Now and Again – reveals galore!

Happy Monday, my friends!

I’ve been quiet on the blog– but I have a good excuse. I’ve been working my little butt off in order to get Now and Again ready for my readers by October and I’m pleased to say it’s nearly there! So, in this post, I’m not just revealing a release date. I’m also revealing the blurb. I’m revealing the trailer. And I’m revealing the cover!

Let’s get started.

First off, let’s have a blurb, shall we?


Unemployed. Broke. Maid of Honor.

All (unfortunately) words that describe Em Hayes.

Without any job leads in San Francisco, Em caves to her mother’s promise of free rent and returns home. Her best friend, Nikki, couldn’t be more thrilled. Em’s degree in Event Management is gathering dust, and what better way to put it to use than planning Nikki’s wedding?

There’s just one flaw in that plan: Cole Connors. The girls’ former roommate. And part of the reason Em hasn’t been back since college graduation.

Em’s never been able to forget Cole—or how close they were before she pushed him aside and ran for the hills. Cole’s never forgotten Em either— but in the past two years, she hasn’t given him much choice but to try.

And, according to Nikki, there’s no better pair to plan the wedding of her dreams.

Em’s usually good at squashing messy feelings, but being around Cole again brings them all rushing to the surface.

And this time, she’s not sure she wants to run.


You’ll be able to add Now and Again to your e-reader of choice on October 26, 2015. And you can add it on Goodreads now.

Paperbacks will also be available, but possibly at a later date– I will obviously keep you all apprised through this blog, my newsletter, and social media (linked in the blog’s sidebar).

And now, for the pretties! The trailer and the cover!

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Riot of Storm and Smoke Cover Reveal and giveaway

Guys. You have no idea JUST HOW LONG I have waited to show this to you.

I mean, of course, you could probably guess that I’ve wanted to show it to you since I got it. You probably surmised that I’ve been eager before I even had a cover in hand. After all, my cover artist, Nathalia Suellen, is one brilliant lady. I knew she’d rock this cover just as much as she rocked the Threats of Sky and Sea cover.

But guys. My face has been rocked off. I am faceless from Nathalia’s rocking of this cover.

And I’ve been waiting to show you since September.

Beautiful woman in white wedding dress

ISN’T IT GORGEOUS? You can add Riot of Storm and Smoke to your Goodreads shelves now.

And you can enter to win both RIOT and THREATS in paperback (when RIOT is printed;open to US/CA)

Visit Rafflecopter to enter the paperback giveaway

OR all available stories in the THREATS universe as e-books– this will include: Sisters of Wind and Flame, Defining Justice, Threats of Sky and Sea, and Riot of Storm and Smoke (when RIOT has been formatted; open internationally)

Visit Rafflecopter to enter the e-book giveaway

And don’t forget! If you don’t want to take any chances on whether or not you’ll win, you can grab the e-books of Sisters of Wind and Flame for FREE (Kindle) and Threats of Sky and Sea for $0.99 (all platforms).

Sale ends tonight, so grab ’em quick!

TWO Cover Reveals! One Song Away by Molli Moran and One Dream Only by Elodie Nowodazkij

Eeeeeeep! Today, two dear author friends BOTH are revealing their covers and I’m SO pleased to be able to be a part of it. First up is Molli Moran with ONE SONG AWAY. 

She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement — until they both realize it’s too real…

Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn’t taking off, and to make matters worse, her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.

Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mother doesn’t have a slow gear. She invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet Sophie’s boyfriend. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees — on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.  

Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time and that their fake relationship will keep them both away from wagging tongues. Just because she was in love with him years ago doesn’t mean she’ll fall for him again now, right? But she didn’t bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. And she didn’t count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement —- which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.

Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake — but she knows she’s in deep. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or write her own?  

 

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Add this beauty to your Goodreads shelf here!

AND, I’m also sharing the cover for Elodie Nowodazkij’s One Dream Only, a novelette prequel to her novel One, Two, Three!

Sixteen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya has only one dream: becoming the best ballerina

ever. Dancing’s always been who she is and she’s working her hardest to land the main role of the

School of Performing Arts’ end of the year recital.

 

But…will she make it?

 

Within a week, Natalya’s life will be changed forever.

One Dream OnlyOne Dream Only is available for pre-order on Amazon now AND you can add it to your Goodreads shelves here.

As a bonus, Elodie is also offering a giveaway! You can enter to win over on Rafflecopter.

AND OH MY GOODNESS, AREN’T BOTH COVERS BEAUTIFUL?!

 

Creating a cover for Threats of Sky and Sea

Hello, friends! Long time, no talk. I’m at a new job these days and it’s much busier than the last, leaving less time for authorly things throughout the day. But enough about that!

I’m gearing up to begin working next month with my amazing cover artist Nathalia Suellen for the cover of Book 2 in the Threats of Sky and Sea series: Riot of Storm and Smoke, and this made me realize that I never shared the process of developing a cover for Threats of Sky and Sea.

I found Nathalia Suellen through some of her other work, so I knew that she was extremely capable of a beautiful cover– especially one with a person on the cover. And she was a dream to work with.

I had only a vague idea of what I wanted for the cover of Threats of Sky and Sea. I knew that, while Girl-in-Dresses covers aren’t always my favorites, I wanted one for Threats of Sky and Sea. It was a marketing decision for me as a self-published author who wanted to make her money back one of these days. I think the “Girl in a dress” is often indicative of the YA genre, so browsers who spotted the cover would have an idea of what they were buying/looking at.

And when Nathalia asked me what ideas I had, I was super helpful!

“Um. Maybe a girl in a dress? A blue one. And maybe… the sky and sea? And um. Blue.”

I also gave her a vague description of Bree (a young girl with short hair) so that she could find an appropriate stock cover model.

We went through a few options. The first two were close to what I envisioned, but not quite there and the third looked nothing like the Bree in my head.

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But I loved this pose/model in particular:

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Her hair was right — very important to me– but even more importantly her POSE was right. She looked a little like she was wondering about the fact that she had found herself here… in a dress of all things. I e-mailed Nathalia back with my choice, but noted that the dress was all wrong. She said that changing the dress was “no problem.”

(I continue to be astounded with her cover witchery.)

She asked if I wanted a plainer or more ornamental font (I said the latter), and I also sent her a few of my favorite girl-in-dress covers. Several weeks later, Nathalia sent me the initial cover, and it took my breath away.

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I LOVED SO MUCH.

The sea and sky looked alive and appropriately ~threatening. She’d altered the model’s expression so that she was less smiley that she was in the dress (speaking of which, get in my closet, please, dress).

Also, the font… I could write odes to that typography. And the BLUE! It was the perfect shade.

After flailing like a crazy person, I stopped, took a deep breath and looked at it critically. I also sent it to a few close friends for their feedback. I shot Nathalia back a couple of changes: Like that the model’s make-up was way too intense and needed to be toned down and that I thought the model needed to be blended/shaded(/I don’t know the proper terminology, but she got my drift) more with her new dress and with the background.

Nathalia even went a step further with my suggestions and rounded out the model’s cheeks to give her a younger look.

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GAH. Perfection. Where before the model looked like she could mayyyyybe be Bree to me, now it was like “HELLO, BREENA ROSE.” And she’s even less smiley. I even think she looks a little dismayed, which is just right for TOSAS.

Needless to say, I was thrilled with the finished product and can’t wait to work with her again for the cover of Riot of Storm and Smoke!

Cover reveal day and tour sign-ups for Threats of Sky and Sea!

It’s here, it’s here!

I can finally share my cover with you guys. I may be biased, but LORD. I love it. My amazing cover artist, Nathalia Suellen, totally and completely nailed it. I’m so excited for you all to check it out!

You can see it for yourself on IceyBooks! 

You can also enter to win an eARC of Threats of Sky and Sea!

So, what do you think? Let’s hear it!

AND IN MORE EXCITING NEWS…

You can also sign up to be a part of my blog tour here!