Monday, May 26, 2014

How to Seduce a Band Geek - A Special GIF Review

Today is the first day of Goddess Cassie Mae's tour for her book, "How to Seduce a Band Geek"! I will be sharing a special review of her book. Yes, I've already done a written review, but this one is in typical Cassie style. Because Cassie loves GIF posts. :)

Sierra has a crush on her sister's best friend, Levi. But she hasn't had the best luck with guys...


Levi, the sexy drummer isn't falling for her boobs and short skirts. He's gorgeous.


She can't get over her crush on Levi...


Sierra is confused and struggles to overcome her awkwardness...


As she gets closer to Levi, she sees the pain and stress he's in and desperately wants to help him.


She'll have to give up part of herself to help Levi and to seduce the band geek.



Cassie Mae is seriously my favorite romance author! She'll make you snort and laugh til milk comes out of your nose, and gasp until you have to dig your nails into your thighs! You'll swoon too, so make sure to read on a comfy surface. 5 STARS! Go read it now or I might have tp make you give Voldemort a hug. I said his name, yes. Be afraid. BUT -- go read "How to Seduce a Band Geek"! :) Congratulations Cassie!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Diversity in Young Adult Romance

I've been working on revisions for "Silent Beauty" and I'm finished with them! So, super yay! I really like how the novel is turning out. I sent it to three girls for some overall critique and my email is starting to get angry at how many times I've refreshed it in the past two weeks. I've decided I'd really like to pursue a small publishing house for this novella instead of self-publishing at this time. I really love it!


There's been a lot of talk about diversity in novels recently. I completely agree. I'm really proud of how diverse the characters are in "Silent Beauty". My main character, Alanna, is partially deaf due to an illness and an accident that accelerated the disease. She's ashamed of her hearing aids and quiet. Her best friend, Atticus, is gay and endures constant bullying, along with his own mother struggling to accept him. Her love interest, Jared, is a geek and beaten-up for his love. Another character has a physical disability. I also wanted to include the depth of how different their lives can be and their families. One is being raised by an aunt, another by a single mom, and one by a step-mom and father. Diversity! :)

One of the girls who is reading "Silent Beauty" and giving feedback for me, already sent me an email to tell me how she's enjoying reading about the depth in the story and how she's obsessed with Alanna and her story! She loves that the romance has depth to it. I think it makes my story stand out to have a romantic theme, but also be dealing with real issues. It makes me very excited for the project!

It's also made me think about what I'd like to write next and I've come up with a few little ideas. I've already written two fairy-tale retelling books and I've got ideas for a new one. I like taking fairy-tales and changing them into modern retellings. My next one is possibly going to be a retelling of Cinderella with a girl named Bristol. With a possible love interest named Lukas. An international love. :)

But right now I'm going to focus on waiting for feedback and preparing to do another round of revisions. I hope your writing/revisions are going well. Have a great holiday weekend in the states! I'm heading on a short road trip to see a friend for the weekend and I'm very excited for a vacation.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

IWSG - Now what?

I swear I miss this post every other month, but I'm here! Today is another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. This is a place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

Now what?

So, I published my first novella on April 1st and it was a blast! I love how the book turned out and I really appreciate everyone who helped me celebrate my release!

I'm kinda coming down off of the book release high and I'm looking at sales. Reviews have been wonderful and I love all of the little comments! One of my coworkers told me she read it, cried, and loved it. It really makes me feel good to hear those words of encouragement, especially from people I know! I love the review from strangers, but it's great to be reassured from friends and family. And now I'm kinda in a post book release slump.

I finished writing "Silent Beauty" - my retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a deaf girl and a geek. I'm super excited about it and I'm (for ONCE in my life) excited to edit it! Then I will have the decision to self-publish it or seek representation for it. I don't know.

I've decided, that's the great part about writing! We choose our own adventure. Sometimes we decide to take the left door instead of the right door and end up being eaten by a crocodile or getting stuck in a field of poppies that make us sleep. But the great adventure is the different places our writing can take us! Our writing journey's are all unique, like our books. I just have to decide which path I would like to take next.

What do you think of self-publishing and traditional publishing from the same author? What's your favorite part of your writing journey so far?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

How to Seduce a Band Geek - A Review

Okay, deep breath. But honestly, this was my reaction after reading "How to Seduce a Band Geek" by Cassie Mae!

And this.....


* I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review

Title: How to Seduce a Band Geek (How to #2)
Author: Cassie Mae
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: May 6, 2014 


Genre: YA Romance
Plot: First, here is the summary of "How to Seduce a Band Geek" from Goodreads - Sierra Livingston’s got it bad for her sister’s best friend, Levi Mason—the boy who carries his drumsticks in his pocket, marches with the school’s band, and taps his feet to whatever beat runs through his head. Sierra racks her brain for ways to impress the sexy drummer, but the short skirts and bursting cleavage don’t seem to cut it. When Sierra gets paired with Levi’s sister, Brea, for a mentorship program, they strike a deal. In exchange for Sierra keeping her mouth shut about Brea ditching the program, Brea lets Sierra dig for more info on Levi to help get the guy of her dreams. But when Sierra discovers Levi no longer plays the drums, his family has moved into a trailer, and he’s traded in his Range Rover for a baby blue moped, Sierra’s not sure if she can go through with violating his privacy. She’ll have to find the courage to ask him straight out—if he’s willing to let her in—and explore other ways to seduce the school’s band geek.

Sierra likes her sister's best friend, but she doesn't think he knows she exists, other than "Zoe's sister". Levi is the drummer with gorgeous locks and the kindest heart. Sierra has no idea how to attract the attention of the band geek. Her creative style isn't exactly helping and her sister only recommends being herself. The kids at school find every reason to ridicule Sierra for her past mistake with her ex-boyfriend, so finding a guy isn't easy. As they get closer to each other, she starts to see the pain Levi is hiding and the stress he's under. She only wants to help him, but Levi doesn't make it easy. He's protective to a fault. She'll have to learn to love herself and release her inner geek for a chance to seduce the band geek.

Cassie Mae is a romantic goddess! She had me swooning and laughing in the same breath. I couldn't stop laugh at the ridiculous antics of Sierra and her awkwardness! It was hard to keep quiet as I was reading with a sleeping baby on my lap. The chemistry between Sierra and Levi leaps off the page and makes me desperately want my own band geek! It was really nice to also see how Zoe's and Zak's relationship continued as minor characters in the background. Sierra really grows as a character from the immature girl we met in "How to Date a Nerd" to a young woman capable of loving and giving up some of her selfish desires. I love the honesty of Sierra. She's comfortable in her own skin, but she's hesitant. Her blood queasiness made me laugh because I have the same problem!

As a fellow band nerd, I never loved my uniform, but I LOVE Levi in his band uniform. Sierra and Levi seriously have the best kiss scene yet. :) I loved Levi! He's a great friend, charismatic, compassionate, loving, and an overall fun guy! I would totally date him.

"How to Seduce a Band Geek" is a sweet and humorous young adult romance about loving your inner geek and being yourself with the ones you love! I most definitely recommend it!

Congratulations Cassie Mae on your AMAZING novel! I can't wait to read the third one! :)

The Trouble Series - Cover Reveal!

Today I am super excited to be helping one of my favorite authors reveal the covers for her new series!! I've read "Forgiven", which is the prequel novella and it's wonderful! It's really nice to find clean NA Romance. :)

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Ta-da!





The Trouble Series by Rachel Morgan
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Four new heroines are about to enter the book world in this romance series full of swoon-worthy guys, comical moments, witty dialogue, and hot kisses…

#1: The Introvert

Sarah doesn’t talk to strangers, but the cute guy sitting next to her on the plane might have to be the exception. Hours of random conversation later, Sarah thinks Aiden could be her happily ever after. The trouble is, he’s gone now—and she has no idea how to find him.  ~ The Trouble with Flying

#2: The Nerd

Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself and finally fit into the popular crowd. But how far will she go before realizing that what she really wants has always been right in front of her? ~ The Trouble with Flirting

#3: The Fraud

After a stupid miscommunication, everyone in Andi’s new res thinks she’s secretly dating Damien, boyfriend of resident queen bee Charlotte. Since the rumor’s already out there and refuses to be squashed, Andi and Damian decide to keep up the facade in the hopes of snagging the attention of the people they really want to be with. ~ The Trouble with Faking

#4: The Artist

With exam stress, family wedding craziness, and a spiraling relationship with her boyfriend, Sophie finds herself sucked further and further into the darkness of depression. The only thing making her remotely happy these days is her art—and the guy on the other side of the internet who seems to really get her. But is that enough to keep her from falling off the edge entirely? ~ The Trouble with Falling

Get the prequel novella, 
FORGIVEN, for FREE at most online retailers!

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/series/126161-the-trouble-series


AUTHOR BIO:

Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn't for her—after all, they didn't approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those still young at heart.

Author Links:
http://www.rachel-morgan.com/

Congratulations Rachel!! They look A-MAZING! I cannot wait to get my hands on these books!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Goals

It's finally spring! Meaning where I live, it has literally rained for 4 days in a row. And when it wasn't raining, it was drizzling. Yes, we need the moisture, but I miss the sunshine. I could never live somewhere where it rains all the time. I'd get depressed.

Congratulations to everyone who undertook the A - Z Blogging Challenge last month and the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo! I finished my novel on April 29th, so I barely made it, but I had a busy month, so I didn't do much blogging. Which leads us to an update with my monthly goals! If you're new, I post my goals around the 1st of every month to give myself goals to achieve and focus my writing/reading.

Here are my goals from April:
* Write to 30,000 words on "Cursed" for the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo

* Read "Sidelined" by Kyra Lennon
 Unfortunately, I didn't get to this one, but it is on the top of my list to read next!

 One out of two goals. Not bad, but not what I hoped. BUT-- I did write a new book last month and I realized yesterday that I read TEN books last month! Don't believe me? Let me share which books I read! :)

 Alanna by Tamora Pierce
King Sized Beds & Happy Trails by Becca Ann and Tessa Marie
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
Beach Side Beds & Sandy Paths by Becca Ann and Tessa Marie
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo
Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
Choose Us by Caylie Moore
Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

Half of them were re-reads, but they still count as reading! Some days you just want to sit down and read a familiar book. :) Anyway, all of the purple books are ones I've read before. It's a LOT of Tamora Pierce, who happens to be one of my favorite authors and I haven't reread her books in a while, but I did read new books too! I think it's kinda funny I read an old book, then a new book, then an old book, and repeated the pattern all month. (That is the order I read those books this month.)

Goals for May:
* Complete first round of revisions for Camp NaNo novel, Silent Beauty
This is the first book I'm actually itching to start revising, though I want to give myself a few days before diving in. I normally hate editing, so we'll see how this goes!

* Read "Sidelined" by Kyra Lennon

* Take a vacation
I'm finally taking a few days off from both jobs and I'm going to take a short road trip to Wisconsin with my best friend to see our other best friend! I'm ready to see her and to take a break from life for a few days! :)

How did your goals from April go? If you did either big event last month, I hope you can get some time to rest and relax! You deserve it!