Win a Signed Annotated NOCTE ARC with a Hidden Clue Inside!!

Ohhhhh, you guys know me.  I’m impetuous.  I’m impatient.  And I’m DYING for NOCTE to come out.  I’m on the edge of my seat, antsy and anxious.

So, how about we do another NOCTE giveaway this week while we’re waiting for November 3rd?   ANNNNNNDDD, how about a super special thing?   I’ll stick a clue toward book 2 inside!

You haven’t read NOCTE yet, but it’s full of secrets and twists, and trust me, once you read it, you’ll be wanting more clues toward the rest of the trilogy.  So, this prize is SPECIAL.  :)

ANNNNNDDDD, this prize is extra special for two reasons:

1.  Because it’s annotated, which means that it will contain my own personal notes, handwritten throughout.  Keep in mind, that these notes may or may not contain clues about the rest of the storyline.

and 2.  Because I’m going to stick a definite physical clue into the book– something that hints toward VERUM (book two).  And you will be the FIRST person to see this clue.

So see?  A very special prize.  Very. Special.

All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.  The contest is open internationally and it will run through Sunday, November 1, 2014.

Good luck!!

 

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NOCTE Clues!

You guys, while my NOCTE LIST newsletter recipients do receive exclusive excerpts that no one else does, I have been releasing a few Nocte clues on Facebook.  It just occurred to me that since Facebook has disabled our reaches, (don’t even get me started on that), that many of you might not have seen the clues!  Yikes!

So from here on out, I’ll be releasing the same clues I release on Facebook here on my blog.   And today, I’ll post everything that I’ve shared on Facebook so far.   Enjoy!

 

“Calla quiets the voices. She’s the only thing that does.”

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“Calla will save me.  Or I will die.  I will die. I will die.”

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“The die has been cast.”

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“My secret will come out.”

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Stay tuned because the special Rafflecopter giveaway that we released on Tuesday has already hit well over the initial 200 entries.  So tomorrow, right here on the blog, I’ll release a special excerpt.   Also, there’s still time to participate.  If the Raffletopter reaches 500 entires by tomorrow, TWO winners will receive a signed ARC.

I’ll mail those ARCs out on Monday, so the winners will have NOCTE in their hands well before the November 3 release.

You can enter the rafflectopter HERE.  

And if you want to receive exclusive excerpts every week until release, sign up for my NOCTE LIST newsletter HERE.

It will get better!!

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So, this post isn’t about books.  It’s because of something I’m seeing a lot in the news lately, and in my FB feed, and it’s troubling me, so I wanted to say something.  This is a bit long, but please bear with me.

Since I moved to Florida six months ago, I’ve heard about four middle-schoolers who have committed suicide.  FOUR.  The most recent was this week, a sixth grader in a middle school in the next county.  He’d been bullied mercilessly because he was smaller than average and one day last week, he killed himself in a school bathroom.

You see it in the news nationwide, these kids who are bullied because of their size, sexual orientation, because they wear glasses or braces or are poor or socially awkward, or even when there’s nothing different about them at all.  Because frankly, middle schoolers and high-schoolers can be mean.  Period.

But if this is you, if you are getting bullied, please HEAR  ME NOW.  IT WILL GET BETTER. IT WILL.

When I was in grade school, I lived with my grandparents.  And of course fashion wasn’t the most important thing to them, so I dressed a bit funny. I had glasses.  I wasn’t a “cool kid” because not everyone is lucky enough to be born into a perfect family with money and the desire to make sure their kids fit in.  I didn’t have piano lessons and a soccer team and the best of everything.   In fact, look at this picture. You can see my progression of being a funny-looking little girl, to when I finally blossomed and came into my own.  But I was awkward and gawky for a lonnnnngg time.

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I was teased.  I didn’t have any friends.  I was isolated and sad.  I wasn’t shoved into lockers or anything because that’s usually a boy thing, I think.  But I was made fun of and ostracized, and that’s just as bad.

Then in sixth grade, I changed schools and things didn’t get any better.  Kids were mean to me that whole year.  The stress of it made me physically sick– I missed so many days of school because of fevers, brought on by worrying about my life at school.

Kids that age (and I know, because I was one), they just don’t see that things will ever get better.  They don’t see it, they can’t fathom it.  They can’t see outside of today, or this week, and right now, things suck.  Bad.  They need someone to tell them– Hey, it’ll get better.  I promise.  Hang in there.  

Books became my friends, and I read voraciously.  When no one wanted to sit with me, I put my nose in a book and disappeared into a different world.  And guess what?  It totally worked out for me.  That love of reading turned into a love of writing, which is now a very good career for me.  A career that I love, a career that I’m blessed by.

By middle-school, I’d started to come out of it.  I made some friends and things started to change.  But I was scarred by the bullying from grade school, for sure. It’s something that you never forget.

I’m no longer the skinny little bespeckled girl who was ostracized.  I’m a successful, happy, well-adjusted independent woman.  Learning how to deal with the mean kids made me grow as a person.  I became self-reliant.  Because no matter how bad a situation is, you can always take something from it.

This is what I took from it. It’s a quote my grandma shared with me during that awful time.   “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  — Eleanor Roosevelt.   And you know what?  It was true.  What some stuck-up, self-important snooty kids think of you simply doesn’t matter.  Not in the long run.  It might feel that way today, but trust me, in twenty years, those kids will be less than NOTHING to you.  Their opinion of you doesn’t matter.  Not really.  In fact, a lot of them will grow up to have icky lives, because I fully believe that whatever you put into the world, you get back in some way.

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I know that’s hard to believe right now, right now in this instant when you are so miserable and sad.   So let me share another piece of wisdom that my grandma used to tell me, something that I never found comforting at the time, but now I know it’s true:   This too shall pass.    She’d always say, This too shall pass, honey. It always does.

And you know what?  She was right.  Everything passes.   What seems unbearable to you now, won’t be unbearable to  you in a blink of an eye.  The kids that are mean to you right now?  They’ll be ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to you in just a few years.

So please.  PLEASE.  If you find yourself in a dark place where you feel like you can’t take it anymore, PLEASE tell someone.  Tell your mom.  Don’t be embarrassed.  Tell your dad. Tell your counselor.  Be honest, be straight-forward.  Tell them,”This is bad. I need help.”  SOMEONE WILL HELP YOU.   There are online classes, there are alternatives, you can be helped.  But please. Give someone the chance to help you. They don’t know if you don’t say anything.

Just please… tell someone.  And always know that no matter how hard it gets, it’s temporary.  EVERYTHING is always temporary.  It’ll get better.  You just have to give it the chance.

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My Birthday Celebration!

Yayyyyy, it’s my birthday!!!   I’ve heard that a woman’s first 39th is her best.  Lol.   Seriously, I intend for this year to be a Farewell to my Thirties, and I intend to do big things!

First off, we’ll start with today.

I’ve decided to put a ton of my titles on sale today in celebration.

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Confessions of an Alli Cat
Dante’s Girl
Mia’s Heart
The Minaldi Legacy
Soul Kissed
Soul Bound

 

So if you haven’t read any of these titles, now is the perfect time to try them!

And as you know, Guardian re-releases today.  It’s $.99 for today only, so if you love YA Paranormal Romance, pick it up!

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It’s available on AMAZON, iTunes, B&N and Kobo

**It’s taking a while to upload to B&N.  But when it goes live, I’ll leave the price at $.99 for an entire day**

Anyway.  I hope you all have a fabulous August 28th!!

 

A Birthday Celebration!

So, my birthday is on August 28th.  I’ll be celebrating a few things.

One, I’ll be turning 39, so I’ll be celebrating the start of the last of my 30’s.   I’ll also be celebrating the re-release of my debut novel, GUARDIAN…which is a big deal to me.

GUARDIAN was my first book.  It was the thing, the cathartic thing, that kept me from drowning in grief after my dad died.  It was also the pivotal thing that pulled me into the writing world and changed my life forever.

To celebrate these things, I’ll be throwing a virtual party on my birthday.

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GUARDIAN will be re-released.  On release day, my birthday, it will be $.99 for digital copies for that one day only.

Also, for that one day only, the following books of mine (which are some of my favorites) will be on sale for $.99:

Dante’s Girl (Book 1 of The Paradise Diaries)

The Minaldi Legacy 

Confessions of an Alli Cat  (Book 1 of the Cougar Chronicles) 

Soul Kissed (Book 1 of The Moonstone Saga) 

If you watch my books at all, then you’ll know this is a big deal, because my books are seldom on sale.

Anyway, I hope you’re all having a great day. As for me, I’m just gonna be over here… counting down the days til my birthday.  Have a great week!