Tattoo winner!

2 Jul

Okay, guys…

I’m sorry that I’m late with this.   And wow– there were tons of entries… I had no idea you guys were so passionate about your tattoos!  I got entries via blog comments, FB, Twitter and tons flooded my inbox.

It’s from my inbox that I had to pick the winner.

Not because her tattoo was better than anyone else’s, because each one of you has an amazing story for your tattoos.  I mean, seriously amazing.  You guys inspire me.

The winning submission came from Anna O.  It’s a replica of the tattoo her great-grandma had tattooed on her arm… from her time spent in Auschwitz concentration camp.

Your story was so inspiring, Anna, and what an amazing tribute to your great-grandmother.  Thank you for sharing your story with me.  Please email me (courtneycolecontests@gmail.com) with your mailing address.

Thank you,everyone, for your awesome stories!!

XOXO,

Courtney

IF YOU STAY is on sale for 99-pennies

25 Jun

Hi there!

So, in celebration of IF YOU LEAVE paperbacks hitting the shelves next month, my publisher has put IF YOU STAY on sale for a short time.  This week, IF YOU STAY will be on sale for $.99.  Woohoooooo!!

Pax Tate is one of my favorite bad boys. He’ll always hold a special place in my heart and if you haven’t met him yet, then now is a great time, since his story is less than a dollar!  :)

Pick up his book, the book that kicked off the Beautifully Broken series now… and gear yourself up, because book four, UNTIL WE FLY (Brand’s book), releases July 7th.  I can’t freaking wait.

Until then, meet Pax Tate. :)

IF YOU STAY,  from GC

 

Twenty-four-year-old Pax Tate is an asshole.

Seriously.

He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad boy with a tough attitude to match. His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with an intense guilt that he doesn’t understand. What he does know is that he and his dad were left alone, and they have never been close. Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the black void in his soul. He pretends that the emptiness isn’t there and this has always worked . . . until he meets Mila.

Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air that Pax has never known in his life. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her-but he quickly realizes that he’d better figure it out because he needs her to breathe. When the memories of his mother’s death resurface to haunt Pax, Mila is there to save him from his overwhelming guilt. Mila restores his broken heart, even as she evokes his powerful, sexual desires. Now for Pax to keep Mila, he needs to work on his issues-and stop being an asshole. But is that enough to make her stay?

You can find it HERE on Amazon.

HERE on Barnes and Noble,

HERE on KOBO,

and HERE on iTunes.

 

Get Branded…and show me your tattoo! :)

23 Jun

Hey guys,

So, you might be aware that Brand’s book (book four in the Beautifully Broken series) will release on July 7.  Woohooo!

Until We Fly

Anyway.   I thought I’d take a second to talk tattoos. Because they play a part in Brand’s story.

Getting a tattoo is a highly personal decision.  I personally don’t have one yet, although I’ve played with the idea for a few years.  To me, a tattoo can be an artistic expression of something important to you.  That’s certainly what Brand and Nora have done in UNTIL WE FLY.

Brand is an ex-Army Ranger, and his personal values are actually reflected in his tattoos.  He’s got a fierce eagle flying across his shoulder blades with the words: I STAND ON A WALL TO PROTECT WHAT IS MINE.

He’s got a skull and crossed swords on his bicep with the words DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR.

And on his forearm, he’s got these words:  Though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil. 

So, because of his artistic expression, even if you didn’t know he was a soldier, you’d certainly get that impression if you saw his body art.  You’d know that he’s strong, he’s brave, he’s honorable, he’s fierce.  You’d know all that because he chose to express himself through the art on his body.

Nora, on the other hand…. her one tattoo is hidden on her shoulder blade, as a reminder to herself.  She’s got a delicate anchor that says, Fluctuat nec mergitur.  That’s latin for She is tossed by the waves, but she does not sink.  It’s also an artistic expression, but it’s a very personal reminder to her… to be strong.

So, I’m curious.  Which of you have tattoos?  What do they mean to you?  Why did you get them?    Leave a pic of your tattoo in the comments (if it’s in a…ahem… appropriate place) and the story of why you got it.  Don’t have a tattoo?  Well, that’s okay.  Tell me a story about one you’ve thought about getting and the significance of it.   I’ll choose my favorite story next Sunday the 29tth, and you’ll win a signed copy of IF YOU LEAVE (book two in the series… the book where Brand is introduced).  

I absolutely can’t wait for you to get BRANDed… once you read UNTIL WE FLY, I’m hoping you’ll fall in love with Brand.  I know I have.  :)

Tattoo, BeFree1

Hungry for something from M. Leighton?

3 Jun

Today’s the dayyyyyyy!!    M. Leighton’s There’s Wild Then There’s You comes out!!   Eeeeeeeppppppp!!!

If you’re like me and you crazy a yummy M. Leighton man, this book is for you!!

Check it out!

There's Wild Then There's You cover

He’s someone she can’t trust…

She’s someone he thinks he knows…

Violet Wilson is a wallflower. Shy, serious, and accident-prone, she’s got a bad habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The night she’s forced to pose with her friend might just be the worst time of all—that’s when she meets Jet Blevins. She knows better than to get involved with someone like him, but he touches her in ways she never expected, never wanted before.

On the outside, Jet is a typical rocker, an arrogant lead guitarist who unapologetically lives a wild lifestyle. But on the inside, he’s battling demons and using the stage to escape the troubles of his past and the addictions of his present. Until the night he sees Violet standing at the back of the room. She brings his life into focus. She knows his secrets. She’s the girl he can’t forget, and the one thing he craves more than his addiction.

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Does that not sound fabulous?  Well, trust me, it IS.  I had the privilege of reading it while she was writing it.  And it rocks.  (Like everything else Michelle writes.  Lol).

You can find it here:

The BRANDed Street Team!

30 May

Hey guys,

So we closed the applications for the BRANDed Street Team– a team all about Brand Killien and the upcoming book, UNTIL WE FLY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who applied.  We chose the following readers based on your awesome answers to the application questions.   You lovely ladies will be getting an email sometime soon (Probably over the weekend sometime).

New BRANDed members:

  • Jennifer Poole
  • Lori Smith
  • Katie Anderson
  • Alyssa Mathews
  • AnnaMarie Mondro
  • Eleanor Noach
  • Nayab Haych
  • Momo Xiong
  • Jenn Bernando
  • Neda Amini
  • Fran Owen
  • Danielle LeFave
  • Margay Justice
  • Kristy Louise
  • Danielle Schaaf
  • Chelsea Cochran
  • Melissa Arthur
  • Jennifer Harried
  • Lana K.
  • Ashley Amsbaugh
  • Monica Pulliam
  • Rosemarie McKinzie
  • Valerie Fink
  • Jammie Cook
  • Jennifer Poole
  • Jacquelyn Lane
  • Jocelyn Roberts
  • Tracie Lampe
  • Roxy Kade
  • Paula Philips
  • Shirley Frances
  • Brandi Vincent
  • Jackie Wostrel
  • Fern Curry

Ladies, if you’re on this list, (and you haven’t already) please friend me on Facebook so that I can add you to the BRANDed FB group.  You can find me on Facebook HERE.    You’ll need to be part of the FB group to participate on the BRANDed team.

Thank you again to everyone who applied.  You are all awesome- and we had a terrible time narrowing the list down.  Yikes.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend.  And to the new members of the BRANDed team, you’ll hear from me soon!

XOXO,

Courtney

 

Until We Fly: Cover Reveal

14 May

Ta-daaaaaa!

Until We Fly

 

Brand Killien, sexy ex-Army Ranger from IF YOU LEAVE and BEFORE WE FALL, is getting his own story….book four in the Beautifully Broken series, UNTIL WE FLY!  This is the gorgeous cover, designed by the awesome talent of Cover Lure covers.

And THIS is the blurb:

Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.

A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything.

The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.

So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.

Bad sounds so much better.

Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.

But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget.

But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.

Why? Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.

But she’s back now.

And she wants Brand, scars and all.

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So, for those of you who are die-hard Brand fans, never fear.  Brand may think that he wants to be bad, but you know my characters seldom start out knowing exactly what they want… and how they end up is usually better than they ever thought possible.  Brand will be no exception, I promise.

Brand is good through and through.  He’s loyal, strong, courageous, brave.  He’s everything you could ever want him to be and more… he just needs a bit of reminding.  And Nora is just the girl to do it.

I can’t wait to share their story with you.  It will release on July 7.  I’m not sure yet if I will have it up for pre-order, but if I do, I’ll announce it here.  Otherwise, it will be live on July 7.  You can add it to your Goodreads TBR pile HERE.  

Keep an eye out this upcoming month– we’ll be having lots of fun stuff in our effort to get you BRANDed.  :)

Have a great week!

Happy Mother’s Day: An interview with Mila from IF YOU STAY (And a winner!)

11 May

So….. it’s Mother’s Day.

I was lying in bed thinking about this last night.  What does Mother’s Day mean?  Is it  day to call your mom, take her to breakfast, give her a card?   Yes.  But it’s more than that.

Being a mother is the hardest job in the world.  I know– I’ve had several different jobs throughout my life, and I’m a mother.  And hands down, being a mom is the hardest.

I’ve got Mila from IF YOU STAY here today to talk about this with me…. about how life changes after you become a parent.   Hi Mila!  Thanks for being here.  And thanks for bringing baby Madelyn!

Mila:  Thank you for having me.  We’re happy to be here.

Me:  OMG– Madelyn is so precious.  Those eyes!  They’re Pax through and through.

Mila (*beams*):  She does look a lot like her daddy. But she’s got my dark hair. :)

Me: Ok.  Let’s see if we can define what makes being a mother so hard.  I was pondering this last night.  Is it the sleepless nights when they’re young, the temper tantrums, the toilet training, the terrible twos, the teen years?  Yes, definitely.  But it’s so much more than that.  There’s a quote that I’ve always remembered because it’s so true. Elizabeth Stone said:  “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”  

Mila:  Oh geez. Definitely. I never knew how much my very emotions would change once I had the baby.  I mean, the level of intensity that I feel toward her is incredible. It’s like Love, on a whole new level.  You literally feel like you would strangle anyone who hurts your kid with your bare hands.

Me:    Exactly!!  Because all the things I mentioned before are hard… the diapers, the tantrums, teenage moodiness, etc. But what is worse, in my opinion, is not being able to always protect your kid, watching them get hurt and knowing you can’t stop it.  For example, having to let them go to school and sort out a ‘mean girl’ situation.  Letting them figure out how to handle a bully on a playground.  When they get their driver’s license, having to wait for them to call you to let you know that they arrived okay.  Waiting in the living room in the dark when they’re twenty minutes past curfew, because you’re afraid that something terrible has happened.  Holding them tight when their heart gets broken for the first time, because that’s all you can do.  You can’t fix it, you can just be there and listen.  It’s so freaking hard, harder than I ever guessed it would be. It is worrying that some kid will take a gun to school. It is worrying that someone will run a red light.  It is worrying that a harness will come open on a roller coaster (Yes, I actually worry about that.  Not for me, but for my kids).  It’s worrying about rip tides and meningitis and flesh-eating bacteria and child molesters.   I was never a worrier until I became a mother.  Becoming a parent is making the conscious decision to worry about every little thing until the end of time.

MIla:  You took the words out of my mouth.  I was never a worrier either. I’ve always been pretty laid back. But now I understand the phrase “mama bear.”  For real.  Why do you think this is the case?

Me:  *snorts* Why?  I think it’s biological.  I think we were made that way so that we can actually be good mothers.  My daughter turned to me the other day and said, “mom, I know that if I was in danger, you’d be even stronger than dad in that moment, because you’ve got that mom’s instinct to protect me.  I’ve heard mothers have lifted cars off their kids.”  I was like, yeah, that’s about right.

Why?

Because being a mother means forever letting someone own your heart.  My kids own mine in a way that no one else ever can.  There’s nothing I can do about it. It’s irrevocable.  And in my opinion, that gives us superhuman strength when we need it.

Mila:  *Nods*  I agree.   Not just physically, and I’m sure that I would be able to lift a car off of baby Mad if I needed to, but mentally and emotionally, too.  I mean, I know there’s going to come a time when she’s a teenager when I do the hard thing and say no, and she’s going to scream that she hates me and I’ll curl up on my bed and cry.  But I’ll say no anyway, because it’s the right thing for her.  Mom’s have it hard.  But or all the times that it’s hurtful, or worrisome, or hard, there are ten more times where it’s amazing.  And worth it.

Me:  I agree!!  It’s rewarding and wonderful and amazing.  And I’d do it all over again without a second thought.  Except this time, I might have an epidural with all three of my kids, instead of just one.

Mila:  Seriously?  You only had an epidural with one?  What is wrong with you?  Are you crazy?

Me:  Yes.  Moving on…

How has Pax adapted to being a dad?  I know this is Mother’s Day, but I can’t help but ask.

Mila:  *Smiles*  Pax is the best father in the world. Hands down.  This baby has him wrapped around her little finger.  The day she gets married, he’s going to be a blubbering mess.

Me:  I saw that coming.  :)     Okay, one last thing before I let you get on with your Mother’s Day celebrations.   Do you want to announce the winner of our Mother’s Day Care Package?  It will include a signed copy of IF YOU STAY.  

Mila:  *claps*  Ooooh– I hope the winner likes the book.  It’s a personal favorite of mine.

Me:  *rolls eyes*  I think you might be a bit partial.  hehe.  But anyway.  Draw a name from Rafflecopter, would you?

Mila:  It would be my pleasure.  Hold on.  *Shifts baby on lap and pushes a button on my laptop, then peers at the screen over baby Madelyn’s head.*  It looks like the winner is Mandy IReadIndie!

Me:  *claps*  Woohooo!! Mandy, email me your mailing address and I’ll send you out the package this next week.  Everyone, thank you for participating.  I hope everyone has a fabulous Mother’s Day, and that you get to hug your kids, and get spoiled all day long!  :)

Mila:  Me too!!  Have a lot of chocolate, then wine tonight. You deserve it!!

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