Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The end of another year as a writer and my favorite reads of 2014

It's another year under my belt as an author. What a whirlwind is has been! Many lesson's learned a few changes to my life and career and all in all it was a good year.

The year 2014 for Author Christy Sloat

I finished my bestselling series, The Visitors Series this year in February when Anchor Group published, The White Door.
It was hard to end the series but it took me many places. Brylee's character still talks to me and I will be publishing a new series spin-off some time in 2015. So it's not goodbye forever.



I limited my book conventions and signings this year and decided to instead put my heart into writing. Honestly, doing signings and conventions costs the author a lot of money; hotel, gas, table costs to rent at an event and the books to sell. Yes, we buy our books and then sell them. They don't come free folks.
So instead of doing a bunch of little signings and Y'all Fest like usual, I chose a few that were close to home and close to my heart and I was very happy with that.


I published my first YA Romance
Who We Were

Publishing this book was a huge step for me because I've always written paranormal or supernatural genres. So when this book idea came I stopped everything and wrote it. I am immensely proud of this book and all it represents.


As a writer I have to say that this year was very different for me. It just doesn't feel the same as it always has. Now that doesn't mean I'm quitting or anything. But I think that it was more of a struggle to get noticed this year. It wasn't the same as last year. There were a ton of new authors hitting the scene and a flux of romance books. It doesn't help that Facebook just basically shut off the lights on all of us authors. It made reaching out to fans extra difficult. Hopefully I can stay connected to my readers and you all can follow along on Twitter, Instagram and other sites.
I do plan on self publishing my new book, Slumber next year so be sure to follow me on Amazon by clicking the yellow 'follow' box. And every time I put out a new book, you'll get a notice. http://www.amazon.com/Christy-Sloat/e/B0071MMCU6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1


                                          Now for my top 5 favorite books of 2014








Monday, December 8, 2014

The Raven Saga and The Morgan Sisters Boxed sets by Suzy Turner

I'm super excited to announce that The Raven Saga and The Morgan Sisters are now available as ebook boxed sets - just in time for Christmas! Both sets are priced at a reduced cost making them perfect Christmas gifts for lovers of YA urban fantasy. If you have friends or family who love Harry Potter, then these sets are perfect for you (or so I've been told)!


The Morgan Sisters



Books 1-4 of The Morgan Sisters

THE GHOST OF JOSIAH GRIMSHAW


Adopted sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane are polar opposites, but when the same strange 'tattoo' suddenly appears and winds its way up their bodies within days of each other, they soon realize there's more to their relationship than they could ever have imagined.
Sent off to London for two weeks of 'work experience', the Morgan Sisters soon find themselves being initiated into the ancient Praxos Foundation, one that protects the innocent while fighting evil, both human and supernatural.
At the same time, Lana Beth and Emma Jane must also investigate why the sweet but sometimes pesky ghost of Josiah Grimshaw just won't leave them alone.

DAISY MADIGAN'S PARADISE


When tragedy falls upon 15 year old Daisy Madigan, she escapes to the only place she feels safe, the cemetery of Abney Park. There, in the company of the dearly departed, she realizes she is changing, growing stronger and faster by the day. But in the darkness lurks a terror even she can't imagine facing.

THE TEMPORAL STONE


It's been a couple of months since Emma and Lana entered the Praxos Academy and life has been hectic ever since. What with regular A level classes combined with learning all about the supernatural world, control classes, self defence and fight night, the girls are constantly busy.
But when their world seems to stop right in front of them, they and their fellow Watchers, have a huge mystery to solve. A mystery which will lead them on a long road trip across south west England where they will meet all kinds of strange creatures, some intent on causing harm and others desperate to put a stop to the problem.

LOOKING FOR LUCY JO


It's their first Christmas since entering the Praxos Academy and 16-year-old sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane Morgan are looking forward to some serious R&R. But when their little sister mysteriously disappears from her bed on Christmas Eve, all thoughts of fun disappear with her. Emma and Lana must do everything in their power to locate her and bring her home safely. Easier said than done, they are forced to go on yet another journey, this time taking them out to the murky depths of the North Sea as well as to the far reaches of southern Portugal.

˃˃˃ "I would go so far as to say that this could be the beginnings of a series as good as those by J.K. Rowling!"
˃˃˃ "I loved the bad guys, the graveyard antics, the talking dead, the superpowers of the kick-a** ninja chicks, and the rite of initiation the sisters go through"




The Raven Saga



Books 1-3 of The Raven Saga

RAVEN


After the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets...
Her whole life had been based on a lie. Lilly had grown up in a loveless home with a father who she had barely ever seen and a mother who was... well, not very motherly.
After they mysteriously disappear without a trace, Lilly is sent to Canada where she finds a whole new way of life. A life filled with love and people who care for her. But that's not all she discovers, Lilly also finds out that she isn't who, or what, she thinks she is.
Lilly has a very special ability and it's just a matter of time before her true self starts to shine. And when it does, her life will never be the same again.
Raven is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in the beautiful province of British Columbia.

DECEMBER MOON


On her 15th birthday, December Moon discovers she is the descendant of a family of witches, kept in the dark her entire life in an effort to protect her. But when Lilly, her best friend, finds herself in danger from one of the world's most evil vampires, December will do everything in her power to stop him. December Moon is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in BC, Canada.

THE LOST SOUL


December and Lilly have got their work cut out for them. Not only are they desperately trying to figure out the identity of the Lost Soul, and track him down, they've also got to investigate why Powell River's newest resident has got all of their men falling at her feet.
But when they learn that the Nephilim might be involved, it becomes clear that they're all in extreme danger...



About Suzy

Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham, UK, to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten. The Algarve continues to be her home, where she lives with her childhood sweetheart, Michael, two neurotic dogs and a cat who thinks she's a princess.
Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy was offered the position of trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she moved on to become assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher. Since then she has also worked as the editor of one of the Algarve's most loved monthly lifestyle magazines. Early in 2010 however, Suzy began working as a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga), Daisy Madigan's Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo (The Morgan Sisters), Forever Fredless and And Then There Was You (for adults only!).

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The look of the book

I've been wondering what makes a book cover so intriguing for readers lately. I have seen my share of awesome book covers grace the shelves and some of them wow me so much, I have to purchase.
I've also seen the not so wonderful covers that make me cringe and wonder; what the heck were you thinking when you made it?
I don't really want to be the latter so my question for you today is simple: What is it about a book cover that pulls you in?
Is it the couple or girl on the front?
Is it the font?
The colors?


My newest book, Slumber, will be self published by me and I'm hoping to put out another fantastic cover to lure you in. But this time it's different; there is more pressure to make it awesome.
So I'll post some amazing photos(none of which I own. All credit will go to the artists) and I hope you tell me what you love and don't love.
Let's play.
Found on http://teacupcakes.tumblr.com/post/63789909171
Found on Pinterest Credit to artist; http://quadratiges.deviantart.com/art/no-matter-how-far-260348775

http://thegiftsoflife.tumblr.com/post/27115774898
Do you like faces? Do you like subtle body parts? Or none of the above?
Be honest and let me hear what you, the fan, thinks.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cyber Monday Deals

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Signed books!

Are my books on your Christmas list? Well, worry not, because I will be offering them for sale, signed.
I can't promise they will get to you by Christmas day, sadly, but they will be delivered as soon as they arrive.
This is how ordering will work;
Once I receive an order, I will check my stock. If I have it I will sign it and ship it out next day.
If I do not have them in stock I will order them from my publishing company. Once they ship to me, I will ship to you.
Easy peasy!
All you have to do is fill out a form of interest and I will contact you about your order. If I have it in stock, I will ask for payment right away.
If I do not have it and it has to be ordered I will ask for payment once I place the order.
Cost's are a listed below.




All Books (excluding novellas) will be 11.00 plus 2.50 shipping. I only take Paypal.
If you're interested fill out the order form on the side bar of the blog -------------------
Be specific on which books you want and personalization.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Zombie Crawl Blog & Giveaway

I've got plans for a new book, due out some time next year. Read on to learn about it, enter the giveaway and find out about the awesome Zombie Crawl Blogfest!!




The Survival Pact
     Four friends. Four different states. One pact of survival.
A promise was made one night while Kris, Angela, Lynn and Cheree had their first vacation together in Washington. At the time it was just a drunken joke after too much wine. The girls promised that if anything bad ‘went down’ they’d all find each other and meet in the Olympic National Park. They promised that they would survive; together.
       Six months later, the dead rose from their graves. Climbing from the dirt and breaking through tombs hungry for human flesh. It wasn’t a virus and no one became infected; they just died. There were more dead bodies than living and they outnumbered everyone. The four women remembered their promise, because it was that exact pact that kept them alive when the beautiful world they once lived in fell apart.
Traveling across the country to find each other they learn that they all hold their own unique skills to help them survive while they travelled, fighting the dead or anything else that threatened them. Can they endure together in the broken land or will it tear them apart?
 


Meet the ladies of The Survival Pact



 Lynn-
 She’s the high-maintenance friend whose make-up is always perfect and her hair is never out of place. Lynn is the beauteous one aka the Southern Belle. But, don’t cross her or you’ll see Lynn’s tough girl side. She’d fight to the death and protect her friends until the end.  She may be a bit bossy, but she means well. She’s the planner who wants things to be orderly, even if the dead are climbing out of the ground. 





Kris-
Kris is a novelist who spent most of her days dreaming up new books to write before the world went to hell. She loved to cook, craft and read. So there is no doubt that she has read and studied everything the girls will need to know. As far as getting her hands dirty, she’ll do it. She isn’t scared to shoot a gun, fish, hunt or fight. She’s just never had to live like this before. She’s used to her comfortable house and cozy clothes.  So when things went bad; she knew she’d have to learn to say goodbye to all the comforts of home. The girls will lean on Kris for their sanity as she’s the one with the ideas and good advice.





Cheree-
Not only has she studied prepping hardcore but she was on a survival show on T.V. She calls it her ‘proudest moment’ being stuck in the middle of nowhere forced to survive. So it’s second nature to her when they’re thrust into the same situation without cameras. She has plenty of guns, ammo, fighting skills and can help kill food. The only thing this survivor isn’t good at is being a sensitive girly girl. She may lose her patience with some of the girls, but you can bet your ass that she’ll be there to protect them no matter what!








Angie-
The truthful friend who tells it like it is and is always right; that’s Angie. She’s from the south like Lynn, yet she’s no southern belle. Angie will do whatever it takes to keep these girls moving. She’s resident ‘Mama’ of the group. If anyone gets sick or hurt, she’ll have some remedy to help them. She’ll sit back and watch the other girls hunt and fish then make up a nice meal. But don’t push this Mama Bear or you’ll be sorry. 

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Will you survive and thrive in the Key Keepers Kingdom?

Fan of Christy Sloat’s? Want to receive special announcements, books, prizes and chats directly from her? Then look no further! Christy Sloat has decided it’s time to reward her super awesome fans by starting the Key Keeper Kingdom; an exclusive group of fans dedicated to helping spread the word about her books. What’s in it for you? Exclusive content only released to you, discussions about future works, giving your input for books in the works and prizes for the most hard core fan. Does this sound like something you’d love to do? Can you share posts from Christy on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook? Have you read her books and fallen in love with her characters? Then this group is for you. Join below and her Assistant, Lynn, will let you know the details.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cover Reveal for Liz Long's newest book, A Reaper Made

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I am so excited to share the cover of A REAPER MADE with you today! In case you haven't read the synopsis, you can learn more about what to expect from the upcoming NA Paranormal title (see below). The book will be released on October 30th (just in time for Halloween, yippee!) on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and KOBO.

Want to join in on the online release party? You could win all kinds of ebooks, swag, and maybe even a gift card or two. JOIN HERE!

Huge thanks to all the amazing bloggers and authors who volunteered to help with the cover reveal! Without further ado, here is the cover for A REAPER MADE.

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Synopsis:

Grace had finally gotten used to her new afterlife as a “Made” – a Reaper who used to be human. When Made Reapers and souls begin disappearing, however, Grace and her mentor Tully suspect demons. Grace’s worst fears are confirmed when her living family is threatened.

She’ll have to break every rule in the Reaper book to save them, including using a little magic to become temporarily human. With the help of Tully and her witchy friend Tessa, Grace goes undercover to save the fates of kidnapped souls – only to discover that demons aren’t working alone. Betrayal and distrust runs deep and Grace discovers that sometimes even Reapers are prone to humanity.

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And just in case you'd like to see the full wrap for paperback, I'm more than happy to share that too because I LOVE the back! All cover art done by my brilliant BFF, Erica Dickson.
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Liz Long, indie authorAbout the Author:

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, where superpowers meets the circus. Burned is the second adventure. Her standalone book Witch Hearts, is a story about a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. All titles are available at Amazon on Kindle and paperback, Barnes & Noble for Nook, and iBooks.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cover Reveal of The Oath by Apryl Baker






The Oath
Book 2 of The Coven Series
By Apryl Baker
Release Date:  10/07/2014

Summary from Goodreads:

She killed herself.

Everyone asked why, but when I got my hands on my sister's diary, I understood exactly why.

I stared at the girl in the mirror as I removed my nose ring. Gone was the black hair, replaced by golden blonde locks that made my sapphire blue eyes shine and my California sun-kissed skin glow. The Goth chic clothes had been put away and I wore a pink tank top and a pair of khaki colored Capri’s. Stylish sandals completed the outfit. I wanted to barf.

The snotty little would-be witches would pay for what they'd done. By the end of the week, they’d all be praying to whatever god they worshiped to hide them from the hell coming for them.

May the Fates have mercy upon them, because they would pay the same price they’d demanded of her.

Their lives.

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Read book 1of The Coven Series, The Promise!



Summary from Goodreads:Armed with kick-ass shoes, can CJ stop a maniacal coven leader, save the town, and still get Mr. Melt In Your Mouth Gorgeous while surviving the darkness coming for her?

The smoke from the fire burned her eyes, its heat caressed her skin and the taste of fear choked her. She was going to burn just as her ancestor did all those centuries ago in New Salem Village. How could she have been so wrong about everything?

Cassie Jayne Bishop grew up the only non-believer in town of Coven. When a stranger comes to the sleepy town of New Salem, everything she thought was true unraveled around her. Ethan made her question everything, even her sister’s death. Clues start to pile up and Cassie is determined to find out if the Coven was the real reason her sister died.

What she uncovers terrifies her to the very depths of her soul....

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About the AuthorSo who am I? Well, I'm the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn't love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there's always someone to tell your mama on you. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled "Lord Margrave's Deception." I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.

Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my family and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce...lol.

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

You can reach me at any of these places:

Facebook | Twitter | Wattpad | LinkedIn | Google+

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Fun Friday with YA Storytellers


Welcome to Fun Friday by The Society of YA Storytellers.  This week the members share tidbits from some of their novels. Happy reading!


Looking for Lucy Jo (The Morgan Sisters #3) by Suzy Turner






Bait
(Order of the Spirit Realm #1) by Kasi Blake


Book of the Lost (Midnight Guardian #5) by Bryna Butler


Who We Were by Christy Sloat


Learning to Swim (Hearts Out of Water #1) by Annie Cosby

Friday, September 19, 2014

Chapter One from Who We Were

Summer
One
The school parking lot was a complete mess. I pulled in hoping it would be organized like my school’s lot was. We each knew where to park our cars: the geeks got the far lot, the preps had the center, and the popular kids, or status monsters, got the upper lot closest to the school. Since the sixth grade, I had called them status monsters as it referred to their needy desire to get noticed in school. They would do anything to become popular, even turning themselves into status hungry demons, therefore the name stuck.
There was no designated space for my kind because well, I didn’t have a category. I wasn’t a geek. I was definitely not preppy. I sure as hell was not a status monster either. I was one of a kind. My spot was usually where the last possible space was. Usually late to class, my best friend, Lily, and I would hit the doughnut shop for our usual coffee and sour cream doughnut. When we rolled up to school after scarfing our breakfast and rocking out to the newest song by our favorite band of the month, we’d find a parking spot wherever it was available. We’d walk as slow as we could to our first period class and just barely make it before the tardy bell rang. To put it simply, we were not excited about getting to class, ever!
But this school was totally different. I sat in my Honda with the air conditioning on full blast watching the mad chaos ensue in front of me. Most of the kids were waiting for other people to park their cars while they were stuck behind them. The cars blocking the entrance were there because the drivers were merely chatting it up with friends, planning out their summer on the first exciting day of summer school. I sighed heavily when I noticed my chance. Far off in the distance a lone spot was open. I jammed the gear shift into drive and took off swerving around students and cars until I smoothly slid into the tight spot.
I killed the engine and grabbed my new bag. I refused to go to summer classes with my junior year backpack. No way! I had purchased all new items for the next four weeks. This was a new school and a new chance to actually become someone different. A clean slate. No one here knew me, so my past history was erased. I would be Sadie Peters, popular and outgoing, instead of Sadie Peters, a shy nobody that no one pays any attention to.
I looked up at Alcott High’s newly rebuilt entrance. It was the town’s oldest school, but it held the most history. It was the very first school built in Laurel Lakes when it was a small town. Now that the town has grown immensely, they needed a new school built, and that’s how Ridgeline High, my school, was built. While I liked my school for various reasons, I loved the history of Alcott. To me it held hope and immense change. After a complete and utterly disastrous junior year, I could only see promise staring me in the face.
I would be taking courses that were required for senior year now, so that when next year started, I would only have a half-day session. Then, after school I would be taking creative writing courses at the local college, preparing me for a university and hopefully an internship at a publishing firm. I had it all planned out. This was just the first step in my well thought out plan. A plan devised with Lily many years ago. We hated this town and wanted to get out as soon as our diplomas were in our hot little hands. I frowned at the thought of Lily at home sleeping in while I was here. She was spending her summer serving ice cream at Scoop’s while I was here. Scoop’s was the best place to meet guys in the hot weather, and she had been looking forward to this summer job all year. While I was jealous she was going to be surrounded by town hotties all day, I knew I had to do this. Besides we planned to meet up at the lake after school.
It will be fine. You’ll meet new people and have a fresh start. I told myself. Take that first step.
I took it with my eyes forward and head held high. But I failed to miss the hot guy walking straight into me. His books flew out of his hand, and I fell on my ass. Everyone in the quad looked directly at me and laughed. Not the start I had hoped for, at all. I looked up from the gravel into the eyes of the hottest guy I’d ever seen in Laurel Lakes.
“Are you all right?” hot guy asked me. I stared in astonishment. His blue eyes dug into mine like he was searching through my soul.
“Uh, yeah. I’m good, you?” I mumbled.
“I’m actually doing great. I’ve never seen you before,” he said as he pulled me from the ground. “I would remember a face like that.”
I smiled from ear to ear as I brushed myself off. Maybe it was too soon to say I failed my fresh beginning.
“I’m Sadie,” I told him even though he didn’t ask my name. He threw me off by noticing my face. “I go to Ridgeline.” He smiled and rolled his eyes upward. “That’s where they’re hiding you, huh? I hate Ridgeline, but I won’t hold it against you,” he admitted. “I’m Nash Rylan. Nice to meet you, Sadie. What are you doing here? Did you fail Economics?”
I laughed. You’d have to be an idiot to fail Economics.
“No, I’m taking English Lit now, so I don’t have to take it next year,” I confessed. His wide smile actually faltered slightly, but not slight enough that I didn’t notice. “I want to have half a day next year that way I can get extra credits.”
I looked down instantly feeling shy at telling him all of my plans. Then I wondered why he was here in summer. Did he fail a class?
“I totally get it,” he said as he rubbed his neck with his hand. “I wish I was that ahead of the game. I actually failed Economics.”
Oh my God! I just called him an idiot. Thank god I didn’t say it out loud. That was another thing I was working on with myself, thinking before I speak.
“Too bad we won’t have a class together,” I blurted. I mentally kicked myself for not thinking before saying that. Still I had to work on it obviously.
“I was gonna say the same thing,” he said with a smile.
“Really?”
“Yeah, really. I’d love to get to know you more, Sadie.”
I was not prepared for this. I wasn’t prepared for any guy interaction, let alone guys this hot. The most I had was my guy friends. I never dated, so I had zero experience when it came to guys. I just stood there dumbfounded.
“Can I get your number?” he asked finally.
“Sure!” I said eagerly. He pulled out his cell and handed it to me. I added my name and number to his contacts list. I even added a small heart next to my name. That way he’d remember me.
I handed him back his phone and realized my hands were shaking. He took it and bent down to pick up his pencil that fell, no doubt, when I ran into him.
“Can’t forget this!” he joked. “I can’t fail now, I have my trusty pencil, and I got the prettiest girl’s number. It’s gonna be a good day for me.”
The bell rang out loudly. I wouldn’t be late at this school. Another rule for myself: no more slacking when it came to class.
“I should go,” I said walking away. I didn’t want to. I wanted to stay with him and keep talking. Keep staring at his beautiful face.
“Okay. See ya!” He waved at me and then turned to join his friends. They all greeted him, and at that moment he turned to look at me again, showing me his bright smile. I waved at him and smiled back. I hardly ever smiled like that, not unless it was something extremely funny or I felt really happy.

Nash made me smile because he’d given me just what I was looking for when I signed up for summer school. He gave me optimism. I would be whoever I wanted to be without anyone or anything to hold me back.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Who We Were Virtual Shelves

Who We Were

“Who we were had washed away with the summer. Who we are was yet to be seen.”
Summer school at Alcott High was only supposed to gain Sadie Peters extra credit, nothing more. Her goal wasn't to make friends, or gain the attention of the most popular football player, yet she managed both. Her life was cruising along on course ... until that summer.
Could a simple stint in a different school change her identity completely and introduce her to love for the first time? How would that affect her relationship with Lily, her best friend?
Hopefully their friendship was strong enough to make it through the tumultuous summer. Sadie learns that great things come with change, but sometimes memories of the past are hardest to part with. 




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 Talking with him wasn’t comfortable, and I blamed Lily for that. She ruined my night, therefore ruining my chances with Nash. He leaned in and rested his chin on the top of my head. It actually wasn’t weird. Then he kissed it.
“Wanna walk down to the water for a minute? It’s too loud here,” he whispered in my ear.
I actually would like nothing more, so I nodded and he took my hand. We walked past groups of people, and I felt their eyes on us. I didn’t look at them, I just watched Nash pull me behind him. Finally we reached a lake that I had no clue existed here behind the house. He let go of my hand and jumped onto the dock then helped me up. A white boat sat next to it, and it bobbed side to side.
“Whose house is this?” I asked dumbfounded.
Nash laughed. “It’s Oliver’s house.”
Of course it was. Only Oliver would have a house like this. And I remembered Nash telling me about Oliver’s family’s boat. So this was what it was like to be rich. You threw huge parties and made out with girls on your own dining room table. I shook the thought away and fought to focus on Nash. He sat down on the worn dock, and I sat carefully next to him.
“I’m really glad you came, Sadie.”
He looked at me intently, his eyes boring into my soul. He looked at me like this at the ice cream shop. It was either his signature move or he was really into me.
I bit my lip and said, “I’m glad I came too. Parties aren’t usually my favorite thing to do.”
He cocked his head. “I thought you went to Ridgeline parties.”
I did say that didn’t I? “Oh yeah, I mean I do. But it’s not my favorite thing to do on a Friday night.”
“So what would you rather do?” He seemed to get closer to me, but I didn’t see him move. He ran his fingers through his spiky hair. It had a mind of its own, his hair. It was naturally spiked without gel while his brother’s hair was unruly and slightly curly. I wanted to touch Nash’s hair and perhaps run my own fingers through it.
I tried to focus on his question, but his pure beauty was making that really hard.
“I like to watch movies. I read a lot too,” I said lamely. He probably thought reading was archaic and movies were boring. If I had to guess, I’d say Nash’s life was a constant party. That and football.
“I try to avoid books if I can,” he laughed. I was right. “But I love going to the movies. My favorite movie is Thor.”
I couldn’t help but laugh. Of course his favorite movie was about a bad-ass wielding a hammer.
“What’s so funny? Are you laughing at Thor?” He joked.
“Yes, actually I am.”
He leaned into me and tickled my stomach. I flew back and laughed. He knew exactly where to tickle me too. “Thor is a barbarian,” I said when he stopped. That seemed to get him going, and he lifted me up and carried me to the grass. He straddled me and pinned my helpless arms under his knees. Damn he was strong!
“Now, say Thor is a god, and I will not tickle you,” he ordered.
I shook my head. “Nope. I won’t say it.”
“I warned you, Sadie.” He went straight for the soft spot of my belly and tickled me until I thought I was going to cry. When he stopped and looked up, I turned my head to see what distracted our tickle fest. It was Kyleigh speed walking toward us. Nash let my hands free and leaned back into the grass. I rolled over and sat up.
“Sadie,” she said when she reached us. She was out of breath and held out a finger asking for a minute. “Your little friend, Leslie, she said to come get you. She’s sick.”
“Lily?”
“Yeah, she did a whole shit load of shots and a keg stand. She fell on the ground, and now she’s puking. She can’t even stand up.”



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Meet my new main female character, Sadie

Sadie Peters is my newest MC from my upcoming book, Who We Were. When writing Sadie I decided to make her a little like myself when I was in high school. Insecure at seventeen, awkward around guys and desperate for a place to fit in.
Writing Sadie was very enjoyable for me. She really wants to fit in but finds it hard to break the rules to do so. She has morals and she stands by them. 




Read the an excerpt of  Who We Were right here:

I killed the engine and grabbed my new bag. I refused to go to summer classes with my junior year backpack. No way! I had purchased all new items for the next four weeks. This was a new school and a new chance to actually become someone different. A clean slate. No one here knew me, so my past history was erased. I would be Sadie Peters, popular and outgoing, instead of Sadie Peters, a shy nobody that no one pays any attention to.
I looked up at Alcott High’s newly rebuilt entrance. It was the town’s oldest school, but it held the most history. It was the very first school built in Laurel Lakes when it was a small town. Now that the town has grown immensely, they needed a new school built, and that’s how Ridgeline High, my school, was built. While I liked my school for various reasons, I loved the history of Alcott. To me it held hope and immense change. After a complete and utterly disastrous junior year, I could only see promise staring me in the face.
I would be taking courses that were required for senior year now, so that when next year started, I would only have a half-day session. Then, after school I would be taking creative writing courses at the local college, preparing me for a university and hopefully an internship at a publishing firm. I had it all planned out. This was just the first step in my well thought out plan. A plan devised with Lily many years ago. We hated this town and wanted to get out as soon as our diplomas were in our hot little hands. I frowned at the thought of Lily at home sleeping in while I was here. She was spending her summer serving ice cream at Scoop’s while I was here. Scoop’s was the best place to meet guys in the hot weather, and she had been looking forward to this summer job all year. While I was jealous she was going to be surrounded by town hotties all day, I knew I had to do this. Besides we planned to meet up at the lake after school.
It will be fine. You’ll meet new people and have a fresh start. I told myself. Take that first step.
I took it with my eyes forward and head held high. But I failed to miss the hot guy walking straight into me. His books flew out of his hand, and I fell on my ass. Everyone in the quad looked directly at me and laughed. Not the start I had hoped for, at all. I looked up from the gravel into the eyes of the hottest guy I’d ever seen in Laurel Lakes. 

“Are you all right?” hot guy asked me. I stared in astonishment. His blue eyes dug into mine like he was searching through my soul.
“Uh, yeah. I’m good, you?” I mumbled.
“I’m actually doing great. I’ve never seen you before,” he said as he pulled me from the ground. “I would remember a face like that.”
I smiled from ear to ear as I brushed myself off. Maybe it was too soon to say I failed my fresh beginning.
“I’m Sadie,” I told him even though he didn’t ask my name. He threw me off by noticing my face. “I go to Ridgeline.” He smiled and rolled his eyes upward. “That’s where they’re hiding you, huh? I hate Ridgeline, but I won’t hold it against you,” he admitted. “I’m Nash Rylan. Nice to meet you, Sadie. What are you doing here? Did you fail Economics?”
I laughed. You’d have to be an idiot to fail Economics.
“No, I’m taking English Lit now, so I don’t have to take it next year,” I confessed. His wide smile actually faltered slightly, but not slight enough that I didn’t notice. “I want to have half a day next year that way I can get extra credits.”
I looked down instantly feeling shy at telling him all of my plans. Then I wondered why he was here in summer. Did he fail a class?
“I totally get it,” he said as he rubbed his neck with his hand. “I wish I was that ahead of the game. I actually failed Economics.”

Want more? Get Who We Were from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Kobo on September 15, 2014







Sadie Peters




Friday, August 15, 2014

Who We Were Cover Reveal


Cover Reveal 

Who We Were
A Contemporary Romance Novel

 By Christy Sloat 



 Christy Sloat usually dives into the paranormal realm when it comes to her books. She gave us; The Past Lives Series and her bestselling trilogy, The Visitors Series. One night she was trying to sleep and ignore the idea of a book that was beginning to haunt her. She threw off the covers and decided to write the layout of Who We Were, a novel about a young girl who finds out how one simple alteration in her summer could change her life forever.
Sloat wrote the book in under three months and is very happy to be able to say she has added a contemporary romance to her line up of books.
Here is the long awaited cover for Who We Were. Get the standalone novel September 15th published by Anchor Group Publishing.

Find out more about Christy by clicking, Here






                                                              About Who We Were
“Who we were had washed away with the summer. Who we are was yet to be seen.”
 Summer school at Alcott High was only supposed to gain Sadie Peters extra credit, nothing more. Her goal wasn't to make friends, or gain the attention of the most popular football player, yet she managed both. Her life was cruising along on course ... until that summer.
Could a simple stint in a different school change her identity completely and introduce her to love for the first time? How would that affect her relationship with Lily, her best friend?
Hopefully their friendship was strong enough to make it through the tumultuous summer. Sadie learns that great things come with change, but sometimes memories of the past are hardest to part with.





The Book Goes on Sale September 15, 2014

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Cover reveal giveaway

In honor of my book cover reveal on the 15th of August, I'm giving away my own copies of the two book covers I adored from this year; Sea of Shadows by Kelley Amrstrong and The Here and Now by Ann Brashares. Enter below to win the books:

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Bloggers, Bloggers, wherefore art thou Bloggers?



Who We Were, my new YA Contemporary Romance is due out September 15th! My publisher, Anchor Group, is unveiling the cover August 15th. Why am I looking for bloggers? Because I'm hosting a blog tour that includes sharing the cover and sharing the book upon release, that's why? I mean where would I be without the love of my bloggers? No where, that's where. I need them!!! 





Who We Were is a fast paced story of love, redemption and reinventing yourself. Read more about the story...


“Who we were had washed away with the summer. Who we are was yet to be seen.”
Summer school at Alcott High was only supposed to gain Sadie Peters extra credit, nothing more. Her goal wasn't to make friends, or gain the attention of the most popular football player, yet she managed both. Her life was cruising along on course ... until that summer.
Could a simple stint in a different school change her identity completely and introduce her to love for the first time? How would that affect her relationship with Lily, her best friend?
Hopefully their friendship was strong enough to make it through the tumultuous summer. Sadie learns that great things come with change, but sometimes memories of the past are hardest to part with.

If you want to help me share the love of this awesome new book, then sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16GdcgmHkws8b3BVv-cPUHrTKg_l5Ff7uyMllggjJUXA/viewform
Thank you sooooo much




Book Blast for Warrior

BOOK BLAST:  WARRIOR

Official Release Date: 7/13/14
This is the third book in the Order of the Spirit Realm Series.  If you haven't read them, start with BAIT.  It is free at most online ebook vendors such as Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, etc.

This book begins two years after HUNTER ended.  Bay-Lee is fighting a Devil Tree while her mentor and boyfriend, Nick Gallos, watches from the sidelines.  Things are tense between them.  She wants to amp up their relationship, but Nick has put on the brakes.  He's got one foot out the door, and she doesn't know what to do about it.

WARRIOR brings about closure and change, some good and some bad.  Together, Nick and Bay-Lee will take on the werewolf pack that killed her mother, face their twisted pasts, and face a friend turned enemy.

Quotes from WARRIOR:

Bay-Lee: You never told me I wasn't supposed to kill it.  You told me I couldn't kill it.
Nick: I should have known you'd take that as a challenge.

Keisha: Oh, don't play Miss Innocent with me, girl.  It was your idea for me to trade places with Nick's banshee, but you've been wearing a pouty face ever since.
Bay-Lee: I don't have a pouty face.
Keisha:  Sure you don't.

Bay-Lee (after knocking Keisha down):  You hit on my boyfriend, so I thought I should hit on you.

Little girl:  There's a monster in my closet.

He added, "Reapers aren't supposed to care.They don't have compassion or love inside of them."
"But you're still human."
"Because of you!"  It sounded like an accusation instead of gratitude.  "I haven't lost my humanity because I still have you.  His facial muscles tightened.  "I can't keep living like this."
Nick threw the talisman down and stormed off, heading for the castle.
She scooped the talisman off the ground.  It was precious, even if it was malfunctioning.  Without it Nick wouldn't be able to stay with her.  She ran until she caught up with him.  Slipping it into his hand, she begged him to keep using it.  "At least until we find something else.  Please."
The purple half-circles beneath his eyes attested to his lack of sleep and made her want to cry.  She cringed when he slipped the thing around his neck.  Asking him to live like this was horrible, but she couldn't let him go, not yet.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Fun Fridays-Fireworks

This 4th of July I've been given the task to give a small snippet from my book that is due out September 15th that includes 'fireworks'. It just so happens that I have dedicated a scene including fireworks. So sit back and enjoy the small, but special scene.

We made the trek through the woods on a pathway that was no doubt built just for the family. The dock sat right along the water. The lake was still, showing the moon in its reflection like a picture. Nolan threw a blanket out and we both sat. With the other blanket he wrapped it around the both of us together. I held one side, he the other.
A loud crack sounded and the burst of fireworks shot up in the sky. It was the most perfect show I had ever seen.
“This is … just beautiful. Thank you for having me here tonight.” I leaned my head on his shoulder.
“It’s only beautiful because you’re here. Normally I sit here alone.”
I closed my eyes picturing a lonely Nolan. “You’ll never be alone again.”
“Promise?” He held his pinky in the air.
“Forever promise.” I looped my pinky around his.

-Who We Were 
September 15th 2015


Monday, June 30, 2014

Pretty exciting news!!!!!!

I hadn't told anyone this because there wasn't a definite in the plans but now that I know for sure, I'm telling everyone!
I've seen plenty of book covers out there in the writing world that have fabulous couples on them. So many creative artists take stock photos and create these beautiful covers to die for. And then....you end up seeing the same model on ANOTHER cover.
It's like a slap in the face to that other authors book cover. I think its kinda sad when you see two books with the same model on the cover and even sadder still when readers get turned off by this.
So I got to thinking and talking to my good friend Angie. She told me to contact the lovely and talented photographer; Tava from Georgia Skies Photography.
So I took her advice and did just that. I told her what I was looking for in this new book cover for, Who We Were. I explained that we would need a couple and I explained what they should look like. This girl delivered!
We have two models; Grayson and Jessie. Grayson is the epitome of country boys and fits my male character to a T. He's a football player, how perfect, and he's stunningly cute.
Jessie fits my female character so well that I think she was made to portray Sadie on this cover. She's blonde and tall and gorgeous.
The good news is that the photo shoot will happen this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm slightly excited, can you tell?
As soon as I can I will share the photos of this awesome shoot in some sneaky peaky's.
In the meantime go to Georgia Skies page on Facebook and give her a 'like'. Maybe if we're lucky Tava will tease you a little with some photo action between the models. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Skies-Photography/146674588734694

Remember: Who We Were is coming out September 15th and I am looking for bloggers! If you're interested in sharing the book cover/participating in the release keep an eye on my Facebook page for the link