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2nd Annual Kick Butt Characters Blog Hop

2nd Annual Kick Butt Characters Hop

Hosted by Good Choice Reading

& I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

March 23rd – 28th

Here’s what I’m giving away!

Your choice of one of the following novels:

Rising (Saga of the Setti, #1)ReaperAfter Dark (The 19th Year, #1)CruxDark Matter (Elemental Enmity, #2)

To enter:

I’d really appreciate it if you would either follow my blog,

or like my Face book page here: http://www.facebook.com/author.julieareece

or follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/JulieAReece

Leave a comment telling me which  Kick butt character you’d like to win, AND leave me your email address in case you win!!!  🙂

Thanks!

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Big news!!! J. Taylor Publishing partners for global sales

J. Taylor Publishing Partners with Susanne Theune & Associates

And J. A. Weber Literaturagentur GmbH For Worldwide Foreign

Rights And Subsidiary Sales

J. Taylor Publishing partners with two literary agencies for foreign rights and subsidiary sales worldwide.

Apex, NC – March 13, 2013 – The release of its first two books in July 2011 put J. Taylor Publishing on the road to opportunity, leading to partnerships with two literary agencies for foreign rights and subsidiary sales representation of its catalog around the world.

“Our plan has been a slow and steady growth focused on our authors and the development of their careers. With books available in English, the next steps seemed obvious. Get those same books translated and produced in other media,” says J. Taylor Publishing.

J. Taylor Publishing, though, like most small boutique publishers, focuses on electronic and print books in English. While English may be accessible worldwide, local, native languages are important to the culture and literary needs of each individual country.

ST&AHow, then, will this goal be accomplished if pursuit of foreign rights and subsidiary sales is not this publisher’s strength? Through strategic partnerships with the experts in their field. As such, two partnership agreements have been established.J.A. Weber LiteraturagenturSusanne Theune & Associates, will represent the J. Taylor catalog in Spain and Latin America, and J. A. Weber Literaturagentur GmbH will represent the remainder of the world. Both will focus on language translation for book publication as well as other media.“The key to successful growth is knowing where to delegate and to whom,” says J. Taylor Publishing, adding, “Connecting with both Susanne and Julia offers our authors exactly what they want out of their writing careers—the opportunity to reach more readers.”About ST&A Founded in 2008, the literary agency ST&A is dedicated to representing international publishers for Spanish-language market, as well as offering translation rights of Spanish publishers for international markets. Their catalog covers all genres, from thrillers and contemporary literature to non-fiction or children’s books.Susanne Theune , has over twenty years experience in publishing and communication, with extensive knowledge of both the national and the international markets, working for years for the publishing groups Bertelsmann and Zeta.For more about ST&A, please visit http://www.stasociados.com/

About J. A. Weber Literaturagentur GmbH Established in January 2012, we are a small, young, dynamic and highly creative literary agency, specializing in representing authors of unique and captivating thrillers as well as MG, YA, NA and women’s fiction of all sub-genres.

For more information about J. A. Weber Literaturagentur GmbH, please visit http://www.jaw-litagent.com

What does that mean for J Taylor writers? It means we will see our works published in other languages to reach more readers, and that’s pretty darn cool!!!!!

What do you think?


Want to spread a little Poison?

Poison

Love this cover! Can I have the pig?

The blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8113512-poison

About the author:

Bridget Zinn’s first YA novel, Poison, was released by Hyperion on March 12, 2013. Unfortunately, Bridget died from cancer in May 2011 at the age of 33. Being published was Bridget’s dream. Now, nearly four years to the day from her diagnosis, her novel is at last reaching readers.

Poison’s first review just came in, a near-rave from Kirkus Reviews, who write, “Don’t let the title or cover fool you! No grimdark teen fantasy or angst-y heroines here; just a frothy confection of a fairy tale featuring poisoners, princesses, perfumers and pigs, none of whom are exactly what they appear (except maybe the pigs)…. Good silly fun—a refreshing antidote to a genre overflowing with grit and gloom.”

Since Bridget isn’t here to share her novel, people are pulling together to help get the word out about this former librarian’s sweet, hilarious debut.

http://bridgetzinn.com/help/

Where to buy?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1423139933?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1423139933&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Can’t wait to read this one, folks! How about you?  Spread the word!


$50 Book Blast Giveaway: Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan

Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan

How can love mend a heart full of hate?

Small town girl, Molly Bennett, moves to Los Angeles where she becomes an outsider while attending Beverly Hills High School. It seems life cannot be any more dreadful. Then one day after school, something magical happens. On a secluded hike in the Hollywood Hills, Molly chases her disobedient mutt and only friend into a hidden cavern. She stumbles upon a strange glimmering gateway that transports her to Arkana, a planet that is the cradle of an advanced human race. There, teenagers navigate amazing flying vehicles, compete in perilous games for glory, and possess supernatural powers. While Molly tries to wrap her mind around this unbelievable discovery, she meets the alluring and mysterious Victor Sorren. He is a Sentinel Apprentice, whose hatred toward people from Earth is beyond understanding. Yet every time Victor unpredictably saves Molly’s life, his heart draws closer to hers, no matter how much he tries to fight against it. It further complicates things that their growing friendship is strictly forbidden. Earth people are prohibited in Arkana, yet Molly continues to cross through the portal to Arkana to see Victor. Torn between their double lives, they go down a dangerous path, from where there is no return and multiple endings.

Fields of Elysium is a suspenseful, romantic tale full of forbidden secrets, unimaginable danger, deception, and the never-ending fight for true love.

PRAISE

“The novel’s take on otherworldly travel is a compelling one, and the romantic plot will likely appeal to Twilight fans.” – Kirkus Reviews

“I expected a good love story with a paranormal twist. I got so much more. I think you should take the chance and read it. Let this book take you on the adventure, fall in love.” – Young Adult and Teen Readers

“Fields of Elysium is a fabulous read. … Whelan paints her faith into the fabric of her story with deft, light brushstrokes, making her work accessible to all, no matter their spiritual beliefs or background.” – Readers Favorite

“I escaped into this fantasy world, author, A.B.Whelan, created and I didn’t want Molly to go. From detailed descriptions, to sweet romance, and to all the twist and turns in the story, it had me captivated from page one.” – Mary Ting, author of the Crossroads Saga

“Whelan’s writing is very vivid and descriptive. It’s more formal than the average YA novel, but I enjoyed the lyrical and mesmerizing quality to it. I thought the overall story read like a fairy tale–very sweet.” – Megan Thomason, author of Daynight

Author A.B. Whelan

A.B.Whelan is a Hungarian born, American writer. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Southern California.

While growing up in a wealthy Eastern European family, she had a chance to travel Europe. Later as an adult, she visited Africa and the Middle East and lived in Ecuador and in Crete.

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$50 Book Blast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash plus a gift bag of one signed copy of Fields of Elysium, a scrabble-tile pendant with a butterfly image on a chain necklace, and a fridge magnet.

Ends 3/11/13

Gift Bag open to US only.  If winner is international they will receive only the gift card or paypal cash.

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Cover Reveal: Fire Born #1 by Laney McMann

Introducing …

TIED by Laney McMann

TIED

Fire Born

by Laney McMann

Release Date: September  9, 2013

Target Reader: Young Adult

Keywords: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Description

Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.
Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.
Or is that all in her head?
Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.
No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?
The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.
In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal  of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.
Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?
The answer may never be far enough … away.

Doesn’t it look great? How do you like the cover? What do you think of the story premise? I know I want to read it, how about you?


V-Day feelin’ it or not so much?

Hi everybody.

So it’s February 14th and you know what that means … ♥ for those of you who love the day …  😦 for those of you who don’t.

If you met me in person and we were talking about ‘the day’, I might pretend to think Valentine’s Day is no big deal, play the holiday off. I might act aloof, maybe make excuses about how even if a guy asked me, I’d be way too busy washing my hair to go clubbing, or say I’d go to the movies but there’s nothing worth seeing, or that I can’t go to dinner because I’m on the caveman diet. I’d also be full of crap. We’ve all had those days, or years.  I myself was cynical, jaded and suspicious. Attractive right? Well I’d been burned.

I’m not so much the mushy type, but I am a romantic. I like getting flowers, I like it when I get kissed on the forehead and I like reading books where a guy says amazing things to the heroine. Things that I’d gladly bash her perfect little head in for so I could take her place in the scene. Er, if the scene were real, which meant the guy actually existed … oops which means so does the heroine, and I’m now a psycho killer.

Never mind.

Point is that girl was never me. Not really. Until it was. Because I met Harrison.

All that to say I am throwing my usually cool, I don’t care attitude to the four winds and share some quotes that sort of make me *sigh* Yeah. Words I got to appreciate once the right guy fought for me, broke me down and built me up again.

Here goes …

♥ “For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” ~ Judy Garland

♥ “The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then no one’s ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you.”  ~ Collen Hoover, Hopeless
♥ “Baby, no one would ever make the mistake of using the word ugly with you. Especially with me around.” He pushed the curls off my face, his fingers leaving a burning trail. “Everything about you is beautiful and sexy as hell.”  ~ Katie McGarry, Pushing the Limits

♥ “I’m going to walk over to you,” I say, taking one step at a time in her direction like I’m talking down a jumper. “I’m going to put my arms around you and I’m going to hold you,” I pause before taking the last step, “and you’re going to let me.”  ~ Katja Millay The Sea of Tranquility

♥ “Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you–haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”  ~Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

♥ “I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.” ~ Charlotte Bronte, Jane Erye

♥ “We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”  ~Cassandre Clare, Clockwork Prince

Well … at some point I just have to stop because I could go on all day. If you love young adult romace I bet you could, too. So what about you? Can you leave me with a favorite quote or book that pulls you from quiet respectability to sappy romantic? Or maybe you can share why you don’t ‘do’ V-day? Come on … if I did it so can you 🙂

Love you guys!


Flopping around like a fish: guest post from Jennifer M. Eaton

Flopping around like a fish (AKA Switching up the Genres)

I’m a young adult author.  Well, that’s not true.  I’m a middle aged woman, but I WRITE Young adult books.  This puzzles a lot of people.  “Really?” they say, “What have you gotten published?”

So I rattle off my three pub credits to date:  Last Winter Red, A Dystopian from the Make Believe Anthology; Connect the Dots, a Contemporary Romance from the For the Love of Christmas Anthology; and Jack and Jill Volume One, Sweet Romance.

“But those aren’t young adult.”

Yeah, I know.

That sort of happened by accident.  I wrote and submitted “adult” works for two separate anthologies, and ended up getting published in both, and Jack and Jill is a sequel that will probably have 6 little brothers and sisters.  J

So, what do I like more?  YA or Adult?

I prefer young adult – by a mile.  Adult characters are just not… well… fun.  Do you know what I mean?

Adults have lives and responsibilities… they just can’t go running into the woods chasing deer.  They might get hurt and then they couldn’t work.  They can’t make a silly decision because they have to be “grown up.”  Ugh!  Grown- ups are so frustrating to write!!!

I’d much rather deal with a middle-grade or teen character… someone who is fresh, developing, and does not have the weight of the world on their shoulders.  The opportunities for an author with a younger character are limitless… where adults you need to have at least a “little” maturity to make them realistic.

After dwelling in the adult world for a while, I’ve found my teen characters both lively and refreshing, but I still love the quirky romantic entanglement I’ve woven for Jack and Jill!

Diversity.

For me, I think it makes a better author.

What do you think?

***

Jennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle.  She hosts an interactive website www.jennifermeaton.com aimed at making all writers the best they can be.

Jack and Jill Volume One:  Jill stumbles back into the dating world after twelve years of motherhood.  But things have changed a lot since the last time she dated.  Jack and Jill stories follow the challenges of a woman holding on to traditional values in a world that has evolved without her. Now that she has found the man of her dreams, will Jill be able to hold on to him without compromising what she believes in?

Enclosure links:

Jennifer Eaton Photograph, http://jennifermeaton.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/j-taylor-fix-crop-white.jpg

Jack and Jill Volume One cover, http://jennifermeaton.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/jack-jill-volume-one-cover.jpg?w=615

Purchase links

SMP eBook Store: http://www.stillmomentspublishing.com/p/ebook-store.html

SMP Library: http://www.stillmomentspublishing.com/2013/01/jack-jill-volume-one.html

CreateSpace POD: https://www.createspace.com/4136009

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B3YWNFW

Amazon Print:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/277179

Goodreads (for reviews): http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17266748-jack-jill-volume-one

Contact Links:

Twitter:  @jennifermeaton

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832197.Jennifer_M_Eaton

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.m.eaton.3

Web:  www.jennifereaton.com

Blog: http://www.jennifermeaton.com/