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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013 .... Bring it on 2014

Wow, I can't believe that it, 2013 is over

 What a crazy year have I had!!?? Let's recap: Last year, started out rough because the NHL was still dealing with the lockout. Oh,  the horror:

 

Now, it's okay .. at least for a few more years!

It was my love of hockey that brought to what is happening to me now......bring an author!

That is still very hard for me to say, because It still feels so unreal!!

With the support of my family and friends, I wrote Melting Away The Ice (THE ICE SERIES)!! Then came: Breaking the Ice (The Ice series (Vol 2))

I still can't believe it.



With that brought the greatest partnership EVER! My dear sweet LP (aka Lindsay Paige). Where would I be without that girl!?

LP and ME!!!
Our partnership brought two full books: Breakaway (The Penalty Kill Trilogy) and Off the Ice (The Penalty Kill Trilogy). Of course, I can't forget our novella:Our First Christmas (The Penalty Kill Trilogy)

All of this has happened since JUNE!!

Now all I can say is:

BRING IT 2014!!!

 

Monday, December 30, 2013

My list of 2013 fave books!!

Mary's Post:

Oh 2013......I can't believe that you have gone already...

Here is my list of best of 2013 (this is no words):

1. Delta Project: Rescue (Book 2) by Jessica Jaster

2. Sacrifice of Love (The Grey Wolves #7) by Quinn Loftis

3. Sweet Escape (Sweet #2) by Bailey Ardisone

4. Bet in the Dark by Rachel Higginson

5. The Iron Queen by Kaitlin Bevis

6. Chosen (Daughter of the Sea #3) by Kristen Day

7. Hearken (Daughter of the Seas #4) by Kristen Day

8. The War of the Werewolves (The Barking Mad Tale of a Teenage Werewolf) by Katella Stegmann

9. Taboo Kisses by Gracen Miller

10. AnguiSH by Lila Felix

11. Broken (Broken #1) by Kelly Elliott

12. Smash Into You by Shelly Crane

13. Ditched by Amity Hope

14. How It Rolls (Love and Skate #2) by Lila Felix

15. Stealing Harper (Taking Chances #2) by Molly McAdams

Even though there are so many more that I want to add to this list .. I loved these the most!!

I can't wait to see what 2014 brings !!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Breaking the Ice (Ice Series #2) AND Updated Cover Melting Away the Ice (Ice Series #1)

You asked for it and here it is!! The cover of Breaking the Ice (Ice Series #2)


Blurb:

Rachel Silver is independent and likes it that way. It hardly bothers her that she hasn’t even had a relationship in over a year. Her goals are firmly set on her career. That was until her love of hockey crosses paths with Max Crawford.

Even though Max Crawford has had a wild side, there was something about Rachel when he saw her for the first time. Maybe it was her smart mouth, or her sexy lips? Nonetheless, he wanted her.

Finally, Max is able to start a relationship with her, but will her stubborn attitude be the downfall of their relationship? Or could Max break the ice that holds her firm?

Now................

I love the original cover of Melting Away the Ice, but I needed something 'different'. Thanks to my amazing cover designer she came up with this new cover..........

PLEASE NOTE: this is will not be be available for purchase until Jan 2014. 


Monday, November 25, 2013

What I am reading this week ...


I am reading the great and amazing LILA FELIX

It's true I'm in love with Lila's Men. ALL OF THEM! It's crazy how great she writes!!!!

This book 5 of the amazing Love & Skate series!!

Can't wait for you all to hear about this one??

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Announcement of a New Series...

Since I started writing I get a crazy idea in my head and I jot it down on a post-it. (FYI: I love post-its!!!)

Anyway, this one idea kept creeping up and wouldn't leave me alone. So, I brought it to my publishers attention and they agreed for me to publish it. 

It's a series that deal with female issues. By that I mean, typical issues that I've lived through and others that I know. 

Before I go to far in depth let me tell you about book 1. The titles will be 'different' but that is the point, right?!

Book 1 will be called: I'm the Real Paige Crosby

I know its a mouthful, but there is a purpose for it...promise! The series will be called: I'm Real Series

Book 1 will deal with self-esteem issues. A small overview of the book is that Paige Crosby is overweight, and receives a big job opportunity. However, she doesn't think that she deserves it and hides in the shadows. 

There is more to it, but that is just a quick note about it!

I do have a release date of January 21, 2014!!

I am very excited and I will keep you updated!!


Monday, November 18, 2013

UPDATES ...........

Well, I have been in my writing mode finishing Breaking the Ice (Ice Series #2). I didn't think that I would get it done on time but .......




It's all done and off to the editors!!!

Y'all know how much I hate commas, and I love run-ons! My poor editor!

Now, since that is done I can focus on Book 3 of the Penalty Kill Trilogy with Lindsay Paige. It's sad to see it end. I have fallen in love with Levi and Presley so much. On top of that, I love writing with LP!!

Maybe we will do more in the future.




Now I have made my list for my 2014 projects. It's a long list, but I have been working  a lot on all my WIPs. So I will keep you updated!

Remember:

Dec 5: Off the Ice (The Penalty Kill Trilogy #2) (with Lindsay Paige)

Deb 6: Breaking the Ice (The Ice Series #2)

Dec 23: Our First Christmas (The Penalty Kill Novella) (with Lindsay Paige)


Monday, November 4, 2013

COVER REVEAL: The Edge of Springwood: Twisted Revenge by Jennifer Brown


Blurb:

Tragedy forced Jacob Barnes to step in at the age of 22, and raise his younger brother and sister. Years later, as the Barnes family is finally on the verge of recovery the past comes back to haunt them.
        It's election time in Springwood, and Jacob is a candidate for Mayor. Having proved himself as a successful business man, Jacob feels he is ready to take on Springwood and tackle the city's many issues. Little does he know the extent of the issues  he is about to face.
       When it becomes apparent someone is out to sabotage Jacob's campaign, Jacob begins to realize the past is far from behind him and his family. Two murders reveal dark secrets in the Barnes family, as they come to terms with a harsh reality. 


Author Bio:

Jennifer Brown lives in Springfield Ohio, and has written since third grade. She was taught to read at an early age and fell in love with books, mainly mysteries. Her love of books grew, and in the summer before she started high school she wrote her longest story, halfway filling an old school notebook. In high school she started to enter writing contests, and in her junior and senior years joined the Herald staff becoming entertainment editor over her high school newspaper.


After graduating, with a few writing contest awards under her belt she attended college a year later, and was urged by her English instructor to join the college paper. She did, writing a few reviews of restaraunts and movies, as well as writing a review of her first Alanis Morissette concert. A few years later she was asked to take the position of entertainment editor.

At 37,  Jennifer has written several stories and has many more in store for readers.  When she is not writing she likes reading, working on computer graphics, editing photos, listening to music, and brainstorming for new ideas!






Friday, November 1, 2013

My Challenge

So, I have several friends that are very strict vegans. They never push their beliefs on me, but I've recently had a health scare.

Don't worry ... I'm fine !!! However, I need to change a bunch of things in my lifestyle.




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I'm not the greatest person for that ....

But I LOVE a challenge .. So they challenge me to be vegetarian for the WHOLE month of November.



I usually go meat-free for Lent, but this time it will be a bit different. 

So, I agreed.

NOW........I'm not going to be posting my weight or anything like that...........

However ... I will post weight loss (if any) and any cool recipes that I find

THANK YOU PINTEREST!

Now, I just have to start....

Thursday, October 31, 2013

WHAT I AM READING: Faithful by Kelly Elliott

First and foremost in my life I am a BOOK NERD!

But because I have trying to get all these books out .. I haven't had much time to read ..

So I started a 'goal' system. If I hit my 'goal' of words for the day then I will read a few chapters from (whatever) book I'm reading, or really want to read.

This week's book is:


*sigh* Kelly Elliott, I heart her and her books! I am so excited because in February I will be at the same signing event as her. When I found that out I was like ....... 


If you know me from my other site (Book Nerds Across America) you know how I am ?!?!?!?! I can't talk to celebrities!! And she is the frosting on the cake of Celebrities!!

So, when I see her for the first time I will probably pass out ... for real

Thank goodness my Bailey Ardisone will be there with me. 

Anyway ... enough of my rambling ...

If you haven't read anything from Kelly .. start right here:




Then here:


 Most of Kelly's followers are Gunner fans.. Not me .. It's all about Jeff Jeff Jeff Jeff Jeff ...

Everytime he is on the page I'm like: 


Now be sure to stalk Kelly Elliott:

Facebook
Twitter

So that is what I reading ..... I know it will be just as
amazing as the others

What are y'all reading?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Teaser Tuesday ...

Its Tuesday .. and you know what that means .....


Yep .. teaser time ..







So why not a little sneak peak from my WIP (Work In Progress). This one is for Nolan Long, who is my muse for the main character, Colton Cruise:


Chapter One
Colt

God, what a day. Thankfully, I can relax for a bit here, practically alone in the dark empty bar. The bartender is tending to her side of the place, getting ready for what is supposed to be a busy night and the reason I’m here. According to what I keep hearing, this place is going to explode with tons of people all waiting to hear this one band that plays here every so often. The last time I was here, I found the band, Shine, that pretty much got my career to where it’s at today.
When the owner, a business acquaintance, told me about this band, I had to come. After all, he played a part in me becoming the manager of Shine, a rock band that has had so much success. I’ve been looking for another group to launch and so here I am. Despite my crappy day so far, I grin and stand from my seat when I see the owner, Wills, coming my way.
“It’s good to see you again,” I greet, shaking his hand.
He nods and says, “It’s about time you’ve made your way back here, Colt. You’re going to love Twisted Misery.” We take a seat and I ask him to tell me a little more about them. “Besides the fact that they have a bunch of talent?” he chuckles. “They’re a young band; haven’t been playing together long, but you wouldn’t know it by watching them. So much energy too. The crowd loves them.”
“Well, I look forward to hearing them.”
“They will be a hit, just like last time, Colt. I -” Wills sentence gets cuts off suddenly as music begins.
I look around him, hearing a guitar dominate this place. At first, my eyes are glued to the slender fingers on the neck of the instrument. They move easily and fluently, but with clear intent. When a voice joins the guitar, my focus travels up the arm to a curtain of long black hair. The girl’s face is shielded by her hair as she seems to be looking down. Her voice in combination with the angry tune is haunting and captivating.
“Who’s that?” I ask without taking my eyes of her. I can’t even see her face, but with a voice like that and that petite body, she’s just as captivating as the song.
“That’s the lead guitarist in Twisted Misery. She’s just a piece of the talent though,” Wills answers.
Just a piece? It gets better than that? Damn. The girl finally lifts her head, eyes closed as her face shows all the emotions of the song. The rage clearly displayed as she sings and I realize I’m as lost in the music as she is. She owns the mood, the stage, the music. Somehow, she seems in control of what she’s doing, but at the same time, lost in the lyrics. She sings about being left behind, getting pissed at the world for it, and coming back for revenge.

If you want to follow Nolan (aka Colton Cruise) you can here


Don't forget Breaking the Ice (Ice Series #2) will be out Dec 6, Off the Ice (The Penalty Kill Trilogy #2) will be out Dec 5, AND Our First Christmas (The Penalty Kill Novella) will be out Dec 23 





I will be very tied in December !!!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Been on Vacation ....

I have enjoyed the last 10 FULL days off of work. It's been restful and (some-what) productive.

First, I have fallen in love with Sons of Anarchy. I watch season 1-4, and OMG! I'm in love with Jax!


If you haven't watched them...go ... now .. hurry!!!

Second, on the book/writing front....

I've got a lot done on Book 2: Breaking the Ice AND I received a release day of ...


wait for it ....

December 6th!!!!

I can barely contain my excitement about this book. Rachel and Max are going to be great.

Also, Lindsay Paige and I made the announcements for the Penalty Kill Trilogy. One, Off the Ice is going to be out in December 5th!! (I'm in for a crazy week there! haha) Second, we wrote a small novella for Levi and Presley. It will come out December 23rd, and it's just in time for the holidays! (Can't wait for y'all to read this one!)

That's about it for me .. It's Monday .. So, it's back to work time .................

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Nevermore Press Giveaway .... KINDLE HD FIRE

My amazing publishing company is giving away a KINDLE HD FIRE!!!!! On top of that it is loaded with ALL the books from the authors of Nevermore Press!!!!

Seriously!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Click on the link below and ENTER:

http://nevermorepublicity.blogspot.com/2013/10/rafflecopter-to-win-hd-fire-kindle-is.html

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

UPDATE ... UPDATE ...


Okay I have sucked at this site for a while. BUT, now I am going to better ... PROMISE!

But, I want to give you an update. My life is a bit crazy right now...

First, Breakaway has been on the Amazon Bestseller list since the day it was released (that was Aug 15)


LP and I couldn't feel more pleased because of this. It's been a great, great success! You can purchase it for a limited time for 99 cents 


Now, for my book...


I don't think I can put into how shocked I am with the responses for this book. I am so grateful for all the support.

Thank you so much !!!


Now, an update....

Book 2 of The Ice Series will be with RACHEL and MAX ....... eeekkk!! *happy dance*

The Title is: BREAKING THE ICE

Go to Goodreads and add it

I am not sure when it will be published because I am still working on it. 

The blurb will be coming soon.

I am also working on another book .... but I'm going to keep that under my hat for now =)

Lastly...

I have also been getting invites for conventions. I have set up a tab for the events that I will be signing at.

I promise to do a better job with updates *wink*


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

4 days until Melting Away the Ice

I can't breathe .. 4 days .. 4 days and you get to meet Lucas and Sara

But, first here is Patrick Sharp


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

9 days until Melting Away the Ice

We are down to 9 days until Melting Away the Ice ...........

Here is your Patrick Sharp pic of the day ............


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Epic Fail BUT 12 days until Melting Away the Ice

*hangs head* Okay, I have so failed keeping up with posts here. I beg for your forgiveness and give me a second chance !!!

*on hands and knees* PLEASE!!

Are you still here? ............................. GOOD!

Okay so this is what happened in August.....


Lindsay Paige and I released Book 1 of the Penalty Kill Trilogy: Breakaway. We have remained in the top 50 since a couple days after the release! THANK YOU EVERYONE!

You can purchase it here:


Now, I am about 12 days away from Melting Away the Ice! *insert panic attack* I'm so nervous but my amazing family at Nevermore Press has been so helpful!

So, I thought about doing a PATRICK SHARP COUNTDOWN. If you are visiting for the first time, Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks is the muse for Lucas Sharp, the main character of my book.

This means each day I will post picture of Patrick and a "small" teaser !!!

Here is today's:


*sigh* Oh he is so yummy! 

Here is the teaser:

I watched the game, mainly because I promised Rachel, and she made me. She kept pointing out players, reasons for the penalties, and key points of the game. I mostly watched number eighty skate. Every time he was on the ice it was with determination and purpose. He was a natural on the ice. It was like he belonged there and nowhere else. We were so close that I could hear the skates on the ice, snow from the skates flying everywhere. I could hear the command of the teammates yelling at each other and I watched them flow through each play. The air became thick with sweat, purpose, and the desire to win. The crowd was on their feet yelling at bad calls, or cheering for good ones, and as the seconds ticked by they shouted for the win. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Monday ... Mary ( A Day Late )

Okay I know that this was suppose to post yesterday, but *hangs head* I forgot.

A few things have happened.

Saturday, I finally met Lindsay Paige! *squeal* and our book is getting closer to coming out!


We have been working hard on our book too!

I have also been working on my TWO solo projects and making progress on them both. *happy dance*

Oh, and it was also the Chicago Blackhawks Convention...NO I didn't get to go but.....






Thank the stars for Blackhawks TV and Facebook for posting videos and pics. 

Can't wait to tell you all more!!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday ... Mary



Oh, it's that dreaded Monday  ... ugh!

Not much has happened, if fact, nothing has really happened. I have still been working on my two WIP projects  and The Penalty Killer Trilogy with LP.

Seriously, I live a boring life ....

BUT, the Royal Baby did arrive... Congrats Wills and Kate !!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday ... Mary

 
Okay, so I haven't been keeping up with the post on this site. I know I need to so I came up with this new concept. Well, I don't know how 'new' it is, but let's try and see.

Monday ... Mary

Sounds cool, right?  Right! Okay, so what does it mean? It means that on Monday I will update you on what is happening in my Author/Book Nerd Life. AND....AND tell you what is to come.

So.........

Book 1: Melting Away the Ice is still schedule to come out on Sept. 13.....*insert panic attack* I am so nervous about this. However, I think once everyone reads about Lucas Sharp and falls in love with him as much as I have, it'll be okay. The cover is begin updated and the edit is still a work in progress, but I know once my nerves settle it will be great!

I am currently working on 2 different projects. One is TOP SECRET (which just means I will have to tell you later) and the second is, well, it's book 2 of Melting Away the Ice. Both are going well, but still in the early stages. I will keep you updated.

Then, there is my project with the GREAT LINDSAY PAIGE (who is truly the greatest person!) My LP has talent oozing off of her. Our Book 1: Breakaway is coming out Aug. 15 *insert a bigger panic attack* That's right around the corner. But, I can't wait for everyone to meet Levi and Presley. Seriously, this is going to be a great book.

On top of that we have begun Book 2 of that series. We are breezing right through it too. LOVING IT!!

Even though I am nervous about these projects, I am also equally happy! I like having a lot on my plate. I like to stay busy all the time and I hate to sleep.

I will keep you updated!! PROMISE!!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

My To-Do List

WOW! I am really sorry that I have not been posting on this site. Shame on me!

It is not because I do not love yall....I have just been super busy ....

First things first ........... I just need to say ....... OMG ........ CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!


and here is a little eye candy for me ...um, for you...



Okay, back to my point........let me update you:

1) My book Melting Away the Ice comes out Sept. 13, 2013. It is being published by Nevermore Press and I do not think I could be anymore excited about it.

2) The book that I am co-authoring with Lindsay Paige is, Breakaway, and it comes out Aug. 15, 2013.

3) Lindsay and I are beginning to work on Book 2. We don't have a title of anymore information than the fact is, we are just starting.

4) I help start an amazing blog tour company with two dear friends of mine, called Book Hustlers.

5) I am working on two more writing projects of my own. I am not sure if it will be through Nevermore Press or just an indie pub, but I will keep you updated.

There is actually more to this list but some of it is still a secret ........

Stay tuned..........