AN ANTHOLOGY OF YOUNG ADULT FICTION (FREE!)

Friday, December 2, 2016

I'm so excited to be a part of my very first anthology! That Moment When is an anthology of young adult writing featuring some of today’s hottest new talent in young adult fiction. Find your next favorite author as you read through 40 thrilling short stories.






We’ve gathered a handful of stories from all of your favorite genres and put them together into an epic anthology of young adult fiction. Some of them are just the beginning of a unique adventure, while others are complete stories that will spark your imagination.

With over 200,000 words (about three full-length novels) That Moment When will provide weeks of reading pleasure.


Have you ever reached a moment in your life when everything changed? A crossroads of sorts… a point of no return. An event or realization so enormous you knew it would impact you forever in ways you couldn’t begin to understand? Discoveries so momentous they changed everything you thought you knew about the world, and yourself?

That Moment When is filled with exactly these kinds of moments.

If you read the stories in this anthology, I guarantee you’ll find at least a few that thrill and excite you. Make sure to follow the authors if you want to read more – most have at least one free book on our sites.

All your favorite YA genres!


PARANORMAL & URBAN FANTASY
SCIENCE FICTION
DYSTOPIAN & POST-APOCALYPTIC
FANTASY
THRILLER & HORROR
AND MORE (UNIQUELY SPECULATIVE FICTION) 
The Alliance of YA Authors is a community of over 1000 young adult writers. Many of us are award-winning, bestselling authors; others are brilliant debut authors just starting out. We team up to make it easier for you to find your new favorite reads, with book giveaways, contests and joint book promotions.

Rock The Vault: Celebrating The Urban And Rural Setting Thesaurus Duo

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I'm so excited to host Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi on the blog today to celebrate yet another awesome writer's resource. I've been using The Emotion Thesaurus for a long time so when I heard about their Urban and Rural Setting Thesaurus release I had to jump on the bandwagon. This event is huge and there are some really cool prizes in store (check them out below). So take it away ladies...

It is a writer's job to draw readers into the fictional story so completely that they forget the real world. Our goal is to render them powerless, so despite the late hour, mountain of laundry, or workday ahead, they cannot give up the journey unfolding within the paper-crisp pages before them.

Strong, compelling writing comes down to the right words, in the right order. Sounds easy, but as all writers know, it is anything BUT. So how do we create this storytelling magic? How can we weave description in such a way that the fictional landscape becomes authentic and real—a mirror of the reader's world in all the ways that count most?

The Setting Thesaurus Duo

Well, there's some good news on that front. Two new books have released this week that may change the description game for writers. The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to City Spaces and The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Personal and Natural Spaces look at the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds a character might experience within 225 different contemporary settings. And this is only the start of what these books offer writers.

In fact, swing by and check out this hidden entry from the Urban Setting Thesaurus: Police Car.

And there's one more thing you might want to know more about....

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Becca and Angela, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, are celebrating their double release with a fun event going on from June 13-20th called ROCK THE VAULT. At the heart of Writers Helping Writers is a tremendous vault, and these two ladies have been hoarding prizes of epic writerly proportions.

A safe full of prizes, ripe for the taking...if the writing community can work together to unlock it, of course.

Ready to do your part? Stop by Writers Helping Writers to find out more!



Cover Reveal: Darkest Dawn

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I'm so excited to share my newest release AND the amazing cover!! Darkest Dawn is the first in a two-book series from Carina UK releasing September 17, 2015!


One desperate journey for the truth

Returning to Willows Lake eleven years after her mother’s tragic death, Sloane Baker knows she will finally get the answers she needs! She always suspected that there was something more sinister at the heart of the accident that claimed her mother’s life, but a cryptic note could be the key to her past…

Two lives changed forever

The small town has always seemed safe to Brianna Taylor – until a mysterious new girl arrives who looks exactly like Bri! Now everything Bri knew has been thrown into question and Sloane’s arrival has changed the world of Willows Lake forever.

Strange things are happening in Willows Lake. But when they turn deadly, Bri and Sloane must find a way to save each other or risk losing everything they hold dear…


Pre-Order now on Amazon 

Guest Author Spotlight: Natasha Hardy

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Today's Guest Author Showcase in my weekly series features Carina author Natasha Hardy. Welcome, Natasha, and thanks for coming by for a visit!

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Please tell me about yourself and your book(s).

I live in Sunny South Africa, and am a wife, mum, runner, reader, drum player, summersaulting, foodie writer.
So far I’ve written fantasy fiction which I adore as a genre.
My books are set in South Africa and in the ocean- two of my favorite places-  and are about mermaids. (Not the “singing and dancing” type, but more the “survive and thrive in a hostile environment” type.)
My writing style has been described as lyrical fantasy and the most fun has been developing the characters, worlds and cultures my cast live in.

What tips would you give to a writer who is just starting out?

Trust in your instincts as a writer and love what you write, because at the end of the day it’s your name on the book.

What are some things that have surprised you as an author?

A few things actually,
First off, how characters, for me at least, really do come alive, and they’re damned bossy too!
Then there’s the surprisingly stimulating chaos of the editing process which- although hellishly stressful- has pushed me beyond what I thought I was capable of as a writer.
The roller-coaster after publication day has also been an interesting journey.
The amazing author friends I’ve made. What a great group of people!
Interaction with fans.

What books and/or authors would you say have been your biggest influence?

I’m a relative newbee to fantasy fiction so the biggest influencers in this genre would be , Terry Pratchett- Mort was a stroke of genius, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and my all-time favorite C.S. Lewis’s Narnia

What genre would you like to write for that you’ve not tried yet?

I’d like to try my hand at kids’ fiction, in the line of Roald Dahl.

If you could have written any bestselling book today, which would it be?

I think Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

Do you plan your books out from start to finish in advance or do you let the story and characters take you where it will?

I have a rough outline in mind…it really helps to know what the end will be, although I’ve found it changes along the way more often than not.

Where do you get the inspiration for your characters and books?

All of my books so far have been sparked by an idea or a concept. I find the natural and human mysteries of our planet absolutely fascinating, so I tend to find an idea I really like and then build the concept and the characters around it.

Music or no music when writing?

No music while I’m writing, but music while I’m thinking about the story really helps, particularly if
there’s a mood or theme I’m struggling with.

Favorite snacks/drinks while writing?

Water…boring I know!

Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

I like both.

What are your thoughts on the current trend of making books into movies?

I think it’s brilliant.  I think a good movie needs a lot of background plot and detail for the cast to do their jobs well.  Books provide that detail as well as so much more insight into the characters.
The only down side is if too much of the story is changed in the book to script conversion.

Favorite genre that you like to read?

Fantasy Fiction and historical fiction.

Who is your all time favorite book character?

Aslan in Narnia.

About Water:



About Fire:


About the Author:

I feel very blessed to be able to spend a lot of my time writing and the rest of my time looking after my two sweet little boys and my wonderful husband.

Having studied my Honours in Corporate Communication and worked in various organisations as a PRO, and Marketing and Communication Executive,  I started writing when my life was a series of chaotic 'have to's', and I needed a world in which I could escape. 

Since I began writing  everything has changed completely and my writing journey has led me into amazing worlds and introduced me to fantastic characters, some of them mythical, others closer to home, but all of them as real as I can possibly get them.

I am so grateful to God for this amazing journey and my family, friends co-authors, editors and readers for the unending support and kindness that floods so much of my life!

Guest Author Showcase: Karen Aldous

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Today's Guest Author Showcase in my weekly series features Carina author Karen Aldous. Welcome, Karen, and thanks for coming by for a visit!

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Please tell me about yourself and your book(s).

Thank you for inviting me Katlyn, it’s a pleasure to be a guest on your lovely Blog and I wish you every success with your new title. I write Contemporary Romance and was first published eleven months ago although it’s been a dream for years. My careers have been mainly in property and travel which continue to play a large part of my life but I’ve now increased my writing time. I live close to my family in a Kent village where part of my first novel The Vineyard is set. My main character Lizzie is a single mother who has settled on the stunning French Riviera, in the city of Cannes. When visiting her mother back in Kent, she meets her mother’s toy boy who is suddenly following back to Provence for reasons unknown to her!! The second novel is entitled The Chateau which is set in West London and on the beautiful Swiss Riviera, Montreux. Gina discovers more than she bargains for when she meets the gorgeous Ollie Martin but will he be instrumental in her quest to free an unsettled spirit? I’m currently writing my third and planning my fourth to be published with CarinaUK this year.

What tips would you give to a writer who is just starting out?

Write from the heart the book you want to write and, complete it. Edit, then send it out. No editor or agent can read blank pages. And it doesn’t have to be a work of art. Make it as professional as you can. I would also recommend joining an organisation such as the Romantic Novelists’ (RNA) Association New Writer’s Scheme (NWS) or go to an appraisal service offered by agents and editors in the Writers & Artists Yearbook. Both around £120.00. The RNA will also offer lots of other author support and networking opportunities/events. I continue to attend and, now feel in a position to be helping other new writers. I would also thoroughly recommend a local writing class. The one I joined and, still attend is based in Dartford. The Write Place, run by author Elaine Everest, has not only provided many of the skills I needed to improve my writing but again, the support and encouragement writers so need.

What would you say has been your biggest challenge as an author?

Writing my second novel. The Vineyard received such lovely reviews so my biggest fear and challenge was writing the next one, which is The Chateau. I was so fearful it wouldn’t be received as well as the first.  I didn’t want to disappoint my readers. Now the same is happening with my third!

What would you say has been your biggest success as an author?

Readers enjoying my books! There is nothing more satisfying than hearing a reader say or, a review to say they ‘loved it’ or ‘enjoyed it so much I’m reading it again’. That to me is success, although I can’t deny the buzz I feel when a book reaches #1 in a category on Amazon and climbs the rankings. It can be a very rewarding occupation.

What books and/or authors would you say have been your biggest influence?

Earliest - Barbara Taylor-Bradford’s – A Woman of Substance, Jilly Cooper – Riders.  More recent titles, Jojo Moyes – Ship of Brides, Victoria Hislop, The Island, The Thread, Numerous titles - Jill Mansell,  Freya North, Fiona Walker, Carole Matthews, Leah Fleming, Annie Groves, Sue Moorcroft. I could go on!

What genre would you like to write for that you’ve not tried yet?

I have to admit, I have difficulty with genres as you can see above, I love a good story with drama, emotion,  a sense of place, history, family and romance so I would probably have to write the story and then decide where it fits. As long as I write a gripping read, it can go anywhere!

Do you plan your books out from start to finish in advance or do you let the story and characters take you where it will?

I begin with a framework so that I know the beginning, the pivotal moment and the end; understanding the main characters internal and external conflicts.  From there fill the gaps gradually working with a timeline and chapter/scene list.

Where do you get the inspiration for your characters and books?

It usually begins with a sense of place. A location can really inspire a character. Lizzie in The Vineyard came into my world when I visited the stunning landscape of Provence and wouldn’t leave my head until her story was penned. A local walk across a valley also provided the setting for the Kent Vineyard. The Chateau was inspired by a dream, the spirit of Agnes-Francesca was struggling before my very eyes but instinctively I found out where she was and so, I returned to Montreux and the Chateau de Chillon on Lake Geneva to carry out more research. Nearly everywhere I go, a new character emerges from a building or a setting from which I build the character’s world.

Music or no music when writing?

A mix. I like to play something romantic when my characters get intimate. Something moody and bluesy to create emotion, something lively and sunny to brighten and lighten the tone and then, at times utter quiet. Just to concentrate my thinking.

Favorite snacks/drinks while writing?

Desperately try not to snack. Grapes or almonds if I have to. Tea, coffee or water for a drink.

Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

Like most people, I Iove the physical book but I think after four years, I’m loving my Kindle more. I get everything on tap and it goes everywhere I go.

What are your thoughts on the current trend of making books into movies?

It’s great. A story is transported to a wider audience and, us writers can earn more.

Favorite genre that you like to read?

Commercial fiction, romances mainly but I’ve read many classics.

Who is your all-time favorite book character?

Jane Austen’s Lizzy Bennet, a sharp witty, strong woman who knows her own mind.

What three things must you have with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

Notebooks and pens for writing and an ipod for music.

About The Vineyard: 

 

  It’s been five years, and Lizzie Lambert has decided it’s time to try to make things right with her estranged mother.

She’s made a success of things in Cannes, she’s bringing up a lovely little boy on her own, and she’s ready to put the past behind her.

But it seems Lizzie’s mother has moved on as well. She’s moved her toyboy – a muscle-bound vintner named Cal – into the family home, and given him the run of the land that was meant to be Lizzie’s inheritance!

Cal’s wine business frequently takes him to France, and suddenly wherever Lizzie goes, he’s already there – meddling, giving unsolicited advice, saving her little boy’s life and stealing her heart. But none of this changes the fact that he’s her mother’s lover… 

 

About The Chateau: 

 

 Can young hearts ease a restless spirit? On the shores of stunning Lake Geneva, Gina Remy is celebrating her brother’s wedding – when the figure of a woman appears hovering above the water, beckoning to her. Ghostly visitations do not happen to Gina - a self-confessed control freak with her own successful property business, she prides herself on being level-headed. But as she is tormented by dreams and visions, her perfect life begins to unravel, and she knows she needs to help this ghost find peace if she’s to get any of her own!

Enter Ollie Martin, an Anglo-Swiss property developer who’s sexy as hell and knows it. His arrogance annoys Gina, but he’s the only one who will take her seriously… and the closer they come to understanding the quest the ghost has set for them, the closer they get to one another…

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About the Author:


Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!

Karen gets much of her inspiration from her travels and if she had to choose, France, Greece, Switzerland and Italy would be her favourite. However, wherever she goes, she discovers a new character emerges in 'Karen's World'. She likes to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives - but struggle to control them! And, of course there's always a gorgeous hunk or two!

Special Q&A Giveaway at The Romance Reviews!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php

Today I'm excited to be participating in the celebration for The Romance Reviews 4th Anniversary Party! Be sure to stop by their website today to join in the fun and answer some giveaway questions for your chance at some awesome prizes

As part of the event, I'm offering one lucky winner an eBook copy of my novel, This Summer! To be entered, you will need to sign in with The Romance Reviews and then scroll down to until you find my entry which asks you to answer the question: What is the name of Hadley's best friend in This Summer.

If you aren't sure of the answer, you can follow the hint that leads to my website and find it there.

While you are there, play a round or two of their cover matching game and/or answer some of the other giveaway questions that are being offered. There's even a hangman's game that you can play!

Happy 4th Anniversary Romance Reviews! I hope the year ahead is a spectacular one for you. :D

Between These Lines by Jennifer Murgia Relaunch!

Friday, March 27, 2015

I'm thrilled to be helping Jennifer Murgia announce the relaunch of her novel Between These Lines, a young adult contemporary romance eBook being republished through Birch House Press! Congratulations, Jennifer, this is exciting news! :D

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About Between These Lines:





Release Date: March 27, 2015
Publisher: Birch House Press
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook

When a Social Communications class assignment brings quiet Chase Mitman and popular Evie Cunningham together, it's a real eye-opener. Haunted and damaged in their own way, they have only shown others what they want them to see--not that they each hold a terrible secret deep inside, or that they have more in common than they'd ever like anyone to realize.

But then it happens. The sweaty palms. The kiss. And something worse . . . and Chase is there to pick up the pieces.

Knowing their relationship comes at a price, Chase’s life collides with Evie’s in the most beautiful and tragic way, until the unthinkable happens. The party. An innocent prank turns ugly. An anonymous note changes everything. And lives at Whitley Prep will never be the same.



Praise for Between These Lines:

"BETWEEN THESE LINES is an astounding story, told from alternating perspectives, about two people finding not only their true selves, but each other. Filled with heart-racing tension, this unique story left me breathless and craving more! It is Cruel Intensions meets Perfect Chemistry. I will be thinking about these characters for days to come.”
~ Jennifer Anne Davis (author of THE VOICE)


“With its perfectly realized characters and an ending that knocked me to my knees, BETWEEN THESE LINES delivers a profound message that strength can be found even in brokenness.”
~Darby Karchut (author of GRIFFIN RISING and FINN FINNEGAN)


“I was pulled in; just one more page, one more chapter, to the very end—which I never saw coming. BETWEEN THESE LINES is a touching, strike-at-your-heart story.”
~ Charlotte Bennardo (author of the Sirenz series, and the upcoming BLONDE OPS)


“YA author Jennifer Murgia (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, and THE BLISS) has created another chilling story in BETWEEN THESE LINES. Chase, restrained and reserved for a shocking reason, and Evie, trapped in a game she never entered have just found each other when the unthinkable happens. If this is star-crossed love, sign me up! Fans of Simone Elkeles and Tammara Webber will love Murgia!”
~ Laura Anderson Kurk, author of GLASS GIRL

About Jennifer Murgia:

Jennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (Angel Star, Lemniscate, The Bliss), to contemporary gut-punchers (Between These Lines). Her latest, Forest of Whispers, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. Look for the sequel, Castle of Sighs, to hit shelves 9.15.15 from Spencer Hill Press. In 2012, Jennifer Co-Founded YA FEST with YA author/friend, Cyn Balog. She coordinates this unique annual festival, bringing teens and fellow Young Adult authors together at her hometown library in Easton, PA. Visit her at www.jennifermurgia.com.