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Fall 2019 YASH Stop Team Red

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until October 6th.

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are multiple contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the red team–but there are also other teams where you have a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the red team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 6th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
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Today, I am hosting Lori Goldstein on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Lori Goldstein, former journalist and current author and editor, has a bachelor’s in journalism and previously worked for technology publications in the “East Coast Silicon Valley” city of Boston, where she currently lives. She’s never met a beach she didn’t love, a book she wouldn’t read, or a strange food she wouldn’t try. She is the author of Screen Queens and the VOYA-starred young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn. Find her on Twitter @loriagoldstein and Instagram @lorigoldsteinbooks.

She’s online at Lorigoldsteinbooks.com.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Lucy Katz was born and raised in Palo Alto, so tech, well, it runs in her blood. A social butterfly and CEO in-the-making, Lucy is ready to win and party.

​East Coast designer, Maddie Li left her home and small business behind for a summer at ValleyStart. Maddie thinks she’s only there to bolster her graphic design portfolio, not to make friends.

​Delia Meyer taught herself how to code on a hand-me-down computer in her tiny Midwestern town. Now, it’s time for the big leagues–ValleyStart–but super shy Delia isn’t sure if she can hack it (pun intended).

​When the competition kicks off, Lucy, Maddie, and Delia realize just how challenging the next five weeks will be. As if there wasn’t enough pressure already, the girls learn that they would be the only all-female team to win ever. Add in one first love, a two-faced mentor, and an ex-boyfriend turned nemesis and things get…complicated.

​Filled with humor, heart, and a whole lot of girl power, SCREEN QUEENS is perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, and The Bold Type.

Here’s a message from Lori and an exclusive link to her content!

YASH IS OVER!

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Hi everyone! I’m excited to be back as part of YASH with my latest novel, the YA contemporary SCREEN QUEENS from Penguin Random House! I’m offering a special behind-the-scenes peek at one of my favorite aspects of the novel and cover on my Web site. I’m also including a giveaway to celebrate both SCREEN QUEENS and the announcement this week of my upcoming Penguin contemporary called SOURCES SAY!
SOURCES SAY centers on a misogynistic scandal that rocks the student body of a small high school, becomes core to the platforms of the two candidates running for student council president, and sparks a rival to the school’s student newspaper that is publishing more fiction than fact. SOURCES SAY is a timely contemporary that comes out in Fall 2020! Swing by my Web site for the full description of SOURCES SAY, to drool with me over the gorgeous cover of SCREEN QUEENS, and to enter for your chance to win my giveaway!
Thanks!
Lori
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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Lori Goldstein, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 9. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the red team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Rosalyn Eves!

Want a couple of free novelettes? Everyone is welcome to a free copy of JOSIE’S COAT, my standalone YA romantic sci-fi:

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iBooksGoogle PlayAmazonKoboBarnes & NobleProlific Works

And to TRESSES & ERUBESCENCE, the prequel to my Blood, Bloom, & Water series:

Amazon – ProlificWorks – Barnes & Noble – Kobo – iBooks – Google Play

 

YASH IS OVER!

ENTER MY STORIARTS GIVEAWAY!

Before you go, consider entering my own mini Rafflecopter giveaway! I’m offering a $25 gift card to one of my favorite literary goodies stores, Storiarts! (Storiarts is not sponsoring or affiliated with this giveaway.) With this, you can save when buying scarves, writing gloves, totes, pillows, and more featuring literary quotations and art.

Visit Storiarts.com!

Enter the giveaway here!

 
 
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TEARS & CRUOR Cover and Blurb Reveal

Today’s the cover reveal for TEARS & CRUOR, the fourth book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series, which I hope to have out in the last quarter of 2019! Thanks as always for this series to Najla Qamber Designs for this amazing cover. Spoilers for Books 1-3 in the series abound:

A traitorous mermaid champion. The vampire champion who just wants to see this war end. The battle between blood, bloom, and water is about to come to a head.

Ember Goodwin knows it looks bad that she’s now the champion of water, but she firmly believes that the ends justify the means. Though smitten with her merman prince, she’s beginning to question his motives and promises—and she won’t allow herself to be duped again.

Ivy Sheppard never saw herself crossing sides to become the champion of blood, but it’s the only way to protect her little sister from their treacherous step-sister. What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with an undead prince whose days might be numbered.

The fourth book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series sees friend become enemy and adversary become lover in the climax of the battle between vampires, mermaids, and faeries. After the events that unfold, things will never be the same.

Add TEARS & CRUOR to Your Goodreads List Today!

While I’m at it, I’ll announce the title of Book 5 (the final book) in the series: VINES & FLORETS!

(Below is the full paperback cover with a placeholder blurb.)

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IRON & AQUA Release Day! Get Books 1-2 for 99¢ for a Limited Time!


IRON & AQUA, the third book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series, is finally here! Since the book is in Kindle Unlimited, this e-book is Amazon exclusive. However, the paperback will be available widely. So far, you can order the paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Ask your local bookstore to order it by name!

A beguiling vampire. The besotted girl who agreed to be his champion. The ongoing battle to save not only the vampires, but also the world.

Ember Goodwin didn’t realize that falling in love would mean sometimes transforming into a vampire—or that she’d be able to shoot fire from her hand. Though she never wanted her step-sister to be her enemy, she can’t just stand aside and let the merfolk proceed with their wicked plans. After walking amongst the undead, she knows that vampires are the true heroes of the ancient conflict, and she’ll do what it takes to make sure they win—even if that means going against the sibling who got caught up on the wrong side of the war.

The third book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series takes the war between fangs and fins to new heights as betrayals and secrets threaten to unravel even the best of intentions.

Now through June 20th, get both FANGS & FINS and SALT & VENOM on Amazon for 99 cents each!

Click here to pick up Books 1-2 for cheap while you can!

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Spring 2019 YASH Stop Team Green

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until April 7th.

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are multiple contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the green team–but there are also other teams where you have a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the green team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
YASH IS OVER! 
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Today, I am hosting Sara B. Larson on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Sara B. Larson is the best-selling and critically acclaimed author of the YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology. Her next YA fantasy, SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT, comes out November 5th from Tor Teen. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.

She’s online at www.SaraBLarson.com.

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world—including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.

On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out—leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.

For 15 years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, having little contact with the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

Sara has the first two chapters of SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT to share with YASH participants!
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YASH IS OVER, so the bonus material is gone!

 

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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Sara B. Larson, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 8. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the green team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Shannon A. Thompson!

Want a couple of free novelettes? Everyone is welcome to a free copy of JOSIE’S COAT, my standalone YA romantic sci-fi:

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iBooksGoogle PlayAmazonKoboBarnes & NobleProlific Works

And to TRESSES & ERUBESCENCE, the prequel to my Blood, Bloom, & Water series:

Amazon – ProlificWorks – Barnes & Noble – Kobo – iBooks – Google Play

ENTER MY PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY!

Before you go, consider entering my own mini Rafflecopter giveaway! I’m offering a bunch of my books in paperback form, which I don’t often do! (I’m spring cleaning out my closet.) Winners can only have U.S. shipping addresses, sorry! Shipping is expensive otherwise. However, if you have an international shipping address, you may enter for a chance to win the books in e-book form instead. Prizes include:
  • Two paperback three-packs of NOBODY’S GODDESS, NOBODY’S LADY, and NOBODY’S PAWN, the complete trilogy (my YA romantic fantasy The Never Veil Series)
  • One paperback copy of BALLAD OF THE BEANSTALK, my YA romantic fairy tale fantasy
  • Two paperback two-packs of FALL FAR FROM THE TREE and TURN TO DUST AND ASHES, my dark YA fantasy duology

Enter the giveaway here!

 
 
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Stay Cozy with YA Holiday Giveaway

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I’m excited to be one of eight authors sponsoring a giveaway just in time for the holiday season. While you run around shopping for gifts, preparing yummy foods, wrapping presents, and getting into the holiday spirit, treat yourself with a chance to win thirteen YA e-books, running the gamut from fantasy to paranormal to suspense to sci-fi and more. The same winner will also take home a pair of Storiarts writing gloves featuring text and images from Laini Taylor’s fantastical book Strange the Dreamer! The e-books you could win include:

  • Beyond the Ever Reach and Beneath the Guarding Stars (Mortality books 1-2) by Everly Frost
  • Phoenix Descending and Paragon Rising (Curse of the Phoenix books 1-2) by Dorothy Dreyer
  • Deception So Deadly (Deception So book 1) by Clara Kensie
  • The Daughters of Morrigan (Souls Out of Ireland book 1) by Annie Cosby
  • Soulmated and Fighting Fate (Joining of Souls books 1-2) by Shaila Patel
  • Undefined (The Elemental Saga book 1) by Jessica Ruddick
  • Fourth World (The Iamos Trilogy 1) and Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari
  • Fangs & Fins (Blood, Bloom, & Water book 1) and Nobody’s Goddess (The Never Veil book 1) by Amy McNulty

To enter, follow the links in the Rafflecopter to sign up for each sponsoring author’s newsletter individually. Earn bonus entries by following the authors on Amazon and/or Bookbub or by Tweeting a message, the latter of which you can do once a day during the contest’s entry period.

Enter via the Rafflecopter here!

This contest is open internationally from December 1st through December 14th, 2018. One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter’s random selection process. After being contacted with the news that they’ve won, the winner must provide their shipping address to receive the writing gloves and e-mail address to receive the e-books. Storiarts is not a sponsor of this contest. Information collected for newsletter sign-ups will never be used for any other reason other than sending newsletters. Unsubscribe individually from newsletters at any time.

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IRON & AQUA Blurb and Cover Reveal!

Today’s the cover reveal for IRON & AQUA, the third book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series that I hope to have out in the first quarter of 2019!

A beguiling vampire. The besotted girl who agreed to be his champion. The ongoing battle to save not only the vampires, but also the world.

Ember Goodwin didn’t realize that falling in love would mean sometimes transforming into a vampire—or that she’d be able to shoot fire from her hand. Though she never wanted her step-sister to be her enemy, she can’t just stand aside and let the merfolk proceed with their wicked plans. After walking amongst the undead, she knows that vampires are the true heroes of the ancient conflict, and she’ll do what it takes to make sure they win—even if that means going against the sibling who got caught up on the wrong side of the war.

The third book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series takes the war between fangs and fins to new heights as betrayals and secrets threaten to unravel even the best of intentions.

Add IRON & AQUA to Your Goodreads List Today!

While I’m at it, I’ll announce the title of Book 4 in the series: TEARS & CRUOR!

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SALT & VENOM Release Day!

Buy SALT & VENOM or Read for Free in KU Today!

SALT & VENOM is now available! With the e-book exclusive to Amazon, the second book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series is also free on Kindle Unlimited. Paperbacks will be available widely, though there have been some production delays.

An emboldened merman. The daring girl who agreed to be his champion. The upcoming battle that threatens to change everything they believe in.

Ivy Sheppard never wanted the ability to turn into a mermaid—though her wicked ice powers are nothing to sneeze at. Now her step-sister is her enemy, the fairy she once trusted may not be the ally she hoped for, and her new boyfriend wants her to transfer schools to avoid the vampires taking over Union High. Between dodging parents’ concerns, pretending she can stand to even look at the step-sister who sided with the bloodsuckers, and still aiming to end it all without violence, Ivy is in over her head. Unfortunately, these ancient enemies are itching to get the conflict started and Ivy may have no choice but to become the warrior the merfolk need her to be.

The second book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series starts the war between fangs and fins in earnest as the merfolk plan their assault to bring down the unnatural undead vampires once and for all.

Early reviews for SALT & VENOM say:

“The impending battle seems to be shaping up to be more than anyone expects it to be and I’m anxious at finding out how it ends. Can’t wait for the next one!”

“Just when I thought Fangs & Fins couldn’t be topped, Amy McNulty proved me wrong with Salt & Venom.”

“You’re going to be hit with the ultimate twist that you definitely won’t see coming. It’s going to rock your world.”

To celebrate the release of SALT & VENOM, the first book in the series, (FANGS & FINS) is only 99¢ for a limited time! If you’ve yet to give the Blood, Bloom, & Water series a try or know someone who might enjoy it, now’s the best time to pick it up!

Buy FANGS & FINS for 99¢  or Read for Free in KU!

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Fall 2018 YASH Stop Team Pink

YASH IS OVER! Thanks for playing!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until October 7th.

Team Pink

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the pink team–but there is also other teams where you have a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the pink team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
 
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 7th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
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Today, I am hosting Patty Blount on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!
Patty Blount grew up quiet and invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice writing smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. Today, she’s the award-winning author of edgy, emotional contemporary romance. Powered by way too much chocolate, Patty gives a voice to characters facing realistic situations like rape (SOME BOYS, 2014), bullying (SEND, 2012), and grief (NOTHING LEFT TO BURN, 2015). She enjoys hearing from her readers so visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
 
Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author’s book here!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

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From the award-winning author of Some Boys comes an unflinching examination of rape culture that delves into a family torn apart by sexual assault.

It’s been two years since the night that changed Ashley’s life. Two years since she was raped by her brother’s teammate. And a year since she sat in a court and watched as he was given a slap on the wrist sentence. But the years have done nothing to stop the pain.

It’s been two years of hell for Derek. His family is totally messed up and he and his sister are barely speaking. He knows he handled it all wrong. Now at college, he has to come to terms with what happened, and the rape culture that he was inadvertently a part of that destroyed his sister’s life.

When it all comes to a head at Thanksgiving, Derek and Ashley have to decide if their relationship is able to be saved. And if their family can ever be whole again.

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Trigger: Boys will be boys is never an excuse…
I’m Patty Blount, author of SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW, a book about healing from rape in a culture steeped in excuses for the attackers and blame for the victims.
Main character Ashley Lawrence was raped in her freshman year when the football team’s annual scavenger hunt tradition took a perverted turn: points for sexual activity. Ashley did everything she could — she endured the examination, she went public, she testified…but her attacker still got a slap-on-the–wrist sentence. Even worse, her own brother doesn’t think what happened is that big a deal. It’s two years later when the story opens. Ashley and her brother barely speak and their family is disintegrating.
When her school hires a new coach to reinstate the football program, Ashley implements a pledge drive to raise awareness. The drive is a big success but it’s not enough for Ashley. She needs to do more to help people understand why so many women have stories about sexual assault, why so many survivors don’t report their attacks, and why it’s so important that we stop making excuses for boys who think it’s no big deal to look up skirts or share naked pictures of girls.
She starts a Pinterest board that she calls Before & After. Her board is full of ads that promote sexual violence. Then, she Photoshops those ads to show how they SHOULD have been published.
I started Ashley’s board and filled it with Before pictures. But mine is missing the After versions. The board is public. Feel free to pin images that offend you along with reasons why. It’s my hope we’ll make this go viral so people will finally understand why we’re so fed up. Share it, tweet it, post it, blog about it.
Let’s tell the world that we’re through with their attempts at normalizing sexual harassment, assault, and rape.
See the Pinterest here! (Trigger warnings: It’s full of offensive advertising that promotes sexualized violence and rape culture that Ashley changes to be less misogynstic and sexist.) Click on the screenshot or link for the full board.
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And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, Patty Blount, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 4. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the pink team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author, Stacie Ramey

Want a free novelette? Everyone is welcome to a free copy of JOSIE’S COAT, my YA romantic sci-fi:

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ENTER MY GIVEAWAY

Before you go, consider entering my own mini Rafflecopter giveaway! I’m offering a bunch of my books in e-book form! (Mobi or Epub)
  • One e-copy three-pack of NOBODY’S GODDESS, NOBODY’S LADY, and NOBODY’S PAWN, the complete trilogy (my YA romantic fantasy The Never Veil Series)
  • One e-book copy of BALLAD OF THE BEANSTALK, my YA romantic fairy tale fantasy
  • One e-copy two-pack of FALL FAR FROM THE TREE and TURN TO DUST AND ASHES, my dark YA fantasy duology
  • One e-copy of FANGS & FINS (Blood, Bloom, & Water Book One) and an e-ARC of SALT & VENOM (Blood, Bloom, & Water Book Two)

(If you already have the prize you win, you’re welcome to select another one of my books as a substitution.)

Enter the giveaway here!

 
 
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SALT & VENOM Cover Reveal

I’m excited to show off another amazing cover by Najla Qamber Designs in the Blood, Bloom, & Water Series! I’m hard at work at finishing this book, which features only Ivy’s point of view and showcases the merfolk side of the conflict. I had to bump publication from September to October, but I hope that might mean less time between Books Two and Three.

 

Title: Salt & Venom

Series: Blood, Bloom, & Water Book Two

Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Publication Date (tentative): 10/16/2018

An emboldened merman. The daring girl who agreed to be his champion. The upcoming battle that threatens to change everything they believe in.

Ivy Sheppard never wanted the ability to turn into a mermaid—though her wicked ice powers are nothing to sneeze at. Now her step-sister is her enemy, the fairy she once trusted may not be the ally she hoped for, and her new boyfriend wants her to transfer schools to avoid the vampires taking over Union High. Between dodging parents’ concerns, pretending she can stand to even look at the step-sister who sided with the bloodsuckers, and still aiming to end it all without violence, Ivy is in over her head. Unfortunately, these ancient enemies are itching to get the conflict started and Ivy may have no choice but to become the warrior the merfolk need her to be.

The second book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series starts the war between fangs and fins in earnest as the merfolk plan their assault to bring down the unnatural undead vampires once and for all.

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39878355-salt-venom

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My Favorite Fairy Tale Blog Hop Stop!

Welcome to the 2018 Fairy-tale Blog Hop. Thirteen fabulous fairy-tale authors have gotten together to talk about their favorite fairy tales. Follow the links at the bottom of each blog post to hop to the next author’s website. Collect our favorite numbers to total up at the end and enter to win a print collection of our books! (There are several anthologies, debuts, and even an ARC for a BLINK YA book you can’t buy in stores yet!)

My Favorite Fairy Tale

Like many Disney fanatics, animated musicals were among my first introductions to fairy tales. In my youth, Aladdin was my favorite fairy tale—I loved the humor and Princess Jasmine was a kick-butt heroine for much of the movie, the kind I strived to be. However, as time passed, my second favorite Disney film became my favorite fairy tale overall: Beauty and the Beast. Perhaps it was because I grew to love the Byronic hero in fiction: brooding, troubled, and saved by the love of a strong-willed heroine. (In the vast majority of cases, it’s not a healthy relationship to emulate—but it’s always swept me off my feet in fiction.) And that’s the key, I think, to why Beauty and the Beast continues to mean so much to me, causing me to fall in love with the live-action movie version almost as much as the original animated tale. The Beast is a jerk, focused entirely on his own suffering, but he learns to be a better person and put others before himself thanks to the power of love. Not just someone loving him—but more importantly, him loving someone else.

In the Disney version, Belle is confident and unwilling to put up with a lot of the Beast’s unreasonableness, standing up for herself and those she cares for. That’s my favorite kind of heroine, especially in a hate-to-love scenario, because she doesn’t compromise who she is for a relationship. (Fantastical reasons for her captivity aside.) In the original fairy tale, Beauty is more passive and self-sacrificing, though the Beast is somewhat less cruel, too. She may be a little too passive for my tastes, but it’s still beautiful that she sees past the Beast’s hideous exterior and demonstrates selflessness.

There are elements of Beauty and the Beast in my The Never Veil Series—the moody, mysterious lord and the stubborn girl who’s his would-be captive. So when I finally had an idea to work on a “fairy tale retelling” (in my case, it was a prequel), I didn’t choose my favorite fairy tale, instead picking one I never particularly thought much about: Jack and the Beanstalk. I actually strangely was inspired during a Rifftrax Live showing of Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny. But that’s a tale for another time.

The giveaways are over!

Bibbidi bobbidi boo! 15 is my magic number for you. Go on to author Elizabeth Hopkinson’s website for more fairytale fun!

Have you visited every author’s website and collected all the numbers? Want to win all these fairy tale stories in paperback? Here’s where you’ll find the giveaway!

Before you leave my site, consider entering my bonus giveaway! You could win:

  • One e-copy three-pack of NOBODY’S GODDESS, NOBODY’S LADY, and NOBODY’S PAWN, the complete trilogy (my YA romantic fantasy The Never Veil Series)
  • One e-book of BALLAD OF THE BEANSTALK, my YA romantic fairy tale fantasy
  • One e-copy two-pack of FALL FAR FROM THE TREE and TURN TO DUST AND ASHES, my dark YA fantasy duology
  • One e-book of FANGS & FINS (Blood, Bloom, & Water Book One), my YA paranormal romance/urban fantasy series

Enter here!