Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It's Time For A Holiday...

Hey Everyone,

Well, 2013 has been an epic year for me. I've managed to publish The Elements Trilogy, Before and Beyond - the two Betwixt Series novellas, two Indie Inked samplers and put together three omnibus books. I've also written the 1st draft of two books I'm publishing next year - True Colors and I Know Lucy. I've been invited to be a panelist at UtopYA Con next year and I've signed a publishing contract with Evatopia Press.

I'm really proud of what I've achieved and I can't wait for 2014. I have another 6 books planned and I can't WAIT to share them with you!

My brain is now ready for a little break. My family and I are going away for a week to a sunny resort in Thailand then returning for a snuggly two weeks in the Suzhou cold. It'll be my boys first winter Christmas so it'll be a good experience for them.

I'm planning on getting a bunch of reading done. My kindle is packed with goodies that I'm super excited about getting into.

What's on your reading list?

If you want to add a few more - here are some of my favorite reads from 2013 (in no particular order).

Anna Cruise:
Maverick - If I Fall - It Was You - It Was Me - It Was Us - Down by the Water

Ella James: Selling Scarlett - Taming Cross

Taylor Longford:
Defiance - Chaos - (I read the 1st three in this series last year. I have LOVED them all so far!)

JA Huss: Losing Francesca

Alexia Purdy: Ever Wrath

Cambria Hebert: Text

Shelly Crane: Wide Awake - Wide Spaces

Komal Kant: Impossible

Ruben Gretchen: The Happiness Project

Simone Elkeles: Wild Cards

What have you read and enjoyed this year?

Thank you so much for everyone who has read and followed this blog throughout 2013. I have had so much fun highlighting authors and introducing you all to some top quality reading.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and a very Merry Christmas :)
I will be back on January 6th with more author highlights, cover reveals, interviews, discussion posts, giveaways and a ton more fun.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fun Friday - An Interview with Stacey Rourke

It's always so much fun interviewing authors, so this week the YA Storytellers are interviewing each other so that you guys can get to know a little more about us.

I was lucky enough to get Stacey Rourke as my pick and it's so cool to have her on YAlicious today.
Welcome, Stacey!

What would you find in your refrigerator right now?
Leftover birthday cake, beer and three kinds of coffee creamer. Huh. I really need to go shopping...

If you could wave a magic wand and have any career (besides writing) what would it be?
Heiress to a fortune that has unlimited financial resources to shop, vacation, and do whatever suits me. That would be swell. 

What inspires you out of writer's block?
Two things: music and people watching. Music inspires emotional heavy scenes for me, while people watching can help me create situations I couldn't have dreamed up otherwise--all while being a slight creeper and staring at strangers.

Any works in process that you are passionate about?
I have a new adult speculative fiction series I am working on now that I am insanely excited about. I'd tell you more, but then I'd have to kill you. 

Which of your characters would you like to be friends with?
Rowan from the Gryphon Series, he's such a cocky ass but he's always good for a laugh. Plus, that drunken pirate thing really works for me, hence my love for Captain Jack Sparrow. 

Which of your characters do you like writing about most?
Grams, a crazy old lady that speaks her mind and has a love for anything animal print. She is always a hoot to write! 

What is your favorite 80s movie? band? song? TV show?
Beetleguise, he's not a band but Billy Idol, "Hey Mickey" and 21 Jump Street

Do you have a favorite charity?
Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids or basically any that help better the lives of children. 

Tell us about your favorite Christmas tradition.
On Christmas Eve my kids and I make sugar cookies for Santa and lay out carrots for his reindeer. Then we snuggle in with some hot chocolate and watch The Polar Express. Right before bed we read T'was the Night Before Christmas and I tuck them in. One of my favorite times of year, by far!  

Do you see any current trends in YA literature?

The trends change constantly. But whatever we can do to keep our young adults reading I am all for! 

Thanks so much, Stacey. I read T'was the Night Before Christmas to my kids on Christmas Eve too. It's such a special treat :)

If you'd like to find out more about Stacey, you can check out her links and books below.

And if you'd like to read some more YA Storyteller interviews, check out YA STORYTELLERS FUN FRIDAY.

RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012.

Stacey Rourke is the author of the YA Fantasy Gryphon Series and the nonfiction autobiographical I'm Not Crazy, I'm on Lupron; a Journey Through Infertility. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of the Gryphon Series as well as other literary projects.

Visit her at www.staceyrourke.comdiaryofasemi-crazyauthor.blogspot.com, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stacey-Rourke/ or on Twitter @Rourkewrites.





COVER REVEAL: Tipsy by Cambria Hebert

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Julie Preston is an artist. But her canvas isn’t paper or clay. It’s hair. She spends her days coloring, blow drying and styling her clients hair at the Razor’s Edge salon. Julie is also annoyed. She went out on a date and had a great time, gave the guy her number and the jerk never called.
So when he waltzes into the salon and sits down in her chair she briefly considers strangling him with the pink cape she fastens around his neck.
Too bad she can’t.
Blue Markson, the guy who never called, is a police officer so causing him bodily harm would be a first class ticket into the slammer. Just looking at him again makes Julie forget why she was mad in the first place, but she’s already learned that Blue is nothing but heartache. So when he starts coming around, acting like he hadn’t made her stare at the phone for days, she tries to brush him off.
Only…
Her life is about to blow up in her face, she’s about to get caught up in a sticky web of crime and the one guy who can help her is the one guy she vowed never to trust again.

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I leaned back against my padded headboard and tried to calm my rolling stomach. As I sat there, trying not to barf, a light sound caught my attention. It was the closing of the front door. I perked up, forgetting all about the fact I was suffering from an attack of an unsuspecting hangover. Had I forgotten to lock the door? I never forgot to lock the door. But I was usually not running from my best friend. Great. The one time I don’t lock the damn door is the one time a burglar decides to come a calling. Too bad for mister criminal I had a plan for something like this. I was the kind of girl that always had a plan.

I crept into the bathroom, being as quiet as I could and reached into the cabinet. I pulled out my weapons (hey, all the crap that women have to do to themselves to look good definitely qualify as weapons.) and gripped them closely to my chest with both hands. My heart was beating so hard against my ribs that it actually hurt and I had to work to not gasp for breath. Catching my intruder by surprise was key to my plan.

Moving quickly through the dark I moved to the bedroom door, leaning against the wall and peering out into the darkened hallway. I could see the top of the stairs from where I stood, as well as the railing that ran alongside the hallway to keep someone from falling into the stairwell from upstairs. Courtesy of the nightlight down in the entry way (it came in handy when I wanted a drink in the middle of the night) I saw a shadow move against the wall, the figure was large and distorted against the tall bare wall of the stairwell. Up until that point I hadn’t been certain someone was in the house. But now I couldn’t deny it. There was a robber in my house. He for sure had nefarious plans. Too bad for him I had a really shitty night and wasn’t in the mood. As his foot stepped on the bottom stairs I slinked out of the door and along the wall, keeping my eyes trained on the top of the stairs. He began climbing the stairs (I was very unimpressed with his quietness, or rather lack thereof.) and as he climbed I slipped along the wall, moving through the darkness until I was standing in the corner directly across from the top of the stairs. I saw his shoulders appear as he continued upwards. He was wearing a dark coat and a dark hat… he was nothing but a large ominous shape in the night. I swallowed, the sound of my saliva scraping down my dry throat made me wince and my palms were sweaty, causing me to tighten my grip on my weapons. 
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Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cover Reveal - Burned by Liz Long

A note from Liz:
Thank you to the amazing authors and bloggers who volunteered to help with today's cover reveal. I am so excited to show off the cover for my new book - I've been dying to show it off! Made by the talented Caroline McKean, I hope you love it as much as I do (plus gets you a little worried about what's to come). Gifted, A Donovan Circus Novel is the first title in the series. Available at Amazon on Kindle and paperback, the ebook is currently on sale for only 99 cents to celebrate the upcoming release!

(Where's Sheffield's ringmaster voice when I need it?) 
Now here it is, the cover reveal for Burned, A Donovan Circus Novel!

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Burned, A Donovan Circus Novel Synopsis:
“Tell Sheffield that Medved is hunting him…the Bear is coming.”
Nearly a month after Lucy Sullivan saved the Donovan Circus from certain death, she discovers that Dr. Felix Hardy wasn’t the only bad guy around. When Lucy is attacked on home ground, Sheffield Donovan reveals that there are bigger foes in their world, gifted that use their powers to kill others – including her own family, as she learns from her ringmaster mentor. Medved, a Russian thug and powerful Shapeshifter, is intent on outing the gifted world and will stop at nothing to succeed. In order to survive, Lucy and her friends must travel to another show, the Grayson Circus, for help. The uneasy alliance with owner Albert Grayson comes with potential new friends and dark secrets about their competition, including a troublemaker named Mel and an old flame of Lucy’s father. Lucy must also contend with her feelings about Keegan and Gabriel, as well as learn how to contain her rampant emotions or risk setting the entire place ablaze. Will Lucy be able to save the Donovan Circus again? Or will Medved and his men slaughter everyone in their path on the way to gifted domination?

About the Author:
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Liz Long is a ridiculously proud graduate of Longwood University with a BA in English. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her fabulous day job as a social media editor includes writing for a publishing company in Roanoke, VA. Her first book, Gifted, is the first book in the Donovan Circus series. Her second book Witch Hearts, a story about a serial killer hunting witches for their powers, is available at Amazon on Kindle and paperback. To learn more about Liz, visit her website: http://lizclong.com.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

This Week's A Little Different...

I know I normally post every Monday and Thursday, but this week's going to be a little different.
Due to fitting in with people's cover reveals, etc. I am shuffling things around.

Look out for a Liz C. Long cover reveal on Thursday!
A Cambria Hebert cover reveal on Friday morning AND a Stacey Rourke interview on Friday afternoon!

FUN!

After that I will have one post left for 2013, then YAlicious is going to be taking a holiday break until the new year, where I have a bunch of fun stuff planned, including a little visit from one of my favorite authors of all time... Simone Elkeles!!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Unfinished Song (Book 1): Initiate by Tara Maya

The Unfinished Song (Book 1): Initiate by Tara Maya



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DEADLY INITIATION

A DETERMINED GIRL...
Dindi can't do anything right, maybe because she spends more time dancing with pixies than doing her chores. Her clan hopes to marry her off and settle her down, but she dreams of becoming a Tavaedi, one of the powerful warrior-dancers whose secret magics are revealed only to those who pass a mysterious Test during the Initiation ceremony. The problem? No-one in Dindi's clan has ever passed the Test. Her grandmother died trying. But Dindi has a plan.


AN EXILED WARRIOR...
Kavio is the most powerful warrior-dancer in Faearth, but when he is exiled from the tribehold for a crime he didn't commit, he decides to shed his old life. If roving cannibals and hexers don't kill him first, this is his chance to escape the shadow of his father's wars and his mother's curse. But when he rescues a young Initiate girl, he finds himself drawn into as deadly a plot as any he left behind. He must decide whether to walk away or fight for her... assuming she would even accept the help of an exile.


EXCERPT
Blue-skinned rusalki grappled Dindi under the churning surface of the river. She could feel their claws dig into her arms. Their riverweed-like hair entangled her legs when she tried to kick back to the surface. She only managed to gulp a few breaths of air before they pulled her under again.

She hadn't appreciated how fast and deep the river was. On her second gasp for air, she saw that the current was already dragging her out of sight of the screaming girls on the bank. A whirlpool of froth and fae roiled between two large rocks in the middle of the river. The rusalka and her sisters tugged Dindi toward it. Other water fae joined the rusalki. Long snouted pookas, turtle-like kappas and hairy-armed gwyllions all swam around her, leading her to the whirlpool, where even more fae swirled in the whitewater.

"Join our circle, Dindi!" the fae voices gurgled under the water. "Dance with us forever!"

"No!" She kicked and swam and stole another gasp for air before they snagged her again. There were so many of them now, all pulling her down, all singing to the tune of the rushing river. She tried to shout, "Dispel!" but swallowed water instead. Her head hit a rock, disorienting her. She sank, this time sure she wouldn't be coming up again.

"Dispel!" It was a man's voice.

Strong arms encircled her and lifted her until her arms and head broke the surface. Her rescuer swam with her toward the shore. He overpowered the current, he shrugged aside the hands of the water faeries stroking his hair and arms. When he reached the shallows, he scooped Dindi into his arms and carried her the rest of the way to the grassy bank. He set her down gently.

She coughed out some water while he supported her back.

"Better?" he asked.

She nodded. He was young--only a few years older than she. The aura of confidence and competence he radiated made him seem older. Without knowing quite why, she was certain he was a Tavaedi.

"Good." He had a gorgeous smile. A wisp of his dark bangs dangled over one eye. He brushed his dripping hair back over his head.

Dindi's hand touched skin--he was not wearing any shirt. Both of them were sopping wet. On him, that meant trickles of water coursed over a bedrock of muscle. As for her, the thin white wrap clung transparently to her body like a wet leaf. She blushed.

"It might have been easier to swim if you had let go of that," he teased. He touched her hand, which was closed around something. "What were you holding onto so tightly that it mattered more than drowning?"


LINKS
Tara’s blog http://bit.ly/12dFdNy
Tara’s Twitter http://bit.ly/162sCtE
The Unfinished Song on Facebook http://on.fb.me/1400mMq
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/13yM5Dr


Initiate is free everywhere except on Barnes and Noble (where it’s $0.99). You can download a free epub version via Smashwords.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Laura A. H. Elliott's Holiday Book Pick, great for every woman on your list!

It's my pleasure to welcome Laura A. H. Elliot to YAlicious today. She has two of her books to share with us, the first one is supporting a very worthy cause.

Welcome to YAlicious, Laura :)

Releases Dec. 3! All proceeds donated to  

Releases Dec. 3! 
All proceeds donated to NCADV

Hey Melissa, thanks for having me on your wonderful blog for my holiday book pick. 
Yes, friends, it is a time of giving, loving, and sharing. Within these pages is a way you can help many people desperately in need of love, support, and goodness: the victims of domestic violence. By purchasing this anthology, you are sending every last dime made off this book to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The NCADV is an amazing charity that saves these people and lets them know there is still hope, still goodness, and still a reason to carry on. 
Christmas Lites III releases December 3! 
Twenty-one authors have joined in this year, giving their time and their stories to these people – and to you. I hope you enjoy these holiday tales captured in bite-size pieces. Whether you read this on the bus, before bed, or snuggled by the fire, please, do read – and share with all the women on your list.
  
  Authors in this anthology: 
 Addison Moore 
A.F. Stewart 
Amy Eye 
Angela Yuriko Smith 
Ben Warden 
Cassie McCown 
Elizabeth Evans 
J.A. Clement 
JG Faherty 
Jonathan Tidball 
M.L. Sherwood 
Monica La Porta 
Ottilie Weber 
Patrick Freivald 
Phil Cantrill 
Robert Gray 
Ron C. Neito 
S. Patrick Pothier 
Tricia Kristufek 
Vered Ehsani 
*Brandon Eye bonus story 
 Editor/compiler: Amy Eye of The Eyes for Editing 
Cover Design Kyra Smith 

And here's a little about Laura...

 Laura A. H. Elliott (@Laurawriting) loves writing about enchanted road trips, cursed storytellers, shadow worlds, and alien romance while eating lots of popcorn. After twenty-plus years as a freelance graphic designer/animator with clients including E! Entertainment Television and The Los Angeles Times, she followed her heart into the world of fiction. Little known fun facts––next on her dream list is a trip to Indonesia and she daydreams of doing stand-up comedy when she's not completely terrified of it. Check out her latest release, The Storytellers--an adult paranormal romance where Raiders of The Lost Arc meets Thelma & Louise. 
To read about Laura's other YA and MG titles follow her blog Laurasmagicday.
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You can also fine Laura online here:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Black Friday - Must Have Reads!!

The YA Storytellers crew is putting together some Must Have Reads for you.

I'd like to highlight a few books I've recently finished and loved....

It Was You, It Was Me and It Was Us by Anna Cruise.
SUCH a great series!!


Text by Cambria Hebert.
An excellent, high tension yet totally romantic, read. (A little racy - that would be my only criticism. The story and characters were fantastic though!)


Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles.
She is SUCH a great author. I love her stuff and Wild Cards did not disappoint!


I also encourage you to check out: http://yastorytellers.com/, as many group members are listing their recommended reads under the Fun Fridays tab.

Also - there is a cool Thanks for Giving Us a Read Competition going on at the moment!


And finally  - a few author friends of mine are running a special promotion for our newsletter subscribers only. If you'd like to be a part of this and have a chance at picking up some free books, please follow this link to subscribe for Melissa Pearl's Updates Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/p3g8v 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Melissa Pearl's Christmas Giveaways!!

Hey guys it's Melissa! 
Welcome to the start of my Christmas Giveaways. This is my favourite time of year. I love giving gifts and spreading some holiday cheer around. It's an awesome excuse to celebrate. I would love it if you would join me by participating in four fun giveaways.


Can't wait to show you guys my first surprise! Eeeppp!
So much fun!

Please help me spread the word. The more the merrier.
Let's spread some Christmas love and enjoy this awesome season.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

The Crimson Key -The Visitors Series by Christy Sloat

It's always a privilege to highlight a new book or author on YAlicious. Welcome to the blog, Christy Sloat. Your new book looks intriguing and I love the cover :)


The Crimson Key-The Visitors Series book 2

 The truth can be deadly. Brylee Branson’s best friend and boyfriend have fallen victim to a horrible curse that haunts her home. With the witches who cast it dead she has no choice but to rely on the ghosts inside the Brown house to help her find a cure. But time is not on her side, because Lynley's illness is spreading rapidly. Confused and scared, seventeen-year-old Brylee must confront a new ghost in the house she has never spoken to before. This spirit is not a Brown relative and makes no promises to help them … unless she can re-unite her with a loved one. The fate of those she loves now rests on her. Can Brylee put the pieces of this puzzle together in time to save them? Or will the Brown house claim another victim? The Visitor’s Series continues to scare and entice its readers with this gripping second book.

Purchase Links:
Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Smashwords


The Visitors Series
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Ephraim kissed me in an attempt to distract me, and for a moment it worked. I got lost in his arms as he held me gently. The kiss deepened a bit more, and then I opened my eyes. That’s when things went all wrong. I saw a misty cloud coming toward us. At first I thought it had to be low lying fog, until I started to see the eyes forming in the mist. I pulled myself away from Ephraim and he turned around to see what I was seeing. There was no way he would be able to see it, because he didn’t see the dead. But they say those who are close to death can see death. It’s completely true because he saw them. At first he was frozen as they walked closer to us. Then he got up and backed away, scared. He wasn’t used to seeing them like I was. Scratch that! I was never going to get used to this, but I had to try if this was my life now. I went toward the mist as the dead started to surround me, locking me inside a circle of their bodies. Their eyes were glassy and their faces veiny and gruesome. They didn’t look like their former selves, unless they were zombies in their life. A woman put her hand on my arm. I froze as her clammy palm rested on my skin. It felt cold at first, and then wet.

“Who are you?” I asked with a shaky voice. She tried to talk, but her mouth was sewn shut. Her lips were moving so fast; she was desperately trying to tell me something. Only murmuring came out.

“Brylee, get away from them,” Ephraim called.

I didn’t try to get away, like an idiot stayed there. A man, whose lips were not sealed, came forward. “You surround yourself with the dead?” he asked as he pointed to Ephraim.

“He isn’t dead. He is alive. Why are you here?” I snapped.

“He isn’t dead yet, but he will be soon.” I shivered at his words. The woman pointed to a spot in the grass and led me to it. I was being shoved toward a place I had no clue of what it was. Once I was on top of it, I saw them … graves. The headstones bore the names of the dead that now surrounded me.


About the Author:
Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor’s Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.

www.christysloat.com

Email: Csloat@verizon.net

You can find Christy Sloat online here:
Twitter: @Christysloat

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Guest Post: The Indie Guide: A Self-Publisher's Toolbox

Today we have the author of The Indie Guide: A Self-Publisher's Toolbox, Heather Hildenbrand, as a guest author on the blog!
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Three years ago, I self-published my first novel, a YA high fantasy titled, Across the Galaxy. I had a whole lot of enthusiasm and determination and not a single CLUE. Not about publishing, not about marketing; not a single scrap of knowledge about how to sell a book. I didn’t have a teacher either. At least not one that knew me as their student. I taught myself with the help of lots of friends (and sometimes what turned out to be foes) along the way. I learned from every mistake, misstep, and misinformation. I’ve made the world’s most awesome friends and met some of the most amazing people that would go anywhere and do anything for me. On a regular basis, I get awesome letters from fans ranting either for or against the latest plot twists, advising me how the next book should end, and even telling me how my books and/or blog has inspired them to write and publish their own novel.
Not a single bit of what I just mentioned ever gets old. Like, ever.
Publishing is a business that shifts and turns and reforms every few months from the ground up. It has trends and highs and lows and emerging authors and new genres and quirks and the tried and true. There’s always something new to learn and based on my experience, there always will be.
Not a single bit of that gets old, either.
But it also never firms up. There’s always going to be the “latest thing” and “the best way” to tackle some avenue of the publishing biz. And there are always going to be new or aspiring authors coming into this completely wet behind the ears like I was.
I get messages every month from new writers picking my brain about how it’s all done. And I answer them because I want them to have what I didn’t. (That clue, remember? Here, take one. Pass it around.)
About three months ago, after conversing back and forth with another up-and-coming author, I realized how much I love sharing the knowledge I’ve gleaned from my publishing journey. Like, really and truly, LOVE to help others get where I am (work in my PJs, get my kids on and off the bus every day, make FT income. Yeah, my life rocks!). And I wanted a way to do it as often as possible in between my OTHER favorite pastime of writing books. So, I came up with this:
This past week, I launched a new company called Phoenix: Author Ink. It is a company designed to help aspiring authors take the next step. Whatever that “next step” might be for you. Whether it’s finishing or polishing your story, deciding whether to query or go straight to uploading your story yourself, or getting me on the phone for an hour of Q&A so you can pick my brain about how to meet reviewers or how to build a brand or “what the heck do I blog about?” – Wherever you are in the journey, I want to help! I thrive on it! Watching you get out there with an awesome story makes me smile. And smiling is one of my favorite things. =)

And as a thank-you-slash-I-am-so-excited-to-be-here gift, I am offering one lucky winner the chance to work one-on-one with me for ONE MONTH of encouraging, butt-kicking, accountability-induced inspirational COACHING and HELP as you get ready to publish or boost your marketing platform HUGELY. You will get multiple phone consultations and in-depth planning sessions and at the end of the 30 days, you will feel so much better, more focused, and excited about your business!

There are also two awesome prize packs with signed books up for grabs, because, yeah, BOOKS. It’s why we’re here. I hope you’ll spread the word about Phoenix as well as The Indie Author Guide and get yo’self entered to win! Good Luck!
-Heather

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dead Chaos by T.G. Ayer - Review

      Dead Chaos         

(A Valkyrie Novel - Book 3) 

(The Valkyrie Series)


Book Description:
Valkyrie Bryn Halbrook is broken and damaged... 

Struggling to accept the loss of her wings, Bryn's not sure if she can be a real Valkyrie anymore. But when a mysterious prophecy claims she will be the reason the All-Father dies, she is determined to ensure the prediction will not come to pass. 

A visit to the three fates who live beneath the great Tree of life, sends Bryn racing against time to find the missing Heimdall and his horn. As Odin's life hangs in the balance and Ragnarok draws ever closer, Bryn has to find a way to save Heimdall and Odin before she can discover the truth about who she really is. 

In the thrilling instalment in the Valkyrie series Bryn must battle not only the formidable frost giants and the hated God Loki, but she must also find a balance between what she will lose and what she will gain.

Review of Dead Chaos:

I have enjoyed the Valkyrie series so far, but Dead Chaos has been my favourite by far. I really, really enjoyed Bryn's journey in this book. She really discovers what she's made of. Her adventures are intense and emotional. I love that her team are with her most of the way. I love the way she copes with the loss of her wings and how that makes her grow as a character.

There is more romance in this book compared to the others. Yay! Just want my soppy heart needs. That storyline was played out beautifully.

This book is an emotional ride, be warned...you will no doubt cry, but I didn't come away disappointed either. It was a great conclusion to a good series that still left you wanting a little more. Who knows, maybe one day T. G. Ayer will come to the party and send us back to Odin's throne room. Fingers crossed :)

Purchase Links for Dead Chaos:

Smashwords / Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon AU / B&N


You can check out the other blogs on this tour HERE and enter the giveaway!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hot New Release Giveaway!

The Hot New Releases Giveaway is celebrating the new releases from authors: Brina Courtney, Lizzy Ford, Cambria Hebert, Anna Cruise, J.A. Huss, L.P. Dover, TG Ayer, Rebecca Ethington, Melissa Pearl, Wendy Owens, Kelly Walker, Alivia Anders, Wendy Owens, Ella James, Rick Chiantaretto, Lola StVil and Holly Hook! In honor of all of these amazing releases we are giving away a Kindle!
Twisted by Holly Hook - December 15th
Guardians: The Shoma by Lola StVil - Released November 1st
Text by Cambria Hebert - Released November 8th
Panic by JA Huss - Released October 15th
It Was Us by Anna Cruise - November 11th
I Am Just Junco Omnibus by JA Huss - Released November 4th
Trusting You by LP Dover - Released October 8th
Return (I am Not Junco) - December 2nd
Dead Chaos by TG Ayer - Released October 30th
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Melissa Pearl: Author Interview and More - An Examiner.com Article

Hello YAlicious Allison here! 

I just wanted to share with you this article on examiner.com. 

Learn a little more about Melissa Pearl and her Elements Trilogy! 

Check it out HERE!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Recent Release: Hunter by K. C. Blake

Hunter


Hunter begins with Bay-Lee in Maine, living a normal life—sort of. It's impossible to completely banish the supernatural when your boyfriend is a ghost. Nick insists he isn't sticking around to haunt her. According to him, he wants to protect her. But that doesn't make sense. Why would he be concerned about her when it was her fault he'd died? 

She's in History, taking a test, and Nick pops in with a warning. The Order (monsters living in the Spirit Realm) have put a hefty bounty on her head. Nick wants her to go home to her father in New Zealand where she will be safe, but she's determined to graduate from the school in Maine. Everything seems to be fine. Why should she run from something that 'might' happen?

Then a reaper tries to collect the bounty.

Bay-Lee will return to her father's school and begin her training anew, despite the fact Nick's brother doesn't want her there. An old enemy returns, and a familiar student threatens her relationship with Nick. It doesn't help that Nick thinks he should leave her for her own good. Surviving is her number one priority. Keeping the love of her life at her side is a close second. Together, they will battle reapers, their inner demons, and each other in this YA paranormal romance with bite. 


The first book BAIT is Free at Amazon, Smashwords, etc.


          Author Bio
K.C. Blake is a ninja on the keyboard.  When she’s in her office, no one dares disturb her.  What they don’t realize is she’s not even in there.  She’s in another world fighting vampires, falling in love with a creature of the night, and slaying monsters.  Only her cat knows where she goes and what she does, and Blanca isn’t telling. 
Born and raised in California, K.C. fell in love with books at an early age.  Writing has always been her dream job.  She now lives in the mid-west on a farm with cows, ducks, cats, and a dog.

Friday, November 8, 2013

In the Lyrics by Nacole Stayton Cover Reveal

In the Lyrics by Nacole Stayton


Cover Reveal:  Friday, November 8, 2013

Title:  In the Lyrics
Author:  Nacole Stayton 
Genre:  New Adult 18+
Publication Date:  February 7, 2014
Cover Design:  Toski Covey Photography and Sommer Stein of Perfect Pear Creative
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Synopsis
Hensley Bradley is the definition of the girl-next-door. She’s kindhearted, beautiful, and talented. Bored with her mundane life, thoughts of fleeing her small town begin to consume her. With aspiring dreams to use her voice as a one-way ticket, she suddenly discovers that music might not be her only passion.

After a fallout back home, Colby Grant decides to leave his family’s farm, determined to show his father he’s more than just a wanna-be country singer. With his All-American good looks, it doesn’t take long for girls in his new town to focus their eyes on him. But things aren’t what they appear from the outside, and it isn’t long until Colby feels he doesn't fit into the perfect world that so quickly embraced him.

A chance encounter places Hensley in Colby’s path, but it isn’t her natural beauty that first captures his attention – it’s her voice.

When love and music mix, will the combination blossom into a beautiful melody or wither into a heart-wrenching tune?

Warning: This book is intended for readers 18+ due to explicit language and sexual encounters

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About the Author
Christian “Nacole” Stayton is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass state. She spends her days working at a local hospital in the billing department and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle Fire. She is passionate about her faith, family, and The Bachelor.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cover Reveal: Wastelands by L. M. Preston


Yep! Yep! Yep! There's a revealing going on.

If you have an insatiable appetite for PIRATES and romance with MYSTERY thrown in, than you are in for a great ride with the BANDITS series.

Book 2 in the series WASTELANDS by LM Preston comes out Spring 2014 (May).

However, she couldn't wait to share the details of her Smokin' Hot Cover!

Title: Wastelands
Author: L.M. Preston
Series: Bandits (Book #2)
Genre:  YA Romance SciFi Adventure
Publisher: Phenomenal One Press
Release Date: Ebook March 31st, 2014, Print May 5th, 2014
Blurb/Synopsis:
There’s nothing left for Daniel to fight for, except his father’s honor, on the brutal prison planet which holds his brother. This time, he’s going to do things right. He’ll turn his training as a famed Zukar thief into something his father will be proud of. The only thing holding him back is the loss of Jade’s love, the only girl who had the guts to put him in his place. And just one prison Warden who believes he has the power to keep Daniel away.

Take a moment to add it to your GOODREADS reading list!
Here's the ISBN # 9780985025

And enjoy a FREE read of the 1st book in the series, BANDITS! here.



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L.M. Preston was born in Washington, DC.  She loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl.  A Techie and Educator for over sixteen years, she started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids.  She has an obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds.  She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing. In addition to being an author, she's also a Moderator for Yalitchat.ning.org, 2012 Vice President of Mid Atlantic Book Association and 2012 co-chair for the Maryland Writer's Conference.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Shadow's Dangers Cover Reveal!

TITLE: Shadow’s Dangers
AUTHOR: Cindy Mezni
COVER DESIGNER: Cover image by PhatPuppy; Typography by Catie Crehan
PUBLISHER: Evatopia Press
RELEASE DATE: Thanksgiving 2013
SERIES: Book one of The Last Hope Series
GENRE: YA Paranormal Romance


SYNOPSIS:
Appearances can be deceiving...

Losing a loved one is never easy. Although Deliah learned to live without her parents when fate took them from her as a young girl, history repeats itself and causes her to face even greater challenges when Tess, the woman who raised her and was like a second mother to her, passes away. But even worse than dealing with her loss is the coinciding arrival of inexplicable nightmares that haunt Deliah’s nights. 

She becomes consumed with images she didn't understand and a recurrent dream about her parents' car accident. Oddly, this dream details different versions from what she had always been told about the accident. 

But when a new family, The Wates, arrive in town and begin to pay close attention to her, even stranger events follow. Now, Deliah must not only face her nightmares, but the possibility that a world she never suspected exists. And this world may cost her everything.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy is an accomplished young Swiss author making her U.S. debut with this book, Shadow’s Dangers. She discovered her passion for writing by chance one winter afternoon and has never looked back.  Since then, not a day goes by without her fingers grazing the keys of her computer keyboard to write new adventures. She writes in several genres including YA urban fantasy, paranormal, dystopia and adult dark fantasy.

You can find more about Cindy here:




Twitter - @CindyGMezni