Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to all of those who hunted in the Spring Young Adult Scavenger Hunt!

Congratulations to Amber W. for winning the $10 Amazon Gift Card from my additional hunt giveaway!

Official Hunt winners will be announced on the YA Scavenger Hunt website on April 8th (today!), so check here to see if you won!

Good luck! And thanks for hunting!

Reviews are in for COURTING CARLYN!

5 stars: “I‘m totally in love with Courting Carlyn and I’m not even a tennis fan. It is no secret that I’m a fan of Melissa Chambers. Her books are addictive! I think Courting Carlyn is my new favourite. Vaughn Yarborough is swoon-worthy material and the romance had me hooked. This book is great. It has everything I look for; two misunderstood characters, romance and a great storyline.” – Danielle, Chapters Through Life

5 stars: “I absolutely adored Courting Carlyn. … I really liked that the romance wasn’t instant love. The build up was just right and it had all of the ingredients for a sweet summer contemporary romance book.” – Colleen, Colleen’s Conclusions

5 stars: “The honesty behind their stories, behind the whole story will make people love it as much as I did. Them being so relatable to us, will encourage and motivate YA readers, teenagers to not give up and go for their dreams.” – Edit~A, Let’s Talk About Books

5 stars: “Courting Carlyn is a first class swooning material. … I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it to anyone who fancies YA books about love, sports and interesting characters.” – Sabrina, I Speak Bookish

Vaughn Yarborough is ready to trade the fame and glory of the international junior pro tennis circuit for college and a more settled life. First stop: spearhead a summer camp for underprivileged kids. The girl who’s agreed to run it with him has Vaughn more intrigued by the minute, but with the strict no-fraternizing rules, he’s got to figure out how not to fall for her.

When the boy Carlyn Sadowski has crushed on for years asks her to work with him for the summer, she has to pinch herself. When his world-famed coach offers her training for free, she can’t believe her luck. He could actually help her follow in her mother’s footsteps by playing college tennis. But when she finds out the catch is she’s got to convince Vaughn to go pro, Carlyn will have to decide between her dreams and the boy currently stealing her heart.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features a super-hot sports star, the shy girl looking to grow her confidence on and off the court, and late-night shenanigans that would make your camp counselor blush.

Spring 2019 YA Scavenger Hunt & Extra Giveaway

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

AND BONUS! I’ve got an ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY going on for my newsletter subscribers, new and existing (not old, never old!). More info on that at the bottom of the page, but back to the hunt…

There are FIVE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM-but there is also a RED, BLUE, GOLD, & PURPLE team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number (Psst! It’s at the bottom of this post under Now For The Hunt!). Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GREEN TEAM, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).   Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.   Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April. 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.    

NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFF…

Today, I am hosting L.E. Delano for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

L.E. DeLano is well known as a blogger and autism advocate under her alternate moniker, Ellie DeLano. She comes equipped with a “useless” Theatre degree that has opened doors for her in numerous ways. Though mostly raised in New Mexico, she now lives in Pennsylvania with two adventurous kids and two ridiculous cats. When she’s not writing (which is almost never), she’s binge-watching Netflix and planning road trips. Her debut novel, TRAVELER was selected as a Keystone To Reading Secondary Book Award finalist for school year 2018-19 by the Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA) and also voted one of The 20 Most Beautiful Books in the World for 2017 by MTV UK.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT:

DREAMER Deleted Scene

In this deleted scene from DREAMER, Jessa discovers that the alternate realities she normally visits are suddenly colliding and splintering all around her as a simple trip through the mirror to grab a slice of pizza turns into a nightmare . . .

My craving for great pizza sends me through the bathroom mirror to Greaverville, the name of Ardenville in this reality. My hand is pressed to the reflective chrome on the side of the shake machine, and one glance down at my apron and nametag tells me I’m working right now. I make a frustrated face. Great. I get to smell and see and serve pizza, but I won’t get to eat any until my break.

My misery is interrupted by the front door slamming open so hard it nearly shatters the glass. A half-dozen soldiers with guns at the ready head straight for my counter as I stare at them wide-eyed and open-mouthed. The memory surfaces, but slowly. Like it happened a very, very long time ago and I can only remember bits and pieces. Something about a war? And we’re…occupied?

That doesn’t seem right. None of that fits with the Greaverville I thought I knew in this reality. What changed? And when?

“We want three cheese pizzas and four pasta specials,” the sergeant says as his eyes scan the menu board behind me. I start ringing it up, but the barrel of the gun slides slowly over the top of the register.

“That’s no charge,” the soldier says.

“What?” I can’t even look at him. My eyes are on the gun.

“Don’t ring it up,” he says, over-enunciating each word like he’s talking to a three year old. My eyes finally snap up to meet his because he’s managed to irritate me.

“I have to ring it up,” I say sarcastically. “It’s my job.”

“Hey!” One of the other soldiers pushes forward. “You giving us trouble?”

“No!” I hear my boss shouting as he comes up behind me.

“Pete, they think they’re getting the meal on the house,” I tell him. Pete looks at me in alarm and suddenly, he’s pushing me behind him.

“Of course it is!” His voice is too high-pitched, and he’s so ridiculously friendly I almost laugh. Pete is cranky even on his best day.

“You’re going to let these bozos just -”

He puts his hand over my mouth. “Sorry about that,” Pete says to the sergeant. “She’s new. And if she keeps it up, she’s going to be unemployed.” He puts enough emphasis on that last word that I finally get the message. I give him a nod, and he slowly takes his hand away.

“Go ahead and take their order,” he jerks a thumb toward his own chest. “I’ll deliver it myself.”

“No.” The sergeant glances at me, and a smile touches his lips but doesn’t quite make it to his eyes. “She’ll wait on us. For as long as we need her to.”

“My shift is almost over,” I protest.

“It’s over when we’re ready to leave,” he says. His eyes slide over to Pete. “Isn’t that right, boss?”

Pete nods, and I realize I’m outnumbered. I need to get back, and I really shouldn’t be making this kind of trouble for my counterpart. This is what happens when you Travel without a plan.

“If you follow me, I’ll get you seated,” I say through gritted teeth as I grab a rag. I want to tell them off, but those guns aren’t toys. Something tells me they’re not done showing me who’s in charge, either.

“We’ll take those booths in the corner,” the lead soldier says, pointing. I follow the line of his finger and there’s a family seated in one of the booths. I take a deep breath and start over; glad to see the family is already scrambling to clear out. I wipe the table down and step back to get out of their way but I’m stopped as the sergeant grabs my arm.

“That’s better,” he says. “You just remember what you are. Got it?”

I can’t help it; the words are out before I can stop them. “What am I?”

He slides the barrel of the gun up under my chin and I can’t breathe. Stupid, stupid sarcastic mouth!

“Nothing.” He says it softly, but that somehow makes it even more menacing. “You’re nothing to me. That makes you expendable. Got it?”

I nod because I can’t speak. My mouth is suddenly dry and my throat is paralyzed.

“Now go fetch a couple of pitchers of beer. And we want our food on the table within the next five minutes. Understand?”

I nod again, and he lowers the gun so he can slide into the booth. I back away, and then I turn and walk as fast as I can into the kitchen, where I lean against one of the counters. Everyone’s bustling and I can hear Pete yelling at the cooks.

I grab a pizza pan from the dish rack and flip it over, staring at myself in the reflection. I put my fingertips to the surface, and I experience a brief, panicked moment when I realize I’m not going through–probably because of how badly my hand is shaking.

I focus again and my reflection and she and I have the same troubled look on our faces.

“What the hell is going on?” I ask.

About DREAMER

This thrilling sequel to TRAVELER doles out adventure and heartbreak in equal measure as it takes readers through a kaleidoscope of intricately crafted worlds of wonder, discovery, and danger.

You’re still you no matter where you go . . . Jessa has learned the hard way that traveling to alternate dimensions isn’t all delicious, glittering desserts and fancy parties: it also means accidentally running into people she thought she’d never see again. Still mourning a devastating loss, Jessa isn’t really prepared for the arrival of a reckless version of someone she once loved who is now bent on revenge. Add an increasingly complicated relationship with her best friend Ben, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the threat of the multiverse collapsing, and Jessa’s got a lot on her plate. She may be destined to help save an infinite multitude of worlds . . . but in the end, all Jessa really wants to do is save the people she loves.

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NOW FOR THE SECRET NUMBER YOU NEED!

The secret number for Melissa Chambers is 24!

CONTINUE THE HUNT   To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Lisa Manterfield HERE!  

But first! Before you go, if you aren’t already signed up for my newsletter, click HERE to do that now for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card! If you’re already signed up, then you’re all set and entered.

(Winner will be determined and contacted on 4/8/19. Click here for a list of sweepstakes rules.)   Thanks so much! And happy hunting!

THE 12 DAYS OF INSTAGRAM HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

18 Entangled Teen authors have banded together to bring you a book giveaway every day from December 10th through the 21st! In addition, one lucky winner will win all 18 books!

Click HERE to hop on over to my Instagram page and enter to win a paperback copy of COURTING CARLYN (eBook if winner is outside the continental U.S.). And be sure to follow the giveaway and keep entering for your shot at all 18 books!

Good luck!

In tennis, love means nothing, until you meet your perfect match.

Tennis star Vaughn Yarbrough is intrigued by his co-counselor at his summer camp for underprivileged kids—too bad it has a strict no-fraternizing policy. Carlyn’s crushed on Vaughn for years, but when his coach offers her tennis lessons in exchange for convincing him to go pro, she’ll have to decide between her dreams and the boy stealing her heart.

Click HERE to view on Amazon.

The Fall YA Scavenger Hunt has come to a close. How was your hunt?

Congratulations to Jamie B. for winning the $10 Amazon Gift Card from my additional hunt giveaway!

Official Hunt winners will be announced on the YA Scavenger Hunt website on Oct. 8th (today!), so check there to see if you won!

Good luck! And thanks for hunting!

 

Reviews are in for COURTING CARLYN!

5 stars: “I‘m totally in love with Courting Carlyn and I’m not even a tennis fan. It is no secret that I’m a fan of Melissa Chambers. Her books are addictive! I think Courting Carlyn is my new favourite. Vaughn Yarborough is swoon-worthy material and the romance had me hooked. This book is great. It has everything I look for; two misunderstood characters, romance and a great storyline.” – Danielle, Chapters Through Life

5 stars: “I absolutely adored Courting Carlyn. … I really liked that the romance wasn’t instant love. The build up was just right and it had all of the ingredients for a sweet summer contemporary romance book.” – Colleen, Colleen’s Conclusions

5 stars: “The honesty behind their stories, behind the whole story will make people love it as much as I did. Them being so relatable to us, will encourage and motivate YA readers, teenagers to not give up and go for their dreams.” – Edit~A, Let’s Talk About Books

5 stars:Courting Carlyn is a first class swooning material. … I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it to anyone who fancies YA books about love, sports and interesting characters.” – Sabrina, I Speak Bookish

 

Vaughn Yarborough is ready to trade the fame and glory of the international junior pro tennis circuit for college and a more settled life. First stop: spearhead a summer camp for underprivileged kids. The girl who’s agreed to run it with him has Vaughn more intrigued by the minute, but with the strict no-fraternizing rules, he’s got to figure out how not to fall for her.

When the boy Carlyn Sadowski has crushed on for years asks her to work with him for the summer, she has to pinch herself. When his world-famed coach offers her training for free, she can’t believe her luck. He could actually help her follow in her mother’s footsteps by playing college tennis. But when she finds out the catch is she’s got to convince Vaughn to go pro, Carlyn will have to decide between her dreams and the boy currently stealing her heart.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features a super-hot sports star, the shy girl looking to grow her confidence on and off the court, and late-night shenanigans that would make your camp counselor blush.

 

 

Fall 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt & Extra Giveaway

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

 

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM–but there is also a RED, BLUE, GOLD, ORANGE, PINK, & PURPLE team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

 

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GREEN TEAM, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Oct. 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

 

NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFF…

Today, I am hosting Kate Brauning for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Kate is a bisexual author of young adult fiction, and her books often include queer characters, big families, kissing, and danger. As a child, Kate spent a lot of time in her local library, wandering the shelves and discovering all kinds of stories about all kinds of people. She grew up in the hills of Missouri on twenty acres with a big pear tree, cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits, and bottle calves (orphaned calves raised by bottle-feeding). An incurable love for seeing real life through the pages of a book drew her to writing fiction, and at fifteen she decided she wanted someone to find her own books by searching through the shelves of a library. She’s been writing ever since, and she’s not going to stop until she can no longer put one word after another.
 
Find out more information by checking out the author website here or find more about How We Fall here!

 

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Jackie, Marcus, and Ellie were a trio of best friends–until Ellie disappeared. Now Jackie and Marcus, in the vacuum of her disappearance, fall into an obsessive and dangerous relationship. One that could tear apart their family. Because Marcus and Jackie aren’t just friends–they’re first cousins. Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else’s lies as the mystery around Ellie’s disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Can Jackie leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?

“An unusual combination of romance and suspense…. This quest for identity, wrapped up in an intriguing mystery, hooks from the beginning.” –Booklist

Kate has provided us with the deleted scene below to get a taste for How We Fall. Let’s check it out!

Reading kept my mind off my jealousy and my non-relationship for a good hour, but the peace was short-lived. Angie started angry-screaming down the hall, and just kept right on screaming. I snapped my book shut and slid off the bed.

Why, in a house with four adults, were none of them ever around? Dad was probably working still, Mom must have gone off to the library or the school, and who knew about Uncle Ward and Aunt Shelly. I walked down the hall, searching for the source of the ear-splitting noise.

Angie sat in the middle of the bathroom, her mouth wide open, screaming in rage. “What is going on?” I demanded. Candace was filling the bathtub with water. One of the twins was half-naked and the other was completely naked. Both of the toddlers stood in the tub, crying. Water swirled almost to their knees. Fear shot through me.

I scrambled for the water faucet.

“We’re playing house,” Candace said.

By themselves. They’d put the twins in the bathtub. If they’d slipped, they could have drowned. “You don’t ever put them in the bathtub. Never, ever. You know that—Angie, stop screaming right now. Why are you screaming?”

“I won’t let her be the dad,” Candace said calmly. Gage shivered and cried louder.

I grabbed a towel and lifted him out of the water, then reached for Nate. “Angie, stop it. Angie! No one is playing house anymore. You can’t be the mom or the dad or anyone else.”

Her voice just kept rising. I reached for her. “Angie!”

“Nate is peeing,” Candace said.

I whipped around. Sure enough, Nate was peeing all over the rug.

Fantastic. I wrapped Gage in a towel. “Candace, please go get dry clothes for both of them.” This was just ridiculous.

“What is going on in here?”

I looked up. Marcus. “I can’t get her to stop screaming.” Water pooled around me on the floor, mixing with toddler pee. Gage still cried, and Angie was turning red in the face. Candace tried to push past Marcus. He let her go and grabbed Angie.

“Come on, Ang. You can’t scream like this. That’s baby stuff.” He set her on the counter, but she was in full on panic mode and struggled to get away from him. “Angie! Calm down. You’ll make yourself sick.”

I doubted she could even hear him. The noise was ear-splitting. He looked at me, wide-eyed, an arm firmly around her waist. “Fine.” Shaking his head, he carried her out of the bathroom, her feet kicking. Her screams trailed up the stairs.

I huffed and mopped up the water on the bathroom floor. Both boys shivered and sniffed, wrapped in towels. “Sorry, guys. No fun playing house, is it?”

Gage waddled over to me and nearly tripped on his towel. He collapsed on my shoulder, crying and hiccupping.

Marcus appeared in the doorway. “I set her in her room. Nothing to scream at there.” He held up dry clothes for the boys. His movements were clipped and the way he watched me told me he was still upset about our argument. “Candace gave me these.”

I sat down against the wall and waited for him to meet my eyes. “Thank you.” I don’t know why I was surprised every time something like this happened and none of the parents were around, but I always was.

“Yeah.” He knelt near the damp towels and unwrapped Gage. “Do you think we should give them their bath, since they’re already naked and wet?”

“Well, Nate peed all over himself, so yeah.” I clunked my head against the wall. Angie’s screams had gone quiet. “Can you help me?”

Normally I wouldn’t ask, because there’d be no question about whether he’d help. But now, I didn’t know.

“Well, yeah. I’m not going to make you do it by yourself.”

I watched Marcus as he dug their no-tears soap and bath toys from the cabinet, drained the cold water out of the tub, and dumped the soggy towels down the laundry chute.

How long had he been doing this before I moved in? Maybe the twins hadn’t been around yet, but Angie and Candace couldn’t have been any more compliant as toddlers, and I didn’t even want to think about his brother being that young. Chris would have been a nightmare as two-year-old.

I moved toward the tub, but Gage clung to me and shrieked. “Hey, hey, don’t worry, I’ll make it warm.” I adjusted the water until it was warm enough and let the tub fill an inch before dropping in the little red toy boat. “Look, there goes your boat. You want to get it?” He watched and stopped screaming, so I lifted him in and sat him down. Happy probably wouldn’t happen tonight, but I’d settle for complacent.

Marcus shoved the shower curtain to the side and set Nate in the bathwater. He immediately started splashing, his tears forgotten.

They were good kids, they really were. None of this chaos had been their fault. I squeezed the baby soap onto a washcloth and scrubbed it together to made suds. Gage laughed. “What, you think this is funny?” I scrubbed his foot because he was ticklish there. He kept laughing, high-pitched little sounds that made me grin.

“I’ll race you.”

I turned to look at Marcus. “You’ll race me? With what?”

He nodded to the twins. “You do Gage, I’ll do Nate. Last one done has to dress them both. But you have to be thorough.”

I went after Gage’s other foot. “I’m never not thorough. And you’re going to lose.”

“Not a chance.” He scrubbed Nate’s back while he played with the boat. I kept tickling Gage, which kept him happy and looking at me. Ultimately, the toy boat proved to be Marcus’s downfall, because Nate wouldn’t quit playing with it long enough for him to wash under the toddler’s arms.

“Hah! I’m done.” I rinsed the last of the soap from Gage’s hair and helped him stand up.

Marcus sighed. “That kid can’t be clean.”

“He totally is. He’s the cleanest thing in this house right now.” I lifted him out and toweled him off.

“Okay, fine, you win. I’ll dress them.”

“Nah, it will take me like two minutes.” I fluffed Gage’s hair with the towel.

“That was the deal. I can do it.” He looked back at me while he rinsed off Nate.

I shrugged. “I got it.” He didn’t need to do it himself. I’d barely known his family before moving in with them, and if what I’d seen in the last two years had been the pattern, he’d given more baby baths than most people his age.

Maybe we couldn’t have—and didn’t want—a real relationship, and maybe we had trouble keeping our deal only physical. But we could do this. We could help each other, balance each other, be there for each other. That was what mattered.

If our pseudo-anniversary was a big thing for Marcus, then okay.

He lifted Nate out of the tub. We had both of them dried and dressed in less than three minutes. Marcus led them out of the bathroom, one toddler clinging to each hand. His voice drifted down the hall. “Let’s go find your blocks. You guys can build a tower. How’s that sound?”

I drained the bathwater and shook off the toys. I was putting them back in the cabinet when Marcus came back into the bathroom. He closed the door with his foot.

I turned around. “What are you doing?”

“If anyone comes back here, we’ll just say we’re mopping up the water.” He leaned against the wall. His voice was quiet. “I really want to go somewhere with you, Jackie. Not a date. We can’t; I know that. I just mean I want to get out of the house with you and do something that’s not chores or bathing toddlers or errands or whatever. Just hang out. Please.”

Just hang out. If I wasn’t thinking of it as a date, it sounded amazing. “Nothing fancy?”

“Nope. Just some time away from the house. Is that okay?”

I met his eyes so he’d know I meant it. “That sounds great. When?”

Thank you so much, Kate, for sharing your bonus scene!

 

And thank you, readers, for playing along in the YA Scavenger hunt! Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Kate Brauning, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 14. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the GREEN TEAM and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

 

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, LM Preston HERE!
But first! Before you go, if you aren’t already signed up for my newsletter, click here to do that now for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card! If you’re already signed up, then you’re all set.
(Winner will be determined and contacted on 10/7/18. If winner fails to respond within 24 hours of notification, a new winner will be chosen. Click here for a list of sweepstakes rules.)

 

Thanks so much! And happy hunting!

 

Release day for Seaside Sweets! (+ Amazon Gift Card Giveaway)


IT’S RELEASE DAY!

The first three books in the Love Along Hwy 30A series, starting with Seaside Sweets are available today!

Visit these fabulous bloggers for exclusive content, reviews, and a $20 Amazon Gift Card giveaway!

6/19

Chapters Through Life (interview)

Cristina Loves Writing (spotlight)

The Bookery Review (spotlight)

Nerdy, Dirty, and Flirty Book Blog (spotlight)

6/20

Jessica Calla – A little complicated, a little dreamy, always romantic (spotlight)

Lisa Loves Literature (interview)

6/21

Badass Blogettes (spotlight)

Binding Addiction (spotlight)

Katie Sparkles (playlist)

6/22

Dreamland Book Blog (spotlight)

Love in a Time of Feminism (guest post – five beaches)

6/23

Bibliophagist Reviews (playlist)

6/24

What’s Beyond Forks? (guest post – five things to toss in your beach bag)

6/25

Moriah’s Musings (spotlight)

6/26

More Books Than Livros (spotlight)

6/27

The Bo0ki3 (spotlight)

A Page To Turn (guest post – recommended summer reads)

6/28

Reading with Wrin (guest post – five books to toss in your beach bag)

The Phantom Paragrapher (spotlight)

Tea Time and Books (spotlight)

Librarian Laura’s Great Reads (spotlight)

Books are love (spotlight)

 


 

 

Cover Reveal – Seaside Sweets

COVER REVEAL!

 

SEASIDE SWEETS

Love Along Hwy 30A Series: Book One

RELEASING June 19th, 2018

 

 

Seaside Sweets is book one in the Love Along Highway 30A series, which features beautiful beach communities, a circle of unique and amazing friends, and romances that will have you cheering on the couples and fanning yourself from the heat. All books are standalone and can be enjoyed in or out of order.

After her ex runs up her credit card, clears her bank account, and gets her fired, Seanna Perry makes her escape to the quaint beach town of Seaside, Florida. The houses are pastel, the ocean air heaven, and the men hot as the Gulf Coast sun … one in particular. But while paying the price, literally, for the last man she trusted with her heart, she’s not interested in any sort of beach romance, or so she keeps reminding herself.

Living in the idyllic coastal paradise of the 30A area hasn’t eased Blake Evans’ guilt over what went down three years ago. He can’t stop blaming himself, and certainly none of his wonderful friends can ever find out what happened. Blake’s done a good job of keeping romantic feelings toward any woman at bay, and he needs to keep it that way. But when Seanna begins to show him how to live again, he finds himself struggling to keep his guard up.

 

Add to your Goodreads

Available at Amazon for $.99

Free on Kindle Unlimited

 

OTHER TITLES IN THE SERIES RELEASING SAME DAY!

 

 

Maya Forbes has never had a one-night-stand. With her irresponsible but brilliant sister filling the role of flighty one, Maya must live sensibly and dutifully. But when she meets a gorgeous redneck from Panama City Beach who makes her head whirl, she must quit thinking idiotic thoughts about upending her life after one week of mind-altering sex, especially with her dream promotion waiting for her back home.

Bo Harrison has lived his entire life in a tourist town where the women he meets are typically gone in a week. After a long-term relationship that left him mentally drained, he didn’t mind the easy, week-long romances for a while. But watching his best friend fall in love has him thinking along those lines, especially when he meets a woman unlike any he’s ever dated—smart, sexy, independent. The catch? She leaves in one week, of course.

 

With Shayla Harrison’s dangerous ex leaving rehab and headed her way, she needs to find a safe house and fast. When tall, dark, and ridiculously handsome Chase O’Neil offers a secure place to stay in beautiful Seagrove Beach for dirt cheap, she and her wallet can’t refuse. Romance is the last thing she wants, but the safety and warmth she feels with Chase are impossible to ignore.

Chase is the life of the party. He makes everyone laugh—whatever it takes to hide a soul-deep pain he can’t fix. He’s been living in romance purgatory since his son died and his marriage ended six years ago. When he meets the mysterious and intriguing Shayla, the emotional wall he’s worked so hard to build starts to crumble. She makes him want all the things he knows he can’t have, including her love.

 

 

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Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as president for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of the Love Along Hwy 30A series and the Before Forever series (YA).

 

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Giveaway Winner!

The Spring YA Scavenger Hunt has come to a close. How was your hunt?

Congratulations to Elisa H. for winning the $10 Amazon Gift Card from my additional hunt giveaway!

Official Hunt winners will be announced on the YA Scavenger Hunt website on April 11th, so check there to see if you won on Wednesday!

Good luck! And thanks for hunting!

 

 

Fall into the Before Forever series!

 

If Jenna wants to make it to L.A. to extend her fifteen minutes of reality-show fame, she’ll need to win her high school’s talent competition. Standing in her way is Miles Cleveland, the music nerd with a stick up his butt and a bone to pick with Jenna herself. Miles has his own reasons for needing to win, but he can’t start to question his plan…no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.

 

 

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Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs.

Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s…inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity.

But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again…

 

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Spring YA Scavenger Hunt & Extra Giveaway

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, a green team, a pink team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. (Hint! It’s in blue.) Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules:
Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, April 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

 

 Today, I am hosting Lea Nolan on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Lea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author who writes books for young adults featuring bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also pens smart, witty contemporary stories for adults filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, she resides in Maryland where she picks crabs and bakes ugly birthday cakes.
 
Find out more information about Lea here!

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

My YA fantasy series, The Hoodoo Apprentice features three teens in the South Carolina Lowcountry who use Gullah hoodoo magic to battle centuries-old curses, hideous monsters that stop at nothing to consume their prey, and other assorted bad guys intent on stealing the heroine, Emma Guthrie’s, magical powers.

Hoodoo magic is an African American folk healing and magical art, not to be confused with voodoo, which is a religion. Hoodoo originated among enslaved Africans in the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry and is largely based on African traditions, but has also been influenced by Native American, European, and other magic folkways.

In CONJURE, the first installment in the series, Emma Guthrie uses many hoodoo spells to protect her twin brother Jack, and their best friend (and Emma’s crush), Cooper Beaumont. She’s also called upon to break some of the jinxes laid by her enemies. To give you an idea of the kind of hoodoo charms Emma confronts, I thought I’d share a few with you today. These come directly from one of my favorite spell books, Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes.

Candle Spell #6 for Fast Cash

Obtain a black and green double action candle and carve whatever you wish to lose (debt, poverty) on the black side. Carve what you need to manifest on the green side. In both cases, be as specific as possible. Trim the bottom of the candle exposing the wick so that both ends may be lit simultaneously. Impale the candle horizontally on a spiked candlestick and burn both ends.

Black and White Protection Powder

Grind up sea salt and black peppercorns and blend them together. Sprinkle the powder around your property for strong protection.

Graveyard Dirt Spell for Success

Collect nine handfuls of graveyard dirt and mix them with sulfur, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle a little bit on charcoal and burn it. Visualize the success you would like to achieve. Repeat whenever you need to be successful in any endeavor, the powder will last a long time.

I hope you enjoyed this introduction to hoodoo magic. Though these spells seem simple, may people believe in their power and rely on them to offer protection or grant their most fervent desires. For more information about hoodoo magic and more examples of spells, I highly recommend that you check out the Lucky Mojo Curio Company’s website at www.luckymojo.com It’s owner, catherine yronwode, has painstakingly recorded the history of hoodoo, collected oral histories of spells, and is a well respected manufacturer of authentic charms.

So what do you think? If you were headed to Vegas, would you carry a Gambler’s Hand into the casino for extra luck? Or would you prefer to go it alone and hope Lady Luck joins your on her own?

~Lea

 

CONJURE

Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.
But when a strange girl bent on revenge appears, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before the last days of summer–and her friends–are lost forever.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Indie Bound

Thanks so much for the spells, Lea!

Readers, don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Melissa Chambers, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 12. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT!
 
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Lori M. Lee!  lorimlee.com

But before you go…

GIVEAWAY TIME!

If you aren’t already signed up for my newsletter, click here to do that now for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!(Winner will be determined and contacted on 4/9/18. If winner fails to respond within 48 hours of notification, a new winner will be chosen. Click here for a list of sweepstakes rules.)

YA Scavenger Hunt – Gift Card Winner!

The YA Scavenger Hunt has come to a close. I hope you had fun hunting! I can’t think of anything better than a hunt for YA books. 🙂

Congratulations to Shannon F. for winning the $10 Amazon Gift Card from my additional hunt giveaway!

Official Hunt winners will be announced on the YA Scavenger Hunt website on October 11th, so check there to see if you won on Wednesday!

Good luck! And thanks for hunting!

 

Fall into the Before Forever series!

 

If Jenna wants to make it to L.A. to extend her fifteen minutes of reality-show fame, she’ll need to win her high school’s talent competition. Standing in her way is Miles Cleveland, the music nerd with a stick up his butt and a bone to pick with Jenna herself. Miles has his own reasons for needing to win, but he can’t start to question his plan…no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.

 

 

Click here to view on Amazon, or click here to add  to your TBR list on Goodreads.