Tuesday, July 19, 2011

MADLY AND WOLFHARDT

I've been so anxious to get this book out, I feel like I need a drum roll, so even if you don't play along, just know that I'm imagining one:)  I am happy, happy, happy-- oh-so-happy-- to announce that Madly and Wolfhardt will be available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for purchase on MONDAY, JULY 25th. 

*pause for deep breath* 

Woohoo!!!  *insert ticker tape parade here*  YAY!! 

Ok.  I feel better:)  Obviously, as you'll see below, I was still far too much in love with the cover of Madly to ditch it for a new one, so I tinkered with her a bit and used the same cover.  I figured it might help with continuity, too (at least that's what I told myself so that I could use it again- hee hee).  

Now, just so you know and so that there's no confusion (and also so that you can have a refresher), the novelette that I released called simply Madly, the one that introduced you to Madly, is included at the beginning of Madly and Wolfhardt.  Now everyone will be on the same page. YAY!

I'll update this post with links as soon as I get them on Monday.  But for now, here it is, y'all.  Madly and Wolfhardt.  Enjoy!




Madly is your average nearly-eighteen year old girl—for a mermaid princess, that is.

Madly James is thoroughly enjoying her internship in Slumber when the unthinkable happens—there’s a prison break in Atlas, Madly’s home beneath the sea.   A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. 

The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods.  After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death.  And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.

Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth.  But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart.  Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt?  Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?

Buy it today at Amazon and Barnes & Noble 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Why I Write YA

WHY I WRITE YA. 

Wow!  That's quite a question, huh?  Hmmm, why DO I write YA?  Well, if I had to answer that question with a question, I might ask, “Why NOT Write YA?” 

I think being a teenager is one of the most fascinating times in life.  I also think it's one that pretty much all of us get incredible joy from reliving.  Well, for the most part anyway:)  There’s so much promise in the life of a teenager, isn’t there? The possibilities are endless.  Endless!  The vast majority of life is out there ahead of you, like an ocean of options just waiting for you to dive right in. You could be anything, do anything.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like when you hit 25, it’s all downhill from there (although some things will never have the same “perkiness” after that age:).  But it’s just not the same as being inside the head of a teenager and looking out at life through the eyes of a dreamy seventeen or eighteen year old.   Anything you can imagine is out there waiting for you.  And that includes love. 

*sigh* 

Love.  First love.  You remember it, don’t you?  The butterflies and the unbearable anticipation, the feet that never touch the ground and the heart that flies into the sun, the way you can't stop thinking about that one special person, no matter how hard you try.  Ah.  First love.  First kiss.  First everything.  Oh, the emotion of it all!  Highs are never so high, lows never so low.  Love is fresh and new when you’re a young adult.  It’s dramatic and heartbreaking.  It’s fun and soul-warming .  It's exciting and earth-shattering.  It’s the kind of love that you never want to forget and usually never do.  It’s both the happiest time of your life and quite possibly the most miserable.  It’s glorious!

Having lived a few years past those trying times, I can honestly say that the young adult years are probably the most fraught with emotion of any single time in life.  That’s why I write YA.  Emotion.  That’s what I want to recapture for all the world to see and feel and witness, for all of us to remember.  And if I do it right, you’ll laugh and you’ll cry, you’ll grit your teeth and you’ll sigh in relief, you’ll feel the freedom of victory and the weight of defeat.  But in the end, you’ll be happy that you played along.  And that’s what I want most of all—to make people feel.  A lot!

So there's your answer.  Now you know.  This should give you some idea of what to expect in my novels.  At least I hope it does.  So go to my carousel at the top of the page and grab one of my books.  Curl up and let me tell you a little story, take you somewhere else for a little while, to a place where happy endings are always on the horizon and dreams always come true.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Day of the Giveaways

Alright, I've never really done a giveaway all by my lonesome, but I feel like there are a few noteworthy reasons why I should.  One is that BLOOD LIKE POISON:  For the Love of a Vampire is now available in print.  YAY!  Woohoo!  *insert ticker tape parade here*  Another reason is that I've given both CATERPILLAR and WICCAN a makeover and I think they turned out very well.  So, in honor of the aforementioned events, I am holding a giveaway that will start this afternoon.  It will run through August 1, at which time I'll randomly draw a winner and announce the name on my blog.  Please leave me your e-mail address so I can contact you.  Thank you kindly:D

The winner will receive:



1 signed copy of Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire print edition
1 copy of Caterpillar eBook edition

1 copy of Wiccan eBook edition

And an all-expense paid trip to...nah.  Just kidding:)  Y'all gotta buy some more books before I can venture into those expensive waters.  hee hee  But that's an excellent reason to tell all your friends to read my books.  I spread the love:D


Now for rules.

1.  You must be 16 or older to enter
2.  You must be a follower of my blog (psst, you can fix that with one little click:)
3.  +1 if you follow me on Twitter
4.  +1 if you tweet the contest
5.  +1 if you friend me on Goodreads

*the contest is international, too.  Woot, woot!

For those of you who are already on Goodreads, I'm also doing a giveaway there.  I'm giving away 2 copies of the new print version of BLP (not to the same person, of course).  Feel free to sign up for that one as well.  In fact, please do.  If you win both, you'll have an extra copy to give to a friend.  YAY for spreading the word!  I love each and every one of you who do that, BTW.  It's spectacularly appreciated:)

Annnnnnd, we're off!  *imaginary gun firing into the air*

Happy Hump Day and happy reading!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Something new from Amanda Hocking


Amanda Hocking.  Now there’s a name.  Unless you’re completely oblivious to the literary world or you live under a rock (or you’re oblivious to the literary world because you live under a rock) you’ve heard of this word-wielding dynamo.  Her books are known and loved the world over and her personal story is a fairy tale of epic, 21-century proportions.   I think not nearly as many people realize, however, that Amanda Hocking has something new and wonderful to offer us.  Well, it’s not really new, but it’s certainly wonderful.  I think it used to be something much more common and abundant years ago, which is what makes it sort of “new” now.  I’ll call it retro.

With her first published works, a series of vampire novels called My Blood Approves, Amanda began a journey that would make her both a legend and a millionaire.  Her meteoric rise has been nothing short of awe-inspiring.  Earth-shattering.  Record-breaking.  And now she is one of the most talked-about, widely-read authors in recent times.

There are a zillion things about her rise that are noteworthy, but I would like to focus on one in particular.  It comes not as “steps” that she took to secure astounding sales.  Rather, it comes as steps that she didn’t take to secure astounding sales. 

What I think sets Amanda apart, more than anything else, is her character.  I think that in all the hubbub about her success, reports of her awesome display of character somehow got lost in the shuffle.  That’s why I’m here today.  I want to recognize and thank her for something that’s frequently overlooked and dramatically under-appreciated. 

In Amanda's search for ways to promote her books, her voice, herself (the same search that every author in the entire world is familiar with), she undoubtedly came across a multitude of morally unsavory schemes.  But did she employ even one of them?  Nope.  Why, you might ask?  Because the girl’s got class, y’all

Despite her young age, she stepped it up a notch and did everything the ethical way.  She remained stark white in a world lost in shades of gray.  She didn’t lie or cheat or manipulate.  She didn’t use and abuse people or take advantage of their friendship.  She didn’t throw anyone else under the bus.  Amanda simply sent her books out to the people who were willing to read and review them (insert awesome book bloggers here) and she let her work take care of the rest.  She let her talent speak for itself and, believe me, it did.  Loud and clear.  And for that--for that determination to stay true--she’s a superhero in her own right. 

In short, Amanda Hocking totally rocks!  Her story proves that a person can be successful--very successful--without having to take shortcuts.  It's encouraging to those of us who refuse to compromise.

I doubt Amanda will ever read this, but just in case she does...THANKS, AMANDA!  Thanks for reminding the world what true class and true talent are and for walking the walk every step of the way.  No one on this planet has the right to begrudge you a single penny or a single minute of your success.  You’ve earned it fair and square, and, to me, that's the most inspiring part:)

TGIF, ya'll!  Hope it's awesome for ya:)