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Author Spotlight - Heather McCorkle and The Dragon Empire

Hi everyone! I am still KNEE DEEP in revisions and what not. But I wanted to emerge long enough to turn the author spotlight on to Heather McCorkle and her latest, The Dragon Empire. Here is a little more about the book:

THE DRAGON EMPIRE by Heather McCorkle 
On Yacrana dragons are the advanced species. But advanced doesn't always mean civilized... 

There's trouble in the Dragon Empire, the kind that could start a war between dragons and the races of people. Hidden factions of dragons believe they should rule the lesser races, not simply stand aside and allow them to develop as they will. Having lived so long in peace, the Emperors turn a blind eye, many oblivious that such attitudes even exist. 

Despite being only an architect class, emerald dragon, Grendar is willing to risk banishment and death to stop that which his rulers refuse to see. The hope of peace lies not within the scaled breast of a dragon however, but within the hands of a group of people. But if the hidden faction…

Deadlines and a Break

Wow! I can't believe it is the last week of February! Where on earth did the month go? I have major deadlines quickly approaching so I will be taking most of the week off. Please remember to enter the YA Paranormal Actiivity Giveaway Hop. I will be back on Thursday with the Author spotlight, and Friday to announce the winners of the two giveaway hops.

See you then...

Author Spotlight: Kelly Hashway and TOUCH OF DEATH

I am so excited to introduce Kelly Hashway as part of my new Author Spotlight series. Today I am spotlighting Kelly's book, Touch of Death. Here is a little more about the book:

TOUCH OF DEATH by Kelly Hashway -- Jan 15, 2013
Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know.After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendants of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins.Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind b…

Ya Paranormal Activity Giveaway Hop

Yep, that's is time for an another giveaway hop! From today through 2/27, I am participating in the Young Adult Paranormal Activity giveaway hop sponsored by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. With over 100 blogs participating, there are literally TONS of books and bookish things being given away.

For this giveaway, I thought I'd give one lucky winner a book I am DYING to read -
MIND GAMES by Kiersten White:
Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 
Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways… or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.
In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delive…

Guess that story - a conversation about retellings...

Happy Wednesday All! Time for another Blog Chain round. Margie  started today's round with this topic:

Pick a book or story and imagine it in a new genre. For example, what would Oliver Twist be like if it was a sci-fi novel. Would Fagin have been a robot? Do you prefer you new creation or the original?

I love this topic. Rewriting previous stories with a twist is a wonderful exercise. Now, let's see if I can come up with one I would love to see...

How about a futuristic Alice in Wonderland? Or a dystopian Wizard of Oz?

I actually love retellings when they are done well. Once Upon a Time on ABC is a masterful weaving and retelling of fairtytales. And I absolutely loved the modern retelling of Hamlet in Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray. Even my own Transcend, a retelling of sorts inspired by Phantom of the Opera, took the classic story in a slightly different way (though within the same horror genre).

But I digress...

Bottom line, I love any creative take on familiar tales. As…

Where Research and Reality Meet

I've been working my tail off, trying to hit a deadline on my upcoming parenting books, Quiet Kids. This is a book about parenting introverts. The research for it has been exhaustive. I truly feel like I am writing another dissertation.

Most of you that know me, know that I am as introverted as they come. I require quiet time to renew, get antsy in noisy settings or when there is too much kinetic energy streaming "at" me. So, conducting this research and writing this book as been filled with aha moments.

One thing that really hit me as I was researching came while reading Susan Cain's Quiet. If you haven't read this book, you really should. It is AMAZING!

Anyway, I was struck by her statement that collaboration kills creativity. I know from my own research into the creative process, that solitude is a necessary aspect of every creative endeavor. So why then do we foster the need for constant collaboration throughout our educational, business, and creative endeavo…

Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway Hop

I am thrilled to be participating in the Random Acts of Kindness giveaway hop sponsored by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. From 2/17 through 2/24, more than 100 participating blogs will be sharing a little love with books and other bookish giveaways.

Like last year, I've decided to give one lucky winner ONE copy of a YA title of their choice. Yep, YOUR CHOICE. And, in sticking with the theme, I will donate the SAME title to the library of the winner's choice too. WOO HOO!!!

Entering is easy. Just complete the rafflecopter form and let me know the book you want and the library to donate to. The contest ends 2/24 and is open to the US only.

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For more giveaway fun, check out the other blogs participating in the hop: 
Now get out there and do a random act of kindness - You know you want to! :D

INDIE-Kissing Blogfest, Giveaways, And FREE BOOK DOWNLOADS! WOO HOO!!!! It's a Party!


I am so excited to share so much goodness and LOVE today - and maybe a little bit of hawt kissing too!

First, today it the INDIE-Kissing Blogfest, hosted by the Indelibles. Participating is easy - just blog about something related to kissing (yum) and your in! For my post, I decided to share a never-before-shared kissing scene from Libera Me, book #2 in the Requiem Series.

This scene features the yummy Zane, who is in his angelic form, and the confused Nessa (he calls her Nesy) who is decidedly human. When I wrote the scene, I called it my "ghost" scene - those familiar with the movie "ghost" will likely be able to figure out why:

She threads her fingers through my hair, sending fresh currents of desire through me. “You are so familiar, so safe. I feel like we’ve known each other forever.” “We have.” Her eyes grow sad and I regret bringing up that life. I cup her face in my hands, feeling her tremble beneath my touch. Tipping her chin up,…

Author Spotlight - LM Preston's Thundering Luv Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Welcome to my Author Spotlight feature - a time when I get to either participate in a blog tour, or cover reveal, or something! Normally, this will a Thursday feature. But, as Thursday is Valentine's day and I have a special "kissing" scene for that day, I moved it to Monday!

Today, I am thrilled to be part of LM Preston's cover reveal for Thundering Luv, book #2 in her "Summer Luv" YA short story series. Here is a little more about the book:
THUNDERING LUV by LM Preston -- June 1st, 2013 Jewel has always been able to get the guy she wanted. The starting jock on the football team, the team captain on the basketball team, and the lead swimmer on the swim team. Problem is, she didn't find them the least bit exciting. Was she cold or a she-wolf for guys? Colin thought so, and he'd do anything to bring her down a peg or two. When these two collide on the sandy beach during their mixed up summer vacation,  sparks fly, making this a summer neither will forge…

Balance? What balance???

Happy Wednesday All! Time for another Blog Chain round. Lisa started today's round with a topic that made me laugh out loud!

The balancing act. How do you balance your writing time with everything else in your life--including, kids, job, book promotion
This is a great topic for me, and something I have been wrestling with of late. So much so, that I have finally been forced to look at my priorities and make some difficult decisions.

Let me back up a bit, and show you a typical day in my life:
5:00 - wake
5:00 - 6:00 - Blog, read, check day joy email, check personal email, write morning pages (when I can squeeze it in)
6:00 - 6:45 - Get ready for work
6:45 - 7:15 - take kids to school, go to the day job
7:15 - 5:30pm - Day job, filled with a level of stress that is hard to imagine. IF I take a lunch, I'll check email and make sure I've got things to my editors, etc.
5:30 - 7:30 - most days I spend the next few hours taking kids to various activities, running errands, and squ…

A Celebration for VOLITION by Lee Strauss (and a giveaway!)

I am so excited to be part of Xpresso Book Tours cover reveal book blast for Volition, the sequel to Lee Strauss's amazing Perception. Here is a little more about the book:
VOLITION by Lee Strauss -- April 16th, 2013 Volition is the exciting continuation of PERCEPTION

Zoe Vanderveen is on the run with her captor turned rescuer, Noah Brody.
They're in love.

Or at least that’s what he tells her. Her memories have returned but her feelings are dreamlike—thin and fleeting. Her heart can’t be trusted. Just look at what happened with Taylor Blake.

Senator Vanderveen’s new team of cyborg agents are in hot pursuit, and a reward for their capture is broadcast nationwide. Record breaking cold and snow hinder their escape. Someone dies helping them.

And their fight for survival has only begun.
Add the book on to your Goodreads TBR list today: And...Now...

I'm so excited for the book! 

To celebrate, Lee is hosting a giveaway for a $2…