Monthly Archives: January 2014

Five Minute Friday- SHADOWS by Paula Weston

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It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters watched her twin brother die. In the sunshine of a new town her body has healed, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she fights and kills hell-beasts. And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams, he tells her things about her brother and her life that cannot be true, things that are dangerous. Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And who is Gaby? The truth lies in the shadows of her nightmares.

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A Note From Amy

SHADOWS is another book I’ve had on my shelf from BEA 2013 and I promised myself that I would have all of these books read before BEA 2014. This is a big undertaking, but it’s allowing me to discover such beautifully written books that I’ve allowed to sit and gather dust. Totally ridiculous, I know!

I’m only a few short chapters into SHADOWS, but so far I’m intrigued–especially by the mysterious guy from Gaby’s dreams. He may just become a character I wish were real! LOL!

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What I Learned in 2013

2012 began a new journey for me; one that included allowing others into my darkness. Never before did I have a critique partner, nor did I share my work with anyone else. 2013 I learned just what I needed in a CP, and how to reciprocate.

One thing I found I needed is consistent communication. The first few writers I worked with didn’t get back to me for weeks after I emailed ideas or chapters to them. I also found that I didn’t want someone who told me what to do and where to get more information about it.

It took me a year to find my current CP, who is so awesome I can’t even begin to tell you. We email, Tweet, and text. We share our woes and excitement, but also are able to tell each other when something just doesn’t work. If my CP sends me something, I make sure to make every effort to get back to her quickly.

2013 brought me something even better–a CP group. During Pitch Wars, one writer posted on Twitter that she’d be interested in finding a group to work with to better her manuscript. Never being part of a group, I threw my name into the ring and became part of a great group of writers. Now THIS is what it’s all about. Not only has my story evolved and become something I’m even more proud of, but I’ve learned how to be a better CP by commenting as I read–noting what I feel as a reader.

2014 promises to bring me more writing relationships and stronger writing–all thanks to my CPs!

Happy 1st Birthday EVERNIGHT TEEN!

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EVERNIGHT TEEN celebrates their one year anniversary this month with a 1st Birthday Blog Hop.  It’s EVERNIGHT TEEN’s birthday but you get the presents. The grand prize is a $100 iTunes gift card!

EVERNIGHT TEEN books feature fresh teen fiction that is raw, gritty and real. Whether paranormal, contemporary, sci-fi or suspense, EVERNIGHT TEEN stories are about real issues and pack a strong emotional punch. You’ll find cutting edge fiction that today’s young adults can relate to and will keep you turning the pages long into the night. Upper Young Adult titles, include…

Urban Fantasy:

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Vampire/Shifters:

SLAYER FOR HIRE by P.E. Cunningham

INCARNATION by Susan Nolan

ELYSIUM by Sylah Sloan

Mythology:

PHOENIX: THE RISING by Bette Maybee

Sci-Fi:

X5 by Diana Stager

Paranormal:

BLOOD HEX by Erin Butler

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Dystopian:

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Historical:

SHARPNEL by Stephanie Lawton

Suspense:

UNRAVELED by S.X. Bradley

DISINTEGRATE by Christine Klocek-Lim

Contemporary:

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THE DATING TUTOR: ALEC’S STORY by Melissa Frost

THE LAST THREE WORDS by Ashley Heckman

PREVAILING LIFE by Amaris Chapman

Here’s what’s coming soon…

LETTING GO by Bridie Hall (release: 1/24)

OF FIRE AND ROSES Danielle Sevenwaters (release: 2/14)

BLACK ABADDON by Sasha Hibbs

WELCOME TO PARADISE by Jennifer Macaire

EVERNIGHT TEEN is throwing a Birthday Bash Blog Hop with a grand prize of a $100 iTunes gift card! Each stop on the blog hop will have a prize to give away too! In addition, every title is 25% off from January 24th – 31st!

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Five Minute Friday: FRIGID by J. Lynn

 

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For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

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A note from Amy:

I typically don’t post about New Adult (NA) but lately I’ve been broadening my reading horizons. During one of our snow days, my daughter dragged me into the local GoodWill to shop. She went right to the clothing, I went right for the books. Guess what I found–a brand new copy of FRIGID–for just $0.47!!!!!! I felt like I was stealing as I grabbed the beauty from the shelf, clutching it tightly to my chest.

I began reading FRIGID in the doctor’s office and quickly got to page 35. I was quickly hooked– I couldn’t help but sneak reading a few words here and there later while waiting for my daughter’s chorale group to wrap up rehearsal.

This is a definite must read for those who love NA!

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