Thursday, November 13, 2014

MANIA Cover Reveal Winners and Kirkus Review!

I have three of our four winners confirmed for the MANIA Cover Reveal Giveaway!

Grand Prize: Traci Troutman
Second Prize: Beverly Zipporah
Third Prize: Jennifer Lancaster

Congrats ladies! :)

Also, I have some amazing news to share over the next couple of weeks, the first of which is THIS!





Look at the nice words...from KIRUS! I'm so excited! *happy dance*

What about you? :) Are you having a good day?

Friday, October 31, 2014

MANIA Cover Reveal & Giveaway!


Happy Halloween All You Lovely Readers!

I love Halloween. It's such a fun, creepy holiday and it makes me happy. 

Plus, Candy.

So on this Halloween, I'm freaking EXCITED to be able to bring you something I've been dying to share for quite some time.

The cover to book three in the Night Walkers Series -- MANIA

First, here is the back cover copy (WARNING: There are spoilers if you haven't read the first two books):




Jack and his half-brother Parker have no time to mourn the loss of their father, Daniel Chipp. With an attack by the body-stealing Takers imminent, the pair must put aside their grief and track down the ingredients of Daniel’s formula—one that will rein in the power-hungry Takers—to keep their family and friends out of danger.
Their only hope lies in a puzzle their father left behind, a riddle where each brother unknowingly possesses a piece of the solution. The puzzle sets them on a deadly path, spiraling between reality and the world of dreams where nothing and no one can be trusted entirely. And when Parker finds himself deep in the fray between the Takers and the other Night Walkers, it’s up to Jack to complete the formula and save his brother’s life.

And now, for this INCREDIBLE Cover...I warn you, prepare for the hotness.











Drumroll please...

















I can't even tell you how much I love this cover. It is so, so PERFECT! Jack is smart, dangerous, and dead sexy. And this cover captures him perfectly. Plus, I think this book is the most intense of the series so far...it is named MANIA for a reason. 

I can't wait for my readers to get to know him better!

What do you think of the cover?



Now, for the Halloween Giveaway!


Use the Rafflecopter and enter below to win one of these awesome prizes:

GRAND PRIZE: Signed Copies of ALL three Night Walkers Books including a signed ARC of MANIA, swag pack with Insomnia bag and buttons, AND a $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card!

FIRST, SECOND & THIRD PRIZE: One Night Walkers Book, Swag Pack + The Creeptastic Book of Your Choice From These Lovelies:

Gretchen McNeil - Get Even
Hillary Monahan - Mary: The Summoning
Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie - Creed
Sarah Bromley - A Murder of Magpies
Dan Wells - I Am Not a Serial Killer
Kendare Blake - Anna Dressed in Blood
April Genevieve Tucholke - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

So there you go! Enter, Win Things, and tell me what you think of this new cover! :)

Happy Halloween!



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Friday, October 24, 2014

Cut Me Free Excerpt/St. George Book Festival & More!

I have so much going on right now that I sort of just want to sit around doing this:

Oh Captain Picard, how I love you so... 















But I can't, so I'll just tell you ALL THE THINGS!!!

First, you should TOTALLY go check out the Blog of Erised where I participated in their super cool Ominous October event by sharing an excerpt of Cut Me Free!

Second, I'll be helping out over on the Adventures in YA Publishing blog by being a mentor for their First Five Pages Workshop! Would you like your first pages critiqued by myself and an editor? Stop by and check it out to find out how!

Third, I'm spending the next couple of days down in St. George, Utah as a Spotlight Author at the St. George Book Festival! If you're in the area, please come and say hello! I'll be signing and have some surprise giveaways on Saturday.

*phew* And to think...all the awesome is just getting started, people. There is so much to come as I start getting into all the promotion for Cut Me Free.

So stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happy Book Birthday, SNOW LIKE ASHES and Sara Raasch!

Yay! Yay! It's finally here! SNOW LIKE ASHES is finally out in the world!

I've loved this book since I read it a couple of years ago and I'm so thrilled it is finally out where everyone can read it. I can't recommend this book enough.

*so many happy dances for Sara*

Read It.

Love It.

Do It Now.



I LOVE that cover so much! It is one of my favorite covers ever. 

And here is why you should be reading it:

Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self.  Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. The Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been searching for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of half of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics, and to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Go forth. Order your copy now. You know you want to.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

CONTEST & GIVEAWAY: Who Killed The YA Scream Queens?

Many of you have heard of the YA Scream Queens. If you haven't, I (and my insane schedule and deadlines) have failed you.

The good news is that now is an AWESOME time to go check them out.

For the month of October, the Scream Queens (a group of thriller/horror/dark fiction YA authors) are playing a virtual game of Clue online.

I know what you're thinking...

Best. Game. Ever.

And it so is. :)

The YA Scream Queens (myself included) have all been murdered by authors of darker books. Sure, most of the author-suspects claim they're innocent, but some of them are definitely not. Your job is to discover who murdered which Scream Queen. And enter to win some major booty (meaning treasure...not body parts, the game isn't that twisted).

You can find more details here on the suspects and the game.

Or, if you'd like to just begin your investigation first, below are links to the Scream Queens that have died. These posts include crime scene photos and reports. They are in general, incredibly awesome. Now go get your spooky investigations hat on and dive in!

Sarah Jude

Lauren Roy

Lindsay Currie

Hillary Monahan

Trisha Leaver

Courtney Alameda

Jenn (J.R.) Johansson - ME! *gasp*

Cat Scully

Dawn Kurtagich


And now...we have SUSPECTS!

April Genevieve Tucholke

Kendare Blake

And more to come...


Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 Never Forget



Thirteen years ago today, I was driving to a store where I was supposed to audit their human resources department and files. I had the news on my radio and the pure shock in the voices of the reporters as they reported about the first tower being hit was terrifying. 

It was one of the few experiences in my life where the tone of their voices scared me more than what they were saying. Fear was clearer than any alarm I've ever heard. They weren't certain about what was happening at first and didn't want to over-react on the air, but the panic from what they were seeing was clearly overwhelming them.

I arrived at the store and it was like a ghost-town...no customers in check-out lines, empty registers. I ran to the electronics department where literally every soul in the store was standing together and watching as they replayed footage of the second plane hitting just a couple of minutes earlier.

We stood there watching for an hour before the store cancelled my audit and sent me home. I drove through Salt Lake City and listened to the news reports of the horrific developments on that day. I looked at some of the buildings in Salt Lake as I passed. They had signs up and various construction projects happening in preparation for the 2002 Olympics to be held in just a few months.

I wept and wished they would cancel it. I couldn't handle the thought of my city becoming a target, too. It was an awful feeling to see something that had been so hopeful and exciting turned into something I dreaded and feared in an instant.

September 11, 2001 - Never Forget

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con Schedule & Winner!

I'm delving out of the drafting/editing cave this week to go all in for Salt Lake Comic Con!

I have two signings and seven different panels. It's going to be busy and spectacular. I can't wait.

During my signings I will have giveaways and swag, so come say hi!

Signing Times:
Thursday, Sept 4th - 2:00 - 3:00pm (Booth #111)
Saturday, Sept 6th - 4:30 - 5:30pm (Booth #111)


Panel Times:

Thursday, Sept 4th
3:00 - 3:50pm - Katniss Revealed: A Closer Look at The Hunger Games on Film and in Print (Room 251A)

Friday, Sept. 5th
6:00 - 6:50pm - Why People Need to Pay More Attention to Natalia Romanova a.k.a. The Black Widow (Room 251 A)
8:00 - 8:50pm - Why We Love the Winchester Brothers: Supernatural and the Art of Characterization (Room 255B)

Saturday, Sept. 6th
12:00 - 12:50pm - Are You a Brony or a Pegasister? My Little Pony Fans Unite! (Room 355D)
1:00 - 1:50pm - Why Lego is Taking Over the World (Room 255F)
6:00 - 6:50pm - My Favorite Disney Princess Villain (Room 251A)
8:00 - 9:50pm - Dark and Dangerous: The Appeal of the Bad Boy Hero (255F)

*phew*

So, I will kind of be all over the place at Comic Con. If you will be there, please come and say hi!



And...the winner of the Happy Celebration Giveaway who will be receiving an early signed copy of CUT ME FREE is:

Sara Stevens! 

Huge congrats, Sara! Thank you to everyone who entered and I hope you all have a great week!