Wednesday, October 23, 2013

{PAPERBACK PARTY}: Colors Like Memories by Meradeth Houston

Hi! *waves* I'm incredibly excited to announce the paperback release for COLORS LIKE MEMORIES.
The ebook release has been a blast, and it is especially awesome to actually hold the book in my hands :)
Here are three things I think you might find fun about the book:




1. It's got a pretty sweet cover :) And I'm rather partial to the blurb:



Julia has a secret: she killed the guy she loved. It was an accident—sort of.

Julia is a Sary, the soul of a child who died before taking her first breath. Without this 'breath of life' she and others like her must help those on the verge of suicide. It's a job Julia used to enjoy, until the accident that claimed her boyfriend’s life—an accident she knows was her fault. If living with the guilt weren't enough, she's now assigned to help a girl dealing with the loss of her mother, something Julia's not exactly the best role model for. If she can't figure out a way to help her, Julia's going to lose her position in the Sary, something she swore to her boyfriend would never happen.




2. There have been some pretty awesome things said about it (if I do say so myself, but I may be a bit biased). See:

-"...I applaud the author for providing a writing that has the power to encourage, inspire, help, heal and simply serve as a platform to stimulate communication for any reader (regardless of age), who is feeling hopeless. If you are looking for an interesting read, this book is well written, interesting and has several positive messages that the reader can take away from the story. I would recommend this book to any reader." TWC Amazon Review


-"Colors Like Memories was an amazing YA paranormal romance. It will make you soar with wings then drop you off and catch you once you get near the ground." Michelle Kullman Amazon Review


-"COLORS LIKE MEMORIES is an achingly beautiful tale of love, loss, and new beginnings. Meradeth Houston writes with a clean, clear prose that packs a punch. She carries her characters through the full spectrum of emotions, and the reader is swept along in the journey." RunningnWriting Amazon Review



3. You don't have to wait for book #2! THE CHEMISTRY OF FATE, also set in the Sary world, is already available, and you can grab a copy at Amazon, B&N, or my publisher MuseItUp Publishing. Book #3, SURRENDER THE SKY, will also be released soon :)



You can pre-order COLORS LIKE MEMORIES at my publisher's site: MuseItUp Publishing, or find it on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Ebook copies are also available on all vendor sites!



Those are my three things, and if that's not enough to interest you, well, I've also got a little giveaway running for a book of your choice. Check out the rafflecopter below :)



A bit about Meradeth:


>She’s a
Northern California girl, but now lives and teaches anthropology in Montana.
>When she’s
not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
>She’s been
writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she’s so
happy to get to share her work!
>If she could
have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange,
because she’s terrified of heights.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

{BLOG TOUR}: Shadow Born


I'm happy to welcome author, Nicole Camp to the blog today. She's on tour with her new young adult paranormal book, SHADOW BORN. Thanks for coming by, Nicole. Mind telling us a bit about yourself?

I live in Arizona with my family and my two pets and I'm an ice cream lover! You can usually find me working on my next project and when I'm not, I like to explore the world through photography. I'm always snapping pictures of my surroundings.

Currently, I have written three books, all to be published by Entranced Publishing. The first, Shadow Born, was just released today; the second is Shadow Throne, which will be released sometime in 2014. The third book is entitled The Lady of Ispa: Magic & Meru, which is the start of a new series that will also be published sometime in 2014.

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Wow! And I thought I wrote a lot. lol. Congrats on all the books. So, what inspired you to start writing?

I was really little and my mother bought me a children’s book at the store where you got to choose how the story progressed. At the end of a chapter there were numbers at the bottom or the page with options as to what should happen next in the story. You picked one and went to the page number indicated beside it.

I tried lots of times but I never got the ending I wanted through the page numbers I picked. Finally it dawned on me that I could write my own stories. And that was probably the beginning of my interest in writing.

 
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?

I have horrible grammar and punctuation. Just about the time I think I’ve grasped the rules, I settle back into my old ways of writing the way I talk, not the correct way you should write.

How do you deal with rejection letters?

I mutter briefly and the rejection drives me to write new things and try again. The only way I can really fail is if I stop trying.
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?

That’s easy, I thought I was going to be an artist from about the time I was 13 years old. People still tell me I am one, but I’m not painting all the time. It’s a hobby more than anything, so I don’t really consider myself one.

What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a punster?

I am a true pant-ster. I have an idea of what I am going to write 50-70% of the time.

The other times I just start typing and see where it leads me.

How do you choose your character's names?

It depends on the character I’m trying to name, some of the names are made up, others are from watching the Olympics every four years and taking down interesting names. And some other character names are from people I’ve met.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?

I like photography. A picture is worth a thousand words according to the old saying, and I really believe that. Photographs help us share moments with each other, some important, and some just for fun.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying? What is it?

It’s not always my favorite, but the one I say the most is probably Neville Longbottom’s “Why’s it always me?”, which I generally utter after a clutzy moment and that crash that lets everyone within twenty feet or you know that you broke something.
 
Okay, so now tell us about Shadow Born.

Eighteen-year-old Raffin has been in hiding on Earth since before he was born, but he’s more comfortable in the shadows anyway. He’s part of one of the most hated races in the universe. It’s a secret he’s forced to keep from everyone he meets. 
 
On his first day at a new high school, Arianna Val crashes into his world, literally. One tumble on the track field and suddenly she’s acting like they’re best friends. Worse, Raffin doesn’t mind her invading his shadows — and that’s before he realizes she knows his secret. But, she’s not quite human herself and her very life force is what Raffin needs to survive. 
Can he trust her to keep his secret? Can he trust himself with Ari when his body yearns to drain her soul? Assailed by memories of death and destruction that aren’t his own, Raffin has to come to terms with the truth. He is shadow born.
And where can we find this fabulous book?
You can find all the necessary buy links on Entranced Publishing's Website.
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

{BLOG TOUR}: Finding Home


 
Please join me in welcoming debut, young adult author, Lauren McKellar to the blog today. She's talking about her newest book, FINDING HOME, and underage drinking.


Underage Drinking: Fantastic Fiction or
Not-Reading-That-Novel?
by
Lauren McKellar

When it comes to writing about anything, you’re making a statement about yourself and your beliefs. Whether it’s a simple, ‘Mom’s potato salad is the best’ line on Facebook (accompanied by a picture of said delicious dish), or something slightly more controversial, it really doesn’t matter. By putting your name next to something in a public forum, you’re forming an opinion—one that could affect the views of other people. And I’m not just talking about the salad they bring to the next family BBQ.

 I released my debut novel two weeks ago, and I knew that, when I did, I was treading on dangerous ground. Finding Home is a Young Adult book, and the major subject matter in this novel is underage drinking.

I have to come clean with you here; I deliberately chose to write about it. This isn’t one of those, ‘Oh, my characters, they made me’ moments. If anything, I opened a bottle of bourbon and I emptied it down my poor heroine’s throat.

The reason I wanted to write about underage drinking is simple; in Australia, the legal drinking age is eighteen. Personally, I had my first drink at around thirteen.

Did I like it?

No.

Did I do it again?

Four years later, sure I did.

Were all my friends like me?

Hell, no! I was very straight, being a book-loving, writing-obsessed nerd. I didn’t know anyone who didn’t go out on the weekends to various parties and get “on the piss” (is that Aussie enough for you?) from the age of around fifteen. And I went to a selective school for apparently “smart” children—you’d think we’d be too busy working out the chemical compound in a glass of beer than drinking it.

And so, when I decided to write YA, I wanted to write something that was real. I didn’t want a book about someone who was innocent and shiny and perfect; I wanted my lead character, Amy, to be broken and to have some very real flaws. Because I met a few Amy’s as a teen. And I lost a few Amy’s, too.

Yes, my book deals with alcohol abuse. It’s a sensitive topic, and not one that everyone wants to read about. I’ve had a few people say it’s even unrealistic, that the parents of these teenagers don’t notice or curb their kid’s booze intake.

I don’t like to get involved in the real vs. unreal debates, no matter which fictional book I’m talking about (because it’s fiction…). What I don’t mind taking a stand on is underage drinking.

People do it.

I don’t know that it will ever change.

But, with awareness and education, hopefully they won’t take it to extremes.

Finding Home has a very clear message on the perils of underage drinking, and one that I hope isn’t too preachy. It’s extremely difficult to walk the line between “moral to the story” and “thou shalt not drink”; and I hope that, by incorporating the voice of reason as another young person and not showing a complete 360 character turnaround, I’ve managed to strike a balance between the two.

For me, if one teenager reads Finding Home, gets into a tough situation, looks at a drink as a solution and thinks “Eh. Not tonight.” Then that’s my mission accomplished. Because that’s the message I’m trying to send, and one I’m happy to put my name to in a public forum.

Now, if you’ll excuse me. I must ask my mother for this potato salad recipe…


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lauren McKellar is a writer and reader of Young and New Adult books. Her debut novel Finding Home is out now, and can be bought from all your usual eBook sites (links available here). She also works as a freelance editor for novels for all age groups and you can chat to her on twitter or facebook any time you’d like. 






ABOUT FINDING HOME:
Moody, atmospheric, and just a little bit punk, Finding Home takes contemporary YA to a new level of grit... 
When Amy’s mum dies, the last thing she expects is to be kicked off her dad’s music tour all the way to her Aunt Lou in a depressing hole of a seaside town. But it’s okay — Amy learned how to cope with the best, and soon finds a hard-drinking, party-loving crowd to help ease the pain.
The only solace is her music class, but even there she can’t seem to keep it together, sabotaging her grade and her one chance at a meaningful relationship. It takes a hard truth from her only friend before Amy realises that she has to come to terms with her past, before she destroys her future.
  
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

RELEASE DAY: Love and Other Games

Today, we're celebrating the release of Love and Other Games, a collection of four sexy new adult stories centered around athletes competing in the Winter Games by Ana Blaze, Melinda Dozier, Aria Kane, and Kara Leigh Miller.



Worth More Than Gold by Ana Blaze



Amy Pierce, the klutzy sister and manager of America’s Skating Sweetheart, is used to being invisible. But when a friend drags her to a party near the Olympic Village, Amy catches the eye of a sexy Norwegian ski jumper. It’s a magical night, but an awkward next morning has her running.



Everyone knows Erik Andresen’s best shot at an individual medal was back in 2010, before an injury pulled him from the competition. He’s there for his team, but a hot night and a remarkable final training session have him wondering if a gorgeous good-luck charm could give him another chance at the podium. With a little bit of luck, these two might have a shot at something worth more than gold.



Ana Blaze's: Website | Twitter | Facebook



Trouble With Gold by Melinda Dozier



US snowboarder and notorious prankster, Ty (Trouble) Madsen is only getting a taste of his own medicine when his Olympic teammates shackle him to a fence wearing nothing but his boxers.



Reception and protocol volunteer, Nadia Hoffman, gets up close and personal with the sexy snowboarder to rescue him, but she's not the kind of girl who lets her hormones get in her way. A professional performance could help her land her dream job at Olympics Committee Headquarters, but her new assignment supervising the rambunctious US Snowboarding Team is making that difficult.



Can she see behind the snowman in the community center bathroom and into the warm heart of the man everyone calls Trouble?



Melinda Dozer's: Website | Twitter | Facebook



The Girl Behind the Gold by Aria Kane



Greek aerial skier Lia Milonas’s parents are about to lose the family farm. Saving it means medaling and landing a huge sponsor. While her no-nonsense attitude has her well on her way to a medal, it hasn’t won her a place in fans' hearts.



“Come back with a story that will make readers cry, or don’t come back.” This is what Brandon James’ boss told him before he left New York to cover the Winter Games for Moment Magazine. With a wink and a smile, he can charm his way into any invite-only party, but that career-making story is nowhere to be found – until he meets Lia.



The two strike a deal that should get them both what they want - but neither would have guessed they’d also find what they need.



Aria Kane's: Website | Twitter | Facebook



Ice Gold by Kara Leigh Miller



Colton Campbell thrives on the fast paced, adrenaline rushed lifestyle of being an Olympic hockey player. Despite Brenna Jessup's abhorrence for the games and the athletes, she's hand-picked as the official photographer for the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team. When a faux pas by Brenna almost costs Colton his career, she owes him. Too bad for her, Colton doesn't want apologies -- he wants retribution! And he knows just how to get it -- and her -- in the process.



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The authors are hosting a Facebook party on release day filled with fun, surprises, and PRIZES! You can find the event here!






Be sure to check out the #OtherGames hashtag every day in October for winter Olympian sexiness! 



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