Friday, April 25, 2014

Cover Reveal...for myself this time!

I've been hanging on to this cover for weeks and weeks, and it's been killing me that I can't share it. We're finally here--cover reveal day for my next novel, a fantasy book perfect for tweens and teens.This is my first mid-grade novel, and it was so much fun to write!

cover art by Mikey Brooks

 
Adam Alfaro daydreams about magic, myths, and becoming famous for discovering the lost city of Atlantis. The only problem? He has to spend spring break in Africa while his mom works. To make it worse, everyone expects him to be friends with the annoying Clancy Pitt while he’s there. It’s dislike at first sight...until he realizes she might know a few secrets about Atlantis.

When he meets Nef, a spirited sea kelpie who needs help rescuing naiads kidnapped and left to die in an ancient mine, suddenly the strange creatures Adam dreamed of become all too real. And they’re after him. Can Adam, Clancy, and Nef fight their way through the maze of tunnels in the mine and reach the naiads before it's too late?

If you want to find out who this guy is here on the cover and why he's chasing Adam...we're set for a summer release! Look for the entire Gates of Atlantis series in July! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

1000 words for 1000 followers!

Last week I had 935 followers on Twitter. I promised my followers I'd post 1000 words of any work in progress once I reached 1000. I thought it would take a few weeks, but my 1000th follower clicked on me this morning! I was so happy I let her choose which of my 3 works in progress I should post. She chose YA, so here you go! One thousand words from Freaked, the sequel to Psyched, to celebrate 1000. 



“Aisi, you’re a million miles away tonight.”
She closed her eyes and shook her head. “I know, Vance. I’m sorry,” she apologized.
He looked beyond their campfire and through the trees nestled on the riverbank in the direction of those cliffs. “I brought you to the wrong place, didn’t I? It’s too close to Nakia. I should have known better.” He stood up, angry, and stomped to a picnic table barely illuminated by the outer rim of the blue flame’s ring of light.
Aisi stood, watching him with a frown. They’d only been going out for a couple of months, but this seemed so unlike him. Vance didn’t stomp. Vance didn’t get mad. She looked at him thoughtfully and wondered if this was one of those times she was supposed to ask and let him talk, or just let him work it out on his own. She was pretty new to this whole girlfriend thing, so she decided a little PDA might make him forget instead.
Grabbing the blanket that a moment before covered both of them as they cuddled by the fire, she clutched it around her shoulders and stepped over the log to follow him. She wrapped the blanket around him from behind and pulled him into a hug. “You’re such a bonehead, Vance. Who else would take me hiking, make me s’mores and hot dogs, and find a way to turn a regular, ordinary camp fire blue? Best boyfriend ever. Everything is perfect.”
“You were thinking of her.”
His words weren’t an accusation, but they stung.
“Yeah, I was.” As he turned to face her she looked into his gray eyes, filled with the dancing light of the fire behind her. “I do that a lot these days,” she admitted. If she were being honest with herself, she’d admit she kind of obsessed over it. Constantly. Replayed leaving her sister behind over and over in her head. Kicked herself mentally over it and felt sick with guilt. She heard her sister shrieking her name over and over as she ran away. She left Nakia to fend for herself against an army of demons she was sent there to vanquish...but didn’t.
Vance pulled her closer. She rested her head on his shoulder, and his chin fell to the top of her head. “I keep wishing we had a do over,” he said.
Aisi stepped back and, taking his hand, led him back to their spot by the fire. As they settled back down, she said, “You and me both. Father J told us what to do, but I didn’t do it.” She shook her head and looked down. “Maybe I couldn’t.”
Vance pulled a face. “His instructions are like getting a desk to put together and the assembly instructions come in every language but English,” he snorted.
Aisi laughed. “Speaking from experience?”
“Let’s just say the desk in my dorm is propped up on cinderblocks and held together with rubber bands and chewing gum.”
“Okay, that’s disgusting.”
“For the record, my desk hasn’t collapsed yet...but Father J? His instructions that night were pretty cryptic,” Vance pointed out.
Aisi sighed. “Yeah, I know. He kept saying I had the power to end it, and I don’t think I did anything at all.” She looked down, wringing her fingers in nervous anger. “I mean, how many times have I vanquished a demon? Every single day, Vance. I see them all the time. I hurl a few Latin epithets at them and they go away, but when it mattered most, when it meant I could get my sister back after a decade of her being held captive by that undead freak...I choked. I ran away and saved myself.” She tipped her head away from him, and her long, black, spiral curls curtained her face so he couldn’t see her. She didn’t want to see his kind expression when she was determined to be mad at herself. “When it mattered most, I failed.”
Vance wrapped his arm around her shoulder, squeezing her reassuringly. “Aisi, he was too strong for us. He had a cave full of minions ready to strike, and all we had was a headlamp, a book that told us nothing, and a necklace.” He took her arm and pushed up her sleeve to touch the gouges in her flesh, still healing from the scratching the minions caused and the infection which followed.
“You’re too nice to me,” she snapped, jerking away and folding her arms tight, shoulders hunched in frustration. “I saved my own backside when I should have—”
Heavy footsteps and the sound of snapping twigs cut her off. They both cranked their backs to turn and see if whatever approached was friendly. Aisi looked over the log to see her best friend Zinnia stumble, laughing, into the light cast by flames fading from a neon blue back to vibrant oranges and yellows. Vance’s cousin Colby wasn’t far behind.
“You two are the world’s least secret agents,” Aisi commented as the two tripped into the clearing by their campfire. “When the zombie apocalypse happens, I’m sticking with you. You’re so noisy, they’ll find and eat you first.”
“They’ll pass me and go straight for you,” Zinnia argued, “because you’re smart. Why would they snack on my brains when a thanksgiving feast is just a few steps away?”
“Whatever,” Aisi said with an eye roll. “Like you’re not smart. Where did you guys go anyway?”
“She took me snipe hunting,” Colby said with a grin, holding up a flashlight and an empty black garbage bag. “We had one but it got away.”
Aisi had to suppress a grin as he showed her and Vance the hole in the bottom of the bag. “They usually do,” she smirked, glancing at Zinnia.
“Sneaky little buggers,” Zinnia added, winking at Aisi.
“Snipe hunting?” Vance asked, raising his eyebrows and looking doubtful. “Is that even a thing?”
Aisi and Zinnia looked at each other and burst out laughing.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Friendly Writers and The Light Who Shines

You what's awesome about being a writer? Sometimes, just randomly, we meet other writers online, and they're completely awesome. Writers are the best and most supportive community in the world. Everyone is willing to help out and spread the word about each others' work. I met a writer named Lilo J. Abernathy on twitter yesterday, and she's totally representative of the writers I get to meet. Immediately she offered to help me get the word out about Psyched and tweet for me. When she sent me an excerpt of her book The Light Who Shines, I was hooked and I had to return the favor. This looks like an amazing read, friends. Here's a link to one of the excerpts she has on her own blog. I've posted a little snippet below, just for fun:

Nathan’s foul mood and abuse of Patrick is unusual. His typically jovial face is soured, and his smile lines twist in the wrong direction. My chest tightens at the pained look on Patrick’s face. My heart goes out to both of them, really. I can feel the anger and pain rolling off Nathan. Patrick is feeling empathy for the boy and anxiety at having made a mistake on the job. I try to push their pains aside as I have to focus on the matter at hand, and dealing with my own emotions is enough. Luckily I can’t feel everyone’s emotions all the time, just the stronger ones—unless I open up my sixth sense, that is. Then I can feel it all.



 You know me--I have a weakness for strong female protagonists, and Bluebell Killdare is totally it. Well done, Lilo! Can't wait to read more. You can follow her on Twitter or get updates on her blog Lilo Illuminates.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The End of Feeling

Now available: Cindy C Bennett's The End of Feeling

Benjamin Nefer seems to have it all. He’s the most popular guy in school, the star quarterback with college scouts looking at him, his grades are near the top of his class, he can get any girl he wants . . . but he hides behind his dream life to mask the nightmare of his reality.

Charlie Austin is the new girl. Forced to move in with a bitter aunt, she only wants to protect her fragile mom from the world’s cruelty. When Benjamin sets his sights on Charlie, she’s armored against his charm—friends warned her about Benjamin’s game of pursuing and then dumping a long line of girls, not caring about the broken hearts he leaves behind. She doesn’t count on how single-minded he can be when she refuses him, or how charismatic, easing into her life through what he claims is just friendship.

Benjamin thought he could keep Charlie in the same place he keeps all girls—something to be used and then discarded. But Charlie has as many secrets as he does, secrets he’s determined to discover while keeping his own hidden. He realizes she’s the perfect girlfriend candidate . . . someone he can use to keep up the fa├žade of a perfect life. Now he just has to keep his frozen heart from softening toward this unique girl, because if he doesn’t, his carefully constructed lies might just come thundering down around him, crushing him beneath the burden of feeling.

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The End of Feeling is a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading it. Haunting, heartbreaking, in other words, another winner for Bennett!
~ Sherry Gammon, author of Unlovable

From the moment I picked it up, my heart was warmed, melted, broken, and pieced back together again. A beautiful story that will leave you aching long after the last page.
~ Jamie Canosa, author of Falling to Pieces

A tale of hope and love about a couple of teens who have every reason to believe in neither. It's raw and real, but leaves us believing in the power of redemption.
~ Juli Caldwell, author of Psyched

The reality both characters live makes their story captivatingly unique, and emotionally powerful. . . Demonstrates the beautiful truth that two people can learn to be true to themselves, no matter what—especially while falling in love. 
~ Heather Frost, author of The Seers trilogy

The struggles in this story bring to light the fact that beauty and truly miraculous things can be found in the everyday, and that the most important thing any one of us can possess, is love.

Once again Cindy C Bennett's incredible talent shines through yet another masterpiece . . . a triumphant story of love, compassion and human strength.

Bennett brilliantly weaves the fears and trepidation of two teens treading the hazards of acceptance, young love, and. Curl up with this story and enjoy the ride—it's terrific.

Learn more at Cindy C Bennett's blog.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Unbearable

Today is cover reveal day for best-selling author Sherry Gammon and the final installment in the Port Fare series! Whee!!! And this art is simply gorgeous. Ready to meet Tess (who makes a couple of brief appearances in book 2, Unbelievable) and find out where fate takes her and Booker?

Behold!


I get to sneak peek read through this, and Port Fare fans won't be disappointed! It's a good clean read--adult fiction, but nothing offensive is in it so YA and NA fans alike can sink their teeth into it. 

Book 3 of the Port Fare series, Unbearable, coming June 9, 2014!