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

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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

So, this happened on Monday, and I’m a little behind, but cut me some slack, all right? I was on TV! Woot! Here’s how it went down – I’m friends with the host of Good Day PA, which is a daily program at a local station. She asked me on for their Author Spotlight to talk about MAKE IT COUNT. And of course I was all excited.

I had a GREAT time at Good Day PA. They were all so nice and professional. It was a blast chatting with Amy. If you wanna check out the video, here it is. :)

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I’m a little behind posting this on my blog. But it’s been a crazy week.

HOWEVER, I have FABULOUS news! I have a new series coming at you in 2015! Whoo hoo! I sold a two-book series to Penguin’s digital-first imprint, Intermix.

I’M SO EXCITED!! Here is the announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace:

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In case you can’t read it, it says this: TRUST THE FOCUS, in which a college graduate embarks on a cross-country road trip with his best friend to spread his father’s ashes, but as the summer progresses he realizes he can no longer deny who he is, the future he wants, and his growing feelings for the man by his side.

Ooooh boy, I’m excited!  A little bit about this book: It is an m/m (male/male) New Adult romance. I wrote most of it back in November, before I had an agent or my current series deal. It was one of those books I had to write. I couldn’t get the characters or story out of my head. And I fell in love with it. This was a really special book for me to write and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Also, if you see m on Twitter using the hashtag #JusLan, it’s about this book. The main characters are Justin and Landry.

My agent was a rock star helping me sell this book. I’m thrilled to work with editor Kristine Swartz and the Intermix team. I’ll be sure to keep you all informed on the latest!

So MAKE IT COUNT has been out in the world for…umm… *checks calendar* about two weeks. And I really, really need to say thank you. I have been overwhelmed with reader response. You guys are AMAZING. And I’m humbled.

You got Kat and you got Alec (and wanted to make out with him) and you got my humor and what I was trying to do with this book. You saw past my silliness and weenis jokes and saw that this book had heart. And I freaking love you. You’ve messaged me and written reviews. And you’ve made me amazing teasers like this one:

 

Thank you to Books by Migs

And this one:

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Thank you to The Reading Realm.

And this one:

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Oh wait, wrong computer folder. Hey there, Charlie. Fistpump right back at ya.

Anyway, I really love you guys. So so much. And I’m so excited for the rest of this series because I think this is a fun cast of characters, each one with his or her own story to tell.

Max and Lea were a blast to write. There’s a creative date and there’s a grocery store cucumber incident and of course sexy times and the ever-present Megan’s humor with heart. I hope you fall for them like I did.

Plus…I have some fun news coming up. So you stay tuned, okay?

Love my readers (I have READERS! *giggle*) so so so much. <3

 

So…MAKE IT COUNT is available for purchase today. TODAY. You can get it on your Kindle or Nook or whatever device you use and devour Alec and Kat and the rest of the Bowler University Students in all of their glory. (For links to purchase, go here.)

So, I have thoughts. About this day. Because if you told me last year at this time that I’d be publishing the first in a series with HarperCollins, I would have laughed in your face.

Because at this time last year, I was wrangling a 2 1/2 year old and breastfeeding a newborn. I’d self-published an adult romance toward the end of my pregnancy, which didn’t really reach readers because I had no idea what I was doing in regards to promo. I had a shelved New Adult trilogy that was fun to write but basically plot-less.

And I had an untitled, half-finished story about a girl who didn’t think she was quite bright and was falling for her statistics tutor.

But I managed to finish that story. And I met amazing author friends. And I worked hard and I edited and I queried.

And then it happened.

And here I am. Standing with a book that I wrote from my heart. Asking you to love it.

Actually, you don’t have to love it. Because I love it enough for all of us.

Thanks to everyone who sent me word of encouragement through this process – my friends, family, and critique parters, as well as the whole writing community. THANK YOU! And now I’m off to keep writing. Because this is just the beginning. :)

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This is the last set of character cards in the MAKE IT COUNT Count the Cast blast! Thanks for joining in with me. It’s been a…er…blast!

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Lea Travers

The Fighter

“You steal one of my fries, and I’ll castrate you.”

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Max Payton

The Boyfriend

“Is that your way of saying you’re kinky? I think I could handle it.”

 

What do you think? You excited to meet everyone? Also, a little birdie told me Max and Lea are the hero and heroine in the second book in the series,  MAKE IT RIGHT. I mean, that’s just a rumor. :)

Thanks for checking out my characters. You can meet them Tuesday! Order links below.

Preorder Links:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
iTunes
Google Play
Avon Romance 

 

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So, my Count the Cast blast continues today. And I’m sooooo excited for you all to meet the main characters of MAKE IT COUNT – Kat and Alec.

Here they are!

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Kat Caruso

The Student

“No rush. But by the time I leave tonight, you will give me a kiss, Alec Stone.”

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Alec Stone

The Tutor

“Don’t you feel it? All that negative crap I’d been holding inside is gone because of you. And the good I’m filling it with? That’s you.”

Stay tuned because next week, you get to meet the last two members of the cast! And then JUNE 3, MAKE IT COUNT, goes live!

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Eeeeeeek! I’m so excited about this blast, I can’t take it.

This week, we are revealing character cards to introduce you to the characters in my Bowler University series – which kicks off with MAKE IT COUNT, releasing June 3.

If you’re on my blog, you’ve seen my cover by now. If not, it’s over there on the right. Just click on that and you’ll get my blurb. So I’m going to get down to the fun stuff okay?

Meet the cast!

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Danica Owens

The Chameleon

“Monica says my idea of romance is ‘Take off your shirt.’”

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Camilo “Cam” Ruiz

The Player

“We’re in college. We have hot girls in tight jeans and cleavage-baring shirts at our fingertips. Don’t tie yourself down.”

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So, there they are! Watch the #CountTheCast hashtag all this week to meet the other four characters.

MAKE IT COUNT: Add to Goodreads

Preorder Links:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble
iTunes
Google Play
Avon Romance