Friday, March 20, 2015

YA Spring Fling GIVEAWAY and an Interview with Author M.A. George!


 

It's the YA Spring Fling Blog Hop! What's that you say? Well, a ton of other authors and I are giving away a whole bunch of books, swag, and more!!

There's a YA genre for everyone!!!! I'm giving away multiple ebook copies of my Paranormal Romance/Science Fiction Romance Doppelganger, so make sure to enter and win! The YA Spring Fling giveaway runs from March 20th to April 3rd!!!

Many of us are also interviewing one author on our blog. For my stop, I'm interviewing author M.A. George! Her book Aqua is one of the books being given away! Make sure to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end of this blog and win some books and/or swag!!!!! 


An Interview with Author M.A. George the author of Aqua! 



What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I love when ideas pop randomly into my head—in the shower, at the grocery store, or while I’m staring absently out the kitchen window and smearing peanut butter on my thumb instead of on the bread—and a fresh new story plays out in my head.  It’s like reading a page-turner for the first time, waiting on the edge of my seat to see what happens to my characters next.
What’s the worst thing about being a writer?
When my mind can’t conjure one solitary splinter of an original plot line to save my life.  That’s when scrubbing the toilets starts to sound like a fun diversion.
Plotter or Pantser?
Pantser all the way.  I make a general outline at the outset of a new novel, and I tweak it along the way, but I always end up miles from where I began.  Usually it’s a thrilling ride—not knowing which way the story will take me—but sometimes I feel as though my characters are languishing in the spotlight beam and awkwardly waiting for me to feed them the next line, wondering why their director is wielding a toilet scrub brush.
What are your top tips for surviving a bad review?
I think there are two types of bad reviews.  The mean-spirited ones that blatantly trash a book don’t bother me, because usually it’s obvious that the story just wasn’t a good fit for that reader from page one.  As a reader, I don’t pay attention to that type of review when I’m browsing the virtual shelves for new books, so I have to hope that most other readers don’t put too much weight on them either.  As an author, I tend to dwell more on thoughtful reviews of my books that point out flaws I can also see.  Of course, I’d love to pretend all of my creations are flawless models of literary perfection, but let’s be honest…I’d probably keep rewriting and tweaking every chapter for a hundred years if it were possible.  Rather than wallowing in self-pity when a new reader sees fault in my meticulously crafted story, I try to use it to make the next story better.  Make sure not to make that same mistake again.  Or if I don’t agree with the reader’s opinion, I chalk it up to differing tastes and try to shrug it off, while consuming several heaping spoonfuls of Ben and Jerry’s.
What are your top tips for surviving a zombie apocalypse?
I’m afraid I can only divulge my foolproof plan for surviving the zombie apocalypse to those who bribe me with jars of peanut butter, books, or foot massages.  I’ll throw in a free travel-size bottle of Zombie Repellant 3000 if you include all of the above forms of payment.  (Kidding, by the way.  I don’t actually know the secret formula for zombie repellant.  I do, however, plan to survive the zombie apocalypse by subsisting on stockpiled peanut butter and books.  Wouldn’t actually be that much different from my current circumstances...)
Thanks for the interview!  It was a blast. :)
Thank you M.A. George! It was nice having you on my blog! Make sure to check out her website too: http://www.booksbygeorge.net/
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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!!!!!
To enter to win a copy of one of a gabillion ebooks (including my book Doppelganger!) and more enter the YA Spring Fling Giveaway - http://www.sarahdaltonbooks.com/#!ya-spring-fling/ciql 
For the next stops on the blog tour and more author interviews check out these posts on March 22nd, 2015:

Interview with  Sarah Dalton: http://monkeyqueenbooks.blogspot.com
Interview with N.P. Martin: http://nanonoodle.com

Happy Spring Everyone!!!!!!! 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak (Funeral Crashing #4) Is Now Available For Pre-Order!

Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak
Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak (Funeral Crashing #4) is now available for pre-order! It releases on May 12th, 2015. 


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A little bit about Funeral Crashing #4: Kait Lenox and Ethan Ripley are officially in the I love you stage and they can't keep their hands off each other. When she's not making out with Ethan, Kait also has a new internship at the local police department. Kait's life is finally perfect, that is until she sees her boss interrogating someone she knows. It's Troy, her ex-BFF Ariel's boyfriend and it looks like he's going to be accused of murder. Kait knows she probably shouldn't get involved and that Ethan will hate it, but she just can't help herself! 

In the next two months keep a lookout for more about Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak including teasers, excerpts, Funeral Crashing giveaways, and more! 

Are you a book blogger? I'll be posting a signup form for release week soon!  

Have you read the rest of the books? Here's the reading order for the Funeral Crashing series! 

The Funeral Crashing Series:
#1 - Adventures in Funeral Crashing
#2 - Adventures of a Graveyard Girl
#3 - Adventures in Murder Chasing 

#3.5 - Adventures of a New Year's Kiss (A novella featuring Suzie Whitsett)  
#4 - Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak 

What are you most excited to see in Funeral Crashing #4? Let me know!

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Losing It True Confessions Blog Hop and Giveaway!


Confession: When I was in high school I had the biggest crush on a guy who didn't know I existed. I'd write notes about him to my friends, talking about how cute he was or if I saw him between classes. I even once managed to gather the courage to ask him if I could borrow a quarter. Hey, it was a big deal to do even that. He didn't have one, but he talked to me! He actually talked to me! I also once ran into him at a Burger King over summer break. I just about died...and went to heaven!

That was it. I loved him from afar. Sadly, nothing ever happened with my crush. Oh believe me, I so wish it did! I actually wonder if he ever even knew I liked him. Maybe he did. I acted really goofy around him. Still, a part of me wishes that I'd taken a bigger chance and really talked to him, made the move, kissed him, done even more than that...even if it ended in rejection. 

High school eventually ended and so did that crush. Funny enough, I saw his wedding announcement in the newspaper years later. It was very random that I saw it since I never read the paper. To this day I wonder why fate told me that he was getting married. Weird, right? 

Still, that crush has definitely inspired some of my angsty teenage stories. All of that wanting made my imagination soar! Plus I read a ton of romance books and they definitely added to my imagination. Crush fantasies anyone? I had plenty and they all turned out really, really, really well!

Truthfully, looking back on that crush, it wouldn't have lasted. He's so not my type. He was a hot guy who played sports with blonde hair and an amazing smile, but that's all I really knew about him. Seriously. Besides, years later I met my husband - a smart, hilarious, super hot artist and he is so definitely my forever guy. I got my happily ever after after all.

The point of all this? I love writing about teenage angst. It's actually fun to write about when you're not living it. Besides, my characters get to make their romantic fantasies come true. They get to take the chances I never did in high school. It's like I'm getting a second chance while I'm writing about their adventures in love, romance, and sex. 



I had so much fun being a part of the Losing It Collection. And another confession - this was the first losing it scene I've ever written. It was kind of scary. I wasn't sure what to write or do. It's just like the first time, funny enough. :)

 I also got to meet 21 other very cool YA/NA authors. I had a great time collaborating with them.

I hope you enjoy Losing It! Mention it to your friends! 

This is a 2015 Limited Edition Collection, so get it now! 22 scenes for only 99 cents! That's an awesome deal!

Giveaway

Enter to win a signed paperback copy of Adventures in Funeral Crashing (US) OR ebook copies of Funeral Crashing #1 and #2 (INT).

My Losing It scene is an extended scene from the Funeral Crashing Mysteries and is called Adventures in Dating. It's told from Kait Lenox's point of view. She's an unpopular girl who has a crush on one of the hottest guys in school. Sound familiar? :)

Book one, Adventures in Funeral Crashing, is FREE. Ebook download links are below:





>>> Read all of our confessions and enter to win paperbacks and swag at every stop! <<<
Kristina Circelli (US)
Melissa Haag (INT)
Ednah Walters (INT)
Nikki Jefford (INT)
Stacey Wallace Benefiel (US)
Helen Boswell (US)
S.T. Bende (US)
Amy Miles (US)
S. M. Boyce (US)
Milda Harris (INT)
K. A. Last (INT)
Heather Hildenbrand (INT)
Ginger Scott (US)
Julia Crane (US)
Tish Thawer (US)
Misty Provencher (US)
Alexia Purdy (US)
Tamara Rose Blodgett (US)
A.O. Peart (US)
Bethany Lopez (US)
M.R. Polish (US/UK)
Julie Prestsater (US)

Want to get down and dirty with the authors of Losing It? Join us in the Champagne Room on Facebook. Must be 18 or older to request entry. 
 Ready to Lose It?


Amazon US | UK | AU | CA

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Losing It: A Collection of V-Cards


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking The Spine


I decided to do a Waiting on Wednesday selection this week. That's because I'm really excited about a book that releases next week!   This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


Losing It: A Collection of V-Cards

It releases next Tuesday, Feb. 10th, 2015 and I have a scene in it starring Kait and Ethan from Adventures in Funeral Crashing. Yes, it is a sexy scene...and very hot. 

What is the collection about? Here's the book blurb:

22 Bestselling YA authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of deleted scenes, extended endings, and more from the young adult series’ you love.

In this YA/NA crossover collection all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way!

Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers.

Stories include excerpts and extended material--ALL NEW CONTENT featuring the following YA novels & authors:

The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce
The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand
The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell
Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez
Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane
The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last
Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli
The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford
Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag
A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy
The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater
The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende
Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer
The Runes Series by Ednah Walters
The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher
The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott
Forged Series by A.O. Peart
The Arotas Series by Amy Miles
Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris
The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish   


I'm actually pretty excited to read the other authors' scenes. We all discussed writing them and I want to see how they turned out! 



Add the collection at Goodreads


What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Losing It: A Collection of VCards - Get Excited!

I am so super excited about this collection!

Two weeks until release! Here's what's in store:



22 stops. 22 different prizes. 22 true stories from the Losing It authors.


Join our Twitter Party! February 11 from 7-9PM EST. Use hashtag #Vcard

Join us in the Champagne Room, our private Facebook page, where you'll have VIP access to excerpts, discussions, and giveaways.
Request exclusive access here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/332424686965271/
*Must be 18 to enter




Want to get involved? Help support our campaign on Thunderclap. It's free and fast.



Got a book blog? There's still time to sign up for the Losing It Release Blitz.


Want Losing It to appear on your eReader the second it releases?
Be one of the first to receive this oh so satisfying collection of all new, never before published scenes. Over 200 pages with 22 authors. All for 99 cents!



Add the collection at Goodreads

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Losing It: A Collection of V-Cards Cover Reveal!


Losing It: A Collection of V-Cards is coming out on February 11, 2015 and this is the cover reveal! Looks super sexy, right? And it's just in time for Valentine's Day (and the release of Fifty Shades of Grey movie!)!  


Pre-order is now live on: 
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1Epif4L
Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/1yILVv7
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1yGiCWS
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1CzjM6T
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1woqJD2
iBooks: http://bit.ly/1Czj5dQ

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1woqLL9

And make sure to add it on Goodreads too!  

What is it? Well, it's a collection of V-Card stories from 22 bestselling authors that reveal what went on behind the curtain of your favorite YA novels. In this YA/NA crossover collection all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way! Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers. It's suited for 18 years and over. 

And, drum roll please...here's the official cover! 


So, what does this have to do with me? Well, start getting excited because there's an extended scene in it from Adventures in Funeral Crashing!!!! Yes, Kait and Ethan... 

Nope. That's all I'm saying for now. Kait and Ethan and I'll let your imaginations run wild!!!! 

The other YA novels and authors in the collection are:

The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce
The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand
The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell
Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez
Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane
The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last
Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli
The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford
Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag
A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy
The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater
The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende
Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer
The Runes Series by Ednah Walters
The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher
The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott
Forged Series by A.O. Peart
The Arotas Series by Amy Miles
Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris
The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish 





Here's something fun that you should know about! Request access to the Champagne Room on Facebook - it's a VIP room for readers to mingle with the LOSING IT authors. There will be weekly teasers, naughty excerpts, and giveaways beginning January 14, 2015. You must be 18 to enter.

Join here: Champagne Room on Facebook

I'll be posting more about the book as it nears its release date so make sure to check back!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Release! Adventures of a New Year's Kiss!

Adventures of a New Year's Kiss is available now on Amazon Kindle.
Happy early New Year 2015! Adventures of a New Year's Kiss is available now on Amazon Kindle (and Amazon Unlimited)

2015 is going to rock and there will be tons more Funeral Crashing this coming year! I'm wrapping up Funeral Crashing #4 now...and if you read this whole blog, you'll even notice that I've given you the title...

Adventures of a New Year's Kiss is a Funeral Crashing story following Suzie Whitsett. It can be read as a standalone, although in the series it takes place between books 3 and 4, making it Funeral Crashing #3.5.

Here's a little bit about the book:

Suzie Whitsett loves Kyle Jones and when he gives her an amazing necklace for their two month anniversary, she is over the moon. Twenty-four hours later, it's gone and Suzie has to find out who took it before everything she has with Kyle falls apart right before New Year's...and their first New Year's kiss.  

Attention Funeral Crashing Fans! Make sure to check out the BONUS SCENE at the end of the book that details Kait and Ethan's New Year's Kiss!

Like I mentioned above, although the characters from the Funeral Crashing Series make an appearance in this novella, it is a standalone cozy romantic mystery story featuring Suzie Whitsett.

The Funeral Crashing Series:
#1 - Adventures in Funeral Crashing
#2 - Adventures of a Graveyard Girl
#3 - Adventures in Murder Chasing
#4 - Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak

Funeral Crashing Standalones (Featuring other Funeral Crashing Characters):
Adventures of a New Year's Kiss (Funeral Crashing #3.5 featuring Suzie Whitsett)

Ethan Tells All Stories (Told From Ethan Ripley's POV):
#1 - Adventures in Double Dating: Ethan Tells The Adventures in Funeral Crashing Double Date Scene

A note to fans of the Funeral Crashing series who are not on my mailing list yet - join it! You'll get the Ethan Tells All stories for FREE if you're on the list WHEN I send them out!!! Otherwise, I will be selling them online.