Excited to share my new cover for Can Dreams Come True? The book is the first in the Cecily Taylor Series and is young adult contemporary romance. Check out the blurb here:
Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?
Pre-order the book now: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079S3KJSH
It officially releases on March 20th.
You check out the Can Dreams Come True Pinterest inspiration board here!: https://www.pinterest.com/krystenlindsay/can-dreams-come-true-the-cecily-taylor-series/
From RJ Conte, weaver of deep, emotional fiction, comes a touching collection of short stories about love and unique relationships - including the bestselling Lucent Sylph!
RJ Conte, formerly Rachael Lynn Thomas, has kissed only one boy in her entire life. And she married him, inspiring her to write about sweet or powerful love stories ever since.
She writes a blog on parenting, publishing, painting, and perorating at http://blonderj.wordpress.com/
RJ Conte writes realistic, issue-driven fiction that explores human nature and the depths of the soul, while pointing readers to their Creator.
Each of the five short stories touches on love in different, unique relationships: caregiver and child, parent and child, man and woman, teen and pet, and warrior and unsuspecting victims.
The collection of short stories will be released on Amazon on Valentines' Day, February 14th! https://www.amazon.com/Bottle-Glass-Hearts-Collection-Stories-ebook/dp/B079DS67T1/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1518042966&sr=8-3&keywords=RJ+Conte
Brief blurbs on each story:
When Soleil is hired as caretaker to a young boy born with superhuman powers, it's up to her hope and optimism to help him survive his dangerous destiny - stopping the core earthquake that will destroy the world.
HIS BOTTLES OF TEARS
Her daughter has left the faith, and her heart is dashed in pieces. Then Jesus shows her a room full of bottles in a dream - vessels filled with tears, carrying stories she will never forget.
And one of them is her own.
CURLS FOR RAE
Rae has the most beautiful hair in the world… and the saddest eyes. Every week she returns to Blaine’s hairdressing shop, saying hardly a word. As he transforms her into the beauty of his dreams, she cries in silence. His heart breaks for her secret sorrow, and he longs to discover the mystery behind her tears.
For centuries, Aine and her magnificent kindred have protected the skies from vast, galaxy-sized threats. But her fiercest battle yet will determine the fate of thousands on the unsuspecting planets below. Will she have the creativity and fortitude to defeat this newest enemy?
Lucas Thissel has something he fears: an alien species of palm-sized glass fairies called Lucent Sylphs. They came through a portal from a metaphysical dimension, and they indenture themselves as slaves to human beings. Too much neglect or unkindness, and they will cloud over and disintegrate. Too much love and their hearts are overcome and burst.
And one has attached herself to him.
Excited to host YA author N J Simmonds on the blog and share her great Valentine's Day signed book giveaway! Check out the book! "Can love ever be stronger than fate? THE PATH KEEPER is the first book from N J Simmond's thrilling new YA fantasy romance series. When Ella moves to London and meets Zac, she soon realises that he's keeping something from her - little does she know that his secret goes back thousands of years and is about to change her life forever. For your chance to win a limited edition signed copy, simply check out the rafflecopter at the end of this post. For more information, or to buy a copy, visit njsimmonds.com
And check out her great post on why we love young adult romance!
WHY WE LOVE YA LOVE
As a YA writer, the theme of ‘romance’ features heavily in my work. How could it not? Your teen years are when you first encounter True Love - or at least something that closely resembles it. It’s the period in your life when that special someone’s face is permanently branded on your mind. You can’t eat, sleep or think of anyone else. The weight of your all-encompassing crush is immense and your heart is being ripped in two. But the truth is, these feelings are addictive and you’re secretly loving all the feels.
This is the reason why romance and all its associated fairy-tale tropes is so central to all YA novels and why we can’t get enough of it.
Here are the five reasons why we all love YA love!
1. ALL THE FIRSTS
From the risky and forbidden (cigarettes, alcohol, clubbing, sex, getting a tattoo and dating that person your parents hate) to the more common but just as dramatic (being bullied, friendship problems and unrequited love) – these experiences in our teen years are what define us as adults.
The things we do and the things that are done to us, at a time when we are not only discovering the world through young adult eyes but discovering ourselves, are what shape us and help us decide who we want to be.
Whether those firsts are still something you are waiting for, or but a distant memory, they will always remain the crossroads of your life. They are unforgettable moments you’ll think back on forever. Therefore, any character in a YA romance battling with these emotions has our full attention - because we’ve all been there.
Blame hormones or the child-to-adult transition, but the feels you feel during your teen years are intense. Extreme. Mind-blowing. Life changing. Life or death (or at least they feel that way). Reading a YA novel filled with that level of intensity is exciting, it makes a normal love story into a page-turner. This is why YA books are generally a fast and exhilarating ride and we can’t get enough of the love angst, even if it’s in a ‘rather you than me’ way!
Relationships as a teen aren’t easy. Friendships are vital yet can be transient. Parents are adjusting to parenting nearly-adults and girlfriends/boyfriends are hard work. As a teen couple you are experiencing all the firsts in love too, not just the emotional but the physical – first kiss, first date, losing your virginity and your first break up. Plus for teens who are questioning their sexuality during this time in their life, the level of drama and anxiety they experience is likely to intensify. This is why diverse YA romances are so important. Not only so we can get swept away with the ups and downs of first loves but also find our very own literary heroes that are living our lives through the books we read. We need to read about people like us, feeling and experiencing what we are, to teach us that it’s OK to feel what we feel...there are many others in the same boat.
4. CONFUSION Whether trying to decide what studies you need to do to chase the career of your dreams, or questioning your very identity – being a young adult is a confusing time.
Those tumultuous years filled with questions and self-doubt are normal, which is why so many YA romances not only have the characters asking themselves some of life’s hardest questions, but in turn encouraging the readers to ask questions too. Who am I? What do I want? Where am I going? Why do I do what I do? What next?
The typical ‘coming of age’ arc is evident in all YA novels, but where there’s romance it adds that extra feel-good, throw-the-book-across-the-room, smile-through-your-tears dimension. I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I love more than getting to the end of a book and feeling completely wrecked!
5. HOPE Yet, regardless of having YA novels squeeze our hearts until they pop, the best thing about YA love stories is hope.
As a young adult you haven’t yet had the chance to be burnt in love or life. You’re not the cynical or sceptical person you may be in your late twenties or thirties – or the wistful, rose-tinted glasses wearing older adult looking back on their formative years with nostalgia or regret. As a teen and young adult, the world is yours for the taking. It’s full of exciting
possibilities, unknown adventures and hope by the bucket-load. Whether a character in the YA book meets their forever soul mate – or they simply discover that love can be gloriously exquisite while it lasts (pain and all) – most YA books still end with hope.
People ask me why I write for young adults, and the answer is that my heart never truly left those teen years. The drama, intensity, all the firsts, the crazy highs and lowest of lows not only send you into whirlwind of emotions but they remind us all that we are ALIVE!
As a writer, immersing myself in this world of extremes is definitely the most evocative and satisfying. I feel like I get to stay young forever, and as an added bonus I have the BEST readers – YA fans who feel as intensely about my characters as I do. I get to show them that they are not alone, that they are understood, and that everyone deserves love in their life.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! N J Simmonds is the writer of the YA fantasy romance series THE PATH KEEPER, she’s also in the process of launching her first (title not yet announced) contemporary YA novel. For more information about the author and her books visit njsimmonds.com or follow her on Twitter @NJSimmondsTPK
Enter to win a signed copy of the Path Keeper here:
Romance is in the Air
February 1st to 14thEnter to win $250 in PayPal cash or a $250 Amazon Gift Code. Thanks to these awesome authors & bloggers for making this giveaway possible! Sponsor List I Am A Reader La libreria di Beppe Author Inger Iversen Becky Monson Krysten Lindsay Hager Angelica Kate Phyllis - Among the Reads Kimberley Montpetit Every Free Chance Books Lori's Reading Corner Author Laurie Treacy Laura Vosika/World of the Blue Bells Chronicles Magical Cool Cat Mysteries My Life. One Story at a Time. Jennifer Faye ~ romance author Simple Wyrdings Rockin' Book Reviews Laurisa White Reyes, Author JeanBookNerd Alina Snow Book Adventures Our Book Confessions CBY Book Club Danielle Thorne Glistering: B's Blog P. Creeden Books
Giveaway Details$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 2/14/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. 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 and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Dreaming of Books $250 Giveaway
January 15th to 31st
Here is your chance to win $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon Gift Card!!Please support this amazing group of Sponsors who made this giveaway possible! Sponsor List I Am A Reader Rockin' Book Reviews Lori's Reading Corner Helen Smith Our Book Confessions Author Laurie Treacy The Books You Read Krysten Lindsay Hager author Laurisa White Reyes, Author Simple Wyrdings Alina Snow Book Adventure Camryn Daytona Jennifer Faye, romance author My Life. One Story at a Time. Taylor Dean Wishful Endings Maureen's Musings JeanBookNerd Unbound Book Tours CoolCatMysteries Author A.Gardner Bookroom Reviews Glistering: B's Blog Laura Vosika/Blue Bells Chronicles More Than a Review Living Simply - The Eco Lifestyle Phyllis @ Among the Reads La libreria di Beppe Donna Amis Davis
Giveaway Details$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 1/31/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. 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 and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway
I'm over on With Love for Books today with a guest post on how to stay positive in 2018 and a giveaway!
You can find it over on their site at: www.withloveforbooks.com/2018/01/with-love-for-books-second-anniversary_10.html
Today we welcome author Kadee Carder who is here with a great and inspirational guest post and her new release!
The rule of three! How to win at life.
There are three types of business—your business, God’s business, and my business. I recently learned this from Byron Katie, whose book, “Loving What Is,” helped me shift my mindset about what I was capable of. Like driving a car but focusing on the rearview mirror, if I try to control what other people behind me do, I will crash, or at the very least, have a miserable road trip. My job consists of looking out the windshield to control my car. I have to do my business. Can I control what others do? No. Can I control what I do? Absolutely. Can I control what thoughts I listen to? Yes, ma’am. Is it my business to determine what obstacles I face or to control the weather? Nope. Does my business include my attitude and my willingness to show up, dress up, and shine on? Oh, my friend, yes. You do your business.
You’ve got this marvelous giftedness, personality, and unique brilliance. You’ve got a specific job to do, which includes helping others and adding to the music of humanity. So let’s get to it. Even when those hurdles come up, you take them head-on, with gratitude, instead of complaining or blaming. As Byron Katie says, “Life happens for you, not to you.” So the rocks fall. The monsters flap their hairy wings in the shadows. Do we give up? Do we fall back? Is it your business to give up? Nope! Your business combines owning your strengths, improving your weaknesses, and being a friend and teacher to those around you. Just like a fork, you’re here to serve. Dig in!
Sergeant Tucker Thompson, the protagonist of my latest novel HERE BE DRAGONS, serves in the Alliance Military Guard. Guardsmen live by a code, a warrior ethos, which they memorize and respect. Their Warrior Ethos states: I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. Guardsmen remember their business in the thick of battle, where Tucker finds himself in the belly of the Australian Outback, facing his unwritten past and his formidable future. But a Guardsman knows his business. Be powerful. Be consistent. Never quit. Finish the mission.
Now, what’s your business? Get to work! (And check out HERE BE DRAGONS. Maybe it will help you wrestle some dragons of your own.)
HERE BE DRAGONS
The conqueror acts. He plans. He plans backup plans.
And he beats the war drums.
Just like those voices demanded, I dug into the sand and the mud,
and readied for battle.
My lead, my call, my terms. My war cadence. My dragons.
Alliance Military Guard sent the order. Sergeant Tucker Thompson acquiesced. Hopping a plane to his long-lost Australian birthplace, he's been charged with his toughest mission yet. Thompson must rally his company of soldiers to prevent a new generation of weaponry from breaching the world's borders.
Pound the war drums. Rattle the cages. Here be Dragons.
Fierce yet sparkly, I help seekers find brave new worlds. The goal is magic, the medium is ink, and the fuel is coffee. And sometimes pizza. I teach English on the university level when I'm not dancing around the living room with my family, lifting heavy at the gym, traveling the planet, or binging superhero shows.
The INSURRECTION trilogy, HERE BE DRAGONS, and non-fiction inspirational IGNITE roll out perilous motives, twisty plots, and daring protagonists. Grab some real estate and your copy of my latest adventure, and follow along at KadeeCarder.com.
Here Be Dragons is a standalone novel, but it does follow my Insurrection trilogy. We see a few characters we met on those luxurious Caribbean beaches. Tucker was the romantic interest from the trilogy. After writing the trilogy, I felt like readers needed to know Tucker more, and he had to complete this assignment. Might as well follow along! No need to have read the trilogy; this book records its own wild adventure!
Purchase here be dragons on kindle unlimited for only $4.99:
Visit http://www.kadeecarder.com for inspiration, radio interviews, gift certificates, freebie codes, and more!
Let’s connect on social media!
And please feel free to subscribe for encouraging blogs! Kadeecarder.com
I’m giving away a free, empowering e-book to those who subscribe to my email list at kadeecarder.com. Titled IGNITE, the 60-page book offers a serving of inspiration, a dash of hope, and a cup of grace to help you get kickin’ on those challenging tasks you’ve got to do!
Here be dragons excerpts
“Be careful, Thompson. ‘Nough of us stayin’ down here forever.”
“No one is staying down here. That’s not the mission.”
“Aye, sir. Once I drop these off, I’ll be back to help.”
“Sounds good. Bring Parsnip. I’ll hold Exit off ‘til then.”
Nodding, Burkman shuffled out, Berserk sound asleep over his shoulder. A beam from above groaned.
Exit had vanished.
The door to the Vault clicked shut. As the door closed, the rumbling wall shuddered again, and after a sizzling pop, the beam overhead released itself from its bolts.
Shooting away from the wreckage, I coughed in all the dust as ceiling particles and chunks tumbled around the beam.
In the plunging darkness, amid the fog, my VISTAS declared with precision: the door was blocked. The easiest entrance had been barred. Panic, seething, whirling and awry, pitched through my chest. Couldn’t be marooned in that dungeon. My gut told me I’d have to find an exit, and it might be painful. In fact, it would. All mortals dwell inside armor containing their mettle. But in treasure hunting, in creating a life crammed with rollicking fires and austere winds, the armor gets dented. To leave behind that armor is possibly the greatest adventure of all.
Pivoting on my heel, I faced the door to the Vault. Here be life. Here be adventure, to whatever exit it may unearth.
Creeping through the sultry space, footsteps steady and stealthy, we readied our weapons. Blood and fire pulsed through my veins like they’d done so many times in training. This was the game, after all. These Alliance builders loved their long hallways.
Our rustling stirred up dust underfoot, and cement beams overhead groaned in disuse.
“How many feet‘re we underground ya think?” Hawk asked from the back of the line.
Flashlights and head lamps illuminated the way before us, stark tile work on the ground cracked and chipped. With every few feet we advanced, the walls became more fractured and peeling, as if a wave of tremors had rippled outward from the explosions of the bombing. Like vines along the paint, crevices in the cement grew substantial and entangled. Cautious and wary, we proceeded.
After several minutes of quiet steps echoing along the corridor, someone’s beam of light caught a fleck of darkness upon the wall.
“What’s that?” Norita asked.
Burkman shined his light to the scrawled paint upon the wall. The black paint dripped the warning: Beware.
Jo Linsdell launched her book cover design services earlier this year, and offers a wide variety of genres and styles. She does both premade designs and custom covers. New designs are added regularly.
She has designed book covers for people like; New York Times best selling author Gretta Curran Browne, and Amazon best selling author Summerita Rhayne to name a few.
View the portfolio of available designs at http://www.jolinsdell.com/p/premade.html
Why should authors invest in a professional book cover design?
"Don't judge a book by its cover" would be great, but the truth is the cover can make or break your book. A cover design is both promotional and editorial, and must grab a readers attention.
A book cover designer will have experience that helps them create a professional end result that many authors just don't have.
What are the key items you make sure to watch out for when designing a book cover?
A good book cover gets across a lot of information quickly. It doesn't need to tell everything about the story, but should represent the story in a way that builds interest and curiosity.
There needs to be the right balance between illustration and text. They need to work well together and complement each other.
What makes a good book cover?
A good book cover generates sales. It conveys the genre, the audience, the tone, and what the book is about.
A successful book cover grabs people on the first look. The cover is competing against thousands of other covers in an overcrowded marketplace and only has seconds to capture a potential readers attention. It must be able to do it as very small sizes too as a lot of the time it will only be seen a thumbnail image.
Can you share some tips for working with a book cover designer?
Have a clear idea, and be as detailed as you can about what you want. Sending some examples of covers you like in the style you're after can be very helpful in creating a mood board for the project.
When giving feedback, again, be as specific as possible.
If it's for a print book, you'll need to have all the measurements ready. Trim size, number of pages, etc...
Having everything clear in your mind, and prepared, at the start means that the designer can give you exactly what you want in the shortest possible time.
Remember a book cover designer is going to do their best for your book. Their reputation is on the line, as much as yours is as the author.
Keep an open mind. Sometimes the designer might not be able to give you exactly what you had in mind, especially if they use stock photos. You might end up with a cover 100 times better if you give the designer some creative control. More suggestions, less limitations.
Click to tweet:
Check out the amazing book cover designs by @jolinsdell at http://www.jolinsdell.com/p/premade.html #PremadeBookCovers #CoverArt #BookCoverDesigner
EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL OFFER FOR READERS OF THIS BLOG:
Use the code KRYSTENHAGER10 to get a €10 discount when you order any cover from http://www.jolinsdell.com/p/premade.html. Valid until 31st December 2017.
Writer’s write. Sure they do, but they read too, and in 2017 I read a lot. Narrowing down my favorites was a lot more difficult than I thought, since I discovered some really great authors, some new first time novelist, and a few previously undiscovered gems. What didn’t change was my love of diversity in my reading choices, as in everything else. Here they are in no particular order, my favorite books of 2017.