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Mental Health Giveaway Hop

mental health hop

Mental Health Giveaway Hop

March 20th to 27th

Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Reading in Twilight

Did you know?

According to the article in Scientific America: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/in-the-minds-of-others/ Reading fiction can strengthen your social ties and even change your personality? Who knew?

Now, I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just like to escape  for the sake of my mental health. And escaping into a good book is more like medicine than, well,  medicine—if you know what I mean. In the following book, the heroine must overcome abuse and her own mental demons to become whole again. Therefore …

Here’s the New Adult ebook I’m offering:

Want (Want, #1)

Blurb:

Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche to help her.

She can’t understand why he suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it. Julianne must face down madness from without, just as it threatens from within. Isaac must resist an inappropriate attraction, but an indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball-the pinnacle event for Mobile’s elite-forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past.

Will Julianne accept the help she’s offered and get everything she ever wanted, or will she self-destruct and take Isaac down with her?

To win: do one or more of the following:

Follow my blog

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I will choose one lucky winner at random. Please!!! Leave a comment below with your email address and the type format you’d like if you win! 

That’s it! Good Luck ♥

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What do you Need? A Stephanie Lawton Cover Reveal

Here it is folks, the beautiful cover of Stepanie Lawton’s newest release!

Need

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By Stephanie Lawton

Published by Inkspell Publishing

http://www.inkspellpublishing.com

Release date: May 17, 2013

♠ PLEASE be aware that  Need is an *adult* follow-up to Want. In no way is it a YA title.

Want to know more about this talented author? Well, of course you do!

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Author bio:

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.

A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.

Looking for Young Adult? Here are Lawton’s YA titles:

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Here’s my review … http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/444231108

And …

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This was an amazing and beautifully written story. You can read my review here … http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/326474184

Check out more about Stephanie and her writing here:

Links:

Author website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Do you scare easily? Shrapnel guest post with Stephanie Lawton

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the cover:

Shrapnel

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16099871-shrapnel

The blurb:

It’s been six years since Dylanie and her family visited a Civil War site and the place came alive with cannon fire. Problem was, no one could hear it but her.

Now she’s sixteen, her dad’s moved out, her mom’s come out of the closet and Dylan’s got a spot on Paranormal Teen, a reality TV show filming at historic Oakleigh Mansion. She’ll spend a weekend with two other psychic teens—Jake and Ashley—learning how to control her abilities.

None of them realized how much their emotional baggage would put them at the mercy of Oakleigh’s resident spirits, or that they’d find themselves pawns in the 150-year-old battle for the South’s legendary Confederate gold. Each must conquer their personal ghosts to face down Jackson, a seductive spirit who will do anything to protect the gold’s current location and avenge a heinous attack that destroyed his family.

Now that I have your attention, I give you, the lovely, Stephanie Lawton

First, my sincere thanks to Julie for hosting me today on her blog. I was an early fan of Crux, and I know we both love books with paranormal elements, so I’m glad I get to share a bit of my latest, Shrapnel, with you in an excerpt below.

It’s a weird mutt of a novel that also contains soft horror, historical fiction and a great ghost story. The bit below is told from Dylanie’s point of view. She and Jake are at a weekend retreat for teen psychics, but have decided to do a little investigating outside on their own. Both have just experienced some crazy, life-changing events, and here, they get into a little of a philosophical discussion. Jake speaks first.

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 Excerpt

“So …” He kicks an acorn across the sidewalk. “What do you think happens when we die?”

I go slack and tilt my head. “Really? You’re asking me now? You wanna know the meaning of life, too?”

He stares after the acorn he just assaulted. “I know, it’s just, this weekend has gotten me thinking. I mean, Ashley’s freaking about her brother, and Ethan is dead but he’s still in this house. And the whole church thing she brought up. I don’t have that much experience with actual ghosts, so … it’s a bit much.”

I ignore him and circle the tree a couple times, gazing up into its shadowy branches. A quick movement to my left catches my eye. A shape flies out of the dark and straight at my face.

“Shit!”

Jake doubles over in laughter. “Watch out for those killer squirrels, Dylan. God’s punishing you for ignoring my question.”

I point right at his nose. “And that right there is why I don’t want to talk about it.”

“God’s army of killer squirrels?”

“Ha-ha.”

Jake’s doing that squinty thing people do when they want to ask a serious question but don’t want to be all heavy. “You think he punishes people?”

“I know it.”

“Want to explain?”

“Nope.” I am not having this conversation. The memories start poking their way to the surface.

“C’mon, you can’t leave me hanging like that. Does it have to do with the cross shape branded on your thigh?”

Anger. It whips through me faster than I can think, scorching my nerves and setting my scar on fire. “Just shut up, okay?”

“Easy, Dylan. You want to talk about it? Is it, like, some weird cult initiation or something? You a closet Jesus freak?”

“You think I did this to myself?” I rub my thumb over my thigh. The memory of that day makes me tremble.

Jake’s eyes widen. “You’re terrified. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you. I just thought—”

“What? You’d pry into my business? Make the freak talk?”

“Dylan—”

“Fine. You want to know? I was in the bathroom at school. Four girls came in. They dragged me into the handicapped stall, pinned me to the floor and pulled down my pants. One took off her cross necklace and heated it with a lighter. Then she pressed it into my leg while her friends sat on my arms and legs and laughed. Now I have a scar. Happy?”

“God, Dylan.”

“Exactly. God. He and I aren’t on such great terms.”

“They did that because you see spirits?”

“That’s one reason.”

“There’s more?”

He has no idea. And if I can help it, he never will.

About the author:

http://stephanielawton.com/

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.

A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.

She has a love/hate relationship with Mardi Gras and can sneeze 18 times in a row.

Thanks for taking over my blog today, Stephanie. Awesome having you here, as always. Your stories rock!

I’ve read this book people, and trust me, you want to, too! So good!


THE NEXT BIG THING

Hi guys!

Author Stephanie Judice tagged me to take part in “The Next Big Thing” and answer ten questions about my current work in progress, so away we go …
1. What is the working title of your next book?

See? This is hard already because I’m currently working on three books at once, and yes, I need psychological help. I guess I’d better pick one or this could get really confusing. 🙂

2. Where did the idea come from?

My eldest daughter. We were discussing parallel universes, ancient dragon folklore, medieval knights and well, erm, hot guys. The story unfolded from there.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Young adult, urban fantasy, paranormal romance. Yeah, I guess that’s it 🙂
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Okay, Renne Castrucci works for my hero.
Hurts don’t it? Too old?  Maybe Marlon Teixeira
Now the heroine?
Quinn Cooper
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Or Emma Watson
5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Ex-gypsy, Kylie Rivers just wants to stay in one place, but when she accidently rescues a handsome boy from military experimentation, they’re forced to run—together—and life is anything but settled.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Good question! First I’ll focus on writing the best dern book that is within my power to write. (I want you to like reading my stuff, guys. I’m working my butt off to bring you something you’ll love) Next, I’ll send the sucker out there and see if I can get a publisher excited. I’ve not self-published before, I know I need more eyes on my work than my own. I admit I’m a bit of a helpless Bambi in this business and need the marketing/editing savvy of someone that is not me!

7. How long did it take you to write the first draught of the manuscript?
Ugh, still writing so I guess I can’t answer yet. The plot is uber complex, so this story has taken me longer to weave than Crux, my debut novel. That one took four months.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within the same genre?
That’s the cool part. I can’t! I’m sure it’s out there, (my writing buddy, Claire Gillian, reminds me there’s nothing brand new, just twists on old ideas and she’s right) but I haven’t read a story exactly like this yet. Hooray! 🙂
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’m into mythology, fantasy, fairy tales and legends. I like the idea of twisting them to fit a modern scenario. If most myths are based on an actual event that was exaggerated over time, what was the ititial story and how can I bring that to life today? I love that crap! The more fantastic, the better. If you read Crux, you know I ask my readers to suspend belief, and trust me while I strap them to a bullet and take them for a ride.
10. What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?
See question 4. Just sit there awhile and stare. 🙂 My interest is piqued, how about yours?

And now, I’m tagging Emi Gayle , J. Keller Ford , Amaleen Ison , Jennifer M. Eaton and Stephanie Lawton to share information on their current works-in-progress. Thanks to Stephanie Judice for including me in her post to begin with! ((hugs))

If you want to check out my debut novel Crux you can find it here:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crux-julie-reece/1111017373?ean=9781937744069&r=1%2c+1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&

http://www.amazon.com/Crux-ebook/dp/B008HACN50/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1349436752&sr=1-1


Author Interview with Stephanie Lawton

….and here she is !

What a gorgeous cover! Makes you want to read, doesn’t it?

Bio:

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.

A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.

On her thirtieth birthday, she mourned (okay bawled) the fact that in no way could she still be considered a “young adult,” so she rebelled by picking up Twilight and promptly fell in love with Young Adult literature.

She has a love/hate relationship with Mardi Gras–where does all that money come from?–and can sneeze 18 times in a row. 🙂

Ms. Lawton will now take your questions …

Q.   When did you first realize you wanted to write?

Not until a few years ago when we moved from northeast Ohio to Mobile, Alabama. I’ve always been a voracious reader and I earned two English degrees, but I focused on nonfiction writing — academic, TV news, and copy editing, etc. I think fiction was a way of working through culture shock!

 

Q.       What books inspired you as a teen? Who are your favorite authors now? 

I was a total nerd, so I stuck to the pieces my teachers had me read. If I liked a certain author, I’d go find more stuff by him or her. I read a lot of Shakespeare, Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Now I read as much YA as I possibly can. My absolute favorite YA author is Cassie Clare, but I also adore Michelle Hodkin, Myra McEntire, Kelly Keaton and Maggie Stiefvater. I’m also a fan of fellow Alabama YA author R.A. Nelson. There’s even a little nod to him and his first novel, Teach Me, in my book.

Q.       How did you meet your husband? Was it love at first site, or did you make him chase you around first?

Oh, jeez, this isn’t a good story. (Sorry, honey!) I was dating his friend, who called me up one evening and dumped me over the phone. (It was the first and last time I’d ever been dumped!) It was totally out of the blue and I was really, REALLY upset about it. So I called his friend and asked him if he knew what the deal was. He said he didn’t and was just as shocked. There was an off-campus party the next night, so I invited him up so we could talk about the situation. Well … I was really low, and there may have been some drinking involved. I kissed him, but decided I just wanted to be friends, so we hung out for a couple months and everybody kept asking me why I wasn’t dating him. Yadda, yadda, he was patient and persistent, my family and friends fell in love with him, so I gave him a chance, and now we’ve been married ten years and have two adorable kids. He’s my best friend. 🙂

Q.       Where do the inspirations for your stories come from? Do you have a muse?

Ideas don’t just hit me — they have to marinate for a while. Want was inspired by a snotty lady at a Mardi Gras parade and the culture shock I was experiencing. My second manuscript was partially inspired by two TV shows and some Mobile history. The story I’m starting now is a result of a little homesickness for rural Ohio, along with another TV show.

Q.       What does an average day look like for you? Can you take us through your routine?

“Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head … ” Beatles? Anyone? *sigh* I’m up early to get the kids fed, dressed and out the door to drive my son to school. That’s followed by grocery shopping or errands, and then home to check email, Facebook, etc. After about ten minutes of that, my daughter usually jumps on me and we spend the day together. Then we pick up my son, I make dinner, my husband comes home, and I get an hour to myself (to shower, write, read, whatever) with the bedroom door locked. We get the kids ready for bed, read stories, say prayers, and then I have about two hours to write. Glamorous, eh?

Q.       What speaks to you and why, Scottish castle, New York penthouse, or rustic, California beach house?

All of them and none of them. The history nerd in me would love to explore the Scottish castle; the adventurer in me would love a posh New York pad; and I can’t live without being near the water, so a beach house is appealing, too. And yet–this is going to sound weird–I don’t like to travel. Someday, though, I’d love to have a beach house on Dauphin Island, Alabama, right on the Gulf of Mexico.

Q.       What do you see as the next big trend in YA?

That’s a tough one. We’ve seen vampires, zombies, werewolves, angels (fallen and otherwise), dystopians … I think we’re going to see a lot of genre-bending and blending. I’d love to see more well-written YA horror.

Q.       What are you working on now?

I’m currently querying a fast-paced Southern ghost story, but it also could be magical realism, soft horror, paranormal, with a small thread of LGBT. It’s a total mutt. And I’m starting a contemporary story that blends in some semi-apocalyptic stuff, basically boy v. nature. I don’t want to give away any more. 🙂

Q.       Do you have any pets? Can you tell us how they joined your family and what they mean to you?

Sadly, we only have one cat now. We had two — Romeo and Juliet — but Romeo is now scratching in the litter box in the sky. Oddly, Juliet seems happier without her Romeo. We also had a Newfoundland mix, but she too is barking at birds in heaven. We have a few fish that no one pays attention to, and I’m considering naming our dust bunnies. 🙂

Thanks so much for joining us today, Stephanie. It was great having you.

For more information on Want or Stepanie Lawton, please see below:

Blog: www.StephanieLawton.com
Website: www.WantTheNovel.com
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13432648-want
http://www.facebook.com/#!/StephanieLawtonWriter


What’s happening hotstuff?

Hey everybody!

Lots going on, lookee here …

The nice folks on Good Reads Group, Never Too Old For Y. A., have been nice enough to ask me some questions. You can catch my interview here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/911510-june-interview-with-julie-reece

One of my favorite bloggers (In the universe? Yes, that’s right.) ran a flash contest and let moi pick the winner. Here is the winning entry! http://networkedblogs.com/yed3d Take a look at her blog while you’re over there, she’s freakin’ awesome!

Friend and talented Writer Stephanie Lawton’s YA novel, Want, is coming June 7th. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13432653-want

I will interview her here on June 5th, but until then, Want is in a cover war, voter here: http://tantalizingillusions.blogspot.com/2012/05/cover-wars-oppression-vs-want.html

Ain’t it purdy?

J Taylor Publishing is offering the awesome novel Darkness and Light (with the fancy schmancy new cover) http://bookarooju.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/cover-rereveal-darkness-light-by-j-a-belfield/ for just .99 for a short time with bonus content.  Get over there people! (FYI: This is an adult novel) http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/blog/?p=857

Yummy awesomeness

 Gifted writer and friend Jocelyn Adams is hosting a giveaway. I love me some free stuff, people! Jocelyn’s amazing story The Undergarden leads the pack in the soon to be released Tidal Whispers along with Claire Gillian, Julie Reece (okay, yeah that’s me) and Kelly Said. You can enter to win a copy here …  http://joceadams.wordpress.com/

Good luck!

Available June 4th Check out the reviews on Good Reads!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13410587-tidal-whispers