Twitter and read their blogs. Take advantage of the free information and use it to your advantage.

Random Questions 

Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate! Unless it’s a brownie then I want vanilla ice cream with it. 
Coffee or tea? Tea! 
Beach or snow? I love the snow but after a week I’m done. I grew up on an island, spending my summer on my parents boat and I couldn’t imagine life without the beach. So I have to go with beach.
Last book read? It’s October so I just read R.L. Stines Goosebumps book Welcome to Dead House lol Right now I’m reading Susan Mallery’s Three Little Words 
Favorite author? Sarah Dessen, Toni Blake, Susan Mallery and Simone Elkeles

Most played song on iPod? Anything Bruno Mars
Favorite movie? I can’t name one! Empire Records, Dazed and Confused, Can’t Hardly Wait, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Just Like Heaven, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Elf, Home Alone 1&2 okay I’m going to stop now.

Outliner or panster? Pantser! Every time I try to outline my characters resist

Flats or heels? If you asked me this question a few years ago it’d be heels. Now I have a job where I have to dress up I purposely wear things I can wear flats with.
Lipstick or chapstick? Lipgloss J

Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her boyfriend and Milton, their big eyed goldfish. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty which is why she writes New Adult and Young Adult books, reliving the best and worst years of her life through her characters. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. On November 11th 2011 at 11:11 she made a wish. Two hours later she was laid off. Jobless for the first time since she was sixteen she was determined to make her wish come true. Writing became her life again and after many nights of ignoring her boyfriend to spend time with her characters, she finally received the call that all her hard work, finger crossing and eye crossing paid off. She was getting published.  When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera or can be found in the blogosphere or on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. She is repped by the amazing Brittany Booker of The Booker Albert Literary Agency.

Okay enough of the third person! Look for my debut novel (NEVER)AGAIN  from Berkley(Penguin)You can order it today at B&N or Amazon

Do you know Theresa? Sound like  a good book? Putting it on your TBR list? Also don't forget to sign up for our blog hop- All I Want For NaNo.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

(Never) Again Blog Hop

Theresa Paolo's book, (NEVER) AGAIN, comes out today!! Congrats, Theresa. In honor of that, she's hosting The (Never) Again Blog Hop. Which is all about things that you swore you'd never do again, but ended up doing anyway. Want to participate or see who is? You can find the linky list at her blog.

In high school I dated this boy that was no good for me. But we were sooooo in love. Unfortunately, he broke up with me on a fairly regular basis and then a week later come crawling back. Each and every time I would swear I wasn't going to take him back, that I was so much better without him. But he'd come around and tell me how much he loved me and be all sweet and yep before you'd know it we'd be back together. I wish I could say I was smart enough and one day didn't take him back. Nope. One time he broke up with me and never came crawling back.

Did you ever have a relationship like that? Are you participating in this blog hop? Getting Theresa's book?


Monday, October 14, 2013

All I Want For NaNo Blog Hop

Jennie first heard about NaNo WriMo three years ago shortly after she started blogging. She thought people were nuts for even attempting to write 50k in a month. Yet, she couldn’t pass up the chance to try it out for herself. Since then, Jennie's done NaNo (including camp NaNo) 4 times--this November will make 5.

Because of this, Jennie's spent a considerable about of time on, and they’re doing some amazing stuff for people. She has a 14 yr old cousin who went to LTUE last year because NaNo came to his school, and he decided he really liked writing. How awesome is that?

In these past three years Jennie's felt awful for not giving back when NaNo has been doing so much for writers everywhere. That’s why she decided to write an anthology with a few awesome friends and donate all the proceeds to NaNoWriMo.

But we need your help to get the word out! Presenting, All I Want for NaNo:

Jennie will be on Alex's blog, October 16th, with the twelve days of NaNo.

Here's the rules: on November 1st post what you want for you NaNo and put a buy link to The Spirit of Christmas Anthology, as well as the blog hop code---  <script type="text/javascript" src="" ></script> . That's it. Get as creative as you like, pictures--flash fiction--video, think outside the box.

Of course, the bloghop wouldn't be complete without prizes! Since they're five of us, they're will be five excellent prizes.

Jennie's giving away a 50 page critique + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
I'm also giving a 50 page critique + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
Kelley's giving a $25 Amazon Giftcard + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
David's also giving a $25 Amazon Giftcard + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas
Cassie's giving a choice of any of her ebooks + an ecopy of The Spirit of Christmas

Pretty cool, eh? What are you waiting for? Sign up below!


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How To Date A Nerd Blog Hop

In honor of Cassie Mae's book, How To Date A Nerd, coming out TODAY we are doing a blog hop. (Congrats Cassie!)

Post an answer to this question: What is the nerdiest thing about you?
Post the blog hop picture on your post and on your sidebar.
Post the Goodreads link to How to Date A Nerd

The nerdiest thing about me? The TV shows I watch. I'm big into Doctor Who (thank you Jenny Morris) and super heroes. In fact I'm a lot like Zoe in that aspect. . .a closet nerd. :)

Check out How To Date A Nerd at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Zoe has a great pair of legs, perky boobs, and wears exactly what she needs to show it all off. She works hard for the easy sleazy ‘you only wish you were me’ reputation, burying who she really is—an all-out nerd.

The only time Zoe gets to be herself is when she hides under her comforter to read X-Men comics, sending jealousy stabs at everyone who attends Comic-Con. Keeping up her popular rep is too important, and she’s so damn insecure to care about the consequences. But when Zoe’s sister takes her car for a ‘crash and burn into a tree’ joyride, her parents get her a replacement. A manual. Something she doesn’t know how to operate, but her next door neighbor Zak sure as heck does.

Zak’s a geek to the core, shunned by everyone in school for playing Dungeons and Dragons at lunch and wearing “Use the Force” t-shirts. And Zoe’s got it bad for the boy. Only Zak doesn’t want Popular Zoe. He wants Geek Zoe.

She has to shove her insecurities and the fear of dropping a few rungs on the social ladder aside to prove to Zak who she really is and who she wants to be… if she can figure it out herself.

 Adding it to your TBR list? Have you read any of Cassie Mae's books?


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

IWSG: What Ifs

This is my post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's a group thought up by the ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh. The group posts the first Wednesday of every month and is a wonderful way to support and get encouragement from and for your fellow writers. If you would like to join the group or see the other blogs that participate in it go HERE.

I've been on this journey now for two years. I've written two books, started two more, posted countless blog posts, and networked with the most amazing people.

I'm getting closer to  where I want to be...published.

I've sent out a few rounds of query letters for the collab I wrote with the phenomenal Kelley Lynn. We got rejections and one revise and resubmit, but didn't bother me. Kelley and I are in it together.

But, now I've sent out two query letters for Awakened, my YA paranormal. Both these queries are for information. The agent either requests or tells you why they don't want it. I got the first one back and wasn't surprised by the response...

Nothing special. Didn't stand out.

I love my story and I think it's great, but there's this little voice in my head that keeps saying, 'What if there's nothing special about this. What if there's nothing to make it stand out.'

I used to think it was special. I used to think it was fabulous. Was that because it is or was that because I was naive?

So, does my story suck? Or just the voice in my head?


Monday, September 2, 2013

Nerd Blog Hop

Are you a nerd or a closet nerd? Have you ever done something nerdy? It could win you some great swag! Cassie Mae is having a Nerd Blog Hop September 24- 26in honor of the release of her book, HOW TO DATE A NERD. All you have to do is put your name on her linky list and post the nerdiest thing you've ever done. 

Want more info? Head over to Cassie's blog and check out the post.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Author Interview: Lizzy Charles

Today for my Author Interview Series, I have Lizzy Charles, who's book Effortless With You came out yesterday.

JS:  Your book EFFORTLESS WITH YOU came out yesterday. Congratulations! Can you tell us a little about it? 
LC:  Thank you so much! It’s a surreal experience. I’d love to tell you about my novel. EFFORTLESS WITH YOU is about sixteen year old Lucy who’s prepped for the perfect summer. But after landing in trouble one too many times, her parents deal her the ultimate punishment: a summer job painting with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Justin’s a jerk, but as Lucy’s intricately crafted social persona falls apart, she realizes that maybe there’s more to Justin than she thought. One thing’s for certain: it’s not the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.

JS:  How did you get the idea for this book? 
LC:  I loved the dynamic in Pride and Prejudice of Lizzy detesting Darcy. I wanted to write a novel that began with this conflict and edge, allowing the characters to unravel into their own unique relationship. 

JS:  Is this book a stand alone or will this be a series? 
LC:  Stand alone. 

JS:  How long did it take you to write this book? 
LC:  From first sentence to release date? Three years.
JS:  Did you always want to be a writer and when did you decide to become one? 
LC:  I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but, not surprisingly, I never managed to write a book until I decided to become one.

JS:  How many query letters did you send out? 
LC:  Oh man, between thirty and fifty. Unfortunately, my original query list disappeared with a computer crash. So I don’t know the exact number.

JS:  What are you working on now? 
LC:  It’s top secret! But I can say it’s a young adult contemporary romance that involves the smell of cow poop. ;-)

JS:  What’s your favorite thing about being a writer? 
LC:  I love getting lost in the story and discovering new things about my characters along the way.

JS:  Is Effortless With You the first book you’ve ever written? 
LC:  Yes.

JS:  What advice would you give to aspiring authors? 
LC:  Don’t give up, but don’t be foolish. If something isn’t getting a good response, figure out why. Find critique partners and compile writing resources (and use their suggestions!). Also, reach out to other authors. The writing community is incredibly supportive. Beta read and critique manuscripts. You’ll learn so much about writing, voice, and pacing that way. It’ll give you new eyes for your own manuscript.

Random Questions
1. Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate. 
2. Coffee or tea? Tea. Always black. 
3. Beach or snow? Beach
4. Last book read? Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae 5. Favorite author? J.K. Rowling
6. Most played song on iPod? Beautiful Things by Gungor. 
7. Favorite movie? Oo! This one is so tough. That totally depends on my mood. At this exact moment, I’d want to watch Crazy, Stupid, Love. How’s that?
8. Outliner or panster? Combination. I jot the general idea of where each chunk needs to go, but I let it develop as well. My outlines are usually just one word points.
9. Flats or heels? Flats. After taking a break from heels for a year while pregnant, I haven’t relearned how to walk in them without looking like a fool.
10.Lipstick or chapstick? Chapstick.

Jessica, thank you so much for having me! I loved your questions. They were so much fun!

When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.

Lizzy Charles on Facebook:

Effortless With You on Goodreads:
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Do you know Lizzy? Is this book on your TBR read list? Sound like something you'd like to read? Want to be a part of my Author Interview series? Click on the tab above.


Monday, August 12, 2013

SWITCHED Cover Reveal

Cassie Mae is taking my blog over again for the day. She has some more great news... Another cover reveal! Congrats, Cassie. I'm so happy for you.

Yay! Tis time for another cover from yours truly.

Covers are the best part. Not gonna lie. So... time for the booty shake!

Are you reading still? I'm wondering how many of you have scrolled down to the hot guy down there. (Because, I admit, I do this) Hmm... testing... tell me your favorite color in the comments if you read this part! LOL.

Here's my stuff, and the book blurb and all that:

Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestseller REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She also has a three book deal with Swoon Romance Publishing, including her book HOW TO DATE A NERD. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.


Cassie Mae redefines the New Adult genre with a novel that answers the eternal question: What do you do when you’re head-over-heels for your best friend’s guy?

Ever since high school, Kayla has been crazy for gorgeous football player Talon. But before she could muster the courage to tell him, he became a hot item with her beautiful BFF, Reagan. The only person who knows Kayla’s secret is Wesley, Talon’s best bud—and he’s got it bad for Reagan. Now they’re all in college together, hanging out 24/7. For Kayla, seeing the two lovebirds together is absolutely unbearable. So Kayla and Wesley hatch a plot to drive them apart. But time is ticking and they must act now, before Talon gives Reagan the Christmas gift she’s been waiting for.

Sure enough, the once-happy couple is fighting, Reagan suddenly can’t get enough of Wesley’s goofy sense of humor, and Talon seems to be paying more attention to Kayla than a guy who’s “just a friend” ever should. But something just isn’t right. Then Kayla and Wesley accidentally spend a night together, and discover a hitch they never considered: that switching partners may not lead to a perfect ending after all.

And now... the reveal

*dramatic drumroll!*

Okay, I love all my covers. But that guy, I can't stop looking at him. The girl is a perfect replica of Kayla too. So this makes me a happy pappy author :D

Spell for the day:


What do you think of the cover? Read any of Cassie's books? Have a great week!