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.

 

 

Add to your Goodreads

Available at Amazon

 

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).

 

Website ♥ Facebook ♥ Twitter ♥ Instagram ♥ Goodreads

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

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…

 

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Blood Divine – Audio Review Tour Stop

I’m so excited to host a stop on the audio review tour for Greg Howard’s Blood Divine!

 

Click HERE to watch the book trailer!

 

Author: Greg Howard

Narrator: Gary Furlong

Length: 9 hours 6 minutes

Publisher: Anakim Press

Released: Aug. 1, 2017

Genre: Paranormal

Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield, the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him, and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.

 

 

Review of Book:

Blood Divine is a fantastically creepy ghost story that kept me up all night and peeking around every corner! The author takes such care to set the reader firmly in the story with lush descriptions of this old Southern town and rich characterization of these lovable and sometimes kooky characters. While I rooted for Cooper, Randy, and Betsy, I squirmed and giggled over characters like the eccentric Eunice and Eudora. I’d love to read a whole book on just them!

Howard took me on a thrill ride, creeping me out and scaring the daylights out of me while making me sigh over the love story between Cooper and Randy. The action never stopped, and the pace kept me turning the page. Can’t wait to read more from this author. Five Stars!

 

Review of Narration:

I read Blood Divine first, so for me, this audio version was a way to hear these characters I’d grown to love burst alive. There were a lot of unique accents in this book, and I thought the narrator took great care with them. If you’re an audiobook freak like I am, you have your cringes and ticks that set you off while listening. My biggest pet peeve is a male narrator raising his voice to sound like a female *shivers up spine*, so I’m very pleased to report that this narrator took no part in that. His narration of Betsy, a strong Anakim (a vampire-like creature), was spot on, and he took care to not overdo the Southern accents on any of these ancient characters. As a Southerner myself, this is particularly appreciated! My favorite was the accent of a character, who as written, had a mishmash of dialect. Hats off to Gary Furlong for nailing that!

Just in time for Halloween, this audiobook will creep you out in the best possible way! Five Stars!

 

I wish I had this fabulous Phipps Family Tree when I was reading and listening!

 

 

Greg Howard grew up near the coast of South Carolina, or as he fondly refers to it, “the armpit of the American South.” His hometown of Georgetown, South Carolina is known as the “Ghost Capital of the South,” (seriously…there’s a sign), and was always a great source of material for his overactive imagination.

Raised in a staunchly religious home, Greg escaped into the arts: singing, playing piano, acting, writing songs, and making up stories. After running away to the bright lights and big city of Nashville, Tennessee with stars in his eyes and dreams of being the Dianne Warren of Music City, he took a job peddling CDs and has been a cog in the music business machine ever since.

Now an adult with a brain, Greg finds the South Carolina coast to be a perfectly magical place where he vacations yearly. Currently, Greg resides in Nashville, TN with his husband, Steve, and their three rescued fur babies. Molly, Toby, and Riley.

Greg’s debut adult paranormal novel, BLOOD DIVINE, was released by Wilde City Press in September 2016. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers acquired Greg’s debut young adult novel, SOCIAL INTERCOURSE, which will be released in Summer 2018.

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Narrator Bio

Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back.

Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek’s production of Rent in 2010.

Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.

He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.

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It’s finally here! Today, Falling for Forever is launched out into the world! *sniff sniff*

So many thank yous for so many folks!

Stacy Abrams and Heather Howland, Editors Extraordinaire! Thank you both for all your hard work on this book! You are helping me grow as a writer one book at a time!

The rest of the Entangled team, you are professional and among some of the hardest working people in the book biz! Thank you for all you do, especially the stuff I don’t even know you do!

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Readers! You read when you could be watching television or scrolling through your social media. You get wrapped up in stories and characters and you let authors transport you to their own little worlds for a spell. You are appreciated more than you know.

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FALLING FOR FOREVER

Before Forever Series: Book Two (Entangled Teen)

RELEASING JULY 3rd 2017


 Some boys get under your skin in the worst way. Others…in the best way.

 

The sun, the kiss, the swoon. *Le sigh*

The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A. Jenna’s got plenty of talent—she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt…no matter how cute he is in those glasses.

Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on that very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though…no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.

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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’s a member of RWA and serves as the president elect for the Music City Romance Writers. She is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen).

 

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