Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wildflower Blog Hop

Today I have the lovely Amy Maurer Jones on my blog!!!! Her newest book Wildflower was just released and I cannot wait to read it. The synopsis and excerpt below sound absolutely amazing!!! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek into it as much as I did. Happy Reading :)






Wildflower pulled out a quill. It looked like any ordinary quill. Only, I knew what she was capable of doing once her fingers finished guiding it along the parchment. She began sketching an outline of a cluster of birds with the black ink. There were at least a half a dozen in the flock. 
“With each new life we breathe our souls will migrate toward one another. Our souls will carry us over land and water to be reunited again and again.” she smiled as she replaced her quill and began chanting in her native and mysterious language.
Like magic, the ink evaporated off of the paper and swirled in circles in the air until it found purchase on skin. A cluster of delicate birds were suddenly embedded at the nape of her neck. I felt tingling warmth spread over my chest. When I looked down I found one more imprint engraved over my heart.
I glanced down at the winged figure permanently seared into my skin and smiled.  They would not separate us. We would be one forever because my heart would always belong to Wildflower, in this life and every future life. 


Jordan

            I shuffled my feet more quickly as the late bell rang for class. The obnoxiously, blaring sound was a rude reminder of my inability to get to class on time. Fortunately, I had Mr. Falls for Calculus this period and he would, no doubt, be attempting to flirt with Ms. Warner, the Algebra teacher, in the hallway just outside the classroom.  As I rounded the corner I confirmed that my suspicions were correct, raced through the door and slid into my seat before Mr. Falls had the slightest clue. 
            “Pushing it a little close again aren’t we, Laney?” a heard a friendly voice tease as I settled into my seat. 
I only smiled in return, guilty as charged.
            My junior year at Plymouth North High School isn’t panning out so great, not that I’d expected it to. No, I’m pretty much ignored by my peers and most of my teachers.  It’s not so much that I’m disliked, I’m just, well, not the norm.  I’m not rich, so I can’t claim any trust fund baby attention. My parents, Shane and Andrea Stillwater, are hard working middle class folk. My mom is an accountant and my dad is the Art teacher here at Plymouth North and, sadly, the only teacher in the school that acknowledges my efforts.  I have no exceptional athletic abilities. In fact, I’m pretty pathetic with any sport which requires the manipulation of a ball, which is pretty much every sport.  I’m just an average student, so you won’t find my name on the Principle’s List.  Not that I’m complaining, I don’t mind being average and blending into the institutionally drab, beige walls of Plymouth North. In fact, I prefer it that way. Unfortunately, I’m not quite average or normal enough. You see, my mom is White but my dad is Native American and apparently, at Plymouth North, the in – crowd prefers a pure pedigree. In their eyes, I’m a freak. My people believe physical wellness and spiritual wellness are connected. By alleviating injury or sickness affecting the soul you may restore the physical body to balance and wholeness. If I get sick my dad takes me to see my grandfather, our tribe’s Shaman, and he heals me with his spiritual gifts. Needless to say my peers find my tribe’s beliefs and practices to be a bit odd, so I’ve been labeled as the weird witch of the North, North Plymouth, that is. I’m not bitter, though… OK, I’m a little bitter but I don’t feel sorry for myself because that’s just pathetic and I am not pathetic. 
            So, what motivates me not to jump off of a cliff, you wonder? Well, first of all, my parents are pretty great. Yeah, I know, this is not exactly normal sentiment for a teenager but they don’t really bug me that much. Second, I’m pretty good at finding distractions. I love to draw and ride horses.  When I get bored I can draw myself into a world that is much more interesting than my own or head out to my grandfather’s ranch and hit the trails with Bunny, my favorite quarter horse. Third, Carly Higgins, my best friend since kinder – garden, Carly can always makes me laugh, even when I feel like crying. Last, but not least, Jordan Stone, a super hot guy. We have English and Spanish together and he sits right behind me in both classes. We talk and flirt and joke around and it subdues the monotony a little bit. 
            “So, do we have any plans for the weekend yet?” the friendly voice whispered as Mr. Falls entered the classroom three minutes after the bell finished ringing.
            “I don’t know, Carly. I’m still kind of bummed about the last one.” I complained.
            “All the more reason to put yourself back out there!” she encouraged, forever the optimist.
            “Miss Higgins, do you wish to address the class this morning?” Mr. Falls interrupted.
            “No, sir…” Carly frowned.
            Mr. Falls nodded an unspoken warning to Carly and I and began his lesson. I was off the hook for now.

            The day continued in its usual monotonous manner until fourth period English class. Jordan Stone is in this class.
            “How’s it going, Stillwater?” Jordan smiled as he loped into the room and slung his book bag to the side of his painfully uncomfortable metal and wooden desk behind mine.  He was dressed in worn blue jeans and a black tee shirt. His blond hair was tousled on top of his head from the recent sprint from his previous class.  It still looked good. No, more like perfect. His green eyes pierced through me as his dimpled and gleaming, white grin took my breath away. OK, stupid, it’s time to say something. What was it that he just asked me? Crap!
            “Uhm, hey, I didn’t see you at Jessica Jacob’s party last weekend. Did you find something better to do?” I teased awkwardly, at a loss for words.
            Jordan laughed, not missing a beat. I have no doubt he realizes that he drives me crazy.  This can’t be healthy, still, I persist being the masochist to love that I am.
            “Nah, we heard it was gonna’ be lame so we crashed Gracie’s place instead. Her parents were out of town.” he replied nonchalantly.
Great! My favorite person, Gracie Henderson, little Miss Perfect, weaseled her way into Jordan’s weekend effectively canceling me out.  Gracie’s been getting one up on me more often than I care to admit these days.
“Oh, uhm, well, how was that?” I asked tightly, not wanting to show my annoyance and not really wanting to hear his reply.
“Awesome!” he nodded enthusiastically.  “Everyone was there. Why didn’t you come? I missed you.” he said sincerely.
OK, this is an improvement. He noticed that I wasn’t there. Maybe he was looking for me. Maybe he had wished that I had been there. I looked up to see that he was staring at me and it finally dawned on me that he was waiting for my reply.
I straightened up and snapped out of my trance.
“Oh, well, you know, I didn’t want to let Jessica down.  It was her birthday and all.” I explained lamely, not wanting to admit that I had not been invited, would never be invited, to a party being thrown by the one person who seems to hate me more than anyone else in the entire world. 
I’ve often wondered what Gracie has against me. For the life of me I can’t come up with a single reason. I’ve never done anything to her. Actually, that’s a lie. I know exactly why Gracie doesn’t like me, but it would not be politically correct to voice my opinion on this matter. I am, after all, already the under dog here.  My father isn’t white and this fact doesn’t sit well with some people. It really sucks and I wish everyone would just grow up and get over it.  Well, no use crying about it, I guess. It won’t change anything.
Just as the bell was about to ring the devil herself sashayed into the class- room.
“Hi, Jordan!” she squealed. “It was so great that you could make it to my party last Saturday.  It was so much fun, wasn’t it? I mean, everyone who was anyone was there, right?” she droned on.
Don’t think I didn’t catch that last jab either. She eyed me meaningfully when she uttered it so sweetly. 
            “Oh yeah, man! You’re party totally rocked.” Jordan nodded. “Let me know when you decide to play host again.” He winked before he shifted around in his seat to face Laura Rice. “Hey Laura,” he whispered. “…did you finish you’re Calculus homework last night? Can I copy it?” he grinned mischievously. 
            “Sure thing, Jordan.” she agreed easily, pulling her home work from her bag.
I bet Jordan has yet to do a single Calculus assignment this year.  As Jordan smiled at Laura, or her home work, Gracie’s expression fell. Her glance drifted to Laura and conformed into a scowl.  Laura remained oblivious, still entranced by Jordan’s charms.  Dang! Gracie must have it bad for Jordan to be jealous of Snora – Laura. We’re talking major bore – fest personality.  Get a grip Gracie!
OK, I know, that was mean and being mean isn’t usually my style. Maybe Laura isn’t so bad, maybe she’s just shy.  She’s good at Calculus.  There, I said something nice about her so why do I still feel like a total hag? I don’t mean to be cruel; it’s just that Gracie always makes me feel like a loser. She thinks she’s better than me, so much so that sometimes I begin to feel like she might be right.  She really gets under my skin, you know?
“So, Laney, how was Jessica’s party?” Gracie turned her venom on me.
Sure, her voice was friendly enough but her eyes held the paralyzing and hypnotic stare of a cobra ready to strike.
“Oh, it was great!” I smiled cheerfully.
I lied. Gracie rolled her eyes.
 “Well, I heard it sucked!” she hissed, no longer attempting to hide her malice.
On that note we all shifted uncomfortably in our seats and focused our attention toward the English teacher who was beginning the day’s lecture. Yet again, I was saved by the institution of public education.
After English class Jordan walked with me to our Spanish classroom. During our stroll he remained unusually quiet for about half of the distance.
“So, Laney, do you have plans for this weekend?” Jordan voiced shyly.
OMG! He was asking me out! OK, take deep breaths and don’t pass out.
“Uhm, no?” I responded awkwardly.
I was completely caught off guard by his inquiry.
”Oh, well uhm, how would you feel about going to see a movie with me?” he continued.
“Great! What movie?” I agreed without hesitation.
Only then did I realize that perhaps I shouldn’t sound so eager. My doubt was immediately remedied, however. As soon as my words were uttered I observed Jordan’s shoulders and gate relax, and return to his normal easy posture. 
“Really?” Jordan breathed with relief and surprise.
“Uhm… yeah, what movie?” I persisted, entirely surprised and thrilled by his reaction.
Surely, he knew I would say yes. What idiot wouldn’t?
“Awe, wow! I totally thought you would say no.” he continued to confound me with his delusional response. “I mean, I’m totally psyched that you want to go out with me. I’m just surprised, I guess.” he jabbered on, finally explaining his uncharacteristic behavior.
“Why?” I wondered.
“Because, you never do.” he shrugged.
I raised another clueless eyebrow at him.
“You never say yes when guys ask you out.” he clarified.
“So, what, is this like an experiment or something?” I worried. 
Get the freaky Indian girl to go out with you! Were they taking bets? Was money exchanged?
“No, I promise it’s not like that at all. I really like you, Laney. The truth is I’ve wanted to ask you out for a long time, but I didn’t because all the guys said you would say no. I was too chicken. You know, afraid of rejection?” he admitted sheepishly. I smiled, both satisfied and flattered by his response. Jordan immediately relaxed again and ran his fingers through his golden locks. “So, why do you always say no… to the other guys, I mean?” he wondered.
“Because, I think they’re a bunch of creeps.” I answered honestly.
It’s true. Most boys at Plymouth North find me to be more than easy on the eyes, but I’m not easy, and I know their intentions don’t progress beyond their hormonally driven male instincts. What I mean to say is, none of them would take me home to meet their mother, if you can catch my drift. The sad and true fact is, my caramel complexion would not be overlooked or accepted.
Jordan’s shocked expression was so comical I couldn’t help but burst into laughter.  At my knowing reaction he quickly and ever so smoothly collected himself.
“You’re a handful, aren’t you?” he chuckled.
“Maybe…” I said coyly.

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Finally it's Here...The Forever Changed Synopsis


                                     

Kassandra Cole has it all—a stable home with great parents, popularity and all the friends she could ever need. She is used to a lifestyle where everything comes easy to her, from good grades to being captain of the cheerleading squad.

Her entire world is shaken to the core when a fatal accident takes her father, causing Kassandra to re-examine the course her life was on. The actions of one individual forever changes her life, leaving her to pick up the pieces of her broken family. Kassandra begins to question everything she once cherished and the people she disappointed along the way.

Maddon Johnson’s life is as different from Kassandra’s as night and day. Abandoned by his mother at a young age, he is left to deal with his abusive, alcoholic father on his own. He has one goal: lay low and get the heck out of dodge as soon as he is legally old enough.

Everything changes when his father’s tragic actions send Maddon crashing into Kassandra’s world. Suddenly, getting away is the last thing he wants as he discovers it is possible to believe in love after all.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Lovely M is here today!!!!!!!!!


Today, I’m lucky enough to have my very lovely friend, M. Leighton here to add some good clean(well sort of J) humor to my blog. Her newest book Madly and the Jackal is releasing tomorrowwwww May 29th and I’m soooooooo excited!!!!
Here is a look at the beautiful cover and a blurb about the story :)








How deep does love run? Deeper than the ocean? Deeper than memory? Deeper than magic?

Following their plan to save Atlas, Madly and Jackson return the spirit of Wolfhardt to his prison beneath the sea. But even the best laid plans couldn’t account for the surprises they find. This time, Lore aren’t their only challenges.
Madly is special in ways no one could have guessed and dark forces seek to control her. They want her power, but first they must weaken her. They need her beaten. Vulnerable. Near death. And alone. But that task isn’t an easy one with Jackson at her side. The strongest of their kind, the only way to separate Jackson from Madly is to destroy his love for her, to erase it from his mind. And his heart.
Is it possible to steal Jackson’s love from Madly? Or is their love the only truly unbreakable thing?








Now for some questions that will show you a more serious side of the lovely M. Leighton J


1)You get to pick one paranormal hottie to date, would you pick A) Werewolf B) Vampire C) Merman or D) Thor (What?? I consider Thor paranormal)

I would want a hybrid of them all. A WereVamMerThor And he would be allowed tochase/bite/spawn/hammer with me anytime :D Is that TMI????? Should there be a rating on this post????

2) Hubby buys you your dream home, is it A) A beautiful cabin with all the amenities in the mountains B) A decked out penthouse in New York city C) A lovely cottage with your own beach in your backyard or D) An undersea fairyland filled with magic and hunky merman ;)

The dream home is actually a private plane that flies me to all of the above locations with the hunky merman as my pilot/guide/swim instructor/lumberjack/masseuse. Nom nom nom!

3) You & 10 guests of your choice get invited to the Hollywood premier of Madly the movie(since you wrote the book LOL). Who are the 10 people you take with you?

You, Courtney, Fisher and Carol, my sister, Miley Cyrus so I can push her out of the limo at a high speed, John Mayer so I can call him a douche in public, Thor so John Mayer can see what a real man looks like, Ian Somerhalder so I can have red-carpet appropriate arm candy, and Brittni because she's "one of us"

4) List these in the order of importance shopping, eating, sleeping, chocolate, writing, reading, chatting with friends over wine, alone time with hubby (wink wink), holidays with in-laws and breathing.

You lost me at shopping:D 

5) You and hubby visit the zoo, which animal best represents the way you act and the way hubby acts, A) the playful monkeys, B) the standoffish lions, C) the shy giraffes, D) the loud hyenas or E) the attention seeking peacocks ;)

We are hybrids. We are playful monkeys and loud hyenas. Well, I'm loud, but we both laugh a lot :D

6) Craziest thing you've done since you've become an author?

You mean BESIDES becoming an author???

7) Happiest thing that has happened to you since you've become an author?

Selling my very first book. I'll never forget that feeling. Next would be the wonderful friends I've made.

8) You win a date with the hottest guy in movies, who would that guy be?

In MOVIES? Oh, yikes!! I'm drawing a blank. When I think of hot stars, the first person that always comes to mind is Damon :D I'm like a deer in headlights after that!!!

9) One item that's on your "bucket list" that you can't wait to do?

Win the jackpot on a slot machine. Or be ogled by Chris Hemsworth. Does the bucket list have to be realistic????


10) Your stuck on a deserted island for a year with a trunk of stuff you got to pack, what would bein that trunk?

25 bars ofs oap, 12 tubes of toothpaste, 10 razors, 300 Hershey bars, a cask of wine, a satellite phone, and Ian Somerhalder. And a partridge in a pear tree. How big is this trunk anyway?


 I hope all of you enjoyed this post as much as I did. Take a moment and leave a comment and you could win the Kindle Copy of Madly and the Jackal I'm giving away.






Thursday, May 24, 2012

It's Time for The Newly Together Game!!!!!!!!


I’m so happy to be included in the blog tour for the fantastic book My Soul To Keep by the uber-cool Sean Hayden. Being the blog rebel I am, I thought it would be fun to do something different. That is why, I conned Sean and his lovely girl Jen Wylie to partake in my version of the Newly Wed Game (Hint hint LOL). Sooooo anyhoo, I sent Jen questions to answer, to see how well she knew her man and I have to say she did really good. I’ll be doing this segment in two parts, so make sure you come back in June to see how well Sean knows his lady.
First order of business though, is Sean's super cool book My Soul To Keep. If you haven't read it yet you are missing out!!!!! I enjoyed this book a lot even though the ending left me wanting the next book NOW.
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Here's a look into Sean’s awesome swag pack for My Soul To Keep blog tour:

Contents include:

1 MSTK Tote, 1 MSTK Notebook, 1 MSTK Keychain, 1 MSTK T-shirt (size large),  1 MSTK Coffee Mug so you can enjoy tasty hot beverages in style…and…cue drum roll…are you ready…1 copy of My Soul to Keep. So what you say? Gasp. You don’t understand. This copy is in paperback. Not only that but its an AUTOGRAPHED ADVANCED READER COPY!!!!!!! Yes ladies and germs, you get the paperback before anyone else in the whole wide world!!!!!! That’s over a $125 value! Why? Cuz we wuv you.



 
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Now for the fun stuff. It’s time for The Newly Together Game…….Today’s guest are Sean Hayden and Jen Wylie!!!!!!!


      ·         What’s his biggest pet peeve about the opposite sex?

·         (Jen) That we don’t say exactly what we mean (guys don’t get subtle hints)

·         (Sean) “Would you hold my purse?”

·         (Me) I don’t see anything wrong with purse holding ;)



·         His idea of a romantic date?

·         (Jen) Getting dressed up and a nice dinner and a long walk on the beach.

·         (Sean) To me, a romantic date isn’t about where it is, what you eat, or what you do. It’s about who you’re with, what you say, and involves a whole bunch of smiling and acting silly.

·         (Me) I hate to admit it but either Sean is sucking up or he's a keeper.



·         Would he rather read a 600 page complicated manual on oven cleaning or a teenage book about sparkly vampires?

·         (Jen) Neither, but if I had to choose then the Oven manual.

·         (Sean) The oven manual as long as it has a happy ending. Might even stick my head in there when I’m done, rather than read the sparkly vampire book.

·         (Me) LOL you would have to know Sean to understand his envy of sparkly vampires hehehe.



·         Would he rather be a poor vampire that lives forever or a billionaire with a normal life span?

·         (Jen) Poor vampire! I’m sure he’d figure out a way to take over the world…

·         (Sean) Poor vampire. I have this thing about living forever.

·         (Me) Ummm yep that sounds like the Sean I know J



·         Does he act like a dragon slayer or a zombie killer?

·         (Jen) Dragon slayer, I think it’s the hair. Plus, you should see his swords! ~drool~

·         (Sean) Dragon slayer definitely. Zombies splatter and are too easy to kill.

·         (Me) Um okay, since this is a PG blog, I won’t comment on Jen's answer at allllllll.



·         Which would he prefer doing pulling weeds outside or scrubbing toilets inside?

·         (Jen) Pulling weeds, though I’m sure he’d do the toilets if he had too. Strangely I don’t mind cleaning toilets so that works out.

·         (Sean) Pulling weeds outside. Toilets are gross.



·         Who would he say he’s most like mastermind genius, magician extraordinaire, ladies man or creepy stalker dude?

·         (Jen) Mastermind genius of course, that one’s easy.  You just have to read his world domination blog posts to know that! J

·         (Sean) Mastermind genius with plots of world domination.

·         (Me) Yep, world domination sounds about right when it comes to Sean J



·         If he could take a trunk of food to take to a deserted island with him would be filled with sweets or vegetables?

·         (Jen) Sweets. Though he doesn’t mind vegetables. He would probably use the excuse sweets would last longer and not rot.

·         (Sean) Sweets. Vegetables rot too quickly.

·         (Me) LOL, I’m beginning to think either they cheated and copied answers or they would’ve rocked the real Newly Wed Game.



·         Which would he prefer; dinner at home with only a box of Mac & cheese, visiting a haunted house with a bunch of obnoxious teenagers, spending a day at the beach with a bus load of senior citizens in Speedos  or a day at a crowded theme park surrounded by screaming kids?

·         (Jen) Mac and Cheese. Though he might not mind the haunted house- he’d enjoy scaring the teens.

·         (Sean) Dinner at home with a box of Mac & Cheese. I love that stuff. The kind with the powdered cheese. NUMMMMMMMM. Did you know they call it “KRAFT DINNER” in Canada? Found that out :D
     
 
·         (Me) LOL come on Sean admit it, you enjoy going to the beach with seniors ;)
·         What would he say is his favorite thing about you?

·         (Jen) This type of question is so hard! (It’d be easier to do least favorite thing LOL) Let’s go with we’re best friends and have almost everything in common.

·         (Sean) I could cheat and say everything and it would be an honest answer, but I know you’re looking for specifics. I’m going to say her sweetness. Jen is the most incredibly sweet person I’ve ever met in my life. It makes me feel good just to be around her. It’s damn near impossible to be in a bad mood when she’s near you.

·         (Me) Well nuts, just when I think it’d be a bad thing for Sean to take over the world he throws out an answer like that.



I hope all of you enjoyed my version of TNG today!!! Leave a comment below on your favorite answer and you will get a chance to win the Kindle copy of Sean’s book My Soul to Keep and Jen’s book Sweet Light that I'm giving away.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Win a Signed Copy

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Wishing For Someday Soon by Tiffany King

Wishing For Someday Soon

by Tiffany King

Giveaway ends May 14, 2012.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Cover Reveal Time!!!

I'm so happy to be able to show all of you my newest cover. The book is called Forever Changed. Thank you so much for all of your continued support.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's BTKMUPMB Factor time!!!!

It's time for another BTKMUPMB (Books That Keep Me Up Past My Bedtime) update :)
This week has been a slow reading week for me but I did have the pleasure of finding another book that made it onto my BTKMUPMB list!!! The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch was a great read that kept me entertained to the very last page.

The Eleventh Plague