My Monthly Update – Giveaways, Pre-Release and Stuff

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Giveaways, Pre-Release & Stuff

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Sydney’s Newsletter & Monthly Giveaway

Sydney’s News!!!

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Back to School Sale & Giveaway!

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 For a limited time only, Another New Life is available for .99 cents.

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Hope for Her Goodread Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hope For Her by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Hope For Her

by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Giveaway ends October 01, 2014.

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Hope for Her (Hope Series Book #1) News

Interested in participating in some Hope for Her release activities, I have several options:

ARC Read it/Review it - reviews to be posted on goodreads and/eretailer by October 1st.

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Blog Tour – you can choose a review, a teaser/except or a limited # of interviews. Blog Tour dates September 29 to October 3.

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Release Day Blitz – html docs will be provided. Release Day October 1, 2014.

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Thanks in advance for everyone’s support!

Hope for her is doing well so far in pre order, it will be at .99 cents until October 1st, the release day price will be 2.99 so, pick up your copy now.

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September Goals!

Finish Hope for Us (Hope Series Book #3) – I having been having trouble finding time to write Book #3. I have a cover for it, so I need to get writing. I’ll be participating in a Fast Draft with some Facebook friends. Looking forward to spending two weeks in that creative realm.

Finish blog post on Hope for Her (Planning two post per week to share info on my writing journey for my new release.)

Happy Labor Day!

Release Day Blitz – Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti

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Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti

Genre: New Adult Romance

Release Date: August 28, 2014

Buy Links:

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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Synopsis:

“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you’re ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.

It’s a Cover Reveal – Hope Series by @sydliyah

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Genre:  New Adult Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: © Arijana Karčić, Cover It! Designs

Title:  Hope for Her (Hope Series Book #1) 

Publication Date:  October 1, 2014

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What do you hope for?

No one ever expected much from him.

Joshua Elijah Griffin, IV is on his last chance. A stint in rehab and a transfer to a new school has scared him into putting his life on track. He’s determined to live up to his family’s expectations, but on the first day of class, Josh meets a girl. He knows his father won’t approve, but in Carrington, he sees a kindred spirit. He’s whttp:/https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hope-for-her/id912061468?mt=11&uo=4&at=10lK7Villing to give up everything to be with her.

No one ever thought much of her.

Carrington Olivia Butler is ready to shine. Always in the background, she goes away to college to break out of her shell. Carrington wants to feel special. Josh’s attention is exactly what she craves, but their intense and sometimes volatile relationship is more than she bargained for.

As their relationship progresses, Josh’s demons return, and Carrington’s feelings fade, but they aren’t ready to give up hope. They give their love one last shot to survive, but hope, may not be enough.

**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**

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Hope For Him ( Hope Series, Book #2 )

What do you hope for, now?

- Available December 2014

Hope For Us ( Hope Series #3 )

What do you hope for, still?

- Available February 2015

 

About The Author

Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process. Hails from Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer. Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life released June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Hope For Her by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Hope For Her

by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Giveaway ends October 01, 2014.

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at Goodreads.

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Cover Reveal – CAPTURED LOVE By Juliana Haygert

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ABOUT CAPTURED LOVE: 

Warning: strong language, sex scenes
Word count: ~70,000

It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.

Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.

Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?

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About Rachel Morgan:

Ju HaygertWhile Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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    Goodreads Book Giveaway

        Captured Love by Juliana Haygert

          Captured Love

          by Juliana Haygert

            Giveaway ends October 20, 2014.

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Release Day!!! The Real Thing by Cassie Mae

I told Cassie the other day, I have one clicked this title like four times over the last four months. Not that I forgot I pre-ordered it, but I thought maybe if they realized how excited I was to receive this book, they would give it to me early. No such luck! 
It’s finally here!!!
Time to party!
The Real Thing releases today (whoop whoop!) and I’m giving away a swag pack full of goodies.

The Real Thing postcards

A froggy loofah

Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

The Real Thing Samsung Galaxy S3 Phone Case

A Cassie Mae pen

A collection of select Cassie Mae/Becca Ann signed books

Rafflecopter right below the excerpt and book details :)

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“All right, all right,” he says, smiling and holding his palm up to stop me. Tomato juice is dripping from the top of his head down his cheeks, getting caught in the smile lines by his mouth. I can feel it running down my face, too, and I should be gagging, but I’m not.

I open my mouth to tell him how cute he looks even with juice all over him, but a light ploof! hits the center of the tub between our bodies, and I stare down at my froggy loofah, now covered in red.

“Oh no!” I frown, plucking the sponge up by the froggy’s arm, then looking up to the shower caddy over Eric’s head. Our splash war must’ve knocked my poor froggy right off his little perch. “My loofah.”

“That’s what it’s called!” Eric slaps the top of his knee, getting more juice on both of us. “I’ve been staring at that thing since you moved in, trying to remember what the hell people call it.”

A small bubble of laughter escapes through my slight frown. “Why?”

“That thing is creepy.”

I gasp. “It is not. It’s cute.” My lip pokes out as I look at the juice soaking into the blue frog’s face. “And now it’s ruined.”

He takes the loofah from my fingers, an adorable pinched look on his face.

“I don’t know how you can wash yourself with this,” he says, pulling at the leg poking from the big green sponge part.

“It’s soft on my sensitive lady parts.” I laugh as his face goes red again. I expect him to drop the loofah back in my hand—or throw it at me—but he doesn’t. He keeps pulling at it as if it’s the weirdest, yet most fascinating thing in the world.

“Is it really ruined?” he asks, tone suddenly nowhere near his usual playfulness. He actually looks worried about my sponge.

“It’s like a buck, Eric.” I adjust in the tub again as the juice creeps into nooks and crannies of my body I had no idea existed till now. “I can get another one tomorrow. Maybe an even creepier one just for you.”

I try to wink, but I’ve never been good at that. He sort of laughs, but his eyes go back to the froggy. He runs his thumb over the eyeballs, wiping the juice from it. I thought I knew Eric pretty well. But as I watch him stare at my loofah, head slightly cocked to the side, I realize I have no clue what he’s thinking. And that’s totally okay. The anticipation of finding out is better.

“Only a dollar?” His eyes lift to mine.

“Or two. Depending on where you go.”

His lips purse and he nods, then plunges the sponge into the juice. Before I can smack him for that, he pulls it from the bath and wrings it out over my head. My jaw drops to my knees.

“Oh, you are so dead.”

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In this electrifying novel from Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction.

Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.

When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.

Advance praise for The Real Thing

“Cassie Mae is awesome! The perfect balance between laugh-out-loud funny and achingly poignant, The Real Thing is the ultimate escapist read. I didn’t want it to end!”—Lauren Layne, author of Isn’t She Lovely

“Watching two best friends figure out how to fall in love makes The Real Thing a summer read of swoon-worthy perfection.”—Jolene Perry, author of The Summer I Found You

“Cassie Mae’s The Real Thing made me want to close out every social media app and electronic device I have, but I couldn’t manage to stop reading!”—Rebecca Yarros, author of Full Measures

About the Author

Cassie Mae (who dawns the name Becca Ann on occasion) is the author of a few hundred… okay, maybe not that many… books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.

Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House, Swoon Romance, and Spencer Hill Press. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won’t tell you what it is. (Mainly because it changes depending on the day.)

Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge watch Teen Wolf and The Big Bang Theory. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. And she likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree.

You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Dylan O’Brien to her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiemaeauthor

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Tattoo Tuesday – H. R. Willaston

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I have flaked on Tattoo Tuesday for the last two week, but not on purpose. I have some great authors and bloggers coming up, but when there is editing to do, nothing else get’s through. So, I am extremely thankful for H.R. Willaston and per patience.

H.R, your five questions start now:

1.   How old were you when you got your first tattoo? 
 
 I got my first tattoo when I was 19.  It’s a cross with a rose in the center of it, over my heart.  I got it for my grandmother and plan on having rosary beads added to it with the dates of her birth and death.
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2.     How many tattoos do you have? If only one, do you want more? 
 I have four tattoos.  The cross I mentioned above, a ladybug on my right ankle (which was my students’ favorite when I was teaching preschool), two dragons nose to nose with their tails entwined on my left ankle (my husband has the same on his calve.) and my Andy Qwinn tattoo on the inside of my left wrist.  I’m planning on getting at least one more (water falling onto and down my right shoulder).
 
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3.     What inspired you to get your first tattoo or favorite tattoo?  Tell me your tattoo story.
I love all my tattoos but if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be the dragons.  My husband and I decided to get matching tattoos and we chose dragons.  We didn’t plan it this way, but the weekend we got them turned into a dragon weekend.  We got the tattoos Friday and on Saturday night we went to see the How To Train Your Dragon live show.  In my book Future Letters the characters Lil and Dylan get matching dragon tattoos but theirs were over their hearts and one dragon was green, the other was blue.  Our dragons are blue and purple.
 
4.     Tattoos on a significant other, like or dislike? Explain why?   
I love my husband’s tattoos.  He was with me when I got my first one (we were just friends then) but he didn’t get his until a few years ago and I’m so glad he finally did it.  I like tracing my fingers over the blue horseshoe on his arm (he’s a Indianapolis Colts fan) and looking at the dragons makes me smile.  He’s planning to get more too – which is more than fine with me.
 
 
5.     Do the characters in your books have tattoos? If so, pick a character and tell me his or her tattoo story? Why was this story incorporated in the book? 
In my book Nine Days the main character Andy Qwinn gets a tattoo while she’s in Hawaii.  She goes to support a friend and ends up getting one herself.  It’s a purple heart with ocean waves crashing inside it.  Andy loves everything about the water from swimming in it on her school’s swim team to studying the animals who live in the ocean so she can protect them and their habitats as a marine biologist.  I got the same tattoo when I was first writing the book.  For Andy, the tattoo symbolizes freedom and the strength and courage to seize her freedom and allow her to be herself – which is something she can’t fully do at home.  I got the tattoo at a time when I needed to be reminded that I could be as strong and brave as Andy, that I’d already survived so much and that I could survive what was going on at the time as well.  A picture of this tattoo is on the back cover of the book (an on the title page of the ebook).  The circling seals on the front cover represent the two monk seals – Pil and Popo – in the book as well as her relationship with Kai (sorry, I can’t explain that last part.  You’ll have to read the book ;-) ).  When she goes with her friend to get his tattoo she agrees to get a henna one.  She gets the circling seals on her shoulder blade.
All the art work for Nine Days was done by Big Mike Cardenas, a tattoo artist at Clovis Ink in California.  He’s done both of my husband’s tats and my most recent two.
 
 
Another great couple tattoo and I am waiting for the Cowboys to get back to the Super Bowl before I get my blue star tattoo. I might be waiting awhile. 
Thanks so much H.R. 
If you want to learn more about H. R. Willaston, check out her stuff: 
 
 
 
 
 
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If you have a tattoo story to share, leave me a note in the comments.