Monday, December 22, 2014

Promo Blitz : Bittersweet by Shewanda Pugh








Young Adult Romance


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Date Published: December 9, 2014

In the aftermath of one tragic and uncertain night, Edy and Hassan shut out the chaos with a kiss. But when Hassan's traditionalist mother sees that kiss … well, a nightmare of a different sort begins. After all, he still has an arranged marriage on the horizon.
Love attacks the glue of their two bonded families; while the slow tug of success pulls Edy and Hassan in opposite directions. After denying their feelings for so long, they now have each other, but are forced to ask themselves if being together is worth it.
 



Excerpt

Hassan examined the gash on his right hand with mild interest, curious as to what point he’d earned it. His hand shook; his whole arm shook, and the tightness in his chest worked like a vice. He believed he could whittle away the panic. He believed he could wish away the night. He closed his eyes, opened them, and found all exactly as it had been.
He swatted at the EMT impatiently as his legs dangled from the rear of the ambulance. “That’s enough,” Hassan said. “I’m good.”
The man frowned down at his work. He’d cleaned the wound, applied an ointment, and looked at a roll of gauze longingly. “Really, you should let me—”
“I said ‘no.’” Hassan snatched his arm free and stood.
They’d rolled Wyatt away on a gurney. When that happened, the wheel of the stretcher had bumped on the door frame’s ledge, causing his arm to swing out from the bed. Long, white, limp—that was Hassan’s last image of him. He thought of it now as he stared at the Green’s front entrance. A uniformed officer banged at the door. Another stood at his side. The wind howled in response.
He couldn’t watch that. He couldn’t stand this. Swarming, aimless flashing lights, the methodical sectioning and combing of here and there, and Wyatt’s swinging arm, slipped out to greet him.
He’s dead. No one loses that much blood and lives.
Hassan’s thoughts turned to Edy, Edy whose friend had been shot. Quick steps brought him to her, in the cold, in the dark, in the madness they’d rushed home. Get to her was his only command.
She stood underneath a winter-stripped oak wrapped in a fleece Patriots blanket. Seeing her reminded him of his own bare arms and of how cold he should have been.
He slid in with her, wrapped her in the circle of his arms so tight, and exhaled a puff of exhaustion. Better, he thought. Best. Because he couldn’t think just now. He could only feel and breathe in drafts, so wrecked was he from the senselessness of it all. Some part of him, some inner part, fractured and burned, fluttering off in winter winds ashen piece by ashen piece.
“Hassan,” Edy said. “I—I’m freaking out. I’m going to lose it completely.” Her eyes swept the lawn without seeing, watering to overflow, sliding into panic.
“Edy,” he said, but she didn’t hear.
“Edy,” he repeated, but she still didn’t hear. She gripped the fabric of his shirt at the waist, fisting it with a hand and twisting. He pulled her in so they were forehead to forehead and trembling.
She would keep it together or he would unravel right with her.
“Don’t leave me,” Hassan said. “You know you can’t.”
He yanked at her as if he could rouse her into forgetting, into going backward, into being yesterday’s Edy and therefore okay. In this tighter, fiercer embrace, he was hyper aware of his every clenched muscles, of her fingers first touching, then digging into his side, and of the snow that eventually began to fall.
He’d hold them together if it took all night.
She ran a hand across his face and he caught her by the wrist. Funny how the noises dulled then, how the rushing thuds of footsteps and the commanding voices drifted to insignificance when she looked at him. While he couldn’t will every muscle in his body to release, or his heart to slow down on the gallop, he could do this. He could hold her and she could him. They could ground each other, help each other. It worked two ways.
Luckily.
She licked her lips.
And he kissed them.
It happened that fast.
“Hassan!” his mother cried.
Yeah.
His mother.






About the Author

Shewanda Pugh is a tomboy who credits Stephen King with being the reason she writes romance. In 2012 she debuted with the first novel in a three part contemporary adult romance series, Crimson Footprints. Since then, she's been shortlisted for the AAMBC Reader's Choice Award, the National Black Book Festival's Best New Author Award, and the Rone Award for Contemporary Fiction in 2012 and 2013. She has an MA in Writing from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Political Science from Alabama A&M University. Though a native of Boston, MA, she now lives in Miami, FL, where she can soak up sun rays without fear of shivering.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Post Edition #76




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This Last Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of December 14 – December 20
Book Spotlight (I Am A Reader): Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson
Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): Crush by J.C Emery
Book Blitz (YA Bound) : The Last Protector by Stephanie Keyes
Book Blitz/#Giveaway (YA Bound) : Lessons in Love by Clarissa Carlyle
Book Blitz (YA Bound) : After I Fall by Amity Hope
Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): Seaside Sunsets by Melissa Foster
Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): Around the Bend by Britney King
Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): ASA by Jay Crownover
Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): Skip to the Good Part Vol 2
Grand Finale Blitz/#Giveaway (Prism Book Tours) : The Claus Box Set, a clean YA sci-fi series, by Tony Bertauski
(Novel Publicity) : Melissa Foster - #Giveaway
*12/14 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Re-Run: Running for fun Ebook by Tony Markey
*12/14 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Prince, Prelude-Legend by Claudy Conn
*12/15 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Blackout Kindle Countdown Deal by Alecia Stone
*12/15 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Talisman Of El is FREE by Alecia Stone
12/15 - Release Day Blitz (Bewitching Book Tours): Debt Collector Season Two by Susan Kaye Quinn
*12/15 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Mystical New Love Box Set! by Mystical Box Set Babes
*12/15 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - The Violet Chronicles by MakaylaYokley
*12/15 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Hellsbane Hereafter RELEASE! by Paige Cuccaro
*12/15 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Order Now! Adventures of Alexis Davenport by Shay West
*12/15 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Book Lovers Gift Exchange Hop by Samantha K. Williams
*12/15 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - **Shattered Dreams is LIVE** by Christina BookaLuscious
*12/15 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Sanguinary: Urban Fantasy Sale by Margo Bond Collins
*12/15 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - SALE - Wherever You Will Go by Stephanie Smith
*12/16 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - HELP break Amazon's algorithm by Jean-Louis McMillan
*12/16 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - "Bentley The Bunny" by Camy De Mario
*12/17 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Jungle Fever Duology by L V Lewis
*12/17 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - The Secret of Excaliber Cover Reveal by Pamela Foley
*12/17 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - REAPER Underworld COVER REVEAL by Dannielle Wicks
*12/17 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - One night changes forever by Chelsea Landon
*12/17 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Rising Release Day by Lisa Swallow
*12/18 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - 3 Books for only 99 cents! by Rita Herron
*12/18 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Escape your holiday mayhem! by Ruth ONeil
*12/18 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Free Steampunk Fantasy by Pauline Creeden
*12/18 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Tied to You giveaway by Bibi Paterson
*12/18 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Saving Sultan Release by Jennah Scott
*12/18 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Get Your Alpha On! by Laurel Cremant
*12/18 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - You Own Me PreOrder! by Mary Catherine Gebhard
*12/18 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Buried Without Her Name by Linda Harris Sittig
*12/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Support Dark Hollows Press! by Eden Connors
*12/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Toucan Trilogy holiday special by Scott Cramer
*12/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Another Sunset by Jason Zandri by Jason Zandri
*12/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Cursed by the Wicked Giveaway by J R Richardson
*12/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Gibson's Legacy KL Shandwick by Isalovesbooks
*12/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - ***Half-Price Xmas Offer!! *** by Lee Ness
*12/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Blue Moon - meet Theo de Lucis by Vampy & Racey
*12/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Two $25 GC Giveaway & Cookies by Jennifer Garcia
*12/19 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Of Love and Vengeance by Louise Lyndon
*12/20 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Star Promise Release by G.J. Walker-Smith
*12/20 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Spend New Years Eve in Belize! by Amber Lea Easton
*12/20 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Sexy Southern Suspense by Jennifer St. Giles
*12/20 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - A Gothic to Die For! by Jennifer St. Giles
*12/20 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - DOWNLOADS EQUAL DONATIONS by Donna Walo-Clancy

Next Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of December 21 – December 27
Promo Blitz (Reading Addiction Blog Tours) : Bittersweet by Shewanda Pugh
Book Excerpt (InkSlinger PR): The Witches of the Glass Castle: Uprising by Gabriella Lepore
*12/21 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler/Linkedin) - If You Believe by Mya O’Malley by Mya O'Malley
*12/22 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - 3 Great Books, One Low Price! by Rita Herron
*12/22 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Whole Lotta Apollo Goin' On by Rebecca Joyce
*12/22 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - I Love You, Salvatore by Marita A. Hansen
*12/22 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Now Accepting New Authors by Rocket Science Productions
*12/22 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Razer 8 Box Sets 1&2 by P.T. Macias, Author
*12/23 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - A Perfect Dream F/F Erotica by Raven J. Spencer
*12/23 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Troianne A Time Travel Romance by Crystal Gauthier
12/23 - Book Blast/#Giveaway (I Am A Reader): A City Full of Santas by Pooja Sardana
*12/23 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Lit-CUBE! by Peggy Martinez
*12/23 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Grab These Nice/Naughty Gifts! by L V Lewis
*12/23 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Hope(less) by Melissa Haag by Raven. PA
*12/23 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY TIME by Bev Elle
*12/24 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Fractured Glass Casey L Bond
*12/24 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - This Crazy Love Cover Reveal by Stefanie Pratt
*12/24 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - FREE LimitedX Cloak of Shadows by CK Dawn
*12/24 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Tainted Dreams by Tiger Worths
*12/24 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Portals of Destiny Promo by Shay West
*12/24 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Healing A Shifter Sale $0.99! by C.A. Tibbitts
*12/25 – Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Finding Refuge Bk 2 Release by Cathi Shaw
*12/25 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Join me on the right side by Karen Magill
*12/26 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Build Your Wealth in 2015! by Nick Reichert-Author
12/26 - Book Spotlight (Bewitching Book Tours): American Specter by Rasheedah Prioleau
*12/27 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Paranormal Book Deals GIVEAWAY by Rainy Kaye
*12/27 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Grownup New Year's Eve Party! by Mary Rowen

Coming soon


December
Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): Hundred to One by Freya Barker
*12/28 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Make It Rain for a New Kindle! by Terri Marie
12/29 - Release Launch (InkSlinger PR): A Necessary Sin by Georgia Cates
*12/29 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Get “Protecting Fiona” TODAY! by Author Susan Stoker
*12/29 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Battle Cry #NewRelease by Melissa Snark
*12/29 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Mending Scars is Live!! by Brandy L Rivers
*12/29 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Playing w/ the Drummer release by Robin Covington
*12/30 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Celebrate our anniversary!by Jacqueline Driggers
12/30 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): Desires of the Soul By Gina L. Maxwell
12/30 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): Enduring Fate by Alicia Rae
12/30 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): Played by Lilliana Anderson
12/30 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): Forever Found by Nazarea Andrew
12/30 - Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): Heartlines by S.G. Holster
*12/30 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Caught Inside by S Briones Lim
12/30 – Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): After Us by Amber Hart
*12/30 - Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Reckless Beat #SALE by Eden Summers
*12/31 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Murder Stalks Romance in SC! by Theresa J Garrido
*12/31 - HeadTalker (Twitter/Facebook/Tumbler) - Up For Some Thrills? by Jenny Hinsman
*12/31 ¬- Thunderclap (Twitter/Facebook) - Get #Caged by K. Pars

Book Excerpt : The Witches of the Glass Castle: Uprising by Gabriella Lepore



Witches of the Glass Castle: Uprising Synopsis:

Still reeling after discovering she’s a witch, Mia learns that sixteen years ago she was born with The Arx—a force-field so coveted that dark witches would stop at nothing to steal it. With her brother Dino at her side, she flees to the Glass Castle in hopes of reversing the sinister fate foreseen by their aunt. Despite Dino’s warnings, Mia seeks comfort from Colt, the alluring Hunter charged with protecting her. But just as Dino begins to trust Colt, the siblings are blindsided by an unnerving suspicion: can a Hunter ever be trusted?



Excerpt

The dwindling sunlight cast purple shadows over the stone courtyard, like fractures in a murky river. Mia walked on, trailing her fingers along the castle’s rough outer walls.
A sudden swell of cold evening breeze flushed her cheeks and flowed through her long brown hair. The breeze drew her focus to the hedges that separated the courtyard from the grounds.
Mia shivered.
Colt was out there. She knew he was.
After a quick backwards glance to the castle, she tentatively forged on, crossing beneath the hedge archway and emerging for the first time into the unlit gardens. Tall hedges looped around flower beds, and weathered benches lined the walkway.
Mia stepped onto the grass and paced across the lawn. She knew exactly where she was going. Resolved in her quest, she moved in and out of the hedges, carefully avoiding the barren winter flower beds. Once she’d manoeuvred her way through the maze of hedges, an open stretch of dull December grass rolled down into an embankment. From the ridge, she was able to see to the forest below—the forest that was off limits to her and all other Arcana. Even on a clear evening like this, there was a dense layer of mist clinging to the front trees, hiding them almost entirely from sight.
Mia stood motionless for a while, allowing the breeze to coil around her arms and legs before it moved up to her throat, where it settled like a collar. The scent of pine drifted out from the forest, igniting her memories of summer. Her memories of Colt.
She squinted as she scanned for movement amongst the long shadows. There was something there, she was sure of it.
Boldly, she began down the embankment, closing in on the curtain of mist that eclipsed the forest. When she reached the hazy boundary, her stride didn’t falter. She allowed the mist to swallow her, to lick at her skin and seep into her lungs. She was caught now, drawn in deeper by the mist’s enchantment—whether she wanted to venture farther or not.
Her feet hit the forest floor in robotic thuds, crunching through the fallen bronzed leaves as she passed through the web of trees.
I’m not afraid, she reminded herself. Her heart began to beat faster. The mist’s enchantment was unnerving; her legs weren’t her own anymore. She had willingly relinquished her control the moment she’d crossed the forest border. So much for just having one reckless act per lifetime, she thought ruefully.


Gabriella Lepore Bio:



Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural—especially witches! She currently has five Young Adult books in print: How I Found You, Evanescent, Phoenix Holt, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.



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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Book Spotlight : Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson



 

Rough Around the EdgesAround the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match #2) by Rachael Anderson

For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he's finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor's matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn't have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls' beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall.

Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It's about learning that people aren't always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go.


Book Excerpt

“So . . .” Becky hedged. “Did you get a chance to meet Cassie when you picked them up?” To most people, the question would have sounded so innocent. But after all of her hints about how Cassie was single, and pretty, and talented, and a wonderful person, and single, Noah knew better.
“I did,” he said, and left it at that. He wasn’t about to tell Becky that her friend was the most standoffish person he’d ever met. Cassie’s expression had been too serene, her posture too perfect, and her sense of humor too nonexistent. She wouldn’t even shake his hand. There was no denying she was beautiful, but if Noah was actually looking—which he wasn’t—it would be for more than a pretty face. He’d want someone who knew how to have fun; someone who could be a wonderful mom to his girls. Cassie didn’t seem to fit that description.
Becky wasn’t about to let it drop. “And . . . ?” she prompted.
“And what?”
She rolled her eyes. “What did you think?”
“Uh . . . she seems nice.” Sort of.
“Nice?” Becky said. “That’s it? Really?”
“We talked for a total of five minutes. And yeah, she was nice.” Sort of.
“Did you think she was pretty?”
“Sure.”
“Intelligent?”
Noah was ready to end the conversation and eat the soup. “Like I said, five minutes.”
Becky frowned. “I can’t believe you only talked to her for five minutes. You should have given it at least fifteen.”
“And let the girls smell up my cab even more? I don’t think so.”
Becky leveled him a hard stare. “Just promise me the next time you’re able to pick them up, you’ll give her a chance.”
He sighed. Becky had done so much for him and the girls, and he would bend over backwards to return all the favors. But this? This made him incredibly uncomfortable. If he was going to meet a girl, he wanted to do it on his own terms and in his own way—not be pushed into something that wouldn’t have a chance of going anywhere but down.
“I don’t know,” he finally said. “She doesn’t really seem like my type.”
“Wow, that’s pretty amazing you could know that after only five minutes,” Becky said.
“Hey, sometimes that’s all it takes.”
“And most of the time, it takes a lot longer.”


 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

2015 I love Library Books Reading Challenge




Our love of reading can be expensive! Not only are we purchasing books but some of us also need space to keep them. I had so much fun with this challenge last year. Let's do it again!

There are a number of levels, for those who don't have a library card yet to those that live there. Enjoy!

Requirements:
choose a level - you may move up as needed, just not down.
read books you checked out of the library
books may overlap with other challenges
any format allowed (print, ebook, audio)
reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is. (post with review linky is coming in January)
a blog is not necessary, just comment that you want to join in or link up another way

Levels:
board book - 3
picture book - 6
early reader - 9
chapter book - 12
middle grades - 18
Young adult - 24
adult - 36
just insert IV - 50

Sign up here.

Book Blitz/#Giveaway : Lessons in Love by Clarissa Carlyle




Lessons in Love (Lessons in Love
#1)
Release Date: 02/24/14
New Adult
183 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Book 1 in the Lessons in Love New Adult Romance
series



The Lessons in Love series follows the story of high school cheerleader Alex
Heron. She's pretty, blonde and popular. Alex seems to have it all, but she's
hiding a dark secret from her past that threatens to destroy her future. Only
the handsome new math teacher, Mark Simmons, can see past Alex's façade to the
real girl hiding inside. He wants to help Alex overcome her past, but will
their developing feelings for each other get in the way?

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Books in the Lessons in Love series:
Lessons in Love
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Letters of Love
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Living with Love
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Excerpt 2:
Alexandra Heron gave her brightest smile as she pivoted around in her red and white cheerleading outfit. With the sun shining and her blonde halo of hair bouncing around in a ponytail, she looked every inch the American teen dream. But no one watching knew of the anguish she was feeling inside. Alex had gotten good at keeping her past well hidden.
“W.” she exuberantly yelled out the letter with the other girls, using her arms to make the “W” shape.
Out in the afternoon sun, the cheerleaders of Woodsdale High practiced hard. They spun, jumped, and kicked around in a small corner of the football field. A handful of male admirers seated themselves nearby, enjoying the show. The team was renowned throughout the state for its high energy and perfectly choreographed performances.
After an hour of practice, the girls disbanded, clapping their sign-off chant in happy unison. They fanned out, each going their own way.
“Alex, that routine was great,” Claire Taylor complimented after the rehearsal.
“Thanks.” Alex smiled modestly, picking up her water bottle from the side of the field and taking a long, refreshing drink.
“I like the new direction you are taking the team. You make a great captain,” Claire continued.
“Thanks.” Alex blushed.
“We still need to work on the pyramid, and there are a few girls out of step,” Sophie Walker said with her arms folded as she sat down on the nearby bleachers.
“Yes, I know.” Alex forced a smile.
“Well, as captain, that’s the sort of thing you need to figure out,” Sophie said as her dark eyes bore into Alex’s blue ones.
“As vice-captain you could always help out more,” Claire suggested, raising an angered, perfectly shaped eyebrow at Sophie.
“I wouldn’t want to step on any toes,” Sophie replied coolly. She finished her drink and headed away from the field, loosening her ponytail, so that her dark hair cascaded down her back.
“She’s still sore about not making captain,” Claire apologized to Alex.
“It’s okay. I can handle Sophie Walker.” Alex shrugged.
“You never sweat the small stuff, do you?” Claire noted.
“Life’s too short.” Alex smiled.



About the Author
I have been an avid reader and and writer since my
earliest school days. Reading was my first and earliest passions, often seeking
the safe sanctuary of my room or the library to read everything I could. My
favorite has been romance. I penned some romantic poetry in high school and was
winning school awards for my short stories when I was just 16. In college I
would hibernate in the library for days at a time, consuming every short story
and novel I could find. My diploma says Bachelors in English Lit. which I'm
very proud of.


I probably drink too much coffee and eat too much junk food, but to compensate
do like running when the weather is nice. I love shopping in the mall even if I
never find what I'm looking for. I'm a hopeful romantic who prefers novels with
a happy ending.

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2015 I Love Picture Books Reading Challenge





Guidelines:
Challenge runs from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015
Read picture books.
Pick a number and go for it. Twelve too easy? Go for 20. Piece of cake? Go for 40.
Books you own and library check outs count. So do ebooks and re-reads.
Please post about the challenge and sign up with a direct link.
A blog is not necessary, just link to where you talk about the challenge
Reviews are not necessary but would be nice (so we know which ones to read ourselves!) A link for reviews will be posted in January.


If interested sign up here.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

2015 Audiobook Challenge



The Book Nympho



Reading Challenge Details:

Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. You can join at anytime.The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2015 than you did in 2014.
Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
ANY genres count.
Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc. – I’ve created a Goodreads Group for the challenge, feel free to join.
If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.


Levels:

Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30-50
Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+

Winter 2014-2015 COYER - It's Time



Winter 2014-2015 COYER Sign Ups


I’m so excited to join in for Winter 2014-2015 COYER, hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. It runs from December 20th 2014 – March 6th 2015 and you can sign up here until January 25th!

If you do sign up fill in the “Who referred you?” link so I can win $5 to Amazon!

Since I'm not sure what I will be reading before the end of the year - I'm not sure I want to put down the books quite yet, so .....


My Goals

Try to read 20 books (30 or less pages) and 2 books (30+ pages)

Participate in at least 3 read-a-thons (scavenger hunt sounds fun)

I'd like to do a mini-challenge

Have fun

See what else I can do


Melissa Foster - #Giveaway




Huge Giveaway from NYT & USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Melissa Foster


To help celebrate the release of her newest Romance, bestselling author, Melissa Foster, has created a fun Street Team for readers of her books and lovers of the Romance genre. As part of this launch, she will be giving away lots of prizes—and I mean lots. From chocolate gift baskets to autographed books to super swag, she will be giving away more than 20 prizes, and as many as 520!

If the Street Team reaches 500 members by Monday, December 22, every single member will score an Advance Review Copy of her upcoming novel, Seaside Secrets. That means that you can enjoy the newly released Seaside Sunsets and then immediately read the next installment in the series. Pretty cool, huh?
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Now that I know you’re excited, read on to learn more about Melissa’s Street Team and her newest release, Seaside Sunsets.

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About Melissa’s Newest Release


*SEASIDE SUNSETS WAS CHOSEN AS ONE OF AMAZON EDITORS’ BEST ROMANCE BOOKS OF DECEMBER 2014
For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother--and falling in love is not in his plans.
From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sensual, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie's business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the blond beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie's life--and his heart--upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away

Recommended for readers aged 18+
Get Seaside Sunsets on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, or Google Play!



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Release Day Launch/#Giveaway : Skip to the Good Part Vol 2


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Today we're having the release day launch for Skip to the Good Part Vol 2! This is such a sexy collection, and I am thrilled to be bringing it to you!! Check out all the info about the book, and be sure to enter the giveaway! :)

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Skip to the Good Part Vol 2 Synopsis:

Find your next red-hot read in this sizzling collection of sexy scenes.

Volume Two offers even more great reads—preorder now for just 99¢

Skip to the Good Part 2: 20 Authors Reveal Their Steamiest Scenes offers face-fanning romance and tie-me-up sizzle (and everything in between) from top authors including New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. The collection features a bride purchased by a powerful man who has sexy plans of her own, a UFC fighter who falls in lust with the sister of his biggest rival, a woman who gets naughty with her ex hoping she can keep it a one-time thing, a biker charged with protecting a woman he desires from the wrath of a rival gang, and a woman held in a captor’s dungeon who finds that only part of her wants to be freed.

Read 20 of the best steamy scenes in contemporary romance and erotic romance today. This 250-page collection will get your blood pumping, your heart racing, and your skin tingling—you’re sure to discover a new favorite.

Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers.

New York Times bestsellers:

Pepper Winters | Cristin Harber | Aleatha Romig | L.P. Dover | Zoe York | Geneva Lee

USA Today bestsellers:

Carmen Jenner | J.L. Berg

Featuring:

Kendall Grey | Chelsea Camaron | Amity Cross | Elisabeth Grace | Tia Louise | Kimberly Knight | Lisa Swallow | Elizabeth Otto | Zinnia Bennett | Juliana Haygert | Claudia Bradshaw | Delancey Stewart

Buy Links:

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Grand Finale Blitz/#Giveaway : The Claus Box Set, a clean YA sci-fi series, by Tony Bertauski



 

A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.


It's the Grand Finale for
The Claus Box Set Tour
By Tony Bertauski


Now you can purchase all three books in the Claus Series together!




Have you ever wondered if Claus had a family? Who exactly is Jack Frost? How about a living, breathing snowman? Have you ever thought about how it all would work? Let Tony Bertauski's imagination and fabulous storytelling take you on a journey through a sci-fi winter wonderland! If you missed any of the stops for the tour, you're welcome to go back and check them out now...

Launch - The Claus Universe

The story of Santa has been told a billion, billion times on the screen and the television, the written page and the digital, in short form and long, in verse and song. He’s been animated and claymated, horrified and glorified. There’s not a single word left unwritten about the jolly old fat man.
Except, maybe, not that I recall, in science fiction...


Mommabears Book Blog - Excerpt from Claus

And in March of 1820, just as the sun had begun to rise from its long winter disappearance, they set out to do what no human – Inuit or otherwise – had done before.
They would touch the North Pole.
The Arctic was stunning.

SBM Book Obsession - Characters from the Claus Universe

Elven
An ancient race that evolved through the Ice Age, the elven are short and fat with generous layers of blubber to tolerate the cold. Their fat feet are large and wide like snowshoes, the soles scaly to slide across ice. Technologically evolved, long-lived and wise, they carve their homes in the North Pole ice and secretly monitor the growth of the human race while living in harmony with their environment.

Mythical Books - Characters from Claus
Nicholas Santa
Born in the late 1700s, Nicholas Santa set out with his wife, Jessica, and son, Jon, to become the first people to journey to the North Pole. However, they discover something much more than snow. Nicholas finds himself in the middle of an elven conflict. And we discover how he becomes the immortal and mythical figure known as Santa Claus. Why does he wear a red coat? Why is he fat? Why does he laugh like that? It all makes sense.

Wishful Endings - Characters from Jack
Janack (Jack)
An elven, son of Jocah and fraternal twin of Claus. Due to a genetic abnormality, he is the only hairless elven in existence. Jack can freeze people, elven and objects with the touch of a finger. He returns to this modern day story through the science of cloning...

Joe leads her into the maze. They run their hands over the flat-topped boxwoods, shuffle over the oyster shell path. The sunken garden is imbued with warmth, the kind that flows through her, melts in her stomach, opens her heart. She smiles, involuntarily, as she couldn’t frown if she tried.
The short, fat woman sits on a square pedestal inside a round pool, water dripping from her frozen hands. Light emanates from the center without a source.
“Who is she?” Sura asks.
“You’ve never heard the Myth of Jocah?”
Beck Valley Books - Characters from Flury
Flury
The snowman that lives on the property. He is rarely seen until Oliver comes to live with Grandmother. The snowman becomes his protector and slowly reveals the family secrets that have been hidden for over a hundred years.

fuonlyknew - Excerpt from Flury
“You have grown.”



She doesn’t let go while looking him over: his hair, the stray whiskers on his chin, the insufficient winter clothing. She stares at the floor. His socks are loose at the ends of his frozen toes, specks of snow clinging to the fabric. Small puddles begin to bead on the polished floor.



“And how old are you?”



“Fifteen.”

My Life Loves and Passion - Review

"These books were awesome. I am not a huge fan of holiday themed books for myself, but these were different. Each book is a very different story about 3 very common winter myths. I loved that these stories were not all candy and rainbows. There was such a good mix of fantasy and holiday spirit.
I started reading and before I knew it hours had passed. It pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading."

 The Book Lovers' Lounge - Spotlight


Book Babble - Review

"By the end of the book, I couldn't want to move on to the second one to find out what was going to happen next...

This book really took me on a wild ride. Every time I thought I had something figured out, the plot went in a completely different direction...

There is a great deal of humor in the story, and some really fun dialogue..."

More About the Series


Claus: Legend of the Fat ManClaus: Legend of the Fat Man
(Claus #1)

by Tony Bertauski
YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Holiday

Paperback & ebook, 326 Pages

June 19th 2012


The Christmas story you never heard.



In the early 1800s, Nicholas, Jessica and Jon Santa attempt the first human trek to the North Pole and stumble upon an ancient race of people left over from the Ice Age. They are short, fat and hairy. They slide across the ice on scaly soles and carve their homes in the ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean. The elven are adapted to life in the extreme cold. They are as wise as they are ancient.



Their scientific advancements have yielded great inventions -- time-stopping devices and gravitational spheres that build living snowmen and genetically-modified reindeer that leap great distances. They’ve even unlocked the secrets to aging. For 40,000 years, they have lived in peace.



Until now.



An elven known as The Cold One has divided his people. He’s tired of their seclusion and wants to conquer the world. Only one elven stands between The Cold

One and total chaos. He’s white-bearded and red-coated. The Santa family will help him stop The Cold One. They will come to the aid of a legendary elven

known as...Claus.



Jack: The Tale of Frost (Claus, #2)Jack: The Tale of Frost
(Claus #2)

by Tony Bertauski
YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Holiday

Paperback & ebook, 290 Pages

October 17th 2013


Sura is sixteen years old when she meets Mr. Frost. He’s very short and very fat and he likes his room very, very cold. Some might say inhumanly cold. His first name isn’t Jack, she’s told. And that’s all she needed to know.



Mr. Frost’s love for Christmas is over-the-top and slightly psychotic. And why not? He’s made billions of dollars off the holiday he invented. Or so he claims. Rumor is he’s an elven, but that’s silly. Elven aren’t real. And if they were, they wouldn’t live in South Carolina. They wouldn’t hide in a tower and go to the basement to make…things.



Nonetheless, Sura will work for this odd little recluse. Frost Plantation is where she’ll meet the love of her life. It’s where she’ll finally feel like she belongs somewhere. And it’s where she’ll meet someone fatter, balder and stranger than Mr. Frost. It’s where she’ll meet Jack.



Jack hates Christmas.


Flury: Journey of a SnowmanFlury: Journey of a Snowman
(Claus #3)

by Tony Bertauski
YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Holiday

Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages

November 15th 2014


Life hasn’t been kind to Oliver Toye.



As if juvenile diabetes isn’t enough, he’s forced to live with his tyrannical grandmother in a snow-bound house. He spends his days doing chores and the nights listening to the forest rumble.



But when he discovers the first leather-bound journal, the family secrets begin to surface. The mystery of his great-grandfather’s voyage to the North Pole is revealed. That’s when the snowman appears.



Magical and mysterious, the snowman will save Oliver more than once. But when the time comes for Oliver to discover the truth, will he have the courage? When Flury needs him, will he have the strength? When believing isn’t enough, will he save the snowman from melting away?



Because sometimes even magic needs a little help.

   



About Tony Bertauski



During the day, I'm a horticulturist. While I've spent much of my career designing landscapes or diagnosing dying plants, I've always been a storyteller. My writing career began with magazine columns, landscape design textbooks, and a gardening column at the Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). However, I've always fancied fiction.



My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?



I'm a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I'd rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That's the sort of stuff I want to write, not the assigned reading we got in school. I want to create stories that kept you up late.



Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it's only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy.



In 2008, I won the South Carolina Fiction Open with Four Letter Words, a short story inspired by my grandfather and Alzheimer's Disease. My first step as a novelist began when I developed a story to encourage my young son to read. This story became The Socket Greeny Saga. Socket tapped into my lifetime fascination with consciousness and identity, but this character does it from a young adult's struggle with his place in the world.



After Socket, I thought I was done with fiction. But then the ideas kept coming, and I kept writing. Most of my work investigates the human condition and the meaning of life, but not in ordinary fashion. About half of my work is Young Adult (Socket Greeny, Claus, Foreverland) because it speaks to that age of indecision and the struggle with identity. But I like to venture into adult fiction (Halfskin, Drayton) so I can cuss. Either way, I like to be entertaining.



And I'm a big fan of plot twists.




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$25 Amazon gift card and the Claus Box Set ebook
Open internationally

Ends December 21st



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A themed tour through Prism Book Tours.



It's the Grand Finale for
The Claus Box Set Tour
By Tony Bertauski

Now you can purchase all three books in the Claus Series together!

Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Have you ever wondered if Claus had a family? Who exactly is Jack Frost? How about a living, breathing snowman? Have you ever thought about how it all would work? Let Tony Bertauski's imagination and fabulous storytelling take you on a journey through a sci-fi winter wonderland! If you missed any of the stops for the tour, you're welcome to go back and check them out now...

Launch - The Claus Universe

The story of Santa has been told a billion, billion times on the screen and the television, the written page and the digital, in short form and long, in verse and song. He’s been animated and claymated, horrified and glorified. There’s not a single word left unwritten about the jolly old fat man.

Except, maybe, not that I recall, in science fiction...

Mommabears Book Blog - Excerpt from Claus

And in March of 1820, just as the sun had begun to rise from its long winter disappearance, they set out to do what no human – Inuit or otherwise – had done before.

They would touch the North Pole.

The Arctic was stunning.

SBM Book Obsession - Characters from the Claus Universe

Elven

An ancient race that evolved through the Ice Age, the elven are short and fat with generous layers of blubber to tolerate the cold. Their fat feet are large and wide like snowshoes, the soles scaly to slide across ice. Technologically evolved, long-lived and wise, they carve their homes in the North Pole ice and secretly monitor the growth of the human race while living in harmony with their environment.

Mythical Books - Characters from Claus

Nicholas Santa

Born in the late 1700s, Nicholas Santa set out with his wife, Jessica, and son, Jon, to become the first people to journey to the North Pole. However, they discover something much more than snow. Nicholas finds himself in the middle of an elven conflict. And we discover how he becomes the immortal and mythical figure known as Santa Claus. Why does he wear a red coat? Why is he fat? Why does he laugh like that? It all makes sense.

Wishful Endings - Characters from Jack

Janack (Jack)

An elven, son of Jocah and fraternal twin of Claus. Due to a genetic abnormality, he is the only hairless elven in existence. Jack can freeze people, elven and objects with the touch of a finger. He returns to this modern day story through the science of cloning...

Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima - Excerpt from Jack

Joe leads her into the maze. They run their hands over the flat-topped boxwoods, shuffle over the oyster shell path. The sunken garden is imbued with warmth, the kind that flows through her, melts in her stomach, opens her heart. She smiles, involuntarily, as she couldn’t frown if she tried.

The short, fat woman sits on a square pedestal inside a round pool, water dripping from her frozen hands. Light emanates from the center without a source.

“Who is she?” Sura asks.

“You’ve never heard the Myth of Jocah?”

Beck Valley Books - Characters from Flury

Flury

The snowman that lives on the property. He is rarely seen until Oliver comes to live with Grandmother. The snowman becomes his protector and slowly reveals the family secrets that have been hidden for over a hundred years.

fuonlyknew - Excerpt from Flury

“You have grown.”

She doesn’t let go while looking him over: his hair, the stray whiskers on his chin, the insufficient winter clothing. She stares at the floor. His socks are loose at the ends of his frozen toes, specks of snow clinging to the fabric. Small puddles begin to bead on the polished floor.

“And how old are you?”

“Fifteen.”

My Life Loves and Passion - Review

"These books were awesome. I am not a huge fan of holiday themed books for myself, but these were different. Each book is a very different story about 3 very common winter myths. I loved that these stories were not all candy and rainbows. There was such a good mix of fantasy and holiday spirit.

I started reading and before I knew it hours had passed. It pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading."

The Book Lovers' Lounge - Spotlight

Book Babble - Review

"By the end of the book, I couldn't want to move on to the second one to find out what was going to happen next...

This book really took me on a wild ride. Every time I thought I had something figured out, the plot went in a completely different direction...

There is a great deal of humor in the story, and some really fun dialogue..."

More About the Series

Claus: Legend of the Fat Man

(Claus #1)
by Tony Bertauski
YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Holiday
Paperback & ebook, 326 Pages
June 19th 2012


The Christmas story you never heard.

In the early 1800s, Nicholas, Jessica and Jon Santa attempt the first human trek to the North Pole and stumble upon an ancient race of people left over from the Ice Age. They are short, fat and hairy. They slide across the ice on scaly soles and carve their homes in the ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean. The elven are adapted to life in the extreme cold. They are as wise as they are ancient.

Their scientific advancements have yielded great inventions -- time-stopping devices and gravitational spheres that build living snowmen and genetically-modified reindeer that leap great distances. They’ve even unlocked the secrets to aging. For 40,000 years, they have lived in peace.

Until now.

An elven known as The Cold One has divided his people. He’s tired of their seclusion and wants to conquer the world. Only one elven stands between The Cold

One and total chaos. He’s white-bearded and red-coated. The Santa family will help him stop The Cold One. They will come to the aid of a legendary elven

known as...Claus.

Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Jack: The Tale of Frost
(Claus #2)
by Tony Bertauski
YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Holiday
Paperback & ebook, 290 Pages
October 17th 2013


Sura is sixteen years old when she meets Mr. Frost. He’s very short and very fat and he likes his room very, very cold. Some might say inhumanly cold. His first name isn’t Jack, she’s told. And that’s all she needed to know.

Mr. Frost’s love for Christmas is over-the-top and slightly psychotic. And why not? He’s made billions of dollars off the holiday he invented. Or so he claims. Rumor is he’s an elven, but that’s silly. Elven aren’t real. And if they were, they wouldn’t live in South Carolina. They wouldn’t hide in a tower and go to the basement to make…things.

Nonetheless, Sura will work for this odd little recluse. Frost Plantation is where she’ll meet the love of her life. It’s where she’ll finally feel like she belongs somewhere. And it’s where she’ll meet someone fatter, balder and stranger than Mr. Frost. It’s where she’ll meet Jack.

Jack hates Christmas.

Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Flury: Journey of a Snowman

(Claus #3)
by Tony Bertauski
YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Holiday
Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
November 15th 2014


Life hasn’t been kind to Oliver Toye.

As if juvenile diabetes isn’t enough, he’s forced to live with his tyrannical grandmother in a snow-bound house. He spends his days doing chores and the nights listening to the forest rumble.

But when he discovers the first leather-bound journal, the family secrets begin to surface. The mystery of his great-grandfather’s voyage to the North Pole is revealed. That’s when the snowman appears.

Magical and mysterious, the snowman will save Oliver more than once. But when the time comes for Oliver to discover the truth, will he have the courage? When Flury needs him, will he have the strength? When believing isn’t enough, will he save the snowman from melting away?

Because sometimes even magic needs a little help.

Amazon - Barnes & Noble

About Tony Bertauski



During the day, I'm a horticulturist. While I've spent much of my career designing landscapes or diagnosing dying plants, I've always been a storyteller. My writing career began with magazine columns, landscape design textbooks, and a gardening column at the Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). However, I've always fancied fiction.

My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?

I'm a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I'd rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That's the sort of stuff I want to write, not the assigned reading we got in school. I want to create stories that kept you up late.

Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it's only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy.

In 2008, I won the South Carolina Fiction Open with Four Letter Words, a short story inspired by my grandfather and Alzheimer's Disease. My first step as a novelist began when I developed a story to encourage my young son to read. This story became The Socket Greeny Saga. Socket tapped into my lifetime fascination with consciousness and identity, but this character does it from a young adult's struggle with his place in the world.

After Socket, I thought I was done with fiction. But then the ideas kept coming, and I kept writing. Most of my work investigates the human condition and the meaning of life, but not in ordinary fashion. About half of my work is Young Adult (Socket Greeny, Claus, Foreverland) because it speaks to that age of indecision and the struggle with identity. But I like to venture into adult fiction (Halfskin, Drayton) so I can cuss. Either way, I like to be entertaining.

And I'm a big fan of plot twists.

Website - Goodreads - Facebook

Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon gift card and the Claus Box Set ebook
Open internationally
Ends December 21st

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