Friday, July 22, 2016

Cover reveal of Victoria Scott's Hear the Wolves


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It's survival of the strongest in a contemporary, girl-versus-wild middle-grade debut from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott! 

Sloan is a hunter.

So she shouldn't be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it's been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight -- it makes her too scared to be on her own.

When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she's already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn't stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that's tied there -- their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.

But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That's when the wolves start hunting them . . .





 Scholastic has agreed to provide a giveaway of (10) HEAR THE WOLVES galleys to your readers. To share the giveaway, simply grab the Rafflecopter code below. Giveaway is US only, and ends Monday, August 8 at midnight.  

Monday, July 11, 2016

I'm so excited to share the cover reveal for Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn with you today! You can check out the gorgeous cover below! This cover reveal is brought to you by YaReads Blog Tours and YA Interrobang!


Remember Yesterday -eBook


Book Title: Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow, #2)


Author: Pintip Dunn


Release Date: October 4, 2016


Genre: YA Sci-Fi





Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.





The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.

























ForgetTomorrow_500Forget Tomorrow (Forget Tomorrow, #1) Book Synopsis:





Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.


It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.


Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.





In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.


But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.































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Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”





Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA’s RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com











Thursday, June 30, 2016

FAQ

***Frequently asked questions***


I get asked these questions a lot. I hope that by doing this blog post I can then answer some for you. Here we go:


1. How did you become an author?
This is the most frequent question I'm asked. I don't tire of this question, but my route of becoming an author may differ from yours or other authors.
I started dabbling with writing as a young age, like twelve, but I was first published in 2010 by a horrible publishing group, who stole my money. I won't say names, but I will say, don't be like me. Do your research before you sign a contract.
I went with a small press, Anchor Group, after my issues with the old one and I have been with them ever since. The way I found Anchor Group was by fate. I was incredibly lucky and they have helped me along the way.
If you want to become an author I suggest these three things;
1.Write your book and write it well.
2. Research which way you would like to publish. There are many options out there; self-publishing, small press, agent, large press and more.
3. Assemble a great team of beta readers, friends, and supporters because you will need them to get through.


2. Where do you get your inspirations and ideas from?

Some of my books come to me when I'm showering, or even driving. I can get inspirations from all over. Music helps me get into the writing mood and it helps my ideas flow. Art can be helpful as well. I find that doing something peaceful helps bring out the creativity in me. That differs for everyone, though.



3. Why do you only write YA?
 I actually don't just write Young Adult. My first book series, The Past Lives Series, is an Adult series but many people don't realize that.
My other books are all Young Adult and I guess I write that genre because it's what I resonate with. I think that I can relate to teen fiction because I feel inspired by the young mind. They can go through so much in their teen existence and they are able to grow as people easier.
I read mostly Young Adult, too, so I'm attracted to it.



4. Will you read my book?

I have always been a huge supporter of other authors. I share their work, I follow their pages, and I try to lend advice whenever I can. I also purchase eBooks if they're on Nook. But I can't promise I will be able to read your book and review it.
Not only am I writing my own book and reading from my huge pile of TBR's but I'm a mom and I have a job. Needless to say I'm not the one to ask to read and review; it will take me forever.

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5. Will you write about my life?

I've gotten this question three times. My answer is simple; No.





6. You must make a whole lot of money, why don't you quit your job? Can't you just write full time?

 "Sure!Why didn't I think of that?"
Trust me, if I could quit my job to write full-time, I would. Authors do not make a lot of money. Some authors make no money. And then comes the question, "Then why do you bother?"
Because I want to, that's why.
The simple truth is that this is a flooded market with books being released every day. If you want to be rich, do not become an author. If you are creative and you have a story to tell, but you aren't looking to make a ton of money, then by all means write.
That doesn't mean we don't make money. Some authors do really well.
I am not one of those authors. When I release a new book, I have to spend money to make money.
Being a writer isn't just writing and then you're done; you have to promote your work. How will anyone buy your book if they can't see it?

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7. Can you send me a free copy of your book?

I hate this question. I think this question offends all authors. It goes along well with #6.
Do you work for free or do you expect to get paid for your job? I'm pretty sure it's the latter, right?
You do a job and you collect a paycheck. Well, it's not rocket science, here. I wrote a book, and if you want to read it, you'll purchase it.  I won't just send you one because you really want it. Sorry.

8. Will you host a giveaway of your book? I really want to win it and I don't have any money.

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Yeah, no. I won't


9. When will you write ____________?

I totally understand I have kept you waiting a long time for certain books. I can't just write when I am stuck and certain ideas have me stuck. Trust me.
If my muse doesn't come to me, I can't write. It's frustrating as hell.
I will get to it, eventually.







Monday, January 25, 2016

New Moon over Gatlinburg Weekend!

I'm excited to announce that the ladies hosting New Moon Over Gatlinburg, asked me to be involved.
I'm super excited to be a part of something so huge.
Twilight was one of the books that proved to me that anyone could write; even a stay at home mother of two.
Ten books later, here I am. Still a fan of Twilight and still a writer.
****UPDATE****
All pre-orders were finalized. The last day to order was March 1st.
If you want a book signed, you can still order them from Amazon and bring it to the event. I will not be able to supply them now.
See you in Gatlinburg!

If you're going to be attending this event and you'd like to have a book signed to you then you must fill out the pre-order form below. Because this is such a huge event and I'm not local, I will have to make sure the books are shipped to the location. My publisher will make sure all ordered books are shipped and ready for your reading pleasure when you meet me.
All books are 10.00 and will be signed and made out to you when we meet.
****UPDATE****
All pre-orders were finalized. The last day to order was March 1st. See you in Gatlinburg!


If you're not sure who I am and not sure what my books are about you can always check me out on Goodreads.
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Monday, January 11, 2016

Titans by Vicotoria Scott

I'm uber-excited about this next novel by Victoria Scott. She's definitely wowed me with her other series and this next one, Titans, seems to be right up my alley.
Scott has a vivid imagination when writing that always seems to draw me in at the very beginning. I've been a fan of hers ever since I read her Dante Walker novels. 
Here is the blurb of Titans;



Ever since the Titans appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan's world has revolved around the mechanical horses. It's not just the thrill of the race. It's the engineering of the horses themselves and the way they're programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she'll ever touch.

She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything betting on the Titans. And the races are a reminder of the gap between the rich jockeys who can afford the expensive machines and the working class friends and neighbors of Astrid's who wager on them.

But when Astrid's offered a chance to enter an early model Titan in this year's derby, well, she decides to risk it all. Because for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, it's more than a chance at fame or money. Betting on herself is the only way she can see to hang on to everyone in the world she cares about.



Intrigued yet? Well, Scott has a Preorder special going on right now that I think you all should jump on!
Preorder Titans and Unlock Book Bliss
The rules are super simple.
Preorder Titans here: http://www.amazon.com/Titans-Victoria-Scott/dp/0545806011
Email proof to Victoria v@victoriascott.com
And score a signed poster and book plate.
Get on it people! This ends on 2/19

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Why I broke up with Goodreads

When I first became a hardcore bookworm, I searched for a site where fellow bookworms congregated and were able to talk about the books we had in common. I stumbled across Goodreads one late night and my addiction to books only got worse. I found myself adding more books to my TBR shelf than I could possibly read in one year.
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I discovered the authors that I came to know and love and also got some information that helped me become an author.
The beginning of my Goodreads relationship was fabulous. I was happy and elated to go on and review books; to keep track of my reading goal. Thinking that someday when my daughters were old enough, I'd start their own account so they too could feel this satisfaction. Reaching the reading goal and feeling proud of yourself was something to share.
Then I became an author in 2005
That's when things went south.
Trolls began to hover over my books and leave rude nasty comments and reviews in which I was told to never, ever respond to. No matter how hurtful or how rude. "Don't fall into the trap. Don't be that author."
So I listened. I never responded even if they were bashing me personally without ever knowing me that way. Hurting my very soul because they hated, and I mean hated, a book I poured a bit of myself into.
Do you know how hard it is to not stick up for yourself? To always be put down but not be able to fire back. It's like the school bully beating you up and you are not allowed to ever hit back.
Because, God forbid I do, my career could end.
So I found myself staying off Goodreads. Rarely going on to leave reviews for the books I've read; which used to be something I adored. Not finding out about the new releases by my favorite authors or able to join in conversations.
My relationship to Goodreads had officially become awful.
Reading the reviews of my own books was like watching a scary movie where you go into it covering your eyes, but wanting to see how terrible it really was.
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You can't help but look, but cringe when you see the massacre on the screen. There were the few good even great reviews that kept me coming back. I needed to read those to keep up the morale.
But then you scroll just a little too far and see that one star or two star review that has nothing to do at all with your book, because they haven't even read it, but they felt like bashing the 'idea' of your book.

Are you for serious? Like really?
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Who let's this go on?
Obviously Goodreads doesn't care that the authors are getting these reviews. They couldn't care less, because they have other things to do or to worry about. But I bet if I responded to a review, they'd care. Right?
So I decided that it was time to end this once and for all and break up with Goodreads. I do not go on anymore other than to add my book. I don't read reviews; not even the good ones.
I took the GR app off of my phone. And I no longer review my favorite authors books, which is such a shame. I don't update my status of my current read, which sucks royally because I can't remember what I read this year. I don't add videos or chat in the groups that I used to.
But you know what? I survived. I feel better without all the bullying and the harshness of GR. I know who my true fans are and that if they loved my book, they'll tell me and that keeps me going. I do not need to read the reviews anymore.
And as for letting my kids add an account, it's not happening. Not ever. GR has become as dangerous as any other social media site in my opinion. And if they want to talk books, they can do that at home or school.
As for Goodreads and my future with them...I have only two words;
Bye Felcia!
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Slumber Duology is done...now what?

The Slumber Duology started with Slumber and with a bang! I hit International best seller on Amazon within a day, which solidified the books standing in the fantasy genre. I wrote the book I had been always meaning to write. The ONE. Yet, it still wasn't the one to put me on the map.
But that was okay with me. I was content and happy to have the following I have.
Awaken ended the duology and I brushed off my keyboard a happy writer after hitting best seller in the US.
Was I on the map? Sort of, but not in the way I wanted.
I sat back recently and looked at my life as a mom, writer, wife and person. Was I happy?
Did I have to be on the map?
The answer to both was; no.
I wasn't happy that I obsessed with being a famous or semi-famous author. Why did I have to be that anyway? That's not what writing was about for me. I had seemed to lose what I really wanted when I set out to be an author. I was losing touch with the 'reason for writing books'.
I saw friends who started out at the same time as me and they were doing really well; better than me. I was making a competition out of it and that's not what I want.
Why did I find the need to be famous all of a sudden?
Because eventually you want to hit that goal of yours. My goal was to someday hit NYT best seller. But it may never happen.
It still could, but what if it didn't?
So I made the decision to take a little break. I want to find that spark that I had when I wrote Who We Were. The one that had me wanting to write good books not because of the fame or because I wanted to be on the map, but because I wanted to write books for readers to enjoy.
I'm currently taking that break and I'm not really writing much.
The stress is lessening and the happiness is returning. I'm a better mom because I'm on the computer less. I'm a better wife because I'm not constantly on the computer at night.
I do not want to push myself to write this next book. It won't be good if I do that. I don't want to write crap just because I feel the need to write a book that comes out in the Spring.
I want to write a book from my soul like I did with Slumber and Awaken and even Who We Were.
 I love those three books but I can honestly tell you if I write a book now, it won't be as good.
My soul won't be in it.
Is it safe for an author to take a break? I don't know.
Am I worried fans will forget about me? Yes.
But is that all that matters? No.
When you become a writer your fans are your lifeline to the book world and making them happy is important but in life, that's not all that matters. Life is short and precious and I've seen good people leave too early. I want to make my mark on this planet for the short time I'm here, but I refuse to sit back and watch from the sidelines. I want to be out there living.
So until next time, read on, live best, and love more.
xoxo