A Love for the TBR Pile

We’ve all been there. Heck, we’re probably all still there. In the middle of reading one or two or three books, while at the same time, our to-be-read pile is growing and staring at us and waiting for us to make it part of our lives. And we just keep adding books to it, don’t we? Well, I know I do.

But you know what? I love it! I love that I have books lined up for me to read. I love that there are at least seven books on my bookshelf that I haven’t gotten to yet … because that means I have something (hopefully) awesome for me to read when I’m done with the three books I’m currently reading. And though I can’t WAIT to dive into those books, I love the fact that I’ve got reserves. It’s like making sure you won’t run out of groceries. You love indulging in those Oreos, but WHEW! you’ve got a few more packages tucked away in the cupboard waiting for you. Except it’s even better, because books don’t have any calories. *wink*

Here are a few of the books waiting for me in my to-be-read pile.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – I know, I’m way behind on this one. Loved the first book and can’t wait to sink my eyes into the sequel.

Copper Girl by Jennifer Allis Provost – I’ve been holding on to this since BEA last year and I’m dying to get to it. One day. Soon. Very soon.

Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller – Another BEA prize. Can’t wait to see what the Bermuda Triangle has in store for these characters.

The Doll House Asylum by Mary Gray – Yes, BEA was kind to me. This sounds like an awesome read, can’t wait to get to it.

Indelible by Dawn Metcalf – Yet another BEA win. Can I just say how cool it was to meet Dawn in person?

Okay, I could go on, because there are still a handful of books I haven’t begun yet, though I’m itching to. And this will never change. Because once I do get to Unravel Me and Triangles and Indelible, there will be another ten or so books to add to the pile. And don’t I just love that? Yes. Yes, I do!

Moving Forward in 2014

projectpicFor me, the year 2013 was groundbreaking. My debut novel came out in June (digital in May), and I could officially call myself an author. Now that the new year has begun, I continue my journey in the publishing world. The sequel to MY SISTER’S REAPER comes out this spring. It’s scheduled for May, but you never know what hiccups might arise; the print version release of MY SISTER’S REAPER was pushed back three weeks last year, so I’ve come to expect bumps in the road. But revisions for the sequel (name to be announced at a later date) are coming along nicely, so I don’t foresee any delays. Fingers crossed. I’m also drafting another book for the series, but it’s not contracted yet. So again, fingers crossed. Other than that, I wrote a dark piece for an anthology that comes out this fall. Oh, and there’s a super secret project I’m working on that’s sort of half pitched. It’s a collaborative project, but it’s also not contracted. Let’s call it a “we’ll see” project. So by my count, that calls for four accounts of crossing fingers. 2014 is the finger cramping year for me.

Till Death Do Us Part

Flash Fiction Challenge!

The book I’m reading:
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The first sentence (from chapter one, not the prologue):
It was freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrived.
Google image of the last noun in that sentence:
Zombie still shot from The Walking Dead (TV show)

Three down. I didn’t know how many more would follow. But my arm ached from the jerk of the shotgun, and my nose burned from the smell of blood.

I backed into the ramshackle of a house I used to call my home, searching for a sign that James was still alive somewhere. Wiping my brow, I spun to face the chaos before me. The silhouettes of upturned furniture came into focus, and on a shuddered breath, I darted forward.

I should have known the answering machine wouldn’t be on. Ever since the dead began rising and taking over, those of us who’d survived were left with no electricity, no phones, and no clue of what to do. I’d been away when the virus struck. Away from home. Away from James. I couldn’t get a hold of him for the few hours my cell phone lasted. And now I had no idea if he was alive … or taken down by one of those creatures.

A shadow moved in the hall, making my breath hitch and my grasp on the gun tighten. The figure moved toward me with an awkward gait. I held the shotgun up, swallowing hard as I prepared myself to shoot. And then his face came into view.

Oh God no!

With the way his flesh was falling away from his face, the way his eyes glazed over, I wouldn’t have thought I would recognize him. But I did. James. He was one of them.

He stopped. His eyes trained on the gun before they slipped up to meet mine. I knew he wasn’t the James I knew anymore, but for a single moment those eyes spoke to me. They cried out, “You said you’d love me no matter what.”

Tears streamed down my cheeks as my eyes answered back, “I do. That’s why I have to do this.”

My lids squeezed shut as I pulled the trigger.

Take it to the bridge …

This month’s topic is transitions, and my most eloquent fellow Scene13 bloggers have pretty much touched upon every possible angle one could think of on the subject. So instead of repeating what they all said (and coming off as a copycat), I decided to change things up a bit (see what I did there?) and post a video spoof of an aspiring writer attempting to transition into a published author by pretty much begging someone in the publishing industry to take a look at her book. In song.

Yeah.

Writers can be dramatic like that. Just sayin’.

June Preview!!

We’ve got another great month of releases coming up!!

Michelle Pickette’s PODs releases June 4th from Spencer Hill Press:

podsSeventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it’s in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it’s a balm for the broken soul.

After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating… monsters.
Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life–a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

Dorothy Dreyer’s My Sister’s Reaper releases June 18th from Month9Books

sistersreaperSixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human. To top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper or let Mara die … this time for good.

 

PJ Hoover’s Solstice releases June 18th from Tor Teen:

solstice_cover_275_411Piper’s world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

Kimberly Ann Miller’s Triangles releases June 18th from Spencer Hill Press:

kim coverA cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?

In the Bermuda Triangle – a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life–her father’s death years ago, her mother’s medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her–seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she’s gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser is suddenly claiming they’re a happy couple… a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying “Happy Anniversary”… and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship’s doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she’s warned that these “alternate realities” could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question – how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?

Robyn DeHart’s The Secrets of Mia Danvers releases June 18th from NAL:

600149_10200771614755067_1586137962_nA lone witness finds her protector…

Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion—until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime.

Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society’s expectations for him. He’s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at the edge of his property. But when she arrives at his door in the pouring rain terrified and claiming she has witnessed a murder, she seizes his attention.

Mia is determined to help the authorities track down the culprit, even though the only person willing to accept her aid is the handsome, arrogant duke. Working closely together proves difficult as Mia’s beauty and independence tempts Alex to ignore convention and follow his desire. But what neither of them know is that this murderer has struck before in Whitechapel, taunting the British press only to vanish—a ruthless killer who knows that Mia is the only living witness to his crime…

Jennifer Allis Provost’s Copper Girl releases June 25th from Spence City:

CopperGirlsFRONTcoverFINALSara had always been careful.
She never spoke of magic, never associated with those suspected of handling magic, never thought of magic, and never, ever, let anyone see her mark. After all, the last thing she wanted was to end up missing, like her father and brother.
Then, a silver elf pushed his way into Sara’s dream, and her life became anything but ordinary.

For more info on all these amazing releases, check out the author’s pages above.

 

 

This month’s theme is Transitions, so be sure to check in each day for each author’s interpretation 🙂

May Preview!

May is looking to be a wonderful month – we’ve got a lot of awesome releases coming up!!!

~ Lisa Gail Green’s Djinn, The Binding Stone will be releasing from Fuzzbom Publishing:

TheBindingStonecoverfinishTricked into slavery by the man she loved, the Djinni Leela has an eternity to regret her choices.

Awakened in the prison of her adolescent body, she finds a new master in possession of the opal that binds her. But seventeen-year-old Jered is unlike any she’s seen. His kindness makes Leela yearn to trust again, to allow herself a glimmer of hope.

Could Jered be strong enough to free her from the curse of the Binding Stone?

 

 

~ Christine Fonseca’s short story Enigma releases from Compass Press on April 30th:

?????????? Lorelei sees things other girls can’t see. She knows about the demons and monsters. She’s met them. Up close. And it’s cost her everything. Torn between protecting her siblings and avenging her mother’s death, Lorelei must decide which path she will take. And no matter what she chooses, her decision will influence more than just her future in this companion short story to the Requiem Series.

**This edition includes a special excerpt from the anticipated book Dominus, the final installment in the Requiem Series

 

And her non-fiction Girl Guide releases from Prufrock Press on May 14th:

Girl Guide finalFinding your unique voice in a noisy world can be hard—very hard. But not if you have a great guide! The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World is a must-read for girls in grades 6–8 as they enter the tumultuous world of adolescence. Packed with fun worksheets and quizzes, as well as stories from older girls and women, The Girl Guide covers everything a teenage girl needs to know on the journey toward her own identity. Proven strategies for dealing with stress management, confronting relational aggression, being safe online, navigating the changing mother-daughter relationship, and more make this the ultimate guide for any girl to get through the teen years and discover her unique point of view in the world.

~ Ednah Walters’ Runes is releasing on May 20th from Firetrail Publishing:

RUNES_FINAL_mediumSeventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

Links: Goodreads

~ Jennifer Allis Provost is in an anthology that releases from Spencer Hill Press May 21st:

holidaymagickcoverPeople don’t usually question holiday traditions or their origins, but maybe they should. Over centuries, explanations of how and why holidays exist may have been lost or changed.

Some holiday histories might only be known by a few individuals. Ancient magic spells could have influenced how we celebrate today. Fairies, zombies, or demons may have shaped our holidays.

Consider the following…

Why do people give red roses and cards on Valentine’s Day?

Is there more to the story of Purim than is traditionally told?

Why do people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

What happens to spirits that are captured during the Japanese Doll Festival?

Where does Santa get his helpers?

You may think you know the truth, but you can’t be too sure.

~ Leigh Hershkovich’s Shattered Illustions releases from Full Court Press on May 23rd:

shattered illusionsOne murder. Four eyewitnesses. An unknown assailant…A victim with a mysterious secret. Bystanders beleaguered by life’s losses. A killer at large…​​​

When Sam, a propietor of a local cafe is shot dead on the street, four strangers become the unwitting witnesses to a seemingly accidental crime. As the investigation progresses, this quartest of accidental onlookers find themselves not only haunted by the homicide, but pursued by their own pasts.

The deeper into the death they plunge, each is forced to face to face that the loss of Sam is far from their most devastating. Inner anguish reaches a climax point for Ella, Marco, Sarah and Danny as the answers they want continue to elude them, and the evidence they want to escape refuses to retreat.​​​

~ Kelly Hashway’s Advantage Heartbreak is releasing from Swoon Romance on May 28th:

Advantage HeartbreakSeventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan thought she’d made up her mind about love. But with two guys still vying for her attention, she wonders if she made the right decision. Ash is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend: loyal, loving, and totally hot. But then there’s Noah: fun, sexy, and the more he sticks around, the more Meg wants him there.

What’s a girl to do?

Make up her mind, before it’s too late. Gorgeous freshman Liz has set her sights on Ash, and Noah is beginning to remind Meg of her last boyfriend—the one who broke her heart. Can she figure things out before she ruins not one, but two relationships? Or is she doomed to serve up heartbreak?

~ And Dorothy Dreyer’s My Sister’s Reaper releases from Month9 Books on May 29th:

sistersreaperSixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human. To top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper or let Mara die … this time for good.

 

Our topic for this month is Mayday, mayday! Obstacles, unseen dangers and challenges. So be sure to stop by and see how all our authors run with this topic 🙂 And definitely check out our May releases! We’ve got an amazing bunch of writers in this group 🙂