Thursday, November 17, 2016

Get SKIN CONTACT (a Body Finder short story) Now!

Back in 2011, I toured with a group of amazing women for the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour. Prior to the tour, Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr came up with the brilliant idea for the authors to contribute to an anthology in order to offset the costs of our tour. The theme for the stories was “road trips.”

At the time, I was still working on the second novel in the Body Finder series, DESIRES OF THE DEAD, and I was getting to know a new character named Rafe. I decided that Rafe needed a backstory, preferably one that would haunt him forever.

And now, that short story, SKIN CONTACT, is available on Amazon for just $.99!

This is your chance to get to know Rafe before he met Violet...

Sunday, August 28, 2016

TEN HOT (did I mention hot?) BEACH READS

I’ve been on a romance-y reading binge lately. I don’t know what it is about them, but I can’t get enough.

Oh wait! I lied. I totally know. It’s the kissing. And the schmexy times. And the superhot guys who are never wearing enough clothing.

Hell yeah!

So, because I’ve been so enamored, I thought I’d share some of my recent faves (in no particular order) with you guys…you know, in case you were searching for some sexy summer (or anytime, really!) reads:

1.  FALLEN TOO FAR by Abbi Glines

Okay, so I can’t believe I've waited so long to read this, but I literally cannot put it down. I’m not quite finished with it but I. AM. DYING! Will they or won’t they? I think we all know they will, but come on already!!!!

2.  THE DEAL by Elle Kennedy

Holy hockey pucks! This is the first of a series based on the collegiate men of hockey, and these guys could literally melt ice rinks. Elle writes snarky, smart, and superhot characters that will totally have you squirming in your seat!

3.  UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

Hoover is the master of all the feels. I’ve read, and loved, SLAMMED and HOPELESS, but she takes UGLY LOVE to a whole new level of gut-wrenching. Plus, there are sexy pilots with baggage (see what I did there? Pilots? Baggage?). Okay, okay, all joking aside. Download this one. Stat.

4.  ALL CHAINED UP by Sophie Jordan
Like Hoover, Jordan is another of my go-to authors. I’ve read her young adults, her historicals, and now I’m obsessed with her Devils Rock series. It’s basically Prison Break (you remember the TV show, with the hunky guys behind bars?), only with a lot more sex. And damn…the sex.

5.  EDGE OF CHAOS By Molly E. Lee

This is like Twister, if Twister were a romance. Lee writes amazing action scenes and even more amazing kissing scenes. She deals with some pretty weighty issues with a deft hand, and manages to steam up the pages while keeping things pretty PG-13.

6.  WAIT FOR YOU by Jennifer Armentrout (aka. J. Lynn)

Armentrout has mastered YA, paranormal, and contemporaries. WAIT FOR YOU is proof that we all need a cookie-baking hottie living across the hall from us. Even better if he wants to do dirty things with you, am I right? Of course I’m right!

7.  THE LOVELY RECKLESS by Kami Garcia

Okay, so I’m messing with you. You can’t actually get this until October, but let me just tell you, you should definitely preorder THE LOVELY RECKLESS. (Or see the end of this post, because I have one to give away!!!)

This is Garcia’s first foray into straight-up romance…and man did she crush it! Street racing, undercover sting operations, and oh-my-god kissing scenes! This is one you can read and then pass on to your (older) teen daughter/sister/neighbor. Or even your mom. Just sayin’

WHEW! That is a LOT of title! So there was a time when I gobbled up historical romances, didn’t matter which kind—Regency, Scottish highland, pirate ship adventures, I wasn’t choosy as long as there was an accent and a Fabio-esque model on the cover. MacLean’s books satisfy my historical itch. NINE RULES has it all—a girl disguised as a man, dueling, fancy gowns, and a whole lotta kissing! I think it should be a rule that we have to read historical romances while wearing tiaras and sitting on fainting couches.

9.  RULE by Jay Crownover

Unlike NINE RULES, Crownover’s books don’t have fancy gowns. RULE has tattoos and fast driving and loose women. Rule is the hotter than hot, hard-living tattoo artist who cannot be tamed. Except, maybe he’s met his match. I. Love. These. Kinds. Of. Stories. The bad boy who can’t resist the good girl. Seriously, the tension. The angst. The sex. Yes, please!!!


I haven’t read this one in a while, but if I remember right—and I most certainly do because this book is seared into my brain with its awesomeness—these two went at it like cats and dogs. You know, if cats and dogs had an unholy attraction to each other. There were frat parties and bar fights (lots of fights, really), gambling and drama up the wazoo. And I, for one, could not get enough! These two were destined to be together, they were just the last to realize it.

Okay, so now that I've shared my faves, you can share too...and win!

I have an ARC of Kami Garcia's THE LOVELY RECKLESS and signed copies of the first two books in Sophie Jordan's Devils Rock series, ALL CHAINED UP and HELL BREAKS LOOSE for one lucky winner. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016


If you've never YA Scavenger Hunted before, then you've been missing out! This is the hunt to end all hunts. Prizes, fancy YA authors, bonus material, and cool puzzles to solve. And did I mention prizes? Because, yeah, there are prizes to be had, on an EPIC SCALE!!!

If you've made it this far, I probably don't need to explain how this whole thing works. But I will tell you that hunt runs from Tuesday, March 29th through Sunday, April 3rd. (That's not a lot of time if you plan to enter ALL the giveaways!)

So here's how it works:

Each author on the hunt is hosting another author's bonus material (mine is out there somewhere, you just have to track it down), along with a link to the next step of the hunt.

At each step, you not only get access to that exclusive content, but you'll also collect another "clue" for the hunt. (In this case, the clues are number that you'll add up in the end.) Add up the clues and you can enter for our team's prize--one lucky winner will receive all the signed books for that team! But play fast, the contest and all the exclusive bonus material will only be available for 72 hours.

I'm TEAM RED, but there are SO MANY OTHER TEAMS, which means more prize packs you can enter to win.

Still confused? Don't worry, if you get stuck head on over to the YA SCAVENGER HUNT page for the official rules and instructions.

(Unofficial) SCAVENGER HUNT Instructions:

Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number somewhere. Collect all the author's favorite numbers for TEAM RED (these are the "clues" I was talking about), and then add them up (don't be embarrassed to use a calculator!).

Then ENTER to win by filling out the form here. Only the entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Fine Print: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you much complete the entry form by Sunday, April 3rd at noon Pacific Time. Entries without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Today, I'm hosting the Kay Honeyman. Kay Honeyman grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Baylor University, graduating with a Bachelors and Masters in English Language and Literature. Her first novel, THE FIRE HORSE GIRL,
came out in January 2013. It was published by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic. Her next book INTERFERENCE comes out in Fall 2016. She currently teaches middle school and lives in Dallas, Texas.

About Kay's book, INTERFERENCE:

As a Congressman’s daughter in Washington, D.C., Kate Hamilton always pushes to make things right. But when a scandal sends her family to Red Dirt, Texas, she decides to step back for a while. She’ll take pictures for her portfolio. She’ll learn something about football. And most of all, she’ll stay out of politics (including her father’s new campaign), and away from guys (especially after her ex’s betrayal).
But, if Kate’s political skills can be useful in Red Dirt, should she really let them go to waste? After all, her friend Ana Gomez and quarterback Kyle Stone would be a perfect match. Her dad’s election could benefit from a younger perspective. The irritatingly handsome Hunter Price should learn he doesn’t know everything. . . . But Kate’s own feelings for him may teach her the biggest lesson of all.

Friday Night Lights meets Jane Austen’s Emma in this delightful novel about big dreams, big games, and a little romance.

Find out more about Kay, INTERFERENCE and the rest of her books here!


Today, Kay is sharing an excerpt from Chapter One of INTERFERENCE:

I dropped three bottled waters and a bag of potato chips on the counter between the cashier and the girl who was yelling at him.
“Most boyfriends take their girlfriends out once in awhile.”
The cashier picked up his phone and checked the screen. “We go out.”
“I need to pay for these,” I said.
“We’ve been dating three months, and we’ve gone out twice,” the girl snapped at him.
“I don’t have money,” the cashier said.
“I have money. To pay for these.” I pushed the bottles closer.
“You had enough money to go to Lubbock with your cousin last weekend.”
I looked out the window. Mom was still in the passenger seat, digging through her purse. Dad was pumping gas. I didn’t have much time. “I’m kind of in a hurry.”
“It’s not like I don’t have options,” she continued. “Gabe called the whole time you were out of town.”
The cashier started scanning my items. “Next time, tell him I say hi.”
The girl balled her fists. Her purse smacked against the candy rack, sending packages flying as she spun and stormed out the door.
The guy didn’t flinch. “Anything else?” he asked me, pulling a plastic bag from under the counter.
“I need to use your phone.”
“Sorry. No pay phone. There’s one at the gas station two exits east.”
I smiled. “No. I need to use your phone.”
The guy tipped his chin to the right, an early sign that he was going to say no.
“It’s an emergency,” I added.
“You’re calm for someone who is in the middle of an emergency.”
“I’m very good in a crisis.”
He crossed his arms over his chest. “You’re not using my phone.”
Refusals were tricky to undo, but not impossible. “Fine, we’ll go a different direction.” I leaned over the counter and locked my eyes with his. “You’re going to let me use your phone because someday your girlfriend will be stranded in some nowhere town and need to tell you something life-changing.” His eyes remained empty. “The test results came in.” Nothing. “She found your dog.”
“Tucker?” the cashier said.
Bingo. “She needs to call you to tell you that Tucker is okay. She wants you to know where to pick him up. Wouldn’t you want someone to loan her a phone?”
“Is your dog in trouble?” the cashier asked.
I looked over my shoulder. I needed to move this along before I got caught. “My cheating ex-boyfriend posted humiliating pictures of me online. My school hates me. My parents blame me for Dad’s nose-dive in the polls. And my college future is in the toilet.”
“Man, what a week. And now your dog.” He slid his phone to me.
I skipped the gratitude and dialed Tasha’s number.

Man, I love sneak previews (and this one looks AH-mazing)!

In order to enter the contest for your chance to win you need to know that my favorite number is 4. Add up all the other favorite numbers on TEAM RED and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!!


The next stop on your hunt is author Jeff Garvin.

And because I love the hunt (and giveaways), I've decided to give you an extra chance to win by hosting an ADDITIONAL, and completely separate giveaway right here! All you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below, and boom! you're entered for signed set of THE TAKING and THE REPLACED, along with some super sweet swag.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

This Just In: Science and Girls Belong Together!!!!

If you know anything about me, you might have guessed I’m not a great secret keeper. In fact, keeping secrets makes me want to explode! So for the past few months I’ve been pretty quiet about what I’ve been working on because I’ve had one of those secrets, and rather than risk blurting it out, it’s easier to just keep my giant trap shut.

But all that secret-keeping nonsense is over with, because the news has finally broken:

We have no idea who will be illustrating our picture book babies, but what we can say is that Shelli and I are crazy excited to be working with Virginia Duncan at Greenwillow. And we can’t wait to share our feisty, science-loving girl with all of you!