Thursday, January 29, 2015

Apollycon: Author Spotlights


Mentioned today is the very popular author Jamie McGuire and Jay Crownover!

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ApollyCon Featured Author: Jamie McGuire



About the Author

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.



Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.



Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.



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If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn't love you, first?
No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.
Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.
Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.
In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.



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Other Titles

Beautiful Disaster | Beautiful Oblivion | Apolonia | Providence | Red Hill | Happenstance








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ApollyCon Featured Author: Jay Crownover



About the Author

JAY CROWNOVER Being native Coloradan is a source of pride if you ask Jay. She loves all the things her home has to offer, and that is why she set her books in this familiar place. Writing about what she knows is why her stories feature plenty of rock and roll and body modification.



Jay has been a bartender since she was in college, spending over forty hours a week watching interactions between men and women. This 9 to 5 job offered great insights into relationships - how they start and how they evolve in a social setting.



This cutting-edge author likes to write New Adult novels because she remembers being in her early twenties and thinking she had it all figured out, only to be proven wrong time and time again. When she looks back, she see's that those years defined who she is today, and, good or bad, those decisions ultimately set her current path.



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Upcoming Release - Feb 3rd





Some men are just better when they're bold.



Welcome to the Point...



In a dark and broken kingdom, a ruler has to be fearless to control the streets and the ruthless people who run them.



Race Hartman is just bold enough, just smart enough, and just lost enough to wear the crown. Places like the Point will always have bad things and bad people, but the man in control of all that badness can minimize the devastation. Race has a plan, but can he prevent total annihilation without destroying himself?



Brysen Carter has always seen her best friend's brother for what he is--too pretty, too smooth, and way too dangerous to touch. Basking in Race's golden glow is very tempting, but Brysen knows she'd eventually get burned.



When she starts receiving threatening texts and someone tries to take her out in parking lot, the only person interested in keeping her safe is the one man she can't allow herself to have.



Sometimes being bold is the only way to stay alive. But can she let Race save her life . . . if it means losing herself to him?



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Other Titles

Rule | Jet | Rome | Nash | Rowdy | Asa | Better When He's Bad








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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Apollycon:Author Spotlights

Next up in the author spotlights Cora Cormack who I am SUPER excited to meet! And new to me author Diane Alberts. Again click here for the book giveaway!




ApollyCon Featured Author: Cora Carmack

 


About the Author

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Losing It series.



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Recent Release




Kalliope lives with one purpose.



To inspire.



As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.



Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.



Her presence may inspire genius.



But it breeds madness, too.



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Other Titles

Losing It | Faking It | Finding It | href="http://amzn.to/1wMbs2b">All Lined Up | All Broke Down








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ApollyCon Featured Author: Diane Alberts/Jen McLaughlin



About the Author

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She's hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.



Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat.Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.



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Recent Release





He'll give her exactly what she needs…



Protecting a princess is not what former marine Gordon Waybrook signed up for when he joined the Shillings Agency. But instead of the spoiled, regal little creature he expects, Isabelle VanGuard is a fiery, sexy-as hell woman who's been denied what she needs for too long. And he's just the man to break through her frozen public facade and give it to her.



When she's with Gordon, all Isabelle can think about is pleasure. Their blistering chemistry is immediate and intense, but volatile. In fact, the only thing they agree on is that their one night together is just that—one night. Even after it becomes more. But tempers and temptation can't disguise reality. Isabelle is a princess, and a hot, hard, and tattooed bodyguard isn't the Prince Charming her country expects…even if he's exactly what she needs.



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Other Titles

Temporarily Yours | Stealing His Heart | Out of Line | Out of Time | Out of Mind | Fractured Lines








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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Apollycon: Author Spotlights

The next featured authors: Ann Marie Frohoff and Chelsea Cameron!! Click here for the giveaway!




ApollyCon Featured Author: Ann Marie Frohoff



About the Author

Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast. She settled in Hollywood at 19 working in film and TV. Soon her itch to keep moving took over again, taking her to Hawaii for a time and then back to LA.



She’s now settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Her wanderlust and propensity to live life out loud has brought her many life experiences so many of us only dream about. Always the storyteller, it would be of no surprise to those who grew up with Annie, that she made the transition into a book and screenplay author. You could say that she woke up one day and had an epiphany, deciding to go to school for screenwriting. It’s with this inner fire she set out to write her first screenplay. Soon after, such work made it into the hands of an agency creative executive who challenged her to write a novel to support the complex ensemble cast of characters she’d created. Thus, after only a couple of years and many hours on the road immersing herself in her subject matter; her edgy modern day "Walk The Line meets John Hughes Classics” debut novella, SKID OUT, has been completed, along with the first installment in her Trilogy. SKID OUT is the prequel novella to the HEAVY INFLUENCE TRILOGY.



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Recent Release





Being rich, famous and in an award winning, multi-platinum band can't save you from life's tragedies.



When Jake and Alyssa begin to build a life together in New York City, a death and an unfortunate set of events rattle Jake's very existence. Alyssa clings to her own dreams. Jake's blurred take on life may end what they've fought so hard to keep. Will love remain the same?



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Other Titles

First Kiss | Fever Pitch








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ApollyCon Featured Author: Chelsea Cameron



About the Author

Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.



Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, My Sweetest Escape (January 28, 2014), Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn and For Real (November 14, 2013) and the novella, Christmas Catch (November 1, 2014).



Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare, Neither and Neverend (The Noctalis Chronicles) and Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy. The second and third books in the series, Silence and Listen, will be out in 2014.



Her Adult Contemporary Romance titles include Sweet Surrendering, and coming soon, Surrendering to Us and Dark Surrendering.



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Recent Release





Ryder Blythe is is a disaster. A red-headed, tattooed, dirty-talking disaster. But that doesn't stop Sloane Harris from being totally and absolutely attracted to him. She knows he's bad news, but she can't fight the way she feels.



Plus, it's hard to avoid him since he's her best friend's fiancé's brother. But Sloane can't ignore the issues Ryder has following his unintentional overdose. Ryder flirts with darkness and Sloane's not sure if she can fight being dragged down with him.



It seems like only a matter of time before Ryder will self-destruct. Is Sloane willing to take that risk? Or will Ryder finally get his life together and become the man she needs?



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Sweet Surrendering | Surrendering to Us | My Favorite Mistake | Deeper We Fall | Nocturnal | For Real | UnWritten








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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Featured Blogger: Apollycon/ Giveaway

Hi Everyone! I recently became a Featured Blogger for Apollycon, a book event that I will be attending on February 28th. It's my first big book event and I'm so excited. The main author is Jennifer Armentrout who I have talked about her and her books on the blog before. I cannot sing her praises enough! She is so lovely and funny in person, one of those women you meet and instantly want to hang out and become friends with. Also her books are so well written! I haven't come across a book that I haven't enjoyed. So, part of being a featured blogger is sharing all the news that comes along with the event. You will notice a logo on my page and every Wednesday and Thursday up until the event I will be sharing all the awesome writers who will be at the event. And BONUS…a giveaway, please click here!! I always had the saying "Free is for me" since I was younger and that goes for FREE books too! I hope the spotlights offer you some new authors you haven't heard of or haven't had a chance to pick up one of their books. I love introducing people to new books! Enjoy!




ApollyCon Featured Author: Alexandra Bracken



About the Author

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She recently relocated to New York City, where she lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.


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Recent Release





Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.


They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.


Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.



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Other Titles

The Darkest Minds | Never Fade






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ApollyCon Featured Author: Amalie Howard



About the Author

AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts. She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, PW and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was an Amazon best seller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children.


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Recent Release





The coronation is over.


But the battle has just begun.


Nerissa Marin has won her crown. But can she keep it? Already, her ties to the human realm are driving a wedge between Nerissa and her people. When word arrives that her part-human prince consort, Lo, has been poisoned, she makes the difficult choice to leave Waterfell and return landside. As the royal courts debate her decision, even more disturbing rumors surface: a plot is rising against her, led by someone she least expects.


On land, Nerissa learns another shocking truth: Lo does not remember who she is. As her choice to try to save him threatens her hold on her crown, changing loyalties and uncertainty test her courage in ways she could never have imagined. Nerissa will have one last chance to prove herself as a queen …and save the undersea kingdom she loves.



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Other Titles

Bloodspell | Waterfell | The Almost Girl | Alpha Goddess






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Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas Time

After a very stressful December and working around the clock like a mad woman Christmas kind of went off without a hitch. It was relaxed, the kids were happy, and I was much more calm. I wanted to try to fit in a nice Christmas-y picture of the kids like I did here, but time got away from me and with the stressfulness of the month when I was home all I wanted to do was veg. I'm glad I got the ones I did. John's shirt was a last minute purchase but I thought he looked so handsome in it. Bonus!  Hot Topic had a perfect burgundy bow tie to match his shirt because ya know, Bow Ties are Cool! Olivia's dress is one of my favorite outfits to see her in. Awesome purchase from Zulily. She even picked it out! These pictures are a result of rushing the kids out front on a VERY windy Christmas here in Philly, and throwing my tree skirt (aka a table cloth) over the back of our pickup truck aptly named "Tiny" (points to my Mama for that name) Our New Year's Eve was also VERY low key. Spent in comfy clothes and not removing my butt from my couch. It was great. I also finished my last book of 2014, the final book in the Shadow Falls Series by C.C. Hunter. Bringing my grand total of 71 books read in 2014!!

Picking out our Christmas Tree






Christmas Eve



Christmas Morning
Enjoying his new chair















Taking a ride in Madison's new ride