Monday, February 8, 2016

Kelly Hashway's Into the Fire Re-cover Reveal

Today I'm excited to be a part of author Kelly Hashway's re-cover reveal of her YA novel INTO THE FIRE. The release date is February 16th, and you can pre-order it HERE.

But first, here's a little about the book:

In one month’s time, seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman will die and be reborn from her own ashes…

Her life of secrecy has never been easy. She’s watched her younger brother, Jeremy, burn and rise again in a coming-of-age process called rebirth. And just like her brother, when her time comes, she won’t remember anything from her first life other than she’s a Phoenix—a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical Phoenix bird.

The last thing she needs to worry about is falling for the new guy in town—Logan Schmidt.

Cara is drawn to Logan in a way she can’t explain, but she’s not exactly complaining. Everything is perfect…except it’s not. Once she’s reborn, she’ll forget Logan. And to make things worse, a Phoenix Hunter is on the loose, and Cara’s involvement with Logan is bringing out her Phoenix qualities—the very qualities that will draw the Hunter right to her.

Desperate times call for desperate measures…

Afraid of hurting Logan, Cara breaks it off for good. But her attraction to him runs deeper than a typical high school crush. She wants him—needs him.And if he proves willing to stay by her side, their love might destroy them both.

Can Cara hide from the Phoenix Hunters long enough to survive her rebirth? And if so, will it mean a new beginning with Logan—or the beginning of the end?

And now for the re-cover reveal! Are you ready???

You sure...

Okay, here goes...






Author Bio:
Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but she spends her days writing speculative fiction for young adults, middle graders, and young children. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes YA and NA romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency. 


Don't you just love it?! Congrats to Kelly!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IWSG February: Make New Friends but Keep the Old

I can't believe it's already the first Wednesday in February! Where is the time going?

But since it's the first Wednesday, it's time for another group posting of the IWSG. A big thank you to Alex Cavanaugh for creating this wonderful support group for writers. And it's never too late to join us! Click HERE to join or for more info.

Well, lots of exciting stuff happening around these parts, but nothing I can talk about yet. Hopefully by the next IWSG I'll have some exciting news to share.

In other news, today I'm meeting with two women I met online through the #PitchWars Twitter party a few months back. We connected, figured out that all three of us write YA and live near Charlotte. We've been trying to plan a day we can meet for months, but with the holidays, it had to take a back burner. Now, we are finally meeting at a little French bakery near uptown. I can't wait!! 

I love that as writers we automatically have connections with other writers. And I love that other writers are so willing to give of their time and expertise. One of the greatest things so far about getting serious regarding writing has been meeting so many amazing people who all share the same passion—writing! We may be at different stages on our path to publication, but we all have something in common. We all love to write and we all love to read. Can't get better than that!

What's going on with you?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Book Spotlight—Thirst: Blood of My Blood & Interview with RP Channing

Today, I have author RP Channing here to share with us his debut novel, Thirst: Blood of My Blood. Read on for an excerpt, a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card, and an exclusive interview!

~Kira Sutherland~

After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her 'boyfriend'), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated...), and being labeled as having 'issues' in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:

1. Continue her 'therapy' (where she's told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often...)


2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for "Crazies and Convicts" (as the social media sites call them.)

She chooses the latter...

~Cory Rand~

Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother's best friend...sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.

Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual - he has a weakness) he's left with two choices:

1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks...)


2. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he'll get an education.

He chooses the latter...

It's at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.

Things he's always ignored.

Until now.

Young Adult Romance
Paranormal Romance
High School
Vampires, Demons, Witches
Dark Fantasy

Buy Links
Amazon US
Kindle Unlimited

$20 Amazon Gift Voucher Giveaway
At the back of the book there is a giveaway link. Once the book hits fifty reviews on Amazon, one of those reviewers will win a $20 (US Dollars) Amazon Gift Voucher!

Author Bio
R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because it’s the first thing I wrote that my wife actually enjoyed reading.” When not hammering away (most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy.

Author Links

Excerpt from Thirst

My life was perfect.

I had the perfect shoes and the perfect friends and I lived in the perfect house.

My nails were perfect and my hair was perfect (except on Sundays, it was always
windy on Sundays) and I had the perfect clothes. My lips were a perfect red and my
hair perfectly straight. My eyeshadow was perfect, my hips were...okay, and my
waist...well...also okay. Nothing was wrong in my life.

But then there was Jack.

Jack was a problem.

He needed to go. I mean, when you’re dead, you’re dead! I had told him this endlessly. Somehow, Jack didn’t get it. I mean, I felt sorry for the guy. Sure. Being stuck between this life and the next. But just because I found him, does that mean I needed to keep him?

I think not!

Sadly, when Jack got that look in his eyes, that weary, almost teary (if his tear-ducts worked) look, I melted. I just couldn’t send him away. Not even Jack knew where he would go after he died.

Would he, like, die? As in — dead, nada, kaput, finito, gone, no more? Bye bye, sayonara, ciao, hasta la vista baby and all that?

I couldn’t have that on my conscience. No way.

Interview with RP Channing

Q: What is a typical Friday night like for you?
A: Hah! You’ll usually find me dug into a story until about midnight. I was pretty wild as a kid (understatement of the century), and I think I got all the partying out of my system back then. If I’m not at my computer, I’m usually buried into a Netflix series (Jessica Jones or The Last Kingdom).

Q: What are some books we might find in your TBR pile?
A: You’ll find everything from Stephen King to Nora Roberts to John Green. I read pretty much anything.

Q: If you could describe your novel with a song, what song would it be?
A: Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine. I’ll let you read the story to figure out why. :)

Q: What is one thing you want to do before you die?
A: Write a bestselling novel. Oh, wait, you said one thing, I want to do that several times. a Super fast.

Q: What is your motto for life?
A: Take it as it comes, and don’t sweat the failures.

Thank you, RP! Great answers, and I love the excerpt. Best of luck with Thirst! :)