Hey guys!

So CHANGING HIS GAME, the first in my Gamers series which will be published by Entangled’s Brazen imprint, has a cover and blurb and let me tell you, I love both. The cover is hot and shows off my hero’s…erm… hands. (He’s ambidextrous, okay?!?!) And the blurb is just about the nerdiest blurb to ever nerd.

I love it! So here goes!

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Marley Lake is no stranger to awkwardness, but getting caught watching a dirty GIF by the company’s hot new IT guy exceeds even her standards. That is, until she realizes he’s as turned on by it as she is. But with a big promotion on the line, she refuses to let her current dry spell be her downfall. Maybe.

Austin Rivers has no business lusting after the irresistible editor of Gamers Magazine. He’s a secret partner in the business—and technically Marley’s boss. One look at that GIF, though, and he’s ready to install a whole lot more than just software…as long as she never finds out who he really is.

But reality’s not as virtual as it seems, and when Austin’s identity jeopardizes Marley’s promotion, he has to change his game or risk losing the only woman with the cheat code to his heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaaah!!!! Hot, right? This book. It was so fun to write. Honestly, I wrote it because I read about a special submission call for this imprint that asked for “dirty talkers.” And it mentioned the hero could be anything and gave examples. “Dominant nerd” was one of them.

Then, I had an unrelated conversation with my husband about that rainbow wheel aka beach ball on Mac and, well, this book was born. And that’s it! I’m ridiculously excited for it to be out. It will be released April 28 in digital and print formats.

I’ll let you know when preorder links are up. For now, you can add it to Goodreads!

Trustthe_Focus (1)So TRUST THE FOCUS, my male/male New Adult romance with Berkley/Intermix is beginning to make its way into the hands of reviewers (it releases 3/17), and I have a couple of things I’d like to say about it.

I wrote most of this book in November 2013 during Nanowrimo. I’ve said this before, but at the time, I had no agent. No book deal. And I really didn’t think I was ever going to get one. I was growing depressed about my journey, tired of the rejections and the general feeling like I wasn’t good enough. I was working on a book that I liked but didn’t love.

And then Justin began talking to me. He’s the main character in TRUST THE FOCUS. The story is told through his eyes. You only get to hear from Landry in blog posts. At first, Justin talked kind of quietly, and then he got louder. And louder. Until he was screaming his story at me. And so I started writing. I write fast normally but with this book, I wrote FAST. JusLan, as I affectionately call them, mean so much to me personally because of what they did for me at that time in my life. By the time I reached the end of their story, I had an agent and a three book deal for the series I’d been querying since the summer.

I’m not sure I would have gotten there without JusLan, to be honest.

So I love their story because of what they did for me. And then I also love their story because of them. I want to be clear 10943871_10205906683769512_7258709692310123212_nthat this is very much a New Adult book. They are twenty-two year old boy-men and it shows. They make mistakes. They are impulsive. They are struggling with who they are. You won’t find self-assured men in this book because that’s not realistic. TRUST THE FOCUS is a coming of age book about a twenty-two-year-old struggling with his sexuality, his grief over the loss of a parent, and the uncertainty of his future. I think we all had a little bit of Justin in us when we were that age — this confusion over who we are and who we want to be.

If you want some visual inspiration for TRUST THE FOCUS, I have a Pinterest board here.

I typically don’t have play lists for my books. That’s just not how I write. But JusLan sure had some songs that inspired me while I wrote:

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Coheed and Cambria

Samson by Regina Spektor

Alone Together by Fall Out Boy

Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton

Born this Way by Lady Gaga

And that’s about it. I’ve received some amazing support for this book so far and I can’t tell you how much it warms my heart. Thank you. Thank you thank you. :)

You can preorder JusLan here.

And add to your Goodreads here.

Thanks for taking a chance on my boys. <3

Man, I’m feeling kinda weird today. Bowler University will always have a place in my heart because it was my first traditionally published series, my first completed series. Make it Count got me an agent and a publishing contract and for that I will always be grateful to Kat and Alec.

The end is here. And while I have some ideas to give fans some extra time with Bowler, this is the last book in the series. So, I hope you check it out. I loved writing Cam and Tate’s story. This book can be read as standalone if you haven’t read any of my other books yet. This one is a little different, especially because it takes after college.

Teasers and buy links are here.

In the book, I talk a lot about Utope, which is a Sims-like life simulation game. When Cam and Tate have trouble interacting in real life, they fall back on interacting as little pixels. So, here’s a taste of them. And I hope you check out my book. Thanks to all of you for sticking with me during this series!! <3

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I blogged earlier this week about everything I learned in 2014. And one big thing I forgot to say is, I learned that I still have a lot to learn.

As you probably know – 2015 is a big publishing year for me. I have a lot of books coming out. Here’s the thing about me, though. I write better on deadline and I write better when I draft fast. If I don’t draft fast, the voices of my characters muddle with new voices that are speaking to me. I think if I wrote slower, I’d have a weird, inconsistent mish-mash of a story. So, fast is how I roll and it’s what works best for me.

I have some goals for 2015. Some I only admit to myself when it’s dark and I’m tucked in my bed, because those are big, big dreams. Others I’ll only tell my critique partners/close friends/family. And some I’ll tell to everyone I can. I will say this — I want to work on my craft in 2015. I want to draft well-paced books. I want to improve my prose. I want to work on world building (because yes, even in contemporary novels there is world-building). And frankly, I’m excited about it. The books I have coming out this year are books *I* wanted to write. I proposed these books and fortunately found editors and publishers that were excited to work on them with me. I’m grateful, so incredibly grateful, for every opportunity to come.

I get to continue publishing with Avon, who published my Bowler series. I get to branch out with my LGBTQ series with Berkley. And I get to become a part of the Entangled family when I join their Brazen imprint.

I’ll be traveling too, taking some trips I feel honored to be going on. So, here’s a brief rundown about what’s to come from me in 2015:

January: MAKE IT LAST, the third and final book in my Bowler University series, releases in ebook. I’m excited for you guys to meet Cam and Tate! And you’ll find a great check-in with the rest of the Bowler U crew.

February: I’m heading to Apollycon! Yep, I’ll be signing with an incredibly talented group of authors in Philadelphia, and I couldn’t be happier. When I found out Jennifer L. Armentrout asked me to come, I squealed like crazy. I just name-dropped in that sentence and I don’t even care. Heh.

March: TRUST THE FOCUS, the first book of my In Focus series, releases in ebook with Berkley/Intermix. This is my first LGBTQ book. It’s a male/male New Adult romance. I wrote it back in 2013, before I had an agent, so to see it published is a dream.

April: CHANGING HIS GAME, the first in my Gamers series, will be released through Entangled Publishing’s Brazen imprint. This book is uber sexy. UBER. Like, not sure if my mom is going to want to read this one, ha! But it’s so nerdy and I had a blast writing it. It was one of those books that came to me and I had to get it out. Marley and Austin are so fun.

May: I’m heading to Dallas, Texas! I’ll be at the RT Convention and I simply cannot wait. I’ll be signing books and attending events put on by my publishers.

June: DIRTY THOUGHTS, the first in my Mechanics of Love series, will release in ebook with Avon Impulse. I LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s mostly written and holy hell did I fall for Cal. This series is a slight spin-off of MAKE IT RIGHT, because it follows the older Payton brothers – Cal, Brent, and a third character you’ve yet to meet. I cannot wait for this to release!

July: The second book in my In Focus series, tentatively titled FOCUS ON ME, releases with Berkley/Intermix. This is a companion novel to TRUST THE FOCUS (can be read as standalone) and is also an LGBTQ New Adult romance.

August – December: The next two books in my Mechanics of Love series release. DIRTY TALK will be out in September and DIRTY DEEDS will be out in December. Also, the next two books in my Brazen series will release, but those release dates aren’t set yet.

So! There we go. As you can see, I’m a busy bee. In fact, I’m already planning into 2016. I have plans to expand beyond contemporary (!!), although still romance because kissing is really fun. ;)

That kind of makes my head spin, but in a good way. Thanks again for coming on this ride with me. The two best ways to keep in touch with what’s going on with me — First, I have a readers’ group on Facebook, called Meg’s Mob. Anyone is free to join. I post exclusive excerpts and teasers. This is NOT a street team. Just a fun place to hang out! Click here and ask to join!

Also, my newsletter. I have some ideas on exclusive content next year so I’d love if you signed up. I’ll send probably one newsletter a month. You can sign up here.

Aaaaand, that’s it. Happy New Year y’all. I think it’s going to be a good one. :D

– Meg

So 2014 was a year, man. A year that definitively changed my life. I’m not going to get into everything that happened because if you are reading this blog then you probably at least know I’m an author and I write kissing and stuff. And I have books that you can buy.

Let’s just say 2014 was a lot of writing. I wrote six books, went to signings, an RT convention and did a whole hell of a lot of promoting.

And 2014 was a year of learning. Holy hell did I learn a lot. About myself. About this business. About how I’m going to survive this business. So, if you’re still reading, here we go:

1.) Don’t fight the writer I am.

I think Stephen King said something like this — don’t try to be the writer you aren’t. And you know what? Best advice ever. My voice is my voice. Not everyone it going to love it and that’s okay. It doesn’t make them wrong. Differences are what makes the world go ’round. But that doesn’t mean I can write against the grain of my voice. All I can do is smooth it out a little, but I have to be the writer I am.

And that also means I’m probably never going to write dark, psychological mindfucks. Even my angstier books are tempered with humor and cheesiness. And you know what? I’m a total cheesy dork in real life, so that comes through in my writing. And I have to be true to myself. Overall, I have to make myself smile when I write, or why else am I doing this?

So yeah, this year I embraced it. I wrote what was in my head and I didn’t temper it and I found editors who didn’t water me down. I’m grateful for that.

2.) Cling to my writer friends like a damn tree monkey.

I’m lucky in that I have amazing critique partners and author friends. I mean, they are simply amazing. We make each other laugh and we raise each other up and we cheer each other on. On top of everything else, we allow ourselves a little bit of whining every now and then. But we never forget to put on our big girl or big boy panties, sit our asses down, and get writing. We share passages from WIPs. We remind each other why we are doing this in the first place — because we can’t imagine doing anything else. We have to get these stories out of our heads or we’ll explode.

If it wasn’t for my friends, I’m not sure I could get through the ups and downs of this business. They ground me and get me out of the social media vacuum of promo and craziness. They are everything to me. :)

3.) Eyes on my own paper.

This is my journey. Mine. It’s no one else’s and it’s unique to me. It doesn’t matter what Cindy Lou is doing over there or what Ronald McDonald is doing over here. All that matters is that I’m putting out the stories I want to tell. The comparison game is nothing but a wasteland full of land mines.

I’m not privy to why others make the publishing decisions they did just like they are not privy to why I made mine. We all have our reasons. No one is wrong. So, I keep my eyes on my own paper. I’m happier that way.

4.) Be professional and polite and thankful.

My agent? She works her ass off for me. So do my editors. So do my publicists. So do my cover illustrators and every one at the publishing houses I’m with. Sure it’s their job, but this business is rough if you don’t love it. They are people and they deserve to be treated with respect. I try to end every email thanking other professionals for their time, just like they do to me. It’s no skin off my nose to say thank you. Plus, I mean it; I appreciate what they do. And I want people to say that I’m easy to work with because my reputation matters to me. The last thing I want is for a contract not to get renewed because I’m a douchebag.

Also, those readers and bloggers? They have lives too. They are taking time out of their schedule to read my book, to tweet me or FB message me. To do generous giveaways and write reviews. God love them. They deserve my respect and admiration. And they deserve to be thanked for their time. And if I’m ever remiss on that, you call me on it, readers and bloggers. Because you make my world work. I love ya.

5.) No book is the same.

I swear I draft every book I write differently. I don’t have a system. Would it be easier if I did? Probably. But that doesn’t really work for me. Each book has its own challenges and once I think I know what I’m doing, a character throws me for a loop. So, around book… 4… of this year, I stopped panicking about it. I finally have confidence that I will actually finish a book I start. Which is 90% of the battle. So when I hit a rough patch. I don’t lose my cool. I take a deep breath and I let the story breathe and then I attack again.

6.) ABFW — Always. Be. Fucking. Writing.

Seriously. Write. I realize there are other aspects to the business and those need to get done too. But honestly, quit yapping and write. Turn on Freedom or unplug your wi-fi and get those words on the page. I get a lot of questions about how I write so fast. I don’t know? I have a limited amount of time each week that are “work days.” If I don’t use that time wisely, shit doesn’t get done. Deadlines don’t get met. So. Yeah. That’s what I do. When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about it — when I’m driving, when I’m cooking, when I’m laying in bed. This is my life. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

And all of these lessons have set me up for 2015, which, if you don’t know, is a little crazy for me. I’ll publish 9 books next year with three different publishers. My head is spinning, but in a good way. I’ll have another post later in the week looking ahead. But for now, I wanted to look back. 2014, you were pretty damn good to me.

<3 — Megan

Hey everyone! Quick post to let you all know that MAKE IT RIGHT is now 99 pennies for a limited time, in celebration of MAKE IT LAST out in three weeks! Three!

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Click here for buy links!

So, I got some news, pretty people, and I’m waaaaay excited about it.

I have a new series coming at you in 2015, a three book series of adult romances. While these can be read as standalone, they feature… drum roll… the Payton brothers from my Bowler series! That’s right, Max’s brothers in MAKE IT RIGHT are getting their own happily ever afters, starting with Cal.

Here’s the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement!

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Aaaaaah! I’m so excited. I loved Cal and Brent and I’m excited to bring their stories to you, as well as a new member of the Payton family.

I couldn’t do this without all of your support and all of you telling me how much you loved the brothers. I’m so so excited to dig in to Cal’s book. I absolutely love him and his heroine and their story! Second chance at love stories are my fave!

I’ll keep you updated!

So I’m super excited to be a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s cover reveal for her upcoming New Adult paranormal romance WICKED.

I love Jennifer’s writing and I also love her. She’s smart and sweet and she gave me a cover quote for MAKE IT RIGHT. I’ve met her in person and she’s incredibly down to earth and fun to be around.

So, you ready to see the cover?

Here ya go!

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Woot! I know it’s huge, haha. But aren’t the colors so pretty! I’m so excited about this book!

WICKED Pre-Order:

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About WICKED:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

 

About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

Author-photo# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Links:

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So it’s finally here. The release day of MAKE IT RIGHT! Squeeeeee!!

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I have a couple of things to say about this book.

im-just-maxI know I got a lot of raised eyebrows when it was announced that Max would be the hero of the second book. I mean, he was a jerk to the first degree in MAKE IT COUNT. He was the “villain.” Right? But I fully believe that every villain is the hero in his own story. And that’s the case with Max. When I started the first draft of MAKE IT COUNT, Max was rather one-dimensional. He was an asshole. Through and through. Just a jerk. But then…as I was writing, he made himself known. He was angry. He was jealous. And he had reasons. When he punched his closet door in MAKE IT COUNT, I knew in my heart, he was getting a story next.

Max would get his girl.

And, if I do say so myself, I gave him a pretty awesome girl.

 

im-just-lea-new-01Lea. Oh my Lea. Originally, I had planned to make her shy. I had planned for her softness to grind down the edges of Max’s hardness. She’d kill him with kindness, dammit.

But Lea had other plans. As I began writing her POV, she came across a little snarky. A little tough. And a whole lotta backstory underneath those fragile looks, scars, and limp.

And I fell for her, HARD. I loved writing her. I love how she pushes back at Max. I love that she had as much to learn from Max as Max had to learn from her.

This book is not just Max’s story of redemption. It’s a little bit of Lea’s, too. I’m so happy with how she turned out and how their relationship shaped up. This book was fun to write, from Wayne (the cat) to cucumber innuendo, to inappropriate Meet the Parents convos to the sexy times. Through all of it, these characters surprised me. And I feel lucky to have spent time with them.

BLURB:

Max Payton lives by two rules:
Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.

When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew. 

Lea Travers avoids guys like Max – cocky jocks who assume she’s fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem…

When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.

Buy Links for MAKE IT RIGHT ($1.99!):

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble

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So, in MAKE IT RIGHT, Max makes cookies. And he has a little trick that involves the butter. I laughed when my editor wrote in the margins (does this really work?). Because yes, yes this is a real trick.

Max said it’s okay to share his recipe for chocolate chip cookies, so here it is! And keep scrolling because I have a fun giveaway!

MAX PAYTON’S CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients:

2 cups and 2 tbsp flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and then cooled to room temperature (Max says this is essential!)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 large egg and 1 yolk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk dry ingredients together, set aside. Mix butter and sugars until combined. Beat in egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined. Add dry ingredients and chocolate chips. Bake for 15-17 minutes.

And now! A fun giveaway! In MAKE IT RIGHT, Danica wears an apron with a special saying.

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You wanna win it? Enter below! (I’m going to open this up to EVERYONE. International!)

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Hey everyone!

MAKE IT RIGHT, the next book in the Bowler University series, is out in four weeks. FOUR WEEKS. *cue screaming*

This came really fast, don’t you think? I feel like I just released MAKE IT COUNT. Anyway, a little about MAKE IT RIGHT – it is a companion novel to MAKE IT COUNT, featuring recurring characters, but it can be read as a standalone. This is Max’s story. And boy is that boy a doozy.

Here’s the blurb:

MakeItRightMax Payton lives by two rules:
Size and strength win any fight, and never show weakness.

When a rash of assaults sends Bowler University for a tail spin, Max volunteers to help teach a self-defense class. One of the other instructors is the beautiful pixie-faced girl he keeps butting heads with…and who challenges everything he thought he knew. 

Lea Travers avoids guys like Max – cocky jocks who assume she’s fragile because of a disability caused by a childhood accident. She likes to be in control, and something about being with Max makes her feel anything but. But during the moments he lets his guard down, Lea sees a soul as broken inside as she is outside. Trusting him is a whole other problem…

When the assaults ramp up and hit close to home, Lea and Max must learn, before it’s too late, that true strength can come from vulnerability…and giving in to trust is sometimes the only way to make things right.

Aaaaannd, here’s a teaser I made:

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Gah! I love these two!

Okay, and here’s the NEWS! I have a fancy dancy fan group on Facebook now. This isn’t a street team. I’m not going to ask you to hand out fliers about me or anything weird. It’s just a place to talk about my book, share fancast photos, hear news and receive exclusive/bonus content.

Fun, right? So here’s the link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1440306062901719/

I do have some rules – mainly because overall, I want it to be a fun, positive place. I hope you all come see what we’re about!

MAKE IT RIGHT preorder links:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1oFitiN

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00I2PH6DY

Barnes &  Noble: http://bit.ly/1oZfXnf