Wednesday, March 27, 2013

#PitMad is coming in just a few short days! Need help with your pitch?

Hey guys and dolls! 

Brenda Drake's #PitMad is fast approaching! 

I've come up with four pitches, based on feedback from here on the blog,  feedback from my awesome CPs, and feedback from my super-duper TwitWits friends. 

I'd love to know your thoughts, and I'd also love to help you if you need help with your pitches! 

So, post your Twitter pitches here in the comments and I'll see if I can be of any service. 

ALSO, if you see someone's pitch you can help with, PLEASE CHIME IN! 

To get things going, here are my four pitches (I will rotate them throughout the pitch fest):

1)  To prevent turning into the Beast of fairytale lore, 17yo Holland must fall in love. Too bad she's the school's outcast pyro.  YA

2)  17yo Holland has no memories of torching her ex's home or poisoning her BFF, but she can't deny it as she morphs into the Beast. #PitMad YA

3)  17yo Holland doesn't recall torching her ex's home or poisoning her ex-BFF. But becoming a Beast from lore forces her to wonder. #PitMad YA

4)  17yo Holland doesn't plan to torch her ex's home, poison her ex-BFF, or become the Beast from fairytales. But that's what happens #PitMad YA

Friday, March 22, 2013

#LEGASEA by Krystalyn Drown @KrysteyBelle - Your #CQPromo of the day! Only $0.99!

LEGASEA by Krystalyn Drown 
On sale for just $0.99! Limited time only! 

When sixteen-year-old Aileen Shay sees a dead girl floating in the bay during a midnight yacht party, she never imagines Jamie Flannigan, her new boyfriend, may be involved. The only thing she knows about Jamie is that he personifies the one thing she has been drawn to her entire life – the ocean. But as she grows closer to him, she realizes he knows more about the murder than he's telling. When another girl is attacked, and Jamie refuses to answer her questions, Aileen searches for answers on her own.

Aileen learns that Jamie's family belongs more to myths and legends than they do in the real world. They are selkies, and after the Flannigans threaten her family, Aileen suspects they are responsible for both attacks.

But they aren't the only ones in her small fishing town who can keep a secret.

As Aileen uncovers the truth about the murder, the selkies, and her own family, she learns why her soul is bonded to the sea. But with that revelation comes a choice – to permanently sever her connection with the water, which comes at a painful cost, or embrace a legacy that just might get her killed.


Krystalyn has spent the past 13 years working at Disney as everything from Aladdin's harem girl to talent coordinator to spider expert. In the evenings, she does mad writing challenges with her sister. She currently lives in Florida with her family.

Twitter: @KrysteyBelle

A few of us have also decide to host a little giveaway! You could win a $75 gift card! Woot! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

#18THINGS by @JamieMAyres - Your #CQPromo of the day! Only $0.99!

by Jamie Ayres

Can eighteen things save a life?

Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death. When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled "18 Things": eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

But there's more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.

There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.

A few of us have also decide to host a little giveaway! You could win a $75 gift card! Woot! 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Twitter Pitch for #PitchMad . . . Thoughts?

17yo Holland doesn't plan to torch her ex's home, poison her ex-BFF, or become the Beast from fairytales. But that's what happens. 

#FADE by @AKMorgen, your #LuckyCQ #CQPromo of the day! Only $0.99!

The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book One 
by A.K. Morgen

Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy

What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you've believed it to be?

When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.

When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don't understand what's happening to them or why, and they're running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them. 

Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.

FADE is available from Curiosity Quills Press at Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo. You can learn more at or by following Ayden on Twitter or Facebook.

A few of us have also decide to host a little giveaway! You could win a $75 gift card! Woot! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

EVER IS ON SALE! #LuckyCQ Only $0.99 for a limited time!

Jessa Russo
 The EVER Trilogy, Book One

Seventeen-year-old Ever’s love life has been on hold for the past two years. She’s secretly in love with her best friend Frankie, and he’s completely oblivious.

Of course, it doesn't help that he’s dead, and waking up to his ghost every day has made moving on nearly impossible.

Frustrated and desperate for something real, Ever finds herself falling for her hot new neighbor Toby. His relaxed confidence is irresistible, and not just Ever knows it. But falling for Toby comes with a price that throws Ever’s life into a whirlwind of chaos and drama. More than hearts are on the line, and more than Ever will suffer.

Some girls lose their hearts to love.

Some girls lose their minds.

Ever Van Ruysdael could lose her soul.




A few of us have also decide to host a little giveaway! You could win a $75 gift card! Woot! 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

CQ's Luck of the Irish Promotion!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

If you're anything like me, right about now, you're wearing green, drinking green beer, and eating every Irish-inspired thing you can find, all in the spirit of being 1/8th Irish. 

Or wishing you were!

Yes, I'm that person. 

I'm not even sorry.

I scheduled this post ahead of time so I could be free to drink like an Irishman today! Hahaha! (Just kidding. I always schedule my posts early. If I don't, I'll forget completely.) 

Anyway, guess who's luckier than a drunk on St. Patrick's Day? 


You are so lucky today because not only did you remember to wear green so you haven't been pinched (phew!), a HUGE amount of Curiosity Quills Press authors have decided to make their books only 99 cents for St. Patrick's Day!!! (And a few days following.) 


So, without further ado, here's the list of titles that are currently ON SALE for $0.99, from March 17th to March 24th. I say GRAB THEM ALL while you can, and ENJOY! 

Here’s the list of books on sale for this ridiculously low price! I’ve read several of these titles, so if you want recommendations, just ask!

Ever (The Ever Trilogy) by Jessa Russo: 

The ABACUS Protocol: Sanity Vacuum by Thea Gregory: 

Theocracide by James Wymore:

18 Thing by Jamie Ayres: 

The Charge by Sharon Bayliss: 

Legasea by Krystalyn Drown:

Shadow of a Dead Star (The Wonderland Cycle) by Michael Shean

The Devil You Know (Nick Engelbrecht) by KH Koehler:

Death by Chocolate by Johanna Pitcairn:

Danger in Cat World by Nina Post:

Fade by AK Morgen: 

The Green Man & Other Short Stories by Rand. Lee:

The Green-eyed Monster by Mike Robinson:

Blow Up the Roses by Randy Attwood: 

Bone Wires by Michael Shean:

The Prince of Earth by Mike Robinson:

Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade:

Shadowed Ground by Vicki Keire: 

The Space Whiskey Death Chronicles by William Vitka:

Paradise Earth: Day Zero by Anthony Mathenia:

Christmas at the Morgue by Rod Kierkegaard Jr:

The God Particle by Rod Kierkegaard Jr.

The Department of Magic by Rod Kierkegaard Jr. 

Wet Dream by Rod Kierkegaard Jr.

Family Cursemas (The Megamillionaire Murders) by Rod Kierkegaard Jr.

E Mosaico, Vol. 1: Scarred Souls by Michael Panush:

The Stein & Candle Detective Agency, Vol. 1: American Nightmares by Michael Panush:

The Stein & Candle Detective Agency, Vol. 2: Cold Wars

The Stein & Candle Detective Agency, Vol. 3: Red Reunion by Michael Panush:

Dinosaur Jazz: Jurassic Club by Michael Panush:

The Last Donut Shop of the Apocalypse by Nina Post:

The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse by Nina Post:

One Ghost per Serving by Nina Post:

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm heading back to the festivities. I mean, I am a teensy bit Irish, so ...

Friday, March 15, 2013

Have you been LUCKY in LOVE? #LuckHop *Over 300 prizes!!*

Have you been LUCKY in LOVE?

Blog Hop hosted by the wonderful CARRIE ANN'S BLOG HOPS! 
Lucky in Love? 

With each romance, we find ourselves in a new world of love and memories. Are these just by chance? Is it luck? 

Welcome to your second annual Lucky in Love Blog Hop where we want to hear about your love, your romance, and how much you love St. Patrick's Day!!! Are you wearing green? 

I'll definitely be wearing green this weekend--probably today AND Sunday. Tomorrow, too, if I can find something. I'm just THAT kind of person. Sunday's festivities will consist of a very green brunch with friends, and I'm very much looking forward too some green champagne, and maybe even a black and tan! 

As far as luck in love goes, I think that a person can be lucky in love at the beginning. But there's no such thing as staying together because of luck. It may have been pure chance/luck/fate/whatever-you-want-to-call-it when I met my husband almost eleven years ago. 

He'd just moved back to California from Phoenix, where he'd ditched a pretty unhealthy relationship, and then his dad died (within a week or two of that move). So, I know the last thing on his mind was dating. 

I'd just moved back to California after a long summer in Lake Havasu, AZ, where I'd been lied to by more than one guy I cared about. I moved home with my head screwed on tighter than ever, knowing that the very last thing I needed was another jerk in my life. 

So who would have known we'd meet one afternoon, and become inseperable that very night?  

But we did, and I guess you could say that was luck. (I tend to think that was GOD, but to each his own.) 

Since then, however, our relationship has been held together with hard work, love, respect, and determination and faith in each other, as well as our marriage . . . and we're still going strong! 

Now, what do you think about luck in love? Have you experienced it for yourself? Do you believe it takes luck to find love? What about luck to keep love?Comment below, and be sure to leave your email address!!

300 bloggers have giveaways and posts about those men we love! 

I'm giving away TWO (2) e-book copies of EVER, my debut young adult paranormal romance! Two lucky winners, just on this blog alone!

But that's not all....

We have TWO grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A $100 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
2nd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!


 You guys! How gorgeous is this cover!? 

Dawna Raver

Behind the Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where Gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess lives.

Quinn Sinclair is clueless to who she is. She thinks she's an ordinary young woman—well, mostly ordinary—living an ordinary life with her less than loving mother in Conifer, Colorado. On the night of her birthday, Quinn finds herself betrayed by a man who sends her life spinning out-of-control.

As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she finds herself transported into a Magykal battle forever changing her life.

Arik Morgaine—Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm—tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn Sinclair for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers. Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks, or will powers beyond their control destroy them and their world forever?

COLOUR WIELDERS, Book One, Heirs of the Magykal Realm Series, is a New Adult fantasy, and will be available in digital and print formats from Curiosity
Quills Press on April 19, 2013

Visit Dawna's WEBSITE for more updates.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

#EVER Review-Only Blog Tour - have you checked out the reviews so far?

Hey all! The review tour is in full swing! I've had some great reviews, a less-than-great-but-still-welcome review, and even a recipe! Woohoo!

Check out the tour stops we've had so far!! I've highlighted the dates we've already done! Enjoy, and please leave these awesome bloggers some love!!

Al's Fair With Pen & Paper
Love & Life & Learning
3/6/2013...The Quiet Concert
3/8/2013...Fiction for Foodies

3/11/2013...Amazing Books!
3/12/2013...Kate's Book Life
3/13/2013...The Soul Sisters
3/14/2013...Ms. Nose in a Book
3/15/2013...My Library in the Making
3/18/2013...CM Albert Writes
3/19/2013...The Passionate Bookworm
3/20/2013...Literary, Etc
3/21/2013...Snuggling on the Sofa


The Nook

Beach Kissed YA Books
3/26/2013...Girls PWN
3/27/2013...Larissa's World
3/28/2013...Beauty and the Bookshelf

4/2/2013...Books for YA! 
4/4/2013...One Life Glory
4/6/2013...Alex Reviews & Interviews
4/8/2013...Loco for Libros
4/9/2013...Katie's Stories
4/10/2013...The Worm Hole
4/11/2013...Pen & Muse
4/12/2013...Jolene Haley
4/13/2013...A Book Rapport, Not a Book Report

4/16/2013...Ink in the Book
4/17/2013...Paranormal Bookclub

Monday, March 11, 2013

Updated Pitch/Query: DIVIDE

Huge thanks to everyone who has helped me out with my pitch/query so far! I've tried to take all of your comments and suggestions to heart, and hopefully this query is a lot better. (The original query post is HERE.) 

I need a 200-word pitch for WriteOnCon (going on now), as well as a 35-word pitch for PitchMadness, courtesy of the fabulous Brenda Drake, happening later this week! 

Please let me know if you like the changes I've made! 

Thanks again for all of your help so far!

200-word PITCH for WriteOnCon:

Had she known she was descended from The Beast of fairytale lore, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs wouldn’t have been shocked by the accusations of crimes she didn’t remember committing. But with no recollection of torching her ex-boyfriend’s house or poisoning his new girlfriend, and no knowledge of her cursed fate, these accusations devastate Holland’s world. Striving to pick up the shattered pieces of her life, Holland is no longer revered or admired. Not even the social lepers want to be seen with the school’s freak pyromaniac.

Armed with the knowledge of what the future holds for Holland Briggs, Mick Stevenson has one purpose in life: to save her from the curse that has haunted the Briggs family for generations. To do so, he must fall in love with Holland, earn her love in return, then break the centuries-old spell. Incorrectly trusting that time is on his side, Mick leisurely gets to know Holland, finding it incredibly easy to fall for the broken beauty.

But as Holland begins changing way before schedule, the dangerous side of her nature is revealed, and Mick struggles to find a way to free her.

He must succeed, because failure means losing Holland to the beast forever.

35-word Pitch for PitchMad:

There are a few things Holland Briggs didn’t plan on for her senior year: burning her ex’s house down, poisoning her ex-best friend, or turning into the Beast most have only heard of in fairytales.