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Cover Reveal for Hollywood Homicide

I’m thrilled to participate in a totally awesome cover reveal for a totally awesome person. I met Kellye Garrett during PitchWars ’14. There were only three of us in the contest with mysteries so we became the mystery sisters, and I’m so proud that both of my myst sisses have gotten book deals (shout out to our third sis Kelly DeVos).
 
Today is the big day to reveal Kellye’s cover to the world. Here it is!
 
Hollywood Homocide
 
Isn’t it gorgeous?!? That pink light reflecting off her main character is everything. 
 
Weird confession: Last night I dreamed I was in a world where the lighting was the same vivid pink lighting shining in from the same angle. And in the dream, I knew it was the lighting from Kellye’s cover, yet I didn’t think that was strange. 
 
Even weirder confession: Earlier in the night, I woke up snarling. Like jaw clenched, lips peeled back snarling. All I remember is that there were rabid dogs in the dream, but I have no idea if I was a rabid dog or if I was just foolishly trying to scare one away. 
 
My brain is whack. 
 
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. You know a cover is striking and memorable when you start dreaming about it. And knowing Kellye, I’m sure the book inside is just as striking and memorable.
 
Here are all the details: 
 
Hollywood Homicide
Book 1 in the Detective By Day Series
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: August 8, 2017
 
Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash.
 
But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life, she wants more than just reward money. She’s determined to find the poor woman’s killer too. When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree, Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes and movie premieres. She loves every second—until someone tries to kill her.
 
And there are no second takes in real life.
 
Kellye GarrettAbout Kellye Garrett
Kellye Garrett spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder. Her first novel, Hollywood Homicide, will be released by Midnight Ink in August 2017. It’s the first book in the Detective by Day series.
 
Connect with Kellye
 
You can pre-order the e-book and print edition on Amazon.
 

Cover Reveal for MY PERFECT MISTAKE

My Pitch Wars friend Kelly Siskind is on a roll! She released her first novel Chasing Crazy in early January, and she's already having the cover reveal for her next novel. Check out all the fun stuff for MY PERFECT MISTAKE: the sexy cover, description, and excerpt, plus there's a giveaway. Make sure to enter!

Congrats, Kelly!

And now here's the cover!

Siskind_MyPerfectMistake_2

About MY PERFECT MISTAKE
 
What happens in Aspen is definitely not staying in Aspen . . .
 
A girls' trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She's got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.
 
Kolton doesn't know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool---although she does have an unholy gift for that---but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they're both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don't kill each other first.
 

MY PERFECT MISTAKE releases April 5, 2016 - add it to your Goodreads list here!

Preorder MY PERFECT MISTAKE now: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo

 

Excerpt

He tosses me my anti-sexy helmet. “We should take another run before we head down.”
 
I catch it and shake my head, unsure I heard him right. “Sorry, we? Shouldn’t you be skiing with your buddies? It’s bad enough you hijacked my lunch and I have to sit at a table with you again tonight. Now you want to ski together? Thanks but no thanks.”
 
He lifts his arms over his head and stretches from side to side. A sliver of skin peeks out below his jacket. “The guys called it quits early. Worried you can’t keep up?”
 
As fucking if. The dude’s obviously egging me on, but he snaps my self-control. Everything between us is action, reaction. Spark and flame. What’s his deal, anyway? Why sit with me and ski with me when we’re worse than cats and dogs? If he thinks firing me up means he’s getting a replay of last night, he’s mistaken. Still, I need to beat his ass on the slopes. “Fine. I’ll take that run. It’s about time I put you in your place. But let’s be clear. We can have lunch and ski together, but there will be no sex.” A teen walking by stops midstride and doubles over in a fit of giggles.
 
“I didn’t catch that.” Kolton leans forward and cups a hand around his helmeted ear. “Do you mind speaking up?”
 
What a total douche.
 
“Everyone is wise until he speaks,” I mumble, recalling my granddad’s words.
 
Kolton straightens, a question passing across his face. “Are you Irish? My granddad used to say that all the time. Along with, ‘Shut your mouth and eat your dinner.’”
 
I laugh, abrupt and maniacal, the sharp sound catching me off guard. The energy shifts between us, like the first time I understood my Spanish teacher—the foreign becoming familiar. I frown, unsure I want Kolton to feel familiar. “Yeah, I am. The first curse I learned was feckin’ arse, and I’d kind of like to use it now.”
 
He smiles to himself, as though we’re friends who would sit and talk and laugh about our shared upbringing. Ruffled, I cram my helmet on, get geared up, and try to stomp out of the lodge all look out, buddy, but with the boots and Martian head, it’s a fail.
 
Skis on and goggles down, we race to the lift. He arrives first, making like he’s been waiting forever with a dramatic yawn. I roll my eyes and push past him. The lift line is empty, so it’s just him and me on the four-person chair.
 
“Mind not doing that?” he says partway up as I swing my skis.
 
The chair sways in response, and I rock my legs harder. “This?”
 
His olive skin grays. “Yeah. That.” He leans his elbows on the safety bar and closes his eyes.
 
If he pukes, I’ll likely toss my cookies, too. When my brother got food poisoning from China House’s all-you-can-eat buffet, it wasn’t pretty. I hadn’t eaten a thing there, but the second he threw up, I proceeded to reenact that pie eating scene from Stand by Me: projectile vomit, solid stream, fire hydrant force.
 
I still my skis and stop bouncing.
 
We pass one supporting tower, then another, before he opens his eyes.
 
“You regretting that lunch?” I ask, smirking.
 
He flexes his hands, and the poles dangling from his wrists knock around. “No. I’m regretting getting on this chair with you.”

Such a charmer.

 

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About Kelly Siskind

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group.

2015 Golden Heart® Finalist

Connect with Kelly Siskind Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 207 + Pitch Wars Books

Before I get to today's 15 Minute Tweet Tale word, I'm thrilled to present exciting book stuff for two of my awesome Pitch Wars peeps!

First up is the cover reveal for Hayley Stone's debut novel Machination, which will be published June 14th. Ta da!

Machinations Cover

Perfect for fans of Robopocalypse, this action-packed science-fiction debut introduces a chilling future and an unforgettable heroine with a powerful role to play in the battle for humanity’s survival.

The machines have risen, but not out of malice. They were simply following a command: to stop the endless wars that have plagued the world throughout history. Their solution was perfectly logical. To end the fighting, they decided to end the human race.
 
A potent symbol of the resistance, Rhona Long has served on the front lines of the conflict since the first Machinations began—until she is killed during a rescue mission gone wrong. Now Rhona awakens to find herself transported to a new body, complete with her DNA, her personality, even her memories. She is a clone . . . of herself.
 
Trapped in the shadow of the life she once knew, the reincarnated Rhona must find her place among old friends and newfound enemies—and quickly. For the machines are inching closer to exterminating humans for good. And only Rhona, whoever she is now, can save them.
 
Pre-order Machinations today!
 
 
And don’t forget to add it to your list on Goodreads!
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Hayley Stone
 
 
Hayley Stone has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens. When not reading or writing, she freelances as a graphic designer, falls in love with videogame characters, and analyzes buildings for velociraptor entry points. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in German from California State University, Sacramento.
 
Machinations is her debut novel, releasing June 14th, 2016 from Hydra/Random House.
 
 
Yay! Congrats, Hayley! Machinations sounds exciting, and I can't wait to read it!
 
 
Next up, today is the release day for Kelly Siskind's debut novel Chasing Crazy. Whoo hoo!
Chasing Crazy
 
Dear Mom & Dad, I dropped out of school. I'm going backpacking. Sorry. Love you both.
 
At nineteen, Nina has endured two lifetimes' worth of humiliation. Tired of waiting for it to get better, she decides to get going-across the globe to New Zealand. There she soon faces what she most fears: a super sexy guy ready to be Nina's next mistake.
 
Once Sam's life was all about having fun. That was before the accident. Now his friends have bailed and his world is broken. But when a gorgeous girl on his flight looks at him with passion instead of pity, Sam feels his old self coming back to life.
 
Now traveling together, Nina and Sam know this isn't just a fling. They're falling fast, hard, and deep. More than anything, Sam wants Nina to forget her fears. But to help her do that he must reveal his own painful secret-and risk Nina never seeing him the same way again.
 
Go read it now!
 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelly Siskind

 
A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she's not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings-Gummy Bears heal all. She's also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.
 
 
Congrats, Kelly! I'm so excited your big day is finally here. *runs off to download Chasing Crazy*
 
 
And now it’s time for the new version of 15 Minute Tweet Tales. In case you haven't read this post yet, I’m only doing one word/tweet tale a week now, and I’m tweeting it on Tuesday if you follow the #15tt hashtag.
 
15 Minute Tweet TalesThis week’s word is noceur - party animal; one who sleeps late or not at all; or one who stays out late to party (French). 
 
Hmmm ... I'm not sure if I qualify as a noceur or not. I definitely sleep late (or sometimes not at all), but it's because I'm reading, writing, or watching Netflix. I am in no way, shape, or form a party animal. Like at all. Anyway, here's my tweet tale for the week:
 
1/15 - When they met, they were both noceurs, reveling in their love from club to club. But soon she wanted more, which he didn't understand.
 
Play along and write a tweet tale for the above word. If you’re willing to share, post it on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add it below in the comments because I’d love to read your tales. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tale or #15tt word?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 144 + Books Excitement

Buckle your seatbelts, y’all, this is going to be a long post! It seems like all my writing friends have some type of book-related excitement happening today. Okay, maybe not all of them, but a lot of them. It’s actually kind of weird that there are so many releases and cover reveals today. Something in the air? Halloween magic? I don’t know why, I’m just happy great things are happening for writers I adore, and that I can share the news here.
 
First up (in alphabetical order) is Martina Boone, who is an online friend who became a real-life friend and is now kinda sorta my boss. Her YA Southern Gothic Compulsion releases today and has been getting fantastic advance reviews. And since it’s set in Charleston, I can’t wait to read it.
 
Compulsion
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.
 
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt's South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
 
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn't what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
 
 
Next up is my local writing friend S.K. Falls with a bit of a déjà vu cover reveal. I shared a cover reveal and release post for a previous version of this novel when S.K. indie published it. Then an agent found it, read it, loved it, and offered representation, and now it’s going to be traditionally published on January 13th, 2015! So it has a new title and cover to go with the revamped story. It’s now called One Last Song, and you can find it on Goodreads.
 
One Last SongI was seven when I swallowed my first needle.
 
My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.
 
She stayed by my side all night.
 
I never wanted it to end. When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It's scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To be better. And for the first time, you understand what it's like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.
 
For me, that someone was Drew.
 
 
The next novel release is from Jessie Humphries, who is my Pitch Wars mentor. I read her first YA mystery Killing Ruby Rose at the suggestion of a friend who knew I was having trouble in my own WIP balancing a humorous voice with dark events. Jessie does a great job handling that balance, so I was excited when I saw she was a Pitch Wars mentor, and I entered hoping for the best. I couldn’t believe it when she picked me as her alternate – there was lots of happy dancing. She’s really helped me identify the places where I took the funny too far when it should be more serious. Now the second book in her series is being released today called Resisting Ruby Rose
 
FYI - there are some spoilers from the first book in this description.
 
Resisting Ruby Rose
Still reeling from the heartbreaking events that unfolded on Grissom Island, Ruby Rose is trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s gone from a vigilante in killer shoes to a stone-cold killer. Everyone from her therapist to her smoking-hot boyfriend keeps trying to convince her that she hasn’t crossed over to the dark side, but Ruby isn’t so sure. It doesn’t help that her nemesis, Detective “Mastermind” Martinez, is still out there, waiting for another chance to take her down.
 
When an alleged CIA agent named Skryker shows up and asks for a meeting, Ruby figures it just means more questions about her case. But he has information of an entirely different nature and a job offer: join an elite force of young assassins, including Skryker’s right-hand guy, Quinn Donovan. Quinn is distractingly charming, handsome—and deadly. Ruby resists becoming a killer again, but as she becomes more ensnared in a web of deceit, no one around her is safe.
 
 
Leah Rhyne is another local writing friend who has made past appearances on my blog for the release of her zombie novels. Today is the cover reveal for the third and final book in the Undead America series called Jenna’s War. The book will actually be released this Friday because a story this scary must be unleashed on the world on Halloween.
 
Jenna's WarJenna Price knows how to survive in Undead America:
 
Kill zombies;
 
Find food; 
 
Most importantly, don’t trust strangers.
 
It’s a bleak, meagre existence in the Nebraska countryside, but Jenna Price is willing to make it work. That is, until her feud with Michael explodes. Only then will she risk everything with Sam, Will, and Rosie, leaving Nebraska behind in search of a pipe dream: a cure to the zombie virus that plagues them.
 
So begins their journey east. East is where the old cities lay, sleepy relics of a world long gone. Controlled by a power-hungry warlord from Sam’s past, it seethes with zombies, alive and undead. East is where the future may lay, but it’s also where the worst things can happen.
 
For war is coming to Undead America. When her time comes, and the survival of her beloved family depends on her trusting a strange man with an ominous name, will Jenna Price be ready to fight?  
 
 
And finally there’s my online friend Emma Scott. We met through the forums for the NYC Midnight Madness writing competitions, and her stories were always amazing and her critiques helpful and supportive. Since she lives on the West coast, we’ve never met, but we’ve kept in touch via Facebook, cheering each other on in our writing journeys. Her main project is an epic fantasy she wants to get traditionally published, but in the meantime, she’s written a fun side novel she’s decided to self-publish in order to explore the process. So today she’s releasing her new adult romance Love Beyond Words
Love Beyond Words
 
She thought the best love affairs only happened in books…
 
Traumatized by the deaths of her parents three years earlier, Natalie Hewitt lives an introverted life, going to school during the day and working as a barista in a small coffee shop at night. Natalie uses the writing of world-famous, reclusive author Rafael Melendez Mendón to assuage her grief. His words are her refuge, his characters better company than anyone she could meet in real life… until Julian Kovač walks into the café one summer evening. A handsome, wealthy, quiet young man, Natalie feels an immediate connection. 
 
But Julian has a secret that is both the most wonderful revelation she could possibly imagine…and the very thing that could tear them apart.
 
Whew, I told you it was a lot! Now go check out the books by all these lovely ladies. But before you leave, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
10/22 - After a steady diet of MacGyver reruns as a kid, Bob's ability to extemporize helps him survive the zombie apocalypse. TV IS good for you.
 
10/23 - Coach didn't homologate harassment of the girl on team but didn't stop it. She transfers to rival school. Leads them to state championship.
 
10/24 - The director's a demiurge because he wants all the acclaim when his movie wins an Oscar. Satisfyingly, he gets all the blame when it flops.
 
10/25 - As the light left her eyes, an enigmatic "Oh!" whispered past her lips. He obsessed over what she'd seen until it was his turn to go.
 

15 Minute Tweet Tales10/26 - He mocks her remodeling ideas, so she drugs him and immures him in the dividing wall she wanted. He only criticizes it a few more days.

 
10/27 - Whenever her stepmom mutters something, Suzy thinks it's a malison. Dad says she's read too many fairy tales. Until Suzy wakes up a frog.
 
10/28 - Knowing her grades wouldn't get her in, she took an ad hominem approach to college essay. Google told Admissions her sad story was lies.
 
Do you look forward to reading any of these books? Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Cover Reveal + Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 142

Before I get to the tweet tales, let’s do a cover reveal! Medeia Sharif is one of the most prolific writers I know. She released a book earlier this summer, and now she has another one coming out in December. I’m honored to be participating in the reveal of this haunting cover:
 

VITAMINS AND DEATH by Medeia Sharif

YA Contemporary, Prizm Books
Release Date December 10, 2014
 
Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother’s briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High.
 
Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, Deidra thinks no one will figure out they’re the Battles from recent news and that they’re safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed her life.
 
Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.
 
Find Medeia
 
 
 
Whew, that definitely sounds like some heavy stuff poor Deidra must deal with – I can’t wait to read what happens!
 
And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales:
 
10/8 - Magician's illustrious career ends with slip of assistant's knife. Sleight of hand is tough when down 3 fingers. Now assistant is the star.
 
10/9 - She chokes down dog food, imagining it's viands from before the bombs. After 4 months of surviving, it's not even worst thing she's eaten.
 
10/10 - Ty's tomfoolery in class gets him in trouble, but it always makes Jen smile. From the shouting he hears next door, he knows she needs it.
 
10/11 - His rejection is a shard of glass to her heart. Wanting him to feel the same pain, she breaks a window and shoves a piece through his chest.

15 Minute Tweet Tales

10/12 - He often practices his gormless expression. People are more likely to talk around a slow janitor, so he's made millions selling secrets.
 
10/13 - Her doctor said she's sterile. Now all she does is watch episodes of the fecund Duggar family, crying and screaming about the injustice.
 
10/14 - The red garnitures look like blood splashed around the waiting room,making him extra nervous since the dentist is about to murder his mouth.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Cover Reveal for Undead America: No Angels

Today I’m honored to participate in the cover reveal for Leah Rhyne’s novel Undead America: No Angels. I first met Leah at Blackbaud, the computer software company where I used to work. We spent years hunched over computers testing education software before I found out that we both spent our weekends hunched over computers writing novels. Not only that, we share a love of horror, which Leah gleefully demonstrated in her debut novel Zombie Days, Campfire Nights.
 
Leah has been hard at work on the second book in her Undead America series, and it's now time to reveal its cover:
Undead America: No Angels
I like how everything is in silhouette because I think it gives it a more sinister feel - especially with those perfect-for-horror colors. So what's this creepy novel all about? Here's the synopsis:
 
Jenna, Sam and Lola were lucky to survive the horrors of a zombie-filled New Orleans, but they still have a lot to learn about living in Undead America.
 
First, you can never let your guard down.  Even when you think you're safe, dangers lurk around every corner. Sometimes the dangers are from the undead, but more often they're from the living.
 
Next, it's easier to inspire a group to fight for their lives than to lead them through everyday hardship. For Jenna, the pressure of managing an ever-growing group of survivors may be too much to survive.
 
And finally, in Undead America, no one is quite what they seem. Everyone has something to hide. 
 
From the bowels of a rundown farmhouse to the plains of Nebraska, from a leather-clad human monster to the tiniest of child zombies, there are truly no angels.
 
Since Leah is dropping by my blog at the same time as all the YALLFest authors, I thought it would be fun to ask her the same questions they’ve been answering.
 
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
A glass of water. Not lying. I can’t write without it.
 
Describe your book in 5 words
Five words? Really? :D Ok, I’ll try.
 
Post-zombies, fear the living!
 
There. I did it in four.
 
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
The last. I am TERRIBLE at ending things. I always have this knee-jerk reaction to end with a bang or a twist, when sometimes a story just needs to end gracefully. I’m not exactly graceful.
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
Don’t sweat the first draft. Get the story out, don’t let anyone see it, and you can fix it later.
 
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
1.    The word most commonly used to describe me is “cute.” I am not, however, a fluffy little puppy.
2.    I can’t stand to have anyone or anything touch my neck.
3.    My name has two syllables – Leeee-ah. If you call me Lee, I won’t answer.
4.    I know every word to the soundtrack of Rent.
5.    I have an overwhelming fear of vomit. Seriously. It’s paralyzing.
 
Where's your favorite place to write?
The right-most cushion of the couch in my living room. I have an end table beside me (for my water, of course), and there’s usually something going on in the room around me. Cats, dogs, husband, kid – I’m never alone here. I guess I’m a social writer.
 
What are you working on now?
I’m editing The Mothers Club, my first ever straight-up sci-fi novel. A group of women comes together to survive in a city under siege on a planet on the other side of the universe. (That’s not the official pitch…just a general description.) I love it though. These women? They’re my favorite people I’ve ever written.
 
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
I have no idea! Usually, when I have an idea, it comes to me as “this is a book idea” or “this is a shortie idea.” I don’t necessarily know why, I just know the amount of time I’m willing to invest in a particular thought. “This thought only gets a couple days.” “Oooh, this one gets a few months.” Make sense? 
 
Thanks, Leah, for the extra insight! And now here’s her official bio:
 
Leah Rhyne is a Jersey girl who’s lived in the South for long enough to say “ma’am” without irony. By day, she’s a writer, wife, and mom to a fantastically cool little girl. In her spare time, she loves to read, run and play fetch with her hound dog. 
 
Leah grew up watching science fiction and horror flicks with her dad and brothers, and is most at home writing about monster-slaying and searching for lost universes.
 
You can find Leah at her website, on twitter, and on facebook.
 
What do you think about the cover? Are you a fan of zombies? 

Cover Reveal for Secret for a Song

A while back I was honored to participate in the cover reveal for Adriana Ryan’s novel World of Shell and Bone. Well, Adriana has been hard at work and has another book releasing in June! Check out the cover for Secret for a Song:

Secret for a Song
I love the play of light and think it makes the cover very striking. Congrats, Adriana, you have excellent cover art luck!
 
Adriana’s previous novel was set in a dystopian world, but Secret for a Song is a contemporary drama that sounds like it’s going to be a real tearjerker. Here’s the synopsis:
 
Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.
 
She  ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.
 
Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives  
 
For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her.  But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?
 
Adriana RyanYikes, my tear ducts have already started their work-out routine to bulk up for reading this one!
 
And now here’s a quick bio for Adriana: A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, Adriana enjoys alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards in Charleston, SC where she lives and imbibes coffee. Her husband and two small children seem not to mind when she hastily scribbles novel lines on stray limbs in the absence of notepads. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads
 
What do you think of the cover? How about the synopsis? Do you think the novel will have you cuddling with a box of tissues?
 

Cover Reveal for World of Shell and Bone

How lucky am I that two days in a row I get to pimp one of my kick-butt writer friends? Today I’m honored to be a part of the cover reveal for Adriana Ryan’s World of Shell and Bone.

I met Adriana last year when she came to a few meetings of my local kid-lit critique group. Sadly for us, she decided to stop attending in order to focus on her adult writing instead (check out that racy cover – ooh la la!); but she’s still an honorary member, so we hang out sometimes to drink coffee/wine and write. Not only is she a super-sweet, enthusiastic cheerleader, she is a crackerjack critique partner. So even though I’m currently on a YA kick, I can’t wait to read World of Shell and Bone, coming December 7th, 2012.

Behold the beautiful cover!

World of Shell and Bone

Kudos to James Helps for creating such a striking cover!

So what’s this book all about? Here’s the blurb:

In a world ravaged by a nuclear holocaust, Vika Cannon knows there are no guarantees: no guarantees of safety, no guarantees that your neighbor is not actually a spy for the government, and no guarantees you’ll be allowed to emigrate to a new life in Asia.

New Amana is dying. Food and water are scarce, and people suffering from radiation-caused mutations—the Nukeheads—are the new class of homeless.

Vika has just one purpose: to produce healthy progeny using a Husband assigned by the Match Clinic. Unhealthy children are carted away to Asylums to be experimented on, just as Vika’s little sister Ceres was, eight years ago. Parents incapable of producing healthy progeny are put to death in gas chambers.

When she’s assigned a Husband shortly after her twentieth birthday, Vika expects him to be complacent and obedient. But Shale Underwood has a secret. He is a member of the Radicals, the terrorist group intent on overthrowing the government. And Shale has information about Ceres.

As she learns more about the Rads’s plan, Vika finds herself drawn to Shale in ways she’d never imagined. When freedom calls in the way of a healthy pregnancy, will she betray her government and risk death for Shale and Ceres?

And here’s Adriana’s bio for good measure: Adriana Ryan lives and writes in Charleston, SC. She is currently at work on a dystopian and an urban fantasy series. A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, she enjoys alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards. Adriana Ryan is a member of the Romance Writer’s Association (RWA). Contact her via email, facebook, or twitter.

Congrats, Adriana, on the debut of a gorgeous and intriguing cover!

What do you think about the cover?  Are you intrigued by the synopsis?