by Juliana Haygert

It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.

Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.

Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?

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Cover Characteristic: Soldiers/Military

Soldiers. I have a serious soft spot for them be they ax-swing Viking warriors or gun-toting Marines. When I saw this week’s Cover Characteristic hosted by Sugar & Snark, I knew I had to jump on-board…

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit).

You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

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Revenge Trailer Reveal

By Paula Rose
And now for the trailer…
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Cover Reveal for AGAIN by Lisa Burstein

We are so excited to share the cover for Again, by Lisa Burstein! We also have an excerpt from chapter one. Be sure to let us know what you think! Continue reading

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Forget Me Not Blog Tour

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Forget Me NotAbout Book One:
Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Speculative Fiction
Published August 1st, 2014

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Anamae is drawn into a world which shatters everything she knew to be true.

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother’s favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. They’re not just jewellery, they’re part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewellery’s power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device – and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she’s Enemy Number One.

She’s forced to leave her father behind when she’s taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt. Continue reading

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Friday Reads: Complicit

This past month I’ve been staying away from science fiction as much as possible while writing my own science fiction novel. I thus had time to catch up with a couple contemporary books I’ve been meaning to read but somehow let slip to the bottom of the TBR pile in favor of aliens, dystopias and all things fantastical. One of the books I read recently absolutely blew my mind… Continue reading

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The Horde without End – Zombie Worldbuilding


Today, I’m handing over to Nazarea Andrew, author of The Horde Without End, the sequel to her NA zombie romance, The World Without a Future as she chats about zombie wordlbuilding. Continue reading

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Ten Below Zero Cover Reveal

Title: Ten Below Zero

Author: Whitney Barbetti

Release Date: August 28, 2014

Genre: New Adult Romance


“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you’re ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.


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WIPmarathon Check-in No. 6

July has been an amazing writerly month. I stayed at home, safely behind my PC avoiding the summer swelter that finally found its way to Finland. I did attend FinnCon in my old university town, which was super awesome. Not only did I take part in one of the most well attended panels of the con (LGBT in SF/F) with Cheryl Morgan, but I also met a bunch of cool people, some of them foreigners like me living and writing in Finland. FinnCon was immensely inspiring and I think it kicked my Muse into over drive because I’ve since managed to finish the book I was working on!

Last report wordcount: 51, 039

Current report WC: 78, 965 – which still gives me a bit of wiggle room in revisions :) And to think I was so concerned I didn’t have enough story to make it past 65k!

Writing Issues This Month:

None really. It was one of those rare and wonderful months where pretty much all I did was write and climb and have evening picnics in the park.

Four things I learned this month in writing:

1. Outlines are great! As Ifeoma pointed out on Twitter this morning, I wrote this book in less than three months and there’s absolutely no way I could’ve done that without having had an outline and a synopsis before starting out. Go outlines!

2. Outlines are awful! Around about the half way mark I realized that my characters had it way too easy so I threw in some curve balls which ended up derailing my original outline. I panicked. How could I continue without an outline? (despite having pretty much pantsed all my other novels) So I re-outlined and re-outlined again and wrote out chapter summaries, chopping, changing, reordering and rewriting as required. In the end, I tossed out the original outline altogether and the story is much, much better for it!

3. Being inside the head of four characters, each going through emotional and psychological hell, is exhausting and breaks are required. As much as I often wanted to cancel arrangements with friends and forget about climbing, I actually needed those interruptions. My writing was always better for the break and the writing sessions post climbing or post wine-with-friends were also much more productive. In short, sometimes distractions can be a good thing.

4. Music. Music is essential and I would not have made it through some of the heavier scenes without the character playlists I built. This will become a thing from now on, building playlists by chapter, scene and characters rather than just by book.

What distracted me this month while writing:

Not much to be honest. Although I have done a lot of reading as well. I read some amazing books, namely Made of Stars by Kelley York and Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn (I deliberately avoided YA sci-fi this month). I’m seriously considering trying my hand at a YA contemporary again – but first, the SNI…

Goal for next month: Recover, think about that SNI awaiting proper attention and possibly maybe start a revision read through toward the end of August.

Last 200 words: Well, I obviously can’t share the last 200 because that would give away the ending of the book, but here’s a snippet from one of my favourite scenes…

My pulse quickens as I stare in awe, not at the picture, but at the girl who painted it so effortlessly in less than five minutes.

Do you like it?” She stands back and adds a few touch ups with the red and blue. I wish I could put into words what I’m thinking, to tell her exactly what I’m feeling as I stare at a small robot with blue circuitry along its skinny arms holding out a heart-shaped red balloon to a formidable yellow tank with ‘Humanity’ scrawled on the side. Beneath the mural she’s written, “Have a heart; we do.” 

And that’s it for July. How did you do?

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Friday Reads: Made of Stars

Sorry! I have been totally MIA recently with regards to blogging. I have a dozen excuses: summer, actual sunshine outside, lots of climbing, even more writing, laziness, reading great books… and it’s because of that last one that I need to tell you all about a book I recently read that’s still got me thinking weeks after turning the last page… Continue reading

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