Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Big, Huge Thank You! #callofthesea #newrelease

Now that the last day of my blog tour has come and gone, I wanted to just take a moment to offer some massive thank you to the blogs who were kind enough to participate in the tour.

Also, no list of gratitude would be complete without a massive shout of thanks to Kelly Simmon (Inkslinger PR) for doing such an amazing job of lining up the tour stops and keeping me on task and organized – and for putting up with my panic attacks and stress inducing whining as we got all this ready to launch.
Thanks, Kelly!!
Finally, thanks goes to all my fellow authors at Inkspell for being so supportive and for helping spread the word… especially, Stephanie Lawton. Not sure what I would have done without you, my dear.
NOTE: Remember to stop by Inkspell Publishing and pick up your copy of Call of the Sea — offered at 30% off on their website through today!
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OMG It’s really RELEASE DAY! Call of the Sea has been unleashed! #callofthesea #PNR

The months between when I got my acceptance letter from Inkspell Publishing to today have been the longest of my life, except maybe the 9 months of waiting to meet each of my three children, but FINALLY the day has arrived.

Call of the Sea is NOW AVAILABLE!! I am officially the published author of a novel! Like, for real!

Here are the links to all the places I know of where you can order or buy a copy:

Inkspell Publishing Website

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

I am sure there are a few more, but I don’t have all the links yet for the others – like All Romance eBooks and KOBO, but as soon as I have them, I will pass them along. I promise.

In the meantime, I thought I would give you all a little bit of a teaser to get you excited about picking up your copy.

EXCERPT:

Ellie wandered down the path to the shore, her mind rolling over all she’d learned since her bittersweet homecoming. She twisted a long piece of grass between two fingers while her teeth worried her lower lip. Her toes dug into the thick sand at the base of the bluffs, bringing a smile to her lips. For a moment, she just bathed her senses in the familiar feels and smells of the secluded inlet. Her shoulders relaxed as she let the rhythmic sounds of the surf sweep her into a cocoon of comfort, like being wrapped up in a favorite blanket.

Her eyes drank in the dark beauty of the curling waves, scanned along the moonlit sand, and froze. She squinted into the night, trying to identify the dark shape walking up the beach. Her breath caught.

Daniel. Ellie’s eyes widened. Is he nude? She hunched down, afraid he’d see her. Heat flushed her cheeks. He had something wrapped around him, something dark. Why am I hiding? From her vantage point, she could make out very little of his physique. Pity.

Ellie straightened, chiding herself for behaving like some sort of peeping tom, ogling as if he were one of Jameson’s sweet treats. Curiosity picked at her brain, urged her feet forward once more. What has he been up to?

She quickened her pace, keeping herself shielded from view by the large rock formation separating them. Concentration centered on keeping her breathing calm and slow, she stealthed closer. Ellie tiptoed around the base until she saw Daniel crouched, and still naked, just a few feet ahead.

He stuffed something between the boulders.

She pressed back against the rock wall, stifling a gasp. What’s he hiding? Why here?

Peeking around the corner, Ellie watched Daniel stepped into his breeches. The curve of his left flank caught the moonlight, drawing her attention as he pulled the pants over his lean hips. Her gaze trailed up his smooth muscular chest.

He bent and grabbed his shirt. Turning so his back faced her, Daniel pulled it over his head, blocking her appreciative view of the contours of his strapping shoulders and molded back.

Ellie bit into the heel of her hand, and tried to disappear into the rock face. No man should be allowed to look that good in the buff. Especially one I don’t like.

Dressed again, Daniel ran fingers through his damp hair, looked around.

Ellie held her breath and waited for him to see her. He went swimming? Who swims in the middle of the night? She’d seen no signs of a ship in the bay–no voices bouncing across the water, and no lights floating in the distance. Besides, the bright moonlight would reveal any ship anchored off shore. She stole another look around the giant boulder.

Let me know what you think about the snipit. To celebrate release day, I will give away an eBook copy and a signed Call of the Sea bookmark to one lucky commenter. (Open to US and Canada residents only. Sorry.)

Debut Author Blog Hop Winner Announced! #giveaway #callofthesea

After running the numbers through the random generators, I have selected a winning entry for the eBook copy of Call of the Sea.

Congratulations to:

Darlene’s Book Nook

Look for an email from me in the morning (late night at my daughter’s ballgame) regarding what file type you prefer and to get a mailing address for the signed bookmark. 🙂

Thanks to everyone who entered and stopped by during the hop. Also, special thanks to I am a Reader Not a Writer and The Non-Reluctant Reader Blogs for co-hosting the event.

See ya next time!

Too entertaining not to share with you all. Make sure to stop by Bookaroo-Ju’s site and leave a comment 🙂

Call of the Sea Blog Tour Schedule #callofthesea #PNR

I am just a bit behind in posting this, but below is the tour schedule for Call of the Sea. I want to take a quick moment to thank all the great blogs participating. It means the world to me to have such fantastic support.

Oh, and this list wouldn’t be near as packed as it is if it weren’t for my fearless Publicist, Kelly Simmon (Inkslinger PR). She is just amazing. If you find you have a need for one, I would highly recommend her.

June 13-Rai29 BookReadNReview
June 20-BookBrats
June 21-RELEASE DAY!!-BookshelfBanter
June 24-BookLove101
June 25-BlookGirl

Happy Release Day to WANT by Stephanie Lawton #WANT_SLawton #YA

Forbidden fruit can be the sweetest—or the most dangerous.

Back of the Book: Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche to help her.

She can’t understand why he suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it. Julianne must face down madness from without, just as it threatens from within. Isaac must resist an inappropriate attraction, but an indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball—the pinnacle event for Mobile’s elite—forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past.

Will Julianne accept the help she’s offered and get everything she ever wanted, or will she self-destruct and take Isaac down with her?

Early Praise for WANT:
“A heart-rending, romantic, and compulsively readable debut. You will remember Juli and Isaac for a long time to come!” –R.A. Nelson, author of Teach Me and Throat

“A powerful masterpiece, exploring tough issues, sweet love, and high stakes…”– Aubrie Dionne, Author of “Paradise 21”

“This story opened my eyes to how exciting contemporary YA romance can be” – Lisa Voisin, Author of “The Watcher”

GIVEAWAY

Please visit my webpage to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway, since WordPress won’t allow me to host the widget from here 😦

ENTER HERE

EXCLUSIVE BOOK BIRTHDAY DISCOUNT!
Buy the book now at Inkspell Publishing Store and enjoy a special EXCLUSIVE 30% discount! Offer valid only till 14th June!

Curious about some “behind-the-curtain” scenes? Read Stephanie’s short story “Aftertaste” for free! Just visit the FREE READS page of the Inkspell site to download.

Purchase Links for WANT:

Purchase through InkSpell Publishing
B&N
Book Depository
Page and Palette (Indie Bookstore)
Amazon

Debut Author Blog Hop and Giveaway: June 7th-13th Win a Copy of #CalloftheSea

I’ve been waiting all month for this Blog Hop.

Why? Well, because I am a 2012 debut author. The idea is still a bit surreal for me, but CALL OF THE SEA releases later this month. *wiggles*

To celebrate, I will be giving away a Free eBook copy and a signed bookmark to one lucky blog follower.

From the Back of the Book:

Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.

Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O’Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Siren’s Call. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.

Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other in order to quell the raging storm between them or have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.

So How Do I Win?

Now that I’ve teased you, I bet you are wondering what you need to do to win these fabulous prizes (gets all Vanna White).

I like to make things simple, plus Rafflecopter doesn’t like WordPress, so all you need to do to qualify for the prize is:

1. Follow this blog,either through email, the follow button at the top of the page, or through Networked Blogs.

2. Comment below with your favorite read so far this year and a way I can contact you should you be selected as the winner.

That’s all there is to it.

A winner will be selected by Random.org from all qualified entries made before Midnite EST on June 13th. Winner will be announced here on June 14th.

Once you’ve entered, make sure you swing by the Linky List and visit with the other Debut Authors participating.. who knows what wonderful stories are waiting for you!

My thanks to I Am a Reader Not a Writer and The Non-Reluctant Reader Blogs for Co-hosting this hop.

Happy Reading!

Guest Post by Stephanie Lawton: “What a snob!”—How I got the idea for Want #WANT_SLawton #YA

ImageBook ideas come from any number of sources: TV shows, a song, a dream. Mine came from a snobby lady at a Mardi Gras parade in Mobile, Alabama.

It was our first Mardi Gras since moving to the Deep South from Ohio, and I was in the midst of an epic case of culture shock. I couldn’t understand why-oh-why the wives of the parading mystic society members wore hats, heels, pearls and fur coats to a parade. It was seventy degrees outside!

We’d been to a number of parades and had a great time mingling with other average Mobilians, but on this day, one of the older, more prestigious societies was rolling. Usually the wives sit in the grandstands provided for them. We ended up next to a group who chose to watch from the street, for whatever reason.

Our kids were quite young—our daughter was one and our son was four—and very cute, which means they got a crap-ton of stuffed animals and other throws tossed their way. When we got too much stuff, we made sure to share with the other people around us. It’s an unwritten rule in Mobile that you take care of the kids near you so everyone has a good time.

The fur-coated ladies next to us had apparently not gotten the memo. They hogged all the throws and when one suggested they share, I overheard the other tell her, “No way!”

Now, what on earth does a wealthy, middle-aged woman need with several pounds of beads and trinkets that are clearly meant for children? She was so rude that I took a picture of her from the back so I could remember that moment.

She stayed with me and I began to ask myself questions: How insecure is she that she flaunts her fur coat in tank-top weather? How bitter must you be to refuse to share with a bunch of little kids? What secrets is she hiding under that coat and big hair? What is her husband like? Her poor children?

And this is where my character Julianne was born. Her mother is so preoccupied with keeping up appearances that she can’t see how dysfunctional she is and that she’s transferring it to her children, especially her gifted seventeen-year-old daughter. Add in a father who’s unplugged, a brother who’s left the nest for college, and a mentor/grandfather-type whose sudden illness turns Julianne’s world upside down, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster … or a YA book.

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Back of the Book: Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche to help her.
She can’t understand why he suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it. Julianne must face down madness from without, just as it threatens from within. Isaac must resist an inappropriate attraction, but an indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball-the pinnacle event for Mobile’s elite-forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past.

Will Julianne accept the help she’s offered and get everything she ever wanted, or will she self-destruct and take Isaac down with her?

Purchase Links:

Splash Into Summer Hop Giveaway Winner Announced! #Giveaway #ebook #callofthesea

I’ve run the qualified entries through the fancy-shmancy randomizer and have selected a winner of my little part of the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop.

Hearty congratulations go out to:

Heather Whitford

Heather, looks like that Magic Eight Ball was lucky! I will be emailing you shortly to find out what file version you would like.

Thanks to everyone who participated and be sure to check back again soon. The Call of the Sea Blog Tour runs from June 7-28th and there will be bunches of Call of the Sea signed copies, and swag to be given away.

My thanks also go to I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Page Turners blogs for co-hosting this giveaway.

Happy Summer, everyone!!

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