My awesome friend Sharon is having a book blitz!
This book sounds amazing – check it out!
DIVIDED: AN OPEN HEART NOVEL
Sharon M. Johnston
Publication Date: November 24 2015
New Adult Science Fiction Romance.
A new heart should mean new life, instead it’s a living nightmare.
Mishca Richardson’s life is at an all-time high after her heart transplant. With new boyfriend, Ryder, she has the perfect summer romance. Even the nightmares plaguing her sleep since her operation can’t dull her new dream world. Yet, life starts to unravel when Mishca develops superhuman abilities. She does her best to hide them so as not to end up a science experiment in a lab, but she can’t ignore the strange instant attraction she experiences when she meets her university professor, Colin Reed. Torn between love and the obsession, Mishca must decide between the two men. But as the organization responsible for her weird powers moves in, she’ll have a lot more to worry about than romance.
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SOMEONE MUST DIE so I can live. I’ve come to terms with that. Before it turned my stomach, thinking about my donor’s death, but now I’m used to it. Most likely, it’ll be a car accident or a drunken fall. It won’t come from illness or any other natural causes that corrupt human organs and make the deceased ineligible to be a donor. A violent, painful death will be my savior. It’s the only way I’ll ever get my new heart.
I open my eyes and stare upward, hoping the white fluffy clouds splotched against the blue sky will distract me from my imaginings of people dying. I guess I’m not as used to the idea of getting someone else’s heart as I thought. The harsh Australian sun makes me squint.
I swing my legs around and hoist myself upright on the stadium bleacher, looking over the sports field. Readjusting my tank top strap that had slipped off my shoulder, I try to conjure up happier thoughts. At least I won’t be responsible for the person who dies, even if I get a new heart out of the mess.
Yeah, happier thoughts.
I’ve got one BIG prize bundle as part of the celebrations!
You could win:
- Heart Marcasite Earrings
- $10 Amazon Gift Voucher
- Owl Christmas Decorations
- Dinosaur Christmas Decorations
- Owl Pen
- Heart Pen
SHARON JOHNSTON is a New Adult author from sunny Queensland, Australia. She specializes in intriguing stories and soulful contemporaries across category boundaries. Working as a PR specialist by day, in her spare time she writes, blogs for YAtopia and Aussie Owned & Read, spends time with her fur babies, and plays computer games with her family. She’s also been trailed by women wanting to know where she buys her shoes.
My awesome friend Kate’s book Winell Road is having a festive blog tour this week! Take a look. It’s an awesome book.
Happy Christmas from Kate and Winell Road!
When Winell Road: Beneath the Surface was released back in April, Kate didn’t embark on a great deal of promotion. Because of a lot of ‘things’. So, to make up for that and to kick off the festivities for her favourite time of year – Christmas! – she’s taken Winell Road on a little tour, hoping to spread the word and introduce lots of new young readers to, what she believes is, a great big dollop of sci-fi fun and adventure.
Here’s a little info…
Twelve-year old Jack Mills lives at 5 Winell Road and probably has the world’s weirdest neighbours. Like freakishly weird. And to top it off, he lives with Mum: nosy, interfering, a hideous cook, and Dad: unsuccessful inventor of the Camera Belt and Self-Closing Window. All in all, it’s a boring, embarrassing, dead-end place to live.
So when Jack arrives home from school one day, a close shave with a UFO is the last thing he expects. But the fact it doesn’t abduct him, and that no one else, not even Mum, sees the gigantic flying saucer hovering over the street, adds a whole new layer of strange.
Soon after, an alien encounter threatens Jack’s life and he becomes embroiled in a galaxy-saving mission. With the assistance of his new neighbour, frighteningly tall Roxy Fox, he discovers Winell Road is hiding secrets—secrets Jack might wish he’d never uncovered.
If you’re still not sure, here’s a couple of reviews…
‘Winell Road: Beneath the Surface is a fast-paced middle-grade adventure story with the feel of Men in Black. Jack is a smart, resourceful boy with more abilities than he’s ever dreamed off, and he finds out that the world is a far stranger place than he imagined. The action is non-stop and will keep readers riveted.’ examiner.com
‘This book will work wonderfully read aloud in class. There are enough cliff-hanger chapter endings to keep them begging for more. It will also promote discussion about making snap judgments while providing plenty of scope for related art projects.’ Buzz Words Magazine
Go to Goodreads to see a few more.
Kate is an Englishwoman on the Gold Coast in Australia. A middle grade writer, freelance editor, the editorial director at Lakewater Press and all around lover of the written word, she is ruled by her three sons, husband and spoodle pup. Not one to have a quiet day, she spends her free time mentoring new writers in contests like Nest Pitch and Pitch Wars, judging writing contests and helping out at Writers Activation on the Gold Coast. Other than that, she likes laying in bed or by the pool with a book!
It would make a great stocking filler for children. BUT, if you’re feeling particularly lucky, she’s giving away three signed copies just in time for Christmas! Yippee!
Click here to enter!
GO BUY IT!
If you don’t win, then the book is available all over the virtual world.
Thanks for stopping by. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I’m so excited! My dear friend J.C. Nelson has a new book coming out. We get to see the awesome cover! But first – read about it and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway!
Burying the dead is easy. Keeping them down is difficult.
At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is par for the course. Except this cadaver is different. It’s talking—and it has a message about his father, Heinrich.
The reanimated stiff delivers an ultimatum written in bloody hieroglyphics, and BSI Senior Analyst Grace Roberts is called in to translate. It seems that Heinrich Carson stole the heart of Ra-Ame, the long-dead god of the Re-Animus. She wants it back. The only problem is Heinrich took the secret of its location to his grave.
With the arrival of Ra-Ame looming and her undead army wreaking havoc, Brynner and Grace must race to find the key to stopping her. It’s a race they can’t afford to lose, but then again, it’s just another day on the job . . .
Coming Soon – March 1st, 2016!
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A Texas transplant to the Pacific Northwest, JC Nelson lives with a family and a flock of chickens near rainy Seattle.
It’s my dear friend Marlo’s release day!
It’s a Book Birthday!
We’re celebrating the release of THE GHOST CHRONICLES by Marlo Berliner!
THE GHOST CHRONICLES is a YA paranormal with romantic elements and adult crossover appeal. This is the story ripped from the headlines about a young person who dies tragically through no fault of their own. Unfortunately we read these stories nearly every day in the newspaper or see them on TV. The kind of young person you hear has died and you find yourself thinking, What a shame. They had so much going for them, such a promising future. Why did that have to happen? For this reason, this book was the book of my heart. I wanted it to be as realistic a story as possible of what it might be like to die tragically and be trapped in the afterlife as a ghost. Let’s face it, we all have to die and none of us can say with certainty what happens when we do. It’s the biggest fear of the unknown there is! Oh, we may think we know, or may have certain beliefs about what might happen, but what if it doesn’t happen that way? What if you are suddenly and unfairly taken from this life and now you’re stuck and don’t know why? How angry would you be? What would you do? How much would you begin to question all you’ve ever believed in? It won’t be completely apparent until later in the series, but I wanted it to be a story of great hope for anyone who has tragically lost someone they love, especially someone young.
Here’s the goodreads blurb for the book:
Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?
Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.
That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.
To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.
Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.
So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.
The setting for most of the story was inspired by The Angel of the Sea, an award-winning bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ. This spectacular inn has been featured on several television programs and in magazines throughout the world. Most notably, it was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as one of the “Best Vacations in the World” and included in her television talk show. The Angel of the Sea is one of the most recognized Victorian structures in the United States. Legend has it that in the late 1960’s, a girl did fall to her death at the Angel of the Sea and did at one time, haunt the inn. The story of the girl has been included in several non-fiction books about ghosts in Cape May. Sarah’s character in THE GHOST CHRONICLES was inspired by this legend. You can learn more about the Angel of the Sea by visiting: http://www.angelofthesea.com/
The cover was designed by the amazingly talented S.P. McConnell.
Isn’t it GORGEOUS!?!?!
The book is now available in print and e-book from
Formerly an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company, Marlo is currently an intern with a literary agency based in New York City, as well as, an editor at Chimera Editing. Marlo writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. She is currently working on her third novel.
When she’s not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband and two sons.
To celebrate, we’re giving away a $20 Amazon e-gift card (open to anyone who can receive and use an Amazon e-card) Just click on as many options as you like and enter!
Leave a comment or question about the book for Marlo and she’ll be happy to answer.
I’m really excited to have Jessica Therrien with us today to give us some tips and tricks about marketing that she’s learned while releasing her Children of the Gods series.
Marketing Tips and Tricks
First things, first. Thanks KT for having me on your blog! I’m Jessica Therrien, author of the YA paranormal romance series, CHILDREN OF THE GODS.
Alright, so let’s talk marketing. We authors are REALLY great at staying in our pajamas all day, we’re great a drinking tons of coffee, and burying our noses in books. What we’re not so great at? The sales pitch. Who likes to be that guy? Not me. BUT, if you want your book to do well, you can’t expect people to find it on their own. It takes work. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.
- Word of mouth is the best marketing tool there is. Let’s just take SOME FINE DAY for example. I’m pretty much telling anyone who reads that they HAVE to read this book. Because I seriously LOVE it. I already have two others on the hook J
- So how do you get readers to talk about your book? Ask them to review it for free. This is different then just offering your book for free on Amazon. I’m suggesting you find online book clubs (or traditional book clubs) and ask them to read your book for free in exchange for honest reviews. A lot of book bloggers will offer this as well. For YA it is definitely worth emailing those bloggers your review requests.
- Make blogger friends. They are invaluable. First of all, it is just awesome to have a group of people in your network who are just as excited about books as you are. Secondly, you help them, they will help you. Having supportive blogger friends who help you get the word out about your book is key. They are AWESOME!
- Goodreads is great. For two reasons. One is the giveaway feature. You can offer a giveaway which raises the visibility of your book and gets people to add it to their to-read list. The second reason is that you can email those people directly to let them know your book has released and/or is on sale.
- Host events. One of the most amazing ways I grew my network was taking part in an event called the Writer’s Campaign. I met a ton of authors/blogger friends that way. Now that Rachael Harrie is no longer hosting that event, I created a few of my own. The Read & Review Challenge is one of them, and I’m planning another once that is done. As long as the event helps promote them, everyone wins. You grow your network and they get exposure. Win, win.
I hope these tips and tricks help all you amazing author folks out there J
Thanks for hosting, KT!
Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.
Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.
When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.
After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.
Only from the ashes can a new world be born.
OPPRESSION (Book #1) UPRISING (Book #2) REDEMPTION (Book #3)
The Children of the Gods Series
The Descendants have waited long enough for freedom…
About The Author
JESSICA THERRIEN spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no streetlights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language. Jessica currently lives in Southern California with her husband and their two children.
You can visit her online at
AVAILABLE NOW WIDGET:
Chameleon will be on sale for $0.99 from today – 11/6/2015, until the end of 11/12/2015!
Because HYBRID releases on 11/10/2015, and what better time to get your hands on Chameleon for a 1/3 of its original price?
I know, right? I sound like a used car salesperson, but – if you like psionics, x-men, bladerunner, and kickass heroines? Then you should at least give it a try.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! Look – to help entice you, I’ve totally made a fool out of myself and read the first scene on video (no really, I stumbled over the date LOL).
WARNING: If you’re not Australian then I still have most of my accent – but you should be able to understand me after a little bit 😉
I’ve known Jessica for what seems like forever. I’m so happy to see her trilogy come to completion with REDEMPTION! Take a look – the previous two books are on special right now! And there’s a giveaway down the bottom!
Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see
this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy
consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.Humans and Descendants struggle to live together
in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify
the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim
relation to. Others see them as a threat.</p>
When Elyse gives birth to the next generation
oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major
cities, and the end of America as we know it.
After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself
without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the
world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are
the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society
with the means to survive.
Only from the ashes can a new world be born.
life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada
Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no streetlights or
grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her
mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and
ultimately instilled in her a love for language. Jessica currently lives in
Southern California with her husband and their two children.
her online at
It’s like Twenty-Eight Days later, except it’s fifteen days before. So I guess it’s not really like the awesome zombie movie, but you get my point, right?
HYBRID releases in fifteen days. I’m having a little pre-order giveaway, but more about that at the end. I want to talk about the difference between a first and second book – at least how it is for me.
The journey to HYBRID has been a little different than that of Chameleon. Keep in mind I drafted the whole trilogy years ago. But for HYBRID? I had some pretty intense and very deadline dictated revisions (completely self-imposed because I’m a sucker for punishment), and edits to get through. In short – I worked my butt off.
I love this book. It’s a lot darker than Chameleon and deals with self-reliance and self-esteem on top of recovering from trauma and injury. Sai becomes something more than she was, while Bastian is caught in Central alone, and Dom… ah, my Dom. I don’t think anyone realizes how much I love this character. He’s dark, flawed, and complex, and more human than anyone I’ve ever written.
This whole process has been nerve-wracking. People have read the first book, and I want them to love the direction book two takes, too. But the odds of that are so slim. Still, it’s the book I wanted to write, the book I’ve loved to revise, and it’s a book I am genuinely proud of. I truly hope that everyone who read Chameleon enjoys HYBRID as much, if not more.
And if you haven’t yet read Chameleon, there’s still time to do so.
That brings me to the pre-order giveaway!
If you email me proof of your HYBRID pre-order to firstname.lastname@example.org I will send you a little swag pack with a bookmark, sticker, magnet, and signed postcard!
Chameleon is available for purchase HERE
HYBRID is available for Pre-order HERE
You can also pre-order a signed copy at Watermark Books!
If you would like to help me spread the word on release day, I’m still taking sign ups.
I am pleased to bring you the cover reveal of Poor Boy Road by James L. Weaver, a pulse pounding thriller following a mob fixer as he returns home for the first time in sixteen years.
As a mob enforcer, Jake ‘The Fixer’ Caldwell is in the dark business of breaking kneecaps and snapping bones. But each job sends him one step closer to turning into the man he swore he’d never become – his violent and abusive father. Leaving the mob is easier said than done. When his boss offers a bloody way out, Jake has no choice but to take it, even if it means confronting ghosts of old.
Arriving in his Lake of the Ozarks hometown, Jake has two things on his mind: kill ruthless drug lord Shane Langston and bury his dying father. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love all over again and team up with his best friend Bear, the Sheriff of Benton County, to take Langston down. Racing through the countryside searching for Langston, the web of murder, meth and kidnapping widens, all pointing toward a past Jake can’t escape and a place he never wanted to return – Poor Boy Road.
James L. Weaver is the author of the forthcoming Jake Caldwell thrillers, Poor Boy Road and Ares Road. He makes his home in Olathe, Kansas with his wife of eighteen years and two children. His previous publishing credits include a six-part story called “The Nuts” and his 5-star rated debut novel Jack & Diane. Author note: a handful of those who’ve rated it are actually not related to him!
I’m so excited to share this book with you all. Brenda Drake is not only an amazing and giving person, she’s one of the loveliest people I’ve met in the writing community. She’s one of my critique partners and I love the concept and strong elements this book shows off.
I am so happy to leave you with a review of a book about a boy and a girl who meet and shouldn’t possibly be with each other, but want it all the same. My review is below.
by Brenda Drake
Release Date: 10/12/15
Entangled Teen: Crave
Brenda creates a world with likable characters that you grow to feel for and love. The twist of fate? The touching of the cards? Absolutely well done. I liked that most of this spanned a large chunk of the school year, and that Aster and Reese actually clicked for me.
While they were immediately aware of/attracted to each other, the passage of time is quite obvious in that it takes them a while to actually fall into synch. It took me back to those moments in high school when you have a new crush, and then realize that they really could be more. The complication, the curse of fate as it were, is well handled and while I definitely came to feel more for Aster, I felt a little sorry for Reese too.
Brenda deftly weaves obstacles in the way of these two, but Aster’s stubbornness and the for once present in a YA novel parents of Reese (who are quite awesome and caring, love their son and want the best for him – I know right, hard to believe) – leads to an ending that cuts it down to the wire.
Keep in mind that I don’t usually read pure romance, but Brenda Drake threw in just the right amount of magic to make me a fan. The chemistry between the pair works well, as does the tension that rises due to the circumstances they face.
I’m not fond of spoilers so most of my review is vague, but suffice it to say: I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted story with a fresh twist on a cursed man’s fate, and lots of heart.
Summary from Goodreads:
Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.
Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.
Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die.
But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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