Monday, 30 November 2015

FLIRTING WITH FAME cover reveal!!!

FLIRTING WITH FAME Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

FLIRTING WITH FAME releases on February 29, 2016 from Pocketstar/Simon & Schuster.

Description (from Goodreads):

Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in their own skin.

After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant.

It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made?


If the Queen of England booked a gig at Fernbrooke’s only theater to do a lyrical jazz routine with a unicorn, I might’ve had an easier time finding parking than I did that night.

I dashed down Main Street, stumbling over my own feet as I texted Jin that I’d be there soon. Conveniently, I left out the part where I’d sat in the driveway for twenty minutes, covered in sweat, visualizing either a mob scene or an empty building. Neither possibility stopped the hum vibrating through my skin or made it easier to start the car. That took a few deep breaths, and the knowledge that if I backed out, Jin would show up and drag me there anyway.

The screen lit up with Jin’s reply—mostly expletives in all caps—and I glanced at the time.

Eleven fifty-five.

Crap. I had five minutes.

Picking up speed, I shoved my phone into my jeans. Perspiration beaded along my neck and snaked down my back as I pressed against the thick August air. I swerved around the crumbling town library, then skidded to a halt.

Hundreds of people lined the wall of the mini mall. They wound in front of the darkened stores and around another corner. The start of the line wasn’t in sight. My fingers instinctively traced the scar that ran from my temple to my jaw as I surveyed the crowd. Many sported horned hats or fur stoles. A boy wielding a foamy mug of beer saw me and grinned.

Yeah, there was no freaking way I was doing this.


And now, the adorable cover of FLIRTING WITH FAME! TA-DAAAA!!!

Author Bio:

Samantha has wanted to be an author since she picked up her first book and realized authors get to create new worlds with just a pen and paper (or laptop, if you will). She loves to write about romance because, as someone who married her high school sweetheart, she absolutely believes in true love. She also loves making people laugh and feels love and laughter go hand in hand. If she can make someone both swoon and giggle with her words, she considers that a success. When not writing or at her day job, Samantha can be found either singing and dancing on stage in local musicals, or at home watching geeky television shows with her husband and their pet rabbit.

Samantha is represented by Kathleen Rushall from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

FLIRTING WITH FAME is her debut novel.


Twitter: @Samjoycebooks

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Cover Reveal - CHASING CRAZY!!!

We're so thrilled to reveal the cover of debut author Kelly Siskind's CHASING CRAZY, which releases January 12th from Forever Yours! We absolutely can't wait for everyone to get their hands on this new adult contemporary romance. Check out the beautiful cover below, read a sneak peek, and enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card!



About CHASING CRAZY "With an endearingly awkward female protagonist, a swoon-worthy male love interest, and Siskind's superb storytelling, this is one of the best New Adult contemporary romances I've read to date." -- USA Today bestselling author K.A. Tucker Dear Mom & Dad, I dropped out of school. I'm going backpacking. Sorry. Love you both. At nineteen, Nina has endured two lifetime's worth of humiliation. Tired of waiting for it to get better, she decides to get going-across the globe to New Zealand. There she soon faces what she most fears: a super sexy guy ready to be Nina's next mistake. Once Sam's life was all about having fun. That was before the accident. Now his friends have bailed and his world is broken. But when a gorgeous girl on his flight looks at him with passion instead of pity, Sam feels his old self coming back to life. Now traveling together, Nina and Sam know this isn't just a fling. They're falling fast, hard, and deep. More than anything, Sam wants Nina to forget her fears. But to help her do that he must reveal his own painful secret-and risk Nina never seeing him the same way again.

CHASING CRAZY releases January 12, 2016 - add it to your Goodreads list here!
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Frickin’ Hot Guy and his stupid hike. He thought his limp would slow us down, but I’m the one huffing and puffing, trying to figure out how I ended up on Mount Everest while in New Zealand. I chance a glance up, using the moment to inhale a mouthful of air. Sam leans over the edge, hands on his knees, grinning down at me. If there was ever a reason to summit a mountain, that face is it. Sam, who I’m falling for. Sam, with that jaw. Sam, who I’ll be sleeping with. In a tent. Alone. Another five agonizing steps later, he’s got me by the shoulders, helping me up. In the blink of an eye, he has my straps undone and is easing the bazillion-pound weight from my back. The air still feels sharp in my lungs, like it could slice through me. “Keep moving around,” he says. “Come on, let’s walk it off.” He grabs my hand and leads me over the rocky ground, the two of us walking in wide circles. After a few laps, the air is less daggerlike and my breathing slows. I blink at my surroundings. So focused on my aches and pains, I didn’t stop to soak in the landscape, if that’s what you’d call it. This is probably what the moon looks like. A few hikers passed us on the climb, but we’re alone in this crater, surrounded by jagged outcrops of brownish-black rocks and yellow tufts of grass, low mountains on all sides. It’s majestic and eerie and otherworldly, and I’m here because of Sam. “Beautiful, isn’t it?” he asks. He’s still holding my hand as the silence engulfs us, my heart pounding in my ears. The air is cold and damp. It alleviates the heat from that insane climb but doesn’t do much to quell the warmth between Sam’s hand and mine. Still, I don’t let go. And he doesn’t let go. I could stand here forever. “Yeah, beautiful,” I finally say, no longer referring to the scenery. Giveaway Want to win a $20 Amazon giftcard from Kelly Siskind? You can enter to win on the Rafflecopter below! a Rafflecopter giveaway


About Kelly Siskind

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning. She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group. 2015 Golden Heart® Finalist Connect with Kelly Siskind Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

Friday, 13 November 2015

A secret to help you write gut-wrenching scenes

Hi everyone!

So today I want to talk about a little secret I learned when researching and revising this week (if you've not guessed, I'm a passionate reviser!!).

I'll be honest, I was struggling with an emotional scene (namely how to get the emotion in successfully!). It wasn't quite clicking the way I wanted it to.

 We all know that feeling, am I right?

After scrolling through pages and pages of blogs, articles and whatnot, and then delving into the never ending list of research books and YouTube videos, I came across this:


Now, for some of you, you know this already and are probably thinking "humph, well I know that". However, for those like me who have been writing a while and haven't quite gotten those gut wrenching scenes down oat, this is a huge help. It's also good to remember not to overwrite and to make sure you leave spaces for your reader to fill in, too.

Now, in the spirit of a fun Friday - feel free to leave a comment with a short extract of your scene in question and I'll be happy to give my gut reaction.

Looking forward to reading!!!

F x

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

How much should you let someone edit your book?

There's a question that's been on my mind for quite a while: how much should you let someone edit your book? I'm not talking an agent or editor. I'm talking critique partners.

We all know the value of a great CP team and how they improve your book. However, sometimes you get one CP who is determined that an element of your book doesn't work and that you need to fix it. After consideration you decide you don't want to take their advice and hope to leave it at that. But what if they keep pushing it?

Instead of getting really annoyed and striking them off your CP list, just think. Why are they so het up about it? What has impassioned them so much that they feel the need to be so insistent on the matter?

This is where CPing gets interesting. Sometimes the issue they point out isn't the real issue:

So what do I mean by that? Well, sometimes a reader can see something that doesn't work for them and they think they know why...but they don't. Okay let's take an example:

CP:I think you should take out the MC's boyfriend as he's a limp biscuit.
You: Actually, it's a romance and she needs a boyfriend.
CP: Yeah but why would she even date him? He's so dull. You should cut him.
You: As I said, she needs a boyfriend.
CP: Make him stronger, sexier, better then.
You: Well that won't work because of his back story...

AUTHOR GOD: Well, perhaps you should look further back into the story. Why is it your MC loves this boyfriend? What about her past experiences drives her to find this kind of guy attractive? What strengths does she see in him that no one else does but that you can bring out more to show the reader and get them to love him too? What is it Mr Limp Biscuit does to show his devotion to his leading lady? What about his background has led him to be who he is and what are his redeeming qualities?

So you see, sometimes they say something that is general, but if you pick back through the story, there can be a flaw waaaay further back that can help fix the issue that isn't really your core problem.

Make sense? If you're not sure, leave a comment below.

Also...there will be some times that a CP is just completely wrong and it's bupkis. But never, ever discard something until you have analyzed it from all angles. You might just find a nugget of gold in there.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Touching Fate by Brenda Drake!

Listen up people!!!!!

The lady herself - the one who provides the writing community with so much support and love - Miss Brenda Drake has a gorgeous cover reveal for her fabulous book, Touching Fate. It would be a CRIME not to pre-order this when you can.

Check it out!!!!

Touching Fate
Release Date: 10/13/15
Entangled Teen: Crave

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 veryunscientific 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.

About the Author
Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at schooluntil her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of hereccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was onlyfitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward thefantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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