Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Little Update for the Week...

Hi everyone! Thanks for helping me celebrate the cover release of my upcoming YA thriller COLLIDE. As I am finishing up the book in preparation for it's release later this month, my presence on the blogesphere will be somewhat scarce. I have plans for a a little remodeling around here, as well as major edits that demand my attention and a quick trip out of town before Spring Break ends.

So yes, It's busy as always around here!

Before I disappear for a while, I wanted to leave you with a couple of things:

1) I just signed the contract for my SIXTH nonfiction book, SUCCESS HABITS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, due out in 2016 by Prufrock Press.

2) For those of you sick of the winter and wondering when summer will ever arrive - check out this pic shot yesterday as I took a little detour from my Dr.'s appointment:

3) I finally formalized my life and parent coaching business and am beginning to take new clients. I'll be posting information on my website and Intense Life blog soon

See you all in a few days/weeks...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Finally - My OFFICIAL Cover Reveal!!!

I am so excited to be part of Xpresso Book Tours book blast and finally officially reveal my next book and cover. COLLIDE is my upcoming Bourne Identity meets Xmen YA thriller. I can't say enough about how thrilled I am to bring this to you!

Before I get to the cover, here is a little more about COLLIDE:

COLLIDE:

The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill.

When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life. 
COLLIDE releases in mid-April on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes and with other online retailers!

And now - the FABULOUS cover for...

COLLIDE


The cover comes from The Book Cover Machine and I couldn't be happier!

To get in the mood, here is a little video of my latest obsession. This cover of Man in the Mirror first aired on Grey's Anatomy a few weeks ago. It's been on repeat ever since, providing me with the emotional mojo for this book. Here you go - 


What do you think? Epic yes???

 Add COLLIDE to your goodreads TBR list and hold on to your seat for April - it is going to be epic!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: Ali Cross's Blood Crown and GIVEAWAYS!


I AM SO EXCITED!!!! Today I get to introduce you to Ali Cross's lastest (and my favorite story so far) BLOOD CROWN. But before I tell you my thoughts, here is a little more about the story...

The Blurb:
Androids have claimed power over what remains of the human race. They rule without remorse. They are the Mind and humans exist only to serve them. 

But it wasn't always so.

Before the android uprising, select droids, called Servants, were pivotal in engineering a new human race with nanotechnology enhanced DNA. The Blood Crown theorum was to be humanity's crowning glory and the key to their survival in deep space.

But Serantha, Daughter of the West, was the last female to receive Gifts from her Servant and when the Mind mutinied, she was hidden away, and presumed dead. 

Without Serantha there is no hope of the Blood Crown being realized so Nicolai, Son of the East, abandons his crown to join the rebel forces. He might not provide the future for his people he had once dreamed of, but he will not go down without a fight.

When Nicolai discovers Sera among a small compliment of kitchen staff, everything changes--but Sera's Gifts were never completed and she is ill-equipped to face a legion of androids determined to wipe her, and every other human, out of existence.

Their only hope is the Blood Crown--but even if Serantha and Nicolai can realize their potential it may be too late to save mankind.
Why I liked it:
I really don't know where to start with my love-fest over this book. I've read everything Ali has written, from her DESOLATION series to JUMP BOYS, and I love her work. Even with all the high expectations I had, BLOOD CROWN blew me away! It is, simply, the best I've read from Ali to date.
So, why...


  • The Setting - Ali did a great job of work building in this book. I could envision the world she drew, and I liked it!
  • The Plot - the story was rich, with a balance of action and narrative so I felt fully immersed and understood what was happening without feeling like the plot had slowed down at all!
  • The Characters - This is where I felt Ali really excelled. I've always liked her character development, and BLOOD CROWN is no exception to this. The characters were well thought out and full. I loved her crafting of them

Overall, this is a MUST READ book in the extreme. If you like a bit of sci-fi and dystopia, with plenty of action and amazing characters, BLOOD CROWN needs to be first in your TBR pile!


Buy BLOOD CROWN today:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | KOBO

Giveaways:
Ali is running not one, but TWO giveaways for her tour.
The first is the grand prize giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And a weekly giveaway for the last week of the tour:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I am so excited for Ali with this one. Be sure to pick up the book....TODAY

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Madness: A gift and more...

Happy Monday everyone. I have been spending the last few weeks contemplating blogging, my brand, and how I want to go forward with regards to my writing, etc. The result - a lot more contemplation!
As I am retouching my brand and deciding the ways in which I want to utilize my web presence, I will still post relevant information here a few days every week - things like author spotlights, pumping up new releases I think you should read, etc.

My goal is to reveal the new whatevers over the next several weeks. Until then, stick around as I am sharing lots of interesting news...

Starting with a little gift:

I've put LACRIMOSA up on Wattpad for a limited time. Already it reached the #2 (or #3 depending on the day) spot for paranormal stories. If you have NOT read it, it's a great story filled with romance, angels and demons.


 Additionally, I have Dies Irae


And MEA CULPA


So check out the Requiem shorts and LACRIMOSA today. And if you like them, review them, vote for them and share them

THANKS!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Unplugging Time!

Unplug

Hi all! Happy March. Can you believe we've already finished the first two months of the year. It is happening so dang fast, isn't it?

I am taking this week off to regroup, work on my many projects, and get things ready for an amazing Spring. Trust me, you want me to refocus so I can bring you:

  • New stories related to the Requiem series
  • A fresh new look around here
  • New books in NF and fiction
  • Exciting new podcasts and webinars on topics ranging from writing to working with anxious children
Make sure you stay in the "know" by signing up for my newsletter and following my blog.

See you 3/10!