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SOOOOOO very excited that How to Unbreakup has released today! This story was SUPER fun to write and is all about summer vacations gone wrong and cute boys with a sprinkle of Star Wars nerdiness! (not necessarily in that order–hahaha). But mostly it’s about Grace, who is forced to spend her summer vacation with her ex-boyfriend, his family, and her family–all packed into 1 vacation home. Problem is Grace REALLY wants Sage back and realizes she made a huge mistake when she broke up with him.

How to Unbreakup (3)

First rule of breakups: There’s no going back.

For three years, seventeen-year-old Grace Evers has regretted breaking up with Sage Castle.

That day, she lost her boyfriend and best friend. And let’s be honest, it’s impossible to just be friends with the one person who gets you, faults and all, and loved you anyway. It’s impossible not to think about how it felt to be held by him, or the way he looked right before he was about to kiss you with the most perfectly yummy kiss goodnight.

And now that things are over between them, they’ve become strangers to one another. Sage won’t even look at Grace, let alone talk to her!

Breakup life sucks and Grace is utterly miserable, doing whatever she can to ease the pain of losing Sage. She’s spent the better part of high school pretending to be something she’s not and hanging out with people who probably wouldn’t notice if she wasn’t there. Crappy dates, backstabbing friends, and Sage’s cold shoulder have taken their toll.

So when her parents propose going away to a house on Lake Michigan for the summer, Grace is thrilled. No more massively bad dates with horrible kissers or lunch with frienemies. Just three months of swimming,
hiking, and relaxing before senior year starts.

But when Grace learns Sage and his family will be joining them, she readies herself for a totally awkward family vacation of disastrous proportions. How can it be anything but awful if Sage won’t even acknowledge she exists?

This is it, Grace’s last chance to get Sage back and unbreakup.

Buy links: (I’ll post more as they go live):

Amazon:

Amazon UK:
Amazon Canada:

iBookstore

There’s also a nerdy prize pack up for grabs and I’ll post links to that as well once it goes live: But there’s a cute shell picture frame, Star Wars socks, Star Wars buttons (pins), and Star Wars Keychains, along with winner’s choice of either an e-copy of The Romeo Club or ecopy of The Winter People.

You can go to this blog and enter via the rafflecopter: http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2015/02/how-to-unbreak-up-by-rebekah-l-purdy.html

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I had the chance to sit down with Kelbian Noel, author of Elemental. Not only is Kel a fabulous writer, but she’s also one of my lovely crit partners.

The one thing I want to mention is that not only is Elemental a FAB story, but it is also a story with diverse characters, which is really hard to find some times!  Hope you’ll check out her book.

Tell us a little something about your book and what genre it is?

Elemental is a Young Adult Urban Fantasy. It’s the first in a 5 book series about a seventeen-year old girl named Baltimore Land. She’s kind of miserable with her life the way it is. She lives in a small Utah town with her family and they’re the only people of color (she and her dad are African-American and her mother is Native-American) for miles. To make matters worse, her parents are also Wiccan in a town full of Mormons. After living in San Francisco for most of her life, Utah takes some getting used to, but she’s adjusted. She’s got a boyfriend who happens to be the town prince and a best friend who’s fascinated with her oddball lifestyle. Despite her friend’s interest in her parents’ religion, Baltimore shuns it completely. But when her boyfriend’s ex pisses her off, the phrase ‘seeing is believing’ takes on a whole new meaning and she realizes magic isn’t just the substance of fairytales.

 The next book, set to be released in February, is about a girl with the same destiny as Baltimore, living in a different town with a completely different lifestyle. 

What character(s) do you like the most and why? If someone made a movie of your book, which actors/actresses would play your characters?

I love all my characters. Each of them is unique and likeable in their own way. But if I had to choose, I’d say Grandpa (a.k.a Mystic Land) and Bridgett. Everybody should have a friend like her. I never knew my grandfathers. They lived in South America. One passed away before I met him and the other I only met once before he passed. Baltimore’s grandpa is exactly what I imagine a grandpa would be like.

 The only characters I’ve ever been able to picture as real people are Bridgett and Baltimore’s other best friend, Ramón. Jane Levy and Rick Gonzalez, respectively.
What are your favorite books? And is there any book in particular that made you want to become a writer?

My favorite book of all time is Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. The books that made me want to become a writer were ones I read as a child. Most of them were historical romances, and for as long as I can remember I wanted to rewrite them, with girls who looked like me in the pages. Octavia Butler made me realize that it’s okay to put characters of color in unlikely scenarios.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without while writing?

Peace and quiet. So most of my writing is done in the wee hours of the morning.
Reality or Fantasy?

Fantasy, with a little reality mixed in for good measure.

Your favorite snack?

Banana Soft Serve. Here’s the quick recipe: Slice 3 ripe (but not too ripe) bananas, freeze them, put them in the blender or food processor with four tablespoons of coconut milk and you’ve got sweet and creamy soft serve. You can give it a whirl in the ice cream maker, if you have one, for a stiffer consistency. It’s the healthiest ice cream you’ll ever eat! My kids LOVE it! Bananas do NOT last around here 🙂

Thanks so much Kel for stopping by! If you’d like to keep in touch with Kelbian or check out more info on her book here are some ways to find her online!

Amazon

Goodreads

Facebook

Twitter

Blog

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Today, I have the privilege of being a part of Kate Evangelista’s Book Trailer/Excerpt reveal for her YA Book entitled: Taste. The cover is absolutely GORGEOUS (SQUEEEE) and there are HOT guys (fans self).

Taste Blurb:

 At Barinkoff Academy, there’s only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Watch the Book Trailer:

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Taste Excerpt

 

I mentally stomped on the intimidation their perfection brought into my mind and said, “Excuse me.”

The group froze, startled by my words. The girls had their brows raised and the boys stopped mid-speech, mouths agape. They stared at me with eyes the shade of onyx stones.

I smiled and gave them a little wave.

The boy a step ahead of the rest recovered first. His stunning features went from shocked surprise to intense interest. He reminded me of a hawk eyeing its prey. I gulped.

“A Day Student,” he said, his eyes insolent and excited.

Something about the way he said “Day Student” made my stomach flip. “Excuse me?”

They snickered. The boys looked at each other while the girls continued to stare, muffling their laughter by delicate hands. I seemed to be the butt of some joke. 

“You broke the rule.” The boy’s grin turned predatory.

The students formed a loose semi-circle in front of me. My gaze darted from face to face. Hunger filled their eyes. The image of lions about to chase down a gazelle came to mind. I mentally shook my head. I was in the mountains not the Serengeti for crying out loud.

I took a small step back and cleared my throat. “Can any of you give me a ride back to the dorms?”

The boy wagged his forefinger like a metronome. “Ah, that’s unfortunate for you.”

One of the girls pinched the bridge of her nose. “Eli, you can’t possibly—”

“It’s forbidden, Eli,” another boy interrupted, pronouncing the word “forbidden” like a curse.

The nervous murmur at the pit of my stomach grew louder. Six against one. Not good odds. Instinct told me to cut my losses and run. Bad enough I faced expulsion, now it seemed like weird, beautiful people who’d suddenly appeared on campus wanted to beat me up. No, scratch that. Judging from the way they studied me, beating me up wouldn’t satisfy them. Something more primal prowled behind their looks.

I definitely wasn’t going down without a fight. Years of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat classes had me prepared. While other children from rich and important families got bodyguards, I got defense training. But I think my father meant for my skills to go up against potential kidnappers, not against other students who may or may not be crazy. Oh God! Maybe I stepped into a parallel universe or something when I reentered Barinkoff.

“None of the students are supposed to be on campus,” I said. Then, realizing my mistake, I added, “Okay, I know I’m not supposed to be here either. If one of you gives me a ride back to the dorms, I won’t say anything about all this. Let’s pretend this never happened. I didn’t see you, you didn’t see me.”

“We’re not ordinary students,” Eli answered. “We’re the Night Students.”

He’d said “Night Students” like the words were capitalized. I didn’t know Barinkoff held classes at night. What was going on here?

Eli smiled with just one side of his mouth and said to the group, “She’s right, no one will have to know. We’re the only ones here. And it’s been so long, don’t you agree?”

The rest of them nodded reluctantly.

“What’s been so long?” I challenged. I fisted my hands, ready to put them up if any of them so much as twitched my way.

“Since the taste of real flesh passed through my lips,” Eli said. He came forward and took a whiff of me then laughed when I cringed.

“Flesh.” Yep, parallel universe.

“Yes,” he said. “And yours smells so fresh.”

Someone grabbed my shoulders from behind and yanked me back before I could wrap my mind around the meaning behind Eli’s words. In a blink, I found myself behind someone tall. Someone really tall. And quite broad. And very male.

I realized he wore the same clothes Eli and the other boys did. Not good. He was one of them. Although… I cocked my head, raking my gaze over him. He seemed born to wear the uniform, like he was the pattern everyone else was cut from. My eyes wandered to long, layered, blue-black hair tied at the nape by a silk ribbon. Even in dim light, his hair possessed a sheen akin to mercury.

I looked down. The boy’s long fingers were wrapped around my wrist like a cuff. His fevered touch felt hotter than human standards, hot enough to make me sweat like I was standing beside a radiator but not hot enough to burn.

“I must be mistaken, Eli,” the boy who held my arm said in a monotone. “Correct me. Did I hear you say you wanted to taste the flesh of this girl?”

A hush descended on us. It had the hairs at the back of my neck rising. How was it possible for the atmosphere to switch from threatening to dangerous? Unable to help myself, I peeked around the new guy’s bulk. Eli and his friends bowed. They all had their right hands on their chests.

“Demitri, I’m sure you misheard me,” Eli said.

So the guy standing between me and the person who said he’d wanted to taste me was named Demitri. I like the sound of his name. Demitri. So strong, yet rolls off the tongue. Definite yum factor.

“So, you imply I made a mistake?” Demitri demanded.

“No!” Eli lifted his gaze. “I did no such thing. I simply wanted to show the girl the consequences of breaking curfew.”

“Hey!” I yelled. “Don’t talk about me like I’m not here!”

Demitri ignored my protest and continued to address Eli. “So, you threatened to taste her flesh.” His fingers tightened their grip around my wrist. “In the interest of investigating this matter further, I invoke the Silence.”

All six students gasped, passing surprised glances at one another.

Before I could ask about what was going on, Demitri yanked me down the hall toward the library. But why there? Oh, maybe we were getting my things. No, wait, he couldn’t have known about that. Everything was too confusing now.

Eli and the others didn’t try to stop us when we passed them. Demitri’s cold command must have carried power. Handsome and powerful, never a bad combination on a guy.

We reached the heavy double doors in seconds. He jerked one open effortlessly. I’d needed all my strength just to squeeze through that same door earlier. To him, the thick wood might as well have been cardboard. I raised an eyebrow and mentally listed the benefits of going to gym class.

“Why are we here?” I asked after my curiosity overpowered my worry. I’d almost forgotten how frightened I’d been right before Demitri showed up. I wasn’t above accepting help from strangers. Especially from gorgeous dark-haired strangers with hot hands and wide shoulders.

Demitri kept going, tugging me along, snaking his way deeper into the library. I had to take two steps for every stride his legs made. I tried to stay directly behind him, praying we didn’t slam into anything.

He stopped suddenly and I collided with him. It felt like slamming into a wall.

“Hey,” I said, momentarily stunned. “A little warning would be nice!”

He faced me, and I gasped. His eyes resembled a starless night, deep and endless. Their intensity drilled through me without pity, seeming to expose all my secrets. I felt naked and flustered beneath his gaze.

“You could have died back there,” he warned.

A lump of panic rebuilt itself in my throat.

Author Bio:

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she has four completed Young Adult novels.

Author Website: www.kateevangelista.com

Twitter: @KateEvangelista

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kate-Evangelista/165693410143202

Find Taste on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13484226-taste

Crescent Moon Press page for Taste: http://crescentmoonpress.com/books/Taste.html

Thanks Kate for allowing me to be a part of your reveal!

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GIANT SQUEEEE….okay today is like an ALL CAPS kinda day (hehehe). I’m so happy to announce the release of my story The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex. I’ve been waiting for a LONG time to have this baby out in the world. So be very nice to her (smiles). Seriously though, it was SO much fun to write and I hope everyone enjoys it! I will be visiting some blogs and I hope you’ll stop in and say hi (links are listed below). There’s a chance to win some loot (signed bookmarks, book cover trading cards, ebooks).

Come visit me today at these lovely ladies blogs:

Traci Kenworth

Liz Botts

Vanessa Barger

You can find The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex at:

Astraea Press

Amazon

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

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OMG, I’ve got cover pretties!!!! SO SO SO love the cover. The cover artist Ginny Glass was SPOT ON.

This book will be released later in 2012. Will keep everyone posted as soon as I get a specific date!

 

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