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:



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.

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

Pre order your copy now! 

And please add to Goodreads!


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
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!