Wednesday, January 22, 2014

We Were Us Cover Reveal - Heather Diemer

Smokin' hot. That's what my friend Heather Diemer's cover shows me! This is her debut novel and I have already read bits and pieces of it - again - smoking' hot.

The blurb!

When Jenna returns to the small town she was forced to leave over a year ago after her drug dealing mother was found in bed with the mayor, she wasn’t sure what to expect.  She is perfectly content waiting out the summer alone until she can return to college in the fall.     

What she doesn’t expect was to rekindle her relationship with Josh.

Josh doesn’t judge her like everyone else does and never did.  He gets her.  When he shows up at her door every night just to see her, Jenna opens up to him like she’d never been able to before.  And the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes she is falling for him. 

When someone in town spots the two of them together, rumors fly and her already uncomfortable existence in the town takes a turn for the worse.  Jenna realizes she’ll never belong here and decides to leave and never look back.  Josh convinces her to stay because there is something that she doesn’t know--something that could change everything. 

This is coming to you in APRIL!!

So proud of you H!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Gone Soundtrack

Music! Do you hear the music? Not to sound crazy but I hear a soundtrack as much as I hear the dialogue of my characters in my head.

I'm currently working on a contemporary WIP titled Gone.  It's my first crack at this genre, well second,  I don't know. I wrote the basis of the story about six years ago and am pulling it out now.

It's about a girl named Tess Walters. She's been in a high school relationship for three years and her life is routinely perfect. Until her boyfriend Alec becomes her ex boyfriend Alec and her world is whipped away from her. She can't function. She cries. She fights. She's mean. She cannot deal.

She does have a few people in her corner once she takes a breath. They help her.

But - I have a soundtrack I wanted to share with you.

1. Taylor Swift - White Horse (pains me but it's true.)
2. Unanswered Prayers by Garth Brooks
3. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (because I have her on every writing sound track
4. Part of me by Katy Perry
5. With or Without You - U2
6. Mama's Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert
7. And Still - Reba McEntire
8. Why They Call It Falling - LeeAnn Womack
9. Bring on the Rain - Jodee Messina
10 Defying Gravity - Wicked Soundtrack

Sappy and melodramatic - just the way I like it.

These ten songs are somewhere in my playlist.

What's your favorite current song? or favorite sappy song?

Monday, January 6, 2014

My turn on the Walker Book Tour!

Inspiration is a hard thing to talk about. But my friend Erica brought it up to me and I thought I would talk about my inspiration for Walker.

I can say it was a giant miss mash of ideas.

I originally saw a dialogue between Kate and Jesse. And thought that could be something. Then my collie walked into the room and she's a great example of what a good dog is. (I have a mastiff too - equally as good). So I thought - Fergie should be forever immortalized among pages.

But I LOVE LOVE LOVE paranormal. It's hard for not to put something paranormal or supernatural in to my stories. I mean who doesn't love a vampire or a telepath? So I had to think about something that isn't done often.

Know what popped into my head? Freddy Krueger. Dude - he is scary! You can fight him - he's in your dreams. Then my idea was born. Serial killer - dream walker. But seriously - look at Freddy's face. Blah. I knew immediately where I wanted to go with that story arc, but there was this whole other piece missing to my story - Kate's real life.

This took awhile - I wanted a conflict of love interest - Colton. I wanted a queen bee - because it's fun to be mean fictionally. I wanted a friend who was out-spoken - a little vulgar. Elise. That story arc developed as I wrote. I really wasn't sure how I was going to have that part of the story end - it just did. Does that sound bad?

Anyway - thanks for stopping. Enter and tweet about my giveaway and you can meet my inspirations!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Walker Blog Tour Starts Today January 3-16th Giveaway!!!!

Walker Blog Tour!!!!

It starts today at Erica Cope's blog! Stop by her to see a character interview from Elise! (She's really kind of a hit!)

Walker is my second novel and has been a lot of fun to do. Throughout this tour I am going to be giving away signed paperbacks of Walker so make sure to enter! (You can tweet every day!)

Kate isn’t thrilled to be moving to the middle of nowhere. She's already lost her parents, now she's leaving the only place she's ever known as home. She’s not there long when she realizes her dreams aren’t her own and that she has the ability to walk through other people's dreams. Not only that, but she might have found her dream guy--literally. He's in her dreams.

Just when she starts to get the hang of dream walking, strange murders in her new town start to occur. Girls are being killed as they sleep with no evidence, no suspects and no clear motive behind the deaths. It doesn’t take Kate very long to realize that the girls aren’t just being killed as they sleep—they’re being killed in their sleep.

Kate must figure out how to find the killer in the real world and keep the ones she loves safe while they sleep.

Here is a schedule of all the stops! 

January 3 - Erica Cope 
January 4 - Heather at A Dash of YA 
January 5 - Krista on FB
January 9 - J.A. Lantz 
January 10 - Nichole @ The Bookish Fairy
January 11-  Rhiannon Paille
January 13 - Komal Kant
January 15 - Natalie @Book Lovers Life
January 16 - Melissa @ My words and pages

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year - New Goals! - 2014

My 2013 was pretty dang awesome. Really awesome. 

2014 - what do I have planned?

I am going to release Gone - a contemporary YA about a girl named Tess who gets her heart broken and isn't capable of dealing with it on her own. She relies on some old friends and a family member to get her through, even though she fights it at first. (amped up blurb to come)

I am GOING to FINALLY publish my sequel to The Owens Legacy. Yeah - it's been awhile and the manuscript is almost done.  This novel is told from Ryder's POV and was a lot of fun. 

I am going to continue posting on Facebook and try and get back to blogging more. 

If I can do these three things, and be a momma, and a teacher - I think I will be doing pretty good! 

What about you? What are you goals this year?