Thursday, February 28, 2013

SWEET PERIL Teaser #4!!!

It's March!!!  That means time for another teaser!

But first . . . a little SWEET PERIL inspirational eye candy, courtesy of model/actor Wade Poezyn's latest photo shoot.

Thank you, Wade.

Now.  *clears throat*  Here's teaser snippet from a hott scene in book two for you, guys.  Enjoy. :)

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I inched closer. I wanted to kiss him, but this would be no tame kiss. A low sound rumbled in the back of his throat and his fingers tightened on my sides. I shouldn’t push him when we were both like this, but I wanted to. He’d once told me I was playing with fire. I felt the tip of the flame now, the threat of being singed. I wanted to give in to that temptation and make him lose control. Mentally, I smacked myself, and the angel and demon girls within me brawled. Kicking. Screaming. Teeth and nails.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Guest Post - Victoria Scott - THE COLLECTOR

I'm sure you've heard of Victoria Scott, right? If not, you will soon, because I predict she's going to be a HUGE hit in the YA lit world. I was lucky enough to beta read her debut novel, THE COLLECTOR, which publishes April 2nd, and it's amazing - so unique. Dante is to die for. I mean, just look at this cover!

*stares at forearms*  *stares at jaw*  *stares at lips*  *stares at...pants*  *giggles*

Here are the links in case you'd like to preorder:

Add to Goodreads

Anyhow, enough gushing on my part. Victoria is here today talking about writing sequels, something I've blundered through, flailing blindly every step of the way. So I'm loving this guest post. Hope you enjoy it too! If Victoria can't make you laugh, then I'm convinced you have no sense of humor...

5 Foolproof Steps When Writing Your Sequel
A guest post by Victoria Scott

Writing a sequel is bomb. Probably because it feels a bit like a bomb that detonates each time you tinker with it. Most authors of trilogies have outstanding ideas for the first and last book. But the second book, as many readers will tell you, can easily become a “filler” book in which not a lot happens. I myself am currently editing the second book in the DANTE WALKER trilogy. The book isn’t out yet, but I can assure you these 5 steps are foolproof when writing a sequel. I know. I’ve totally written a sequel. 

Here you go. You’re welcome. 

  1. Drink more. This can be coffee, alcohol, or rice milk for all I care. Just drink more if it. You need liquids to write a second book well. 
  2. Eat more. No choices on this one—the key is foods packed with saturated fats. Doughnuts, French fries, fried chicken…these are your power foods. 
  3. Have a friend on standby. You’ll need them to reassure you that you’re brilliant and that your sequel will sell millions. This person should be available at 2:17 am each night so you can ugly cry via Skype. 
  4. An animal. If you don’t have a pet. Get one. You’ll need to speak to this creature as if it is a real person. If it talks back, you’re on the right track. 
  5. Decide what’s more important than this book. This can be things like counting how many bobby pins you have, watching YouTube videos, and shopping for scented magic markers online. You’ll need to do these things any time the writing isn’t going well—which could be most times. 

If all else fails (which it won’t…I already said this list was foolproof), you could always study successful sequels for tips on how to write them well. Books such as: 

  • A Million Suns by Beth Revis
  • Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
  • The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
  • The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Happy writing, guys!  

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Post

Fun, fun, FUN!

Kaidan was asked to participate in 3 blog hops today.  Here are those posts:

~ Interview at The Book Goddess with Jana.

~ Interview at Just a BookLover with Jessica.

~ Contest: "It's a Date!"  Win a Virtual Date with Kaidan!!!  At A Life Bound By Books with Lisa.  :-)

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BONUS TEASER!!!  Because it's Valentine's Day.  And because there's a chapter in Sweet Peril called Single's Awareness Day which takes place on V-day.  And because I love you.

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Before Kai, I’d thought Valentine’s Day was a sweet notion, even though I’d never had a boyfriend. But now I could see this day for the evil it was. Okay, maybe evil was too harsh. Cruel was more accurate.
I’d taken a jog that morning through the frosty grass, and then gone to school to face the saccharine hubbub. I still believed in love. I really did. But everything about this day felt so forced and pressurized. Girls were crying because they didn’t get flowergrams from the boys they liked. Veronica was pouting because Jay got her a giant bouquet of pink carnations and baby’s breath, instead of red roses. Two boys asked me out via flowergram and I had to politely turn them down. And then there were the happy couples. The hand holding and eye gazing. The stolen kisses when teachers weren’t looking.
Everywhere I looked was love alongside brokenness.
I was so tense when I got home that I decided to go for another jog to shake it off. Februaries in Georgia were always chilly, but it was brutal this year. My fingers, ears, and nose were freezing. Definitely not helping with the stress and tension factor. I turned for home just as flurries started falling.
We didn’t get much snow. Hardly any, actually. So when we did, it filled me with an almost childish feeling of whimsy. I stopped jogging and walked home, grinning stupidly at the falling white flakes, holding out my icicle fingers to catch them.
I was so lost in the beauty of nature that I thought I’d imagined it when I heard a lovely, low, accented voice call my name. I stopped in front of my apartment building, still grinning, and turned. Then held my breath and let the grin fall from my face.

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And just whose lovely accented voice do you think she heard???  Hmm...

Happy Valentine's Day to all my "Sweeties" out there.  Yes, you.  :)  Whether you have a significant other today or not, I wish you lots of love in your heart.  Happy reading, and big hugs!

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Friday, February 1, 2013

SWEET PERIL Teaser #3!!!

Here's your February teaser!  Do you all have any idea how hard it is to find yummy teasers that won't be spoilers?  Because I loathe spoilers, and I refuse to give them.

We'll be seeing more of Blake, son of the Duke of Envy, in Sweet Peril.  I love him, and I think you guys will really enjoy Anna's time with him, too.  And don't worry, they're just friends.  ;-P  This scene is Kaidan, Anna, and Blake.  They're experiencing a bit of a tense moment, but Blake can always be counted on for a little comic relief.  I hope you won't be offended by the mild language, but it's really hard to get Blake and Kai to behave when they're together...

Enjoy, my Sweeties.  Less than three months!  


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“If this is about earlier, we were only kidding around,” Blake said.
“I told you she can be stubborn when she wants, didn’t I?” Kaidan asked, stretched out on his chair with his hands behind his head. “You didn’t believe me.”
“I’m not being stubborn!” I put my hands on my hips and scowled down at him, wondering if maybe I was being stubborn. He raised an eyebrow when I said, “And you have no room to talk. You’re a mule.”
Blake laughed and pointed at Kai. “She just called you an ass, man.”
“I am an ass-man,” Kai stated.
Blake laughed harder and I rolled my eyes.

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Big hugs,

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