RaShelle Workman's Blog

October 2, 2014


Hi. My name is RaShelle Workman. Welcome to my blog. I'm excited to be participating in the 
Fall 2014 Scavenger Hunt. 
ABOUT ME
1. I have three children, three dogs, and one husband, which equals seven, my favorite number. 2. Writing is a passion. In fact I love it so much I have two pen names (they're secret - lol). 3. One of my favorite things to do is turn the volume up and sing 80's songs.  Whitesnake rules!4. I pay my fourteen-year-old to do my hair. She rocks at it. 5. I'm the author of the popular Blood and Snow series.6. Cooking shows are my secret addiction. 7. In my office I keep at least ten different types of lip gloss and chap stick on hand. 


ABOUT THE HUNT
The YA Scavenger Hunt is a bi-annual event that was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors... and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all of them! 

I am a part of the INDIE TEAM, but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a blue team, and a green team. Visit those teams as well for a chance to win a whole lot of signed books.






SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the INDIE team, and then add them up.
Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: 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 must submit the completed entry form by DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.






Today, I am hosting the lovely STEPHANIE FEUER on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!  

Here's a little about her:
Stephanie Feuer’s articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Press, on bettyconfidential.com and in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. She’s read at KGB, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Museum of Motherhood, Sarah Lawrence, and other venues. She serves as creative nonfiction editor of Conclave, a Journal of Character. DRAWING AMANDA is her first published book of fiction. Currently a web content manager, she’s been a computer researcher, radio disc jockey, alternative energy reporter, editor of a music monthly, magazine publicist, marketing director of two New York radio stations and loyalty program manager for The New York Times. Stephanie earned her Master’s in Journalism and Communication from Boston University, and her B.A. in sociology from Hamilton (Kirkland) College. She lives in New York City with her husband, teenage son, Tibetan Terrier and an out of control collection of books and CDs.
Find out more information by checking out the author's WEBSITE or find more about the author's book HERE
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


This bonus scene, which at one time was a prologue, is not included in the final version of DRAWING AMANDA. It provides insight into the past misdeeds and motivations of Woody Turner, the developer of the Megaland game.

Dragon or Phoenix

It was the stench that stayed with him. Woody Turner picked up the green metal can of air freshener, raised his hand and circled it above his head, spreading a mist around the Megaland studios. The smell of loss. Of ruin. Of six wasted months. He’d managed to stay trim, and the few streaks of gray that peppered his still-thick shag were barely noticeable. He had his looks, but everything else was gone. With his worn leather boot he kicked the computer table hard. The framed picture of Jimi Hendrix on the wall shook. On one level prison hadn’t been much different from the recording studio - the confined space, not knowing if it was day or night, and guys - too close, too constant. His legend as producer and fifth member of the notorious metal band Xtreeme had been as good as currency inside. The band’s road-crazy mystique (was it really a barrel of live rattlesnakes?) worked like a shield against the gangs, hand-crafted shanks and sneers of the guards. All the while his anger burned white hot. She ruined everything. Wasn’t marriage supposed to be in good times and in bad? Vanessa was there for the good times and there were plenty; a long and shiny limo ride to galas and the world’s major cities, clothes, jewelry, anything she wanted. But when new wave and new tech hit and the studio started to tank, she was history. She belittled the contest he created, with its promise of a full album’s worth of recording time, until it attracted some serious, even seasoned talent. But it was a teenager who shone brightest.The girl had wanted him. True, she was willing to do whatever it took to be a star. Had the goods, too, a great set of pipes, non-stop looks and knew what she wanted - enough to even lie about her age. But she had wanted him, and the thought of her burned in his memory those long months. What had his Vanessa offered her to turn on him? Or did she do it on her own? What did that matter now? Pictures on the wall of what had been were no comfort. It was all gone now. Ashes. But he’d rise again. He sat down at the computer and scanned the string of code. It had come easy to him, building websites, and there’d been plenty of time to learn, even if there wasn’t a computer to test it on. “There’s nothing you can’t build now,” his mentor, an IT guy gone rogue, had said. He’d been brought down by his show-boating. Not me, Woody thought. I’ll be careful to not leave a trace.He posted his message on one of the bulletin boards his mentor recommended – one where junior high school girls talked about makeup. “Pretty, and dim bulbs,” his mentor had promised.“Opportunity to work with game developer on cutting-edge new teen game,” he wrote, not sure where it would lead. He’d done the time, he figured he might as well do the crime. He sprayed the air in a long hard hiss, a failed exorcism of the odor of all manner of human waste.Want to read more?  DRAWING AMANDA is available both in print and as an enhanced ebook (it has gifs!) here:  https://ganxy.com/i/93908/stephanie-feuer/drawing-amanda
Summary:
DRAWING AMANDA is set in the under-parented, high-expectation adolescent world of a Manhattan international prep school. Fourteen-year-old budding artist Inky Kahn is still smarting from the death of his father. He thinks he’s found his big break when he bonds with the developer of a new computer game and snags a coveted drawing assignment, for which he uses his secret crush–Amanda–as a model.
But unbeknownst to Inky, the developer has a dangerous criminal past, and is using his computer game to lure and stalk teenage girls. And Inky has inadvertently led Amanda right into his path. Blinded by his own ambition and sulking from his father’s death, Inky hides from the truth. Will Inky, with the help of Rungs, his cybergeek pal, discover the crime in time and save Amanda before the creep ensnares her–or anyone else?

Did you read the seven tidbits I shared about myself? What's your passion? What did you think of Stephanie's bonus content? Tell me in the comments. ANNNNDDD, just because I think you're amazing, I'm doing my very own giveaway. 

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Once you've entered my giveaway, be sure to enter the big contest HERE for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Stephanie Feuer, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 7. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the Indie team and you'll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

CONTINUE THE HUNT
To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author!  MELISSA GIORGIO
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September 23, 2014


I'm on TEAM INDIE for the 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt.
Coming October 2nd, 2014.  

TEAM RED INCLUDES:  
TEAM GOLD INCLUDES: WMS_teaser  

TEAM GREEN INCLUDES:  

TEAM ORANGE INCLUDES:  

TEAM INDIE INCLUDES:  

TEAM BLUE INCLUDES:  

 There are so many books fun books to read. I hope you all are as excited as I am! The YA Scavenger Hunt begins at noon pacific time on Thursday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, October 5th. That means to get through the entire hunt you'll need to go through 1.5 teams per day!

Totally fun.
Totally worth it.
I hope you'll join me.
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September 19, 2014

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Authors include: Angela CorbettSophie DavisDesiree DeOrtoRebecca EthingtonRose GarciaDani HartAllie Juliette MousseauAlison PensyAiricka PhoenixEva PohlerMary Tingand ME. =)
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September 2, 2014

OTHERWORLDS: 
TWELVE YOUNG ADULT FANTASY BOOKS TO BENEFIT THE HUNGRY

How can a child focus on solving a math problem or memorizing a new word when she or he is trying to ignore the persistent pangs of hunger? Across the country, teachers and school nurses have found that in some instances, Monday morning comes and they are forced to compete against hunger for the attention of their students. More than 18 million children qualify for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program, the fuel that they need to get them through the week. What happens to these children when they go home over the weekend?
For more than 15 years, the Feeding America BackPack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need over the course of the weekend. Today, bags of food assembled at more than 150 local food banks are distributed at the end of the week to nearly 230,000 children every year. With your help, we can provide more. Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. For less than one dollar, you can help. Twelve young adult authors have come together to form Otherworlds: Twelve Young Adult Fantasy Books to Benefit the Hungry. One hundred percent of the authors' proceeds from the sale of this charitable boxed set will be donated to Feeding America.

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For ninety-nine cents, you can help feed America's hungry while feeding your imagination with twelve other worlds:
Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity, #1), by Angela Corbett
Pawn (Nightmares Trilogy, #1), by Sophie Davis 
The Prophecy (Divinity Stone, #1), by Desiree DeOrto 
Through Glass Novella Series (#4, #5, #6), by Rebecca Ethington 
Final Life (The Transhuman Chronicles, #1), by Rose Garcia 
Reality (The Arie Chronicles, #1), by Dani Hart 
Hunted (Dark Secrets, #1), by Allie Juliette Mousseau 
The Amulet (Custodian Novel, #1), by Alison Pensy 
Betraying Innocence, by Airicka Phoenix 
The Gatekeeper’s Sons (Gatekeeper’s Saga, #1), by Eva Pohler 
Halo City, by Mary Ting 
Blood and Snow (Blood and Snow #1), by RaShelle Workman 

 Pre-order date: September 1st   Release Date: September 15 
  Otherworlds is available now for pre-order at Smashwords and Amazon (You may have to wait a few days for Amazon to price match the ninety-nine cents). It will soon be available at your other favorite ebook sellers, so stay tuned and thanks in advance for your support! 

Here is a list of bloggers participating in the promo book tour. 
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August 27, 2014

A new verse novel by Elana Johnson.



About SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE: High school senior Olivia Winging gave up her love of photography when she gave up her boyfriend, Trevor Youngblood, a year and a half ago. She broke things off with Trevor because her mom married his dad, and dating your step-brother? Creepy.

Livvy hasn’t been on good terms with her mother since, and one of her stipulations for staying at the Youngblood’s every other weekend is that Trevor can’t be there. When she gets nominated for the Junior Photography in Excellence award, Trevor insists she enter. She agrees—only if every photo in the portfolio can be of him. Knowing that Livvy can capture a person’s deepest secrets through her lens, Trevor hesitates before accepting the deal.

As Livvy gets behind the lens of her camera again, her love of photography is rekindled. Unfortunately, the time she spends with Trevor also re-ignites the old flame for him she’s kept smothered for so long.

In order for Livvy to finish her portfolio, she’ll have to face her feelings for Trevor as well as deal with the animosity between her and her mother. Livvy’s always been able to capture a person’s soul from behind the camera—but she’s not sure she likes it when the lens is suddenly focused on her. If she can’t find a way to forgive her mother and admit how she feels about Trevor, Livvy may end up losing more than just the photography contest. She could lose her heart. 
On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22924265-something-about-love
Buy Links:Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MS53ZRA
Special Promo: Elevated, Elana’s first verse novel, will be FREE for five days in September as SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE releases! So get your copy of Elevatedfor free from Monday, September, 15 – Friday, September 19. (Elevated buy link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IGINRFI)

Praise for Elana’s first verse novel, Elevated:“The taut poetry keeps tension high. The plot is deftly paced, as past intrudes on present, like a photograph emerging in developing fluid.” ~San Francisco Book Review
“Every word Johnson writes carries an emotional heft that lifts readers up to the highest happiness and then sends them crashing down to the depths of despair. It is easy to flow from the first word to the last without ever putting down the book. Johnson shows outstanding talent in this form, and her words are beautiful, important and deeply felt.” ~The Deseret News

About Elana Johnson: Elana Johnson’s work, including Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for free download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist. 
Her self-published novels include two YA contemporary novels-in-verse, Elevated and Something About Love, as well as a YA/NA futuristic fantasy series, which includes Elemental Rush, Elemental Hunger, and Elemental Release.
School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.

Social Media Links:Website/blog: http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElanaJFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorelanajohnsonTumblr: http://elanajohnson.tumblr.com/Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/elanajohnsonLeague of Extraordinary Writers: http://leaguewriters.blogspot.com/WriteOnCon: http://writeoncon.com/
Elana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4044383.Elana_Johnson
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August 25, 2014


We're excited to celebrate the release of The Only Answer by Magan Vernon! The world needs more #TreyChapman's! Check out the excerpt below and let us know what you think!


Author: Magan VernonAge Group: NAGenre: Contemporary RomanceRelease Date: 8/25/14GoodreadsAmazon
Blurb:
The sequel to the international hit, The Only Exception.

A boy burdened with a family legacy.

A girl haunted by a shattered past.

Both searching for answers to a future threatened by the unknown.

Three years ago, conservative Trey Chapman and liberal Monica Remy met their match in one another - and made the only exception that would change their lives forever.

Now, Trey's father is running for president, forcing Trey and Monica to put aside their personal beliefs to be the model of perfection.

But fate has other ideas, casting the family in scandal.

Some seek to use that disgrace to further their family legacy, while others refuse to let go of the past. Trey and Monica soon find themselves lost among questions that challenge their true feelings. Will they be able to rediscover that the only answer lies with one another, or will they lose each other forever?

ExcerptThe cabin John’s family owned wasn’t as big as the one my parents owned on Lake Michigan, but what it lacked in size it made up for in entertaining area. There were seven of us: John’s brother Ben, his brother-in-law Mark, and our fraternity brothers Brad, Gabe, and Short Stack. We were huddled around the sixty-four-inch TV that was installed above a brick fireplace. The room was equipped with surround sound, leather couches, and enough alcohol to probably kill a small animal. 
I was fine with that. I would rather just hang out than be at some overcrowded bar while girls tried to grind on me. I’d had my fair share of that in college when I attempted to go to parties at our fraternity house or the few times I ended up at the bar with John as his designated driver. I would have rather been at home with Monica anytime. 
A loud knock came at the door. I guessed pizza or something. John’s sister had only sent a few bags of chips and some guacamole. That’s as far as food went. 
“Hey Chapman, since you’re not playing can you get that?” Ben asked.
“Sure.” I stood up and walked the few feet to the front door.
Upon opening it my eyes widened when a woman with bright blonde hair in a police uniform stood at the door. She was wearing a pair of aviators that she promptly whipped off and showed heavily made up eyes. “Excuse me, I received a call about a noise complaint?” She put her sunglasses in the front of her shirt that was way too low and cleavage-baring for someone who represented the law. 
“Oh. I’m sorry, ma’am. It’s my friend’s bachelor party. I’ll tell them to keep it down.” She smiled slightly and shaking her head. “A polite one, eh? I like that.”
“You’re welcome.” It was all I could think of to say. I’d never actually had an altercation with the police so I wasn’t sure what I should say or do.
“But you’ve been naughty and I think it’s time for you and the rest of these boys to be punished.” She stormed inside, slamming the door behind her.
My eyes widened and everything moved too fast for me to even react any farther. The sound went down on the TV behind me and I heard someone yell something about a stripper as the pseudo-police officer pulled an iPod out of the pocket of her short shorts and pressed it so that the theme from Cops blared from the speakers. She tossed the phone behind me and I heard someone catch it. She then put one hand on my shoulder and used the other hand to rip open her button down shirt, exposing a very large pair of breast with pierced nipples that had tiny tassels dangling from the hoops.  
“Go Chapman!” someone else yelled. 
The topless girl pushed me back and I fell onto a chair I didn’t know was there. As soon as I sat down, she tossed her shirt to someone behind her then slipped off her shorts, tossing those as well. She stood there just wearing those nipple rings and a pair of white panties that had the words #bachelorparty printed across it. 
“Chapman? That’s your name?” she purred, swaying her hips back and forth. 
“I like a man with a good strong, name. Hope your body’s just as strong.” She slid onto my lap. I’m not sure where her legs went, but all I could focus on was the way her body moved on my lap. I was trying not to stare, but the rings were dangling in my face and she was twisting and turning so lithe that I didn’t know what she was going to do next. 
Slowly she leaned forward, putting her lips to my ear. “Mr. Chapman, I think your phone is vibrating, unless you’ve brought something else to the party.” 
“Uh, no, that’s probably my phone.” I scrambled, reaching in my pocket for my phone. I would have thought that would have given her the hint to slide off of me but instead she turned around and spread my legs, sliding her body up and down between me. The guys were hollering so loud behind me, I could barely make out what they were saying or anything else going on. 
But my attention was definitely brought back to the moment when I saw the name on my phone: Monica. She was out at Melanie’s bachelorette party, I didn’t know why she would be calling. My first thought was that she got sick and I needed to pick her up so I needed to answer immediately. 
I unlocked my phone and slid it to my ear. “Hey, what’s going on, are you okay?” 
Her voice was jumbled. Static-y. I could barely make out what she was saying. I thought since there was a great Internet connection for gaming, my cell service would be the same. 
“Monica? Monica? Can you hear me?” 
The stripper bounced on my lap and reached out for my phone. “Is that the new wifey? Lemme tell her what a bad boy you’ve been.” 
I dipped to the left, avoiding her long nails. “Yes, it’s my future wife.” 
“Trey? Hello? Who is that?” Monica’s words were scrambled but it was pretty loud and clear that she heard the stripper. 
“Hold on.” I put my phone to my chest and looked straight at the girl on my lap. Not at the damn tassels or her underwear, but in her overly done up eyes that were staring at me like there was nothing up in her big blonde head. “Ma’am, I appreciate that you have a job to do but I’m not the bachelor at this party and my fiancée needs to speak to me. If you could please hop on down and go sit on John’s lap it would be greatly appreciated.” 
She didn’t say anything. She just stared at me open mouthed as I quickly sat up and she practically fell off my lap instead of just standing like I asked her to. I took my phone and ran out the back patio door, hoping I could get a better signal there. 
“Monica? Are you there? Can you hear me?” 
“Trey. Internet. Bar. Pregnant.” It was all I could understand in the jumbled mess. Her voice was frantic and that’s all I could get. Whatever those four words meant, it couldn’t be good and I knew I had to go back to her.  Don't forget to see where Trey and Monica's story began, in The Only Exception! Also, fall in love with John Boy and Melanie's story in The Only One!


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About Magan Vernon

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. When not writing she spends her time fighting over fake boyfriends via social media. You can find her online on: Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter





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August 5, 2014

The second full-length novel in the 2nd season of BLOOD AND SNOW is coming September 14th. YAY!!!
It's available for pre-order HERE .



Summary: 

A dream is a wish your heart makes... 

It's been a month since Jasmine agreed to the wish that would keep Laeddin safe. By all accounts she should be happy. She's attending high school, hanging out with friends, and spending time with Laeddin. But she isn't. Ever since the sorceress ripped away a part of her, she hasn't felt like herself. 

To make matters worse, the man with red eyes that haunted her dreams is appearing in real life and demonic creatures keep showing up in Salem. The question on both counts is why? 

Jasmine must figure out who the man is and what the creatures want. She isn’t alone. Laeddin, Peter, Zoe, and some friends from the mansion next door will help. 

And then there’s the sorceress. She’s using what she took from Jasmine to inflict havoc on the human realm as well as other realms.

You can add it to your GoodReads.
Or, pre-order for just $2.99. 

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July 30, 2014

Hello! My name is Tracy and I am so excited to be here today, celebrating with my blogger buddies! WHAT are we celebrating, you ask? Well, today marks the launch of a very exciting, special new program. Alloy Entertainment (of Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fame) has partnered with Amazon to create a new imprint! As a "Powered By Amazon" imprint, it will be exclusively distributed by Amazon. Here's more info from the official press release:

"Today, Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach."

I am super super proud to share that my previously self-published novel, Shattered Veil, is one of the inaugural books in this program! It has been retitled REBEL WING, given a new cover (check out the beauty below!), fully edited, and I am so, SO excited to share it with you today! In addition, two other books are part of the launch, and they are AWESOME. Read on for more info and purchase links for EVERY UGLY WORD by Aimee L. Salter and IMITATION by Heather Hildenbrand.


REBEL WING

YA Scifi Adventure

“I've never been actively jealous of a fictional character .  . . until now. Aris's adventures set my imagination on fire, and made my heart take flight.” ~Kass Morgan, author of New York Times bestseller The 100

Description


The Dominion of Atalanta is at war. But for eighteen-year-old Aris, the fighting is nothing more than a distant nightmare, something she watches on news vids from the safety of her idyllic seaside town. Then her boyfriend, Calix, is drafted into the Military, and the nightmare becomes a dangerous reality. Left behind, Aris has nothing to fill her days. Even flying her wingjet—the thing she loves most, aside from Calix—feels meaningless without him by her side. So when she’s recruited to be a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping she’ll be stationed near Calix. But there’s a catch: She must disguise herself as a man named Aristos. There are no women in the Atalantan Military, and there never will be.
Aris gives up everything to find Calix: her home. Her family. Even her identity. But as the war rages on, Aris discovers she’s fighting for much more than her relationship. With each injured person she rescues and each violent battle she survives, Aris is becoming a true soldier—and the best flyer in the Atalantan Military. She’s determined to save her Dominion . . . or die trying.
Purchase Here
About Me
Award-winning author, Army wife, and mom Tracy Banghart has an MA in Publishing and an unhealthy affection for cupcakes. Her quiet childhood led to a reading addiction, writing obsession, and several serious book boyfriends. Rebel Wing is her third novel.  She can be found at www.tracybanghart.com 
EVERY UGLY WORD
By Aimee L. Salter
Description
When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school, bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self. Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.
Perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and The List, Every Ugly Word is a gripping and emotional story about the devastating consequences of bullying. Purchase Here
About Aimee
Aimee L. Salter lives in Southern Oregon with her husband and son. She writes novels for teens and the occasional adult who, like herself, is still in touch with their inner-high schooler. She never stopped appreciating those moments in the dark when you say what you're really thinking. And she'll always ask you about the things you wish she wouldn't.

Aimee blogs for both writers and readers at www.aimeelsalter.com. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Every Ugly Word is her debut novel.
IMITATION
By Heather Hildenbrand
Description

Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.
Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.
When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?
Fans of Cinder, The Selection and Sara Shepard’s Lying Game series will love Imitation, a thrilling, action-packed novel sure to keep readers guessing until the very last page.
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About Heather
Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. She now lives in coastal VA, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with her two adorable children. She works from home, part time, as a property manager and when she's not furiously pounding at the keyboard, or staring off into space whilst plotting a new story, she's lying on the beach, soaking in those delicious, pre-cancerous rays. Heather loves Mexican food, hates socks with sandals, and if her house was on fire, the one thing she'd grab is her DVR player. You can find out more about her and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com 
Heather is a co-founder of Accendo Press, a publishing group she operates with fellow authors: Angeline Kace and Jennifer Sommersby. Accendo (a-CH-endo), A Latin word, means “to kindle, illuminate, inflame, or set fire.” This is something Accendo strives to do inside a reader’s imagination with every title released.
Please join me, Aimee, and Heather, along with some other great YA authors for a Facebook party this afternoon to celebrate the big launch! And don't forget to enter the giveaway below!  
Thanks so much to my wonderful bloggers friends who are helping me spread the word!
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July 29, 2014

Have you taken part in the online conference Indie Recon? If not, you should. It's an amazing conference founded by S.R. Johannes and Ali Cross.

Coming October 10-11th, 2014 the first ever  Indie ReCon LIVE!  will be held in Sandy, Utah.

WHY IndieReCon LIVE?Take control of your publishing career by discovering and enhancing the necessary skills to indie success.You’ll learn from industry experts everything from building your own publishing team, navigating online vendors, packaging, marketing and everything in between.Three education tracks means there’s something for the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced indie author.WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL?The only conference in North America dedicated to self-publishing, IndieReCon has two years of experience and credibility under its belt. In February of 2013 and 2014 we hosted the first online indie author conference with rousing success. The feedback and enthusiasm for what we had to offer proved to us there is a need for more excellent information on the ins and outs of self-publishing, so October 2014 will be our first LIVE conference.

Here's a list of some of the classes being taught and by whom: 

Psychology of Writing by Christine Fonseca
Beginning Formatting by Cheri Lasota
Making Your Book Signing Successful by Cindy Hogan
Interior Front and Back Matter by Elana Johnson
Advanced Formatting by Ali Cross
Full-Time Writing/Brainstorming by Chanda Hahn
Boxed Sets/Audio Books/Swags by Cindy Hogan & RaShelle Workman
Using Facebook for Marketing by Laura Howard
Basic Marketing by Leigh Talbert Moore

plus so many more.

And while the classes are going to be a wealth of knowledge the stuff after the classes is going to be a blast.

On Friday night Indie Recon LIVE! is hosting an *author/reader Pajama Rama party.



It'll be a place to meet, hang, eat, shake your booty to fantastic music (should you choose to) and get autographs from your favorite authors and meet some new ones. Since it's a pajama party I need help picking out a new pair of PJ's. Please list your vote in the comments. 

#1 Cotton blue and red plaid
#2 Satin with black hats
#3 Navy t-shirt & plaid pink, navy, white pants































On Saturday, we'll get a little more serious about our fun with the Howey's. It's an awards ceremony similar to the Oscar's but the winners will be self-published authors/books who've shown extraordinary excellence. Anyone can nominate their favorite. Click  HERE  to see the contests. 





And if you're a self-published author, please think about adding some swag to the Indie ReCon LIVE! swag bags. It's only $10 to be included and every attendee will receive a bag. Click  HERE
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July 25, 2014

SynopsisFor Avery Montgomery, the devastation of losing her parents in a tragic accident has left her completely shattered. As she begins to pick up the pieces of her once perfect life, she uncovers a secret that will forever change her—she’s adopted! 
In a search for answers, Avery ventures to Portland where she rents a room from Jonah, a quirky artist who quickly becomes her best friend. His house puts her in close proximity to the metaphysical shop run by her birth mother, the free-spirited Marianna Hutchins. Avery enters The Crystal Moon fully intending to confront Marianna, but instead she chickens out and inquires about a job. She's hired; yet remains leery about confessing her secret. 
As Avery settles into town, she has an embarrassing encounter with Gabe, the incredibly attractive man who works a few doors down. Despite the awkward introduction, there is undeniable chemistry, but after a recent heartbreak all he’s looking for is friendship. 
Everyone deserves a second chance. Will Avery get hers with a new family? Will Gabe allow himself a second chance at love? Will they embrace their new relationships, or will they simply decide to take a rain check?

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Gypsy Rae Choszer grew up in valley below Mount Timpanogos where she watched the apricot trees in her backyard bloom every spring. When she was eighteen she packed her bags and ran away to the exotic locale of Mesa Arizona to begin the work of being an adult. 
Gypsy’s love of reading began as a child when her mom would take her to their local library and let her bring home stacks of whatever she wanted. This often lead to Gypsy reading with a dictionary nearby to explain words like “ass” and “bastard.” 
In her spare time she likes to explore photography, make jewelry, eat chocolate, and mix magical potions.
When she’s not writing, you can find Gypsy hanging out at home with her husband and best friend, their three children, a neurotic dog, and four chickens. However, Gypsy knows her family will not be complete until she brings home a peacock and a goat.


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