Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Win the Kindle Ebook of BLACKBIRD SUMMER!

AMAZON CONTEST IS LIVE! 


Just click the link below to enter the drawing for a free kindle version of BLACKBIRD SUMMER. You don't have to join or sign up for anything! No strings attached! All you need to win is an amazon account. :-) To celebrate the end of summer- I am giving you the chance to win BLACKBIRD SUMMER! 
BEST OF LUCK! 

Click Below:
https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/e99bdf3abe800eba#ln-l


Don't Forget! You can always read THE CHANS for free by clicking the link below:


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My July Reads


I don't have a ton of reading time at the moment, but I managed to carve out a little in July for two really great YA books. 

GENESIS GIRL By: Jennifer Bardsley


Genesis Girl is a futuristic, slightly-dystopian tale with a sci-fi twist. In a world where people are addicted to tech, and blue tooth and wifi have caused wide spread brain cancer, it is up to tech-fee people called vestals to live a pure life. Pure meaning free of tech and staying off of the internet. And in this book- that is much easier said than done. When vestals are 18, they are "sold" to the highest bidder and then have their entire lives chronicled by the winning party (all while the vestals themselves try to stay otherwise tech free). Basically. vestals are simultaneously revered by the public and brainwashed.

I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Bardsley did a wonderful job of putting a fresh spin on a crowded market (YA dystopian). The story was fast  paced and world and characters fleshed out. She chronicled the struggles faced by Blanca--the MC-- and pulled the reader in from the beginning.  I give it five shiny stars.


THE HEARTLESS CITY By: Andrea Berthot

While Genesis Girl was futuristic, The Heartless City has a historical twist. This amazing debut (whose sequel just released) takes the story of Jekyll and Hyde and runs with it. In 1903, London has been quarantined for 13 years. No one has been allowed in or out because of the deadly Hyde epidemic that has taken hold of the city. Hydes are seemingly normal people who are liable to transform into monsters with super human strength and a hunger for hearts, at any given moment and without warning. Everyone wishes for a cure...except for the Lord Mayor of the city. With the royal family gone, he has taken up as absolute ruler...and he has a heart as cold as the monsters that roam the city streets. 

This books is simply amazing. Ms. Berthot's writing is stunning right from the beginning. She weaves a tale of bravery, friendship, first love, and heartbreak set against an alternate past where monsters lurk and an evil dictator rules. The third person point of view in which Ms. Berthot tells the story is seamless, and  allows us a glimpse inside the minds of the key characters--something that I love.  Her characters are compassionate and fully developed and the story unfolds with the kind of twists that make you wish you could read faster. I have already ordered the sequel and cannot wait to tuck back into her world! Five shiny stars! 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Let's Meet The Cast: VIRTUE OF DEATH

Guys guys guys guys... I am so excited for this book!  I am friends with the author and have known about this story for a while. I have followed Randi Perrin on her journey to publication and now that the release of VIRTUE OF DEATH is looming...well... GRABBY HANDS!  

So of course I am going to take a break from my blog series (it will resume next week) to introduce you guys to the characters from this "angelic" new romance! (Ya see what I did there???)

But First...
A little more about this fantastic debut! 

At eighteen, Sera Moore chose to go to culinary school while a higher power selected her to become an angel, specifically, an angel of death.Now, twelve years later, Sera’s a successful baker during the day and performs her angelic duties at night. The only thing missing in her life is a man, but the last thing she wants is to fall head over wings in love. It seems her relationships are unable to survive once she reveals her nighttime activities, so it’s easier to not even bother.

But when a tenacious food critic won't take a hint, can Sera lower her wings long enough to risk her heart one more time?



Sera

"Sera’s life hasn’t been easy. Her parents didn’t support her culinary aspirations, and when they died, she was left with nobody except her best friend Cheryl."

"She is into running and yoga, she’s blonde with blue eyes, and is as sweet as the cookies she bakes every day. In fact, there are times she’s so sweet it’s a bit cavity inducing—but after everything she’s been through, it’s pretty amazing she takes that outlook on life."

The author's favorite thing about her: "Her innocence. She can be so clueless sometimes, and it’s sort of adorable."


When I asked Ms. Perrin for an inspirational photo of Sera, she said, "Honestly, look at the cover of my book. They NAILED her. I wanted a blonde, girl-next-door kind of chick and I couldn’t find anyone who would fit better than that." 

Check out the book trailer for a better look at Sera! 




Destin

"Destin is your typical playboy. He is all about drinking and finding the next chick to bed. He’s got killer good looks (brown hair that curls around his face, green eyes, and fantastic abs) and he knows it. Don’t let that fa├žade fool you, he’s got his own insecurities too."

The author's favorite thing about him: "He has a way with words. At one point Sera actually tells him, “You are so a writer.”

Ms. Perrin says, "This guy is ALL over my Virtue of Death Pinterest board. Only, Destin is sans glasses. Though, in hindsight, I totally should have… oh well."



To learn more about Destin, Check out his video!


Cheryl

"Cheryl perfectly balances Sera out, especially with her snarky attitude. She has black hair in a pixie cut and green eyes. She’s pretty, but not with the classic beauty Sera has, you kind of have to go looking for it beneath the thick layers of eye liner and eye shadow."

The author's favorite thing about her: "Her sarcasm. For anyone who knows me, that’s a total shock, I know."

When I asked what Cheryl looked like, Ms. Perrin said, "Chyler Leigh with a pixie cut."  

(Pic from: http://www.short-haircut.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Chyler-Leigh-pixie-cut.jpg)




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Find Ms. Randi Perrin online and say hello!




Monday, July 25, 2016

Reviewing 101 for the Intimidated.

This week I continue my blog series geared at showing readers how to keep their favorite authors working--and the books coming! Today we are going to look at writing reviews. 

A simple guide to leaving a short book review.


Writers love words. It’s true. We do. 

It is kind of mandatory if you are going to commit to writing a book.  We play around with sentences and paragraphs and dialogue, trying to find that sweet spot that will make a scene memorable long after the book is closed, and bring our readers back for the sequel. 

So, the first few times I asked someone to consider leaving a review for Blackbird Summer, and was met with a blank stare—or in some cases that “deer in the headlights” look—I didn’t know how to take it. I mean, these were readers, right? Of course they wanted to leave a review…right?

Well, maybe not. A reader confided in me  that they didn’t review books, because they didn’t know what to say. The thought of leaving a long blogger-esque review intimidated the hell out of them. The conversation was a real ah-hah moment for me.

From then on, I made sure to let people know their review didn’t have to be very long—a few sentences would do. The only thing it had to be, was honest. 

Today, I am going to make it even easier for you. I am going to give you a very basic template for reviewing. Of course you can—and should—change it up a bit to make it your own, but this template will get you comfortable with leaving short reviews. 

Template A gives you an idea of how to leave a positive review. Again- this is just to give you an idea. I highly encourage you to play around with it.

I really enjoyed reading __________ by ____________. I especially enjoyed the (characters, setting, plot twists, puppies… etc) and thought the author did a great job. People who enjoyed (instert comparable book or television show here) would enjoy (this book).  I would give this book a solid (4 or5) stars.

See how easy that was?  Short and sweet and nothing to it! 

But I know what you are thinking—positive reviews are easy.  Anyone can write a few nice sentences. Well, never fear, I am going to show you how to write a neutral review, as well as a cordial “not for me” review.

Template B walks you through a neutral review.
Maybe you liked the book, but didn’t love it. Nothing was really wrong with it, but it didn’t really resonate with you, either.  That is okay! Every book isn’t for every person. Lets leave a nice, middle-ground review, shall we?

First- start with the good:

In _______________, author ______________ did a good job of (world building, crafting believable characters, pulling me into the setting, etc).

Next, add what didn’t really “click” for you.

However, I felt that the (world building, setting, characters,) needed work.

Finish up by saying something like:

I’d give this book a solid three stars.

And that is all there is to it! Straight to the point.

Template C: You weren’t feeling it…at all.
Now, for the negative review. Again, I like to keep these short, but honest. 

______________ wasn’t for me. I picked this title because (it was an ARC in exchange for review, I like a similar author, a friend referred, it has a pretty cover, etc). I hoped that I would enjoy it, but the (characters, plot, world, etc) didn’t pull me in. 

You can stop here, or if it was a case of a well written book, but just not for you, you can say something like:

While I didn’t enjoy___________, other readers may want to give it a chance.

I like to keep my negative reviews quick and painless, while still giving other readers my honest opinion. I think Template C  accomplishes that nicely.

Remember, many of the long reviews you read on sites like amazon and goodreads are posted by book bloggers, or readers who love reviewing and have made a hobby out of it. These reviews are nice and greatly appreciated, but you know what? So are the short ones. If you are new to leaving reviews, remember, a review doesn’t have to be a book report. Use the above templates, change them around and make them your own, and get to reviewing!

Authors will thank you.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

#Bookstagram

How To Keep Your Favorite Authors Working (& the books a comin'!)

HI everyone! I am so sorry that I have been MIA for quite a while now. I am having some serious tech issues. This is probably not the best time for me to be starting a new blog series—but oh well. I have sat on this for long enough. After emailing and talking it over with several readers, and them reassuring me that it was a good idea, I present to you:

How To Keep Your Author Working


We will focus on everything from the obvious (basics for writing an honest review) to creative ways you can share your love for books, while also tremendously helping out your favorite authors. DOUBLE WIN! 
It may seem like the first thing to tackle should be reviews, but we are going to start even simpler:

#BOOKSTAGRAMMING
You may be saying, “What the hell is bookstagramming?” Well—it is super simple. It is part of the book community on Instagram.

If you have an Instagram account (and who doesn’t) then you can do this!  And surprise surprise--it is actually really fun!

 To start, you take a cool pic of the book you are wanting to promote (It will not hurt my feelings if you want to use BLACKBIRD SUMMER…just sayin’).

After you take a pic you love, next you play around with the filters (as one does). Once you are satisfied with how it looks, then you simply post a short blurb. Something like “I am really loving this fun, summer read!”  I know, I know. That's generic—but you get the idea. 
Finally- You tag the author. Easy Peasy.

And last- and most importantly,  the hashtags. I ALWAYS suggest hashtagging the title. So if you posted a pic of Blackbird Summer, you’d want to include, #BlackbirdSummer. Other hashtags are:

#Bookstagram #Bookstagrammer #Instabook #Readergram #book #books #read #reader #bookNerd #Bookish

There are many more! A good bookstagrammer to follow for her cute bookstagram pics that will inspire your own, is  @ShaeGeeksOut.



And bonus! If you follow #bookstagrammers—your TBR pile will never run low!

This may seem silly, but trust me, it helps so much. Social media is a necessary part of book marketing, and the more visible a book, the better it should do.
 If you are on Instagram, make sure and follow me. My user name is @Blackbird_Summer.
As always, I have THE BEST readers. You guys rock my face off. <3 <3 Remember to tag me in your #bookstagram photos! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Guest Post: Sarah Dobie Bauer: HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 41 DAYS

Hi guys! Em here! A quick word before Sarah's guest post. First I want to say- thanks for baring with me during my tech problems. I have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to post Sarah's guest post (it is really great as you will soon see). 

We have all read vampire novels. After the first few paranormal super books- they seemed to take over the shelves at Barnes and Noble. They were everywhere, yall, Well- I can say- I have never heard of a paranormal novel like BITE SOMEBODY. I have yet to read it- but it is on my list and I am very much looking forward to it! I adore the idea of an awkward vamp as the MC in a romantic comedy. One that likes the 80s? Even better. Bonus points for a beachy setting. 
All that to say- it has taken me forever to get this post up- but I am sure that once your read it, that you will want to run out and buy BITE SOMEBODY by Sarah Dobie Bauer. 
Enjoy! 


How to Write a Novel in 41 Days

By Sara Dobie Bauer
How do you write a novel in 41 days? Real answer: I have no idea. But here’s my best guess. See, I wrote a short story years ago called “I Like Your Neck.” It was about an awkward newbie vampire named Celia who falls in love with the smell of her neighbor. I sent the story off to a magazine, and the editor wrote me back. She said the short story was great, but it should really be a novel.

At the time, I was disgruntled, because I’d just given up on a novel, and I really didn’t want to dedicate another six months on several thousand words that would surely suck my energy and soul. I gave it some thought but didn’t take the comment seriously until I mentioned the suggestion to one of my first readers, Dan, who said, “Of course it should be a novel.”

Well, shit.

I started writing Bite Somebody, and I finished the first draft in 41 days. Nobody was as shocked as me. I’d never written a full-length novel so quickly before, which made me wonder: why was this one so easy? In honor of Bite Somebody’s release from World Weaver Press, I offer these ideas on how to write something you love—and write it fast.

1. Love your setting.
I want to live on a beach, but I don’t. I live in Ohio. That said, every April, I meet my Aunt Susie on Longboat Key on the Gulf Coast of Florida. There, we lay on the beach, swim, and drink rum punches. In order to spend more time in Florida, I set Bite Somebody on the fictional locale Admiral Key and therefore got to spend 41 days living on the beach with Celia. Because of her beach habitation, I woke every morning wanting to go back to work—in a way, go back on vacation.


2. Know your song.
Bob Marley’s “Everything’s Gonna Be All Right” is the theme song to Bite Somebody. This might give you some idea as to the tone of my vampire novel. No one’s sultry. There are very few deep thoughts. Plus, Bob Marley is beachy, and in a book involving the beach, a hot ex-surfer, and lots of Mary Jane, no song fit better. Every morning, before I opened Word, I listened to Bob. If I ever felt my attention waning, I listened to Bob. Bob’s music was my anthem, and he kept me focused.


3. Love your lead.
Celia is a recovering fat kid, turned by a male vampire in a drunken stupor due to her red hair. She is obsessed with 80s movies and works at an all-night gas station called “Happy Gas.” She has no self-confidence, and her favorite film is Pretty Woman. Celia falls in love with the scent of her new neighbor, Ian Hasselback, and as she fights for fang control, she’s shocked by his attentions. The Hot Guy has never liked her before, so why now? I wrote Bite Somebody from Celia’s perspective, so I got to think like her for 72,000 words. She says things no one should, and she’s painfully awkward. She’s basically me off medication. How freeing to write all the things I keep to myself! Talk about catharsis.


4. Love your romantic interest.
Ian Hasselback: ex-champion surfer, pothead, computer nerd, and really nice guy. He’s an accurate portrayal of my husband if he’d been hit in the head a lot as a kid. I’m not saying Ian’s dumb; he’s just chill. He’s funny, too, and he finds Celia to be fascinating. Let’s be honest: I have a huge crush on Ian. I think this is key to writing romance. If you don’t love your romantic interest, why should your lead character? Although I loved being inside Celia’s head, I loved being in bed with Ian more.


5. Laugh a lot.
This conclusion is directed to people writing comedy. I don’t want you to laugh a lot if you’re writing, like, Gone with the Wind, Part Deux. The writers of Sex and the City used to sit together in one room and type. They would read each other lines, and if they couldn’t make each other choke on coffee, the scene wasn’t worth it. That’s how it went with Bite Somebody. If I wasn’t making myself giggle, I cut the scene and started over. I’ve never written a book this funny before, and it kept me coming back, no matter my mood, because if I felt down, I’d feel up by the time I had a couple paragraphs under my belt.


6. Know the ending.
I knew the last line before I started page one of Bite Somebody. This sounds dubious, I know, but it’s true. I therefore knew exactly where I had to go, and I looked forward to it with every passing page. Each page led to that final line, and I was excited to reach the end. I always think about Michael Douglas in Wonderboys—how he couldn’t finish his manuscript because he “couldn’t stop.” Know your beginning, middle, and end. That way, you can eventually stop but enjoy the ride to the end of the line.


Bite Somebody is now a real thing, available for you to buy and scrutinize at will. The first draft took 41 days. Getting it published took a lot longer. Still, that first draft was pretty impressive, and you can create your own literary funhouse if you stay focused and follow some simple rules.

About Bite Somebody

“Do you want to be perfect?”

That’s what Danny asked Celia the night he turned her into a vampire. Three months have passed since, and immortality didn’t transform her into the glamorous, sexy vamp she was expecting but left her awkward, lonely, and working at a Florida gas station. On top of that, she’s a giant screw-up of an immortal, because the only blood she consumes is from illegally obtained hospital blood bags.
 What she needs to do—according to her moody vampire friend Imogene—is just … bite somebody. But Celia wants her first bite to be special, and she has yet to meet Mr. Right Bite. Then, Ian moves in next door. His scent creeps through her kitchen wall and makes her nose tingle, but insecure Celia can’t bring herself to meet the guy face-to-face.
 When she finally gets a look at Ian’s cyclist physique, curly black hair, and sun-kissed skin, other parts of Celia tingle, as well. Could he be the first bite she’s been waiting for to complete her vampire transformation? His kisses certainly have a way of making her fangs throb.
 Just when Celia starts to believe Ian may be the fairy tale ending she always wanted, her jerk of a creator returns to town, which spells nothing but trouble for everyone involved.


Where to buy Bite Somebody:



About Sara Dobie Bauer:


Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for SheKnows.com. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she would really like to live in a Tim Burton film.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Guest Post: Anna Kyle

Today on the blog I am happy to have writer and friend Anna Kyle.

You may recongize Anna Kyle from previous features on my blog. She writes paranormal romance that I have compared to Patricia Briggs (who I adore). Anna has a story in the forthcoming anthology: ROUGH EDGES. Here is the anthology blurb:

Work hard, play hard, love hard…

Nothing is sexier than someone who knows what they want and has the confidence go after it. This anthology is crammed full of hot romances featuring those kinds of rough-around-the-edges alpha personalities–stories about the kind of men and women who ride horses during the day and their partners at night, who speak few words but mean every one of them, and who would never break their own personal code of honor. We're talking about cowboys... and cowgirls.

This anthology contains seven romances with a Western theme that run the gamut from sweet to sizzling.



Now check out what Anna says about being a writer:


Every writer has encountered the pooh-pooher. You know who I’m talking about. The guy at the party who, upon hearing your are a writer, says he has this great idea and next week he’s off work so he’ll bang that bestseller out. Nod and smile, that’s what I do. What I’d like to do is hand him the writer’s job description:

WANTED: Writer

The world is looking for an organized and motivated writer to entertain, inform, and affect us. Candidate should be able to elicit a wide range of emotions at the stroke of a few keys.

Skills and Abilities:

Must be proficient in a wide range of plot choices and tropes as well as those specialized to the genre you write.

Self motivated, independent and highly-driven to get the words just right is strongly preferred. A dislike of adverb-filled dialogue tags and purple prose is a plus.

Capability to slaughter your darlings mercilessly with minimal tears is required.

Duties:
·         Maintain extensive knowledge of your characters’ jobs, quirks, personalities, nicknames, clothing preferences, hair and eye colors from two books ago if writing a series
·         If writing romance, ability to keep track of hands is a must. If writing sci-fi, ability to keep track of ship floors, planets, etc. is a must.  If writing fantasy, ability to…you get the picture.
·         Elicit customer satisfaction on the endings – no deus ex machina (no, not the Australian custom bike company - smh) we all know that’s a cop out, cmon, you can and must do better.  If you are going to leave a reader hanging on a cliff, a heads up is essential. You can leave them crying or leave them laughing, just leave them satisfied.

Qualifications/Requirements:
Advanced degree is grammarology is required. They're/their/there are not interchangeable.  Ditto for your/you're.  Those who think otherwise need not apply.
Must be proficient in Word or Scrivener or similar writing program. Long hand scribbling on yellow legal paper is fine but no editor or agent will touch that, so learn it, love it, and BACK UP YOUR WORK.
Must be able to lift 30 pounds of ideas daily and discard 29 pounds nightly without crying…much.
Flexibility to work nights, days, weekends, and on your lunch hour at your day job.
Ability to go days without showering (two or less, please. Think of your family)
Must maintain plentiful stash of coffee, brain food i.e. peanut M&Ms, and a variety of alcoholic beverages on hand during the sprint to deadline. This task can be passed off to family members who may be frightened of you during this time and looking for an escape anyway.
Proven experience leading and implementing a project across multiple locations, meaning extensive travel to coffee shops and libraries with laptop (or yellow legal pads and multiple pens) in tow will be required.

But that moment when the story comes together – bliss. That makes it the best job in the world. Lucky us.

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 Anna Kyle wrote her first story at age 12 on an old manual typewriter, and though the technology has changed, she hasn’t stopped since. She lives in the Midwest surrounded by family and friends and dogs and horses. They’ve forgiven her (mostly) when they appear in her stories. She reads everything she can get her hands on, but romances, especially paranormals, are her favorite. Vampires, humans, Fae, shapeshifters, or demons, it doesn’t matter—Anna’s heart goes pitter-pat for the Happily Ever After. Hot heroes + strong, funny heroines = awesome.

Author of the Wolf King series at World Weaver Press and author of Coming Up Roses, a story appearing in Rough Edges.

Website: annakyle.com
Twitter: Anna Kyle @SandsOfTime5050


Saturday, June 11, 2016

REVIEW: OMEGA RISING

Omega Rising is a must read for fans of Patrica Briggs. Anna Kyle's characters have the snarky fearlessness of Mercy Thompson (Mercy Thompson series), mixed with the swooney romance of Anna and Charles (Alpha and Omega).- Em Shotwell, author of Blackbird Summer


Kyle’s debut full length novel, OMEGA RISING, is sure to please lovers of Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. I have been told that I give too much away in my reviews—so I will attempt to tell you what I liked about OMEGA RISING without ruining the twists and turns that make this novel so enjoyable.

Main Character: Cass Nolan is a pistol with a big mouth, and an even bigger heart. Cass owns a horse farm which she runs with a staff that have become her surrogate family. Her dissability (she cannot have contact with other people’s skin) and her secret (she is being hunted by a psycho-path) do not get in the way of her day to day life. After years of running (from said psycho path) she feels like she has finally landed somewhere safe.

I liked Cass a lot. She is tough and vulnerable at the same time—something that I don’t see as often as I’d like. She isn’t going to wait to be saved (she will try to save herself, thank you very much) but she isn’t above accepting the help of hero, Nathan Rivers, either.

Love Interest: Aplha werewolf Nathan Rivers has one goal—find the psychotic Omega that killed his brother. A stop over at Cass’s ranch turns into much more when he finds himself inexplicably drawn to the tiny human with the smart mouth. He tries to keep her at arms length, but instead is unable to keep his hands off of her. This suits his inner-wolf just fine, but Nathan knows it will not end well if he cannot keep his head on straight and follow through on the job at hand.

I liked Nathan. He did have to grow on me—but as a reader, I tend to be hard on love interests. If you like reading Alpha-males with hearts of gold, the Nathan Rivers is your guy. Ms. Kyle does a good job of crafting a character that is more than abs and sex appeal. The character has depth, and the scenes from his POV are well written.

Supporting Cast: MY FAVORITE! Cass’s new life includes  an eclectic mix of misfits and oddballs. They each have their own quirks and serve their purpose to the story well (ie- they are not cookie-cutter one-off characters. They feel like the MC’s real friends that belong in the story in their own right.)

Unbeknownst to Cass,  her posse has a secret of their own: they are all “joined” (the term used for weres in the novel). From bobcats to bears, their inner-animals were drawn to the stables, and to Cass. This is a revelation that Cass takes in stride. If I had one complaint with this book, it would be that Cass is a little too laid back about this big reveal. However- there is a reason that mostly explains why. This tiny complaint would in no way stop me from reading this fun, sexy story.

Final thoughts- Omega Rising isn’t a run-of-the-mill shifter romance. Anna Kyle pays special attention to the world she has created and the characters who call it home. Every single character that is pivotal to the story is fleshed out, and the MC, Cass, is not a swooney lump of helpless estrogen. She is girly and sexy in her own way—but tough.  The romance is hot, but the plot is centered on more than just love or sex. I think OMEGA RISING straddles the blurry line between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance nicely.

Who should read this: Anyone who likes their heroines feisty, their heroes sexy, and their stories juicy.

Where to buy your copy:
Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25184053-omega-rising

*I received a free ARC from publisher in exchange for honest review. 


Back Cover Blurb:



Cass Nolan has been forced to avoid the burn of human touch for her whole life, drawing comfort instead from her dreams of a silver wolf—her protector, her friend. When her stalking nightmares return, her imaginary dead sister’s ghost tells her to run, Cass knows she should listen, but the sinfully hot stranger she just hired to work on her ranch has her mind buzzing with possibilities. Not only does her skin accept Nathan’s touch, it demands it. Cass must make a decision—run again and hope she saves the people who have become her family, or stand and fight. Question is, will it be with Nathan or against him? 

Nathan Rivers’ life is consumed by his quest to find the Omega wolf responsible for killing his brother, but when the trail leads him to Cass and her merry band of shapeshifters, his wolf wants only to claim her for himself. When evidence begins piling up that Cass is the Omega he’s been seeking, things become complicated—especially since someone else wants her dead. Saving her life might mean sacrificing his own, but it may be worth it to save the woman he can’t keep from reaching for.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Reader Appreciation Raffle

Reader Appreciation Time! Want To Win A Kindle Fire???

Hi Reader People!
Thanks to you, Blackbird Summer is doing great! So great, in fact, that I have decided to do a thank you give-away raffle for the people who have helped the most--you guys, the readers!
During May, you can enter to win a Kindle Fire
There are three ways to enter.

*Everyone on my email list is entered one time.
So you can click RIGHT HERE and sign up for my newsletter! 

*Leave a Review.
After reading Blackbird Summer- leave an honest review on Amazon. Then- screen shot your review and either email it to me (you can send it to blackbirdsummerbook @ gmail. com---without the spaces), or message me on Facebook with the pic! AND JUST TO BE CLEAR- I am not buying reviews. A one or two star review that enters has the same chance at winning as a five star. If you leave your honest review and send me proof--then you are entered to win the Kindle. If you haven't left a review yet- no worries! The drawing isn't until May 30th
And if you haven't read it yet? Well- CLICK RIGHT HERE to get your copy.

*Come to an Event.
There will be a chance to enter at every event where I am hosting or signing. Keep an eye on the events tab on my website (or follow me on twitter) to see if I will be signing somewhere near you--then pop in and say hi! 

RECAP: 3 ways to enter!
*Join the newsletter
*Leave a review (& send me the screen shot)
*Come to an event!

You can do ONE or triple your chances by doing ALL THREE!

As always thanks for your continued support! I hope to have the sequel to you soon!
Find me on Twitter or Facebook and say hello. :-)
HAPPY READING! & May the odds be ever in your favor... (sorry. I just HAD to say it!) 

The fine print:
Drawing held on May 30th. Many will enter and one will win (I feel like there is a good highlander pun I should be using right here). 
The Kindle Fire is the kindle fire 7 inch tablet. I am not responsible for defects or damage during shipping. I will try for one week to contact the winner via social media and email- after a week if the winner doesn't respond they forfeit and  I will draw again. 
This is not an attempt to bribe reviewers. Your honest review is appreciated and what you say in said review does not affect your chances of winning. It is all random via an online tool.

Friday, April 15, 2016

#RT16: Come See Me on Saturday & Sunday

Come Say Hi!

RT16 has been an absolute BLAST! Not only have I attended some amazing workshops and seminars, but I have met several of my awesome Twitter friends in person for the first time. Monica Hoffman seriously saved my day on the very first morning of the convention, when I was having flashbacks to the first day of a new school. Who says writers are supposed to be introverts? Not only is Monica a super talented writer, but she puts the "fly" in social butterfly (ya see what I did there???).  I was standing in a line to get food (which, ya know, that's kinda what I spend most of my life doing. I like to eat, okay?) and Amanda Heger recognized my Blackbird Summer button. It was super awesome because we follow each other on Instagram. (Her book WITHOUT BORDERS looks amazing, btw. You should order it.)
AND THEN
I was walking with my tray of  food (double order of potstickers, thank you very much. Vegas gives you an appetite) when I heard someone call out, "EM? Em Shotwell?" It was the wonderful Meredith Tate! Meredith was featured in my LOVE LETTER CHALLENGE and her book, MISSING PIECES, is pretty high on my TBR list. So the totally sweet Meredith invited me to sit with her group of RT friends, which is where I met L.H. Nicole who writes YA King Author retellings. (Definitely adding them to my list of must reads...)

I also tried Indian food for the first time with fellow southern-gothic writer Ashley Hearn, Monica Hoffman (yep. I stuck to her like glue that first day, lol. #LifeSaver) and the amazingly talented L.L. McKinney (read about her books here). It was so great talking shop with these ladies. <3 <3

If you have the opportunity to attend RT next year- I can't say this enough: DO IT.

AND IF YOU ARE HERE NOW
then say hello! I will be signing BLACKBIRD SUMMER tomorrow at the Giant Book Fair and on Sunday at the Reader-Writer-Roundup! I'd love to meet you! :-)