Monday, April 29, 2013

Release Date Announced

It all Started with a Lima Bean now has an official release date...July 11, 2013. The cover will be photographed then revealed sometime in June.

I cannot wait for everyone to meet Caleb and Abby!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Fangirl Blog Post

This past Saturday, my niece and I joined over 300 reader fans at Sheraton Hotel in Universal City, Ca.
Some of our favorite authors (mostly Indie) were on hand to sign books, take pictures, give hugs and talk to us.  I appreciate these women so much for giving up their time to make some fangirls extremely happy.

New York Times best selling author, Abbi Glines was there with her Vincent Boys books as well as the highly popular (and adored) Fallen Too Far and Never Too Far novels.  Like so many others, I'm anxiously waiting for the third installment in that series, Twisted Perfection

I can't tell you how much I adored these ladies.  Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt 
have written several fantastic books as solo authors but when they get together something magical happens.  A few of my absolute favorites reads are from these gals, Lengths, Depths and the book Steph so graciously brought for me (original cover ;), My Heart for Yours.

Oh how I love Molly McAdams.  I promised her a tackle hug but just went in for a big bear hug instead.  Molly is the author of From Ashes, Taking Chances, soon to be released (up for pre-sale though ;) Stealing Harper and publishing this fall (also up on pre-sale), Forgiving Lies 

Another of Molly and Me 

I had the pleasure of meeting an online friend, face to face (I fun!!!).  Audrey Harte is publishing her debut novel Love in all The Wrong Places in just a few short days and I can't wait to download it onto my Kindle.  I can only imagine how fantastic it will be.

Oh Cora Carmack, how I LOVED your novel Losing it and am so excited about (pre-ordered ;) Faking it.  Such a sweet lady too <3

Jillian Dodd is another of my favorite authors.  That Boy and That Wedding are at the top of my recommended reads.  Waiting for That Baby.  Jillian is also the author of  The Keatyn Chonicles.  I have these books downloaded but haven't had a chance to read them now that I'm writing myself (story of every authors life).

Many of you know this lady.  SC Stephens is the creator of most reader's favorite book boyfriend Kellen Kyle from The Thoughtless Series.  One word, "Mornin'" ;)

Talk about a hilarious, Aca-mazing lady.  J. Sterling had us cracking up from the moment we got to her table.  She is the author of Chance Encounters, In Dreams,  The Perfect Game and the highly anticipated The Game Changer.  Got got my copy of The Perfect Game signed and I can't wait to dive in soon.   

I'm certain you know Nicole Williams from her Crash Series but she is also the author of several other books.  Check out her Goodreads page

If you haven't read any of Colleen Hoover's books, you are seriously missing out.  Slammed and Point of Retreat are also among my favorite books.  Colleen also written the extremely popular best-selling Hopeless (I have it downloaded but not read yet) and the soon to be released This Girl and Losing Hope (both are up for pre-order)

I was disappointed when I found out that Jessica Park was not going to be at the event after all   Colleen was so funny, she told me to bring Jessica's book Flat Out Love and she would lick it for me.  So she did ;)

I have not read any of Rebecca Donavan's books yet (I only have so many hours in a day) and have been reminded several times by many friends that I'm a fool because of it.  I ordered my signed copy of Reason to Breathe from Rebecca at this event and can't wait to get it in the mail.

Jessica Sorensen has written so many books but my favorite (which I had her sign) is The Secret of Ella and Micha.  The next book I'm planning on reading of hers is The Forever of Ella and Micha coming out this fall (up for pre-order) 

So there you have it.  Our Aca-Awesome day meeting amazingly talented authors whom we love and adore.  I can't wait for our next author event Utop Ya in Nashville (end of June) then Naughty Mafia in Vegas (mid-August).

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Writer friends ROCK part 2

The best advice I can give to any new author is to surround yourself by supportive people, especially fellow authors.  It truly makes a difference.  There will be incredibly down days and you need those people to keep you focused and moving forward. 

As mentioned in my blog post Writer Friends Rock on February 19, 2013 I'm so incredibly blessed to have  AMAZINGLY talented and supportive group of authors (now close friends) in my life.  We call ourselves "The Indie Chixx".  

Beverly HollowedKelsie LeverichTania PennLisa M. Hadley, & J.L. Mac were the first in our group to publish their books and the rest of us couldn't be happier for the success they have achieved. 

This blog post will highlight the "Chixx" that have published since.


Kim Karr

What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice? 

Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London's soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But, when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable.

When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soulmate. 

Struggling with confusion as old connections fade and new ones begin, Dahlia's grief begins to lift--but guilt remains. River wants to be the one to mend all that is torn within her. 

But with a past that is never really gone, can their future survive?

Erika Taylor

Jesika Reynolds’ heart was left broken one year ago when her husband died, leaving her and her son alone in this world. Slowly, she started putting the pieces back together of her life. Knowing that she may never open herself up to love again. That was until the day Derek came into the picture.

Why does this gorgeous stranger seem to care so much, so suddenly?

Derek Jordan's charm drew her in with an instant connection, and familiarity that helps her feel at ease. Her heart is falling at his feet, but as their relationship grows, so does a secret from both of their pasts that neither saw coming. One by one, the threads slowly start to unravel.

Can their newly sought love stand up against the secrets that life is unlocking to their pasts? Or can they decide together that moving forward and forgetting the past is the only option for them to find true happiness?

**Intended for Mature Audiences**

Jaime Guerard

(Awaken Series #1)

Three things run through my mind at this very moment…

ONE, my life as I once knew it will never be the same.

TWO, the person I’m in love with might not even exist.

THREE, the deception that has unfolded before me has the power of life and death.

Sixteen year old, Breanna Davis, has heard the saying; life isn’t always what it seems…well, that saying rings true now more than ever. As horrifying visions appear before her, revealing tragedies that will forever change the fate of those she loves, she realizes that she may be the only person who can stop them from becoming reality. 

Amongst the chaos of this new discovery, Bre is faced with a stranger, Eve, who moves in on Bre’s friends and begins to follow her every move. As Eve’s true motives begin to surface, Bre must fight against, not only the visions, but the dangers Eve holds close. 

There is another secret kept- Collin, a boy held captive in Bre’s dreams, the boy she is secretly falling in love with but isn’t sure he even exists. As she tries to make it work with Austin, an old friend who could possibly be more, Bre battles against her feelings for Collin. 

Bre is faced with an almost impossible decision, to choose her life or follow her destiny. If she doesn’t intercede, people will certainly die. If she does, her own life could be at stake. In the end, if she fails, she’ll lose everything.

Megan Hand

Bitter Angel

Torn between two realities.
A choice that will mean life or death.
But she won’t know anything… until she wakes up. 

College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn't know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions. 

Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival. 

In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends' deaths.

As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?

The answer is just the beginning.