Monday, March 31, 2014


Well, it's a couple days away release. And I am so excited I can barely contain myself.

But I'm not here today to talk about that. Today I just want to share what else has been going on. I'll bombard you with information on Finding Me on Wednesday. I promise. *no seriously, I will* So I'm not going to mention Finding Me again in this post. I'll just list random tidbits:

1. I met Colleen Hoover, author of Slammed, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Maybe Someday... She came to a local bookstore in Texas. It was awesome. She was amazing and just as cool as she seems online. She talked about her books the entire time *of course what else was she supposed to talk about? My book, Finding Me. Not!* Yeah, I took a picture with her and I...I just can't bring myself to post it. I'm not photogenic and it takes me forever to take a pic I'd be proud for others to see. Needless to say, this was not one. I'll spare your eyes the agony. Me and photos are like peanut butter and broccoli... Exactly!

2. I finally saw Divergent. It was awesome! I never fool myself anymore into going to the theatre to see a book that I loved made into a movie and expecting all my favorite parts to by present in the watered down version. That is what a film of a book is...a less than version. Not necessarily a bad thing but I guess that depends on who you ask. Ask me: I loved it. It stayed true to the story enough to appease me. But I must admit there were a few times, I had to scratch my head and say, "is that what happened in the book?" The acting was solid though and Tobias (Four) was swoon worthy. Nough for me! Well, the story was good, too! It kinda reminds me of another really great story...Find...*I won't say it*

 3. Here is a recap of my reading: I read the last book in the Matched series - Reached. I liked this one better than the previous book but not as much as the first. The conclusion was less than perfect but the author did try to tie up loose ends and bring some resolution for the main characters. I also read Campus Crush by Askelyn Drake *I'm blushing (if that's possible) right now.* It was a great read. I would have loved to attend this college but not too certain I want my senior daughter to go there. But if you want a steamy, flutter of the belly book, you need to read this one. Finally, I started the Hyde series by Lauren Stewart. I love the idea of Jekyl and Hyde in an urban environment. I was in the process of reading the second book in the series, Jeckyl but stopped to read an authors book - two actually. I so love to read almost as much as I loved writing Finding Me *sorry, that was a slip*.

What have you been up to? Any interesting books? I'm always open to recommendations. My TBR list will never be too full. Umm, if you get a minute, can you please add that book I said I wouldn't mention that will release officially on April 2 to your TBR on Goodreads. Pretty please.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014


It's less than two weeks now for the release of my first novel, Finding Me. *fans face* To say that I'm excited scared would be the understatement of the year. I can barely sit still to write this.

I have my author page up and working on Goodreads. YAY! Please add Finding Me to your "to be read" list. Pretty Please. Okay, that's enough begging for one day. Oh, wait. I forgot. I would love a couple of reviews on Goodreads, too. I've uploaded 13% - the first 6 chapters - to Goodreads. Please read and review. I'd really appreciate it. I'd send everyone a virtual hug, shout-out your books, make a video of my happy dance and send it to you, name my next child after you.

I also wanted to share an older blurb I'd made for the book and had forgotten about. But my awesome CP Tara Gallina found it and sent it to me.

Here's that:

Chloe is gripped with fear because of a vision she has of her pretend-boyfriend dead. Shortly after, she hears voices and she moves objects when she is angry. Her usual chicken-hearted nature stumbles through the experiences, but she must face the truth: either she’s going insane or a supernatural force is at work. When Christopher Thomas arrives to the school, he is brimming with mystery and charm but underneath his sultry demeanor Chloe senses something ominous. She wonders if Chris could have a connection to her weird episodes.

 Chloe’s beliefs regarding Chris are confirmed when he materializes in her room from thin air. He explains: her real name is Amanda and they are soul mates from another universe. They must fight to save the world from an enemy they call the ENO or they will die before their 19th birthday. For reasons unknown, she has not experienced her rebirth, where enlightenment occurs and all is remembered. Chris and the six uncommonly beautiful teens that arrive with him have a clue why she can’t remember anything, including them – only they’re not telling.

 As she acclimates to this new life, she struggles with the perfection of Amanda and the imperfections of Chloe. Her often-overwhelming attraction to Chris is as perplexing as the new super abilities she possesses. However, she realizes she may never recall Amanda or her infallible life and if she does remember, she may lose Chloe forever.

Disclaimer: I have absolutely no rhythm so my happy dance might actually scare you. I have three kids and have no plans to have more. So if you choose to have me name my next child after you you'd have to wait until Unicorns were the universally accepted mode of transportation.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Finding Me and a Giveaway and a Cover Reveal...

I am beyond excited about my YA Urban Fantasy novel, Finding Me!

It has been a bit of a struggle to get things going the way I want. I understand that some of the struggle is because I'm self publishing...I don't have a team behind me to ensure everything happens - it's just me. And I'm cool with that. But sometimes, it's a bummer. I don't dwell on mishaps for long, though. I'm an optimist at heart and a cheerleader for my self always. One of the bumps *honestly, it was the only real bump* was my cover. I hired someone to do the cover and it didn't turn out the way I had expected.

In the end, I made the cover myself. I had to push the release date back a few times because of this though. I'm a writer and no artist but I think I did pretty good with what I've created. And I'm not changing my release date again. I'd hoped to have the cover ready at least a month before the release so I could debut it on a few other blogs but no biggie...I'll debut it now...
Finding Me is set to release on April 2, 2014. Here is the book blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Chloe Carmichael’s perfect world is in chaos.
It’s not because she has a vision of her boyfriend murdered. And then he’s found dead exactly as she saw. It’s not because she suddenly has the ability to move objects when she’s upset. It’s kinda cool to close a door without touching it. It’s not her overbearing mother who only cares about appearances. Chloe’s grown accustomed to her family's distance. 
So what has Chloe cringing in fear?
It’s a love that defies reason.  It’s a love that speaks to the heart. It demands attention. But Chloe struggles with a love that exposes the soul. What will her family think? What will her friends think? And is she worthy of his love.
And it’s having to become another person for a new group of people. Chloe knows she’s not perfect but apparently she was when she was Amanda in another life. Her new friends won’t let her forget. It’s the stench of death that hoovers over her every move. It’s the threat of finality as she tries to acclimate to a life of super human proportions. It’s an enemy she can’t see and can be anyone she’s ever known. But her enemy knows her well. She’s the lone person with the knowledge to destroy him. But she doesn’t remember.
And it’s never discovering who she really is before finality meets reality.

In honor of this awesome cover, and me sticking with the release date, I'll be giving away 2 $25 Amazon Gift cards.  

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014


It's Time!! The STONE COLD TOUCH cover is here!

We cannot wait to share the cover for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH with you all! STONE COLD TOUCH is a young adult paranormal romance by Jennifer L. Armentrout and is the second full-length novel in The Dark Elements Series being published by Harlequin Teen. You'll want to add this to your TBR pile ASAP. Check out this amazing cover! Cold Stone Touch   Isn't it awesome?! You can Pre-order it right now!

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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis: Every touch has its price Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay… "Constantly entertaining...the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance." Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss

And...Don't forget to check out the first book in The Dark Elements Series,


White Hot Kiss ABOUT WHITE HOT KISS: One kiss could be the last. Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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  Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 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.

The Dark Elements Series Website




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Saturday, March 1, 2014


The co-eds of Timberland College know a little romance is good for the soul.
Follow four couples as they try to find love in the Campus Crush Series boxset, including Nothing to Tell, Romancing the R.A., Behind Closed Doors, and Rushing Into Love.
When you're looking for love, you have to be willing to break the rules.

A closer look at the four novellas in Campus Crush:

Nothing To Tell  
Some guys have the art of hooking up down to a science. They know all the right words to say and all the right games to play.

Except...for guys like Mike Hannigan. The dude has got no game, his pick-up lines never work, and to make matters worse, his wing-man is his female best friend, Mindy.

Until one day, a mysterious raven-haired beauty catches Mike's eye and he's determined to have her. He doesn't care what lengths he has to go to. He'll do whatever it takes to perfect his game and figure out what to say without sounding like a sleaze.

But… There's always something strange about mysterious girls. They're usually mysterious for a reason and this girl in particular might be more than Mike bargained for.

Romancing the R.A. 
Noelle Buckman is looking forward to making a fresh start in college, one that doesn’t involve immature high school boys. The second she steps on campus for freshman orientation, she can sense the possibilities. Especially when she spots Andy, a resident advisor who’s not just hot but also thoughtful enough to open doors for a girl.

And Andy has his eye on Noelle. Even when her nerves take control and she thinks she comes off as a hillbilly with no direction, Andy can see what she’s really like and he’s more than a little interested.

But orientation is less than two full days and there’s an entire summer between Noelle and Andy. Will her attempt to romance the R.A. be as short-lived as college orientation?

Behind Closed Doors 
Julia Monroe is through wishing she had an older guy like her best friend Noelle does. It’s time for her to act on her desires. So when she sees sexy, twenty-three-year-old Darren McEntire eating dinner alone at the pub, she decides to make her move. The attraction between them is undeniable, and even through Julia isn’t looking for a one-night stand, she winds up back at Darren’s place the same night she meets him. Only being with him makes her realize what she’s been missing dating other guys. All she wants is Darren.

But Julia allows Darren to think she’s his age and a grad student at the nearby college. She knows she has to confess the truth, but she’s afraid to shatter what they have. Not knowing what to do, she starts the semester only to discover that her new teaching assistant is none other than Darren. With the lies out in the open and campus policy against them, Julia and Darren know the relationship should be over before it even begins. But the chemistry between them is too strong to deny.

Can they find a way to be together or are they doomed to only see each other behind closed doors?

Rushing Into Love 
As a college junior, Mindy Stanton has no interest in dating a freshman.
That is until Ben Whitmore shows up and serenades his way into her heart at the dorm social she’s running. And after hearing him sing, even Mindy can’t deny that he has a deep, sexy voice that makes her melt.

Even though Mindy makes it clear that she doesn’t date younger guys, Ben pursues her anyway. After all, he doesn’t seem like the typical college freshman, who is only interested in hooking up, partying until he can’t remember his name, or joining a frat. He’s a gentleman, a romantic, and definitely knows all the right things to say to sweep a girl off her feet.

So Mindy drops her guard. She allows herself to fall for him. Before she knows it, Ben is all she can think about. To her, he’s perfect. But it doesn’t take Mindy long to discover that even the most perfect guys… have secrets.

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Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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