Thursday, March 21, 2013

Carrie Butler - STRENGTH!


I'm sure that nobody needs me to remind them that STRENGTH has been released by Carrie Butler --- but, just to fuel the oh-so-sexy fire, let me throw a huge shout out her way!
GO CARRIE!!!

Short Synopsis:
When college student Rena Collins finds herself nose-to-chest with the campus outcast, she’s stunned. Wallace Blake is everything she’s ever wanted in a man—except he can’t touch her. His uncontrollable strength, a so-called gift from his bloodline, makes every interaction dangerous. And with a secret, supernatural war brewing among his kind, there’s no time to work it out. To keep Wallace in her life, Rena will have to risk a whole lot more than her heart.

 Find Carrie:

WEBSITE  |  BLOG  |  TWITTER  |  FACEBOOK  |  GOODREADS


Find STRENGTH:

Friday, March 15, 2013

Get Your Oirish On!

I might be late, but the day isn't over yet! This is my post for the fabulous Mark Koopman's Got Green Blogfest 2.0'. Yep, he's my main Oirish man! 

I couldn't post it earlier because I didn't have my pictures yet! And since we actually had some sort of St. Patty's day festivities going on this year, I wanted to make sure that I shared. 

First off - be sure to thank my daughters first grade class for setting out to catch some leprechauns. It was our first leprechaun trap - EVER, which may be bordering on sinful. However, we put our best foot forward, my daughter designed an awesome trap, while I handled the hot glue gun, and we caught ourselves a leprechaun! Too bad he escaped. What a sneaky little bugger.

He did leave some of his cute green footprints behind all over their classroom and the traps though. I imagine there had to be several leprechauns prancing about with all those traps to bait them.

 And what is St. Patty's Day without a delicious treat? It just wouldn't be fun at all! I found this cute idea on Pinterest (go figure) and just had to make it. The kids won't get their until the "actually" 17th, but I made some for my co-workers and brought them to work with me. Uber fun and everyone loved them. 

Such a fun holiday! Hope you're all in the "Got Green" Spirit!

Happy St. Patricks Day!
(I'll be around to visit blogs on Sunday! Sorry I'm slow!)


Monday, March 11, 2013

Break From You & Rebecca Green Gasper ~

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. I have a very special guest with us today. She has been gracious enough to come visit and share a little about herself and her debut novel, break from you. One thing I like about Rebecca is that she likes to tackle the "tough subjects" through her writing. We get into this during our little chat, so pull up a chair and check this out! 

Howdy Rebecca! Thanks so much for joining me today!
Hi Leigh! Thank you so much for having me on your blog. I am so excited to be here and chat with you! How are you doing?

I just baked a batch of lemon bars that were oh-so-delicious, so I am doing good! I have a few questions to ask you, so I'm just going to jump right in.

1.      In 30 words or less, tell us a little about yourself.
I love pinwheels, bright colors, daisies, long talks with friends, and time with my family. I’m outgoing – not at all shy. And it goes without saying, I love to write.  (That was 30 exactly!)

2. Your debut novel, Break From You, is now available! Give us a brief synopsis of what this book is about.
Break From You is an emotional story about a seventeen year old girl’s journey through an abusive relationship. Here’s the (agonized over and dreaded) log line: When Brooke Myers’ finds herself falling for the boy who saved her from a burning building the night of homecoming, she is forced to reevaluate her relationship with her abusive boyfriend and face the ghosts in her past.

3. On your about me page, I can tell that you are passionate about writing about “tough topics.”  What inspired your current novel?
Well, the idea for Break From You came from a dream about a fire, a cowboy, and another element I can’t tell you about without spoiling the story. I ended up sitting on the idea for a while. After a few chats with some friends and hours of research, I learned about the prevalence of teen dating abuse and knew that was the direction I wanted the story to go. Most of my stories have elements of tough issues in them. I think it is very important to talk and to raise awareness. However, it is very hard to even start the conversation about these types of issues, let alone have a deep discussion about them, so what better way to starting talking than through a good book or movie?

4. You’ve been doing a lot to raise awareness for Dating Violence. Are there certain website that people can go to for help? What is the best thing for someone to do who is trapped in a violent relationship?
It is important to get help. The best thing for someone to do is make sure she does not isolate herself. If she is planning on breaking up with her partner, she needs to make sure she is in a very public area and not alone with him. She needs to go to a trusted adult or friend and get in touch with a trusted organization. These organizations have professionally trained staff to listen, understand, and help. One of the best organizations for more information or to get help is Loveisrespect.org. Anyone can visit their website or text “loveis” to 77054 (Note: I used the pronoun “she” however, it is important to know that anyone can be a victim of dating abuse, including boys.)           

Rebecca, thank you so much, for sharing a bit about your book and dating violence with us. I think it’s important to raise awareness for things like this and I appreciate you being willing to talk about this with us today. Thank you again for having me! It is an honor to be here today and raise awareness on teen dating abuse. It is so important to stand up and speak out.  

Now, just to lighten things up how about a few popcorn questions?  
Yay! This should be loads of fun!

Yep! This is the fun part!

Twitter or Facebook? I love twitter because I love to chat with people and twitter is perfect for that.

Chocolate or Popcorn? Popcorn. (Sadly, I have a lot of food allergies and Chocolate happens to be one of them)
My heart is broken for you. I'd die without chocolate, but popcorn is yummy too!

Night Owl or Early Bird? Night owl! My rule is to never get up before the sun.

Snow or Sunshine? The sun! Although I don’t hate the snow- I just like the sun more.

Oceans or Mountains? Mountains! I am a Colorado mountain girl through and through!

Okay- now your turn…twitter or facebook? Chocolate or popcorn? Night or morning? Snow or Sun? and Ocean or mountains?
LOL! Oh goodness, you're turning the tables on me! Okay... here goes:
Facebook
Chocolate
Night
Sun - FOR SURE!
and Mountains, all the way! 

Thanks again for being here Rebecca! It's been a great visit! I hope that our visitors are about to use the great information you have shared. 

Now, if you would like to find out more about Rebecca and her book, break from you, you can use the following links!


Book on Goodreads

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Matchelor!!!

Aw! Please forgive me as I play catch up here! But... the fantabulous MATCHELOR is being hosted by Falling for Fiction later this month! Anyone who might be looking for CP's or beta readers will hopefully find this helpful! Here are the deets:
You walk into a room and it's full of beautiful, interesting people. They're all wearing name cards with fascinating information on them. One catches your eye. He or she is the most gorgeous person you've ever seen and their card contains everything on it you've ever wanted. But your feet are pinned to the floor. Your heart pitter-patters so loud you know if you get any closer they'll hear it beating right out of your chest. You bite your lip and sit at the bar instead of making your way to the other side. And go home alone.
This is pretty much what we think happens at our CP/Beta Mixers. Enter THE MATCHELOR. We at FFF want to hook you up. And if you're willing to put your writing career in our hands. (That's a joke, btw) We'd like to help you out. We've created a questionnaire that I will post here and it will be available on a tab all month. You fill it out and send it to our email address fallingforfiction@yahoo.com by Wednesday March 20th. Please label your email, THE MATCHELOR, so we can easily filter through the critique requests and these forms.

Once we receive the forms we will go through them and based on the information you provide, we will connect you to your perfect match. The results will be posted during the week of March 25th-29th. Just like any blind date or dating show, we aren't going to make you become critique partners or beta readers. But by filling out the form what you're agreeing to do is exchange a chapter or a few chapters with the person we've matched you up with. After that, it's up to you to continue your glorious relationship. The only thing we ask is if we make a successful match, tell us! We'd love to hear about it and tell our followers about it too.

Simple enough? Please help us spread the word. The more participation the more likely we'll find great matches. We have this snazzy button you can use.

The Matchelor Questionnaire
Name: 
Email Address*: 
  • Genre.
  • What you're looking for in a CP? Please list at least three things.
  • Long term love or fling?
  • Favorite book.
  • Strengths and Weaknesses as a writer.
  • If you were stranded on a dessert island what three things would you bring.
*If you would like your email address private please indicate on your form. But we do need a way for your match to contact you.

Fill out the form above, drop it in our box and let the magic begin.

And hop over to Falling for Fiction today and find out why writing isn't for wimps!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Supporting Our Writing Friends!

I grabbed this from Peggy Eddleman's blog because she has it put together so perfectly! The writing community is the best! I've been amazing at how supportive it has been since the very beginning. But write now we have friends that need our help and support so lets come through with shining colors!

First: Chad Morris.

I've gotta say, a debut year is extremely busy and stressful. But there are a lot of very rewarding and fun parts of it, too! Chad Morris, a blogger many of you might know, has willingly given up all the fun and rewarding parts of his debut year for something infinitely more important-- his 9 year old daughter. Last Tuesday he and his wife Shelly (a writer who many of you might know, too) took her to one of the best neurosurgeons in the nation to get a tumor removed from her brain. Dang! I'm getting teary-eyed just typing this! *deep breath*

Chad is in a hospital, being there for his daughter as she recovers. He can't promote his book, but we can! We can give him the book launch that he deserves. His book releases tomorrow. If you feel so inclined, think about mentioning his book on Twitter, Facebook, on your blog, on Pinterest, or on whatever other form of social media you enjoy.

Here's the quick details:

Book: CRAGBRIDGE HALL: THE INVENTOR'S SECRET (Shadow Mountain, 3/5/13)
The blog post where Chad talks about his daughter: http://writingwithshellyandchad.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-more-important-dream.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chad.morris.5
Twitter: @ChadCMorris

The longer details:
About THE INVENTOR'S SECRET:

Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don’t read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn’t around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar.

Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twin siblings Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather’s inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, the twins begin following a trail of clues left by their grandfather. They must find out where their family is, learn who they can trust, and discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge Hall.

Abby and Derick soon realize they are caught in a race with a fierce adversary to discover their grandfather’s greatest secret–a dangerous discovery that could alter both history and reality.


About Chad:

Chad Morris grew up wanting to become a professional basketball player or a rock star. (Inspired by Animal from the Muppets, he’s been banging on drums since he was eight years old.) After high school, he wrote and performed sketch comedy while going to college, and eventually he became a teacher and a curriculum writer. He lives in Utah with his wife and five kids. Chad would love to teach at Cragbridge Hall.

Unlike Oscar Cragbridge, however, he hasn’t really invented anything, though his son once sketched out blueprints for a machine that would turn celery into cookies.


Second: Bridget Zinn

Bridget's debut novel, POISON, releases a week from tomorrow. Sadly, Bridget died from cancer in May of 2011, and never got to hold her book in her hands. Being published was her dream, and her husband and friends would love some help putting the finishing touches on her dream. Her husband has set up a website that talks about all the ways you can help. It's a pretty awesome thing. You can find his plea for help here: http://bridgetzinn.com/help/index.php

Here's the quick details:

Book: POISON (Hyperion, 3/12/13)
Twitter Hashtag: #poison

The longer details:
About POISON:

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she's the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom's future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king's army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she's not alone. She's armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can't stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she's certainly no damsel-in-distress—she's the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.


About Bridget:

Bridget grew up in Wisconsin. She went to the county fair where she met the love of her life, Barrett Dowell. They got married right before she went in for exploratory surgery which revealed she had colon cancer. They christened that summer the "summer of love" and the two celebrated with several more weddings. Bridget continued to read and write until the day she died. Her last tweet was "Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect."

Bridget wanted to make people laugh and hoped readers would enjoy spending time with the characters she created. As a librarian/writer she loved books with strong young women with aspirations. She also felt teens needed more humorous reads. She really wanted to write a book with pockets of warmth and happiness and hoped that her readers' copies would show the watermarks of many bath time reads.


I am positive that anything you want to do to get the word out about these two fabulous books--- no matter how small--- will be greatly appreciated.

I'm honored to be part of the troops with you all.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Overcoming Adversity Anthology Release!

It's finally here!

This book has been put together for a very an amazing young man. Andrew has cerebral palsy and the options he has to further his education, are limited where he is from. Thus, many fabulous writers joined together to produce this anthology in order to help Andrew pay the fees he'll need to go to college! GO ANDREW!

Blurb:
A collection of seventy moving and uplifting original pieces - real life, flash fiction, and poetry - about battling against the odds and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The contributors include Amazon bestselling authors Alex J. Cavanaugh and Kyra Lennon, and the cream of upcoming talent.

Help us get Andrew to college by buying a book that runs the full gamut of human emotions, ultimately leaving you inspired and glad to be alive. Whatever struggles you are going through, our sincere hope is that this book will help.

To help support Andrew, you make find this anthology:

Editor Bio: Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction. When not writing he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also co-running a campaign to get a dedicated specialist college built in Scotland. Visit him at http://nickwilford.blogspot.co.uk/.

Also, a special shout out to D.R. Cartwright and Ella for the concept and design for the cover. Excellent work ladies!
Best of luck in college Andrew! Thanks for your amazing story of inspiration!