Sunday, April 13, 2014

Enzo is back! ALMOST LOVER news!

Now that GOLDEN HOUR (the first book in the Crescent City series) is out in the wild, we can now let you know that ALMOST LOVER (a Rutherford Vineyard novel) (the first book in our Silver Strand spin-off series) will be released May 19, 2014! 

You do not have to have read any of the Silver Strand series to follow along with this book.

We'll have teasers and be giving away some ARCs on 
April 24 (8pm-10pm) when we take over 

If you have a blog and you'd like to sign up for an ARC, we have a form HERE.

You can add it to your TBR HERE


And don't forget that the first chapter is HERE!

AND, in case you missed the cover reveal, here's a second look:



Monday, March 24, 2014

Surprise! A new release!

You may or may not have noticed that I've been pretty quiet around the interwebs the last few months. 

When I first started publishing books on my own, indie wasn't yet a "thing." I (and several others) were writing books and publishing them, uploading backlists, dusting off books that were queried but never sold... And it was hard in the way that we weren't taken seriously as authors. By and large, early indies were shunned by most writers groups and told that we were "less than."

After a year or two, that started to change and self publishing became more acceptable. And some books rose to the top of best sellers lists that had previously never included self pubbed authors. Some books were picked up by large publishing houses. It was a really exciting, fantastic time. 

And like most good things, people started to catch on. People with stories to tell. That's rad! Everyone who wants to should have the experience of writing a book they love and publishing it if that's a dream. But with the piles of new books being published everyday, the noise grew. 

Publishing had become hard in a completely different way then. I continued to put new books out that I loved, but it didn't feel the same. Release days had become this big PR push full of excerpts and teasers and giveaways, and while I understand that buzz is necessary, there is/was SO MUCH of it out there from everyone that it just felt forced and weird. Almost like books were losing something. And it didn't feel good. I personally felt like I was chasing something--and I wasn't even sure what it was--or why. All I knew for sure was that I still loved books. I still loved writing. But I needed to back away from the noise of it all. 

So I decided to take a step back. To enjoy some quiet. Liz and I both took some time to get back to  basics over the last few months. We read a ton. We wrote a ton. And we're completely and totally in love with the projects we have coming up in the next few months. We hope you'll enjoy them too. 

We enjoy interacting with readers and love hearing from you, and talking books and whatever else you want to gab about. Truly. We just want to do that in an honest, organic way. 

Today, we've quietly released the first book in our brand new Crescent City Series, called GOLDEN HOUR. It takes place in New Orleans and is sort of a mash-up of Rescue Me and Grey's Anatomy.

Why a secret project and a quiet release? Isn't that the opposite of what we should want? Maybe. But we really hope that our books and writing will speak for themselves. And if you like them, maybe you'll consider telling a friend about them, and/or leaving a review. Isn't that what reading used to be? Simple. Honest. Organic.



In the medical field, the precious moments following a traumatic event in which you have the best chance of saving a life are known as the golden hour. But being there during the golden hour doesn't mean you'll be able to save the one you love... ER nurse, Elise Dupuis knows that fact all too well. There was nothing she could do to save her fiancĂ©, New Orleans police officer Mike Bazanac, when he was brought into her hospital with two fatal bullet wounds. Now everyone walks around on eggshells when she comes into the room—except her brother Charlie. As Mike's partner, he bears a guilt that's spiraled him into dark pain. Charlie is lashing out, Elise is turning in, and life seems to be falling apart around them.
Caleb Warren knows what it feels like to always be on the losing end of things. A few criminal turns in his youth landed him two crap choices: mandatory service in the armed forces or jail. He chooses to enlist, and just when he finds a commander who has a little faith in him, their truck hits an IED. Caleb's training as a medic isn't enough to save the one person who's ever given a damn about him. Now back in New Orleans as an EMT, Caleb is bound and determined to drown himself in booze and regrets. But he crosses paths with nurse Elise Dupuis and finds a woman whose passion and courage gets under his skin in a way that wakes him up and makes him want to live again. Unfortunately, Charlie doesn't think the new EMT is good enough for his sister, and he’ll step outside the lines of the law to prove it to Elise.
 Caleb has to figure out what's worth fighting for…and how far he's willing to go for the woman he loves.




P.S.) For those that may be bummed that our new release wasn't ALMOST LOVER (Rutherford Vineyard Series, book one) (Enzo's from Silver Strand's book!), we promise it's coming very soon....and the cover is revealed in the back of GOLDEN HOUR! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A MASSIVE Silver Strand Sale!

Liz and I had a really great opportunity to chat with a group of NA readers recently while doing research for a new project. During that time, we were lucky enough to pick their brains about what they'd really like to see/what was missing in NA.

We heard many of the same responses from each of them:

1) NA stories that felt realistic--easy on the melodrama;
2) Books with more diverse characters;
3) Family worked into NA books--the readers we talked to mentioned how involved their own families were in their lives during their college years;
4) Stories of friendship;
5) Stronger female leads

And Liz and I both sat there like this

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(That doesn't translate well in written form, but that my friends, is silence)

Why silence?

Because we'd already written books that checked those boxes on their wish lists. 

Our Silver Strand/Lengths Series (Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties, Riptides & Drift) are centered around a group of close friends--they not only feature female friendships but some pretty amazing, hilarious bromances as well. Each book has a solid family theme, with real blood family relationships and the friendships that prove family exists outside of bloodlines. We tried to make the characters in the series ethnically and religiously diverse. Our female characters don't need saving--though a pair of strong shoulders to rest a head is always welcome. And more than anything, we really tried to make these stories and these characters real--people you could really meet. 


And we got to thinking. We wanted to make it easy for the readers that were looking for those things in NA to find some of them... 


So we made it WAY easy. And bundled all 6 books (5 full length novels, and 1 50,000 word novella)

AND priced it SUPER cheap (see: almost free) for a very limited time. 

Take a look...


You can find it on Amazon now...kobo, B&N and iBooks should be up soon! :) 
(and please spread the word if you have read and enjoyed the series! :) 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Friend is a Four Letter Word cover, teasers, EXCITEMENT!

Friend is a Four Letter Word is (finally) going to be released January 15, 2014! There were a few delays in getting this one out. Mainly scheduling conflicts--Liz and I worked hard to complete the Lengths series in 2013 and other projects that we aren't yet divulging. ;) There was also the matter of the cover, in that, I combed stock photo sites for months and months and found nothing that felt like Shayna and Carter to me. 

My friend Allie solved all of my cover woes by connecting me with photographer Lindee Robinson, who immediately understood the concept and the characters and found perfect models and within a couple of weeks had gorgeous proofs for me to choose from. She and her design partner, Danielle Styles put together the gorgeous cover for Friend is a Four Letter Word and were such a dream to work with. 

I'm so in love with this cover, and so excited to share this book with you that I can't help but share these teasers, together with the cover and blurb.

Huge thanks to Lindee, Danielle and cover models Madison and Chad for making this project come together with such ease!!



To check out more of Lindee's work you can find her on Facebook HERE

Sooo...Here is the cover!


And the blurb:

Shayna Gillan is on a mission: start fresh in a new state without the small town gossip that has haunted her since her bad girl days of high school. 
Carter MacPherson has long been the most together member of his crazy family--until now, and with a secret threatening to crumble everything he's worked for, he wishes he could forget the recent past, too.
The last thing Shayna and Carter are looking for is a relationship. It's best to be alone while they sort out their issues.
Friends. That's all they can ever be.
But even the best laid plans always have a flaw, and once Shayna and Carter cross the line between friendship and more, there's no turning back...
The only question left is--whose past will catch up to them first?

And some teasers. Because THE PRETTY! 






"Shayna’s nails rake gently over my chest in a way that should be soothing. I should be able to fall asleep to the rhythm of her soft breaths, but all I can think is, ‘tell her.’ 
Each rasp of her nail on my skin is another slice in my resolve though.
This homesick feeling—the feeling of searching for something that maybe doesn’t even exist—the feeling that has gnawed at me for as long as I can remember is gone when I’m with her. Being with Shayna is like a bandage for my damn soul. But she’s spent the last year getting her life back together, so when I tell her what’s really going on with me, she’s going to leave."



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

On the gift of perspective

There are lots of "favorite things," and "best of" lists floating around the last couple of weeks, 
so I won't add another to the mix. 
People tend to feel reflective at this time of year: What they accomplished, what they fell short on. 
And I know a lot of writers (or creative people in general) tend to focus on the latter.

Instead of doing that, I want to tell you what I'm most thankful for this year:

Perspective.

I thought I'd sort of lost it this year, but I'm happy that it's back. 

Perspective is one of those quiet gifts--sometimes it's harsh and sometimes it's beautiful,
 but make no mistake, it's a gift in either form. 

Most of you know that our youngest daughter, Britta was born with a heart defect in 2011. She came home from the hospital with us and despite my bringing her back to the doctor and/or hospital many, many times, over her first few weeks of life, all of the doctors that we saw assured us that she was perfectly healthy (and I was maybe a little off my rocker) and sent us home. We celebrated Christmas with family that year, but it was hard, because though everyone was excited to meet her for the first time, my husband Chris and I felt strongly that there was something not right.

For 3 and 1/2 weeks we did this. Back and forth to the doctor--pat on the head, comments of how it must be our first baby (try 4th.) 

Until she was in total heart failure and had to be air lifted across the state for emergency open heart surgery.
We left that night and followed the helicopter to New Orleans where we stayed with Britta for over a month--leaving our 3 other children with relatives. It was an awful, awful experience that I wouldn't wish on anyone. The things we saw our own child--our newborn go through, we still have nightmares about. 
But the one good thing that it brought Chris and I--and our families is the gift of perspective.

Overnight, we went from having 4 kids at home and celebrating the holidays, 
to sleeping in the Cardiac ICU for weeks, but

How could I let little things bother me when I have this living, breathing miracle with me?
 How could I waste a day feeling sad for myself when she fought so hard to live? 


I remember in the early days once she was home from the hospital, I thought, "I wonder if I'll ever have a day where I don't think about what she's been through." You know, just a normal day, without thinking of the surgery, or the recovery, or any of that. This week is Britta's 2nd birthday, and I'll be honest, I haven't had a single day yet that I don't pause for at least a moment and think of how lucky we are.

At Christmastime, it'd be easy to reflect on how sick she was that first Christmas--before we even knew what was wrong with her. It'd be easy to get angry that we missed all of those newborn moments with her while she laid in a hospital bed unconscious for weeks, or at the doctors that failed her. 
But instead of dwelling on that, we've chosen to think of how ridiculously blessed we are that she is here with us now. That we get to spend the holidays with her, because honestly, I can't imagine how we would face Christmas without her. 



It's perspective. And being on the other side of something hard.
I think we all sort of have that same feeling, whether your stuck in the middle of something bad--or riding the wave of something amazing that it will always be that way.
That things won't change.

What does this all have to do with books or writing?

Well, It's been kind of a weird year on that front.

As easy as it is for me to find that perspective in my personal life, it's been harder in my professional.
 It's sometimes hard to grasp how quickly things can change--good or bad.
2012 was a huge year, full of big things and major blessings.
2013...was different.

And I'm sort of embarrassed to admit that I spent a fair amount of time this year feeling sorry for myself.
It's hard to open up and be real, when you feel like people are expecting you to be all smiles, all the time.
And along the way,
I forgot how lucky I am, and became fixated on the things that weren't so perfect.


Things can change overnight...or sometimes they take a little time to work themselves out. 
But they will. 

If you're in a tough place, 2014 may be your year.
Hang in there.
Things can change quickly, and no matter what, they are never, ever as bad as you think.


Perspective reminds you what's important...and what just isn't...

There are a lot of things that I originally felt really terrible about that happened this year, that I am already seeing click into place and am left thinking, "so that was the point of all of that madness," and honestly, though everything isn't roses, that reflective place a pretty rad place to be.


In the meantime, I plan on focusing on the good.
I've figured out who my true friends are.
I know who I can trust.
I've fallen on my face, and climbed back up.
I'm stronger than I thought.



Because there is a lot of it.
New projects that I'm so excited about, they almost make this frowny cat squeal.
Healthy kiddos that give me amazing words of wisdom everyday, like, 
"Pants are sleeves for your legs."--Finn, 3
A husband that makes me cronuts at 10pm while I work. ;) 
A team of people in my corner that I respect, trust and cannot be more thrilled to work with.
And old friends that make everything a little easier, or at least, funnier. :) 



Happy Holidays.
See you in 2014.





Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A(nother) holiday sale & teaser

There are 1,000,001 ebooks on sale right now, but I've got a few to add to the list as well! 
Why?
Well, for starters, why not? Tis the season and all that!
and...
and..
and!
We're gearing up for the release of FRIEND IS A FOUR LETTER WORD--which picks up where the epilogue of Beautiful Things Never Last ends...except for from Shayna's pov...so not exactly...

Here's a little snippet:

I pull the curtain back again. Maybe I imagined it. I probably imagined it.There’s no way that he’s standing next to my mom at my engagement party.No.Way.And yet, as I rub my hand down the throwback red velvet drape, I see him. Clinking champagne flutes with Dad. Raising his eyebrow and taking in Quinn a little too long to be appropriate. Talking to my parents like he belongs here. Like he isn’t the reason I fled Georgia in the first place. It’s fine. It is. Running out on my old life, brought me to Carter--and to what is supposed to be a perfect day that I painstakingly prepared for.
Carter catches my eye from across the room and I watch the momentary blip of confusion on his face, the way his brows pull down in the middle. But he shakes it right off and a smile stretches across that gorgeous, trusting face.
“Shay! Come join the party!” he calls.
I want to run away. Again.
Carter catches my eye from across the room and I watch the momentary blip of confusion on his face, the way his brows pull down in the middle. But he shakes it right off and a smile stretches across that gorgeous, trusting face.“Shay! Come join the party!” he calls. I want to run away. Again.

And here's the sale info!
(**My advance apologies to UK and Commonwealth readers--I don't hold the rights to Delicate & Grounding Quinn in those territories, therefore, I cannot change the prices for those titles) 


Upcoming books, answers to FAQ and more random stuff...

It's been a busy, busy year-- I wrote and released SEVEN titles in 2013 (and wrote a couple of others that haven't been released yet) Now that the year is winding down and I'm gearing up for next year's projects, I thought I'd take a minute to answer some very frequently (sometimes angrily) (HA!) asked questions.

This Q&A features tons of spoilers, so, you've been warned. ;) 

Why didn't Cece get her own book in the Lengths Series?

Liz and I never intended for or set out to make the Lengths series "the Rodriguez family series," and in fact, both the first book, Lengths and Ties do not feature a Rodriguez family member as the main character. We wanted to follow the interwoven relationships of the close knit group of friends and family through the community of Silver Strand, not any one single family.

We LOVE Cece, however, when we chose which characters to write next, it was an organic choice of where we felt the series was going and whose story spoke the loudest to us at that time. Yes, we could have easily said, "alright, Cece is next," but we chose them based on which character had a story to bring to the table at that time.

We've had many reader suggestions along the way: Cece, Jason, Cody, Maren's sister, a prequel featuring the parents Rodriguez.... We did the stories that felt truest to us and to the characters we created. :)

Why did the Lengths Series end??

This was a SUPER hard decision to reach. Liz and I have both said we could happily write the Lengths series forever--and that's true. We love the world of Silver Strand, but we also had several other projects: co-written and solo books that we wanted to write in the next couple of years and that would mean pushing the Lengths series to the back burner, and many, many months in between releases. So, ultimately, it felt best to end the series on a good note--where we still felt so happy to be writing in that world, rather than risking upsetting readers that there would be very long delays in between releases, or just throwing books together for the sake of continuing it.

How could you end My Fate for Yours that way?


We get this question A LOT. A lot, a lot. And it usually begins with "I read My Heart for Yours, but I'm still confused as to how you could end My Fate for Yours that way..." Jo and I of course feel you are entitled to feel the way you do, and never want to leave people feel dissatisfied with a book or an ending.

So, let me just explain what My Fate for Yours is not.

It is NOT a romance. Though it may have romantic elements, it is a tragedy. We've tried to be very transparent about that. In fact, this is the opening page of My Fate for Yours:


My Fate for Yours is EAMON'S story, and sad as it may be, if you've read My Heart for Yours, you know that Eamon's story could only end one way. Our goal was to show you the days leading up to that event. 

How could you end Riptides that way??

We get a lot of emails about the "cliffhanger" ending of Riptides. This one sort of stumps me, because I feel like Riptides had a very clear ending. It was, obviously an open ending where there was no stereotypical Happily Ever After, but it ended really the only way we felt it could. (Spoilers) We know Enzo, and he would never be cool with knowingly breaking up a marriage. To have him stick around and fight for Jess would be not be true to his character and felt melodramatic. But he loved her, hard, and the only reasonable thing for him to do would be to step back and clear his head. He ended the book feeling positive about moving forward on his own terms. We hope you'll stick around to see where he lands. :) 

Why didn't Enzo get a full length novel in the Lengths series?

Enzo's story picks up in an entirely new place. To drag it out to show where he goes and what happens there would have made the book very, very, veryyyy long (an entire novels worth of story was still left) and to add additional chapters throughout for the sake of making it a full length novel felt gratuitous. Though, RIPTIDES is 50,000 words, whereas a traditional novella would normally cap out at around 45,000 words. Riptides was a bridge book to show why Enzo left town, and get him to where he needed to be where we pick up in Almost Lover. If we would have solely written Almost Lover and not fully explained Enzo's pain or how he ended up in his new place, it wouldn't have felt right.

When will Almost Lover be out?

Enzo's story isn't over! You'll see him again in a spin-off series to the Lengths series! The first book is Enzo's book titled ALMOST LOVER and the first chapter is in the back of RIPTIDES. Liz and I are shooting to have Almost Lover out mid-June or July.

When will Friend is a Four Letter Word be out?

Friend is a Four Letter Word is the fourth book in the companion series that includes Delicate, Grounding Quinn, Beautiful Things Never Last and now this book: which is Shayna and Carter's story. You'll see Syd, Grant, Quinn and Ben and a few new faces! Expected release date is January 15, 2014! Will let you know if that date should change, but be looking for the cover reveal in the next month! :)

Is that really the end of the Lengths series?

We don't want to ever say never, but for now, and for the foreseeable future, yes, DRIFT is the final book in the Lengths series.

Will we ever read more about Tobin & Delia?

Jolene and I do have a novella that picks up immediately after the ending of My Heart for Yours near completion, however, due to other deadlines and other releases planned, we aren't sure when we will release it. Will keep you updated!

When will Rachel get her own book in the Crawford series (My Fate/Heart for Yours)?

Rachel's book is titled My Love for Yours and basically has the same answer as above. It is very near completion, and full of familiar faces, but we aren't sure how to work in the release with all of our other books coming out in the next year, but will update soon!

What are you working on in 2014?

So. Many. Things. Not all of them I can talk about right now. I'll be vague, though!

1) A NA co-written series with Liz Reinhardt which we have subbed to our agent and are crossing our fingers she loves it. :)
2) A YA co-written series with Liz Reinhardt that will also go to agent and hope she loves it. ;)
3) A sweet YA on my own
4) A gritty YA on my own
5) Friend is a Four Letter Word
6) Almost Lover
7) Crawford books
8) I'm sure other things I haven't even dreamed up yet. ;)

How the heck do you co-write?

This is a tough one because it's different with each person I've written with, and with Liz, it's different every time!  When we wrote Lengths, we did chapter-by-chapter. We split up the characters: she wrote one, I wrote the other and would write a chapter and send it over for the other to add the next chapter. We haven't really done that since, though. (And this is how Jolene and I write together) We move all over the document, writing what we want then the other person can come in and flesh it out, or change it, or move it around and add on to it somewhere else. The documents feel like living, breathing things because they are always growing and changing somehow. Sometimes we just add a single snippet of dialogue to a chapter and the other comes in and figures out how that chapter should unfold based solely off that piece of dialogue. It's really a huge learning experience. I know I've grown as a writer from working with Jolene and Liz and it's also a lesson in giving up my control freaky nature. ;) Here's a few posts we've done on co-writing: HERE, HERE and HERE.

As always, if you have any questions, email me, comment here or find me on Facebook and I'll add them to the list. :)

S-

Monday, December 2, 2013

DIRTY LONDON Cover Reveal!

So pumped to share the cover and blurb for the darling Kelley York's  (Hushed, Made of Stars, Suicide Watch) upcoming release, DIRTY LONDON!!

All London Noble wanted out of her senior year of high school was anonymity. The complete opposite of Jasmine, her emotionally unstable baby sister, London has worked hard to stay out of the spotlight.
Then she discovers that Wade, one of the most popular guys in school, is gay like her and their new-found closeness based around their shared secret has half the student body convinced they're hooking up...and a lot of girls aren't happy about it. Now she's been dubbed "Dirty London." Rumors are flying about her inability to keep her clothes on, and London is pretty sure she's developing a crush on the one girl who sees through it all. 
If she could admit why stealing boyfriends is the last thing on her mind—not to mention find out what's going on with Jasmine and her rapidly disappearing psych medications—her life would be a much brighter place. But if her and Wade's truth gets out, and if she doesn't find a way to help her sister, London faces losing a lot more than her obscurity.

And the GORGEOUS cover:


!!!!!!

You can find Kelley on Facebook, Twitter, and add Dirty London to your TBR HERE

Monday, November 11, 2013

...

In 15 months, Liz & I wrote & published
(side note: this is actually the first time we ever met...with a paperback copy of Lengths in hand!) :) 
6 books together.*
*7 if you count A Toast to the Good Times, but we're talking Lengths series, here!


Amazon
kobo
iBooks (coming soon!)
Barnes & Noble



The End. :)

(In LA--visiting what would become all the stops in Limits!)


Thursday, November 7, 2013

So long Silver Strand

As Liz and I wrap up the Lengths Series with DRIFT (releases 11/12/13) there are a couple of things going on:

We're in the final days of the tiered sale, leading up to the release of DRIFT!


There is a #LengthsSeriesOneLiners contest going on! Pick a quote from one of the books and slap it on this blank graphic, share where you wish on social media (but make sure Liz and I see it!) and be entered to win some rad prizes! :) (Details on how to enter HERE!) 



The DRIFT blog tour is already underway! Be on the look out for exclusive excerpts, 
flash giveaways and interviews!
(You can check out a few stops HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE so far!) 



And don't forget, there will be a special release day price for DRIFT of $0.99 for 3 DAYS! So be sure to snatch up the final installment of the Lengths Series 
while it's at the sale price!! 



Liz and I had such a blast writing this series, and we hope you'll enjoy the new books we have in store for you in 2014! 

Thanks so much for all the love and support along the way!



Sunday, October 27, 2013

In which I explain why I co-write...

Listen,” the woman said, leaning onto our shared table at a massive author event and signing. She carried a large bundle of books under her arm all by huge names, best selling authors, some of our dear friends. “I’ll be honest, I haven’t read any of your books, but I’ve been watching you. You two are having more fun than anyone in this entire room.”


It was not the first time we'd heard a similar statement.

Liz and I get a lot of questions about co-writing: how we divide the work load, how we figure out financials, who writes which characters...

But I want to talk about why we write this way.

Before we became a co-writing team, we were capable, successful writers on our own. We were even told early on that co-writing would be detrimental to our careers as authors. We directed those people to some of our favorite books (that happen to be co-written) and continued on, despite the advice.

So why co-write?


Our fun that woman and others have mentioned? It isn’t a gimmick. We aren’t trying to be the Poehler/Fey or Oprah/Gayle of authors. But this co-writing gig--and the friendship that surrounds it is pretty damn perfect. The way we engage with readers? It’s because we are genuinely having an amazing time. We get to travel to these rad places that we otherwise might have no reason to go to, meet readers, and hang with other authors we adore.

There's a mutual respect business wise between Liz and I, and a deep-rooted friendship that makes every bit of this journey--even the hard parts-- so amazing, because we're experiencing it all together. Our husbands stand back and proudly encourage us. We couldn't ask for a better support team, because our family's are right next to us, cheering us on.


What that reader hadn't seen was when Liz opened her suitcase the night before the signing in the hotel and frowned at her choice of dress. And then I unzipped a garment bag, and produced a yellow eyelet sheath. “Don’t worry, I ordered you a backup option just in case.”


Or, when I woke up the morning of a signing with a migraine, and when I finished getting dressed, Liz had ordered the biggest room service spread ever to save me from having to walk all over town to find breakfast.


It is fun. But make no mistake, business is still business. We get stressed, absolutely, but there is never any battling over work, or money, or ego. Liz and I happened to have figured out a balance of friendship and business that works beautifully for us.

I can't tell you how many times when things have gone RIGHT that Liz and I have both said, "I'm so glad I get to share this success with you!" or, when things go not-so-great, we say, "I don't know how I'd do this without knowing you were going through it with me..."

And to the reader at the author event? We explained that we were having a blast, thanked her for traveling to the signing, and gave her a book so she could sample our writing. We may not be the biggest sellers, but we definitely think we're having the most fun.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This one time, when Chelsea Cameron stopped by!

So thrilled to have the lovely Chelsea M. Cameron on the blog today, talking about her typical release day! Chelsea just released her latest novel, SWEET SURRENDERING last week and it's flying off the virtual shelves! :) 


My Release Day by Chelsea M. Cameron

Release day. You think if you've done it once, the feeling (stress, craziness, fear) would wear off. I've done this *counts on fingers* almost nine times now (ten, if you count the fact that one of my books released twice) and I'm STILL not used to release day. It usually goes a little something like this:

*wake up out of a dead sleep as if someone has screamed your name. 
*Try and figure out WHY you feel this way. 
*Realize it's your release day.

*Do all of the following:





*text/email/facebook/tweet your author friends and beg them to virtually hold you. text/email/facebook/tweet your beta readers and force them to tell you that your book is good and you aren't a terrible writer.

*run around, flailing.

*cry 


*Tell yourself that you WON'T check your ranking.
*check your ranking.
*whatever it is, decide that you suck anyway and you have no business publishing and you should really be raising llamas.
*research llama farms.
*check your rank again.
*repeat all these steps until someone tells you that you're being insane and forcibly removes you from the internet.
*sneak peeks of your rank on your phone.

*eat cupcakes.



Congrats on SWEET SURRENDERING, Chelsea!


Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.


Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, My Sweetest Escape (January 28, 2014), Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn and For Real (November 14, 2013) and the novella, Christmas Catch (November 1, 2014).



Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare, Neither, and Neverend, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles and Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy. The second and third books in the series, Silence and Listen, will be out in 2014.



Her Adult Contemporary Romance titles include Sweet Surrendering, and coming soon, Dark Surrendering.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What a week!

Is it really only Wednesday?? 
It feels like this week has been going on foreverrrrrr. (in a good way! So many exciting things going on this week!)


For starters, RIPTIDES released!! YAY!!!

And those that have read it, you know that it's a bittersweet ride for Enzo. We've been getting some feedback about the "cliffhanger" ending, and Liz and I wanted to explain a couple of things: the reason RIPTIDES is a novella rather than a full length novel is because it is just the beginning of Enzo's story (if you read it, you'll understand...) and while his story does pick up somewhere new, Riptides DOES have an ending-- it has a conclusion to that part of Enzo's life. So please don't let the fear of a "cliffhanger ending," scare you off. :) Enzo is getting to where he needs to be. Promise. We hope you'll stick around for it. 





If you have read RIPTIDES, consider leaving a review on your favorite site! :) 

Next up in the Lengths series is DRIFT:

and in RIPTIDES, we gave you a hint at the back of what's in store for ENZO in his next book!


In other bookish news, so many of my friends also have new releases this week! No shortage of amazing reads!!



Also, winners for the FAULT LINE contest have been selected by Rafflecopter HERE
If you won, CONGRATS! Email me : steph.campbell725 at gmail with your preference of eBook or hardcopy and mailing addy or email address to send it to! 

Monday, October 14, 2013

RIPTIDES is live!


The fifth book in the Lengths series, RIPTIDES is live! (Fifth book?? has it really only been just over a year since Lengths came out? Wowza!) 


I think I say this after each of the books in the series, but Riptides may be my favorite installment of the crew from Silver Strand. Liz and I hope you'll check it out, and if you do, consider leaving a review on your favorite site! 


You can find RIPTIDES on Amazon US, Amazon UK and Barnes & Noble
Right now, kobo is a big question mark,but iTunes will be live soon! :)