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May 30, 2018

Dear Readers,


I wanted to let those of you who plan to see me in Utah this fall know that the FanX portion of the tour for The Lantern’s Ember is up in the air.


I’ve recently signed an open letter that was presented to the conference organizers just a few days ago regarding how they handled claims of sexual harassment. If you’d like to read more, you can follow any of the authors who drafted the letter on their social media sites.


I am still listed as an attendee, but I am carefully watching how events unfold.


If I do end up backing out of the conference, I will let you all know as soon as possible. Regardless, I am still planning on a book signing in Orem, Utah and one in West Jordan, Utah the week of Sept 9th.


Best Wishes


Colleen

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Published on May 30, 2018 15:20 • 44 views

April 3, 2018

Welcome to the 15th YA Scavenger Hunt!


Hello! I am Colleen Houck, your hostess for this leg of the hunt.




About Me


My beverage of choice is Diet Dr. Pepper.


I have 11 Koi fish and 2 dogs.


My must have salad topping is feta cheese.


The last movie I watched was “Wrinkle in Time”.


And my all time favorite love song is “Open Arms” by Journey!




You are currently hunting on TEAM GOLD.


Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching.


Somewhere on this blog hop, I’ve hidden a sneak peak from The Lantern’s Ember! Before you go looking for it, check out the amazing author I’m hosting.


But, first, a few rules.



SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE RULES


DIRECTIONS: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM GOLD, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)


HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN GOLD !


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 SUNDAY, APRIL 8th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until noon PST on Sunday, October 8th!


There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously as well as a bonus contest and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM but there is also a RED TEAM,  BLUE TEAM PURPLE TEAM, GREEN TEAM, & PINK TEAM! Check out each team for a chance to win SIX different sets of signed books!


If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.



I am super excited to be hosting…


SELENE CASTROVILLA


About SELENE:


 


The book she is showcasing is…



 


ABOUT THE BOOK 


The tables are turned with a vengeance in this tour de force sequel to Melt. Now it’s Dorothy who is fragmented and lost, while Joey keeps the promise he made her to better himself – even though she’s gone. This time the stakes are even higher, as Joey forces himself to move forward while Dorothy is frozen in place. But when he learns of a devastating decision, Joey races to find her before it’s too late. Truth, consequence, repercussion and modern medicine collide as pieces converge in this psychological, thrilling story which begs the question: Can love really conquer all?



BONUS MATERIAL ALERT!


Hi Everyone,


I’m so excited to be sharing an excerpt from Unpunished: Book Three of The Rough Romance Trilogy, which is releasing this fall!


This concludes the treacherous journey of Joey and Dorothy, started in Melt and continued in Signs of Life. (My featured YASH book!)


Happy hunting, and reading!


Selene



Dorothy


I wake up shrieking in the


dark,


trapped inside myself.


Buried alive inside my own


flesh,


my body is my


coffin.


Help! Help! The terror burns through me like I’m tied to a fiery pyre.


Maybe this time I’ll


die.


Maybe this day,


I’ll die.


Please,


let me die.


 


Joey


I wake up in the dark. Black out curtains, blacked-out mind. All this blocking, still no relief. The bright, shining pain, it sears right though. Here comes the sun.


I clamp my eyelids, squeezing every bit of defiance I can muster. I bury my head in the cheap feather pillow, the untrimmed ends stab my face.


Twisted in my sweat sheets, wound up like a tangled yo-yo no one wants, I think of her name. Why does love rip through us so much, isn’t it supposed to heal? Pleas spew from my mouth.


“Come back. Come back, Doll. Please.”


Dorothy


If I can’t hate him,


I need to


unlove him.


Just turn it


off.


Transition my emotions.


They need an operation for that.


 


Joey


I wonder if I’m being punished for being so selfish. For wanting her to stay.


Or maybe I’m unpunished. Maybe that’s the problem.


Pop


I woke up seeing red, big bolts of red zigging through my skull, flashing through my mind, zapping me with pain. I thought: I’m dead. This is hell. And I laughed because it would be so perfect for me to be in hell, I couldn’t argue the placement. But laughing made the red bolts zing harder, and I shut up real fast.  I lay there for awhile, trying to think past the pain, wondering if this was all that I was gonna get for eternity. God, I needed a shot of Jack.  Death was bullshit!


Joey


I guess it’s true that you can block trauma completely from your mind, because it had been gone until that moment. Why couldn’t I keep it gone? What was it about me that insisted to remember? Because faced with this knowledge I had to do something.


Pop


What did they have on me anyway? His word, that I was gonna kill him? He’s the convicted felon, I’m the cop — remember?


Dorothy’s Dad


We killed her.


Oh God did we kill her?


 


Dorothy


The same words


rang over and


over in my


head as I came


back and


opened my eyes.


“No good deed goes unpunished.”



That was awesome, right?!
You can buy her book HERE!
 Check out more on her Website, Twitter, or Facebook page.


And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me and many more! Just check out all these books on team GOLD,



 




To enter, you need to write down my favorite number


101


and find all the other numbers on TEAM GOLD, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!



Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.


Two lucky winners will receive an advanced readers copy of The Lantern’s Ember and a bonus book! Good luck everyone!


Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win,


a Rafflecopter giveaway


 


To continue on the hunt, check out author ABIGAIL JOHNSON!

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Published on April 03, 2018 09:07 • 61 views

March 20, 2018

Hello Readers!


It’s that time again. The leaves are budding, the tulips blooming, and the baby chickens are peeping. That must mean it’s almost time for the spring YA Scavenger Hunt! For all of you who love finding new reads, this is the thing for you. If you’ve never heard of it,the hunt, we showcase new and upcoming YA releases, give out tons of prizes, and release special bonus material. Sound interesting?


This spring we will have one hundred twenty authors split into six teams. Each team is assigned a color. The blog hop begins April 3rd and runs through Sunday, April 8th. It’s easy to play. All you have to do to play is to either start on my blog or head directly over to the YASH website. There you’ll find a list of all the authors participating as well as an answer sheet you can print off to gather the info you’re hunting for and to keep track of any bonus contests you may have entered.


Are you ready to see all the books featured this season? Here they are!



Which team are you the most excited about?


Colleen

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Published on March 20, 2018 18:11 • 74 views

March 9, 2018

Today’s the day I post the Tiger’s Dream playlist. This is a long one and it occurs to me that I’m missing some of my favorite songs including the word dream in the title. Oh well. All these are good ones. There are seventy-nine songs altogether. Sheesh! It will take you guys hours to listen to the whole thing. I guess there could be worse things in life.


I’m going to point out a few key songs and talk about why I’ve included them. Here’s the list for you all to peruse.



As you might guess, the beginning of the playlist is mostly about Kishan moping and missing Kelsey. One of my favorites of this batch is “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. This video is a little weird. Love the song though.



Scrolling down to another song sitting at #18 is a song called “Brother” by NeedToBreathe. There is a particularly poignant scene featuring the two Rajaram brothers and I really enjoyed seeing how far they’ve come since the beginning. It’s was very emotional for me to write and I hope you all feel the same when reading it.



At #41 there’s a song by Adam Lambert called “Nirvana” and it really fits this book well. Anamika and Kishan are figuring out their roles as Durga and Damon and they come to rely on one another since there’s no one else in the world in their unique situation.



As you move further in the book, you’ll see Anamika and Kishan struggling with who they are as people vs what people think they are. This song called “I Was Here” by Beyonce, really fits that theme.



I’ve liked the song “Who Wants to Live Forever” by Queen for a long time but then I heard The Tenors sing it and saw the video and I was floored. I’m not going to say anything more about it than it really fits with the end of this book and the end of the series. Also I want to say when you pick up this book have a box of tissues handy.



“Who wants to live forever? Who dares to love forever, when love must die?”


Gorgeous lyrics.


Enjoy the playlist until the book comes out!


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Published on March 09, 2018 16:43 • 108 views

March 5, 2018

For all of my fans who wished they could have attended the pre-launch party for Tiger’s Dream but didn’t get to, here’s my party report.



Lucky for me, I had a trusted team of friends and relatives to make it all work including my hubby, my mom, two sisters, and two friends. Two handled the tickets, one sold books, my sister, Linda, was the emcee, while my other sister ran the PowerPoint for the game.



We started out with a word search. If you’d like doing those, here’s a copy you can print out.




We had around eighty fans in attendance including fans from Utah, Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, New York, and even Canada! As you can see, the party began on the road for many attendees who celebrated by dressing up, decorating their cars, and having tea parties on the way.




Inside the party, fans were given a swag bag full of gifts including a plush white and a plush black tiger, a Fanindra ring, a signed poster of the Tiger’s Dream cover, an early copy of the book, a tiger bracelet, a water bottle, and some other things I can’t remember right now. The black tote featured the cover of the book along with a quote that reads, “Some curses are meant to be…” Maybe one of you can figure out where that came from. =)




There was an amazing Tiger’s Curse themed cake, catered food, and a photo booth! There were some Indian dishes to try and the cake was three layers of deliciousness, including chocolate with chocolate ganache, coconut with tropical filling, and raspberry lemonade, the cake baker’s signature flavor, which we ran out of at the party and I never got to taste!




In addition to the trivia contest, we gave out prizes for who traveled the furthest, who has read the series the most times (the winner had read the series fifteen times), and we had a costume contest!



The costumes were really creative. Fans dressed up as Kelsey in her blue dress, Kelsey as Parvati, Kelsey as a Rakshasa queen, the blue dragon, Yesubai, Durga, the Phoenix, and more!



Next, we did a Q & A, an interview with Sharif Dean, the model portraying Kishan on the cover, photos with everyone, and a book signing. We went a bit over time but it was super fun! We learned all kinds of fun things about Sharif, including the fact that he posed for the cover without a shirt…just pausing to let that one sink in. That’s his real hair on the cover. (It was longer then) Fans also wanted to know if he’d read the books yet. The answer was no but he did pick up the entire series at the party to take home and get started.


He said he was surprised at how enthusiastic the fans were, helped me choose winners for the costume contest, and had a great time meeting everyone.



During the Q & A I was asked about my next book, The Lantern’s Ember. One lucky winner won an advanced copy. We talked about the Tiger’s Curse movie (nothing new on that one but there’s still hope). I confirmed that, yes, Tiger’s Dream is written in Kishan’s perspective. Apparently he had a lot to say when you consider the size of the book. Yes, you will see Ren in this book in probably a surprising way, as well as all the other characters you know and love. I also shared that I’m currently writing a sci-fi book.



It was an amazing party and I wish all of you could have been there. It was so much fun to hang out with my readers and celebrate the long awaited release of Tiger’s Dream. There’s more to celebrate. We’re going to be doing fun things all month long as we get ready to share the end of the series with everyone. Pre-order your copy today because let me tell you, THERE ARE SPOILERS in this book. You do not want to be the last one to know what really happened to cause this curse. Love to you all!


Colleen

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Published on March 05, 2018 14:15 • 114 views

March 2, 2018

Thanks to everyone who submitted entries for the Tiger’s Dream contest!



Our three winners are:




 Emma G.


 Olivia C.


 Cassandra H.






Also, I listened to all the songs you guys suggested. It was really hard to narrow it down but here are the songs that will be added to the Tiger’s Dream playlist.


Take Me Home-Us the Duo



Let Her Go-Passenger



Need the Sun to Break-James Bay



Better-Syml



Find Me-Sigma featuring Birdy



I also have two runners up. They were…


Sleeping at Last-Heart



I found-Amber Run




A good number of you submitted Dress up the Cover entries as well! Here are some of my favorites!



Amazing right?! Don’t forget to check back in the first week of April for the YA Scavenger Hunt. If you didn’t win a book this time, there’s another chance during the hunt. And I have a monthly contest on Goodreads. All you have to do is ask a question on the monthly chat.


Congrats to the winners and keep hanging out with us as we celebrate all things tiger as we get ready to launch Tiger’s Dream!


Colleen


 

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Published on March 02, 2018 11:34 • 102 views

February 22, 2018

Word Clouds

 


I’ve had a lot of fun playing with word clouds recently on a website called Tagul. I’ve been able to download my entire book into a program that looks for the most common words in the manuscript and then creates a word cloud for it. This just proves there is an app for pretty much everything.


It’s pretty cool to see what words rise to the forefront. I’ve kept these clouds pretty much intact and just threw out hyphenated words that don’t make sense and then moved the title of the book to the highest setting so you’d see that first.



 


Tiger’s Curse


CurseI chose a tiger paw for this word cloud shape for obvious reasons. What’s interesting to me about this one is the fact that the gada ranked so high and that Phet is almost up there with Kelsey. Incidentally, the gada is the only weapon in the tiger series I’ve been able to find in the cloud. Black is bigger than white though Ren is more used than Kishan. Hair has been a word I’ve used a lot in the tiger series as well. This is the only one where I can find Fanindra and fruit which is interesting.



 


 


Tiger’s Quest


Quest (1)Even though I chose a tree shape for this word cloud I had to change the colors to match the book. I think an orange would have matched a bit better but the black is easier to see. I was shocked to see that Li is so much bigger than Artie. Artie has a weight to his character that I feel each time I read about him but I guess I didn’t showcase him as much as I thought. Bird is big in this one which makes sense and even though I didn’t add Tiger’s Quest on this one, tiger is still prominent. Date is bigger than black or white in this book and I like that love is an important word.



 


Tiger’s Voyage


Tiger's Voyage Word CloudFor this one I used a water drop since water is a main feature of the book. There are a lot of words given equal amounts of weight here but what stands out to me are the words ship, boat, Wes, and water. Dragon is right up there which is appropriate and then there’s hand. I must do a lot of hand holding or touching in my books for the word hand to be so big. Again I added black just so you could see the words better. Oh and I noticed the word golden is easier to find than green or blue or red. The golden dragon is my favorite.



 


Tiger's Destiny Word CloudTiger’s Destiny


I chose a flame to represent this book but the shape makes it harder to read all the words. Mr. is easy to find but I don’t see Kadam which is strange. Durga and Lokesh are both prominent and for some reason Li is back in there. Not sure why unless it just needed a short word to fill in. Kiss has been a word that pops up in each cloud which is appropriate. I can’t find Phoenix or Rakshasa. They must be too small for me to see. The green flames don’t seem natural but I wanted to match the colors of the book. 



Tiger’s Dream


I finally figured out I can add an image of my own so this time you get to see a tiger. Ana is the most used word in the manuscript which might give you a hint about the book. Of course, you see tiger, Kelsey, and Ren but a big one is the word man. This also makes a lot of sense when you read the book. Hand is huge here. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s due to the many hands of the goddess. I like blowing up these images and looking at all the tiny words. You’ll get a lot of spoilers that way. 



Tiger’s Promise


Tiger's Promise Word Cloud I am exceptionally proud of Tiger’s Promise. If you haven’t read it because it’s a novella you need to ignore that and check it out anyway. Right now I’m writing a novella for the Reawakened series and if you skip that one you’re not going to understand the end of the series. Because it is a smaller book, the words are more easily found. I like that Rajaram is so big as is the word family. This is the first time Dhiren comes up instead of Ren. No black or white here since the princes aren’t tigers yet. Veil is a big theme in this book since Yesubai trains herself to veil her emotions and her father likes to hide her beauty behind veils. I like the words home, girl, and mother. Then you’ll see flower and garden and beautiful. Yesubai loves flowers. Prince is large and wish being a word I emphasized is pretty cool since this book has a lot to do with wishes.



 


Reawakened


Reawakened Word CloudFor this one I chose a pyramid for the shape and added the word Reawakened so you’d know the title. Right away I noticed dark and light which is a theme I play with a lot in this book. Asten and Amon are pretty equal which surprises me. Ahmose is slightly smaller but that’s to be expected since he doesn’t appear until halfway through. Power shows up a lot which is different from the tiger series. I think Lily is about equal to Kelsey in mentions. This book, like the tiger books, are in first person, so Lily and Kelsey are the narrators which means their names aren’t used as often. I never realized before that Hassan and Kadam sound very similar. Interesting. And there’s hair again. Apparently, I have a thing for hair. 



 


Recreated


Recreated For Recreated I chose a star to symbolize the book. You’ll notice that Asten features as prominently as Amon in this book. Heart and Eye are also very important. Arm and Head are coming up more frequently than Hand this time so not as much hand holding as I usually do. You’ll also notice Tia is very large. Tia is a new character you’ll be meeting in Recreated. Power is back and Feel is usually a big word for me. If you look really closely, you might find Horus in there somewhere. Nephthys and Isis make an appearance as well. Amun-Ra and Ma’at were kicked out due to punctuation, it seems but they are important in this book as well. Also there a character called the Devourer. The program only kept devour so you might see that but not her name. 



 REALIGNED



For the Realigned word cloud, I chose a tree since Osiris is the god of all growing things and the first kiss he shared with Isis was in a gazebo in his garden. You’ll see my characters prominent on the tree. Other important words are power, star, want and mortal. You’ll have to read the book to figure out why. Can you find the word sister? That’s a big one in this book as is heart.



REUNITED


With Reunited, I chose the shape of the full moon. This book belongs to the moon god, Ahmose but you can still spot Asten and Amon. Tia is much more of a prominent voice here than Lily or Ashleigh which is interesting. I really like the word ONE being so prominent. It’s a good representation of the book’s theme. What else can you find in here that hints of what will happen in the story?



 


Check back and I’ll add more books as we get ready to publish them!

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Published on February 22, 2018 07:00 • 60 views

February 6, 2018

I’m not sure when I started this but it’s like a fun puzzle for me so I’ll probably keep doing it. Here are the A, B, C’s of Tiger’s Dream. I had to cheat a little on X and Z.



A-Anamika, Animal, Abandonment


B-Beach, Bird, Barbarian, Bond


C-Circus, Captive, Change


D-Dream, Death, Damon, Dragon


E-Eggshell, Embroidery, Emperor


F-Fanindra, Fasting, Family


G-Goddess, Grove, Goodbye


H-Hunt, Heartbreak, History, Honey Cakes


I-Immortality, Idyll, Illness


J-Jealousy, Jewelry, Journey


K-Kishan, Kelsey, Koi


L-Love, Loyalty, Lokesh


M-Maneater, Miracle, Mermaid


N-Necklace, Needle, Nomad, Nilima


O-Ointment, Opponent, Origin


P-Phet, Party, Princess, Promise, Phoenix


Q-Quest, Questions, Quiver, Qualms


R-Ren, Ravens, Rope, Revenge, Rajaram, Ring


S-Silk, Sacrifice, Scarf, Sculpt, Sohan, Sword


T-Tiger, Tree, Tokyo, Truth, Teacher, Torture


U-Uncertainty, Understanding, Unison


V-Villain, Vulnerable, Vessel


W-Wanderer, Wedding, Weapons


X-Exhilaration, Extinguish, Vortex


Y-Yesubai, Youth, Yacht


Z-Zealot, Zigzag, Puzzle

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January 31, 2018

I know you’ve been waiting…and waiting…and waiting…and Tiger’s Dream is finally just around the corner. So, on this blog post, I’m going to try to answer a few non-spoilery types of questions and talk about the brilliant cover too!


First of all…Why The Wait?


This is a fairly easy answer. My first imprint, Splinter, who published the rest of the tiger series, closed. What that means is, they are no longer purchasing new material to print. They are, however, still in the business of printing the other tiger books and continue to hold the rights to the series in the United States and Canada which made finishing the series doubly difficult. No other publisher wanted to pick up the last book in a series when someone else owned the others. Believe me when I say I tried. I really did. That left me with one option, self-publishing, which explains the cost of the paperback as well as why there isn’t a hardback, but I digress. That’s another blog post.


Now the self-publishing of Tiger’s Dream is only true in the United States. In Brazil, China, and other countries that have purchased the tiger books, Tiger’s Dream will be printed in the usual manner.


That explains the printing part, but now comes the waiting part. Because I signed a new contract with Delacorte to write the Reawakened series, I had to negotiate time between books to write Tiger’s Dream. It’s a slightly scary prospect for an author to begin an over 200,000 word project without a publisher attached. To that, all I have to say is…


 



 


I ended up writing Tiger’s Dream between Reunited and The Lantern’s Ember. Since The Lantern’s Ember is still being released at the one year mark from Reunited, you can be certain that I rarely slept in 2016 or 2017.



 


This means that while Ren and Kishan were my first loves, I finished Amon’s, Asten’s, and Ahmose’s series first. Hey there, that’s five swoonworthy young men. They would make the world’s most awesome boy band, don’t you think?



Moving on…



What’s Up With the Tiger’s Dream Cover?


Funny you should ask. As you know, most of my covers don’t have actual people on the cover. The only ones that do are Tiger’s Promise and Tiger’s Dream. And there’s a reason for that which I’ll talk more about below. Of all my books, I have been able to choose the cover for three of them, Tiger’s Promise, Tiger’s Dream, and Reignited.


 


Reignited was easy. I just had it matched to the other books in the series and told them to do a cool eyes, the goddesses at the bottom, and then chose the color palette. One really cool thing about the Reawakened covers is that the color of either the title or my name at the top indicates the color of the next book released in the series. This is a really pretty set when you look at all the covers.



 


With Tiger’s Promise, I couldn’t put a magical creature on the cover since there weren’t any in the book. Except koi. There are koi fish on the cover, but not in a prominent place. Who’d pick up a book with a gaping mouthed koi fish on the cover? Besides, the story wasn’t about the koi, who make a comeback appearance in Tiger’s Dream by the way, it was about Yesubai. It felt wrong not to put her on the cover.



Since the publisher, Splinter, wanted to focus on the eyes with each cover, I thought it fitting to emphasize Yesubai’s eyes. If you want to read more about the Tiger’s Promise cover and the symbolism behind it, you can read the BLOG POST I wrote about it a few years ago.


When it came time to sketch out the Tiger’s Dream cover, I went back to the artist who did all the other tiger books, Cliff Nielsen. I told him about the book and he came up with some really cool designs.



Early Designs for the Tiger’s Dream Cover


We knew we wanted to match the other books so the first thing we came up with was a cover featuring Fanindra. I love the idea of that and seeing her on the cover would have been extremely beautiful. Ultimately I passed on that one since the book isn’t really about Fanindra even though Tiger’s Dream does explain Fanindra’s origins and does spotlight her in a cool way.



The next cover image sprung entirely from Cliff’s imagination. I have spent far too many moments studying this piece and it is a work of art. I would have LOVED to have a finished image to keep in my collection. It’s a mashup of Fanindra and Kishan’s tiger side. It’s amazing! It was my hubby’s favorite and it was so hard saying no to this one.



Finally, we took a look at Cliff’s drawing with people on the cover. Why people, you might wonder, instead of tigers? Firstly, I already have books with tigers on the covers. Also, I wanted to show readers that the curse has been broken, that they finally get to be men. Additionally, I wanted this book to be something very different from the rest.



I chose this drawing and ended up with this amazing cover!




Okay, But What About Those Models?


You all have been asking me for years about who was my inspiration for Ren and Kishan. You send pictures, links, and pins for me to peruse and I have to tell you all straight up that I have NEVER found anyone, model or actor, who exactly fits the bill. But, because I chose to put Kishan and Anamika on the cover, I had to look through pages of models. I know. You’re thinking poor me! Yes, it’s one of the perks of the job. It’s research, I tell my hubby. Research! Now, move along. (Hubby narrows brows and backs away slowly)


Now, where were we. Ah, models. So these two. Gorgeous, aren’t they? Once I described the characters of Kishan and Anamika, Cliff sent me a group of about twelve to fifteen male models to look through and both of us were immediately drawn to Sharif Dean. I believe Cliff put it best when he said that Sharif had the smolder. I agreed. It’s true that Sharif is Armenian/Italian and not Indian/Chinese but he was absolutely the best choice in the group.


Here’s the picture that made me a believer. It was the arms…the abs…gah! No, I mean the eyes. Seriously, it was the eyes in the shot of him below in the white shirt. They were like my black tiger’s eyes staring back at me.


And for those of you coming to the pre-launch party, you’ll get to meet him!


You can follow Sharif on Twitter @Shar_Dean or check out his model profile on Model Mayhem.



 


 


Anamika was much easier. There were several beautiful Indian women to choose from but I chose Ayushi Chhabra. She’s not only lovely but she seems to radiate power and confidence. A bit like Wonder Woman, I suppose.





You can follow Ayushi on Instagram @ayushi_mehr or check out her model profile on Brand Model and Talent.



What’s on the Cover?


To help, I’ve made you a graphic to explain all the cool things about the cover.



To tell you more is to give away too much of the book. Ooh except one I forgot. The light surrounding the amulet, just behind the sword symbolizes the theme for this book. I’ll give you a hint. Curse was the earth book, Quest was air, Voyage was water, and Destiny was fire. In Indian mythology there are five elements. You can look it up if you like. Also, if you recall, there were five pillars in the first temple Ren and Kelsey went to in Tiger’s Curse. One had been destroyed. A reread of the series is highly recommended before you start reading Tiger’s Dream.



There you have it. If you have more questions regarding the Tiger’s Dream cover, you can either leave a comment on the blog post or you can ask on the


Tiger’s Dream Q & A on Goodreads.


Happy Reading!


 


 


 

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January 23, 2018

It’s that time once again. I have a book being released and there’s always a slew of fun things that go along with that. For those of you who like to follow those things and/or want a chance to get your hands on a copy of the book early, we will be doing a massive giveaway!


Instead of doing a contest month by month, we’ve decided to do one giant, mega contest. So, the one contest we love more than any other, is the Dress up the Cover contest. To have a chance of winning a VIP Swag bag, along with an early copy of Tiger’s Dream, all you have to do is tweet your graphic to @colleenhouck. Here’s mine if you need an example.



Here are a few others to give you some more ideas…



For more chances to win, we’re also doing a rafflecopter which you’ll find at the end of this post, including an option to add your favorite songs to the Tiger’s Dream playlist.



Next up is the list of dates for all things Tiger’s Dream!


Wednesday-January 24th-Contest Opens


Wednesday-January 31st-Tiger’s Dream Cover Blog


Tuesday-February 6th-The A, B, C’s of Tiger’s Dream


Monday-February 12th-The Tiger’s Dream Pinterest Board is released


Friday-February 16th-The Top Ten Things You’ll See in Tiger’s Dream Video


Thursday-February 22nd-The Tiger’s Dream Word Cloud is released


Tuesday-February  27th-Pre-Launch Party in Salem, OR



Monday-March 5th-The Tiger’s Dream Party Post


Friday-March 9th-The Tiger’s Dream Playlist is revealed along with winning songs


March 12th-30th-The Tiger’s Dream Cosplay Tour. More details to come.



May 1stGoodreads Q & A



Don’t want to risk it? Preorder a copy of Tiger’s Dream today.


 



OK everyone, remember your chances to win increase the more items you complete on the Rafflecopter! Three lucky winners will be randomly selected! Good luck!!


 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

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