I’m really excited to participate in the cover reveal for OUR BROKEN SKY. This is a companion novella to THE WICKED WE HAVE DONE, and it features my favorite character from WICKED – Valerie Crane. I’m so excited for this book!

And as for the cover? Holy hell it’s awesome.

Here it is!

Our Broken sky Cover

So cool, right?

Release Date: August 19th, 2014

Series Info: Chaos Theory #1.5

SYNOPSIS:

In The Wicked We Have Done, readers were introduced to Valerie Crane. But you don’t know her the way you think you do. This is her story…

Valerie has always been different from her identical twin Veda. Tattooed, fiery, and foul-mouthed, Valerie acts on instinct, getting even with anyone who wrongs her passive, and sensitive sister.

At twenty-two, Veda doesn’t want to seek revenge against the three young men who raped her. As for Val…

Val never could manage her anger well.

As far as Val sees it, the Compass Room is simply a quicker way for her to die—payment for the crime she feels no guilt over. There isn’t a reason to fight, not until a girl as broken as she is reminds Val of what it’s like to hope…

EXCERPT:

Her name and crime come back to me…

Jacinda Glaser. Her suicide attempt killed a family.

“I feel alive here,” she says. “If I’m going to feel alive, then I want to stay alive.” Her face scrunches up, and another tear slides down her cheek. “The waiting is the worst. And now I don’t know why they’ve put us here of all places. Like they’re teasing us with something beautiful we could live for before they take it away.”

I can’t help it. I laugh.

Behind all of those tears she shoots me a dirty look. It’s sincere. I’ve angered her to all hell.

“I’m sorry. This place isn’t beautiful to me. It’s torture.”

Her cheeks puff out and she blows air out of her lips, glancing back toward the trees. It’s a ‘fuck off’ gesture if I ever saw one. I didn’t mean to insult her… not really.

“I hate waiting to die,” she says.

“Then don’t. Go out partying hard. Don’t wait for anything.” Hell knows that I never did.

I hold out my hand. She looks at it reluctantly before finally taking it, but then quickly drops it like she touched fire. “Jace,” she mumbles.

“Hi, Jace. I’m—”

“I know who you are.”

I cock my head. The tone of her voice is dark and a little vicious—at least, as vicious as I can ever imagine coming from her.

I should probably stop judging people so much on looks. Jesus.

“That so? Then who am I?”

Her courage falters a bit. I can see it in her eyes. She bites the corner of her lip and looks away again. “Triple homicide. All of those boys. They say that the evidence partially clears you because you couldn’t hang them all by yourself.”

“Partially clears me.” When I lean toward her, she doesn’t back away like I’m expecting her to. “What doomed me?”

“DNA. And the news… some of the news debates say that you… umm….”

I grin deviantly, and she finds the words.

“Have a psychotic personality.”

News to me. I just thought I was aggressive.

“And what do you think?” I take a step toward her, closing the space between us, and she looks up at me, her eyes narrow lines.

“You’re the kind of girl that parties hard on her deathbed, Valerie.”

She says my name like it’s sugar-coated toxic waste. I fucking love it.

LINKS:

Website: www.sarahharian.com

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Harian/e/B00J4XHFI4/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

ABOUT SARAH:

Author PhotoSarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.

 

 

Thanks to author Brighton Walsh for tagging me in this blog tour. I know Brighton online and she’s a sweetheart. I also read her novella, SEASON OF SECOND CHANGES, published through Carina Press and loved it! Highly recommend.

About Bright Walsh:

Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping–maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.

Her New Adult debut, Caged in Winter, will be published November 4, 2014 from Berkley/Penguin. She is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Agency.

Find Brighton online:

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Okay, and now for me!

MY WRITING PROCESS:

What am I working on?

I’m currently revising MAKE IT RIGHT, the second book in my Bowler University series published with William Morrow Impulse/HarperCollins. (The first in the series, MAKE IT COUNT, comes out June 3.)

It’s a tough book, because Max, the hero in MAKE IT RIGHT, was somewhat of the antagonist in MAKE IT COUNT. So I needed to take this guy, who readers might dislike in the first book, and turn him around and give him growth and redemption in his book. He has a lot of growing up to do, and I think that’s what I like most about writing New Adult, is the massive potential for character growth.

How does my book differ from other of its genre?

Well, I guess, first and foremost – I’m the writer. It’s my voice. I think my voice tends to be very strong in my writing. I have a specific rhythm and overall fast pacing. Also, my Bowler University series is light and humorous, which might be a slight departure from other New Adult works out there. I’m having a blast writing it.

Why do I write what I do?

Well, first, I love to write. Simple. Period. I love to write romance because it’s what I like to read. And I just love creating characters who make each other better individuals as a couple (I hope that makes sense). I write humor because…that’s my life. My husband is the funniest person I know and makes me laugh to the point of tears often. And I write New Adult because, frankly, it’s fun as hell.

How does my writing process work?

This is weird, but I ALWAYS start with an opening scene. That’s how I get my idea. So I write that opening scene – usually the first chapter – to get a feel for the characters and their personalities. I’m mostly a pantser. But I type up a rough outline so I have a general idea of where the story is going.

If I get stuck, I go for a drive. Or ultimately, I just keep writing. I let the characters decided what they are going to do next. Sometimes I end up deleting scenes and not using them, but it’s like I NEEDED to write that scene to figure out the next one.

I would say a lot of times I don’t truly know my characters until I finish that first draft. I do a quick edit and send it off to my critique partners. They are geniuses and help me with my themes, what works and what doesn’t. Then I get my draft back and heavily revise.

So, yeah. That’s my writing process! It’s kind of messy and slightly disorganized but that’s how I roll!

Follow the rest of the tour and see how others describe their writing process!

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NEXT ON THE TOUR:

Stina Lindenblatt

Born in England, Stina loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She spent a semester in graduate school living in central Finland, and a summer during her undergrad degree working in Helsinki, where she cleaned bathrooms and saunas in a recreation center. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes.

In her free time, Stina is a photographer, mother, devoted wife, and loves getting lost in a great romance novel. She currently lives in Calgary, Canada. She is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of the Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Her debut new adult romance, TELL ME WHEN, is available now from Carina Press and its sequel LET ME KNOW, will be released in the fall.

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Natalie Blitt

Natalie is the author of one young adult book — The Truth About Leaving — and other works in progress. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband Josh and their three boys. Three boys who have no interest in books that feature lots of kissing.

She is represented by Carly Watters of the P.S. Literary Agency

 

I’ve done a bunch of cover reveals on my blog. I love ‘em. I think they are fun and give a quick one-stop place to get the details on a book.

And I always wanted one.

So it’s pretty amazing to me that today is my cover reveal day and today is the day I get to show you the loveliness that is MAKE IT COUNT. The first in my sexy and charming Bowler University series releases June 3 from William Morrow Impulse/HarperCollins and will be available in print later in the summer/fall.

I want to send a HUGE thank you to Jen McLaughlin for reading my book and providing the blurb on the cover. I’ve always been a fan of hers. And the last novel in her bestselling OUT OF LINE series — OUT OF MIND — releases April 29th. Can’t wait to get more of Finn and Carrie!

So, you ready to meet Kat and Alec? Here they are!

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About MAKE IT COUNT:
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

What authors are saying about MAKE IT COUNT:

“Steamy, poignant, and addicting…you won’t want to put it down!” –New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jen McLaughlin

“MAKE IT COUNT was like a breath of fresh air! Very clever and sweet, funny and sexy. You won’t read this without smiling and sighing and swooning—sometimes all at once.” – Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series

“Fun, fresh, and romantic, this book kept me enthralled (and swooning hard) while shining a light on important issues often ignored. A witty heroine sets the tone and the protective, loyal hero brings the heart. Nerdy IS the new black, ladies, and Alec Stone is hot!” – Rachel Harris, author of SEVEN DAY FIANCE

“Math nerds, funny chicks, and awesome side characters, oh my! This book had it all.” – USA Today Bestselling Author Cindi Madsen

“In short, MAKE IT COUNT is a fun, utterly original take on new adult that will have you laughing and swooning from the first page to the last. If you’re looking for a fun read, you’ve found it!”  — Melissa West, author of PIECES OF OLIVIA

Excerpt from MAKE IT COUNT:
Kat gathered her books and stuffed them into her plaid Burberry messenger bag, then headed toward the front doors, smoothie from the library snack shop in hand. Head bent, fiddling with the clasp of her bag, she stumbled into a wall of human on the pavement outside.

“Oh, I’m sorry—” Her voice dropped out when she realized the solid flesh belonged to Alec, Max’s best friend.

She’d only met him once or twice before he’d moved in with Max this semester and every time, he cocked his eyebrow with a half frown like he knew something she didn’t. Which he actually did, since he had brainy superpowers. Smarter than a speeding Einstein. Able to leap over C-minus students like her in a single bound.

She didn’t trust people that smart. And she didn’t trust a guy who didn’t ogle her ass or leer at her boobs like every other member of the straight male species on the planet.

Right now, that raised-eyebrow frown pinned her where she stood. His pale green eyes behind thick black frames roamed over her shoulder to the library and then back to her. With his pin-stripe button-down, dark jeans with Converse shoes and hair styled in a short, messy pompadour, he looked like a nerdy Elvis.

His frown morphed into a smile when he spotted the smoothie in her hand, and she definitely didn’t notice his full lips. “You know, you don’t have to venture into the forbidden zone just to get a smoothie.”

Oooh. The jerk. She glanced around surreptitiously, then leaned in and spoke in a low voice. “Just play it cool. Don’t let it slip someone like me snuck in the library.” She gripped his forearm and whispered. “Password today is rosebud.”
His face blanked and he looked at her like he’d never seen her before. Kat debated whether or not that was an improvement over his other look.

But then those intelligent eyes narrowed and a smirk curled his lips. “I know. We nerds get an e-mail every morning.”

See? He always needed the last word. She propped a hand on her hip and leaned in. “Well, sounds like you have a mole. Might want to look into that.”

He opened his mouth but she cut him off. “Just looking out for you guys. Anyway, see ya around!”

Before he could shoot back a snarky comeback, Kat skirted around him and bounded down the stairs. She chalked that up as Kat 1, Alec 0.

Like the excerpt?

Add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE.

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MEGAN ERICKSON grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.




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A special shout out to Christine at I*Heart*BigBooks for my new website, Facebook and Twitter banners. She was a dream to work with and I LOVE her work!

THANK YOU a million times to the bloggers and authors and reviewers and everyone else for spreading the word about my cover. I’m overwhelmed at the positive response and I can’t wait for you all to read MAKE IT COUNT. <3

I’m so excited to share the cover for LONDON FALLING, the followup to Chanel Cleeton’s fabulous debut, I SEE LONDON.

LONDON FALLING is a New Adult romance out July 7th with Harlequin HQN.

It’s really gorgeous, and I’m so happy for her!

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We weren’t a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb…

Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London—and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch—she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama … the heartbreak.

She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It’s his senior year—his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps—not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences … and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

LONDON FALLING PRE-ORDER LINK:
I SEE LONDON (book #1) BUY LINKS:
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Barnes & Noble:  http://bit.ly/1khLGx1

Harlequin:  http://bit.ly/1nENamw

AUTHOR BIO: 
ChanelCleetonOriginally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel Cleeton moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet.
Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband.
Chanel is the author of the New Adult books I See London and London Falling with Harlequin HQN. Learn more about her on her website at www.chanelcleeton.com. Keep up with Chanel’s latest news, book giveaways, and more on her monthly newsletter at www.chanelcleeton.com/mailing-list/.

AUTHOR LINKS: 
Website:   www.chanelcleeton.com
Facebook:   www.facebook.com/authorchanelcleeton
Twitter:   www.twitter.com/chanelcleeton
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Hey everyone!

So, I have some fun news to announce. My cover for MAKE IT COUNT, the first in the sexy and charming Bowler University series, will be revealed on Thursday, April 10.

I’m excited about my cover. It’s fun. And fresh. And BRIGHT. And really fits the tone of my book. And I have a lovely quote from USA Today and NYT bestselling author Jen McLaughlin.

If you are a blogger and want to sign up to participate in my cover reveal, you can do so HERE.

So, that’s all for now. Join me on Thursday when I get to share the awesomeness!

I can’t quite articulate how excited I am to announce the release of A.J. Pine’s debut New Adult romance, IF ONLY, published by Entangled Embrace.

A.J. is a writing partner of mine and a dear friend. She’s incredibly sweet and incredibly talented and this book is so lovely. You’ll root for Jordan and you’ll want to hang out with Griffin and you’ll want to kiss Noah. :)

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About If Only:

Sometimes it takes crossing an ocean to figure out where you belong.

It’s been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan had a boyfriend—which means it’s been forever since she, well, you know. But now she’s off to spend her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland, the perfect place to stop waiting for Mr. Right and just enjoy Mr. Right Now.

Sexy, sweet (and possible player) Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match. He’s fun, gorgeous, and makes her laugh. So why can’t she stop thinking about Noah who, minutes after being trapped together outside the train’s loo, kisses Jordan like she’s never been kissed before? Never mind his impossible blue eyes, his weathered, annotated copy of The Great Gatsby (total English-major porn)…oh, and his girlfriend.

Jordan knows everything this year has an expiration date. Aberdeen is supposed to be about fun rather than waiting for life to happen. But E. M. Forster, Shakespeare, and mistletoe on Valentine’s Day make her reconsider what love is and how far she’s willing to go for the right guy.

Find If Only Online:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1iMGG33

B&N: http://bit.ly/1oIN118

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/if-only/id832651991

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20798976-if-only

 

Find A.J. Online:

Website: http://ajpine.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJ_Pine

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ajpineauthor

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If Only Swag Pack -An “I love you from here to Scotland” print, Ahava pendent, A pack each of Much Ado about Nothing and A Room With a View confetti, Much Ado about Nothing travel mug and A Room With a View Blu-ray (a $25 Amazon gift card will be substituted if winner is outside the US)

 

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I have the pleasure of participating in the cover reveal for New Adult Contemporary Romance, DEAREST CLEMENTINE, by Lex Martin. Lex is a friend of mine whom I adore. I was able to read DEAREST CLEMENTINE over the summer and I couldn’t put it down. The main character, Clementine is complex and snarky and full of life and her love interest, Gavin, is hot and swoony. I really love this story and I’m so happy for Lex!

So, without further ado, here is the cover!!!

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So pretty, right?

Dearest Clementine releases April 18.

SYNOPSIS:

Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.

Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.

As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.

DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult contemporary romance series is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. Look for the second book, DEAREST DANDELION, this June.

EXCERPT:

The laundry room is dark when we walk in, so Gavin flips on the lights. A row of washers and dryers line both sides of the small room. He opens up a washer and dumps in his basket of clothes.

“Gavin, why are you washing clean laundry?” I can’t help the laugh that escapes.

He drops in a few quarters and starts the machine before he turns to me, grinning.

“I’m helping you get in the zone. Come here.” He wraps his hands around my waist, and I let out a surprised squeak when he lifts me up onto a washer. I can’t believe he just picked me up. Okay, that’s a stupid thought to have. He did carry me home two weeks ago.

His grip is firm on either side of me as he leans down to look into my eyes. I lean back slightly. He’s so far in my personal space that my shadow is crowded.

“Clementine, I want to warn you.” His voice is husky and deep. “I’m going to kiss you, and you’re going to like it. A lot. But I want to be clear that I’m not going to sleep with you because I want you to respect me in the morning.” His mouth lifts up in a wry smile. “This is simply one friend helping out another. Okay?”

Wait. Is he serious? 

He must sense my apprehension because he rubs his thumb softly across my cheek. “It’s just an exercise, to get you into your story. I promise.” 

I laugh, embarrassed, intrigued, and a whole lot turned on by the idea. He smiles again, but this time it’s different. His eyes darken as his hands glide over my hips. My breath catches in my chest.

“Gavin, I don’t think—“

He rests a finger over my lips.

“I’m doing this in the name of academics. You need inspiration? You’re looking at it. Now shut up and let me kiss you.” 

You can read the rest of this expert on Goodreads.

ABOUT LEX:

Lex_smallLex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.

 

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20630265-dearest-clementine
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lex-Martin-Author/245957815565870?ref=hl
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Blog: www.lexmartinwrites.com

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I write New Adult romance. And I get asked a lot – what is it?

In brief – it’s about characters who are approximately 18-25 and the plot involves a lot of firsts. First jobs, first loves, first tastes of independence. My friend and critique partner A.J. Pine has one of my favorite blog posts on New Adult and you can read it here.

And here’s a fabulous tweet by A.J. She’s quoting a moderator on #NALitChat, which is a Twitter chat every Thursday at 9 p.m. centering about New Adult.

I see a lot of “This is what New Adult ISN’T” and I don’t really like that. Because I don’t want to know what it ISN’T. I want to know what it IS. And I think the best way I can do that is to explain to you why  *I* write it.

I don’t speak for anyone else. I speak for me. And this is why I love to write New Adult:

I was in college when I was 18-23. I loved that time in my life. Do I want to go back? No, I love my life now. But I do look back with fondness, and I love to explore in writing all the ways that it such a fascinating time in my life. Sure, I was legal adult when I turned 18 but I can tell you that in no way did I feel qualified to be considered an adult then. Heck, I’m 31 and I still feel like I’m pretending at adult-ing.

It was a time where I was impulsive and hasty and made good and bad decisions. And as the above tweet said, there is no safety net. If I got caught underage drinking – that was on me. If I failed a test – that was my responsibility to talk to my professor and figure out a way to fix it. I couldn’t supply a parents’ note and call in sick. I was independent but yet making decisions that greatly impacted my future.

I was drunk on the freedom, but we all know drunk decisions are never a good idea.

I didn’t want to date bad boys anymore; I wanted to find myself a man. I wanted to make friendships that lasted a lifetime. I remember sitting in bed with my roommate and best friend, dreaming about how we would be in each others’ weddings and go on playdates with our kids (and those dreams came true).

I was learning who I was as a person but most of all where I fit into the greater WORLD and deciding what kind of impact I wanted to make on it.

Sure, I write romance because that WAS my experience in college. I dated and met my future husband. I learned about what kind of partner I wanted to be in a relationship. I learned what I wanted in a partner, a man, and the future father of my children.

So that’s why I write New Adult. And I hope those themes come true in my writing. I want to show the journey of my characters as they learn what it means to be a “New Adult” and what it means to be truly responsible for the consequences of our actions and decisions.

You can add MAKE IT COUNT, my debut New Adult novel with William Morrow/Harper Collins and the first in the Bowler University series, to your Goodreads shelf here.

I’m really excited to participate in the cover reveal for ONE BROKE GIRL by Rhonda Helms. She gave me a sneak peak of this cover a couple of weeks ago and I fell in LOVE.

ONE BROKE GIRL, which releases in April, is the first in a 3-novella trilogy set in Edgewood Falls. Book 2, TWO LITTLE LIES, releases in June. Book 3, THREE PERFECT NIGHTS, releases in August.

Ready? HERE’S THE GORGEOUSNESS:

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See? Isn’t it awesome? And here’s what it’s about!

Anna Parker’s life disintegrates with one phone call. Her dad’s selling their ritzy New York City condo because her Wall Street banker mom emptied their bank account and ran off with another man. Which means Anna has to drop out of her elite college and move with Dad back to their small Ohio hometown. Anna’s determined to reclaim her life ASAP, so she’ll use the next few months to save money, help Dad get back on his feet, and find and confront her mom.

But Anna doesn’t anticipate things going so wrong. The only job she can get is working as a lunch lady in an elementary school. Their money-pit duplex is falling apart around their feet. And her dad is depressed without her mom, who’s proving hard to find.

One bright spot in the chaos is Gavin Metcalf, a kindergarten teacher she dated when they were young teens. With his easy wit and sexy smiles, he makes her forget her stresses—and the fact that her boyfriend Steven back in New York doesn’t know the truth yet about her dire circumstances. 

You can add it to Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20743611-one-broke-girl

ABOUT RHONDA:

RhondaRhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.When she isn’t writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.
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Hey guys! Today is my day on the BEFORE YOU BREAK blog tour.

I have been quite vocal in my love for Christina Lee’s second book in her Between Breaths series. I was honored to receive an ARC and fell in love with Quinn and Ella. I said this in my blurb for the book: “The emotional, sexy BEFORE YOU BREAK proves Christina Lee has done the unthinkable and made me love Quinn as much as Bennett.” (Bennett is from her first book in the series – ALL OF YOU)

BEFORE YOU BREAK released in ebook on February 18 and will be available in paperback on October 14.

In the book, Ella works for a suicide hotline, which Quinn calls into. I thought those scenes were very realistic and I wanted to hear about the author’s experience with this. She took the time to answer with the following:

I worked in the mental health field for over ten years as a clinical social worker. The ins and outs of crisis intervention and therapy had become instinctual to me—as well as the signs and symptoms of people at their breaking point or sadly, already disintegrating.

I’d also discovered just how resilient people can be. The human spirit is amazing. And we all have the need for human interaction—someone to bare our souls to, and somewhere to belong.

I still keep in contact with many people in the field, so when I initially got the idea for this book, I knew just the person I needed to consult. She has been in crisis intervention for practically her entire career and still works a hotline a few days a week.

She was more than happy to help with some of the finer details I may have forgotten or that had changed over the years, and I hope I did the topic justice. 

Thanks for having me, Megan.

Thanks, Christina!

BYBAbout BEFORE YOU BREAK

A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

A college baseball star isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them–something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working a suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him–or to stop herself from falling too far…

Praise for BEFORE YOU BREAK

“Hot, sweet, emotional, page-turner, awesome.” —New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy

“This is one New Adult you don’t want to miss.” —New York Times and USA Today bestselling author A. L. Jackson

“Steamy, honest, and full of heart.” —Roni Loren, national bestselling author

An excerpt of BEFORE YOU BREAK

At the theater, we bought popcorn, Milk Duds, and large sodas. After we settled in our seats in the crowded room, I opened the box of chocolate caramel confections and dumped them in the large tub.

“Um,” Quinn said, scratching his chin.

“Sweet and salty—it’s a must-have for movie watching.”

“Seriously?”

“Yes, seriously.” I picked up a Milk Dud, flanked it with two pieces of popcorn, and then brought it to his lips. “Here. I guarantee you’ll fall in love. You’ll never watch a movie without them again.”

“If you say so. . . .” He dragged the sweet and salty mixture into his mouth but kept my fingers enclosed between his lips.

I held in a gasp while he ran his tongue over my thumb and then sucked on my forefinger before releasing my hand and chewing what remained.

“Agree,” he said around a mouthful of popcorn. “Wouldn’t want to be without them ever again.”

Quinn’s gaze latched on to mine. It felt like a bundle of feathers had been let loose in my stomach. “Guess you’ll have to come to every movie from now on. So I don’t forget.”

Speechless wasn’t even the word for what I felt in that moment. Dumbfounded might have been more like it, or maybe just struck stupid, because I couldn’t even move my lips to form any coherent words.

When the movie previews began, he turned toward the screen and reached for my fingers, interlacing our hands. Then he leaned close to my ear and said, “I expect you to feed me just like that the entire movie.”

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