Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Apollo Academy Gets A New Cover!


The fabulous people at Escape, Harlequin Australia have given THE APOLLO ACADEMY a new cover! 

It's so simple and empowering. A young, beautiful, and independent woman looking toward the stars....

THE APOLLO ACADEMY will be re-realesed February 2015. Add to your GoodReads here. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

ALL BROKE DOWN, Cora Carmack

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You know I love me some Cora Carmack. And she's done it again. ALL BROKE DOWN is the second book in her New Adult Contemporary series, Rusk University. I seriously don't know how this girl does it. She's written 7 best-selling books since our lives crossed paths two year ago. Not only has she done amazing things for me and The Apollo Academy, but she's an incredible author. So seriously go grab a copy of her latest masterpiece!

All Broke Down

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About ALL BROKE DOWN: In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love. Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one. Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause. Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help. Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all. ABD Teaser 1  
Excerpt: I think I get it then. That decision I saw in her eyes back in the kitchen. That’s what this, what I’m about for her, too. I’m just another part of whatever rebellion she started earlier today. About doing what she wants, not what’s expected of her. “We’re not talking about me, though,” she says. “So you went to meet your friend, and then what happened?” She keeps her eyes down as she picks up the gauze and begins winding it snugly around the knuckles of one hand, and then the other. “He said the wrong thing.” “Which was?” “Dylan.” Now it’s her that’s pushing too hard. I didn’t want to talk about things with my friends, and I won’t talk about them with her, either, no matter how gorgeous she is. “I’ll guess. You were mad about what he did, and he wasn’t sorry.” “This isn’t middle school, Pickle. He didn’t hurt my feelings. He said some shit he had no business saying, and it pissed me off. The end.” “But you don’t think some of that anger stems from what you feel is a betrayal of your friendship?” She finishes taping down the last of the gauze, but doesn’t let go of my hand. “I think you’re analyzing me again. Making things more complicated than they are.” “And I think you’re just a guy who doesn’t like to admit he has feelings.” She drags out the word, teasing me with some goofy smile on her face. I turn my hand over so I can clutch her wrist. I curlmy other bandaged hand around her waist and pull her closer. “I feel plenty of things.” The teasing stops. She swallows. “I wasn’t talking about that kind of feeling.” With her standing and me sitting, I’m eye level with her chest. I see the sharp rise and fall as she sucks in a breath. I want her in my lap again, straddling me this time. “Doesn’t mean we can’t talk about that kind of feeling. Or experiment with it.” “Is that Stella girl an ex?” I cough, surprised. My throat twists uncomfortably, and it takes me a couple of solid breaths to get a hold on myself. “Ah, no. Stella and I have never dated.” “Have you—” “Do you ever run out of questions?” “Not ever.” She turns playful again, and I’m done doing this the careful way. If she wants a rebellion, I’ll be the one to give it to her. I want her against me, and I’m tired of waiting. I pull her forward, insinuating my knees between hers, and her body naturally follows, settling across my thighs. Her lips part, but she catches herself before she gasps this time. I keep her steady with my hands at her waist and say, “I’ll make you a deal. A question for a kiss.” Tentatively, she lays her palms against my shoulders. They rest there, her grip light and casual. She ponders my offer for a moment, and it drives me mad that she can do that while our hips are inches away from alignment. “Okay then. Are you—” I cut her off. “Not so fast, Dylan Brenner. I’ve already answered one question. We’ve got to settle up first.” I wrap her braid around my hand like I’ve been waiting to do all night, and I use it to pull her head back just enough that I can crush my mouth against hers.

And don’t forget to grab your copy of ALL LINED UP Today!

All Lined Up

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HeadshotAbout Cora Carmack: Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.      

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Top 10

I was nominated by a dear friend of mine to list my top 10 most influential/favorite books on FaceBook. I thought it might be a fun blog post, so I’m listing them all here too! :)

1.) Clan of the Cave Bears by Jean M. Auel. I first read this book as a freshman in high school and it has stuck with me ever since. It’s also the first book in a terrific series.

2.) The entire Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I’m not sure there’s any explantation needed here! 

3.) Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. I am so in love with this book—awesome writing, great voice, unique plot, and a slew of  great characters to fall in love with. 

4.) Mars by Ben Bova. One of the first science fictions books I ever fell in love with. An incredibly believable story in which we follow a crew on their perilous journey to Mars. 

5.) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey-the most recent science fiction novel I fell in love with. Unbelievable writing and voice! 

6.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Gotta love the classics! 

7.) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. A terrific high fantasy novel with fighting, magic, and forbidden love.  

8.) Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. I read this series in High School and all I can say is that even though it’s clearly fiction, it still really made me think; about my life, about the choices I would make in the MC’s situation, and it even pushed me to learn more about my religion. 

9.) The Demon King series by Cinda Williams Chima. I read this while writing The Apollo Academy and I remember thinking this is how I want to write. Great dual POV fantasy novel. 

10.) King Cave by Scarlett Dawn. An action packed book that I highly recommend. But the most special thing about it…. it lead me to my new publisher. :) 

Only listing 10 seems so unfair. There are a ton of books that have impacted me in some way! 

What are yours?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Apollo Academy Book Deal Details!

Hey Y’all!

So I promised ALL the details about my recent publishing announcement. If you missed it, Escape Publishing/Harlequin Australia, has picked up the rights to The Apollo Academy! For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you’ll know what a long process and turn about this announcement is for me.  After signing with an agent and receiving an offer, I decide that self publishing The Apollo Academy was the right direction for me. Because of that decision, I’ve been able to publish the book of my heart on my own schedule and retain total control and rights. Since making that decision, The Apollo Academy has hit the Amazon Science Fiction Romance BestSeller (In fact, it stayed there for over two months. Thank you!)  and has received an Honorable Mention Award from Writer’s Digest. 

So why then did I decide to sign a book deal? I certainly didn’t anticipate this change. While writing book 2 and continuing to market The Apollo Academy, I began to realize how lonely being an Indie author could really be. I didn’t plan to change any of that….until I kept stumbling across books (Scarlett Dawn Evermore Series for example) that I fell in love with. Books that were exactly what I wanted to read because they were a little bit of everything. Romance/Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction. As an author I tend to notice who or how a book has been published.  After a few similar books, I  began to notice a pattern…..Escape Publishing. Intrigued I went to their website and was impressed with what I found. Escape felt so fitting for me and The Apollo Academy. They wanted books that couldn’t be defined to one genre. Books that broke boundaries. When I realized they accepted self published titles, I thought Why not?  What’s the worst that could happen? 

8 weeks later I received an offer. 

Now some of you may be wondering why I signed this contract and not the first one? The main reason…different contract, different experience, different wants, different editors/people. I won’t go into the details of the first offer I received, but I will say it wasn’t as favorable as the one I just signed. 
The other big difference….this time around I no longer felt I needed as much control. I’d already done everything I’d set out to do with The Apollo Academy and wanted a final home for the series. 

What does this mean for The Apollo Academy? The Apollo Academy has been temporarily pulled from Amazon, B&N, and iTunes.  In the upcoming months, it will go through another round of copy edits. Escape/Harlequin will re-release the book again into the wild sometime January 2015. We may get a new cover??? We may see new marketing campaigns???

What does this mean for Books 2, 3, 4? If all goes according to plan, books 2, 3, and 4 will be published in 6-9 month increments after the re-release of The Apollo Academy.  
I know signing this deal has delayed the release of the second book longer than I originally planned (I'm sorry!), but I know it will be worth it!

Feel free to ask specific questions in the comments below.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Cover Reveal-King Tomb

I am SOOOO in love with the Forever Evermore series by Scarlett Dawn and I'm thrilled to take apart in King Tomb's (3rd book in series) cover reveal today! 

From Scarlett Dawn comes the stunning, sexy, sensual, surprising, spell-binding conclusion to the bestselling first Forever Evermore trilogy.

Queen Shifter, Lily Ruckler, has found solace in brutal warfare. Her bloodied fists and bared fangs fill the holes left in her memory, the blank spaces that leave her soul aching and empty. Her only pleasure is in blood; her only salvation is the relationship she has with her infant child, the baby of unknown origins who brings her solace and stability.

When Elder Harcourt summons Lily and her protector Antonio back to the United States, Lily thinks nothing unusual about the change of location. But a standard reconnaissance mission leaves her trapped inside King Zeller’s private quarters, and at his mercy. Surprise attraction rapidly turns to a battle of wills and an intense power struggle that leaves no clear victor but plenty of resentment.

They are not allowed to nurse their wounds. In order to win the war against the Commoners, the King Vampire and Queen Shifter must work together. It should be easy. The war is turning, the battle is deadly, and both Lily and Ezra love the cold cleanliness of combat. But their chance meeting has led to more than an unlikely alliance. Secrets have a way of surfacing, especially on a torn-up battlefield, and Lily and Ezra are about to re-learn all they cannot remember. If they can’t control their emotions and responses, it will be to their own ruin and the destruction of everything around them.

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Release date: October 8, 2014

Can't wait to get my hands on this bad boy! 

Not only is Scarlett a terrific writer, but she's also officially my publishing sister!!! In case you missed the news on FB or Twitter:
It's official! Escape Publishing, an imprint of Harlequin Australia, has picked up The Apollo Academy!!! *squee!* I'll blog about ALL the details soon, but basically they'll be re-releasing TAA. Books 2, 3, and 4 will then (hopefully) be released at 6-9 month intervals. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and The Apollo Academy.  you all!