Monday, April 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday - Rebel Souls #1


Wow. The time has come to finally do a Teaser Tuesday for my current WIP, Rebel Souls. I've been letting little one or two sentences teasers slip out on Facebook, but today I am going to share a fairly good chunk with you. 

In case you aren't up to date on what I've been working on, Rebel Souls is a New Adult Romantic Suspense that will release sometime in late 2014. It's a little gritty, a little dark, a little steamy, and a whole lot of action. 

Enjoy.

“I thought I told you to run.” She finds her way over to Santos’ desk and jumps up on it, her legs crossing over one another. She’s watching me this time and I can’t help but wonder what exactly must be going through her head. 
The strap of her shirt falls off her shoulder as she shrugs.
“I did run. I just didn’t run away.” She smirks. She’s trying to play me for a fool and I don’t like it. “Are you going to help me or not, Alma Rebelde?” I grind my teeth at her perfect Spanish and a satisfied smile appears on her pink lips. “So it is true. You guys actually exist. I thought maybe I made a mistake when I followed you after you took care that guy who-“
“ELIAS.” I snap around and am face-to-face with Santos. Fire ignites in his eyes and I slam the door shut behind me, thankful to put a barrier between myself and the one person who was about to undo everything I worked so hard for. “What the hell is this girl talking about? Is she saying she saw you last night? While you were on a mission? You got caught by a woman?” He spat the words out with such disgust, you would think he never got laid in his life. “Honestly Elias, I thought after five years I wouldn’t have to worry about something like this and from you of all people.” 
“Oh fuck off.” Santos froze. Apparently all rational thoughts escaped me. Another damn mistake. What was my problem? “That’s not what happened. She was being held at gunpoint in an alley by O’Conners after I finished. I couldn’t just walk away and you know it. We’re supposed to protect the innocent, aren’t we?” He didn’t answer. I saw the war raging inside him. It matched mine. “Well that girl in there was innocent last night. She was supposed to run. I told her to leave and never look back. I didn’t think she would follow me. What kind of girl sticks around after having a gun pressed to her head?” 
“A desperate one.” Santos counters without hesitation.
“I can hear you, you know. This room isn’t sound proof.” Her feminine voice is a harsh contrast to our own. I let the door swing open, my body still blocking the entryway and her only chance of escape. She sits in the same spot on the desk, her feet swinging freely in front of her. “But you’re right. I am desperate. And like I told you before - I need your help and you are my last resort. Do you know how long it took me to find you guys? For how much everyone talks about you, I would think it would be a lot easier to track you down.” 
I look from her, to Santos who lets out a defeated sigh, and finally back to her. “What’s your name, blondie?” 
She hops off the desk and lands gracefully on her feet like some kind of freaky gymnast. “Claire Olsen.” Her arms fold across her chest as she shifts her weight to one side. “Now are you going to help me find my sister or not?"

I am an UtopYA 2014 Nominee....times three!

Something spectacular happened to me on Friday. Well, at first it wasn't so spectacular because I was sleeping and my phone blew up with texts and Facebook messages at around 7am...and I had to worked in a few hours. And if you know me at all, you know I am a bear and love my sleep. But once I started reading the messages...my tune completely changed.

I went from this

to this

in five seconds flat.

Why you ask? Because UtopYA nominees were announced and I found out that I WAS ONE OF THEM. And not just once...but three different times. UMMM. That was nothing I ever expected. It's seriously such an honor. I remember last year how exciting it was to just be in the same room as the nominees and seeing their names up on the big screen during the night. These were authors I looked up to so much and it was as if they were celebrities in my mind. And now to have MY name up there with some of these amazing woman...on a scale of just to can't - I just can't! I can't believe it. 

Promise Me This was nominated in the following categories
Contemporary Book of the Year
Best Contemporary Cover (HOLLA Okay. Creations & Chad Spann)
Best Debut Novel

How crazy is that? I really can't even put into word how I feel. Not only is this like a dream come true, but the outpour of love and support has just swept me off me feet. I knew I always had this sense of family with my friends, readers, fans, fellow authors, and bloggers - but this has been a downright outpouring of pure love and joy. This group of people who were excited for one another, lifting everyone up on their special day...it's what makes me so proud to be a part of the community. 

So I want to say thank you to everyone who has shared their excitement for me and congratulations to all my fellow nominees. It's an honor to be listed among you guys. 

Take a look at the nominees for 2014 UtopYA Awards and maybe cast your vote for some of your favorite authors, bloggers, and fans. 



Sunday, April 6, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Evolution: SAGE by S.A. Huchton

EEEP. Today I am sharing with you a cover from one of my #Fierce5 sisters, Starla Huchton AKA S.A. Huchton. This is for her second book in the Evolution Series, SAGE, and peoples....you need to get on these books. I've read all three and I have these words for it: Sexy, Superheroes, Make Panties Wet. So, there's that.

Evolution: SAGE (the Evolution series, book 2)
New Adult Superhero Romance
Release date: May 6th, 2014

Devastated by her choices, Candace Bristol is on the brink of losing it all: her mind, her hope, everything she thought she was.

But from the ruins rises new purpose. An enemy has emerged and it will take everything to combat this new threat. Broken as she is, picking up the pieces and carrying on might be the hardest battle to win, but it's either fight, or lose what little she has left.

Amongst the wreckage, hope still burns. The flicker of a flame kindles something within her she thought was dead.

Love can break you.

So, too, can it bring you back to life.




And here’s a little sneak peek at the book…

Welcome home.
The emotions overwhelmed her as she slipped into the pool, sinking to the bottom. 
Home.
Belonging.
Acceptance.
Comfort.
Candace didn’t know if she deserved to feel any of this, but there was no arguing with her connection to the water. It didn’t care about her mistakes. She had been missed. 
She swam, moving back and forth through the water, soaking up more and more of the solitude and unexpected peace. Closing her eyes and floating, she turned inward, pushing past all of the hurt, all of the guilt, all of the loss, and drifted in a sea of calm. In the back of her mind, she knew this relief was only temporary. Eventually she would have to return to her other existence, the one where everyone wanted— expected— things from her.
Where she expected things from herself.
Jackson was right, of course. As much as she hated to admit it, his words were the slap in the face she needed. Once again, Candace was in his debt. 
She frowned. There was a strange back and forth between them, an ever-shifting imbalance of helping one another. Funny, considering he was such a jerk otherwise. If he were consistently nice, maybe it wouldn’t sit with her so uncomfortably. As he ran more cold than hot with her, she never knew where she stood or what to expect. It was frustrating. Jackson Lawrence was not easily categorized or pinned down. Honestly, she couldn’t say with any amount of certainty whether or not she detested Jackson or kind of liked him, although the thought of liking someone as unlikable as him disturbed her on multiple levels. Did she have that much self-loathing that she’d attempt to spend more time with him?
She shivered. No. Definitely not. She more or less hated herself, but wasn’t about to hang around people who made her feel worse.
She took a breath and dove backwards, under the surface again. Life was too complicated. This was simpler. Maybe she could hole up here and no one would notice.
Swimming to the far end, she emerged at the side of the pool to catch her breath.
A crowd of people waited for her. She stared back at seven shocked faces.
“What?”
Jackson shook loose from the grasp of two armed soldiers. “Satisfied? She’s fine. Can I go now?”
“You’re still in trouble, Jackson. Shut the hell up.” True stepped to the edge and crouched down. “You scared us, sugar. What are you doing here?”
“Um… swimming?” Candace said. “Sorry. I didn’t know I wasn’t allowed.”
True shook her head and grinned. “Didn’t you hear the alarms? We’ve been looking for you for thirty minutes. Why didn’t you tell someone?”
Candace shot Jackson a sidelong look. “There was no one to tell.”
Amir Jones rubbed his face and sighed. “Yeah, we noticed.”
Dina was silent, but shifted nervously. Hector was also quiet, but looked more pissed than nervous.
“You all right, Candy Cane?” True asked. “If you want some company, I can suit up and—“
“No!” Candace interrupted. “God, no. Sorry, True, but all I really want is some peace and quiet without people constantly talking to me. No, I’m not okay. I probably never will be. But, holy hell, if I have to deal with one more day of everyone treating me like a broken doll I might actually consider drowning myself just to avoid it.”
True grimaced. “You know we’re all trying to help you, right?”
She sighed. “I know, I know. But, seriously. I can’t think with everyone hovering like this. I just… I can’t. I appreciate what you guys tried to do. Really.” She pushed back from the side, treading water. “No one else can fix me, True. I’ll figure it out.”
She dove under again, blocking out everything but her connection to the water. The next time she came up for air, they were gone.


The first book in the series, Evolution: ANGEL, is on sale for 99c for TWO DAYS ONLY - 
April 6-8th - so get it while it's hot! 


About the Author
A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, THE DREAMER'S THREAD was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance ENDURE series in 2013. All three books of the EVOLUTION series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, MASTER OF MYTH (the Antigone's Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers' contest, The Sandy, in 2012.

When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at designedbystarla.com.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

#atozchallenge Day 5: Eye See You

So, if you haven't noticed or haven't seen any pictures of me....I have glasses. And I haven't always worn them. I got glasses in 7th grade and never wore them because I didn't like the way I looked. Finally, my mom let me get contacts and I didn't look back. It wasn't until I was eighteen that my contacts got infected and I had double ulcerated corneas...which means...my eyes hated me. Pretty much almost started loosing my vision, and it wasn't all that great to begin with.

Once that happened, I was told it would be a few months before I could wear contacts again, so I was forced to pick out a new pair of glasses and wear them. I wasn't happy about this. In fact, saying I was fucking pissed is putting it lightly. But, I relented because heck, I had to see, and ordered glasses. The months went by and to my surprise, my eyes now rejected anything being shoved into it, which meant NO MORE CONTACTS. GAH. Since then, I've embraced my glasses and now, I don't think I would ever not wear them. I enjoy the way I look with them on and when I see myself without them, I cringe.

Thought I would share some pictures of all the different glasses I've had over the years. This post is called...
Eye See You

2007-2009

2010 - 2012

And finally now in 2014!

I tried to find picture of me in my glasses in 7th grade...but seriously...I never wore them, like EVER, and I don't think I even have a picture of me in them! BOO! 


Friday, April 4, 2014

#atozchallenge DAY 4: Dumping the Brain

There's a lot of things that happen in my mind. I don't know if it's the fact that I struggle with anxiety or the fact that I'm a writer and constantly connecting story lines and character traits and new ideas....but my mind is never still. It's always moving. Always thinking. I'm surprised sometimes I even slow down enough to sleep.

So today's post is going to be a place to let it all. It's called...

Dumping the Brain

Do you ever wonder how plastic bags can strategically place themselves on a tree on the side of the freeway so that they inflate with air and flap in the wind? 

Or what about the tire marks on the freeway? The ones that just stop without warning? Ever wonder about the story there?

Or why do some trees split into two trunks at the bottom? Is it because they're twins? What happened there?

And why is it that I wake up right before my alarm not matter what time I set it for? This is always weird to me.

Also, how come when I dream, my house I live in, no matter what age or where I am in my dream, is always the childhood house I grew up in?

And why I can remember all the words to a song when the music is blasting but the minute I turn it down, my memory goes WOOSH and I can't remember a thing?

LOLOL. So these are just some of my random thoughts that go through my head on a day to day basis. Do you think anything like this sometimes? 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

#atozchallenge Day 3: Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Nerd


Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Nerd

Here's a shocker...I'm a nerd. I have been my whole life, although sometimes I didn't realize it and other times I was too scared to admit it. But now, I'm really glad I'm nerd. That little nugget from John Green over there is like, my life. If this is the way nerds are, every cell in my body wears wears a cloak, round glasses, and has a lightening bolt shaped scar on it's little cell forehead.

THIS IS ME. 

I am a nerd and I have some confessions to make. 



  • I don't have cable, but I will stay up until 2AM when TV shows go live on Hulu from the following day so I can watch my the newest episode of my favorite shows on the 'same day' as everyone else.
  • I would most likely be in Gryffindor...but there's a strong part of me that feels I could end up in Slytherin, too. 
  • I am a die hard Vampire Diaries fan.
  • To go with the above...I have always and will always continue to be Team Delena. 
  • I may have cried at the 'Sorry I'm Not Sorry' scene. And then cried multiple times after that when I re-watched it...over and over.
  • I also ship Klaroline and Haylijah. HARD
  • I can't get into Doctor Who.
  • I have read an entire book trilogy from beginning to end in a one day sitting. 
  • I enjoy reading fanfiction.
  • I may be the only person on this planet who is a fan of Joffrey Baratheon.
  • I'm still waiting on my owl and Hogwarts acceptance letter.
  • When I was younger, I used to pretend I was in the musical Cats. I was the Magical Mr. Mistoffelees.
  • I thoroughly enjoy watching hours upon hours of past and present panels that feature  from different convensions and festivals about my 
  • I am the same age as Harry Potter. I grew up each year with those three. They were some of my best friends.
  • I used to play Final Fantasy IX. When I stopped, I started writing in RPG forums instead.

This is just a teeeeeeny list of my nerdy confessions. Please share in the fun and confess some of yours! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

#atozchallenge Day 2: Because I Want To


For DAY TWO of the A-Z Challenge, I'm putting my Bucket List up for the world to see. Maybe it will hold me more accountable. There's not a time limit on these adventures and goals...I just hope to do them all behind I kick the bucket. Some of these are silly, some are serious, and some are damn near impossible. But if you should know one thing about, it's that I'm a dreamer. So go big or go home, right?

Because I want to
a bucket list

  1. Swim with dolphins
  2. Travel to other countries...not just to travel, but to immerse myself in the culture and appreciate the world outside of my own tiny bubble
  3. Hit the NYT or USA bestseller list
  4. Hold my child in my arms
  5. Take a vacation where nothing is required of me but to wake up, use the bathroom, and eat
  6. Participate in some type of run/obstacle course where I get super dirty
  7. Celebrate Holi in India
  8. Skydive...without peeing myself
  9. Ride in a hot air balloon
  10. Meet Alice and the Mad Hatter at Disneyland
  11. Drive a stick shift successfully
  12. See the Full House house in person
  13. Live in another country for six plus months
  14. Have an all out epic road trip!
  15. Put a lock on the Love Lock bridge in Paris
  16. Walk through an actual haunted house without crying
  17. Try a macaroon. The cute little colored kind
  18. Visit Harry Potter World
  19. And then on day vista the REAL platform 9 3/4
  20. Zipline!
  21. Go on a mission trip
  22. Meet Patrick Ness and get my books signed
  23. Raise $1000 for charity
  24. See a panel for one of my favorite shows/movies LIVE
  25. Be on the damn Amazing Race
  26. Share the love of books with a young child
  27. Attend The Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball
  28. Shave my head for St. Baldrick's
  29. Have my breath taken away
  30. Finish my college degree
  31. Go to Mystic Falls and totally fangirl without cares
  32. Add to this list and I check them off
  33. Document with a picture and video every item I complete off this bucket list.
What are some things on your bucket list? Any of them the same as mine? 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

#atozchallenge Day 1: A Letter to my Sixteen-Year-Old Self

So, I randomly stumbled upon this challenge thanks to the lovely Cheyanne Young and because I have been sucking at blogging lately, I'm going to jump on board with this and blog every day for the month of April(minus Sundays) with a topic from A-Z each day!

I also had to come up with a theme for the month of posts and I think I came up with one that will be theoretic for me and possibly interesting for you guys as well. It's Me: Past, Present, & Future. And before you start thinking, 'Oh wow! So egocentric!' NOOO. That's not it at all. Over the past year I've been really struggling to find myself again and discover who I am as not only a person, but as an adult with dreams that I am following and goals I am accomplishing. I've always been one to kind of just float along and do what I need to do, but since discovering my love for all things writing, I have things I NEED do to because I am driven and they make me happy.

So this month will be dedicated to learning a little bit more about myself, who I as, who I am, and who I hope to ill

Today's post will be
A letter to my Sixteen-Year-Old Self

Dear me,

Wow. Look at you. You're so...young. And carefree. And yet, not really. Because as much as you want to admit you don't care what other people think, you really do. It's okay to admit it. It doesn't make you any less of a woman. But tell you this won't make any difference, because even now, almost eleven years later, you're still stubborn as hell and will only believe something until you find out for yourself...and most of the time that means learning the hard way.

In the next year, you will find out who your real friends are. Spoiler alert: none of them are the girls you are currently friends with. In fact, the only person who you will be super close with from High School is a girl named Mindy Hayes....you met her in Middle School in choir...remember? Short, teeny, blonde girl who is a year older than you. Guess what? One day after you publish your first book(oh yeah, did I mention you do that, too?) she'll contact you and you'll become awesome friends.  There are a few other girls who you lost touch with from Elementary and Middle school who, thanks to Facebook(yeah...watch out for that one), you will reconnect with...but let them find you. Don't search them out. They probably wouldn't like the person you are about to become in the next few year anyway. You're much cooler as a 'grown up.' 

Here's another fun fact. Your boyfriend now...you will break up when you turn eighteen. Don't worry about that though. I'm not going to lie....it's going to suck...big time...but that relationship will teach you a lot about yourself and what you want out of life. You need to go through that. And eventually, you'll get the closure from the crappiest break-up ever. It takes a few years, but it happens. 

Oh, so remember that boy you met in Coach Hutch's class who was in a band and always tried to talk to you? You're going to marry him one day and you'll argue over the color backpack he wore in High School (It totally was orange and grey. You're right.) and it'll come full circle when your little sister-in-law goes to the same High School you did and has some of the same teachers you did. Thankfully, she won't have your last name, so she won't have to worry about her following in your footsteps.

There's going to be a time where you think you have it all figured out. You don't. You never will. But again...that's okay. You'll have fun trying to figure out who you are once you turn eighteen. Here's a tip...don't drink that Sparks you are so excited about tasting. You're going to feel like crap the next morning for a lot of reasons. Also, when you go snowboarding...don't teach anyone how to board. Just have fun. Unless you want to fall and break your ass and end up in the cabin the whole weekend. Thats' something you could have avoided. 

When you go to the beach, stay a little longer (but put on some more sunscreen.). When you fight with Mom, just stop. There's going to be a time when you don't have the pleasure of living in the same state, and you're going to miss her like crazy and wish you could take back all the times you were an angry little biznatch who thought she knew what was best. NEWSFLASH: Mom always knows best. For once, just listen to her! 

Oh and the decision to drop out of High School? Best decision you could have made. I'm actually kind of proud of you for that one. You did good. The future isn't as scary as it seems. You'll find an awesome job working in an Kindergarten classroom and meet some people that will forever change your life. You should probably thank them at some point. 

The point of all of this is to tell you, that even though you think things aren't turning out the way you had planned...you will figure it out eventually, because I always do. The road that brings you to where I am today isn't easy in the least. There's a lot of crappy things that happen along the way and sometimes you will feel like giving up. But because you are strong, you won't. And because you are smart, you will learn from those experiences, if not then - later. 

Don't worry about not having a plan. It's what people like best about you. It might drive you crazy on the inside, but one day that craziness that you feel swirling and twirling around inside your head will actually become something that people tell you they love about you. Weird huh? It's taken a while to get used to that feeling, but you it's the truth. Apparently crazy is in. ;) 

So dearest me, with the bright blonde hair and innocent blue eyes...continue making irrational decisions and being young, wild, and free. You won't regret a single moment of ten years from now. In fact, these years will make for awesome stories to tell your friends. Don't ever feel ashamed for your child-like spirit or your love for knowledge...embrace them and feed them. Let them grow and those things will take you places you never imagined.

Finally, I will leave you with this. When you look in the mirror, tell yourself that you are loved and that you are beautiful. You don't do that enough and you need to hear it, especially from yourself. You did okay, kid. I'm proud of the woman you have become.

Love always and forever,
Me


COVER REVEAL: From the Wreckage by Michele G. Miller




TODAY IS A SPECIAL DAY! One of my #Fierce5 girls, who also happens to be one of my very fabulous bests! Today is the cover reveal for her amazing up and coming book, From the Wreckage.

This is the first book in a series that will show you the depths of despair, as well as the hope and faith that come From the Wreckage.


 

Synopsis:

 

About Michele:

Michele is the author of the Coming of Age Fantasy Trilogy The Prophecy of Tyalbrook -

Never Let You Fall, book one (May 2013) and Never Let You Go, book two (Jan 2014) as well as the New Adult Romantic Suspense, Last Call (Oct 2013).
She is currently working on the third book in The Prophecy of Tyalbrook Series, a Last Call novel and a YA Realistic Fiction that has her super excited!

Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of a enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children’s laughter!

Her family, an amazing husband and three awesome kids, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele’s two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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