I am so excited for my first hardcover book! This is also my first agented book, which makes it very special to me. To celebrate, I’m giving away exclusive swag to everyone who pre-orders The Last Wish of Sasha Cade. You can pre-order the hardback or paperback (both release on the same day) before October 1st, 2018, and fill out the form to receive the gifts.
Here’s what you get:
- A signed bookmark
- A sticker (it’s super cute)
- A signed bookplate (personalized, if you want)
- A wish bracelet.
I also have a grand prize that will be given to one winner chosen at random from all of the people who pre-order. Woot!
To find out more info, or to request your gifts, head over to my Pre-order page.
Why should you pre-order?
A high number of pre-orders tells bookstores that this book is in demand, and they’re more likely to order it for their store. Libraries (including schools) are more likely to order a copy, and most of all, it tells my publisher that they should take a chance on me with a second book deal. 🙂
Plus, you get all this cute swag!
And did you know that if you pre-order on Amazon, they will only charge you the lowest price? For example, books are priced at $17.99, but Amazon always discounts them (usually to around $12) when the book goes on sale. So, if you pre-order at $17.99, Amazon won’t charge your credit card until the book releases, and you’ll get the cheapest price they’re offering it for. It’s called the Pre-order Guarantee. Win win!
I can’t describe the feeling of getting a box of advanced copies of my book in the mail. If you don’t know what ARCs are, they’re “Advanced Review Copies” of a book, books printed and given out to marketing professionals, booksellers, librarians, bloggers — basically anyone who can help build early buzz for a book before its release day. Not every book gets physical ARCs. Some are digital ebooks only, posted to Netgalley or emailed to reviewers. Some books don’t get advance copies at all. That was the case with my first 4 book deals.
It might be silly, but getting a physical ARC of my book has been on my author bucket list for over a decade. It’s something I’ve wanted for at least 13 years. For the last 10 years I’ve been actively pursuing it, writing bad novel after bad novel until they finally started to get a little good. I’ve seen countless authors post photos of their own ARCs over the years and I always wondered, will it ever happen to me? Will I ever get that book deal? Will I see my book in a bookstore? Do I have what it takes?
Honestly more often than not, I thought it was a hopeless dream, but I kept writing. I almost gave up, and then I got a digital book deal. Then a small publisher book deal. Then I got an agent, and now I’ll have hardback books in the bookstore this October.
I wasn’t one of those overnight successes, with debut novel fame, but I’m all the more grateful for this book because of it. There’s something so special about working hard for something and then finally getting it. Sometimes I can’t believe it actually happened, and then I think back to 10 years ago and the person I was, who also thought it would never happen. But I’m so glad the past me kept trying. If you had told me 10 years ago that it would take this long, I’d have probably quit. But that’s the great part about having a dream… every day you have just enough hope that it’ll come true, so you keep working for it. If this is you now, don’t give up. It might take a while, but that time is going to pass anyway, so keep dreaming. Keep working. You’ll be glad you did.
PS- Enter to win a copy before you can buy the book! I’m giving away a signed ARC on May 1st, 2018 to one person who signs up to my newsletter through this form. < Click this link and enter to win!
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!
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?
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I just got word from my editor that the entire City of Legends eBook series is going to be on sale for the month of May! Normally $3.99 each, you can now get them for $1.99 each!
City of Legends is a teen superhero series about Maci Knight, a Super who has trained her whole life to become a Hero. But when she’s finally old enough to take her Hero exam, she discovers a terrifying secret that she might actually have been born with villain blood.
Sound interesting? You can get your copy on Amazon!
Already read City of Legends? I would LOVE it if you leave a quick review of the book (and the sequels!) on Amazon, since reviews really help an author out! You can also help me spread the word by tweeting the message below! (Just click to tweet!)
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Today is my birthday!
I also woke up and discovered that my new release, The Breakup Support Group, is on sale for $1 on Amazon! WHATTT!?!? I don’t even know why. I’m guessing maybe the wonderful people at Amazon chose my book for a Cyber Monday sale? Maybe my publisher did it for my birthday? Who knows? I have no idea how long this sale price will last, but I’m excited and you should be, too!
The Breakup Support Group is a fun romantic teen novel about Isla, a girl who gets dumped by her long time boyfriend. Heartbroken, she joins a support group at school, only to meet the handsome and troublesome Emory Underwood, a guy sent to the support group to atone for all the hearts he’s broken over the years.
Get The Breakup Support Group for only $1!
YOU GUYS! I’ve waited SO LONG for this day! I am absolutely delighted to share the cover of my next novel for teens, THE BREAKUP SUPPORT GROUP! It’s being published by Swoon Romance on November 22, 2016. I’m totally in love with this cover and it fits the novel perfectly! Are you ready for it?
Scroll down to see the cover!
Isn’t it AMAZING? I’m so happy with what my publisher came up with for this book! Check out the blurb & giveaway below!
After four years of first love bliss, Isla Rush just got dumped. Any hope she has of winning her ex-boyfriend back is shattered when the town rezones her neighborhood, forcing her to spend senior year at a wealthy high school in the next town over. With a broken heart consuming her soul, Isla can’t focus on anything in class. Hell, she can barely get out of bed each morning. Her new school has too many confusing hallways, unfriendly faces, and Emory Underwood—a ridiculously hot guy who dates a new girl almost every day. She can’t help but crush on him, even though she knows it’s wrong.
When memories of her ex make her cry in second period, the school counselor sends Isla to a club that meets during lunch. The Break UpSupport Group is a collection of broken-hearted misfits who are all trying to help each other heal. For the first time since her break up, Isla’s heart is on the mend now that she has the support group. Then Emory shows up, forced to atone for all the broken hearts he’s caused over the years. While hiding her massive crush, she helps him understand the seriousness of breaking a heart and he helps her get back on the dating scene.
Part of her peer-prescribed therapy is to learn the art of dating around. Emory offers to be her fake date for the homecoming dance, and she’s happy to accept. He’s just a crush, after all—she can handle a night of playing pretend. When the date ends with a toe-curling kiss on her front porch, all of her well-placed boundaries come crumbling down. After months of therapy, the pieces of her heart are finally healed. And now she just handed it over to a guy who only knows how to break them.
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I have some really cute swag for this book! Runningwithscissors on Etsy made me some broken heart charms for the bookmarks and I got custom order bookfetti (book confetti) from The Confetti Bar! (That website is absolute magic, you guys)
To celebrate the cover reveal, I’m giving away 5 swag packs! Each pack includes a bookmark, bookfetti, and a $5 Amazon Gift Card! Open internationally!
To enter, click here: Rafflecopter Giveaway or use the form below.
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I hope you’re all having a wonderful October! It’s still ridiculously hot here in Texas, but I’m hoping it’ll cool off eventually. You know, maybe by December I won’t still be wearing flipflops everywhere? A girl can dream.
So Amazon just unleashed a new program called Prime Reads, and it allows Prime users to read a bunch of eBooks for free! You used to have to be subscribed to their $10/month Kindle Unlimited program, but for now (I don’t know how long it’ll last) you can read certain books they’ve chosen for free! WOOT!
And the best part is that City of Legends was chosen!
City of Legends is the first in my teen superhero series published by Alloy Entertainment. It has super powers, a hot techie guy, a kick ass heroine, and romance, all in futuristic superhero world. Here’s the blurb:
Maci Knight has grown up in the shadow of legends. Her father and her brother, Max, are Heroes, worshipped by humans and Supers alike for their strength and valor. All she’s ever wanted is to follow in their footsteps, to fight villains and protect humankind. But Maci has a secret—one that could change everything.
Maci had a twin sister who died the same day they were born. In their world, one twin is always good,while the other always eventually turns evil. There’s no way to tell which twin will go rogue . . . which means no one knows if Maci will suddenly become a villain.
The closer she gets to her eighteenth birthday, the more she has feelings she can’t control: Violence. Rage. Revenge. Maci wants to be a Hero. But she may not have a choice . . .
The first in a trilogy, City of Legends introduces a new superhero mythology and an unstoppable heroine.
I would love for you to take advantage of this deal and read City of Legends! Be sure to let me know what you think of it!
PSST- I’m still giving away City of Legends swag on my website. Click here to get some!