Friday, November 1, 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Waken by Angela Fristoe

Waken (The Woods of Everod, #1)
by Angela Fristoe
Expected Release: January 2014

Moving to her parents’ hometown of Everod is the last thing Janie Lyndon wants. After years of abuse and eventual abandonment, she’d rather forget they ever existed. Haunted by nightmares of her mother killing her, Janie just wants to be normal.

The gorgeous Davin Andersen is out of her league, but for some reason he seems to actually like her. The emotions he draws from her are almost enough to make her ignore all of the weird things he says. Almost enough to ignore the way the entire town seems ready to pounce on her as if she were fresh meat.

Almost, though, isn’t enough when Janie finally discovers what the town is hiding. The town of Everod has been waiting for Janie and if she hopes to survive, she’ll need to confront the truth of who and what she really is.

About the Author
Born in Northern Canada, Angela grew up on the Canadian prairies amid dreams of becoming the next Dian Fossey or a world famous flight attendant. Those, however, were never meant to be. Instead she moved to the United States where she divides her time between her family, writing, and her day job as an instruction coach.

Angela was the winner and double finalist in the Romance category of The Strongest Start Contest 2010 hosted by She currently has three young adult novels published through Little Prince Publishing and her fourth novel, Waken, has an anticipated release of January 2014.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Spooktacular Giveway Blog Hop!

Thanks to I am a Reader, Not a Writer for organizing and hosting this blog hop! Don't forget to scroll all the way down to the end of the post for the Linky list of all the other blogs participating!

For this giveaway we're giving away a prize pack of 4 hot new YA novels!

This giveaway is international. Winner will receive ebook copies of all four books. Please note that The Ghost Files will be sent in pdf format.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Interview with Narrator Pamela Lorence

Songbird by Angela Fristoe is finally available in audiobook format! The process of having Songbird produced was quite an adventure and narrator Pamela Lorence has stopped by to answer some questions about the production process as well as to give readers an opportunity to win an audiobook copy of Songbird!
by Angela Fristoe
Narrated by Pamela Lorence

There are defining moments in life when everything changes. For Dani Mays, it was the day she witnessed her father kill her brother. Now seventeen years-old, she still hasn't put it behind her. After Jace's death, she bounced between her alcoholic mother and foster homes, until she found a permanent place. And a reason to want to stay: Reece Tyler. He's her best friend, yet Dani wants more from Reece.

Faced with losing Reece, Dani struggles to define his place in her life and escape the influence her memories of her brother's death have over her choices. Even as she weaves the pieces of her heart back together, the past becomes more than a memory when a former foster brother reappears and Dani begins receiving threatening phone calls.

Interview with Pamela Lorence

What was it about Songbird that made you want to produce the audiobook?

It was really such an honor to produce this audiobook. Songbird is an intensely moving story. I compare narrating it to singing a poignant and beautiful ballad. There were truly moments during recording when I had to keep from crying in the studio. You can’t help but fall in love with the main characters.  They are completely honest and relatable. I found myself rooting them on as I read. Dani, Reece, and Collin found their way into my heart. As a mom, I wanted to take each one home, feed them some hot soup, and tell them it was all going to be okay. When I finished the book, I was sad to have it all end. That’s when I knew I wanted to produce the audiobook.

How did you get started in audiobooks?

I took the long road to audiobooks. When I was 9 years old all I wanted for Christmas was a Ronco Mr. Microphone.  It was the best Christmas present ever! I wanted to be behind a microphone from that day on. I earned a degree in Vocal Performance from Rollins College and have been using my voice to make a living ever since. I started off in radio, eventually writing, directing, recording, editing, narrating, and singing my way into many, many ears. From producing radio shows, I transitioned into producing audio tours for museums all over the world. When it was time to settle down and have kids, I wanted the best of both worlds – a great job that would allow me to work out of the house. It was really only a matter of time before I combined my love of books with my love of audio into one – Audiobook narration.

Can you tell us something about your process for narrating an audiobook?

The first thing I do is to grab a pencil, my notebook, the manuscript, and a cup of tea. I sit in my favorite reading spot in the house (the comfy chair in the living room, near the fireplace) and read through the book. I take notes on characters, tone, tempo, and things like that. I mark any words or names that don’t have obvious pronunciations. When the book is sufficiently prepped, I block out a schedule. My voice it always best midday. In the early morning it’s still waking up. In the evening it starts to sound tired. I’m fortunate to live in a quiet neighborhood in Northern California. So, I’m able to work out of my home in a professionally equipped studio with a soundproof vocal booth.

I spend the bulk of the day recording chapter by chapter. I take breaks to stretch my legs and walk my two dogs. Friday is the only day of the week I don’t record. It’s the day my neighborhood is zoned for leaf blower use. The sound of a gas powered leaf blower can penetrate even the most soundproof room! So, I reserve Fridays for editing.  When the book is completely recorded, edited, and mastered to retail standards, I listen to it for quality control. Simple as that! You really can’t beat having a job producing audiobooks.

About the Narrator
It all started with a Ronco Mr. Microphone when I was 9 years old. Since then, I’ve been hooked on all things audio. With a degree in Vocal Performance from Rollins College and a professional background in Audio Production, I’ve written, directed, recorded, edited, narrated, and sung my way into many ears. It was only a matter of time before I combined my love of books and love of audio into one – Audiobooks!

About the Author
Born in Northern Canada, Angela grew up on the Canadian prairies amid dreams of becoming the next Dian Fossey or a world famous flight attendant. Those, however, were never meant to be. Instead she moved to the United States where she divides her time between her family, writing, and her day job as an instruction coach.

Angela was the winner and double finalist in the Romance category of The Strongest Start Contest 2010 hosted by She currently has three young adult novels published through Little Prince Publishing and her fourth novel has an anticipated release of January 2014.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: Engraved by Amber Garza

Book Title: Engraved
Author: Amber Garza
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Genre: Suspense
Length: 392 pages
Publisher: Amber Garza
Presented by: As You Wish Tours



A missing girl.

A young woman running from her shameful past.

A person with a dark secret who will stop at nothing to keep it hidden.

And the act of betrayal that binds them all together. 

Amber Garza is the author of Young Adult paranormal and contemporary romance. She has had a passion for writing since she was a little girl, making books out of notebook paper and staples. Amber lives in California with her amazing husband and two hilarious children who provide her with enough material to keep her writing for years.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blog Tour: The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker * Guest Post and Giveaway!

  The Ghost Files, Volume I
by Apryl Baker

Published: August 13, 2013
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Cherry blossom lipstick: check
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.

Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.

Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…

Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?

Mattie Hathaway and Her World of Spook

I get asked all the time about The Ghost Files and how I came up with the idea. So I guess, I can explain it once and for all.

I was standing at my kitchen sink watching dishes when I saw the curtain fluttering like a madman. There was only one small little hitch with that: the windows weren’t open and the air conditioner wasn’t on. Why was it fluttering like a hurricane force wind had it trapped?

My first thought: it’s a ghost.

My second thought: don’t be ridiculous, there are no such things as ghosts.

My third thought: but what if there were?

And that is how The Ghost Files was born.

I stopped washing dishes just so I could go dash to the side table where I keep a notebook stashed and write down all my random thoughts. I had been looking for a way to write about foster kids for a while and this, to me, was the perfect opportunity.

Mattie Louise Hathaway was born. She is a tough, snotty, brat who has the unfortunate ability to see ghosts. Not something she tells everyone. I mean, let’s face it, being a foster kid is hard enough, but admitting you’re a freak? Not something she would willingly ever do. Not that she’d ever let anyone know, but she’s very self-conscious of that fact. She sees herself as a freak and works hard to make sure no one else does.

I think everyone assumes Mattie should have this DEEP side, her character more mature than her sixteen years, but that isn’t how I wrote her for the first book. I wanted you to see the very troubled girl who is at heart just an average sixteen year old kid with the same vulnerabilities and desires as any other sixteen year old. She can be in a ghostly situation and still crush on a guy. What girl can’t? We can be depressed and still appreciate a cute face!
Mattie has all those deep characteristics some of the older readers are looking for, but you have to dig them out layer by layer. You get to watch her bloom in the next book when she comes face to face with her destiny. The next book is darker than the first one, bringing truths to light that should have stayed buried.

Trust comes very hard for our girl. Who can blame her though? Her mother did stab her eight times at the ripe old age of eight. If that doesn’t cause severe trust issues, I’m not sure what else could. All she’s ever had to depend on is herself. It’s made her into the person she is: street smart and a little vicious. She can’t help herself.

Unfortunately, she has to break her own rules of never openly admitting she can talk to ghosts when she sees her foster sister’s ghost. Mattie is very loyal and foster kids have always stuck together. She has to find out who killed Sally and that means she needs to not only talk to the ghosts she’s spent her entire life avoiding, but she has to trust someone with her secret.

In walks Officer Dan. He inspires her to trust him and she can’t even explain it to herself. She finds herself revealing all to this young police officer. Having a record herself, Mattie doesn’t normally trust cops, but she finds herself not only trusting Officer Dan, but coming to depend on him. She needs him and she can’t say why.

Then Mattie finds out her mother, the one who tried to kill her, isn’t even her real mom. It freaks her out beyond belief. With her world turning upside down, she has lots and lots to discover over the next few books.

I hope you all enjoy The Ghost Files.

About the Author:  
So who am I? Well, I'm the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn't love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there's always someone to tell your mama on you. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled "Lord Margrave's Deception." I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.

Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my family and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Book Blitz ~ To Know Me by Marcy Blesy

To Know Me  
by Marcy Blesy  
Published: August 21, 2013  
Available: Amazon  

To know me is to die...

Seventeen-year-old Mae is convinced that the consequences of her poor decisions have caused the untimely deaths of her dad, sister Laura, and grandma who all die within a year, no matter how ludicrous her thoughts seem to those she loves. The solution? Run away so no one else she cares for gets hurt (even if she has to keep a GPS tracker on her phone at all times).

Desperate to earn her diploma and salvage something of her life, she transfers schools when people get too close. After switching to Woodson Prep with only two months to go until graduation, Mae keeps her goals in sight. But when she meets Ty, the "perfect boy" with his own secrets and a relentless interest in Mae, she must decide if she can stop running from the past and still protect those she loves.

To know me is to die. I mean, to really know me, like when you know I can run for hours without so much as a water break, or that cinnamon sugar doughnuts are my weakness, or that my dad gave me a whole different name. But I don’t let people get that close. I’ve learned the hard way. Too many people die in my life. Grandma said I was only unlucky.

“It’s not your fault all those people you love die. It’s just bad luck that you’ve had to deal with grief so young. Not fair at all,” she’d said. That was right before she died on my seventeenth birthday and right after my sister Laura, my dad, and my dog Petie.

I direct Mom Number 4 toward the front door of the high school. I always get a new mom when I transfer schools. I have yet to find a school that allows a seventeen-year-old to register herself. I wanted to graduate in Ohio, but too many people started asking questions. They weren’t important questions. Just stuff like, “How come I can’t ever come over to your house?” or “Why won’t you ever talk about yourself?” or when I do, “That’s not what you told so-and-so.” I had to leave. To let people into my life isn’t an option anymore. But, there’re no worries anyone will start to ask questions here. It’s already March. That diploma is as good as mine. Then I can enroll in online college and try to salvage something of my pathetic life.

Author Bio:

I am a former elementary school teacher and currently run an elementary library which is the perfect job for my interests.

In October 2010 I had an essay published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories For Mothers. Another essay will be published in November 2013 in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just Us Girls.

In 2012 my debut picture book was released by Bronze Man Books. Am I Like My Daddy? follows the journey of a child who seeks to learn if she is anything like the dad who died when she was young.

My middle grade novel, Confessions of a Corn Kid, as well a YA short story trilogy, The Lexie and Rhett Chronicles, and To Know Me, were released direct to kindle in 2013.

I am a great eavesdropper and person profiler which proves a fabulous advantage for a writer. As my favorite shirt says, Be careful or you’ll end up in my novel.

Author Links
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Sliding Beneath the Surface by Doug Dillon

Sliding Beneath the Surface (The St. Augustine Trilogy, Book 1)  
Author: Doug Dillon  
Release Date: August 24, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal

Hello St. Augustine Fans! Let’s not forget the YA Paranormal Fans! For five days, the Kindle version will be available FOR FREE on Amazon—a special promotion, September 4th - 8th. Help spread the word and tell everyone you know! Click here to get your copy today — Sliding Beneath the Surface

The Spirit of St. Augustine 
Have you ever been to St. Augustine, Florida, America’s oldest city? To me, it’s a magical place, just bubbling with the spirits of bygone days. This is especially true at Christmas when the historical district is ablaze with tiny white lights. The Nights of Lights, they call the time from December through January.

It isn’t just the beautiful old buildings, some from the time of the Spanish, that has captured my soul. No, it’s also the ghostly presences arising out of that past that seem to tap you on shoulder, a few even of Native American origins from thousands of years ago.

Oh, yes! Ghost stories abound in this ancient location, as do the ghost tours. By day and by night, guides will walk with you, transport you by tram or hearse, and even take you aboard a sailing ship while telling their tales.

As a former history teacher and writer well experienced in the paranormal, you can see how St. Augustine might hold some appeal for me. But it’s much more than that if you want to know the truth. Seems at times as if that old city is using me to channel its innermost essence. Can I explain what I mean by that exactly? No, not really. Words are often a poor substitute for a felt sense.

What I can tell you is this. I’ve spent weeks on end in St. Augustine, haunting its ancient streets and buildings, doing endless research in the city’s historical society and talking with people—even homeless folks. And the more I do this, the more I know I made the right choice in selecting St. Augustine as the central location for my young adult, paranormal/historical series that I’ve titled, The St. Augustine Trilogy.

In the process, what I also know is that there are no coincidences. My connection to this old city and writing about it in the trilogy was definitely meant to be. What was also meant to be is the linkage now being established between St. Augustine and readers of my series. This includes the wonderful relationship I have established with Julia Hendrix, my friend and assistant who hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I live just north of Orlando.

You see, as I continue to study the paranormal in general, I increasingly perceive reality as endless layers within layers. And when I’m in St. Augustine, it’s as if the city hold a lens up to me so I can look deeper into the nature of existence and the connectivity my work holds for readers. That’s why on the cover of Book I of the trilogy, Sliding Beneath the Surface, I show a picture of an exquisite Chinese puzzle ball with all those multiple layers carved beneath its surface.

What an incredible journey I’m having. Thank you so much for being part of it.
— Doug Dillon

In old St. Augustine, Florida, fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden’s recurring dream of being stabbed in the chest and bleeding all over his bed is driving him crazy. It’s causing him to lose sleep and giving him severe headaches. When his psychically gifted friend Carla and an ornery Native American shaman named Lobo try to help, Jeff is inundated with terrifying paranormal experiences.

Reaching out of Florida’s distant past, something increasingly entangles Jeff in tentacles of danger that threaten his sanity and eventually his life. But the harder he tries to understand, the deeper he gets. When comprehension finally dawns though, time has almost run out. Lobo does his best to prepare Jeff for what he must face in order to survive but it may be too little and too late.

It’s at this point that both Jeff and Carla find themselves swept headlong into an alternative reality from which they may never return. If they don’t quickly and fully adapt to this situation, all hope is lost. From Lobo they know how it might be possible to change what is happening but the question is, can they? Repeatedly, Lobo has told both teens, “You create your own reality whether in this world or in another.” If acted upon properly, that advice just might save their lives and end suffering on an even wider scale.  

A former award winning educator, Doug writes about things paranormal and historical. His interest in the paranormal comes from personal experiences as detailed in the nonfiction adult book he and wife wrote titled, An Explosion of Being: An American Family's Journey into the Psychic. Out of those events and extensive historical research, he then created Sliding Beneath the Surface for young adults, Book I of the St. Augustine Trilogy. Doug set his trilogy in the oldest and most haunted city in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida. Books II and III of the trilogy are on the way.



Friday, August 9, 2013

So Many Stories, So Little Time

When I first started writing, I had one big idea. Oh, there were others floating around my head, but nothing that inspired me to sit down and write. Then "The" idea struck and I finally sat down and started writing. For six months I focused solely on that one idea, faithfully writing everyday. Then I was done, and figured out that one idea had some major flaws. So, I did what I think most writers with their first novel. I put it away and started on something new.

During my second book, I noticed it was harder to stay focused after a while. A new idea popped into my head and lost interest in the one I was working on. But I plowed through. I managed to finish, while at the same time getting a good start on my third book.

I thought things would get easier the more I wrote. But they haven't. It seems as if every time I try to work on one piece, new ideas came to me. I've really tried to focus. I have a projected deadline for the final book in A Touched Trilogy, and I shamefully admit that I am barely a fourth of the way through and hate pretty much everything I've written.

That said, I now have five other stories at the same point - aliens, werewolves, fantasy, and an alternate reality. And I don't hate any of them yet. But I think I will. Maybe it is the nature of the beast with series. They take a lot of attention and I just can't seem to give it to them.

But I can't stop writing them either. I need pressure. I need consistency. I need NaNoWriMo! November can't come soon enough for this writer!

So, am I alone? Anyone else out there struggling to finish what they started?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Giveaway Hop

Happy Summer! Thanks to I Am A Reader and BookHounds for hosting this giveaway hop! For this hop we've decided to giveaway copies of Songbird, Lie to Me, and Heal Me. 2 winners will receive copies of Songbird, while another 2 winners will receive copies of both Lie to Me and Heal Me. After entering don't forget to check out all of the other blogs participating in the hop for more chances to win great prizes!

There are defining moments in life when everything changes. For Dani Mays, it was the day she witnessed her father kill her brother. Now seventeen years-old, she still hasn't put it behind her. After Jace's death, she bounced between her alcoholic mother and foster homes, until she found a permanent place. And a reason to want to stay: Reece Tyler. He's her best friend, yet Dani wants more from Reece. Faced with losing Reece, Dani struggles to define his place in her life and escape the influence her memories of her brother's death have over her choices. Even as she weaves the pieces of her heart back together, the past becomes more than a memory when a former foster brother reappears and Dani begins receiving threatening phone calls.    

Lie to Me
With a Truth Telling gift that has never worked, Phoebe Matlin accepted long ago that she was broken. Then one simple lie changes everything and suddenly the whisper of liar is ripping through her. Some lies, though, cover darker truths than Phoebe ever imagined. But knowing when someone is lying is the easy part. It's convincing everyone else that's the problem.
Heal Me
Her sisters think Lily has the easy gift. Who wouldn't love to heal people with a touch? But all that pain has to go somewhere and Lily's the one taking it all in. Then someone close to her dies and Lily's life spins out of control. Desperate to feel something, she clings to her friend Micah. When she begins falling for him, she realizes healing others is easy. It's healing herself that is much harder.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Book Blitz: Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden

Wicked Hunger (SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes, #1)  
by DelSheree Gladden
Published: July 9, 2013  
Publisher: GMTA Publishing  

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious. Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. 

Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories. One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.

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Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden

Wicked Hunger

by DelSheree Gladden

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Chapter 3: No Happy Endings  

"I want you to stay away from that girl,” I say. 
“But she’s Laney’s cousin. I can’t avoid her without doing the same to Laney.”  

“Maybe that’s just how it has to be, then.” Giving up friends, it’s something Van should get used to, now, because it isn’t going to stop any time soon.  

Van shakes her head. “No, Zander. She’s my best friend. I’m not going to bail on Laney like that.”  

“You think she’ll be happy you stayed friends with her when you kill her pretty little cousin?” I snap.  

Her head drops down, but I can still see the corner of her mouth twitching. “I can control it. I won’t hurt her.”  

“You can’t guarantee that.”  

“I won’t live like you,” she says quietly. “I won’t live alone for the rest of my life because I’m scared of hurting people.”  

I sigh and close my eyes. “It’s not about being scared, Van. It’s about being smart. Stay away from her.”  

For a long moment, she doesn’t say anything. Deep down, I’m hoping with everything I have that she’ll listen to me. I can’t go through it again. Oscar nearly broke me. She can’t expect me to go through that with her. I won’t make it. Please just listen to me, I beg.  

When she finally speaks, her voice startles me. “She knows something.”  

It’s just a simple sentence, but it ignites my anger like a match to a fuse. 

“She doesn’t know anything! Nobody does. Get that through your head and quit looking for answers, Van!”  
My sister’s head snaps up and my hands tighten into fists at the determination in her eyes. 

“She knows something, and I’m going to find out what it is.”  

Then she throws open the door of the truck and runs away.  

About the Author:  
I live in New Mexico with my husband and two children. I love expressing my creativity through writing and painting and I get a lot of my inspiration from my family and from the culture and beauty of New Mexico. I write mainly Young Adult urban fantasy, but my writing interests are ever expanding. I am also currently in the Dental Hygiene Program at San Juan College, so 90% of my waking hours are devoted to thinking about teeth for the time being!

Author Links: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Amazon