Calling All BookBubbers!

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Are you a BookBub member?

You are? Great! Give me a follow and we can be BookBub Buds . . . BFFs of literature, Follow Fans . . . okay, you get my drift.

Click the link below and we can be BookBubbers together:

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But if you’re not, you really should be. Trust. BookBub is the place where I get a ton of stellar recommendations and the inside scoop to the hottest deals around. Like . . . FIRE deals. And who doesn’t love a great book deal?

As a certified Bibliophile, I’m on there constantly checking in on my favorite authors and searching for amazing books to add to my ever-growing TBR pile.

I’m pretty sure I’ve got enough reading material stacked on my nightstand to last a solid five years, but there’s always room for at least one more. Right?

 

What is The Parliament House?

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Greetings!
We hope our message has finally found you well, as this would now be the third attempt at reaching you–and our last two messengers have, well…not been so fortunate.
Rumour’s had it, there’s a forthcoming shift in the wind; pages are ruffling, quills have blown away. You see, our perilous purveyor of literature, The Parliament Press, is nowhere to be found. If, and when, they return…there’s no telling what’ll become of them.
I beseech you, keep your eyes peeled! For all that is near and dear to you, and probably your own sake, allow me to direct your attention to their website for answers — bit.ly/ParliamentPress.
Godspeed.

2019 Goodreads Choice Awards

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So, I’ve got some exciting news to share.

A LIFE WITHOUT LIVING just landed on the on the preliminary list for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards! YAY!

And, it could really use your vote.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Goodreads, or are just getting started, Goodreads is really the place to go when you want a good rec or to just chit chat about books. Every year, they compiled a list of great books for readers to have on hand. These books are from both big and small publishing houses, indie houses, and self-publishers. It’s a contest in which readers decide what’s hot. So, you can imagine that good placement on the choice list would give a book amazing visibility.

That’s where you guys come in….

Right now, A LIFE WITHOUT LIVING is on the listopia list for all eligible 2019 books. All you need to do is go to Goodreads page and, if you liked it, cast one of your votes. Or, if you haven’t read it, now your time to pick it up before the first official round of votes begin. Easy peasy.

For a quick link, click here.

And don’t forget to add your favorites to the list!

xoxo

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New Adventures Ahead!

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I know I’ve been quiet for many, many weeks, but I’ve been going through some pretty big life changes. For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, we’ve just made a BIG move. My partner & I decided to move our family to a different state.

Why the big move? Well, essentially, my partner & family were cool with uprooting our entire life so we could be in a better financial place to allow me to follow my dream & write full time.

Excuse me, I have to breakdown now.

 

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Ahem, much better. There’s been a lot of that since the big move.

Anyway, over the past year, many conversations occurred where we tried to figure out different ways to give me more time to write. You see, I was working a full-time job, being a full-time mom, with a full-time partner, and squeezing in bits and pieces of writing whenever I found time. Which was usually when I should’ve been sleeping.

It was taking a toll on me. Physically, emotionally, and mentally. How could it not? But I couldn’t stop. I love to write. I love to create. I love the industry. But, Supergirl, I’m not, and sometime around Halloween last year, I finally made an announcement to my family that I was going to take a break from writing. I couldn’t keep up.

And then, the Universe shouted “Hell, no!” and I got offered a contract. My biggest one yet. From a company I’d been dreaming about. I agonized on what to do. After all, I had just announced I was taking a break. And that’s when my partner stepped up and told me maybe we needed to think a bit further outside the box.

Hence, the move.

Guys, she told me she believed in me, she believed in my writing, and wanted to be able to help me reach my goals. She wanted to invest in me. My heart did an entire gymnastics floor routine as she suggested we consider moving out of state. And, the family was on board.

But . . . could we make a move that big? My entire life was in California.

And then, she did it. She made it real. She got a job in an area that would allow us to have space to live on one income and give me the chance to make this whole writing gig a profession.

#eternallygrateful

We decided to go for it and, it was like the Universe was waiting for me to concede. Our house sold, in record time. We found a house in a new area, also in record time. We packed and moved and are moving in and it’s been a whirlwind and honestly . . . 

 Do I even deserve this? Do I even deserve her? My family?

They believe that I’ll come out on top. They tell me I’ll succeed. It’s not even a doubt in their mind. 

Now it’s my job to deliver. And deliver I will.

How can I not? As I type this, the lamp light in my den sets the perfect mood for writing. OMG. I cannot believe I have my own den to write. To create. To work hard & follow my passion . . . Uh oh, here I go again. 

 

#gratitude #appreciative

COVER REVEAL!

It’s a loooong story, but . . .

Last month, I signed up for a cover reveal. It was for a book I’m really excited about. I set it up, scheduled it to go live at the right time, and that was that. Or so I thought. I don’t know if Mercury retrograde had anything to do with it, but things did not go as planned. And, the past month has been one of the most stressful months of my life (blog post to come later). I didn’t even realize that my “scheduled” post never posted!

But I hope to rectify it now, by shooting out the information to all of you. The book is titled ALEX MCKENNA & THE GERANIUM DEATHS and let me tell you, it is fabulous. So, without further ado ….

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General Book Info.

Author: Vicki-Ann Bush

Publisher: The Parliament House

Genres: LGBTQ, Paranormal

Releasing: Fall 2019

Blurb

For Alex McKenna, high school is just a distraction from the love of his life, Margaret, with whom he can’t wait to spend more time once they get to college. In many respects, Alex is just an average seventeen-year-old boy…except for the fact he’s a transgender medium born from a long line of Strega witches, possessing the ability to communicate with ghosts. With the help of Margaret and his talented Strega great-grandmother, Alex will learn how to strengthen his abilities. The dead need Alex to help them reconcile issues they left behind—and he finds that he needs them, too. As his abilities multiply, assisting the dead becomes an outlet to channel his new energy, giving him the strength to come to terms with who he is as a transgender male, and how far he will choose to go.

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Originally from New York, Vicki-Ann Bush currently resides in Nevada. Writing Young Adult paranormal, she finds inspiration from events that have been in her life for as long as she can remember. Inheriting her sensitivity to the supernatural from her family, they continue to be an endless source of vision.  

 

 

Book Link (Go ahead, add it to your Goodreads reading list!)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41143371-alex-mckenna-the-geranium-deaths

 

 

New Release Alert!

KING UNVEILED

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Taralynn Moore

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On May 14th, Beach Cove Books will release KING UNVEILED, the first book in the KING Series, by #YA author Taralynn Moore. This #sciencefiction thriller is a fast-paced page turner and I couldn’t be more excited. I was lucky enough to read this novel when it was in its early stages, and all I can say is WOW!

This book has so much to it. There are complex characters, fantastic settings, genetic intrigue, an evil multi-billion dollar corporation, and a complicated romance. Bria is such a well-rounded main character and although her choices do not always feel like the right ones, they are true to her. Her development and growth over the course of the novel is so real and refreshing to experience and gives the reader a solid foundation for sticking by her. I cannot wait for book two!

If you’re a fan of high stakes, character driven YA thillers with a splash of romance, this book needs to be added to your TBR pile.

BOOK BLURB

Three hearts.
Two loves.
Unending lies.

Bria has no idea her life is a carefully woven tapestry of design and predestination. Until a helicopter, a quiet beach cove, and the pull of piano chords usher in the unraveling of her world.

And David.

His music sparked her spirit, long before she knew him, before she knew herself. Now, with love and lives on the line, they can’t escape their fated connection or the family company that owns them and their hearts.

Jon has been her constant companion. Her rock. Her anchor. But when the perfect outcome of their parental set-up turns out to be a cover, her protected existence begins to fall apart, and so does their relationship and its foundation of necessary lies.

All three must unite, must fight, for family, for freedom, with a bond so strong even torn hearts can’t tear them apart.

Let sweeping descriptions, heated action scenes, and quiet romantic moments keep you on a pinwheel of emotions you won’t soon forget.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Taralynn has a degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and has spent most of her professional career behind the scenes of the beauty industry in sales and distribution. Now she’s returned to one of her first passions as an author.

She enjoys writing and reading stories that involve real character emotion with a twist of the unexpected. Her work often reflects a glossy and cinematic feel, with interwoven story lines, and hints of mystery.

The first of a novel series, KING UNVEILED, will be released May of 2019 under the imprint Beach Cove Books.

For more information about KING UNVEILED, Taralynn Moore, and Beach Cove Books:

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Beach Cove Books: http://beachcovebooks.com/

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The Light at Finnigan’s End Releases!

NOW AVAILABLE!!!

The stand-alone historical romance that stole America’s hearts has a sequel coming out TODAY! A Shine that Defies the Dark by Jodi Gallegos released in December 2017 and has received amazing reviews and shout outs from the public. So much so that the author decided to expand the world of the novel and create another sequel or world novel that can be read as part of the series or as another stand-alone Historical Romance. The Light at Finnigan’s End is now available for purchase! Grab your copy of book two in The Rum Runners Series today. Also, to celebrate, readers can check out the first novel for free on any online retailer this week only!

NOW AVAILABLE:

The Light at Finnigan’s End
Jodi Gallegos
Published by: Changing Tides Publishing
Publication date: November 5, 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance

Cleric’s Cove is home to the most brutal gang of bootleggers in Southern Louisiana, the Moret family. Desperate to find out what happened to her brother Finn, Deirdre Cassidy is determined to use her skills as a healer, as well as her feminine charms, to infiltrate the Moret crime family. Once she’s ensconced in the Moret hideout, she hopes to gather information that will lead her to Finn—or help her destroy the family that caused his disappearance.

But the one thing Deirdre never counted on is Mo Moret. The eldest son and head of the Moret gang, Mo is incredibly dangerous, yet magnetic—the attraction between them palpable. Still, Deirdre doesn’t believe he’ll ever set aside family loyalty for love. And even if he did, Deirdre has vowed to see the end of the Morets—whatever the cost.

The second installment in the popular Rum Runners series by Jodi Gallegos, The Light at Finnigan’s End is a fast-paced romance with elements of historical fiction, set against the gritty backdrop of depression-era southern Louisiana.

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READ BOOK ONE TODAY FOR FREE!

A Shine That Defies The Dark
Jodi Gallegos
Published by: Changing Tides Publishing
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance

Gripping, romantic, and evocative of its time— A Shine that Defies the Dark is a spellbinding story of one woman who will stop at nothing to survive during a tumultuous time in American history.

After a six-year exile, Ophelia Breaux and her mother are overjoyed to return to the Louisiana bayou. But it seems the ghosts of the epic feud that drove them away still haunt Plaquemines Parish, and with the Great Depression sweeping the nation, the two soon find they can’t make ends meet.

Seeing no other option, Ophelia’s mother takes the drastic step of sharing her bed with the town judge in exchange for a reduced rent. The judge has had a life-long obsession with Momma, and Ophelia is desperate to end this arrangement and get her away from him.

When Remy Granger shows up, Ophelia knows it could mean more trouble—and that’s the last thing they need. Handsome and dangerous, he’s the first boy she ever kissed, and a member of the most notorious family in southern Louisiana—but he’s also got an opportunity for fast money in rumrunning. Ophelia goes all in, and it turns out she may have a knack for the business. But she’s going to have to run even faster if she wants to save Momma… dodging the cops, rival gangs, and her traitorous heart at every turn.

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Author Bio:

Jodi is a YA & NA writer, black belt, and registered nurse. She lives with her husband, three sons and an evolving herd of undisciplined animals in Colorado. She has a well-earned fear of bears, but tolerates the Teddy and Gummy variety. She has been obsessed with books, both reading and writing them, for most of her life and prefers the written word to having actual conversations. The most current projected completion date of her To Be Read book collection is May 17, 2176.

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Book Review: THE EDITOR by Luke Carroll

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Early on in this book’s journey, I was a fan. I absolutely fell for the premise…like in a head first, never look back, kind of way. The version I read was early in it’s development, but even then I could tell this book would be something special. When I heard THE EDITOR was picked up by Ant Colony Press, I was so excited to read the final published version. And, boy, it didn’t disappoint.

Luke Carroll’s THE EDITOR follows the story of washed-up author, Lincoln Larkin, who’s villainous characters are somehow jumping the pages of his latest novels and wreaking havoc in his city. His solution? Write in the perfect bourbon-drinking antihero to save the day.

Carroll’s characters are multi-dimensional, the dialogue is witty and quick, the pacing is set to page-turner, and yes, there are laughs.

I give this book 5 Stars. But don’t take my word for it, check out this sample (Buy links down below):

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To get your copy of THE EDITOR…

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Editor-Luke-Carroll-ebook/dp/B07DBLSVK4

AUTHOR BIO:

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Week #2: My Earliest Memory

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This week on my 52-Week Blog Challenge, I’ll be trying to dredge up some old memories. My earliest memory to be exact.

Well, crap. This is a particularly difficult one because I honestly cannot remember anything prior to the age of ten.

Repressed much?

Nah, I don’t think so. But, if you even try to search Dr. Google to figure out why that is, you’ll get more than you bargained for in research topics. Trust me. #dontdoit #rabbitholeofneurosis

However, I did stumble across this one article, which I promptly lost and now for the life of me cannot find, that said individuals who didn’t place importance on their early childhood experiences are more likely to not remember them…or something like that. Basically, if nothing stood out as interesting during those years, then it was less likely the person would create a memory.

Well, hell. What does that say about me? That, as a child, I was so uninterested in my own childhood, I literally have no memory of it. Man, talk about R.B.F. personified. I feel bad for my mom now.

Hope y’all have better luck with the challenge this week.

xoxo SC

Oh, to answer the question…

I was ten. Okay, maybe eleven.

I remember riding in the back of my Dad’s blue Ford pickup. We were driving home from watching the 4th of July fireworks at Great America. My grandma was in the truckbed with my sister and I, all tangled up in blankets and pillows (I know, totally safe, right). But the wind- it was warm. And, the sky was dark blue, midnight blue, and spackled with thousands of yellow-white stars. And, my heart raced as my gradmother sang inappropriate songs and we went bumpity-bump along the streets.

Week #1: My Favorite Thing I’ve Written

Week #1 in the 52 Week Blog Challenge tackles something I think every writer would have a hard time answering: What’s our most favorite thing we’ve ever written?

I know, right? Impossible. Becasue everything I’ve written, I’ve learned from. And everything I’ve written takes a little bit of space in my heart. And since I’ve been at this writing thing for a few years now (okay, more than a few), there’s quite a few things taking up space. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but my “scorecard” is getting pretty long. To date I’ve written SIX novels (over 60K), THREE novellas (over 20K), TWO short stories (under 20K), and FIVE screenplays.

When I step back and really think about this, never (and I mean NEVER) did I imagine that I’d have this many credits to my name. Like EVER. But that’s one of the things I love most about writing. Once you start, if you keep at it, sooner or later, you’ll have a finished product.

So, what’s my favorite? OMG, that’s so hard, but right now, I am absolutely in love with a teleplay I’ve written based on Vicki-Ann Bush’s YA series THE DUSK CHRONICLES. I love how I’m able to take an authors words and create a work that is directly translatable to another medium. It was super challenging to think about how to approach the project, how one scene could fade to the next, and how to blend just enough information with action and dialogue.

I’m not sure if it’ll ever go anywhere else other than my Final Draft files and a few contests, but who knows? Maybe one day I’ll get a phone call from Netflix….

A girl can dream, can’t she?

 

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