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Check out this FABULOUS cover for HOVER (The Taking # 2) by Melissa West which releases on August 6, 2013.:

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Also click the link below for a chance to enter to win a signed paperback copy of Melissa’s first book, Gravity. The giveaway will run from Dec. 3-14, 2012.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MjEzM2QwNDM5NTBlNTAzNDNmZWY0MDNjOGUyYTRjOjA=/

 

Pre-order Buy links:

Amazon-http://www.amazon.com/Hover-The-Taking-Melissa-West/dp/1620610930/

BN.com-No link yet

Chapters-http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Hover-Melissa-West/9781620610930-item.html

Book Depository- http://www.bookdepository.com/Hover-Melissa-West/9781620610930

MelissaWest

 

Melissa’s Bio:

Melissa lives in a tiny suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughter. She pretends to like yoga, actually likes shoes, and could not live without coffee. Her writing heroes include greats like Jane Austen and Madeleine L’Engle.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

 

Melissa’s links:

Website-http://www.melissawestauthor.com/

Blog-http://m-b-west.blogspot.com/

Twitter-https://twitter.com/MB_West

Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/MelissaWestAuthor

Goodreads-http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5287439.Melissa_West

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Not sure how this happened, but for the 2nd month in a row I have a book up for Sizzling Read of the Month!! (OMG). LOL. So, if you’d like to vote for The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex drop in. The voting bubbles are on the right side!  VOTE HERE: Sizzling Hot Books

Also, while you’re there check out the AWESOME 5 heart review TFGF received. So humbling. It makes me happy to know that people are enjoying my characters/stories.

Now for my LONG overdue Lucky 7 Meme I’ve had several people tag me on this and I’m FINALLY getting to it.  This excerpt is from The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex. So, here are seven lines from the seventh line down on the 77th page of The Fairy Godmother Files: Cinderella Complex.

EXCERPT

Jack peered inside. Satisfied there was nothing there, he sat back down on my bed. “I’ll have you know, in almost every scary movie, someone’s killed in the shower.”

 “Oh, please.” I shut the door before he had the opportunity to reenact Psycho. But when I turned toward the shower, uneasiness tightened my muscles. I crossed the room, taking quiet steps. My heart thundered. As I reached for the shower curtain, my hand shook. With a deep breath, I tore it back. The cliclink of the curtain rings sent me reeling backward. I steadied myself on the edge of the bathroom sink and stared at the empty space.

 Great, nothing like letting Jack give me a complex.

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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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Hey everyone, I hope you can come join me on Saturday July 30, 2011 from 1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (EST) for my book release party for STAKING SHADOWS on the Noble Romance Readers Loop (which you’ll need to sign up for membership here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NobleRomancePublishing/

During my time slot/release party, I’ll be sharing excerpts from Staking Shadows, answering questions, and giving away some cool prizes. Every ten minutes of my scheduled time I’ll give away a prize: An e-copy of my YA Paranormal Romance/Dystopian story Staking Shadows (along with a necklace made by my friend especially for the book release), an e-copy of my YA Paranormal Romance My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters, and a paperback YA Contemporary book entitled: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.

In addition to the prizes I’m giving away, Noble Romance will give away 2 $10 gift certificates each hour and all attendees will have their name entered into a drawing for a Kindle, winner to be announced on Sunday.

 

And if you’d like Noble Romance is also hosting several other authors for their book release parties too! So you’ll have a chance to win fabulous prizes all day long!!!

 

Schedule for Writers:

Erika Sorin – 1 – 1:30
Rebekah Purdy – 1:30 – 2
Billi Jean – 2 – 3
Hot New Talent, Chris Lange 3-4
Martin Delecroix – 4-5
D.B. Moon – 5-6
Elizabeth Morgan – 6-7
Margie Church – 7-9

 

And if that’s not enough to make you go WOOHOO then check this out:

Noble is also having a Yahoo Group Subscriber Drive to bring new readers to their Yahoo readers’ groups. Subscribers to these groups can attend online parties, where they’ll have a chance to chat with favorite authors, meet new-to-you authors, read excerpts, learn about new releases, AND WIN A BUNCH OF REALLY COOL PRIZES. To make this subscriber drive more awesome, they’re holding a contest. All you need to do is:

1) Subscribe to the NOBLE Yahoo Group of your choice. Here are the links.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NobleYoungAdult/?yguid=357764957

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NobleRomancePublishing/

2) AFTER you subscribe, send an email to Noble, at give them the following information: Your name, the email address you used to subscribe, and the name, REBEKAH PURDY so they know who sent you their way (smiles).
If you subscribed to the young adult readers’ loop, send an email to

YahooReaderNYA@nobleromance.com
If you subscribed to the NRP readers’ loop, send an email to
YahooReaderNRP@nobleromance.com
At the end of the month, Noble will see which author brought in the most subscribers. The winning author’s subscribers will ALL RECEIVE A $10 GIFT CERTIFICATE to Noble Romance Publishing or Noble Young Adult – Not Just Romance!

And here’s the best part: THE WINNING AUTHOR WILL RECEIVE A BRAND NEW KINDLE – and all their new subscribers will be entered into a drawing, and ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL RECEIVE A BRAND NEW KINDLE TOO!

*Contest open to U.S. residents, only. Only new subscribers are eligible to win. Sorry – no unsubscribing then re-subscribing allowed. Subscribers must stay subscribed for a minimum of one month to be eligible. Contest ends AUGUST 3, 2011; Prizes will be awarded by SEPTEMBER 3, 2011. Don’t wait. Sign up NOW.

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Welcome again to YAFF Muse: blog rounds. The ladies of YA Fiction Fanatics have come together for YAFF Muse. To have a little fun, explore different styles of writing and to give you some kick-butt shorts to read. Enjoy!

 

PHOTO CREDIT: IMGo796xe by Ardelfin

 

I shivered against the crisp October air, as Ian tugged me toward the park. There in big, bold letters was a sign that read CLOSED. I came to a halt. Not that I was a chicken-shit or anything, but some rules weren’t meant to be broken.

“Come on, Love. We’re only going to the park,” Ian said. His ever adorable British accent would never get old.

He released my hand, staring down at me with stormy gray eyes. His shaggy auburn hair fell across his eyes and he did a quick flip of his head to get it back in place. Ian traced my cheek; his fingers cool against my skin.

“But the sign says they’re closed.” But it wasn’t the only thing that unnerved me. Gram had one strict rule in our house. No going into the park. Ever.

“Lena.” His lips met mine in a small, enticing kiss. “I promise all I want to do is go to the fountain and toss in some coins.” He smiled.

My pulse quickened. I swallowed the lump in my throat, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath. He didn’t know my parents were murdered in the park. Ten years ago, today. I’d been six years old, which seemed almost a lifetime ago. But it was time to face my fears. To go back.

“Fine. But we have to make it quick.” I fingered the pentagram necklace at my throat. It felt like fire against my hand. I stiffened.

Ian’s fingers entwined with mine and he led me toward some loose rungs in the gate. We squeezed through. Dead leaves littered the cement walkway, skittering at our feet as the wind picked up. The scent of autumn heavy in the air.

Chills snaked up my back and across my skin. I shouldn’t be here. But before I could change my mind, Ian looped his arm through mine and ushered me toward the fountain. Three stone figures stood in the middle of the fountain. Cold rock cloaks covered the gothic trio as water whispered around their feet.

Ian reached into his pocket, coins jingling in his hand. “Here, you make a wish first.” He clasped my hand.

Something sharp scraped against my palm. “Ow.”

He closed his hand over my fist and the coins. “Throw them in.”

I hesitated as I watched the strange gleam in his eye.

No. Don’t do it

. A voice called in my mind.

My eyes widened. I knew that voice. It belonged to my mom. I took a step away from the fountain, but Ian clutched me tight forcing me to drop the coins into the water.

Wisps of fog swirled around the statues; the water bubbled and boiled as if it was a cauldron hanging over a hearth.

“What have you done?” I shrieked.

But Ian only stared at the sculptures. The stone cloaks fell away from the statues heads. Then I saw her. My mother. And next to her was my dad.

“Lena, you have to stop this.” Mom’s eyes darted to the third and final statue. “Before the spell is completely broken.”

“Oh, Goddess.” Blood red hair burst with flames, eyes the color of hot coals sizzled with power. A fire demon.

Ian bowed before the demon. “Master, I’ve come to free you.”

“The hell you have.” I tore the dagger from my belt. “I Lena, light witch of the Goddess invoke the spirit of earth to bind the demon.” In one swift motion, I sliced my palm and dripped blood into the fountain’s water.

I turned to Ian, who glared at me. “You can’t stop this. The demon will be free.”

“No. She’ll destroy everything. Even you.” I knew I had to make the sacrifice, even as I stared at the tears in my mother’s eyes. She didn’t want this for me. But she’d already done her duty. Now it was my turn.

Without a second thought, I lunged at Ian with the blade, catching him in the arm. But it was enough. We both tumbled into the fountain.

“No.” Ian tried to stand, but I clung to him.

“Great towers, I invoke thee. Bind us and use us as instruments of your will. Earth, I invoke thee. Water, I invoke thee. Air, I invoke thee. Fire, I invoke thee.”

Power surged through my blood. A great light burst from the sky. The ground trembled beneath our feet. The shriek of the demon was the last thing I heard as me, Ian, and the demon were turned into stone.

It was my turn to guard the demon and her subject. Like my mother and father before me.

 

Thanks for coming by. Please be sure to drop by my fellow YAFFers blogs and don’t forget to leave a comment.

Kit Forbes

Jenn Fischetto

Joey Nichols

Miranda Buchanan

Traci Kenworth

Vanessa Barger

 

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I feel kind of like the Wicked Witch of the West—“I’m melting…” Or better said, it feels like I’ve been sitting in a sauna in the bowels of Hell this week.  So let’s see.  Heat.  Check.  No Sleep.  Check.  Cranky.  Double Check.  LOL.

Actually, my kids have been spending lots of time in the pool.  The only place to really get any kind of relief.  That and water gun fights (totally fun).  I get to sit in my air conditioned office at work, but I’d much rather be home, hanging with my family and animals—sweating.  In August we’re planning to head to the beach for vacation.  One week of relaxation (writing, swimming, no internet, campfires, fishing—totally fun).  Can’t wait.

I’ve gotten a chance to read some more GREAT books:  The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (totally awesome book—YA/Contemp), The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (can’t recommend this one enough—it comes out in September and you MUST BUY IT), I also read, City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (really good follow up in the TMI series—get to see more Simon (yay)), and I also just finished Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (YA Contemp—very cute and fun).

After several weeks of writer’s block, I decided to set the YA Thriller aside and step back to my YA Fantasy root.  The YA Thriller wasn’t calling to me, and my writing was so forced and horrible (eek).  But then, I got this really awesome title for a story stuck in my head, then a blurb followed. And then, I spent 2 weeks jotting down notes, making outlines, and well day dreaming about my story.  Soooo…I’m now starting chapter 5 of said new story (which we will call TLOM).  I’m so excited about it.  The characters.  The setting.  The storyline.  It’s a YA Fantasy with some horror/creepy elements.  And I’ve got some pretty cool plot twists that I hope work out.  Anyway, I’ve been averaging a chapter a day in my excitement (woohoo). Hoping to keep the pace up so I can finish it quickly.

I’ve had to change up some notes thanks to a secondary character who decided to show up.  Seriously, he’s taking over the plotline, making me rewrite my notes/outline.  Because he wouldn’t settle for just a quick cameo. Nooooo, he wants to butt in and share the spotlight with my MC.  But I’m having so much fun writing.  It’s been a while since I’ve felt this kind of connection with one of my stories. 

Well, I suppose I ought to get back to work! STAY COOL!!!

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Hey everyone! Today, I’m being interviewed by the Lovely Traci Kenworth. If you get the chance, drop in and say hi. Oh, and there’s an ecopy of Staking Shadows up for grabs for one lucky commenter!

((HUGS))–hope to see you there! Would love the company.

Link:  Traci’s Blog

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THE WINNERS OF STAKING SHADOWS EBOOK ARE:

KRISTEN LYNN THETFORD and ANGELA ACKERMAN

Congrats ladies…will email them over shortly!

 

Yay, Staking Shadows is now available in ebook form through Noble Young Adult

It should also be available soon on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and All Romance eBooks. Will update with links when it becomes available.

To celebrate the release of Staking Shadows, I’m giving away a free ebook to 2 commenters.  All you have to do is leave a comment and you’re entered.  Make sure to leave an email address in case you win.

I’ll draw the winners on July 5, 2011.

Blurb:

Summer “Sun” McKellar was twelve when her world was shattered by the appearance of the “soul-suckers,” a god-like hybrid with a vapid hunger for human souls. Within mere days entire towns were wiped out. But Summer was one of the lucky ones, or at least she managed to escape with her life—what was left of it.

Now, five years later, Summer is one of only a handful of survivors left on Earth. A place where night dominates and humans are harvested for their souls. By daylight Summer is the leader of a small band of survivors, while at dusk she becomes a hunter, with only one goal in mind; to take back her world one dead soul-sucker at a time. This routine serves her well until an enemy patrolman named Raven saves her life. He causes complications she never dreamt possible, making her rethink her strategy. For their chance encounter and the danger that surrounds it will ultimately force them to choose between loyalty to their own kinds or the forbidden…

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Okay, so summer has started off kind of crazy. About 1 ½ weeks ago, my dad had a heart attack. Which is totally scary. I mean he’s only 54. And we’ve been worried.  He’s doing better now, but getting those kinds of calls makes me a nervous wreck. And in the midst of all this, I was in the middle of revisions for agent lady and for small press editor. So yeah, meeting deadlines, while dealing with family crisis totally stressful (LOL).

But we got through it. Dad is home now (as of Sunday) and seems to be doing better.  I told him we have go find a better way to get together on the weekends and quit meeting in the Heart Center. Dad thought this was funny (hehehe).

In order to relieve said stress, I’ve started writing a new story, which I’ll call “D”.  D is a YA Thriller. Have I mentioned, I’ve never written a thriller before? LOL. So I’m trying something new. So far, I’m liking it. I’m a couple of chapters in now and am hoping to start being able to get some word count down. This story is a challenge for me because I’ve always wanted to write a thriller (kind of like the ones I read as a teen) and now I’ll find out if I’m any good at it.

Another stress reliever has been reading.  So far this summer I’ve read Divergent by Veronica Roth (which I can’t recommend enough—totally fabulous YA Dystopian/Thriller), Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt (YA contemporary with humor/romance/serious family stuff—so fun), The Iron Fey Trilogy by Julie Kagawa. I’ll be starting City of Fallen Angels tomorrow.

Now for my summer shows WOOHOO! They’re back on (and I’ve added a new one or two).  True Blood came back on. And I’ve been SO SO SO looking forward to it. I’ve also been watching The Voice, Falling Skies, and my new guilty pleasure is The Nine Lives of Chloe King.  The first episode seemed kind of cheesy, but once I got past it, I found myself LOVING THE SHOW.  I got my niece and daughter hooked on it now too. So every Tuesday night will be Chloe night. But I can’t wait until July when Haven and Ghost Hunter’s International come back on.

I hope everyone is having a FAB summer so far.  Hoping to spend some time in the pool this upcoming weekend and maybe do a little writing. Definitely need some down time.

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I’d like to welcome YA author and fellow critique group member Kit Forbes to my blog. Kit graciously let me interview her about her new release: Falling Through Glass.  In honor of her first YA I’m giving away an ebook copy of My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator to one commenter. So make sure you stop in and say hi. And please leave an email so I can contact you if you win.  I’ll draw the winner on Monday (Memorial Day).

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

A: It’s a time travel romance I feel will appeal to the high school crowd and up.

Japanese-American Emiko Maeda set aside her studies following the sudden death of her father. At odds with her mother and burdened with the guilt over her role in the tragic accident, she moves in with her uncle Jake and comes into possession of an antique mirror. While accompanying Jake to Japan on a film shoot, Emmi is caught in a freak storm and plunged through time–into Feudal Japan and the world of samurai.

Kyoto, Japan
1864

The city of Kyoto is ablaze with violence and on the brink of civil war. Nakagawa Kaemon is a young samurai with a secret. He gathers information on those who claim to “Revere the emperor” but harbor their own agenda to control the country. Kae is honor bound to execute anyone who poses a threat to the throne even if it is Emmi, the unusual young woman he has come to love.

Shameless Plug: It’s available for Kindle: http://amzn.to/muYdy5

Nook: http://bit.ly/jVLl93    

All Romance ebooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fallingthroughglass-549999-141.html

and directly through the publisher Noble Young Adult: https://www.nobleyoungadult.com/Books/288        

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?

A: I think my favorites have to be the Shinsengumi guys. Seeing their anime versions in the old Rurouni Kenshin show is what got me interested in the history of the period.

While these actors were closer to the right ages back when I first had the idea they probably couldn’t pull off Em & Kae now, since they aren’t household name to most readers I scrounged up a couple pictures via a wiki and a scene from a film that made me fangirlish glee and go “That’s My Hero!”

Kazue Fukiishi as Emmi: http://es.drama.wikia.com/wiki/Fukiishi_Kazue

Yosuke Kubozuka as Kae (scene from the film Makai Tensho (Samurai Resurrection) : http://www.kitforbes.com/images/KubozukaYosuke_Kae.jpg

 

What are your favorite books? And is there any book in particular that made you want to become a writer?

A: Wow. I have a bunch. I used to love the old gothic romances of Barbara Michaels and all things horror and sweeping historical sagas. On the YA front I really like 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher,
Saundra Mitchell’s Shadowed Summer (still dying to read her newest), The Mediator series by Meg Cabot and her Avalon High.

I think it’s a culmination of the gazillion different types of books I read. It sort of all came together when I fell in love with Anne Rice’s Louis and Lestat and had ot continue their story in my head. and had to write it down.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without while writing?

A: That’s a tough one. I’d say coffee or real sugar Pepsi or Coke depending on the time of day. ^_^

Reality or Fantasy?

A: I have to say combinations thereof. I do love me my paranormal elements.

Your favorite snack?

A: Ooh another toughie. Popcorn and/or Froot Loops

Who’s your literary crush?

A: For the past year it’s been the members of my critique group. ^_^ They’re all talented and productive. *poke poke*

Lastly, what’s your favorite season?

A: We don’t seem to have seasons around here anymore. It tends to slide from too cold to too hot with only a wee bit of “Ah that’s the stuff”.

Thanks so much Kit for dropping by. I’ve enjoyed having you. Be sure to keep up with Kit Forbes. I hear she’s working on some fabulous new stuff!

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