Friday, January 24, 2014

Some Great Books On Sale!!

So now you all know how much I HATE this $10 an ebook crap, right? Well, I found some awesome traditionally published books that I've always wanted to read but were a bit too pricey for me. Well, today, as a of this post, they are ON SALE!!!!

I have this one in hardback, but like I've mentioned before, I never get around to reading physical books. When I saw it on sale, I had to snatch it up!

Starters by Lissa Price
Amazon $2.99

















Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Amazon $2.99

















The Selection by Kiera Cass
Amazon $2.99

















Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
Amazon $1.99

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Should Publishers Chat with Drug Dealers?

Today I come to you all as a reader. I have a major issue I need to vent about. I buy a TON of books. A ton. I don't read all of said books, but I sure spend a pretty penny every freaking month on these things. And I am alllll about the ebooks. If I ever was a whore of anything, it is the ebook, my friends. The EBOOK.

But before I go any further, I think I need to clarify that I don't do libraries. I just don't. One because I'm also an instant gratification whore, and two because "I" am that person who has the book you've been waiting on to be returned for 8 freaking months. Yep! That is me, folks! I suck at the return nonsense. So I just don't do it. And if I buy physical books, I don't end up reading them. It's the digital ink that does it for me.

So my Kindle library is filled, filled with ebooks. It's a sickness. I need help. Some of you may understand this. If you don't, imagine being inside my Kindle as being inside one of those Hoarders houses. Like that. And my buying habits are such that I buy a ton of indie books. I love me some indie books because the stories are great, a lot of times the ideas are fresher, and they are AFFORDABLE. I'll see traditionally published books on blog tours and hear about them (and by "hear" I mean see them on FB or Twitter), and I'll think, "Wow, this sounds good." So I check my crack dealer, AKA Amazon, and see the freaking thing is priced at 10 bucks.

Nope.

Ain't gonna happen.

It's just not possible. I buy lots of ebooks a week, and if I did this with each one costing me $10, I'd be praying to all that is the mighty Google to let me find shelter within my hoarder fallout of a Kindle because I could not afford to pay my mortgage. Simple as that.

But then one of my great friends is a total library rat. Like she checks out multiple books at a time and speeds through them, leaving me in her wake. And I love asking about them because I've heard things, and her taste is pretty similar to mine, so I like to get her thoughts on said books. And here is where the problem comes in for me. All her library books are traditionally published books. And the pricing strategy in the traditionally published world SUCKS for us readers. I mean, it's not sustainable at all. I complained about this on FB not too long ago and one thing I mentioned is that these companies should just go talk to drug dealers because they'll know more about supply & demand, and pricing, and moving product more than these big-wigs up in NYC seem to know. No joke.

And here is where I tell you about my dilemma in FB stickers.

So my friend gets the 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and this book has been on my radar because people have been talking about it for some time now, but I never really give it a second go because it's $10. But then my BFF tells me she got it, and I'm all like

because I've been wanting to read this book, and what's better than reading a book, enjoying it, and then talking about it with your bookish friend? Reading a book WITH your bookish friend. So then of course I have to read this book now. 

I run over to Amazon to check the price. And guess what? Yep, $10. And then I'll all like
But I think, "Hmmm, I really want to read this one and I want to read it with her. Maybe I'll read the sample and see if it's worth the $10." See, I think rationally about it because this becomes an investment, a financial investment at this point. Shizz just got real, yo! 

So then I'm all like this with the sample
Until I get to the end. And yeah I really enjoyed it, but dang, this sucker is going to cost me $10. The struggle is so not resolved. If anything, it becomes more difficult. Like this
And I take my struggles to my good friend who has a brilliant idea that if it's lendable, I can ask someone on Twitter. SCORE

I run back to Amazon to check if lending is even an option, see that it is not, and I feel like this
Yes, a prisoner. 

A shackled prisoner with no options to read some of these books because the dealer just charges too dang stinkin' much. I, in no way, condone piracy, but it's times like these that I can understand how people could. And partake in the free, illegal fruit. If I believed piracy was a victimless act, I would be up in there downloading a free copy. Because get real, publishers. I am an avid reader. We avid readers need to support this habit. Get your shizz together, lower some of these prices, and then we'll talk. And you'll probably be talking and gibber-gabbing all the way to the bank because people are going to buy your shizz up.

I'm not even asking for major price drops. Even at $6.99, I'd buy more of these traditionally published books. I would have read that sample and one-clicked. My money would have left my bank and landed in theirs. And in this special case, it probably still will. But 9 out of 10 times I don't end up buying that traditionally published book priced at $10. I think, "Well, that was good and I'd like to continue to read it, but not at $10." And then it's off my radar for good. I've invested some time, and it wasn't worth the investment. Now don't get me wrong, I do believe that people should be paid for their hard work. I'm just saying that for someone who reads a lot, I simply cannot afford to throw out $10 bills in line with my one-click habit. 

Can I get an "Amen!"?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Random Update & Teaser Stuff

Hey guys! It's been a while since I've written anything. It's been one of those phases where you feel like you're doing a ton of stuff, but you really don't have much to show for it. Yeah, one of those.

And I have big news! I'M PREGNANT! Yep, I can barely believe it myself. It's our first, so it's exciting and scary, and I can't flipping wait to find out if it's a boy or a girl! Which we find out FRIDAY! YAY!

The funny thing is that I've been trying to figure out a cool way to announce this to the book world for quite some time now. I came on here to just share some stuff for one of the projects I'm working on, because I'm actually working on 2, but it kind of just popped out. So there ya go! :)

Okay, so now about the book stuff. I'm working on 2 books right now. Both about underground fighters. And they're brothers. I love these books because they're gritty and steamy and just all around YUM. I love these guys. And I love their women! I don't have much for you in the way of release dates or covers (although both are being made as we speak), but here's a bit of stuff about one of them.

Whiskey Burn


"Not much has changed since being released. I traded a concrete and steel-barred cage for one of chain-link and spectators. The only difference now is that I get paid in cash for my fights instead of time in solitary confinement. But even then, both currencies have the power to be good for your soul, or eat it alive. The real fight, the one I’m not sure I’m winning, is my attempt to keep ahold of mine. All I know is that the deeper I get sucked into Scrimmage Park, the more certain I become that I’m losing it. And I’m not a religious man, but I can’t help but wonder if this is the only fight that matters. Or even how much is left of my soul to fight for."

And this song video because I heard it recently and thought it perfect for this book.
Pearl Jam, Sirens


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wicked Thing SALE & Rush to 100 Giveaway!

Hey everyone! The past 2 months have been AMAZING for me! The reception for Wicked Thing has been so wonderful! All of you bloggers and readers have been so great to me! Thank you to everyone who has read Wicked Thing, to everyone who has blogged about it, shared it, tweeted it, and recommended it.





In an effort to get Wicked Thing--and Dallas! ;)--into even more readers' hands, we've put the book on sale for only $0.99 on Amazon and B&N!!! Now, this is only a limited time sale, so any of you who have been thinking about getting it, now's your chance. I mean, you better run over there and getz your copy now, yo! ;)



And because I love all of you who share and spread the word about all the things that are ME, I'm running a giveaway! ;) There will automatically be TWO winners for an Amazon $10 gift card each. However, if we can get Wicked Thing ranking into the top 100 bestsellers list on Amazon--even if it's only for an hour--I am DOUBLING that to FOUR winners of a $10 GC each! That's right, peeps! Just think of all the books you can buy with one those! At least like 3! So get your Tweet on! Or your Share on!


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wicked Thing is OUT!

Squeee!!! Wicked Thing is officially out in the world today. Carmyn and Dallas have been so well received by everyone who's read the book thus far! I am thrilled!

Today has been overwhelming in the most beautiful way! Thank you to Jessica who organized and planned the release day blitz! She's an amazing publicist, people! She was the mastermind behind the Descended by Blood tour back in the day as well. Thank you to all the bloggers who participated in the blitz to help me get the word out about Wicked Thing. A blitz isn't a blitz without you guys! Thank you to all my wonderful author friends and reader friends who shared the links, retweeted, and bought the book! Each share, tweet, and purchase is a huge show of support for me and my work, and I am forever grateful to you all. So much love for you guys!

I have so many exciting things to share with you! The first is that we got Wicked Thing over the 800 adds mark on GoodReads today, so I am releasing the image of Dallas in all his tatted glory. He is tatted the way he is in the book!


Squee! Right!? I had to make that image bigger because it is sooo effing HOT!! And so perfectly Dallas!

Oh! And another exciting this you'll want to know is that if you buy the ebook, it comes SIGNED!! Yep, that's right! The ebook is signed by me with a special note!


You can get the ebook from Amazon or B&N. Kobo and iBooks links are coming soon. 

And then on top of all this awesome stuff, I'm running a giveaway prize pack during the tour! 


Every piece of the prize pack is inspired by Wicked Thing. The Dirty Dancing blue-ray DVD because Dirty Dacning is actually important to the story. Sour Patch kids happen to be Carmyn's candy of choice. And the charm bracelet is includes 6 charms, each with major significance to the story. The dice because Dallas likes gambling, the dancer because of Carmyn, the motorcycle because Dallas has one, a custom-made amazing one! The dragon because Dallas has a dragon tattoo (see above). Same with the shark, also a tattoo. And the bluebird has a real significance to the story. I won't spoil that one. You'll have to read it to understand how awww and important it is in the story!



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Again, thanks to everyone who's sharing the news and everyone who's read the book! Much love!

Blog Tour and Release-day blitz for WICKED THING!!


It's time for the WICKED THING release-day blitz and blog tour! The response for this event was outstanding and we are so thankful for the people who wanted to take part.

Here's a list of the blog tour participants!

WEEK 1

----Friday, September 27th

Shelf Pleasure
www.shelfpleasure.com
Guest Post

Books Over Boys
http://booksoverboys.blogspot.com
Excerpt

Book Savvy
http://abookaweekbloggers.blogspot.com.au/
Review Stop

Nick
http://nicksbookblog93.blogspot.com
Review Stop

Paranormal Wastelands
Http://paranormalwastelands.blogspot.com
Review Stop


----Saturday, September 28th

Becca the Bibliophile
http://beccathebibliophile.blogspot.com
Top 10 List & Review

Reading Between the Wines
http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.com/
Dream Cast

Made For You Book Reviews
http://madeforyoubookreview.blogspot.com
Review Stop

The Quiet Girl Talks
http://the-quiet-girl-talks.blogspot.com/
Review Stop


----Sunday, September 29th

Abigail Books Addiction
lindaabigailbooksreview.blogspot.com
Excerpt

Cafebiblioart
http://cafebiblioart.com
Review Stop

globug and hootie need a book
http://globugandhootie.blogspot.com/
Review Stop



WEEK 2


----Monday, September 30th

Blissfulbookblog
http://blissfulbookblog.blogspot.com
Review Stop

What the Cat Read
http://whatthecatread.wordpress.com
Excerpt & Review
Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance
http://romancingrakes4theluvofromance.blogspot.com/
Excerpt

The Phantom Paragrapher
www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com
Review Stop



----Tuesday, October 1st

Melody May
sillymelody.blogspot.com
Character Interview *

Book Soulmates
http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com/
Guest Post

The Book Cafe
http://thebookcafeblog.blogspot.com
Review Stop

Heather Kilpatrick
http://www.heatherheartsbooks.com/
Review Stop



----Wednesday, October 2nd

TSK TSK What to Read
http://www.tsktskwhattoread2.blogspot.com
Review Stop

GraveTells
http://gravetells.com
Excerpt & Top 10 Post

Into the Hall of Books
http://www.intothehallofbooks.com/
Review Stop

Taking It one Book at a Time
Http://takingitonebookatatime.blogspot.com
Character Interview


----Thursday, October 3rd

Into the Night Reviews
http://intothenightbookreviews.blogspot.com
Review Stop

Princess Bookie
www.princessbookie.com
Review Stop

She Reads New Adult
http://www.shereadsnewadult.com
Excerpt

EndlessReading
www.endlessreading.WordPress.com
Review Stop


----Friday, October 4th

Book Nerds Anonymous
http://avasmith.org
Review Stop

My Neurotic Book Affair
http://myneuroticbookaffair.blogspot.com
Review Stop

Seeking Book Boyfriends
http://seekingbookboyfriends.com/
Review Stop

Swooning Over Books
Swooningoverbooks.blogspot.com
Review Stop

The BookWhisperer
www.book-whisperer.blogspot.com
Excerpt


----Saturday, October 5th

Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous
http://ashleythebookjunkie.blogspot.com
Review Stop

Morning After a Good Book
Morningafteragoodbook.blogspot.com
Review Stop

Book Addict Mumma
www.bookaddictmumma.net
Review Stop


----Sunday, October 6th

Alphas Authors & Books Oh My
http://alphasauthorsbooksohmy.info/
Top 10 List

Bibliophile Mystery
http://bibliophilemystery.blogspot.ro/
Review Stop

Reader Girls
http://www.readergirlsblog.com
Excerpt



WEEK 3


----Monday, October 7th

Love Those Books
https://www.lovethosebooks.com
Review Stop

The Book Hookup
http://thebookhookup.com/
Review Stop

Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict
pinkfluffyhearts.blogspot.com
Top 10 List

deal sharing aunt
www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com
Excerpt


----Tuesday, October 8th

The Revolving Bookcase
www.therevolvingbookcase.blogspot.com
Review Stop

Book Lovin' Mamas
http://booklovinmamas.com
Top 10 List

Ticket to Anywhere
Www.tickettoanywhere.net
Review Stop

read that
http://www.wordpress.com
Excerpt


----Wednesday, October 9th

NightlyReading
http://www.nightlyreading.wordpress.com
Top 10 List

Starbucks & Books Obsession
http://bookbloggerparadise.blogspot.com
Excerpt

FTLOBbyJBlog
http://www.fortheloveofbooksbyjaime.blogspot.com
Review Stop

Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After
http://bookmarksspoilersandhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/
Excerpt

Kate's Tales of Books and Bands
talesofbooksandbands.com
Review Stop


----Thursday, October 10th

The Jeep Diva
http://www.thejeepdiva.com/
Excerpt

Simply Infatuated
http://www.simplyinfatuated.com
Guest Post

Roxy Kade
http://roxykade.blogspot.com
Excerpt

White Zin Bookends
www.whitezinbookends.com
Review Stop


----Friday, October 11th

Tiffany Talks Books
tiffanytalksbooks.com
Excerpt

Fictional Candy
http://www.fictionalcandy.com
Review Stop

StuckInBooks
http://stuckinbooks.com
Character Interview & Review *

Wolfel's World of Books
www.wolfelsworldofbooks.com
Top 10 List

----Saturday, October 12th

Mary Elizabeth's Crazy Book Obsession
http://www.maryelizabethscrazybookobsession.com/
Review Stop

The Writing Wonderland
Www.Carycheyennexo.blogspot.com
Review Stop

Magnet 4 Books
http://magnet4books.blogspot.com/
Review Stop


----Sunday, October 13th

A life bound by books
Alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.com
Character Interview *

As the page turns
http://asthepageturn.blogspot.com/
Guest Post

Ramblings From This Chick
ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com
Guest Post


WEEK 4


----Monday, October 14th

Tar Heel Bibliobabe
www.tarheelbibliobabe.blogspot.com
Review Stop

BestSellers & BestStellars
http://bestsellersandbeststellars.com/
Review Stop

Brianna Lee Book Reviews
http://briannaleereviews.blogspot.com/
Top 10 List

sofia loves books
http://sofia-loves-books.blogspot.gr/
Excerpt


----Tuesday, October 15th

As the Pages Turn
http://www.asthepagesturn.com/
Review Stop

A Book Vacation
http://bookvacations.wordpress.com
Playlist

SBookLover Reviews
http://sbooklover.wordpress.com/
Excerpt

Booksessions
Madbookreader.blogspot.com
Review Stop


----Wednesday, October 16th

Cocktails and Books
http://www.cocktailsandbooks.com
Author Interview *

random jendsmit
http://randomjendsmit.blogspot.com
Review Stop

Books-n-Kisses
http://www.books-n-kisses.com
Guest Post

Whirlwindbooks
http://www.whirlwindbooksandreviews.com/
Excerpt


----Thursday, October 17th

Thoughts and Reviews
www.thoughtsandreviews.com
Excerpt

Books Books Books
www.booksbooksbooksblog.wordpress.com
Review Stop

Bookworm In Barrie
www.bookworminbarrie.blogspot.ca
Review Stop

Unabridged Bookshelf
http://unabridgedbookshelf.blogspot.com/
Review Stop


----Friday, October 18th

Rose's Book Blog
http://rosecaceres.blogspot.com
Review Stop

Crazy Bellas' Book Blog
http://crazybellasbb.blogspot.com
Review Stop

The violet hour
www.violethourbr.com
Guest Post

The Autumn Review
http://www.autumnreview.com
Review Stop



GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a WICKED THING charm bracelet with 6 charms. They will also receive a Dirty Dancing blu-ray and some candy. This contest is international.

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WICKED THING BUY LINKS

Amazon:   http://amzn.to/14Fj89F
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/16GT63C


I'd also love to give a shout out to all the lovely bloggers who participated in today's release-day blitz! 


StuckInBooks
http://stuckinbooks.com

Book Lovin' Mamas
http://booklovinmamas.com

Ticket to Anywhere
Www.tickettoanywhere.net

Melody May
sillymelody.blogspot.com

TSK TSK What to Read
http://www.tsktskwhattoread2.blogspot.com

Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous
http://ashleythebookjunkie.blogspot.com

Starbucks & Books Obsession
http://bookbloggerparadise.blogspot.com

The violet hour
www.violethourbr.com

Roxy Kade
http://roxykade.blogspot.com

Mary Elizabeth's Crazy Book Obsession
http://www.maryelizabethscrazybookobsession.com/

White Zin Bookends
www.whitezinbookends.com

Princess Bookie
www.princessbookie.com

A life bound by books
Alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.com

EndlessReading
www.endlessreading.WordPress.com

Books Over Boys
http://booksoverboys.blogspot.com

The Book Cafe
http://thebookcafeblog.blogspot.com

The Writing Wonderland
Www.Carycheyennexo.blogspot.com

Book Soulmates
http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com/

A Book Vacation
http://bookvacations.wordpress.com

The Phantom Paragrapher
www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com

Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance
http://romancingrakes4theluvofromance.blogspot.com/

random jendsmit
http://randomjendsmit.blogspot.com

What the Cat Read
http://whatthecatread.wordpress.com

Reading Between the Wines
http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.com/

Bookworm In Barrie
www.bookworminbarrie.blogspot.ca

Love Those Books
https://www.lovethosebooks.com

Thoughts and Reviews
www.thoughtsandreviews.com

BestSellers & BestStellars
Http://bestsellersandbeststellars.com

Book Addict Mumma
www.bookaddictmumma.net

Made For You Book Reviews
http://madeforyoubookreview.blogspot.com

Taking It one Book at a Time
Http://takingitonebookatatime.blogspot.com

The Quiet Girl Talks
http://the-quiet-girl-talks.blogspot.com/

Booksessions
Madbookreader.blogspot.com

Blissfulbookblog
http://blissfulbookblog.blogspot.com

Into the Night Reviews
http://intothenightbookreviews.blogspot.com

deal sharing aunt
www.dealsharingaunt.blogapot.com

Cafebiblioart
http://cafebiblioart.com

Whirlwindbooks
http://www.whirlwindbooksandreviews.com/

Book Savvy
http://abookaweekbloggers.blogspot.com.au/

Ticket to Anywhere
www.tickettoanywhere.net

Swooning Over Books
Swooningoverbooks.blogspot.com

read that
http://www.wordpress.com

Hesperia Loves Books
http://www.hesperialovesbooks.com

Mean Girls Luv Books
http://www.meangirlslovebooks.blogspot.com

Wolfel's World of Books
www.wolfelsworldofbooks.com

Brianna Lee Book Reviews
http://briannaleereviews.blogspot.com/

SBookLover Reviews
http://sbooklover.wordpress.com/

She Reads New Adult
http://www.shereadsnewadult.com

Cocktails and Books
http://www.cocktailsandbooks.com

Crazy Bellas' Book Blog
http://crazybellasbb.blogspot.com/

A Dream Within A Dream
http://adreamwithindream.blogspot.com

sofia loves books
http://sofia-loves-books.blogspot.gr/

Unabridged Bookshelf
http://unabridgedbookshelf.blogspot.com/

Bibliophile Mystery
http://bibliophilemystery.blogspot.ro/

Seeking Book Boyfriends
http://seekingbookboyfriends

The Book Hookup
http://thebookhookup.com/

Tiffany Talks Books
tiffanytalksbooks.com

The Revolving Bookcase
www.therevolvingbookcase.blogspot.com

FTLOBbyJBlog
http://www.fortheloveofbooksbyjaime.blogspot.com

Book Nerds Anonymous
http://avasmith.org

Reading Between the Wines
http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.com/

My Neurotic Book Affair
http://myneuroticbookaffair.blogspot.com

The BookWhisperer
www.book-whisperer.blogspot.com

A Diary Of A book Addict
http://adiaryofabookaddict.blogspot.com/

The Writing Wonderland
http://www.CaryCheyenneXo.Blogspot.com

Bookmarks, Spoilers and Happily Ever After
http://bookmarksspoilersandhappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/

The Bookwhisperer
www.book-whisperer.blogspot.com

globug and hootie need a book
http://globugandhootie.blogspot.com/

Thank you all so very much for spreading the word about WICKED THING!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Wicked Thing and Dallas's Tattoos!

Wicked Thing releases in less than THREE days!! OMG! I may be freaking out a little bit over here! Okay, more like a lot. Carmyn & Dallas were sooo much fun for me to write, and I can't wait to share them with you guys. 

One of the special things I did for this book was that I paid a graphic designer to add tattoos to an image I bought of Dallas. The tattoos he has in the book! I now have this image in my possession and thought I'd do something fun with it. Right now, Wicked Thing has been added by 678 people to-be-read. If we can get it up to 800 adds by Wednesday at 5 p.m. MST, I will release the image of Dallas covered in his tats AND the first chapter!!!

Here's the link to Wicked Thing on GoodReads so you can add it and share away. There is also an international giveaway going on for 2 signed copies of the book! Go add it, enter the giveaway, and share like a crazy person! Less than 48 hours and you could get the first chapter and the lickable sight that is Dallas with tattoos!

Here's a double teaser for you. A quote from the book, and a teaser of Dallas sans tattoos. See? You want the real thing, yes? Go, go, go!!