Pet the Covers With @stbende

It’s shiny new covers time! Get your hands all ready to pet the covers of Elsker and Tur by S.T. Bende.





The Elsker Saga #1
by ST Bende

You don’t win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr.  Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting.  He’s an honest to goodness Norse God – an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth.  Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.  Her orderly life just got very messy.



The Elsker Saga #0.5 
by ST Bende

Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all — great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory.

Some things are worth fighting for.

These covers are gorgeous!!!

Here’s more about S.T. Bende:


Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.

You can follow ST Bende on Twitter @stbende, or send an e-mail to


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After the Fear by @CityJuliet + Win a $50 #GiftCard

Welcome to April’s Easy Money Giveaway! One of the sponsors of this giveaway is Rosanne Rivers, author of After the Fear. I’m super excited to spotlight her and her book! Let’s take a look at the cover, shall we?





I love every inch of it! Here’s the blurb, links, and more about Rosanne:


You have not attended a Demonstration this month.

In Sola’s city, everyone obeys the rules. Stay away from the trigger cameras and regularly update your Debtbook, and you just might survive. But having to watch the way criminals are dealt with—murdered by Demonstrators in the Stadium—is a law Sola tries to avoid. When a charming Demonstrator kisses her at a party, however, she’s thrust into the Stadium and forced into the very role she despises.

Armed with only natural resourcefulness and a caring nature, Sola narrowly survives her first bout. Her small success means she’s whisked off to a training camp, where she discovers a world beyond the trigger cameras and monitoring—a world where falling in love with a killer doesn’t seem so terrible.

Yet life as a Demonstrator has no peace. Sola must train her way through twenty-five more Demonstrations before she can return home to her father. At the end of each battle, only one survivor remains.

Sola could face anyone in the Stadium . . . even a loved one.

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Rosanne lives in Birmingham, UK and considers it one of her favourite cities, second only to Rome. She delights in writing for children and young adults and hopes to bring readers to an unfamiliar yet alluring setting. Rosanne was inspired to write when she read the Harry Potter books, and at age fourteen, she wrote romance fanfiction on just about every pairing you could dream up from the HP series. She currently lives with her husband and two bunny rabbits and is working on a young adult fantasy novel.


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The Seer’s Lover by @katdefalla is FREE!

Today’s book spotlight is for my CMP sister Kat de Falla and her novel, The Seer’s Lover,  a paranormal romance, which is free now through April 12th!


I love this creepy cover!





Here’s what it’s about:


Calise Rowe’s question of who walks among us

leads her into an ancient war between seers and demons.


For years, Calise Rowe has been able to sense unusual energy from people, making her believe she is different.  Pulled into an ancient war raging for centuries between demon hunters and seers, she’s about to find out she’s right.

Her search for the truth leads her to Lucas Rojas, a seer of angels and demons who walk the earth shrouded from normal human eyes.  He’s hidden his gift for years and refuses to endanger Calise by sharing it with her.

In the sultry Costa Rican Jungles, their worlds collide.  As their passion and desire ignite, so does the ancient war between demons and seers.  Will their combined efforts be enough to save themselves and the entire human world, or will their new found love be their downfall?




She traced a circle in the sand with her finger.

Why would she disclose her whole existence to someone she’d just met? Someone who talked so little about himself that she found herself talking to fill the void. Saying things she could barely admit in her own head.

His hand covered hers. “I’m lonely, too. Getting to know you this week has been the brightest point in my life and I don’t want you to leave, but I know the only place you’ll be safe is far away from me.”

She swallowed. He had read her mind.

He lay down on his back and closed his eyes. “Cali, you know when you hear a song for the first time and you kind of ingest it? You can’t possibly know right away that it will be one of your favorite songs for the rest of your life. A classic.”

“Yeah.” She hoped he was going somewhere good with this.

“That first listen,” he continued, “you pick up a little of the melody and some lyrics that catch you. But when the song ends, you have to hear it again because you want to memorize all the words and sing along. After you hear it a few times and learn the words inside and out, then you begin to let the melody seep inside you. Next thing you know, you’ve completely digested the song and find yourself humming it while you are doing nothing, like shaving or driving your car. Finally, the song becomes so ingrained it becomes a part of you. Forever. You can recall it and it’s with you whenever you need it. Am I making any sense?”

She nodded, blinking back the tears fighting to fall.

“Cali, I don’t want you to go back because you’re my favorite song.”



Available on Amazon: ebook and print  FREE April 8-12th

Available from The Wild Rose Press in print

World Wide Release Date:  June 4th, 2014


About Kat:



Author Kat de Falla was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare thanks to her high school English teacher.

Four years at the UW-Madison wasn’t enough, so she returned to her beloved college town for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist where she fills prescriptions and chats with her patients.

She is married to her soul mate, classical guitarist, Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.


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Visit for FREE music downloads arranged by ningen9 that accompany this book:

  1. Anna’s Dance is a jazzy bossa nova meant to accompany chapter two.
  2. Shane’s Torment is a churning soundscape of despair meant to accompany chapter six.
  3. Cali and Lucas First Dance is a Latin fusion instrumental love song meant to accompany chapter twelve.



As I touch on Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) in this book, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to


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.@OkatieO is My Kind of Crazy

Hey, everybody! It’s book spotlight time, and this one sounds incredibly delightful. Check out the cover. Isn’t it adorable?!




Kendall Roarke is betting everything on making her Harwichport Bed & Breakfast into the premier wedding destination on Cape Cod, despite her recent messy divorce.

Jonathan Reynolds moved back to the Cape to take over his uncle’s business and start fresh after his own marriage ended. He’s not looking for anything complicated – until he meets Kendall, with her big plans and wild mop of curls.

Throw an unruly foster puppy and an uptight new neighbor into the mix and things get a little crazy. Now Kendall has to decide if it’s the kind of crazy that she can live with… for the rest of her life.



“Excuse me?”

She turned to find the stranger from the corner table on the sidewalk next to her. He was much taller than she’d guessed, maybe six feet or a little more, with long legs and wide shoulders. “You left these on the counter.” He held out her sunglasses. “I thought you might need them.”

She looked from the glasses up into his smiling face, and felt her knees go a bit weak. Up close, his eyes were the most brilliant shade of green Kendall had ever seen. Her stomach tightened into a knot and the air around her seemed to disappear, making it hard to breathe. Laugh lines radiated from his eyes and the small creases of dimples in his cheeks as he smiled.

Kendall exhaled, and reminded herself that it didn’t matter how breathtakingly cute he was. The guy was having an affair with a married woman. “Umm, thanks, I guess.” Her voice sounded as awkward as she felt. She reached to take her glasses, and realized that both hands were full with the coffee cup and bakery box. She juggled to balance the large box on top of the cup’s plastic lid to free up a hand.

“Here, let me help.” He stepped in even closer. Instead of taking either the box or the cup out of her hands, he slipped the sunglasses on her head, sliding them through her long curls and into place over her ears. This close, the clean scents of soap and citrusy shampoo wafted from his still-damp hair. Major sparks tingled throughout her entire body, his hands lingering for a moment in her hair before he seemed to catch himself and take a step back. “My name’s Jon, by the way. And you are?”


Oh, yum! Here’s a bit more about my good friend, Katie O’Sullivan:




Katie O’Sullivan lives with her family and big dogs next to the ocean on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust. A recovering English major, she earned her degree at Colgate University and writes romance for young adults and the young at heart. Her editing column, “The Write Way,” appears in the Literary Women section of CapeWomenOnline magazine.


Living next to the Atlantic influences everything she writes. Her latest contemporary romance from The Wild Rose Press is a story of second chances and starting over, set in small-town Cape Cod. Her YA mermaid series also begins on the Cape with SON OF A MERMAID, and continues the undersea adventures in May 2014 with BLOOD OF A MERMAID, coming from Crescent Moon Press.







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My Kind of Crazy is available now at Amazon. You should go buy it!

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Mad Flashes is #free through Sunday!



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The Devil’s Temptation and Puppies: @ToniDePalma1 Explains

Two blog posts in one week?! I know. Just breathe in and out and give me a Pop Tart. Or I’ll give you a Pop Tart. Whatever.



Anyway, I’m happy because Toni De Palma is here to discuss her latest release The Devil’s Temptation, book two of The Devil’s Triangle series, and to answer my never-ending questions. Let’s get to the book first. First, this cover is gorgeous!



Here’s the blurb:

Fighting the Devil brought Cooper and Grace together. But without a little evil to spice things up, the everyday life of a normal teenager is pretty dull. A summer job crewing on a billionaire’s yacht in sunny Italy might be just the ticket to rekindle passion. While the setting is perfect, the winding, sinister back streets of Naples are also the perfect playground for a scorned Lucifer to wreak havoc. And if evil doesn’t rip them apart, the sultry billionaire’s daughter and the sexy First Officer might be what it takes to finally destroy Cooper and Grace’s love forever.

It sounds awesome! You can grab a copy at Amazon. Go ahead and one click that baby. I’ll wait.

Now it’s time for my never-ending questioning of Toni (actually there’s only thirteen)!

Me: You just walked in the door after a long day. What do you do first?

Toni: Hug my puppy. Chester is a Pekingese. I keep his hair short, which makes him look like a little brown meatloaf.

Me: Aww. That’s so sweet! I give my cat lots of cuddles too when I get home. He’ll gnaw off my hand if I don’t. What’s the one physical object you can’t live without?

Toni: My computer and IPhone (okay that’s two). I just got a Mac and am teaching myself Photoshop. Besides writing, I love photography.

Me: Oooh, Photoshop and photography! Am I predicting a future in cover design maybe? Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

Toni: Being a werewolf would require major waxing, so vampire.

Me: HA! I love that answer! What are you going to do right after you finish this interview?

Toni: Watch Girls. I love that show!

Me: *Googles it, then immediately adds it to Netflix* What is your favorite dessert?

Toni: I love a good piece of dark chocolate.

Me: Yessssssss. Would you rather have hiccups for the rest of your life or feel like you need to sneeze but not be able to for the rest of your life?

Toni: My dad actually had hiccups for three days straight and I know how hard that is. Since I already have allergies, I’m used to needing to sneeze. Bring on the Kleenex.

Me: Do you have any strange writing quirks?

Toni: I need sunshine and love to write by a window.

Me: I prefer dark, depressing caves myself. Would you consider yourself a pioneer or a settler? Why?

Toni: It depends on what aspect of life you’re talking about. I’m pretty easy going so I don’t see the point in fighting over being right. Does that make me a settler? Maybe. So be it.

Me: Cool! When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type, or do you like standard foods?

Toni: I grew up in Brooklyn where ethnic cuisine is standard. I love trying new foods.

Me: Yay! Me too! Where did the idea for the Devil’s Triangle series come from?

Toni: My son and I were hooked on the TV show Fringe. That gave me the idea of a story based on alternate realities. Cooper, my main character, was really the catalyst. He is such a great character, a bad boy with a good heart.

Me: I love me some bad boys. I watched the first few episodes of Fringe but couldn’t really get into it. Do I need to keep watching it? Anyway, what’s something about yourself that really annoys you?

Toni: I can be super critical of myself. I have to remember to celebrate my accomplishments rather than thinking about the next big thing I want to do.

Me: *sighs* Me too. Why do you write?

Toni: Last week I presented at a Young Authors conference. The kids I worked with reminded me of me when I was their age. So I write for them and for the kid I used to be.

Me: That’s the best answer ever! What’s the last song you listened to on purpose?

Toni: “Obsession.” An oldy but a goody.


Awesome. And now, here’s more about Toni!




Toni De Palma was born in Brooklyn, New York. As a child she spent many summers in Ischia, the Italian island where her father was brought up. Her first middle grade novel, Under the Banyan Tree, was published in 2007 and selected as a Kirkus New Voices Pick and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her second middle grade novel, Jeremy Owl, was published in 2010. Her third book, The Devil’s Triangle, A YA paranormal is getting rave reviews. Toni holds her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and she is a recipient of a New Jersey Arts Fellowship. She currently resides in New Jersey.

Thanks for being here, Toni! And don’t forget to one-click her book, The Devil’s Temptation!
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It’s Spring Break! *flings off bikini, then puts it back on again because NO*

Spring Break is heeeeere!

Spring Break is heeeeere!

My poor, poor neglected blog. I still think about you sometimes, and that’s usually as far as I get. I’ve been so wrapped up in life and my characters’ lives that I’m not 100% sure where the past few months have gone.


It all started with National Novel Writing Month in November. Oh my God, that month was killer. I’ve never done NaNoWriMo before, and I’m pretty sure I left my brain somewhere between weeks three and four. But I wrote over 50,000 words. Boom! Some of them are really ugly words, more like a string of nonsense that may have more to do with my waning supply of Pop Tarts than the actual story. But still! Words!


I did learn a few things about myself as a writer through NaNoWriMo though–I can breeze through dialog with hardly a clickety-clack pause. Give me two or three characters with tons to talk about, and I’m set. But for a pantster, someone who writes with only a vague idea of where they’re going, NaNoWriMo will tear your arms off and beat you with them. I did have an outline, but the further I got into the story, the more bare-bones it got. There are many instances where I wrote *something happens here but I don’t know what*. I think I’m going to leave that in and let the reader fill in their own blanks. Just kidding!


Anyway, this book is called Sail, and it’s a New Adult sexy ghost story in space. I’m thinking it will be ready for consumption by Fall 2014.


What else? Oh, yeah! I expect to have edits back on The Grave Winner book 2 sometime this week. I’m excited to jump back into Leigh’s head.


One more thing! See the sidebar on the right where it says Subscribe to Lindsey’s Insider Newsletter? It will be a happy day if you sign up because you’ll get cover reveals (the one for Sail is going to be AH-mazing!) before anyone else, never before seen excerpts, and contests just for newsletter subscribers. It’s different from my blog in that I will actually do something with it! ;)


Now, excuse me while I continue licking dishes clean. Hey, it’s Spring Break–I can do whatever!

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.@JamieMAyres’ Favorite #YA Book Couples

Today, Jamie Ayres, author of the recently released 18 Truths, is here to discuss her favorite YA book couples. Oh! And at the very bottom is a Rafflecopter giveaway! Okay, take it away, Jamie!


With Valentine’s Day coming up, I was thinking about making a bulletin board in my Language Arts classroom of my favorite YA Book Couples as a way to promote reading this month. I thought it’d make a swell blog post too, and Lindsey Loucks loved the idea. Huge thanks for hosting me on my 18 Truths blog tour today! Here are my picks:

Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter. Jealousy, secrets, love potions: what more would you expect from wizard romance? They didn’t officially become a couple until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but she’d loved him since the moment she saw him. It just took him a while to catch up (as is often the case with teenage boys). Seeing Ginny without the ‘best friend’s off-limits little sister’ lenses on took until the sixth book, and then Harry had to leave her to destroy the Dark Lord, but the conclusion to their romance was well worth the wait!

Alice Bell and Cole Holland from The White Rabbit Chronicles. They spend a lot of time pushing each other away, but their attraction is off the charts! He’s overprotective, she’s brutally honest, they’re both headstrong, and excellent zombie killers! I love the heat between them!

Tessa Gray and Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices. She’s a woman of virtue and integrity and he’s what every mother has warned you about. But she brings out the softer side of him, the side that loves books and writes poetry. Throughout the series, they discover how much more they are like than different and are drawn more and more to each other.

Dash and Lily from the Book of Dares. Oh my gosh! I wish I could’ve found a red notebook when I was 16 and had a bunch of amazing adventures with a fellow book nerd. Exchanging their inner most thoughts on paper was old-fashioned and refreshing. Dash is cynical and Lily is quirky. Together, they are completely adorable and had me smiling from beginning to satisfying end.

Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars. Everyone loves this novel, and I’m no exception, so of course this sweet couple is going to show up on my list! Sure, neither one of them speaks like a normal teenager; you often forget you’re reading a YA novel with this one. But with the cancer storyline, these two characters are probably the most mature teens I’ve ever read, for good reason. Read this romance with a box of tissues nearby!

Nate and Olga from 18 Things and 18 Truths. Wait, did I just pick a couple from my own book series? Yes, I did! How can I not? I love them both so much. There’s Olga, girl of faith and class valedictorian, yet somehow manages to make geeky look cool. Then there’s Nate, adrenaline junkie and a bit of an oddball, but sexy as hell. Can we say opposites attract? I love how the sparks fly between them! :) Of course, now that Conner’s back in the picture, that leaves Nate as the outsider once again. I know my favorite for Olga, but it will be interesting to see if she picks whom she has the most history with or who compliments her the most. Both have their positives and negatives!

*So those are my picks! Who are your favorite book couples? Thanks again to Lindsey for hosting!

Any time, Jamie! For me, Harry and Ginny were perfect together. Now, here’s a bit more about Jamie and 18 Truths!


*One Line Blurb: With the lessons the 18 Things life list taught her engraved on her heart, Olga embarks on a new adventure as a spirit guide, but nothing prepares her for the chilling truths she’s learning along the way.

*Book Cover Blurb:


Lying is unbearable, betrayal is inevitable, and choosing which path to take is impossible.


Olga Gay Worontzoff ended her senior year as an eighteen-year-old girl totally in love with Nate, enjoying their new romance and about to attend the university of her dreams. Now she’s spending her summer in the weird subculture of the Underworld, with charmingly witty and powerful angels, and problematic demons, trying to rescue Connor, the best friend and secret crush she was unable to save during a freak accident.


But Nate has other things on his mind, mainly Grace. She’s their first assignment as joint spirit guides, and Olga’s feeling hurt and jealous. His mysterious behavior has Olga questioning everything she believed about him and now she must decide whether to stick to their plan, or follow her heart.


Unfortunately, a series of mistakes threatens everyone around her and plants Olga in the center of cosmic events much larger than she ever imagined.


Only one thing is certain: the chilling truths uncovered during her journey will leave no one untouched.


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Publisher’s Bio:


Jamie Ayres writes young adult paranormal love stories by night and teaches young adults as a Language Arts middle school teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. Although she spent her youthful summers around Lake Michigan, she now lives in Florida with her prince charming, two children (sometimes three based on how Mr. Ayres is acting), and a basset hound. She really does have grandmothers named Olga and Gay but unlike her heroine, she’s thankfully not named after either one of them. She loves lazy pajama days, the first page of a good book, stupid funny movies, and sharing stories with fantastic people like you. Her books include the first two installments of her trilogy, 18 Things and 18 Truths. Visit her online via Twitter, Facebook, or at


Short version:

Jamie Ayres writes young adult love stories by night and teaches young adults as a middle school teacher by day. She lives in southwest Florida with her husband and two daughters. Her books include 18 Things and 18 Truths. Visit her website at


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The Truth Comes Out – Socks Are the Devil!



As part of Jamie Ayres’ 18 Truths blogfest, I posted two truths and a lie last week. Here were the three things about me to choose from:


I have to sleep with socks on.

I’ve eaten bugs.

My special talent is keeping fish alive.


So which are true and which is the lie? *drum roll, please* The first one is the lie!!!! If my feet are hot, I can’t sleep. Period. Every night, they come off, as do most of my other clothes. TMI? Hey, I’m a furnace when I sleep. I can’t help it.


Yep, I’ve eaten bugs before, both alive and dead. When I was little, I would pick them up, pop them between my fingers, and suck them down. You weren’t about to eat dinner or anything, were you? ;) I’ve also eaten them lightly toasted and salted. Crickets are kind of chewy, while silk worms have the same consistency as potato chips. Who knew? Okay, I’ll shut up now.


As for keeping fish alive, what can I say? It’s a gift. An unwanted, annoying gift, but a gift all the same. The goldfish I have now has been with me a year and a half, which is nothing, really, since they can live up to fifteen to twenty years. The goldfish I had as a child, affectionately named Glitter, lived for about two years. When I tell people this, they always say that their fish only lived for a week or two. Everyone I know says that, which is, like, two people, but still.


So now you know! Hurray! Now go buy 18 Truths by Jamie Ayres!

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There Will Be Monkeys If You Can Handle The Truth

Original Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of @Doug88888

Original Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of @Doug88888

See? Told you. And yes, you can handle the truth.


As part of Jamie Ayres’ 18 Truths blogfest, I’m here to play Two Truths and a Lie. Never heard of it? Well, it’s when you state two facts about yourself and one lie, and people have to guess which statements are true and which one is the lie. Okay, here’s mine:


I have to sleep with socks on.

I’ve eaten bugs.

My special talent is keeping fish alive.



That’s it! Which two are the truth, and which one is the lie?

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