PITCHWARS ’16 Wish List

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Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Marty Mayberry, and I’m repped by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency. I write YA novels in just about every genre, including romance, sci-fi, and fantasy. I also write adult contemporary romance and historical fantasy.

This is my second year with PitchWars.

Last year, I mentored Laura Creedle & Becky Dean to PitchWars success.

Becky received 6 requests in the agent round and went on to sign with Christine Witthohn of Book Cents.

Laura received 18 requests in the agent round and got nine offers of rep. She signed with Jim McCarthy, and her book sold shortly after going on sub to Houghton Miffin.

24 requests through PitchWars!!

Can I take credit for their success? Hard to say. My mentees put innumerable hours and a lifetime of sweat and tears into their manuscripts. But I believe I gave their novels that edge they needed.

What I can take credit for is picking entries agents wanted in PW ’15.

I’m determined to do it again this year.

 

What am I looking for in a potential mentee?

Someone willing to work hard and fast. Becky & Laura spoiled me with their enthusiasm and dedication.

What will I offer the author I choose?

My strengths include: enhancing character development, setting, and deep pov. I’m great at coming up with creative ways to fix show vs tell & filtering. I’m a lean writer, which means I can point out ways to tighten/lower word count (as needed) without losing voice, beauty, or story.

I savor writing that speaks to me. I’ll help a mentee enhance their voice and make it shine.

My critique style (in my opinion) is kind but honest. If you’re looking for a mentor who will be brutal with you, I’m not the right pick. My goal is to be constructive and completely honest, but phrase suggestions in a way that make you eager to dig in and work on your MS, not torch it. 🙂

What I’ll give my mentee:

In ’15, I critiqued each mentee’s manuscript three times during the two month editing period. We worked on their queries and synopses, and did multiple passes to hone their pitches for the agent round to best represent their books while maintaining voice. I was privileged to share in their excitement about offers.

Now, we’re friends who chat about our ongoing publishing journeys and share new writing.

Here’s the deal:

Since I’m willing to take time from my personal life/put my writing on hold to work with a mentee, I expect the same effort from you.

I don’t expect you to ignore your personal obligations. I work full time as a nurse and have three children, a house, an elderly dad who keeps breaking limbs and needs help, etc. Believe me, I get it. Life’s important. I’m flexible. But I expect you to put 100% into this project, because I’ll do the same.

I won’t ask you to do anything I’m not willing to do myself.

What am I looking for?

 

Young Adult

 

I want VOICE & an EXCITING HOOK

Show vs tell, filtering, typos, & grammar can be fixed.

But a voice that pulls me in & won’t let go until I reach THE END?

THIS is what I want to find in my inbox

 

I prefer first person pov (past or present), but I’m open to close third.

 

I’m looking for (in no particular order): YA sci-fi, speculative fiction, something exciting in fantasy, romance, retellings, all varieties of contemporary, time travel, thriller/suspense, gothic, & horror.

I’d love to find a funny, contemporary YA about dating rules or break-ups.

Or a creepy book about ghosts, witches or haunted houses.

Or a softer sci-fi that takes me to another world (space opera?).

Or something unexpected.

Surprise me.

Unsure if we’re a fit?

Ask me about your MS on Twitter (@marty_mayberry).

I’m not your best choice for:

graphic rape (it can be eluded to/part of someone’s past), abusive parents, murdered children or pets (unless it’s vital to the plotline), paranormal (unless it’s new & different), or memoirs.

 

Diversity reflects life—SEND ME your diverse entries!

 

Examples of my critique style: http://www.brenda-drake.com/2016/06/day-5-part-2-june-setting-workshop-pitch-wars-mentor-marty-mayberry/

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Quotes from my ’15 mentees:

Marty Mayberry has amazing editorial instincts. She knew just what I needed to do to turn my pretty good novel into a marketable novel. I don’t think I’d be here without her. Laura Creedle

Her entry from ’15 PitchWars: http://PW Laura

Marty is great at helping identify what’s not working in a manuscript, but what I loved best, was she then worked with me to figure out how to fix it. She had insightful suggestions, but ultimately supported my vision for the story. She’s great at suggesting possibilities and helping brainstorm ways to address the problems. She also gave me some great tips in general, not just on my Pitch Wars book, that I’ll keep using in future stories, too.  Becky Dean

Becky’s entry from ’15 PW: http://PW Becky

YA Books I’ve loved (off the top of my head): Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater, The Winner’s Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski, The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi, The Selection Series, Kiera Cass, Into the Dim, Janet B. Taylor, Under a Painted Sky, Stacey Lee, Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea, Morgan Callan Rogers, Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card, Thief of Lies, Brenda Drake, Future Shock, Elizabeth Briggs, Wool, Hugh Howey (?YA), HP & everything ever written by Stephen King (enough said).

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Plus books by Sarah J. Maas, Lauren Oliver, Stephanie Perkins, Beth Revis, James Dashner, Rainbow Rowell, Rick Yancey, Jennifer Armentrout, Veronica Rossi, E. Lockhart, Leigh Bardugo, Rysa Walker, Maureen Johnson, Robin Hobb, Amie Kaufman, Elizabeth Peters, among others. I could fill 15+ pages with the names of authors I love.

Submit to me, & let’s get started!

Random facts about me: I love Earl Grey tea and iced coffee (decaf French vanilla). I *shhh* prefer Dunkin’ Donuts over Starbucks. Islesboro, Maine (pictured at the top of my page) is one of my favorite places in the world. I’d love to live in Costa Rica. I could visit Disneyland once a month and never get bored. I’m an older mentor; my kids are grown, which means not much bothers me. I’ve moved beyond moody & have infinite patience. I love to travel and was an exchange student in Braunschweig, Germany for six months. I’m addicted to Smarties and peanut butter M&Ms. I write a large part of my books on paper then put my notes into the doc & flesh them out. This is how I wrote an 84K book in 29 days. My Fitbit goal is 14,000 steps/day. Vegetables are my favorite food group. And cheese. I wish I could lose 20#. I don’t like heights, although I’ve ziplined 3 times (with my eyes closed LOL). I’m a tequila snob. I prefer red wine over white. I love archaeology & exploring ancient ruins. To me, a fun day is mining black tourmaline in So. Paris, Maine. If I could live close to the ocean, my life would be complete.

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Cover Reveal For Sharon Johnston’s SHATTERED

I’m one of the lucky few who got to read this book in advance. WOW. This is SO GOOD! Anyway. I’m honored to part of Sharon’s cover reveal. Check it out!

Shattered: An Open Heart Novel Book 2

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Book Blurb:

Mishca needs to save her sisters, but only Ryder can save her.

The truth about Mishca’s past shattered her heart. She deals with the pain by focusing on a new mission: saving her newfound family from their creator. With her sisters scheduled for termination, Mishca and her friends set out on a journey up the North Queensland Coast to save them before someone else dies.

Ryder understands the need driving Mischa. It’s in her DNA. But he’s not giving up on the chance they can still be together. She’s the only one to have seen him levitate. The only one to watch the sparks dance across his skin. The only one he trusts enough to know what is in his heart. And now, he might be the only one who can stop Mishca from losing her humanity.

Driven apart by secrets, will they come together in time?

Book Excerpt:

My hands grip the steering wheel so tight my knuckles resemble mini snow capped mountains. I could drive under the truck 200 metres ahead in the opposite lane and end it all. It would be so easy. Accelerate; yank the wheel, and then nothingness. The scenario plays through my mind so vividly I actually wince.

Suck it up, soldier. This pity party is over.

I shake my head as though that will make the intrusive thoughts dissipate. The best thing might be to think of nothing at all. Thinking about the fact people want to kill my sisters, thinking about how I stuffed everything with Ryder, thinking about Isobel and how I’m her incarnate, thinking about Colin… Ah crap, now I’m thinking about Colin.

I want to travel back in time and bitch-slap past-me for believing that Imogene’s love for Colin was my own. Part of me is furious with my original for passing on her insanely passionate feelings for my former university professor. The other part of me is furious with Colin for not realising that I was his soul mate’s duplicate. Being a clone sucks ass. 

 

Release: September/October 2016

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Like the sound of SHATTERED, but haven’t read An Open Heart Novel Book 1:DIVIDED yet? City Owl Press has lots of purchase options on their website.

Giveaway: Sharon is giving away three handmade bookmarks that all feature purple to match the cover and a heart for the book series. See the Rafflecopter for details on how to enter.

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About the Author

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Sharon is an author and public relations professional from Mackay in Australia. She writes across Young Adult, New Adult and Adult categories in a variety of genres. Her novel Divided is published with City Owl Press.

Sharon is also a regular mentor for the pitch contest Pitch Wars. When she’s not writing or working in PR, Sharon is gaming with her hottie hubby and kids, binging on Netflix, or playing with her fur babies.

Find her on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

THE DARKEST LIE Release Blitz

THE DARKEST LIE is out in the world, and I’m proud to share Pintip’s release

 

ABOUT THE DARKEST LIE

 

“The mother I knew would never do those things.

But maybe I never knew her after all.”

Clothes, jokes, coded messages…Cecilia Brooks and her mom shared everything. At least, CeCe thought they did. Six months ago, her mom killed herself after accusations of having sex with a student, and CeCe’s been the subject of whispers and taunts ever since. Now, at the start of her high school senior year, between dealing with her grieving, distracted father, and the social nightmare that has become her life, CeCe just wants to fly under the radar. Instead, she’s volunteering at the school’s crisis hotline—the same place her mother worked.

As she counsels troubled strangers, CeCe’s lingering suspicions about her mom’s death surface. With the help of Sam, a new student and newspaper intern, she starts to piece together fragmented clues that point to a twisted secret at the heart of her community. Soon, finding the truth isn’t just a matter of restoring her mother’s reputation, it’s about saving lives—including CeCe’s own…

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ABOUT PINTIP DUNN:

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Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA’s RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

Review of THE DEBT, by Tyler King

I read THE DEBT, and I’m gutted. I want MORE!

What an excellent book. I opened it with the intention of just getting started, only to find myself finishing it at 1:30 in the morning. It was THAT good.

Told from a single pov (bold move on the author’s part that truly paid off), THE DEBT is a NA love story between Josh and Hadley. They met as children in foster care, where they tried to protect each other, but were unable to. Each was adopted and raised by caring adults, but the scars they picked up in their childhood carried forward into their adult lives. These scars influence how they interact not just with the world, but with each other. Only by overcoming the past can they have a future together.

Josh was truly damaged by his experience. He lashes out, most often at Hadley. If this book had been from Hadley’s pov, I’m not sure I could’ve finished it, because he treats her horribly at times. But being in Josh’s head helped me understand why he acts this way. Even more, we know he loves her.

I don’t generally enjoy books where the LI has anger management issues, because I feel that behavior like that is ingrained in a person. But, Josh has reasons for his behavior, and while he reacts with anger, we’re with him, so we get it. We understand. And we’re rewarded by being with him as he works through his issues both in counseling and in his interactions with Hadley. By the end, Josh has overcome his past and learned better ways to handle his stress.

Pros: Excellent writing, deep pov (loved this guy and his thought processes), true caring between the characters, steamy sex scenes, HEA, fully-developed secondary characters.

Cons: I can’t think of any at this point.

I’m eager to see what this author writes next.

Thank you, Tyler King, NetGalley, & Forever Yours/Hachette for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Debt

Hadley saved my life . . . and I ruined hers

Hadley’s my best friend. We share a house, our friends, a life. She knows all my secrets . . . except one. My desperate need for her is inked on my body, it’s the best I can do. But Hadley needs to hear the words . . .

Growing up as foster kids, Hadley made me feel whole-sane. And what did I do? I destroyed our chance to be together. I ran out on Hadley when I should have stayed, and something broke between us. Now I’ll do anything to fix it.

I’ll never leave her again. I won’t ever let her feel afraid again. But the more I try to protect her from my pain, the more I just make things worse. I’m terrified that if I tell her everything, she’ll never forgive me. I’m even more terrified that it may be too late to make her mine. I have to try to give her what she needs . . . it’s a debt I’m determined to repay.

 

 

EDGE OF CHAOS, by Molly Lee

I’m so happy to share Molly’s release day! I had the privilege of reading an ARC of EDGE OF CHAOS, and it’s a 5-star read. My review is posted below.

About EDGE OF CHAOS:

Blake Caster has been in an emotionally abusive relationship with Justin for so long, she can’t tell what is normal anymore, and so she clings to the one thing that is solidly hers—her passion for extreme weather.

Three years into her Meteorology degree, Blake meets professional storm chaser, Dash Lexington, who is as gorgeous as he is daring. Instantly recognizing her passion and skills in analyzing weather data, he makes a spot for her on his tight-knit storm chasing team. Dash and Blake form a fast friendship and it forces her to realize just how toxic her relationship with Justin is. She can’t deny the lightning-worthy chemistry she has with Dash or how her heart stalls every time he gets too close to a tornado.

With each chase and the cherished moments with Dash, Blake discovers her own self-worth and gains the strength to end things with Justin for good. But he won’t go easily. As Blake tries to sever ties with one man, she fears she’ll lose the other to his dangerous obsession—and she doesn’t know if she’ll be enough to save him from the impending storm that could end them all.

 

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Get your copy here:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1RF4yq9

 

My Review:

What an excellent read! I loved how the author wove weather science into this love story.

I had all the feels reading this book. Blake is such a wonderful main character. And her arc is SO well developed, not rushed at all. The author took Blake where she needed to be at just the right pace, allowing her to fully heal and move on.

And Dash. Sigh. I loved how kind and patient he was with Blake, giving her the time she needs, yet loving her all the while.

I can’t wait to see what this author writes next.

A 1-click buy for me.

 

 

Cover Reveal For MAGIC BITTER, MAGIC SWEET, by Charlie N. Holmberg

I’m so happy to share Charlie’s COVER REVEAL!

The peculiar tale of an enchanted baker who creates fairy tales’ darkest and most magical confections.

 

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Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.

When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.

During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences.

From the author of the Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption.

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet is available for preorder on Amazon and B&N. Ebook, audiobook, and paperback release from 47North June 28th!

You can also preview the novel on Goodreads.

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About the Author

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Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She graduated from BYU, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and hopes to one day own a dog.

Cover Reveal & Excerpt for MY FAVORITE MISTAKE, by Kelly Siskind

So, I love Kelly’s books. And I can’t WAIT to read this one. Without further ado, MY FAVORITE MISTAKE:

What happens in Aspen is definitely not staying in Aspen . . . A girls’ trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She’s got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.  Kolton doesn’t know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool—although she does have an unholy gift for that—but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they’re both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don’t kill each other first.

Add MY PERFECT MISTAKE to Goodreads here (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25798815-my-perfect-mistake)!

 

Preorder MY PERFECT MISTAKE:

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About Kelly

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

She is represented by Stacey Donaghy of the Donaghy Literary Group.

2015 Golden Heart® Finalist

And, the cover (scroll below for an excerpt):

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Excerpt (so, yeah, pre-order NOW):

He tosses me my anti-sexy helmet. “We should take another run before we head down.”

I catch it and shake my head, unsure I heard him right. “Sorry, we? Shouldn’t you be skiing with your buddies? It’s bad enough you hijacked my lunch and I have to sit at a table with you again tonight. Now you want to ski together? Thanks but no thanks.”

He lifts his arms over his head and stretches from side to side. A sliver of skin peeks out below his jacket. “The guys called it quits early. Worried you can’t keep up?”

As fucking if. The dude’s obviously egging me on, but he snaps my self-control. Everything between us is action, reaction. Spark and flame. What’s his deal, anyway? Why sit with me and ski with me when we’re worse than cats and dogs? If he thinks firing me up means he’s getting a replay of last night, he’s mistaken. Still, I need to beat his ass on the slopes. “Fine. I’ll take that run. It’s about time I put you in your place. But let’s be clear. We can have lunch and ski together, but there will be no sex.” A teen walking by stops midstride and doubles over in a fit of giggles.

“I didn’t catch that.” Kolton leans forward and cups a hand around his helmeted ear. “Do you mind speaking up?”

What a total douche.

“Everyone is wise until he speaks,” I mumble, recalling my granddad’s words.

Kolton straightens, a question passing across his face. “Are you Irish? My granddad used to say that all the time. Along with, ‘Shut your mouth and eat your dinner.’”

I laugh, abrupt and maniacal, the sharp sound catching me off guard. The energy shifts between us, like the first time I understood my Spanish teacher—the foreign becoming familiar. I frown, unsure I want Kolton to feel familiar. “Yeah, I am. The first curse I learned was feckin’ arse, and I’d kind of like to use it now.”

He smiles to himself, as though we’re friends who would sit and talk and laugh about our shared upbringing. Ruffled, I cram my helmet on, get geared up, and try to stomp out of the lodge all look out, buddy, but with the boots and Martian head, it’s a fail.

Skis on and goggles down, we race to the lift. He arrives first, making like he’s been waiting forever with a dramatic yawn. I roll my eyes and push past him. The lift line is empty, so it’s just him and me on the four-person chair.

“Mind not doing that?” he says partway up as I swing my skis.

The chair sways in response, and I rock my legs harder. “This?”

His olive skin grays. “Yeah. That.” He leans his elbows on the safety bar and closes his eyes.

If he pukes, I’ll likely toss my cookies, too. When my brother got food poisoning from China House’s all-you-can-eat buffet, it wasn’t pretty. I hadn’t eaten a thing there, but the second he threw up, I proceeded to reenact that pie eating scene from Stand by Me: projectile vomit, solid stream, fire hydrant force.

I still my skis and stop bouncing.

We pass one supporting tower, then another, before he opens his eyes.

“You regretting that lunch?” I ask, smirking.

He flexes his hands, and the poles dangling from his wrists knock around. “No. I’m regretting getting on this chair with you.”

Such a charmer.

 

 

THE REBURIALISTS, by JC Nelson

Burying the dead is easy.  Keeping them down is difficult.

At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is par for the course. Except this cadaver is different. It’s talking—and it has a message about his father, Heinrich.

The reanimated stiff delivers an ultimatum written in bloody hieroglyphics, and BSI Senior Analyst Grace Roberts is called in to translate. It seems that Heinrich Carson stole the heart of Ra-Ame, the long-dead god of the Re-Animus. She wants it back. The only problem is Heinrich took the secret of its location to his grave.

With the arrival of Ra-Ame looming and her undead army wreaking havoc, Brynner and Grace must race to find the key to stopping her. It’s a race they can’t afford to lose, but then again, it’s just another day on the job . . .

 

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A Texas transplant to the Pacific Northwest, JC Nelson lives with a family and a flock of chickens near rainy Seattle.

 

Find JC Nelson here:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/authorjcnelson

Face book: www.facebook.com/authorjcnelson

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7798544.J_C_Nelson

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/authorjcnelson

The Reburialists on GoodReads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25716620-the-reburialists

 

Buy The Reburialists Now:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Reburialists-J-C-Nelson-ebook/dp/B00Y9HIN5E/?tag=jcnelson-20

 

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-reburialists-j-c-nelson/1121997577

 

 

 

Launch Day Blitz for DARK CONFESSIONS, by Angie Sandro

I’m so excited to share my CP’s Launch Day Blitz! I read parts of DARK CONFESSSIONS when it was in its early stages, and it is FANTASTIC! Really. You’ll want to scoop up a copy fast.

Check out the excerpt below.

Without further ado, here are the details:

 

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Beautiful cover. Just the way I pictured Sheriff’s Deputy Elizabeth Caine.

About DARK CONFESSIONS:

For Sheriff’s Deputy Elizabeth Caine, seeing is believing. But in the past few months, she’s witnessed an otherworldly realm of ancient magic and ghostly spirits that defies explanation. When a friend connected to that world of witchcraft is taken captive by a ruthless criminal, Bess will risk anything to find her, even if it means enlisting the help of a former lover she can no longer trust.

Ferdinand Lafitte can’t tell Bess the truth about his feelings for her, not while a powerful spell binds him. But he can guide her through the lush bayou in search of Mala LaCroix, whose fate means as much to him as it does to Bess. Yet as their search reveals the darkest kinds of sorcery, they find themselves drawn together more passionately than ever before . . .

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About Angie Sandro

Angie was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.

Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father’s family in Louisiana inspired this story.

Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador.

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EXCERPT:

“Does that include working with me?” Ferdinand asks.

With a gasp, I turn. He lounges against the doorframe, and I’m caught in his trap again, mesmerized by sheer perfection. He reminds me of a priceless Egyptian statue, painstakingly carved from ebony by a master craftsman. A real piece of work, this man. More beautiful than anything I saw in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more cunning than a grifter running a long con.

I blink to dispel the haze clouding my eyes. “I don’t like the idea, but it seems I don’t have a choice.”

Ferdinand shakes his head. “You have free will. It’s a gift, which shouldn’t be taken for granted.”

I refrain from snorting. It’s not at all lady-like. “Well, if I did, then I’d still have you in handcuffs.”

Ferdinand’s dark eyebrows rise. “Is that so?” His gaze travels leisurely down my body, leaving a trail of heat that pools between my thighs. “Your wish is my command, Chérie doux.” His accent thickens. “Any time. All I require is for you to say the magic word. Merci.”

My breath catches. It feels like I’ve got a stray piece of apple pie lodged in my throat, and no matter how much I swallow, I can’t clear the block. “I need some water,” I choke out, eyeing the door. Why won’t he move?

“I’ll go with you.” He turns sideways, waving his arm for me to precede him. As if I want him hovering behind where I can’t see his hands. Oh God. I don’t know how much more of this I can take.

Five quick steps take me to the door. My skin puckers as I brush past him. Every inch of me feels jittery, on edge, like I’m about to leap out of my skin. His long fingers skim the small of my back beneath the edge of my bulletproof vest, and a spark arcs between us. The resulting burst of liquid heat causes my overly sensitive nerves to tingle. My bound breasts ache from being confined.

The bathroom is only a few paces away, but I can’t reach it fast enough. Ferdinand almost walks on my heels. He’s so close that the space between our bodies hums with electricity. Does he plan on waiting for me to come out? That won’t do.

I throw open the door to the single stall bathroom and flip on the light. Ferdinand rocks forward on his toes, head close to brushing the top of the doorframe. My hand whips out, and I grab the waistband of his jeans and yank him into the room. The door slams shut behind us.

Confusion and hunger war within his dark eyes. The heady combination threatens to bring me to my knees. His long eyelashes fan down, then up. “Lieutenant Caine?”

“Shut up. Not another word.” I thumb the door lock. Neither of us can escape now. “I can’t…not one more second.”

His hand lifts, but I wrap my fingers around his wrist and shove it down. “Don’t touch me.” I can’t take it anymore. So why be miserable and keep fighting?

Rising onto my tiptoes, I grab his collar and drag him toward me. His lips part. Perfect. My mouth slams against his—hard and rough. I steal his kiss. The one owed to me. He’s been taunting me with the possibility for hours—holding this moment over my head while playing on my emotions. No more. It’s my reward for being so damn patient.

 

 

 

CHASING CRAZY, by Kelly Siskind Launch Day Blitz

I’m so honored to be a part of Kelly Siskind’s Launch Day Blitz for CHASING CRAZY-a book that has a special place in my heart. Read my review below for more.

Without further ado, the cover:

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CHASING CRAZY by Kelly Siskind (February 2, 2016; Forever Yours E-Book)

“With an endearingly awkward female protagonist, a swoon-worthy male love interest, and Siskind’s superb storytelling, this is one of the best New Adult contemporary romances I’ve read to date.” — USA Today bestselling author K.A. Tucker

Dear Mom & Dad, I dropped out of school. I’m going backpacking. Sorry. Love you both.
At nineteen, Nina has endured two lifetimes’ worth of humiliation. Tired of waiting for it to get better, she decides to get going-across the globe to New Zealand. There she soon faces what she most fears: a super sexy guy ready to be Nina’s next mistake.

Once Sam’s life was all about having fun. That was before the accident. Now his friends have bailed and his world is broken. But when a gorgeous girl on his flight looks at him with passion instead of pity, Sam feels his old self coming back to life. 

Now traveling together, Nina and Sam know this isn’t just a fling. They’re falling fast, hard, and deep. More than anything, Sam wants Nina to forget her fears. But to help her do that he must reveal his own painful secret-and risk Nina never seeing him the same way again.

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And keep an eye out for Kelly’s Over The Top series, coming in Spring 2016! Fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase will love this fun, contemporary romance series set in 
Vancouver, Canada. 
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About the author:
A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings-Gummy Bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.
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Here’s my review. Thank you so much, Grand Central, for letting me read and ARC for this awesome book.

I had so much fun with this book. The voice is phenomenal, the story is laugh-out-loud hysterical, and the romance is a mix of sweet and steamy; it’s highly addictive. It’s one of, if not, the best New Adult romances I’ve read.

CHASING CRAZY is the story of Nina, a young woman who spontaneously buys a ticket to New Zealand. En route, she meets Sam, a “frickin’ hot guy” with his own troubles, who is also going to New Zealand to make some changes in his life. They’re thrown together and sparks fly.

The dual POVs are extremely well done. Sometimes, when you read a dual pov book, it’s hard to tell characters apart from the voice. But Kelly gave Sam and Nina distinctive personalities, and it shines through in their individual chapters.

Definitely 5 STARS for this AWESOME read!