Day 2 of IYS Two Year Anniversary Shennanigans!


Happy Day two of the Two Year Anniversary of IF YOU STAY!


Today, we’re having a graphic meme contest, which I have to tell you, is usually my favorite of all contests.  I love seeing the artsy things that everyone comes up with!

For today, create a graphic meme using one of these quotes:

  • “She’s a breath of fresh air.  I may be the big bad wolf, but even wolves need to breathe.”
  • “You’ve seen me at my worst.  Maybe you should see me at my best.” “And when are you at your best?” “In bed.”
  • “I need him to breathe.”

You can share the meme on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, but make sure to tag it with #LoveNeverFails so that we can find it when we’re choosing winners.  We’ll choose Three winners next Friday, so this contest will last for a week.  :)

Good luck!  I can’t wait to see your #LoveNeverFails memes!  :)

2 Year Anniversary of IF YOU STAY!!


OH MY GOSH, YOU GUYS!!  Today mark’s the TWO YEAR anniversary of IF YOU STAY.  Can you believe it??   Check this out:



As I said in the video, we’re doing some fun things to celebrate this week!

IF YOU STAY is $.99 for this whole week!  So if you haven’t been introduced to Pax Tate, now is the time.  You can find IF YOU STAY on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Kobo.  

UNTIL WE FLY is $.99 for this whole week, too!  You need to experience the awesomeness that is ex-Army Ranger Brand Killien.  You can find UNTIL WE FLY on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and Kobo.  

UNTIL WE BURN, the prequel novella to BEFORE WE FALL, is FREE right now on all platforms.

AND…. Before We Fall, which is in bookstores now, will hit Target shelves on February 15th.

SO MUCH GOODNESS TO CELEBRATE!!  *throws confetti*

For today’s event, I want to hear your favorite quote over on my Facebook Page.  Post your favorite quote, and THREE winners will be chosen to win a signed copy of IF YOU STAY.

I’ll post more events for the rest of the week.. so check back here or my Facebook page.

Happy anniversary, Pax Tate!!   XOXO.


Exciting things this week!!

Hey guys,

So I’ve got a lot going on this week, and just thought I’d better tell you about everything in one place.

First, the audio rights have been bought for The Nocte Trilogy by Audible.  So if you love to listen to your books, they’ll be available soon for your listening pleasure. I’ll let you know dates when I have them.

Second, VERUM released yesterday, as you probably noticed.  But just in case you didn’t, I thought I’d mention it again.  You can find it here:

Get VERUM (Nocte Trilogy #2):
 | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Add it on Goodreads

Third, NOCTE is on sale through today, but tomorrrow the price will return to $3.99.  So if you haven’t already read it, snap it up today before the price returns to normal.

Get NOCTE, the first book in the trilogy:
 | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Add it on Goodreads

Fourth, my publisher just let me know that they’re putting IF YOU STAY on sale for $.99 in honor of Valentine’s Day.  So if you haven’t been introduced to the sexiness that is Pax Tate, now is certainly the time.

Get IF YOU STAY, the first book in the Beautifully Broken series:
Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Add it on Goodreads

Fifth, I’ll be at my publisher’s New Adult Night tomorrow night from 7:20-7:40 pm EST to chat about Romance and hot guys.  Because…romance and hot guys.  :)   Come see us HERE.  

And last but not least, I’ve been asked a lot when the third and final book of The Nocte Trilogy, LUX,will be released.

Officially, I’m saying May/June, because writing VERUM fried my brain.  But, I’m aiming for earlier, like maybe April.  We’ll see.  But definitely  sign up for my newsletter to get updates on the release date.  I’ll let you know when to watch for it.  :)

I hope you all have a fabulous week!!

IF YOU STAY is on sale for 99-pennies

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. :)



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


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,


and HERE on iTunes.


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

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.


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!!