Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fight Camp: Firebird Born Cover Reveal


It's cover reveal day! Yay!🔥

My latest two-book series is a dystopian called 
Fight Camp: Firebird Born. 

And it involves:

Action 

Survival 

And fighting... lots of fighting 

Fighting for freedom

Fighting for love

And for what's right... 
(I almost started singing the Beastie Boys song, 
because believe it or not there is some partying.)

But you came here for the cover, right? 

Don't worry, I won't make you fight for it ;-)

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When government officials recruit sixteen-year-old Aran Fenn to summer camp, she leaves her idyllic home in Domain AL and crashes into a violent reality of aggressive campers and ultimate fight training. As she struggles to trust her bunkmate—who knocks her out on the first night—and Cal—who helps heal her wounds in secret—, she quickly realizes telling the counselors that she wants to go home isn’t an option.

Weeks pass and Aran prepares for the trials, including a high voltage tug of war, crossing a bed of hot coals, and enduring ten minutes in the Cage. She learns she's supposed to be at a different camp to exploit her intelligence, but fight camp is supposedly the better of the two. She's also told her green eyes are a life-threatening liability and finds out that after the Last War the Regime isolated the people to create a stronger army, rendering her life a science experiment.

Aran doesn't want to fight, but rather get home to her family even if that means letting go of her budding romance with Cal. However, when she learns the reality of her world, she's willing to put her life on the line and do whatever it takes to gain freedom.


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Fight Camp: Firebird Born comes out on July 11th. 

Pre order your copy now! 

And please add to Goodreads!

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Oh, and you don't have to wait long for the sequel, Fight Camp: Firebird Rising. It hits shelves August 15th.


Did you catch the puzzle reveal over on Insta? Let me know what you think of the cover. It's by Cheyanne at the amazing Nova Book Covers. Check out her Etsy.

I'd love to know what some of your favorite dystopian reads are. And if you're wondering just how geeky I get, I went to the opening of Divergent as a dauntless. Just sayin'. 






Monday, June 19, 2017

Epic Sci Fi Summer Loop Giveaway on Instagram

Welcome to the Epic Sci Fi Summer INSTAGRAM Loop Giveaway. There are a total of 8 authors participating, which means you have the chance to win 8+ books, swag, and a $30 Amazon Gift card! If you complete the loop, you'll be entered to win the following prizes:
A signed copy of Deviants by Maureen McGowan
A digital copy of Double Life by S. Usher Evans
A signed copy of Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand
A signed copy of Fight Camp: Firebird Born by Deirdre Riordan Hall
Digital copies of the three-book City of Legends Series by Cheyanne Young
A signed copy of In Between Seasons by Cassandra Giovanni
A digital copy of Blood & Water by Briana Morgan
Plus book SWAG & a $30 Amazon Gift Card
VISIT ME ON INSTAGRAM TO GET STARTED.
Here's how to do the loop aka the rules. (It's kind of like a game of telephone ;-)
1. Follow all of the accounts in the loop. If you tap the photo, the name of the next author for you to visit is tagged.

2. Tell a friend! Comment below with a friend you'd think would like to enter too! Also feel free to comment! We'd love to know what is going to make your summer epic!

3. Remember you must follow ALL Instagram accounts (there are 8) in order for your entry to be valid. We’ll be checking!

4. Once you get back here, you’ve completed the loop!

5. Winners will be announced on July 5, 2017
*This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by Instagram.

Hope you have fun & do let me know in the comments below or on Instagram what's going to make your summer epic! 



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Anchored Release Day!



I've written a lot about patience and why it's important, especially in the writing and publishing world. But it's so stinking hard to wait for things, amiright? 

Patience is one of my most valued, but least cultivated virtues. (Sigh.) But when I get to the last page of a book and there's the hint of a cliffhanger or I'm actually dangling over the edge, I just want that next book so bad and have to wait a year or more (gasp!) for the followup. #readerproblems. 

Well, not this time, friends. Anchored, the second  novel in the Sea & Sand series comes out today! Just about a month after Tide. How's that for awesome? Or as Tyler would say, "Totally radical, dudes." Kidding. Sorta. Actually, Sean his bestie is more into the surfer speak, but I digress.

It's release day! Yay! Celebrate with me on social and share with your friends because good friends share good books ;-)


As men continue to succumb to the sea, Tyler fears for the safety of the people in Land's End and struggles to maintain the secrecy of the underwater world, including the origins of his girlfriend, Amara, former mero, aka mermaid.  
                                           
But the biggest mystery of all is his connection to the ocean.

After his aunt passes away, Tyler puts pieces of his genealogy together when she leaves him and Kiwa, a local girl and surfer, her house and maritime legacy. The ex-friends are at odds after she deceived him, yet she has answers.

However, Kiwa's gone missing.

Going on information gathered about the history of the mero, Tyler and Amara travel from Atlantic to Pacific. There, they make a startling discovery about ghost pirates, an angry sea king, unrequited love, and an ancient curse.

However, everything they're looking for is a lot closer than they realize.

Clues and sea relics lead Tyler to the Magna Maris, an ancient document outlining how to break the curse and reunite the inhabitants of the sea and put an end to the theft of the souls of men.

Unfortunately, Amara believes she's the curse breaker.

Tyler has to convince Amara they can be together while fighting an epic battle for life on land and below the ocean, along with grappling with the truth of who he really is.


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Get your copy of Anchored

US // UK // AU


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Please share the Sea & Sand Series love with your Twitter, 

Facebook, & social media friends:

Copy and paste to Tweet:
Never trust a mermaid's kiss. Tide & Anchored, a two book series told on the sea & sand #youngadult  #fantasy https://www.amazon.com/Anchored-Sea-Sand-Book-2-ebook/dp/B0725DWZCL

Copy & Paste for Facebook:
When sailors go missing off the coast of the Atlantic, Tyler learns alluring and beautiful doesn't mean harmless, leaving it up to him to stop the mero. But when a girl goes missing, questions about his family ancestry prompt Tyler and Amara on a trip from Atlantic to Pacific to find answers and save mariners from losing their souls to the sea. Along the way, he has to find a lost relic, face the mero, the skylo, a boat of ghost pirates, the Great Sea Council, and Poseidon along with the truth of who he really is. https://www.amazon.com/Anchored-Sea-Sand-Book-2-ebook/dp/B0725DWZCL
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There you have it! Thank you so much for joining me on this mermaid and magic journey. I'd love if you leave a review on Amazon & Goodreads, and of course tell your friends and family how much you enjoyed the books. 

And stay tuned because there's more fiction from me coming your way!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Romantic Summer Reading Challenge




Hey, book lovers! This one is for my women's fiction readers. Remember those summer reading programs from when we were kids? You would read a certain number of books and get a pizza. Or maybe if you completed a list of books you received a certificate and a prize from the librarian. Why should the fun end just because we're adults? Join us this summer for the inaugural Romantic Summer Reading Challenge

Now through midnight (CDT) September 4, read all ten books on our reading list to win prizes. This year’s featured books include:


How does it work? When you finish each book on the list, leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Then, once you are done with all ten, copy the links on the entry form, complete the rest of the information, and submit it. After September 4, everyone who completes the challenge will receive a free ebook from one of the authors’ backlist. You will also be entered in the drawing for a chance to win one of ten prize packages created by the authors (valued at $20 each) and the grand prize of a $100 Amazon gift card. (No purchase necessary to win. Prize packages limited to U.S. residents only this year.)

What if you’ve already read one (or more) of the books on this list? It still counts. Just post your review and share the link on the form


If this sounds like fun way to discover new authors, score a free book, and enter for a chance to win prizes, please join us! You can also follow the Facebook page, which will include author takeovers that give you a chance to interact with authors and other readers throughout the summer.


I'm so excited for this unique challenge + the great prizes!!! Please share the summer reads you're most excited for!





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Multi-Author YA Summer Giveaway!

Summer is officially here! I've teamed up with 8 Young Adult authors to host this amazing summer giveaway that will run the entire month of June. Here's what one lucky winner will get: 9 Signed Paperback books + swag from these authors: 
 Linda Budzinski 
Natalie Decker 
Jennifer DiGiovanni 
Cassandra Giovanni 
Rebekah L. Purdy 
Amy Sparling 
Patricia B. Tighe 
Cheyanne Young 
Moi!
A $10 Starbucks Gift card + a bottle of nail polish (donated by Natalie Decker) 
A $10 Amazon Gift Card (will be emailed to the winner) 
A Cute Heart Books tote bag for all your summer book needs

SEE BELOW TO ENTER:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What *else* will you be reading this summer? Let me know below.


Anchored Cover Reveal


I love it, I love it, I love it! I love this cover. I love all the covers, but *this one* goes so beautifully with Tide that I can't. even. It's like they're book fraternal twins. Is that weird? No, no it's not. 

The two stories in the Sea & Sand series so deeply appeal to the fantasy and magic and mermaid lover in me. I spent  many days on the beach plotting this story, watching surfers (okay, and surfing -- I longboard like Kiwa), writing, and then revising that I feel like the characters and setting and mystery are kissed by the sea.

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An early reader of Tide and Anchored have said this story is a great match for readers who enjoyed the Syrena Legacy—Of Poseidon is a fave!—by Anna Banks. Another said she thought of The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova, which is a HUGE compliment. 

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So what else will you find within the pages?

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Windswept beaches
Rocky shores
Surfing
Storms
Mero aka Mermaid
Skylo aka Sea dogs
Men lost at sea
An angry sea king aka Poseidon
Ghosts
Pirates
Loss
Deceit
Love 
Romance
Adventure
A road trip
Mystery! Lots of mystery

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 As men continue to succumb to the sea, Tyler fears for the safety of the people in Land's End and struggles to maintain the secrecy of the underwater world, including the origins of his girlfriend, Amara, former mero, aka mermaid.  
                                           
But the biggest mystery of all is his connection to the ocean.

After his aunt passes away, Tyler puts pieces of his genealogy together when she leaves him and Kiwa, a local girl and surfer, her house and maritime legacy. The ex-friends are at odds after she deceived him, yet she has answers.

However, Kiwa's gone missing.

Going on information gathered about the history of the mero, Tyler and Amara travel from Atlantic to Pacific. There, they make a startling discovery about ghost pirates, an angry sea king, unrequited love, and an ancient curse.

However, everything they're looking for is a lot closer than they realize.

Clues and sea relics lead Tyler to the Magna Maris, an ancient document outlining how to break the curse and reunite the inhabitants of the sea and put an end to the theft of the souls of men.

Unfortunately, Amara believes she's the curse breaker.

Tyler has to convince Amara they can be together while fighting an epic battle for life on land and below the ocean, along with grappling with the truth

Preorder your copy of Anchored
US // UK // AU

Add to your Goodreads List
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Please share the second book in the Sea & Sand Series with your Twitter, Facebook, & social media friends:

Copy and paste to Tweet:
Never trust a mermaid's kiss. Tide & Anchored, a two book series told on the sea & sand #youngadult  #fantasy https://www.amazon.com/Anchored-Sea-Sand-Book-2-ebook/dp/B0725DWZCL
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ICYMI:
If you want to see more of the inspo behind the book, check out my Tide Pinterest board!
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Okay, so I need to know, do you love the cover? If Tide featured Amara on the cover, whose silhouette do you think is on the cover of Anchored?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Rebel Cause Blog Tour!


Before we get into the good stuff, I just have to say, Cassandra Giovanni is one of my faves. Why? Because she's cool (the new mama rides a long board and does street skating for goodness sakes), is an amazing graphic artist, and writes edgy stories with tons of heart. 

Okay, I'm done gushing. Read on to find out more about her latest book, Rebel Cause, read an excerpt, find out about her other books (there are many), and enter to win a giveaway.

Reese White has spent her whole life trying so hard to be perfect, that when she looks in the mirror, she doesn't know the person staring back at her. Sure, she's always gotten high grades and excelled academically, but she's never put much time into herself. Now, as she heads off to college, Reese realizes she's remained so hidden inside a book that she's invisible to everyone, including herself.

Kellin Lake has always seen Reese, his little sister's best friend, the beautiful girl hidden behind baggy clothes and good grades--but he's hiding, too-- even from her. Tattoos, lip piercing and lead singer in a metal band, he's a rebel without a cause. But that's just to the people at school. At home, he covers it all up, and he's the boy with the angel's voice, and a 4.0 only his parents know about.


When Reese flips the switch and takes control of her looks, they make an arrangement-- pretend to be in a relationship to elevate Reese's social status. It's simple. Kellin helps his sister's best friend, and Reese isn't invisible anymore. No one falls in love. No one gets hurt. But what Reese doesn't realize is Kellin is already in love with her.


And now things get a hell of a lot more complicated.
Amazon ~ FREE on Kindle Unlimited
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Out of Beat: FREE
Amazon

Behind the Lens: $0.99
Amazon


EXCERPT ONE
“So are you going to explain what all of this is about?” Lindy asks as she holds the door open for me to the mall.
“I may have asked Tyler out on a date…and he rejected me.”
And I’m insanely jealous of any girl I see your brother kissing…
Lindy is silent for a moment, and all I can hear is the sound of her heel’s clicking on the ceramic tiles and noise of my too big jeans as they drag on it.
“No shit,” Lindy replies, and I look at her bubble gum pink sweater, floral tank, and skinny jeans.
I bite my cheek before looking straight ahead. “Apparently, you’re more his type.”
“Like I’d ever go for that,” Lindy replies, her lips curling under as she sticks her tongue out. “So what is this, a makeover?”
“Exactly.”
The smile grows on Lindy’s face as she looks me over. “Are you sure you want to do this?”
I nod. “I know exactly who I am, and it’s time for me to show it.”
“So are we going for preppy?” she asks as we begin to walk again.
I shake my head. “Not at all.”
“What are we going for then?”
“I love you, Lind, but I am definitely not you,” I answer as we walk past Express and Lindy’s head stays fixed on a mannikin in a set of dark wash skinny jeans and a tight black v-neck tee. I stop, and she slams into me. “Think Kellin’s type.”
“Softcore rebel without a cause?” Lindy asks as I turn into the store and grab my size in the jeans and the smallest version of the shirt I can find.
“Exactly, except I love the music he plays,” I reply.
Lindy shakes her head at me, taking the pants and putting them back down and grabbing a smaller size. “Right, then you’ll want pants that are actually your size.”
“How do you know what size I am?” I ask.
“I’ve seen you in a bathing suit. You’re tiny beneath all that cotton.”
I take the pants from her and head into the dressing room. When I come out, Lindy has a pile of jeans for me just as skinny as the ones I’ve slipped into but in a variety of colors including a pair of ripped ones. I grab them from her hands and smile.
“Perfect,” I reply.
“Reese, you’re going to make Tyler have a heart attack,” Lindy says as she looks me up and down with the widest smile I’ve ever seen on her.
“This isn’t about Tyler,” I reply as I turn to the full-length mirror.
“Who is it about then?”
My heart stutters for a moment as Kellin’s face comes to mind. I shake my head, before looking up at the girl in the mirror and smiling. “Me.”
“If I know you well enough this shirt is going to be right up your alley,” she says, draping a black t-shirt with silver scroll and skulls over my shoulder.
I take a deep breath. “How did you know?”
Lindy shrugs. “I knew you were hiding a rebel under there; now we just need some band t-shirts.”
I turn to her. “And dye.”
“Dye?”
I nod. “And I’ll need to get contacts…and make-up.”
“We don’t want you to overdose on make-over here, Reese,” Lindy replies, chewing on the inside of her lip as I smile at her.
“I know exactly who I want to be, now are you going to help me or not?”
“Lead the way,” Lindy replies as she shakes her head with a laugh.
EXCERPT TWO
“Yeah, I’m not the ugly friend anymore,” I reply, picking at the strands of my ripped jeans.
Kellin scoffs. “You never were.”
I look up, raising my eyebrows at him. “Come on, Kell. I wasn’t pretty before.”
He shakes his head, his lips in a harsh line just like his jaw. “That’s bullshit, Ree. You’re the same girl you were before, except your clothes fit a little too good and you stopped wearing glasses.”
“Don’t forget this,” I reply tossing my hair over my shoulders, and staring at him through my bangs.
He reaches over and runs his fingers over my chin in a way that makes me inhale deeply.
Breathe, Reese. Breathe.
“I do like that color on you,” he replies, his hand falling over mine and weaving our fingers together.
“I thought you would, ” I answer without thinking, squeezing my eyes shut as I think of exactly how that sounds like I did this just to impress him.
“I’m glad you considered how I’d feel about the change.”
“You’re one of my best friends…besides Lindy, so of course I thought of what you’d think,” I explain, and Kellin’s hand pulls away from mine to go to the steering wheel.
He stares ahead, and I’m struck by the urge to take his hand back into mine again because now it feels wrong for his hand not to be there. We sit in silence until I finally speak.
“Are you mad at me?”
“Why would I be mad at you?” Kellin asks as he shifts the truck into park.
“I don’t know…you just seem angry,” I reply as I watch him squeezing the steering wheel with white knuckles.
“Not at all.”
“You sure?” I ask as he jumps out and moves the seat forward so he can grab his guitar and amplifier.
“Of course.” He slides the guitar over his back, taking the amp in one arm, so his biceps bulge as he holds out the other for me. “Ready to make an entrance?”
“Are you sure you want to do this?” I ask as I look at the already crowded venue.
“Absolutely positive.”
Being Kellin’s arm candy is strangely satisfying. Girls eyes follow us as we enter the room, and narrow on me when I kiss his cheek before he goes on stage. At the end of the show, I can feel their stares as he pulls me into his arms to hug me, and then slings his arm around my waist, tucking his hand into my front pocket.
“Guys, this is my girlfriend, Reese,” Kellin explains. “Joey Schmidt,” he nods to the screamer. “Carl Fague,” he nods to the drummer, and finally the bassist. “Johnny Temple — who you already know as Temp.”
“In other words, Schmidt, and Fague,” I fill in the blanks of how he usually refers to them.
“Exactly.” Kellin’s lips twitch as he looks at them staring at me.
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA

Connect with Cassandra on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter.  Learn more about her and her novels at her website, www.cgiovanniauthor.com and read the first ten chapters of each of her published novels through her Book Catalog.
Finding the Cure
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In Between the Seasons (The Fall Series #1)

Love Exactly  

 Walking in the Shadows