Monday, August 26, 2013

Speak Low Cover Reveal

Hey Everyone,

I'm on a mini vacation celebrating the book launch and seven years married to my best friend, BUT I couldn't miss participating in Melanie Harlow's Speak Low cover reveal. So today's reveal is brought to you from a foreign country with a cocktail in hand. Somehow I think Melanie would approve....

A few of you may remember I participated in Melanie's Speak Easy cover reveal earlier this year--A beautiful 1920's themed cover. Well, after reading Speak Easy, I am even more excited to participate in this cover reveal! Speak Low is the second book in this fabulous new adult historical series. If you haven't read Speak Easy, stop everything right now and go get it! IT'S ONLY 99 CENTS THIS WEEK! And I'm telling you, I'd pay waaaay more for it! I freakin' loved this book! 99 cents is a steal, people!

Anyway I'm getting off topic. Let's talk about Speak Low...

Synopsis:
We always want what we can’t have.

Tiny O’Mara is tired of living in a world where men make all the rules. After bootlegging enough whiskey to free her father from the DiFiore crime family, twenty-year old Tiny is determined to gain her independence.

But it’s going to cost her.

Her alliance with sultry Enzo DiFiore is based more on their explosive chemistry than loyalty or trust. But she’s promised him some information that will help him take revenge on The River Gang, and when he offers her a job, an apartment, and the prospect of nights spent together where anything goes, she can’t refuse—which only puts her further in his debt.

She needs gorgeous childhood pal Joey Lupo to help her again—when they’re not at each other’s throats, they make a good team, and her attraction for him is becoming impossible to deny. But after she rejects his offer to leave town together, he’s tempted to let her fend for herself.


As Enzo’s need for possession and power escalate and her feelings for Joey deepen, Tiny realizes her mistakes. She just hopes she gets the chance to fix them before it’s too late.

Now that I've made you read for it....


 Mark your calendars now! November 4th, 2013 

AUTHOR BIO:
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. SPEAK EASY was inspired by her cocktail-culture obsession, her affection for good gin, and the view from the end of her street. She lifts her glass to NA readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pitch Madness- I'm a Co-Host & Meet the teams!



We're getting close to Pitch Madness submission day, and I wanted to introduce the host blogs and their teams. The teams will choose from the slush the best entries for their teams. Likes are subjective, so by having teams, we can have many opinions on each entry. The teams have to decide on the pitches together, but ultimately it's the blog hosts and co-hosts who have the final decision. 

For those of you not familiar with Pitch Madness, Pitch Madness is a contest where agents compete in a game against their peers for pitches. This time the game is Monopoly. If you haven't been a part of a Pitch Madness challenge before, please check out this post here for more information. The submission window is open for 24 hours (12:01AM EST to 11:59PM EST) on August 24. Our slush readers will read through the pitches and pick the top 60 pitches for the agent round starting on September 6. We try to get a good mix of various genres, but the writing comes first. Basically, if the submissions aren't ready, it's a pass.


And here are your hosts and their teams ...



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On Brenda Drake's blog with Kimberly P. Chase.

Their support readers (aka Fairy Slush Godmothers) ...







   


K.T. Hanna
  Tonya Kuper











 

On Sharon Johnston's blog with Fiona McLaren. 

Their support readers (aka Fairy Slush Godmothers/father) ...



 Heather Webb





Sarah Henning
Philip Siegel




Lizzy Charles


 

On Shelley Watters' blog with Marieke Nijkamp.

Their support readers (aka Fairy Slush Godmothers) ...


Dahlia Adler

 Slush Coordinator

 



Brianna Shrum


 


   

On Summer Heacock's blog with team leader Dee Romito.

Their support readers (aka Slush Zombies) ...


 
 

Come back tomorrow and meet the agents! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

National Aviation Day--99¢ Book Sale and Giveaway!

Hello Lovelies,

The Apollo Academy blog tour is still going strong, but I wanted to let everyone know about a super special offer! Today is National Aviation Day, which also coincides with Orville Wright's birthday. To celebrate the joy of flight and the continued growth of aviation, The Apollo Academy will be on sale for 99 cents! If you haven't picked up your copy, get it while it's cheap!




It also seems like an appropriate day to post all the info. on the introductory flight lesson I've been teasing you about. One lucky winner will receive a $75 gift card for the intro-flight, information on the closest AOPA approved flight school, along with a recommended FAA certified flight instructor. Please make sure you read the Rafflecopter terms & conditions carefully before entering. To enter, all you have to do is provide your name and email. Everything else is just bonus points!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Also-many of you have asked about the second book in The Apollo Academy series. It's tentatively titled Airborne and I'm aiming for a February 2014 release. More information to come...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Apollo Academy Blog Tour


Follow along as The Apollo Academy tours through CyberSpace!
There are a TON of prizes, reviews, and interviews along the way.

August 6th Release Day Blitz & Tour liftoff:  Brenda Drake Writes, Mundie Moms Guilty Pleasures, Stuck in Books, and The Y.A. Bookworm.

August 7th: Rotten Apple Reads

August 8th: Jany's Bookblog


August 10th: Shortie Says

August 11th: The Soul Sisters

August 12th: Unabridged Books

August 13th: Behind Closed Covers


August 15th: Stuck in YA Books

August 16th: ABC BookNerd

August 17th: Turning Pages

August 18th: Nazish Reads

August 19th: The White Unicorn

August 20th: Jenuine Cupcakes

August 21st: Book Scents

August 22nd: I Read Indie

August 23rd: Sofia Loves Reading

August 24th: Girl + Book = Love

August 25th: Mouse Head & Tales

August 26th: Suzanne Rooyen

August 27th: The Bibliomaniacs

August 28th: Corralling Books

Saturday, August 3, 2013

THE APOLLO ACADEMY IS LIVE!!!

WE HAVE LIFT OFF.....

That's right! THE APOLLO ACADEMY IS NOW AVAILABLE in paperback and eBook on AMAZON , eBook on Barnes & Noble, and on iTunes.

This is how I feel right now...

And this....

And this....

And a little of this....

SO GO GRAB YOUR COPY AND LET'S FLY!

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Apollo Academy Gets a New Release Date!

WE DID IT! ERRR....I SHOULD SAY YOU DID IT!!!! Y'ALL ROCKED IT OUT AND WE MET OUR GOODREADS GOAL! YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?



IT ALSO MEANS THE APOLLO ACADEMY'S RELEASE DATE HAS BEEN MOVED FROM AUGUST 6TH TO AUGUST 5TH. THAT'S MONDAY! 

AHHHH!!!! 

















Because I'm self publishing, there won't be an exact time that the book becomes available. I'm going to shoot for Monday, but it may end up going earlier. (<--I'll explain why later) I plan to hit publish on Barnes&Noble tonight and Amazon sometime in the next twenty four hours. I'll announce as things go live, so keep an eye on FaceBook/Twitter/Blog. (FYI-iTunes will be running a little behind. Hit publish 2 weeks ago on that one. . .yikes!)

The Apollo Academy Blog Tour will kick off on August 6th on several blogs, each of which will have their own awesome giveaway. (Kindle, Nook, Free Books, etc!)

I can't thank you enough for your support and enthusiasm!