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Cover Reveal for THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE!

Cover Reveal for THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE!

 

It’s HERE!

My beautiful cover for my new book is here! I am so excited to share it with you all. This book is the book of my heart, my favorite book baby of all time, and I was so thrilled that my publisher captured the heart of this book so perfectly with the cover.

You might not know it, but authors don’t get much of a say so in their book covers. We’re at the mercy of the publishers, and I got so lucky with my wonderful publisher KCP Loft!

I’ll stop babbling now… scroll down for the cover of THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE!

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ISN’T IT GORGEOUS?

Here’s the summary:

 

The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world, has died of cancer. Overwhelmed and brokenhearted, Raquel can’t even imagine life without her.

And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from beyond the grave?

In fact, Sasha spent her final weeks planning an elaborate scavenger hunt for the friend she would have to leave behind. When Raquel follows the instructions to return to Sasha’s grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There’s a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha – and now Raquel – knows.

This boy, Elijah, might be just who Raquel needs to help her move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend’s final wish?

 

Pre-order today:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Read The Breakup Support Group on Kindle Unlimited!

I’m excited to share that my publisher has enrolled my YA romance, The Breakup Support Group, in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program. This means if you’re a subscriber of Kindle Unlimited you get to read the book for FREE.

Don’t know what Kindle Unlimited is all about? It’s like Netflix for books. You pay a monthly fee of $9.99 and get to read all the books you want that are in the Kindle Unlimited library (like mine!, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and more!) Click the link below to get a free 30 day trial. You could then theoretically read my book for free and cancel the trial. 🙂

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Then check out The Breakup Support Group on Amazon!

PS- My Teen superhero series is also in Kindle Unlimited. Check out City of Legends!

 

You can now read Motocross Me on Wattpad

After not really knowing what it is for a few years, I’m finally diving into the fun of Wattpad! If you’re not aware, Wattpad is a website where people share their original stories chapter by chapter. People can read them and vote on the chapters and leave comments for the author. It’s a fun social way to read books and since my daughter is addicted to it, I’ve recently checked it out myself.

(As if I needed more books to read than my already HUGE stack of TBR books? *sigh*)

The best part about Wattpad is that it’s all FREE! And I’ve recently decided to upload all of my self published books on there as I transition my work into traditionally published books. My books will still be available at booksellers in ebook and paperback, should you want a real copy. As always, I would be THRILLED if you read any of my books and decide to leave a quick review on Amazon or Goodreads (or both!)

Up first is my debut YA novel, Motocross Me. It’s a contemporary teen romance about a girl who moves to live with her dad on his dirt bike track for the summer, only to fall for two of the fastest dirt bike racers in the state.

Read it on Wattpad here: Motocross Me

 

Stay tuned for more books as I release them! As always, you can sign up for my 6 times a year newsletter to get links to all the fun bookish stuff in my world. (Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bO3qgb)

 

 

Novel Aesthetics for The Last Wish of Sasha Cade

Today I’m sharing some novel aesthetics for The Last Wish of Sasha Cade! My new book releases over a year from now, but until that glorious day, I want to share some insight and behind the scenes info about this book that is so close to my heart.

[All of the images were taken from Pinterest, and you can view my inspiration board here to see more photos and where I got the ones from this collage.]

Fun fact: I haven’t always used inspiration boards. I’ve only recently started this past year,  and I’m really loving what having some great photos can do to the writing process. For example, if I know I want to use an old church in a scene, I’ll look up old churches and pick one I like the best. Then I use that photo when I’m describing it in my writing. I think it makes for more authentic writing and descriptions when I’m not just pulling everything out of my brain. (Let’s face it, my brain is about 75% coffee by now, so it could use some imagery help.)

Now, my favorite part of the outlining process is finding images that fit the tone and vibe of the story in my mind and making them into a collage. I then set the image as my computer’s wallpaper so I’m seeing it all the time and keeping the story fresh in my mind.

Psst: If you’d like to add Sasha to your Goodreads list, you can find it here.

Here are the aesthetics for Sasha:

I’d love to know what you think! As a writer, do you use inspiration photos? As a reader, do novel aesthetics get you excited to read the book? Let me know in the comments! 

Announcing my new book deal for The Last Wish of Sasha Cade

Eek! Do you know how long I’ve been waiting to tell you all about my new book? It feels like forever, but it’s really been a few months. I am so unbelievably thrilled to announce that my new YA novel, The Last Wish of Sasha Cade, sold to KCP Loft for publication in the fall of 2018! I am honored to join the team at KCP Loft, which is the fairly new YA imprint of Kids Can Press, a publisher who just this week won the Publisher of the Year award from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. I’m working with editor Kate Egan, who edited The Hunger Games series. (I mean, WHOA!)

From Publisher’s Marketplace:

SASHA is a book of my heart. It is a book born from a random thought that spiraled into a fully plotted novel before I could even write down the first word of my idea. It only took me 27 days to write the novel because the words just fell out of me and onto the computer. That has seriously never happened before, and I knew the book was special because of it. (I’ve sense hoped lightning would strike twice, but my next two novels are back to being difficult to plot. Such is a writer’s luck.)

I started calling it my “perfect YA book” or PYA for short, because from the moment Sasha Cade and her best friend Raquel Clearwater came into my mind, I knew it was The One. The book I’d been waiting my whole life to write. And now I am still dancing around, unable to stop smiling, because Sasha and Raquel (and swoony Elijah!) will be in a bookstore near you next year!

Until then, I’ll be sharing weekly behind-the-scenes info on The Last Wish of Sasha Cade, and looking forward to working on edits and having a cover reveal! This book publishing thing is an absolute dream (disguised as a ton of hard work). Totally worth it.

PS- If you’d like to add it to your TBR on Goodreads click here.

 

Find me at these 2017 Book Events!

February is officially over! Can you believe it? I thought I’d share three events I’ll be attending this year. If you’re in the Houston or Tyler, TX area, I’d love to see you!

April 8: Copperfield’s Books 2nd Annual Author Fair

Spring, TX

I will have LOTS of free stuff! Books, swag, and probably candy. Yes, there will be candy. Come by and say hello and meet many other local authors. Plus there’s FREE FOOD! Learn more: http://www.copperfieldsbooks.net/2017-author-fair.html

May 12-14: Houston Comicpalooza 

This will be my second year attending Comicpalooza as an author and I’m very excited for it! Last year I got to chat books and publishing with some amazing people, and I also met Norman Reedus, so yeah. It was a good weekend. This year, I’ll be on more YA writing themed panels, and I’ll have a couple copies of The Breakup Support Group to give away! Plus, uh yeah, there will be like mega huge celebrities there. But also me. I’ll be there, too.

Buy tickets here: http://www.comicpalooza.com/

August 5th: East Texas Book Bash

There’s going to be over 60 authors at this book convention! From the website:

East Texas Book Bash will be having 60+ authors and models in attendance. You will be able to meet and talk and take picture’s with your favorite author and model. We will also have a Photobooth on site so you and your friends can take pictures and take them home with you the day of the event.

Buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/east-texas-book-bash-tickets-26361307380

If you can’t attend but would like to purchase a signed book anyhow, email me! I’ll be happy to send you a copy in the mail.

 

I might be adding more later in the year. You can always check out the Events tab on my website, or sign up for my newsletter to be kept in the know!

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Looking back on City of Legends one year later.

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Last year on this date, my teen superhero series was published by Alloy Entertainment. It was very exciting because after a few years of being an indie author, this was my first traditionally published book. (And it wasn’t just one, it was a whole series!)

The best part of the day was when Alloy’s official Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars accounts tweeted about my book. I was completely star struck because I love both of those shows.

I still remember how it all started. I had just officially quit my day job in pursuit of writing full time. I was hanging out on the computer after having hit that day’s word goal, and I got an email from who would become my editor at Alloy. They’d read the first book in my self published series, (then it was called Powered) and were interested in publishing me.

I was completely beside myself. She also included some info on who Alloy Entertainment was, and what kinds of books they’d published. The thing is, I already knew all of that. I knew exactly who they were. I’d had Alloy’s “submit your manuscript to us” website bookmarked for about two years by that point. I never actually submitted to them because I feared rejection and disappointment. But i can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve looked at that website over the years, wanting to submit something.

And now they were contacting me. In my first phone call with my editor, I remember telling her about how I’d always wanted to submit to them but was too scared. She said you should always submit. You never know what might happen! Since then, I’ve taken her advice to heart, and it’s what got me my agent and my second traditional book deal last year.

I am so grateful to Alloy for the opportunity they gave me and my books. I learned so much about writing and crafting a story while working with my team at Alloy, and it’s helped my writing tremendously. I know how how to write a beat sheet, and I pay attention to all the areas in writing that I had neglected before. I am a stronger writer because of Alloy and I will always be grateful that my books were chosen to be published by such an awesome company.

Today is the one year birthday of City of Legends. If you haven’t read it yet, Amazon has the whole series as a monthly deal at 55% off. (Find it here)

 

Read the first 3 chapters of The Breakup Support Group!

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It’s been three weeks since my newest teen novel was released into the world. I’ve been busy giving out bookmarks and swag and spreading the word so people can find it and hopefully enjoy the story of Isla Rush, a girl who gets her heart broken and then slowly put back together again. And let me tell you, it has been slow going.

It is so very hard to get your book into the hands of readers, especially when you’re published by a small press. Big books get big attention and small books fall by the wayside. Many authors know this struggle so well: You finally get your book published, and then no one knows about it.

So I thought it’d be fun to share a three chapter excerpt with you on the blog today. Although many readers have told me the ending of chapter 5 is epic and lol-worthy and also kick ass, the first three chapters should get you hooked and wanting to read more. (In my authorly opinion, at least.)

So click here to read it since WordPress doesn’t let me embed HTML code and then please leave me a comment telling me what you thought!

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Read the first three chapters of The Breakup Support Group now! 

PS- If anyone knows how to embed HTML code into WordPress, I’d love to hear about it!