Monday, March 11, 2013

Game of Secrets with The S.L.O.W. Ladies!

Maybe you knew this, maybe you didn't, but I'm a contributor to the Secret Life of Writers blog along with the awesome Stefanie Gaither, the adorable Andrea Hannah, the sweet Heather Marie, and the talented Kelsey Sutton. And today begins an event we're doing over on The Mod Podge Bookshelf called Game of Secrets!

My post will happen on 3/15, but I'd like to go ahead and give a little info on my character: Simon Roberts! (I'll probably be adding to this page as I delve deeper into this character and who he is, so maybe pop back later when my post goes up?)

Simon is smart, shy, and can be seen as creepy sometimes due to his awkwardness around people. He's the kind of guy who doesn't say anything unless it's absolutely necessary. He tends to favor black clothing and his eyesight is so bad that without his glasses, everything is a blur. Friendless in every way, Simon is seriously confused as to why he was invited to this masquerade party.

That's a great question, Jennifer Lawrence, thanks for asking!  This will be a murder mystery like Clue, and also kinda like Clue, once we've given you all of our characters' sides of the story, YOU get to write the ending! Sounds fun, right?! So, why do you want to participate in this event? Well, 1. It's going to be fun and awesome and 2. PRIZES!!! All us Lifers will be giving away fun stuff and gift cards!

Here's the kind of hub for the Game of Secrets stuff so you can check out the other characters and their posts when they're up. Also, we'll be using #GoS on Twitter, so check it!

Buckle up, it's going to be a mysterious ride!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

COVER REVEAL: A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris

YAY! It's a cover reveal! Today I get to help the super sweet Rachel Harris (Entangled Pub. sister and all-around awesome person) with the cover reveal for her second novel, A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES!

Let's check out the blurb, shall we?

Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.
One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.
With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?

*drool* Sounds awesome, right?! Oh and, Austin, HEY BOY HEY!

Now for the COVER!!!

Go on, pet the pretty... You know you want to!
PLUS, there's an excerpt! Squee!

Austin pushes the red and black Jet Ski into the water, past the first few crashing waves, then throws a leg over the side. He turns to me, extending an upturned palm, but as I watch the water pound against his legs, I slowly shake my head and inch away. Forget the confusion of the past few minutes or my concern if riding wrapped around Austin is appropriate…are jet skis even safe? So far, my experience with modern machines has taught me that they travel at terrifying speeds. What if I were to accidently let go and fly off? I don’t know how to swim!
Austin’s face gentles and he curls his fingers, coaxing me closer to the watery death trap. “I’ve got you, Alessandra,” he says. “I promise nothing’s gonna hurt you. You can trust me.”
The sardonic guise he hides behind drops for just a moment, but it is enough.
I say a quick prayer and place my hand in his.
With my legs straddling the seat, my arms wrapped tightly around Austin’s firm stomach, and my chest and face pressed against his back, I do not need the extra layer my wetsuit provides. I am quite warm without it. Under me, the engine rumbles. Austin grabs my clasped hands, ensuring my death grip. And then we are flying.
Fear is left behind me on the beach. My laughter is swallowed by the wind. And I hold onto Austin. The rest of the world falls away as he powers the machine forward. Whistling sound envelops us yet there’s also silence in the midst of the roar. Out here, there’s no room for worrisome thoughts about the future or about the past. No time for concerns over when I will return or how much I miss my family. In this bubble of Austin, wind, and water, all I can do is live and breathe and smile.
Austin spins us in circles and then we fly straight ahead, free as the winged creatures overhead. He bounces us over a swell and a spray of water splashes my face, tickling the skin left exposed from my wetsuit. I squeal, and under my clasped hands, I feel his taut stomach muscles shake with laughter. Then he takes off again in another sharp turn, racing in the opposite direction of which we came. Excitement has me screaming, asking him to go faster. I close my eyes against the sting of the salty air and the lash of my hair and tilt my head back, feeling more uninhibited than I ever have before.
More free, more alive…just more.

As a teen, Rachel Harris threw raging parties that shook her parents’ walls and created embarrassing fodder for future YA novels. As an adult, she reads and writes obsessively, rehashes said embarrassing fodder, and dreams up characters who become her own grown up version of imaginary friends.
When she's not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, you can find her homeschooling her two beautiful princesses, hanging out with her amazing husband, or taking a hot bubble bath…next to a pile of chocolate. A Tale of Two Centuries is her second novel. 

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Congrats on the gorgeous cover, Rachel!!! Can't wait to read about Less and Austin! 

Friday, March 1, 2013

OMG! Look at the PRETTY! and a GIVEAWAY!

Notice anything different?? Huh? *waggles eyebrows* That's right, I now have an official website! It was done by the awesome Rachel Silberman. Please, check her out! She did an amazing job!

Now in honor of my shiny, new site I'm giving away ANOTHER Wonder Woman t-shirt AND a promise of an eARC of THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD! As soon as eARCs are ready, the winner will get it in their inbox :)

So, clicky-clicky around on my new site, use the contact form to send me a message, look at the cute animation on the home page, and don't forget to enter to win!

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Once again, this is for US only. I know a few who won't be happy about this, but you guys' turn is coming! 

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