Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Indies Give Thanks Giveaway

November has a reputation for pumpkin, crisp leaves, mustaches, and gratitude. Stop in your local Trader Joe's and you'll find pumpkin galore. Step outside, leaves! The mustaches, well, that has to do with men's health so ask a dude to fill you in. As for the gratitude, this group of Indie Authors wants to say a warm thank you to all the readers who've read our novels, left reviews, and offered support along the way. 

As a token of our appreciation, we're offering 4 huge prize packs to 4 random winners. The first one includes some great novels and goodies by Young Adult Indie Authors. The remaining three prize packs offer loads of books and swag from New Adult Indies. There are signed paperbacks, complete series', ebooks, ARCs, eARCs, bookmarks, swag, and more! Check out all the details below, and get ready to curl up with some great reads!

Prize Pack #1 // Young Adult

After the Storm (ebook) by Marie Landry
The BirthRite Series (ebooks) by Brandi Leigh Hall

Motocross Me by Cheyanne Young (signed paperback & includes free audio download)
Understudy by Cheyanne Young (signed paperback & includes free audio download)
Somewhere only we Know by Cheyanne Young (signed paperback & includes free audio download) along with some swag!
Snapshots (ebook) by Patricia Lynne
Being Human (ebook) by Patricia Lynne

Prize Pack #2 // New Adult

Hysteriata (ebook) by D.A. Botta
Breaking the Rules by L.K. Lewis
The Complete Elsker Saga (ebooks) by S.T. Bende:
Tur, Elsker, Endre, Tro
To the Sea by Deirdre Riordan Hall
In the Desert by Deirdre Riordan Hall
On the Mountain by Deirdre Riordan Hall & some of this swag from each book, including the 3 necklaces & other goodies!

Prize Pack #3 // New Adult 

Breaking the Rules by L.K. Lewis 
A Little like Fate Boxset: A Little like Fate, A Little like Love & A Little like Destiny by Cheyanne Young 
The complete Elyzian Chronicles (paperbacks): Hysteriata, Sinfluence & Sycamortem  by D.A. Botta 
As you Turn Away (ebook) by Molli Moran 

One Song Away (eARC 12.1.14) by Molli Moran plus Swag!
The Maenad of Manhattan by Liz Meldon

Prize Pack #4 // New Adult

 In Between Seasons by Cassandra Giovanni
Breaking the Rules by L.K. Lewis
Real Eyes (11.11.14) by Amy Evans
Irish Cream cocoa and a Fire of Stars & Dragons inspired mug courtesy of Jen Streck & Melissa A. Petreshock
Fire of Stars and Dragons (ebook) by Melissa A. Petreshock
Postcards from Asgard (eARC 11.27.14) by Amalia Dillin 
Hysteriata (ebook) by D.A. Botta 
The Triple R Series (ebooks) Run to Love, Rest, my Love & Ride my Love by Jules Dixon

Pretty excellent for winter reading, huh? 
Please enter below & tell your friends! Thank you for reading with us and supporting Indie Authors!
*Apologies to our international friends, but this giveaway is for US residents only. 

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An extra thank you for your support and writer hugs to the authors who contributed to this giveaway.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

If I don't call or write, it's because I'm writing...

For the last couple years, a world wide web phenomenon has caught my attention: NaNoWriMo... 

Naked Northerners Wriggling Mopeds? 
Nary Nobody Wringing Monkeys? 
Nabbed Nocturnal Wrist Mops. 

No. None of that makes sense, but National Novel Writing Month does, kinda, if you're crazy with the keyboard. I'm certified. I write fast. I get into a zone and flow. Having long stretches of uninterrupted time works best for me, so with the holidays, the littles having more than a few days off this month, and other writerly responsibilities, I'm feeling totally confident I can pull this off.  Said me. Never. But I'm polishing off my best Bwa ha ha ha and am ready to go all in.

I have an abundance of ideas floating in my head, drafted on paper, and outlined, ready to go, so I don't necessarily need to have an appointed event to crank out 50K. I do that on my own, every month is National Writing Month. What got me on board is the camaraderie, the we're doing this together mentality, changing the world one word at a time, and uniting, with arms lifted in victory, for creatives everywhere. 

There was a time when people didn't have the right or the ability to tell their stories, in some places this is still true. I signed on as an act of true authorship, to demonstrate that not just one or ten or a hundred people can unite to write, but we're thousands, maybemillions strong and whether only our computer screens ever see our our words and truths, they're out there, out of us and onto the page. It's revolutionary.

The manuscript I'll be starting is called Chasing Days. A young adult novel about a girl during the last weeks of high school and sexual awakening. I have a strong outline ready like a boss. Sorta. (I'm actually trembling like those autumn leaves outside.) But if I don't do this now, will I put it off? Will I keep Willa's story locked inside? Are there girls and guys, mothers and fathers, who need to understand themselves, their kids, and share in the common human experiences of confusion about normal and questions about what's next. These years float by faster than I ever imagined. I figure I should give it a shot and if I fall short, at least I'm a few more chapters along than I was when I started, which is to say, zero. 

So wish me luck. If you're participating in NaNoWriMo, let's link up! || I'm deirdrespark || You can also follow my word count progress, which I find incredibly satisfying. 

If you have no fluffing clue what all this gibberish is...and maybe, in the attic of your heart you once, maybe twice, had the idea that you'd like to write a book, NaNoWriMo is an amazing, supportive, full-throttle way to get started. Deets here. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

On the Mountain Pin Board

I do believe On the Mountain's Pinterest board was one of my first. I easily collected imagery to inspire my writing as the story unfolded. Want to see some of what inspired me? 

I write with an outline, but I also follow the story. Sometimes it's like a trickling stream, other times like a raging river, but I always let let it flow on its own. There is always the outline to return to, to keep me on point. the pins I collected on Pinterest to keep me mindful of the overall ethos and vibe of the story, not to mention it works to remind me what my hotties look like, not that that is tough to do. 

I'm a casual pinner, except when it comes researching novels and I'd love to connect with you there. When not wearing my writing cap, I do many ordinary and extraordinary things like cooking, crafting, and plotting my next great adventure. 

(Psst. Some of the On the Mountain board might give you a wee hint at what could possibly be coming next in Kindled, the novella companion.) 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why We Need YA

It is not only a privilege and an honor to write for children, but an obligation. 

Yes. Bold statement. I've been full of 'em lately. Must be something in the air. Or just a matter of digging my voice out of the sand.

There are those who don't give young people enough credit, who undermine their ability and potential. There are some who discount their opinion and capacity to listen. There are those who don't observe the world as kids do; the places on the sidewalk, inbetween the bricks, and in the dark night where the cracks and weaknesses give rise to strength and courage. Then, there are some who do...

It is with this in mind that we write for those emerging from the land of lollipops and cartwheels, for those on the edge of adulthood, and for those who aren't so sure of the world they're entering. By telling stories, we participate and contribute to the depth and breadth of their knowing. 

We say  yes, I hear you. I see you. I want to understand you. I want you to be understood. We also say, look, see this? You can still be a dreamer, a hero, the president of worlds unknown. Don't give up even as this spinning top seems to change, and whirl, around you.

As writers we are both Sherpas leading young people into new and unexplored lands, and the ones being guided. As their consciousness shifts and expands, our own is impacted as well because we are reminded of hope, truth, and our potential to continuing growing (—up, again and again.) It's a duality to be sure, a reciprocal relationship. Childhood and adulthood is too finite. We forever have the capacity to grow, but sometimes forget. It is through story whether told around a campfire, read in the crisp pages of a book between classes, after work, in the glow of an ereader, and in our memory that we return to the place of wonder, connection, and imagination.

As writers, storytellers, and authors we are obligated to continue this lineage, to acknowledge youth and their experience, as we've likely shared, if not in the actual events, but in the emotions, the mood, the ethos. 

The communion of words on the page binds us to reality as we actually live it, it's what makes us humans a community, comforts us when life is confusing and tragic, and brings us together whether or not we realize we need each other.  

This topic has been explored and expounded upon, but I felt the need to contribute my thoughts to the discussion and I'd love to hear yours. 

Check out more on this here from Maggie Stiefvater and Maddie Crum.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

^^^ And I Give You...On the Mountain ^^^

I can't believe it! >>> It's release day >>> Hooray!

Phew. now that's out of my system, we can get on with things. In case you missed it, I just jumped up and down like a monkey on a pogo stick, tossing confetti EVERYWHERE! It was quite the scene I tell ya, only now I have to clean it up. Sigh. 

It's wild to me that just last February I launched To the Sea, the first novel in this sorta-series. By sorta, I mean To the Sea was a stand alone. But then once I pubbed, I simply couldn't get off the Follow your Bliss train. I'd nabbed my own dream, and we were going places...where, well, at the time I just didn't know how wonderful it is to write my heart out (then edit till I'm blobular. Yes, blobular.) and then put the outcome out into the world. 

And today is just such a day, so here, I present to you (hang on, I have to lean in and whisper something to this little book of mine, Go, go and do great things, keep readers awake at night reader, inspire and brighten the days of all who meet your pages.) Here we go...

On the Mountain!

Amazon >>> Goodreads

Here's an excerpt...

The smell of lasagna baking in the oven lured Baskia into the kitchen a couple hours later. She uncorked a bottle of wine hoping to chase away reminders of her headache. Trace had set the table for two and candlelight burned softly between the place settings.

“Will you join me?” he asked.

“How’d you know my favorite?” Homemade lasagna had the potential to earn  him forgiveness.

His rough around the edges appearance and moody demeanor didn’t keep with details like candles and cloth napkins. If she’d been anywhere else, she’d have said so long to him, but there was no escaping him in the cabin, she was rooted there. And the meal 
smelled irresistible.

They didn’t say much while they ate, but Baskia noted the silence wasn’t awkward like with Wes. Of course, she wanted to ask what he’d meant when he said he was dealing with some shit, but instead they made conversation about her return trip to New York after Thanksgiving, a few of the books they’d both read, and their wine preferences. By the time they were done and the grandfather clock struck twelve, Baskia glowed with the satisfaction of a good meal shared in good company.

“Thanks,” she said before retiring to her room.

“No, thank you,” he said, meaningfully. With that, he blinked off the light. 

I'll toast to that. Cheers!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Monumental On the Mountain Giveaway!

So here we are, the last full-length book in the Follow your Bliss, semi-series. I say semi, because all the books, from To the Sea (book 1) to Kindled (book 6—coming out in December—just in time for the holidays. You won't even believe what kind of goodies I have in store for that!) can be read on their wee lonesome. Meaning, you don't have to read the others to enjoy the story. Or you could have a book reading bonanza and read 'em all. Or, ya know, pick away at them over the cool months, letting the love scenes warm you up!

For this occasion, I am offering up, a signed paperback of On the Mountain, a book mark, a lovely XO necklace inspired by a scene in the novel, and some more book swag goodies from the other titles in the Follow your Bliss series. Wink, wink. I'm cheeky like that. 
Let's just say, 
I have an Etsy Shop and I'm not afraid to use it. 

Read on, tell your friends, and enter below. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

On the Mountain Teaser #3, an excerpt & a Freebie

Here is the third teaser for On the Mountain. What's this, you ask? Someone other than Baskia and she's laying in the grass? Who is she? What does this mean? Why is she asleep and how can she possibly MOVE mountains? Let's just say she plays a pivotal role in bringing people together and awakening them to their potential, even as she sleeps.


"The hammock swayed slowly as the sun dropped behind the mountain. Baskia leaned her head against the back of the Adirondack chair that she’d pulled over. Trace glided toward her in the hammock, his face just inches from hers. She gazed at his lips. The bottom one was slightly fuller than the top. The hammock swayed, carrying him away. Then he returned. The impish grin stubbornly remained fixed on his lips, as if he could read her thoughts, answer her desire, but refused to. The heat or beer or him made her sizzle inside. She leaned in, just close enough to touch her lips to his, but then the hammock glided away." 


Do you like these teasers? Intrigued by On the Mountain? It would mean HEAPS to me if you Pinned, Tweeted, Facebooked, Tumblred, (wonky verbs happening in that sentence!) or otherwise promo-ed the forthcoming novel. It releases Tuesday, October 14th. I'd also love it if you added it to your Goodreads TBR too! I send you so many thank yous it sounds like a chorus in here! Also, as an extra special thank you, Mirrored, the 4th book in the Follow your Bliss series, is FREE today!