Where in the World is Jolene Haley – April Update.

Where has the time gone? Seriously. I feel like last week it was December, and now it’s almost May.

Maybe it’s just that I’ve been so incredibly busy lately, and that’s why I feel like some of my time has been stolen out under my nose.

What have I been doing?


Lately I’ve read several books, you can check out what I’m reading on Goodreads. The most recent ones are Untamed by Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green, The Babysitter I and II by R.L. Stine, and just started both the Pretty Little Liars series and Silver Heart by Victoria Green. I’ve been really lucky this April. All of them are exceptional reads.


I’m working on four different WIPs right now. One is for Camp NaNoWriMo, and I posted about it on my new project The Midnight Society (a blog for NA and YA horror). I’m also working on a secret project with the ever lovely Kristen Jett, and let me tell you, I can’t wait to share it. I’m writing another WIP about a roadtrip, something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. And lastly but not least, I’m working on a project with the driven C. Elizabeth Vescio. So much goodness there.


As you all probably know, Pen & Muse is releasing our first anthology this fall, so I’ve been editing like a champ, all of the entries for the Dark Carnival Anthology. You can actually add it to your Goodreads list, here.


I’ve kind of left my blog lonely lately, haven’t I? Well, I assure you I’ve been blogging up a storm on Pen & Muse, The Midnight Society, and Pub Hub. On Pub Hub, I interview lots of awesome authors. It’s a blast! Over on The Midnight Society, I’ve written recently about Horrific Post-Its, Camp NaNoWriMo and my YA horror WIP, and the creepy story of The Smiling Man. Over at Pen & Muse, I reviewed Untamed (a book I loved SO much), I shared my excitement for upcoming release Wasteland, and I shared some awesome freebies for Camp NaNoWriMo (or for writers in general).


In addition to those things, I’ve been working my day job. It’s hectic right now. My boss went on vacation, which left me scrambling to tie up any loose ends, but at the end of the day, I take pride in working hard in order to play hard. In fact, I’ll share with you one of my favorite mottos.


Listening to Music

I’ve rekindled my love for Spotify, and I’ve made a ton of playlists for my WIPs to get me in the (writing) mood. Like this one for my Roadtrip WIP called ADVENTURE or this one for my NaNoWriMo WIP called Katherine in the Lighthouse. There are some seriously fun tunes in there, but both are very different.

30 Before 30

So I’m not thirty. In fact, I wont be for another three years, so I made a 30 Before 30 list, of thirty things to do before I’m thirty years old. Before I knew it, my list was fifty items long! Some of them include things like: picnic at midnight, get a tattoo, and be a pirate for a day. There are other items that I’m already looking to complete soon. One of the items is to do a Color Run, so I’m doing one coming up soon.

One Good Deed a Day

I bought this book for myself and I’ve already had a lot of fun doing things from here. If you don’t already know, one of my favorite books of all time, is Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. Stargirl lives to make herself happy and share it with others. She lives to celebrate everything in life, including the things that most would never think of. In it, Stargirl does a lot of really nice things for people who don’t appreciate it. And the book has actually inspired a series of Stargirl Societies out there, who do just that – acts of kindness and celebration. I feel like in some small way, this is my ode to Stargirl. Here is one of my favorite lines from that book. It’s about Stargirl.

Excerpt - Stargirl


What has everyone else been up to? Any good news or exciting news? Anyone else have a 30 before 30 list or love Stargirl like I do?

Let me know in the comments below!


Seasons in the Sun by Kristen Strassel Blog Tour & Exclusive Excerpt

It’s amazing to me, the success that Kristen Strassel has had since the initial publication of her debut novel Because the Night. Because the Night was published in November 2013 and it has caught on like wildfire. In such a short period of time, she has received almost 100 collective 4 and 5 ratings on her book. People have nothing but amazing things to say about it, such as this small snipper from the review of Jillian Marques on Goodreads, “Hmmm… Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. Need more? Ok, throw in some vampires. How about some mystery? Murder? Cliffhangers? Lust? Adrenaline? Obsession? Well, there you go. It’s all there.”

Imagine my excitement when I found out Kristen was releasing a prequel to Because the Night called Seasons in the Sun. It published in December 2013 and readers have been loving it. I loved it. Kristen Jett has an amazing blurb in her review on Goodreads that sums up this awesome YA novella:

Before the sex, blood, and rock ‘n roll, there was a summer spent on Martha’s Vineyard.
Before the boy became a vampire.
Before he became the hottest sex symbol with more groupie fans
Before Callie decided to save him from himself.
One summer changes everything. Seasons in the Sun. 

Seasons in the Sun Final

Summer has finally arrived, along with a boy who will forever change the life of fourteen-year-old Callie. After growing up hearing stories about Tristan Trevosier and his famous family, Callie finally meets him when he spends the summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Seventeen-year-old Tristan is a hurricane of destruction and rebellion, and he quickly blows a hole right into Callie’s sheltered life. Callie sees a side of Tristan that he doesn’t show anyone else. She’s determined to make everyone see what she sees in him.

Callie defies her parents by leaving the island with Tristan. But when his ugly habits rear their head, Callie realizes maybe she’s the one who’s wrong about him. He’s beyond her help. But it’s too late for her to walk away. This summer, she learns that love can be stronger than reason.

Buy SEASONS IN THE SUN on Amazon (Only 99 cents this month!)

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Exclusive Excerpt from Seasons in the Sun

Keisha and Taryn had hit it off, and were chatting and laughing nonstop about things I couldn’t follow.  I guess it was just my day to feel out of place.  Tristan hadn’t brought anything with him to pass the time, no book, no iPod, and I could tell he was getting restless by the way he was fidgeting and looking around at everything.  I could see him out of the corner of my eye and it was distracting me from my reading.

Okay, I was watching him out of the corner of my eye and he was distracting my reading. Looking at him was way better than anything in my book. Before the other day, I thought people that looked like him only existed in books.

“So what do you do around here?”  He asked again.

“What do you mean?  I told you already.”

“For fun.” He smiled. I felt my cheeks redden, and not from the sun.

I looked around at all the people on the beach, who’d come from all over the world to enjoy this spot for their vacation.  They were relaxing in chairs, playing volleyball, swimming, digging in the sand.  I didn’t know how the answer wasn’t obvious to him.  “Um…this.”

“That’s it?”

“Pretty much.”

“Do you surf?”

“I swim.”

“I hear the surfing’s supposed to be pretty rad here.”

“I think people usually go up to Squibnocket.  I don’t think the waves are big enough for surfing here. That’s what I’ve heard, anyway.”

“Hmmm.” Tristan seemed disappointed.  “So working and laying in the sun, that’s it, huh?”

I didn’t think anything I said was going to impress Mr. California.  “Sometimes, I go see my dad’s band play, but other than that, yeah.  I guess I’m pretty boring.”

“No, you’re not boring,” I could feel the heat rising in my cheeks again.  “What kind of band does he play in?”

“A blues band.”

“Right on.”  Finally, Tristan seemed to approve.  “So you go to bars to see him?  I guess things do happen fast around here.”

“Well, restaurants.  I go with my parents, so it’s not like I’m doing anything too wild and crazy.”

“Yet.”  He smiled at me.

flagbannerseparator_zpsa7e40df5I found out that Seasons in the Sun is on sale this month for only 99 cents! What a steal! Make sure you pick it up while it’s on sale or at least add it to your To-Read list. You wont be disappointed.

Have you read Seasons in the Sun? Are you planning on picking it up? Let me know in the comments below!


Cover reveal: Perfectly Messy by Lizzy Charles

It always brings me great pleasure to help reveal new book covers. But because this is a book from the publisher I work for (Swoon Romance) and because it’s one of the authors I really admire (Lizzy Charles) it’s extra exciting to me.
Behold the glory of Perfectly Messy!
Perfectly Messy
Release Date: May 2014
Summary from Goodreads:
Popularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall
knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business
owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming.
But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for
the man he’s trying to be.

But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen
kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous
photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal
during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play
for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect
her: he breaks her heart.

For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second
chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s
pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.
Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything.
Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the
one person he can’t live without.
Book One:


About the Author
When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.
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Cover Reveal: We Wont Feel A Thing by JC Lillis

When JC Lillis told me she had a new cover coming out I new I had to be involved. Why? Because for one, she’s an amazing author. Two, I loved her other book . And lastly, once I saw the cover, I was an uncontrollably mess of a person shouting, “OH MY GOD THIS COVER IS SO GORGEOUS I WANT TO SHOUT IT FROM MOUNTAINTOPS!!!”

So yeah, naturally, I wanted to be involved.

Here is the cover for We Wont Feel A Thing!

We Won't Feel a Thing


Title: We Won’t Feel a Thing

Genre: YA contemporary romantic fantasy

Book release date: March 31, 2014



Book blurb

Seventeen-year-old best friends Rachel and Riley are in forbidden love.

Their situation’s. . .complicated. And their timing couldn’t be worse—in just one month, he leaves for California and she starts college in New York. The absolute last thing they need is a reckless secret-love confession mucking up their perfect plans.

There’s only one logical option: scientific intervention.

Desperate for a quick fix, they sign up for WAVES, an experimental self-help program led by mysterious scientist David A. Kerning. He swears his Forbidden Love Module can turn passion back to safe platonic friendship in “six easy steps.”

But when you arm yourself with an untested program, side effects are unpredictable.

And sometimes when you fight love—love fights back.

We Won’t Feel a Thing on Goodreads

On Pinterest



About the book cover

I had this cover idea in my head pretty early on—the waves are a recurring image, and there’s also a Significant Umbrella in the story. I worked closely with my awesome cover designer, Mindy Dunn, who took the basic idea and made it beauteous. The book is whimsical and romantic (and hopefully funny), and I think the cover captures the tone really well. I hope you like it!


About the Author

JCL Author PhotoJ.C. Lillis lives in Baltimore with her patient family and a ragtag band of tropical fish, some of which will be dead by the time you read this. WE WON’T FEEL A THING is her second YA novel; she also wrote HOW TO REPAIR A MECHANICAL HEART, because she wanted to read a book about two sci-fi fanboys in love and there wasn’t one handy. She loves koi ponds, abandoned amusement parks, and peanut butter & banana sandwiches. She hates paper cuts, cabbage, and writing bios.


Find J.C. Lillis:

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562243.J_C_Lillis

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/jclillis

On Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/jclillisbooks

On Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jclillis/

On the web: www.jclillis.com


Happy reading friends!


5 Free (and Gorgeous) WordPress Themes

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing how important it is to have a platform and some sort of social media site when you are an author or illustrator.

But even more important than having a social media site, is the look and feel of it. This site should represent you as an artist, an author, or a freelancer. Whether you’re looking for a WordPress theme to pair with your New Year’s outlook or you’re window shopping, here are five WordPress layouts that I found.

All are completely free and completely gorgeous.

5 Free (and Gorgeous) WordPress Themes


Sugar and Spice - I love this theme for it’s clean, yet feminine design. It’s actually the same theme that I have on my site currently. Below is a screenshot, but you can actually download it and preview it from it’s site. Check out this theme!



Balloons - This one is simple and some may find it too simple. I think it’s perfect for a beginner (or for a person who likes simplicity). You can find it and download it here.



WP Anniversary - This theme is a lot busier than the other two I posted, but I really like how much you can personalize this theme. Check it out here.



Asteria - I really like Asteria for how clean the WordPress theme is and I like the slider too. Check it out and download it for free here!




Stargazer - The creators of this theme call it “The Best Theme in the Universe.” It has a few impressive SEO Optimization tools and more. Check it out here.



What do you guys think?

What’s your favorite WordPress theme?



Holiday Book Showcase: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

Welcome to another edition of the Holiday Book Showcase!
Have you heard of a young adult novel called The Tragedy Paper? It’s written by Elizabeth LaBan and was published this year by Knopf Books. The Tragedy Paper has strong winter themes and is a perfect book to showcase during December.Thankfully the lovely author, Elizabeth LaBan was kind enough to guest post today on the role that winter plays in her book. She also sent me a fantastic excerpt to share with you today!
The Tradegy Paper
Book Blurb: Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim’s surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep their love.

Excerpt from The Tragedy Paper


She was already wrapping a green scarf around her neck and pulling on her coat. When I didn’t move, she stopped and looked at me.

“I’m not going to give up,” she said. “If you don’t come, I guess I’ll just go alone. You know that book If You Give A Moose A Muffin? Well, in this case. If You Give A Girl A Pancake in a Snowstorm…I am unstoppable.”

shellWinter in The Tragedy Paper: Thoughts from Elizabeth LaBan

One of the themes running through The Tragedy Paper is the idea that the universe is out of whack and normal rules don’t apply. The best way I could think of to illustrate that was with snow storms. I think it happens to all of us when it snows a lot, normal life is suspended and something else takes its place. Just this week we had a snow day. In the end it did not snow as much as was predicted, but we switched from our usual weekday mode to an almost vacation day mood – everyone home, lunch out at our favorite deli, trekking through the snow in the city square just a few blocks north of us, throwing snow balls through a strung-up Christmas wreath. And when it is an even bigger storm and everything stops, the mood shifts even more either to lots of excitement or even worry about what it might mean (no travel, no power?). So with the snow comes the good and the possibly bad.

Tim’s story begins and ends with a snow storm – two different storms that bring different outcomes. If his flight had not been delayed that fateful January day, he would have arrived at the Irving School knowing nobody but the headmaster. He might have recognized Vanessa in the halls as the girl who was on his plane – but would he have talked to her? Probably not.At the same time, the snow brought out something in Vanessa that Tim would not have seen without it. Toward the end of the book the second storm also brings excitement along with a sense of doom. I loved writing the dinner scene the night of that second storm – again, everything was suspended. Food was put out for students to take when they wanted it, the English teacher Mr. Simon baked the brownies, Tim’s feet got wet from all the melted snow so he ate barefoot.

There is supposed to be a snow storm again tomorrow. I find myself constantly checking the weather, hoping for the worst. We don’t have to go anywhere, and we live in the city so really how bad could it be? But there is just something about a snow storm…

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shellAbout Elizabeth LaBan

elizabeth labanElizabeth LaBan lives in Philadelphia with her restaurant critic husband and two children. The Tragedy Paper, published by Knopf in January 2013, is her first young adult novel. She is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Newsday and The Times-Picayune, among other publications, as well as the author of The Grandparents Handbook which was published by Quirk Books.

Holiday Book Showcase: Dillon’s Gift by A.J. Hawthorn

I put out a call on Twitter for some fabulous winter reads. I was looking for anything involving Christmas, snow, or December or anything you could link to it. I got some fabulous responses and I wanted to share them with you. Dillon’s Gift, a romance novel was one of the books I heard about… I just peeked at the cover. Excuse me while I fan myself!


Today’s Holiday Book Showcase is Dillon’s Gift by A.J. Hawthorn.


Book Blurb: Stacy hasn’t celebrated Christmas in years and has no reason to change her ways. Dillon can’t understand why the most giving person he knows refuses to join in the holiday cheer. He cooks up a plan that will leave them no choice but to spend the holidays together.

Yet, he doesn’t know Stacy as well as he thinks, and there is an equal chance that things could backfire.

Will a gag gift mix-up, a game of Truth or Dare, and a blizzard ruin the holiday for them both or bring two friends together for a Christmas to remember.

Buy Dillon’s Gift at Decadent (the publisher)

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An excerpt from Dillon’s Gift

“I know, but the prank wasn’t intended for you. I wouldn’t do something like that to a friend. If I could go back and fix it, I would.” His friendship meant the world to her, and she was terrified of acting on the simmering attraction that increased each time he came near. The urge to run her hands through his hair and burrow into his warmth quickly consumed her every thought.

A thread of unease unraveled inside her as dark satisfaction transformed his features into those of a male ready to claim a long-awaited prize. He acted as if some certain victory was at hand.  As much as she trusted him, she couldn’t help but be wary.

Pressing farther into the door was pointless, but there was no controlling the instinctive response. The wolf had come for Little Red Riding Hood.


About the author A.J. Hawthorn

As a teen, Amy J. Hawthorn fed her reading appetite with fantasy and horror stories. Then she stumbled upon a pretty book cover, complete with a bare-chested, sword-wielding, Highlander. That Highlander and his author showed her the magic of a Happily-Ever-After and she’s never looked back.

She’s a busy mother of two, wife of one and lives with one foot in the hospital world and the other at home.

She has read her way through Kentucky, Arizona, Southern California, and then back home to Kentucky.

Today, between working night-shift and wrangling her family, she tries her best to create Happily-Ever-Afters for the characters running amok in her head.

Amy’s Twitter

Amy’s Blog

shellWhat do you think friends? Will you be reading Dillon’s Gift? Is there another holiday story that you would recommend?




Awesome Gifts for Writers: Postertext 2014 Calender!

If there’s one thing I love to receive at Christmas, it’s a calendar. I usually get one from my Aunt Kristi every year. Sometimes it’s homemade, because she’s crafty like that. Last year, it was a Harry Potter calendar.

The other day when I was browsing in Barnes and Noble for a few gifts, I found myself wondering  why there weren’t more calendars out there for writers. In the ten minutes I spent in the calendar section, there were a ton of different types: men with animals (hubba hubba), vintage soup labels, pin-up girls, horses, lighthouses, etc. But where were the calendars for writers?

And then I found out about Postertext. They design art prints for book lovers, and they’ve put together a fantastic looking calendar for 2014. MADE ENTIRELY FROM WORDS! What? That’s right. It’s every graphic designer’s wet dream and every writer’s wish! I think it’s a perfect gift for any book enthusiast. It contains short stories from some of my favorite authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft.

Here are a few pics from what I found:






Buy the Calendar Now!

I’ve heard of Postertext, but just in case you haven’t and want a little more info…

About Postertext

Postertext designs art prints for book lovers made entirely out of text!

We are a small team of bibliophiles who love art and literature. We are one of the pioneers of these “wall of text” designs, where we use words from a book to form an illustration. No lines. No edges. Just words.

Postertext breathes new life into some of the most important literary works ever written by using the writer’s own words. We take pride in our ability to produce the highest quality work that captures the heart and spirit of the author’s original vision. To accomplish this, we read every single book to completion before even attempting to brainstorm possible designs.

The result is stunningly elegant.

Since we first opened shop in 2010, we’ve been mentioned on big-name places like WIRED, Dwell, New Yorker, Notcot, Harvard Press and many others.


About the 2014 Literary Calendar

This 2014 Literary Poster Calendar is created using short stories from 12 prolific authors.

Created from the original words of some of the most beloved short stories, this compilation of art brings alive a unique and thrilling design with the flip of each page. The tales of great authors such as H.P. Lovecraft, Mark Twain, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle all take their places on their own pages, co-existing in a harmonious balance of beautiful literary lines and sumptuous illustrations. With perforated edges on each calendar page, you can remove each month’s design and frame them on the wall as separate pieces of a collection. These illustrations are timeless and can continue to be enjoyed no matter the month or year.

With the varied and prodigious words of great authors, this 2014 Literary Poster Calendar evokes the spirit of each individual tale with twelve magnificent illustrations that will make every month of next year memorable. From the first month all the way to the last, a journey emerges which carries you from the remarkable world of E.M. Forrester all the way to the snow-capped realm of Charles Dickens. Each one of these lovely art prints will have you looking forward to the future as you keep a fond memory of the passing months. Please send me your mailing address and I’ll have it shipped out right away!


What do you guys think? What other calendars for writers have you found? Let me know in the comments below.


Happy F@#king Birthday Kristen Jett!

 Woot! Happy F@#king  Birthday Kristen Jett!

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By now, I hope you’ve had a fun-filled, glorious day! I hope you eat cake and dance with friends. I hope you get lots of shiny things. I hope you have a truly beautiful birthday, because you deserve it!

There are a million and one reasons that I cherish you as a friend, a confidant, and as a business partner. You’re creative. You’re innovative. You’re talented. You’re funny. And most importantly, you’ll eat my licorice jelly beans.

For those of you who are reading this and aren’t KJ,  we (myself and fellow KJ lovers), decided to throw her an ultimate online scavenger hunt. Each stop posted pictures, GIFs, and clues to the next stop. Here are the stops below.

The Happy Birthday Scavenger Hunt Stops – In Order

Stop 1: Pen and Muse

Clue to next stop:

She is quite lovely, she is quite sweet,
She makes our Google group boy chat complete <3
Starts with a B, With only one vowel
Better solve this quick and not throw in the towel!

Stop 2: Brett Jonas

Clue to next stop:

She’s one of a kind and quite the great writer,
She’s first to jump in and help us pull an all nighter.
She’s part of the P&M team (and she rocks),
And the amount of scheduling she does knocks your socks off.

Stop 3: Jessi Shakarian

Clue to next stop:

Oh my cheesecake! Is what you said, I believe,

When it comes to her writing and her main book squeeze.

She’s funny and lovely and is part of the P&M team,

I’m sure when her book two comes out, you’ll be in a dream!

Stop 4: Kristen Strassel

Clue to next stop:

A writer of romance

A secret writer

A collaborator with one, and she’s not a fella,

But a partner with another for U. Ella

Stop 5: Jolie Hudson

Clue to next stop:

She’s fab, she’s fun, she’s also a gal.
She’s sweet and also a fellow writing pal,
You know her online but that’s not all,
You’ve met her in person (and she was quite swell).
Hint: Her initals are K.E.

Stop 6: Kristen Evey

Clue to lead to #7

YA Writer, teacher, and a awesome lover of books,
You know her on Twitter and on the Nano-Loop.
Her project is unique, and not for the mild,
A fantastic read about an emancipated foster child.

 Stop 7: Sam Hager

Clue to next stop:

He’s fantastic; a friend and a writer,
A lover of zombies and all things macabre.
And if you don’t get what you want for your bday,
He’s usually the first to volunteer as your love slave. <3

 Stop 8: Bobby the Great! (I agree with this title)

Clue to next stop:

He’s the man, with a plan,

Lovely kids and lovely wife.

He’s the best editor we know,

He makes us love writing life!

Stop 9: Steve 

Clue to next stop (written by Steve himself):

Today is Kristen’s birthday, our bacon loving friend

Who’ll probably start a spreadsheet, before this hunt will end

*offers bar of chocolate, wrapped with her next clue*

(Though she’d rather solve a mystery, w/ help from you-know-who

Now nine will lead her, to yet another site.

Of an editor by day, and a novelist by night.

*offers her preview copy* *hopes the title may suffice*

Since we didn’t win the auction, what w/ that record price.

Though neither is an asscher cut, the color’s at least the same.

And with that now, the clue is done…so good luck with the game!

Stop 10: Danielle Masterson

Clue to next stop:

Great taste in music, a fantastic writer all can see,

He’s a great friend, and his name starts with a B.

He loves Dean Koontz and black labs,

What can I say, everyone thinks he’s just fab!

Stop 11:  Brian Taylor

Clue to next stop (written by Brian!):

1) This person used to peek in the Diaries of Ella Graham.

2) They talk freely about the Secret Life of Writers.

3) No one knows more about OF SCARS AND STARDUST than them…like in the history of scars and stardust. Really. I’m not kidding.

4) This person once said you were their personal astrologist. “What’s up with the moon?”

Have you figured it out yet? That’s right, give a great big hug to…someone we should all be following on twitter… https://twitter.com/andeehannah

Yep, it’s http://www.andreahannah.com/!

Stop 12: Andee Hannah

Clue to next stop:

Your jelly bean twin,

Your fellow Hardy Boys lover.

Runs by the seat of her pants (and Dean Winchester lover),

Will plan things only for you! As you’ve just discovered!

Stop 13 (Final Stop):  Jolene Haley

Great job you solved it!!


I hope you enjoyed our fun-filled festivities. You truly are an incredible person Kristen, and I hope you see how much we all care about you. :)


HUGE thank you to my fellow accomplices for helping me pull this off. You are awesome!


Sweet dreams,




Awesome Book Releases: 11/05/13

Regardless of it being Tuesday and the middle of my work week, I could not wait to wake up today. Why? Because there are four very special book releases out today that I can’t wait to share with you!

Because the Night

By Kristen Strassel

Because the Night


Sex, Blood, and Rock n’ Roll.

Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.

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Goddess in Time: An Oh.My.Gods. Novella

By Tera Lynn Childs

Oh My

A fun, action-packed novella, perfect for teenage Percy Jackson fans, starring favorite characters from Greek mythology and beloved author Tera Lynn Childs’s Oh. My. Gods. series. Told from the perspective of Nicole, a popular character in the series, Goddess in Time delves into her past—and how she might be able to change it.

The 150-page digital novella has been eagerly anticipated by fans who want to know more about this fun-filled world, and new readers will also find a captivating introduction to Tera Lynn Childs’ Oh. My. Gods. series, as well as her other Greek mythology-based series, Sweet Venom and Forgive My Fins.

As a descendant of Greek gods, Nicole has attended the Academy alongside other students with magical powers on a Greek island. Life is pretty perfect—except for the fact that she was sentenced to stay there because of a childhood prank that also resulted in her parents’ banishment. When Nicole discovers a book that teaches the forbidden magic of time travel, she knows she must take a chance to right her wrong. With the help of her friends Troy and Phoebe, Nicole sets off on a quest that will take her from the heights of Mt. Olympus to the ocean depths of Poseidon’s home and to the bowels of Hades. Can she mend her mistakes? And is changing the past, what she really wants? The past and future combine in thrilling, unpredictable ways—especially when Greek gods are involved!

HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.

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Effortless With You (released in print)

By Lizzy Charles


School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can’t end fast enough.

To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls’ dreams, but definitely not Lucy’s. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he’s the most beautiful jerk Lucy’s ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there’s more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.

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The Naturals

By Jennifer Lynn Barnes

the naturals

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

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