Here’s a teaser from the novel I’m working on now, Never Gonna Tell! I’m hoping to finish this and release it in early summer, and will begin posting teasers every Tuesday for you, so be sure to come back next week too! Enjoy!
Ugh! I hate having to team up in gym. I just know I’m going to end up with the goth girl whose sole athletic ability seemed to be eye rolling, and the captain of the chess club who puffs on his inhaler more than Snoop puffs on his ganja.
Sure enough, we’re the last three standing without a group. Seeing as my fate is sealed, I walk up to Coach Perkins to grab our shuttle and rackets and make one last ditch effort to try to play on her sense of mercy and explain that we only have three and can’t play, when the gym door squeaks open behind me. Ahh! A latecomer. Maybe I will get lucky and actually get a partner who would try to hit the ball.
Coach Shaw is already making the rounds, so Coach Jenkins hands me the equipment before she steps around me to take the late slip from whoever came in. “Here you go, Reagan. And oh look, now you have a fourth. Mr. Callotta, you’ll join Ms. Wilcox on her team. There’s not enough time, so don’t worry about dressing down today.”
A cold chill runs down my back and I instantly freeze. Mr. Calotta? As in, Marco Calotta? Yeah, if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all. Marco Calotta might be ridiculously hot but he scares the crap out of everyone in school, including me.
“Never planned on worrying about it,” he sneers, tossing his backpack toward the bleachers and nearly taking out the chess nerd in the process.
There are two things every student here at Jefferson High learns their first week: first, the “meat delight” on Fridays is just a mashed up mix of whatever was left from Taco Tuesday and hamburger Thursdays, and second: don’t mess with Marco Calotta.
I’d love for you to leave a comment and tell me what you think!!
Hello out there!!
I know, it seems like forever that I last gave you all an update on how things were going in my world. If you follow my Facebook page, you know that it’s because I had a baby!! My sweet angel was born in December and has been occupying all of my time since then, putting my writing on the back burner.
Isn’t she the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen???? Well my precious daughter turns 2 months tomorrow, so I figured it was time to turn up the burner on my writing.
To start, I’m very happy to tell you that YES! I am working on a new novel. This will be a stand alone, mature YA mystery/romance. What’s it called, you ask? The title of this book is:
NEVER GONNA TELL
The amazing Regina at Mae I Design has made the cover, and I can tell you it’s my favorite one so far!! I can’t wait to share it with you.
But not yet.
What I can share with you is a little teaser!
I simultaneously want to stay and run away. When I’m near him, my body yearns to be closer while my head warns me to back away. I know he’ll only bring me trouble, but I still don’t take a step to leave.
“Reagan, I—” His words stop, frozen on the tip of his tongue as he stares at me.
I can’t look away and feel myself lean closer. He does the same. Things around me fade away, blurred into an abstract painting and the only thing in focus is Marco. His hand is still in mine from when he pulled me to a stop, and I can feel his pulse race. Or is it mine?
The sounds of the other students and the cars still dropping kids off are now nothing but a low hum, instead all I hear is my breath as I finally exhale—never even noticing that I was holding it. I lick my dry lips, and Marco’s eyes widen slightly as he shifts his focus to them and his grip becomes stronger on my hand.
I don’t know how long we’ve stood like this, but it feels like forever. I want to memorize all the flecks in his eyes. I want to reach out and brush my finger against the one deep dimple in his right cheek. I want to—
So what do you think? I’d love for you to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts! And remember to stay tuned here on my website and my Facebook page for more information, including the cover reveal coming soon!!
I am so very proud to be participating in a short story anthology with fellow authors Amy A. Bartol, Tammy Blackwell, Amanda Havard, Heather Hildenbrand, Tiffany King, C.A. Kunz, and Raine Thomas. The anthology, titled Take Me to Your Reader, is a collaboration of short stories featuring aliens, and all proceeds will go to benefit the UtopYA Conference in Nashville. We all love the conference’s founder, Janet Wallace, and her amazing team, and since the theme of this year’s conference is aliens, we all decided to create this anthology to show our support.
Regina Wamba with MaeiDesign created the beautiful cover, and K.P. Simmon with Inkslinger PR is helping with the promotion of the anthology. This has been a group effort, but I’d personally like to thank Tiffany King and her awesome hubby, Karl, for putting so much time and effort into making this happen. You both ROCK!
Here’s a teaser from my story, “The Black Stone Heir.”
I stared into his pleading eyes, and just couldn’t say no. Hell, I might have agreed to marry him and bear his children with that look his was giving me. I could drown in that look, but oh what a way to go.
This was such a bad idea, but I couldn’t resist.
“Fine, you can drive me home. But don’t touch me. Or talk to me.” Because if he did, I wasn’t sure I could keep hating him. And I really, really wanted to keep hating him. It was always easier to remember the reasons he was a total doucheburger when he wasn’t standing so close to me, smelling of leather and soap and making me want to lean into the crook of his neck and never leave.
I took a breath of clean air to clear my head and began walking toward Tate’s truck. His hand brushed against the small of my back, guiding me. The touch was like hot coals igniting me, and I hated that I loved it. I walked faster, but he still somehow managed to get to the car first and hold the door open for me. I started to slide in, but paused at the edge of the seat.
“Should I just plug my address into your GPS here or…”
I was cut off by a low wail coming from the alleyway behind the Quik Pick. “What the hell was that?”
I hope you enjoyed the teaser!! Be sure to go download your copy now and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!
November is all about giving thanks. And this week, I am thankful for all my amazing fans and the people who have allowed me to live my dream of being an author. To say thanks, I have put Inhale Exhale is ON SALE all this week at Amazon and Barnes & Noble! So if you haven’t had a chance to scoop up this best-selling New Adult Contemporary Romance, now is the time! It won’t be on sale again this year!!
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/inhale-exhale-sarah-m-ross/1115247360?ean=2940016757216
But that’s not all! You can also win a $25 Gift Card just by telling your friends about this sale!
Everyone loves a bargain, and there’s no better bargain than FREEE!! My very first novel, Awaken, is now FREEEEE on Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo. This also applies for Amazon international (Canada, UK, etc).
Don’t know what the book’s about? Here’s the blurb:
Lucy Donovan was supposed to have a weekend of fun in the sun, celebrating her upcoming graduation from college. In a split second, everything changed. A drunk driver ended Lucy’s mortal life.
Lucy opens her eyes to a world she never imagined possible and a new destiny: as a Patronus, a guardian of spirits. Adjusting to her new role and abilities while negotiating this confusing realm will test her limits and push her further than she ever dreamed she would go. From wayward spirits who don’t want her help to soul stealing vampires, and even a stuck-up British royal, Lucy must brave them all to save one spirit she can’t bear to lose.
Further complicating her confusing life is an inexplicable yet growing connection she feels to a member of her team, Max, whose mysterious behavior leaves her both confused and intrigued.
Waking up dead was just the beginning of her problems. Lucy’s death is about to become the greatest adventure of her life.
Want to know more about Awaken? Watch the trailer: http://youtu.be/0IRp-12xjFE
You can pick up Awaken here:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008GWEQ9U
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Awaken-The-Patronus-ebook/dp/B008GWEQ9U/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1378675357&sr=1-2
Last week, the awesomesauce Heather Self, author of The One tagged me in this fun little post about what happens during my writing process. . Next week you can hop over to the blog of the amazing Cambria Herbert and learn about her process too!
What are you working on right now?
Like any crazy person, I am working on multiple stories right now. The voices in my head are pretty crowded, but if it gets you all more books to love sooner, it’ll be worth it! Currently, I’m working on my Earth Angel trilogy (for those of you who read Echo over a year ago, you must be relieved!) Book 2, Fate of an Earth Angel, will have a cover reveal soon too!!
I’m also working on two Young Adult contemporary stories– but more about those later!
What experiences have influenced you?
My experiences haven’t really influenced my plot lines, but have influenced characters. For example, the character of Jessica in Awaken is based on my little sister, Jessica (who also had cancer). And in Inhale, Exhale– the story is *very loosely* inspired by how my best friend met her now husband.
Why do you write what you do?
I write what pops in my brain. When I was in college, I attempted to write mysteries. I’m not sure if I just didn’t have the long term vision needed to build the suspense necessary for mysteries, but I never made it more than a few chapters. Once I graduated and started teaching, I tried again with Young Adult mysteries– and those I found it easier relating to Young Adult, the mystery elements still threw me.
Then I read the Sookie Stackhouse books. It was like a lightbulb going off. Paranormal! Of course! Now THIS I can write about! I started reading every paranormal romance I could get my hands on, and the creative muses in my mind began to rejoice. Awaken flowed out of me, and the rest is history!
How does your writing process work?
My writing process is all over the place. I write mostly on my laptop, but end up moving around the house throughout the day. I’ll start on the couch, then to the bed, then run off to Starbucks, I’ll head back to my plush chair, and then close the night in bed. Like I said, I’m all over the place! When I edit, however, I have to sit at my desktop and totally focus. It’s amazing how my body can handle the formality of sitting upright and still for hours while I edit, but crave the flexibility of movement when my creative juices are flowing.
One thing about my writing process that many find strange is that I can’t write with other noise distractions. No music, No TV. When I write, I need to listen to what my characters are saying, and I can’t hear them clearly if there is other stimuli competing for my attention.
(I also accept all donations of chocolate and coffee while I write!!)
So that’s me! I hope you enjoyed hearing about my writing process. Don’t forget to head over next week to hear all about Cambria! And if you missed Heather’s post– be sure to go back and give it a look! She’s an amazing writer!!
Today’s guest for my Breathe Deep and Eat Cupcakes series is none other than Samantha and Prince Alex from one of my favorite NA books this summer, Suddenly Royal by author Nichole Chase.
They each have their own version of what the perfect cupcake is, and need you to decide who’s right! You might even win a prize! (see bottom for details).
Haven’t read Suddenly Royal? Check it out:
Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.
Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women–especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.
While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.
The Yummy Royal Cupcake
Alex: There’s been a lot of talk about cake at the palace. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but I’m getting married soon. *Flashes a panty dropping smile*
Samantha: We’re getting married soon. It’s not like you’re marrying yourself.
Alex: We’re getting married soon. And the one thing you’ve been the most excited about planning is the food, right?
Samantha: You mean it’s the only part of the planning your sister has given me a say.
Alex: True. *Little crinkles of amusement appear in the corners of his eyes* Back to the topic…
Alex: Yes. Cupcakes. Well, we’ve been trying hundreds of different types of cake, mixed with different icing.
Samantha: Do you remember the Lavender fiasco? *Shudder* With chocolate cake?
Alex: Or the orange cake with red wine icing?
Samantha: Don’t get me started.
Alex: Yes. There was a lot of bad cake.
Samantha: And good cake. But I don’t see why we can’t go with something simple. White cake, white icing.
Alex: Well, we do have some expectations to uphold. It is a royal wedding.
Sam: Royal, schmoyal.
Alex: Let’s not forget that we need to consider the people that have allergies and food preferences.
Samantha: Yep. *sigh* So, on top of cake, we’re going to have cupcakes in all sorts of flavors. That way people can pick and choose.
Alex: Exactly. But I have a feeling which cupcake will be the favorite.
Samantha: You want to make a bet?
Alex: I like this idea. Hm. If I win, you go topless for a week on our honeymoon.
Samantha: *Sputters* Topless?
Alex: If I let you put on any clothes at all.
Samantha: Fine. Then you have to go pant-less. Sans underwear, buddy.
Alex: Okay. What do you think will be the most popular cupcake?
Samantha: This is easy. The strawberry filled cupcake with pink champagne icing.
Alex: That’s your choice?
Samantha: Uh, yeah. It’s fantastic.
Alex: Hm, well, I hope you invested in sunscreen. *Flourishes a picture* Because THIS is going to win.
Samantha: Wha?! That’s not even a cupcake!
Alex: Yes it is. Just because the frosting is in the middle doesn’t change what it is.
Samantha: Oh yeah? And what is it?
Alex: It’s red velvet cake with a cream cheese icing. I call it The Royal Yummy Cupcake.
Samantha: Are you for real? The Royal Yummy Cupcake? Are there really little crowns?
Samantha: Pfft. I hope you don’t chap in the sea breeze because my cupcake is going to blow yours out of the water.
Alex: I guess we’ll see.
Samantha: You know, with our luck everyone will go for that one with the red wine icing.
Alex: I think we win either way. *Lets his eyes run over Samantha*
Samantha: I think you might be right. *Laughs* Thank God, we’re going to a private island.
Alex: Hold on to your tiara, my soon-to-be-princess.
So what do you guys think? Which cupcake is better? Comment with your choice and I’ll pick two winners to receive an ebook of Suddenly Royal!
Want to read more: You can pick up your own copy at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble!
And be sure to stalk..err, follow Nicole here:
Welcome to the Indie-licious Back to School Sale. We have a lot of great titles here for you, so pick up as many or as few as you’d like.
There’s nothing better in the summertime than a refreshing glass of lemonade and relaxing with a good book! Now I’m offering you just that chance– along with some awesome prizes!! From today until Friday (8/2), I have placed Inhale Exhale on sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $.99.
And just to sweeten the pot, I’m having an awesome giveaway that includes a signed tote bag, a signed paperback, a custom book necklace made by The Book Swag Shop, and an Amazon gift card!!
Check out the rafflecopter below to enter!!
On this week’s feature, I’m very happy to have an interview with Atticus from Nazarea Andrews’ new hit novel, This Love. Haven’t read it? Well, check it out:
THIS LOVE Synopsis:
She wants a summer job and a ride to a wedding.
He wants an assistant and a distraction from the mess his life had become.
They didn’t know they needed each other.
Avery Emili needs two grand. Two grand and a plane ticket–her sister is counting on her to get to Jamaica for her wedding. But the semester is over, and tutoring college freshman and high school students has dried up until the fall.
Atticus Grimes needs help–the messy split with his wife left the twenty-eight year old professor scrambling to keep things together as the semester winds down. Now he’s got a research grant he has to actually do research for and all he wants to do is drown himself in a tall bottle of bourbon.
When Avery sees his ad for an assistant, all she’s thinking is a summer job. But as they spend time together, in the office and out, both of them begin to realize something is there. Something that can’t happen–he’s a professor and she’s a student. And both of them have histories, pasts that won’t let go. Can two broken people pulled apart by expectations find a way to be whole?
Sounds awesome, right? It is! I think Attucus and Grant have a lot in common, and would get along smashingly! So what kind of cupcake does Atticus eat? Here’s what he had to say:
Picking a cupcake for Atticus was difficult. There’s sweet and simple, like vanilla with buttercream frosting. And maybe sprinkles.
But then, that’s too simple for Atti. He’s always full of surprises. Little bursts of surprises that catch you off guard and make you grin. Like funfetti.
There is the darker side to Atti. The slightly bitter, not altogether healthy side. Something like a dark chocolate cupcake with dark chocolate icing—the kind of rich deepness that isn’t too sweet.
But overall, none of those are Atti. What defines Atticus is his soft sweetness, mixed with a lightness and vest for life. A slight bitterness that comes with heartbreak and loss underscoring it all. A little bit summery, and a whole heck of a lot of yum. Atticus, my lovelies, is a Butter Rum Cupcake.
Mmmm… now I want cupcakes. That sounded delicious! Thank you so much, Nazarea for sharing Atticus with us. Trust me, folks, he’s just as yummy as his cupcake!! And stay tuned next week when my special guest is the oh so delish Hunter from Ella James’ bestseller, Selling Scarlett!!
About the Author:
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.
Wanna read This Love? Pick it up here:
Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/this-love-nazarea-andrews/1115804389?ean=2940016597706
And you can stalk Nazarea here:
This Love Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17706171-this-love