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April 1, 2014

Hi everyone! Thanks for helping me celebrate the cover release of my upcoming YA thriller COLLIDE. As I am finishing up the book in preparation for it's release later this month, my presence on the blogesphere will be somewhat scarce. I have plans for a a little remodeling around here, as well as major edits that demand my attention and a quick trip out of town before Spring Break ends.

So yes, It's busy as always around here!

Before I disappear for a while, I wanted to leave you with a couple of things:

1) I just signed the contract for my SIXTH nonfiction book, SUCCESS HABITS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, due out in 2016 by Prufrock Press.

2) For those of you sick of the winter and wondering when summer will ever arrive - check out this pic shot yesterday as I took a little detour from my Dr.'s appointment:

3) I finally formalized my life and parent coaching business and am beginning to take new clients. I'll be posting information on my website and Intense Life blog soon
See you all in a few days/weeks...
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Published on April 01, 2014 09:47 • 18 views

March 25, 2014

I am so excited to be part of Xpresso Book Tours book blast and finally officially reveal my next book and cover. COLLIDE is my upcoming Bourne Identity meets Xmen YA thriller. I can't say enough about how thrilled I am to bring this to you!

Before I get to the cover, here is a little more about COLLIDE:

COLLIDE:

The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill.
When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life. 
COLLIDE releases in mid-April on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes and with other online retailers!

And now - the FABULOUS cover for...
COLLIDE
The cover comes from The Book Cover Machine and I couldn't be happier!

To get in the mood, here is a little video of my latest obsession. This cover of Man in the Mirror first aired on Grey's Anatomy a few weeks ago. It's been on repeat ever since, providing me with the emotional mojo for this book. Here you go - 


What do you think? Epic yes???

 Add COLLIDE to your goodreads TBR list and hold on to your seat for April - it is going to be epic!
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Published on March 25, 2014 22:06 • 13 views

March 24, 2014


I AM SO EXCITED!!!! Today I get to introduce you to Ali Cross's lastest (and my favorite story so far) BLOOD CROWN. But before I tell you my thoughts, here is a little more about the story...

The Blurb:
Androids have claimed power over what remains of the human race. They rule without remorse. They are the Mind and humans exist only to serve them. 

But it wasn't always so.

Before the android uprising, select droids, called Servants, were pivotal in engineering a new human race with nanotechnology enhanced DNA. The Blood Crown theorum was to be humanity's crowning glory and the key to their survival in deep space.

But Serantha, Daughter of the West, was the last female to receive Gifts from her Servant and when the Mind mutinied, she was hidden away, and presumed dead. 

Without Serantha there is no hope of the Blood Crown being realized so Nicolai, Son of the East, abandons his crown to join the rebel forces. He might not provide the future for his people he had once dreamed of, but he will not go down without a fight.

When Nicolai discovers Sera among a small compliment of kitchen staff, everything changes--but Sera's Gifts were never completed and she is ill-equipped to face a legion of androids determined to wipe her, and every other human, out of existence.

Their only hope is the Blood Crown--but even if Serantha and Nicolai can realize their potential it may be too late to save mankind.
Why I liked it:
I really don't know where to start with my love-fest over this book. I've read everything Ali has written, from her DESOLATION series to JUMP BOYS, and I love her work. Even with all the high expectations I had, BLOOD CROWN blew me away! It is, simply, the best I've read from Ali to date.
So, why...


The Setting - Ali did a great job of work building in this book. I could envision the world she drew, and I liked it!The Plot - the story was rich, with a balance of action and narrative so I felt fully immersed and understood what was happening without feeling like the plot had slowed down at all!The Characters - This is where I felt Ali really excelled. I've always liked her character development, and BLOOD CROWN is no exception to this. The characters were well thought out and full. I loved her crafting of them
Overall, this is a MUST READ book in the extreme. If you like a bit of sci-fi and dystopia, with plenty of action and amazing characters, BLOOD CROWN needs to be first in your TBR pile!


Buy BLOOD CROWN today:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | KOBO

Giveaways:
Ali is running not one, but TWO giveaways for her tour.
The first is the grand prize giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And a weekly giveaway for the last week of the tour:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I am so excited for Ali with this one. Be sure to pick up the book....TODAY
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Published on March 24, 2014 22:19 • 17 views

March 17, 2014

Happy Monday everyone. I have been spending the last few weeks contemplating blogging, my brand, and how I want to go forward with regards to my writing, etc. The result - a lot more contemplation!
As I am retouching my brand and deciding the ways in which I want to utilize my web presence, I will still post relevant information here a few days every week - things like author spotlights, pumping up new releases I think you should read, etc.

My goal is to reveal the new whatevers over the next several weeks. Until then, stick around as I am sharing lots of interesting news...

Starting with a little gift:

I've put LACRIMOSA up on Wattpad for a limited time. Already it reached the #2 (or #3 depending on the day) spot for paranormal stories. If you have NOT read it, it's a great story filled with romance, angels and demons.


 Additionally, I have Dies Irae


And MEA CULPA


So check out the Requiem shorts and LACRIMOSA today. And if you like them, review them, vote for them and share them

THANKS!
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Published on March 17, 2014 02:00 • 28 views

March 3, 2014

Unplug
Hi all! Happy March. Can you believe we've already finished the first two months of the year. It is happening so dang fast, isn't it?

I am taking this week off to regroup, work on my many projects, and get things ready for an amazing Spring. Trust me, you want me to refocus so I can bring you:

New stories related to the Requiem seriesA fresh new look around hereNew books in NF and fictionExciting new podcasts and webinars on topics ranging from writing to working with anxious childrenMake sure you stay in the "know" by signing up for my newsletter and following my blog.
See you 3/10!
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Published on March 03, 2014 02:00 • 31 views

February 27, 2014


It's Thursday, and time for another Bookanista review. Today I am reviewing Shinobi by Cole Gibson. But before I get to that, here are the other Bookansita posts today: 
Lenore Applehans freaks for PANIC by Lauren Oliver Christine Fonseca is captivated by SHINOBI by Cole Gibson Jessica Love raves about WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE by Bookanista Rebecca Behrens Katy Upperman swoons for THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU by Jolene Perry

On to my review -

About SHINOBI by Cole Gibson:
Can Rileigh stop a vengeful ninja before she's trapped forever? Reincarnated samurai Rileigh Martin may have just graduated high school, but she feels like there isn’t much to celebrate. Her boyfriend Kim doesn’t remember who she is, her past-life enemy Whitley has returned, and her future is unclear. When Kim suddenly regains his memories, Rileigh is overjoyed—until she realizes that Sumi, a powerful, reincarnated ninja, has also regained her memories. In the aftermath of Sumi’s attack, Rileigh’s ki powers are draining away and the Network unexpectedly starts hunting her. With time running out, Rileigh must track down Sumi before her powers completely vanish and she’s forever seen as the enemy. This jaw-dropping conclusion to the Katana series—heralded by Booklist as “an action-packed page-turner”—delivers knock-down-drag-out action, cleverly rolled up with a romance that spans lifetimes and a friendship that survives a supernatural effort to tear it apart. Praise: "A swift tale of romance for the young teen with a warrior heart."—KIRKUS REVIEWS

Why I liked it: 
SHINOBI is the conclusion to the KATANA series, and wow...what and end! This entire series was such a great ride. And this installment is no different. Filled with action, romance, and a bad-ass main character, this story absolutely satisfied the warrior-girl in all of us! If you like a little samurai action with your romance, this is a great series. The writing is great, the characters - believable. And the ending? Well, let's jsut say this ended in a way that makes sense for the story - and the series. It is fabulous!

What great books have you read recently?
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Published on February 27, 2014 07:45 • 22 views

February 25, 2014

Hi all! I wanted to sneak in and let you know that I am going to be pretty scarce over the next few weeks. Why, you may ask?Major deadlines coming in NFNeed to work on CollideNeed a breather#IndieReCon is here!On that last one, be sure to check out #IndieReCon. The lineup is amazing and it all starts today. CLICK HERE for the agenda and complete information!
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Published on February 25, 2014 06:17 • 22 views

February 21, 2014

Happy Friday! For some reason I always like sharing bookish news on Fridays. Today is no different. I am finally ready to share news about not one, but two upcoming releases.

First, for my Requiem Fans, I am releasing an omnibus of the Requiem Series in Mid-March in mobi and epub formats. It will include the three novels, as well as the Requiem Shorts. And, because several of you asked, it also includes a special NEW short about Nesy and Aydan before they were Nesy and Aydan. VOCA ME is the story of Elle and Adam. See where their love began!

More on that soon.

First I want to share more news...

I am also releasing a BRAND NEW YA novel with cross-over appeal entitled COLLIDE. COLLIDE is a paranormal thriller I am more than a little excited about! Think X-Men meets Bourne Identity. Add a little Nikita and I think you have the idea. Check out this FAB video that totally gets me in the mood for the story:


Here's the blurb for a little more info:

COLLIDE

There’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. For some people, there’s torture, secrets and death.
When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers a world she's never imagined. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life. 
I just can't wait to share this with you. COLLIDE will be out in late March/early April in all digital formats and possibly print (I just love print!). I will share a lot more about it as I gear up for the release. For now, spread the word and add it to your Goodreads TBR pile. April will be here before you know it!
GOODREADS LINK.
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Published on February 21, 2014 02:00 • 24 views

February 20, 2014

Hey everyone! I hope your Thursday is amazing! I am thrilled to bring you my review of ELEVATED by Elana Johnson today. 

The Blurb:
The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months. 

Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday. 
But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves. 
Why I liked it:
There is so much to love about this book! First, the writing - it is no secret that I like Elana's books. And this one is no exception. But Elana takes her normal fantastic writing to a whole new level with this novel in verse. This is a format I personally love, and Elana does a great job with it. I sincerely hope there will be more novels in verse from her in the future!

The characters in Elevated are great: relatable and so perfect for the story. Which brings me to the story itself, this is a great contemporary. It brings together the drama most of us remember from our youth.

To sum it up - great writing, great characters, great writing...what's not to LOVE! Do yourself a favor and pick it up today. You'll devour it in one setting!

Buy ELEVATED today:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo

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Published on February 20, 2014 02:00 • 32 views

February 18, 2014


Time for another Author Spotlight! Today I am thrilled to be hosting Elana Johnson and wishing her a HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY for her latest writing endeavor - ELEVATED. A few weeks ago I participated in her cover release. Well, as it so happens, the cover was changed since then and I will have it for you here. But first, here is a little more about Elevated:

ELEVATED by Elana Johnson:

The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months.

Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday.

But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves.
Praise for ELEVATED:"ELEVATED will take you on an emotionally gripping journey through the highs and lows of first love."~Carolee Dean, author of Take Me There and Forget Me Not
"Poignant, raw, and intense, ELEVATED is a novel that will grip your heart and linger in your mind long after you turn the last page."~Stasia Ward Kehoe, author of Audition and The Sound of Letting Go 

Buy Links:
Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo iTunes
And yes - the new cover:




I will be reviewing the book later this week, so watch for that. And trust me - it is EPIC! 

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY ELANA!

And to all of you - go get the book. You won't regret it.

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 download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist. 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/possessionthebookTumblr: 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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Published on February 18, 2014 02:00 • 27 views