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

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


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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

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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?

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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.
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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.
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Tide Release!



Book debut days never get old. I'm as excited today as I was when To the Sea, my first book to reach readers, was published. Incidentally, it's also features surfing (and kissing!) but that's beside the point. TIDE my first YA fantasy hits shelves and ereaders today! Yay! I'm so excited for this one not only because it features surfing, the ocean, adventure, and mystery, but also because it's fantasy AND is part of a series. The Sea & Sand series to be exact. The follow up ANCHORED comes out next month, so get your copy asap so you won't have to wait long to read the next book! 




Never trust a mermaid's kiss.
Tyler McColdrum has a bright future on the professional surfing circuit until his father tragically dies at sea. Unable to pay the bills, Tyler and his mother leave California and move to his late grandfather's cottage in Land's End, Maine—a world away from the life he's known. Not even the stormy Atlantic can douse Tyler's surf stoke, but when mariners go missing off the coast, legends as old as the sea itself suggest something lurks beneath the surface. As the police investigate, his friend Kiwa—the only female surfer for miles—indicates there's more to the McColdrum family history than blood and bone.
Amara is a beautiful mermaid, a mero, who wants a life on land away from her sinister sisters. As charming as mero are, with musical voices and a tempting gaze, they're also brutal and cruel, stealing the souls of sailors. As Initiation nears, Amara learns Poseidon selected her as consort and her desperation for freedom increases. When Tyler encounters Amara, he falls hard for her. The ocean is no longer safe for him, but he trusts their love can overcome her mero nature. As locals and officials wage war against the sea, trying to keep mariners safe, Tyler and Amara struggle with how to protect each other.
With one foot in the sand and the other in the sea, Tyler must choose love or the surf as the tide quickly rises.
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I'm so excited for you to read this two book series! Anchored, the follow up launches June 13th. Oh, and the cover reveal is in just a couple of weeks: May 30th to be exact. 

Thank you for reading!



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Tide Cover Reveal



I know I say it every time I reveal a new book cover, but it's true. I LOVE this cover! 

Cheyanne at Nova Book Covers has outdone herself, once again. Not only on the previous covers for Chasing Days & Spent, but Tide is book one in the Sea & Sand series so she had double duty designing the follow up for Anchored, out next month. And let's just say, I'm not an easy customer! Lol. So, above you see but a glimpse of what's to come. 

Are you ready for the full reveal?

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Well, you'll have to scroll down...

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A bit more...

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Keep going...

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Oh, you want to know the inspiration behind the cover? 

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Well, I'm a big fan of the ocean, surfing, and the majestic & mysterious beauty it holds...

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So, here you have a double exposure with the outline of a mermaid and the ocean filling her in... Have I mentioned I love it?

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Alright, alright, I won't tease you any more. Here it is...

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Never trust a mermaid's kiss.
Tyler McColdrum has a bright future on the professional surfing circuit until his father tragically dies at sea. Unable to pay the bills, Tyler and his mother leave California and move to his late grandfather's cottage in Land's End, Maine—a world away from the life he's known. Not even the stormy Atlantic can douse Tyler's surf stoke, but when mariners go missing off the coast, legends as old as the sea itself suggest something lurks beneath the surface. As the police investigate, his friend Kiwa—the only female surfer for miles—indicates there's more to the McColdrum family history than blood and bone.
Amara is a beautiful mermaid, a mero, who wants a life on land away from her sinister sisters. As charming as mero are, with musical voices and a tempting gaze, they're also brutal and cruel, stealing the souls of sailors. As Initiation nears, Amara learns Poseidon selected her as consort and her desperation for freedom increases. When Tyler encounters Amara, he falls hard for her. The ocean is no longer safe for him, but he trusts their love can overcome her mero nature. As locals and officials wage war against the sea, trying to keep mariners safe, Tyler and Amara struggle with how to protect each other.
With one foot in the sand and the other in the sea, Tyler must choose love or the surf as the tide quickly rises.

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Pre order now!


US // UK // AU

Add to your Goodreads list.

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Also, don't miss the INTERNATIONAL giveaway of a paperback copy! Thank you to Lola's Blog Tours for hosting the reveal & giveaway! 

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If you want to see more of the inspo behind the book, check out my Tide Pinterest board!
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And before you go, please tell me your favorite summer reads! My favorite season is just around the corner!

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