28.4.16

New Adult Scavenger Hunt, featuring exclusive excerpt from 738 Days by @StaceyKade #NewASH

April 28 - May 1

***The Hunt is now closed***

Welcome to Spring 2016 edition of the New Adult Scavenger Hunt!

The scavenger hunt includes exclusive content from fabulous New Adult authors. As you hop around, collect the lucky numbers on each post and add them up to enter to win one of three HUGE prize packs of paperback books. But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours! If you're just getting started, go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt website for instructions. 

There are three teams, each with its own prize pack. I'm excited to be a part of Team Purple, which means I get to feature exclusive content from Stacey Kade, one of the other Team Purple authors - I think you'll find her book quite intriguing. At the end of this post, I'll send you to Lisa Swallow, another awesome team member, for more good stuff. 


Just want to clarify that my book included in the Team Purple giveaway is a paper copy of the original version of Three Daves—the retro version when Jen and her boys were back in the 80s. In the new version, they’ve been transported to the new millennium and each Dave’s been given his own novella along with a host of other updates (including sexy new covers). 

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Meet Stacey Kade

The daughter of a minister and a music teacher, Stacey Kade grew up reading Harlequin romances on the sly in the basement. Her obsession with IMDb and the entertainment industry in general means no one will play her in Scene It or Hollywood Game Night anymore. Her one brush with fame was possibly seeing Billy Crystal in an airport once.

Stacey's Website

Stacey's Blog


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738 DAYS by Stacey Kade

At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.

Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.

Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he’s sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.

To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?

With charm and heart, Stacey Kade takes readers on a journey of redemption and love.

Pre-order 738 DAYS here.

I wasn't kidding when I said intriguing, right? For the Scavenger Hunt, Stacey treats us to the exclusive excerpt below. 


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Exclusive Excerpt from 738 DAYS by Stacey Kade

But I make my way out of my room and into the hall, heading for the stairs, expecting to find my family gathered in the kitchen, or if there’s a guest, maybe the living room.
 
Instead, in a repeat of earlier today, they’re gathered at the base of the stairs in the foyer. Only this time, it’s not just my mom and sisters, but my dad as well. And they’re not facing off against each other, but standing in a single line of solidarity—Mia, Mom, Dad, and Liza—which is . . . unusual.

Then I see the only other person present.  

Their seeming opponent—the mutual enemy that has drawn them all together—is one guy, standing with his back against the door, his head ducked down, the brighter gold bits in his dark blond hair glinting in the foyer light, and his hands stuffed into the pockets of his jeans.

Chase Henry.

My breath catches in my chest, and I wait for the panic bees to swarm up and start stinging.
But my insides are strangely calm. My heart does a quick little skip, but that’s all. Instead, I feel that weird flicker of . . . what?

Connection, maybe. Which is ridiculous because this Chase Henry is not “my” Chase Henry, for lack of a better term. I know that.

He doesn’t look as he did in the poster or my memory. He is taller than I imagined. I can’t see much of his face, just the left side of his profile, which is mostly in shadow anyway, but he seems tired, older. There are lines by his mouth, as if he’s been unhappy lately or spent a lot of time frowning.      

He’s wearing a battered work jacket over his T-shirt now. Nothing like the slick leather coat he wore in the poster and, therefore, in the room with me.

And yet, I can’t shake that feeling of a link, a bond, when I look at him. And with it, the odd sensation of being able to breathe deeper, like part of me was somehow waiting for this and can now relax a little.

Also a completely ridiculous notion. But this one sort of makes sense, in a crazy way. Chase, my version of him, was my security blanket. I needed him, a representative of home and the hope I was too afraid to allow myself (again, according to therapists galore), so my brain created him.

The real Chase in the foyer below physically resembles the protector I created so I’m reacting to him in the same way.

As if sensing my scrutiny, Chase looks up at me, those familiar dark blue eyes taking me in. 

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Bonus Prize
In addition to the HUGE prize packs of books, some of the authors are hosting their own individual giveaways. I'm one of those authors. ;) What're you gonna need with all those new paperback books in your prize pack? A bookmark, of course! My prize is a beaded leather corset-charm bookmark. Enter to win it in the Rafflecopter below - this giveaway will stay open until Midnight EST on May 1. 




 Sorry. The hunt is now closed. 
If this isn't your final Team Purple stop, visit author Lisa Swallow's site to continue reading (posts may start to disappear). Be sure to look for my exclusive excerpt from DAVID: SOPHOMORE YEAR along the way. Have fun!

Also visit Team Blue & Team Red (posts may disappear).
The New Adult Scavenger Hunt is open from 4/28- noonEST 5/1



11.4.16

Rain Rain Go Away Hop #AprilShowers #amreading


Welcome to my post for the Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway hop, hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island.

What's the best thing to do amidst April showers? Curl up with a good book, of course! My giveaway is a $5 Amazon gift card and your choice of a Kindle copy of either my chick-lit romance VIBRIZZIO or my women's fiction/love story DIVINE TEMPTATION.

The Prizes


On the last day of this hop, THREE DAVES parts 1-3 will be released to the world! Party on the campus of Central Illinois University with undergrad Jennifer Whitney as she learns about life and love through her adventures with three guys named Dave.

Special Pre-order Pricing through April 26




Jennifer Whitney always expected to save her virginity for that special someone. But the nineteen year old college sophomore is tired of waiting for the universe to bring him to her—especially while everyone around her is gaining valuable experience in the bedroom…and in the library stacks and in conversion vans…

Afraid of falling behind, she decides to lose her virginity to her friend David, someone she’d never ever risk a romantic relationship with after what he did to her. Trouble is, she’s been crushing on David since freshman year. Can she really take that step with him and not fall into the trap of hoping things will turn real?

“I asked my interior designer to give me something appropriate for defiling virgins.”
~David




With solid sexual experience under her belt, Jennifer Whitney is determined to return to her good girl status until she meets the right guy. Sexy super-senior Dave is not the right guy. But his mesmerizing eyes and sensual swagger have a way of making up for that—especially when he gives Jen the kind of attention she never dreamed she’d get from someone like him.

Her roommate doesn’t like him. Her friend David isn’t his biggest fan, either. But neither of them understand the persuasive powers of Dave’s delicious tongue and his tiger-like growl. Jen’s proud of herself for resisting his many temptations, yet she knows Dave won’t stick around forever if she never gives him anything…

“Come on, good girl. Be bad.”
~Dave





Big D is wonderful. Big D is perfect. Big D is taking way too long to make a freaking move. Self-proclaimed good girl Jennifer Whitney never thought she’d be the aggressive one in a relationship. But what choice does she have when her big, beefy hunk of a boyfriend treats her like fragile glass? She knows she can’t let him keep thinking she’s a virgin, but no way can she explain how she lost it, especially when D’s already suspicious of her friendship with David—the guy she lost it to.

By the end of senior year, Jen thought she’d have it all figured out. Instead, she’s forced to rethink who she is and what she wants during one crazy weekend when she has a close encounter with all three of her Daves.

“Of all the fraternity houses on campus, you had to walk into mine.”
~Big D


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Disclaimer: hosts & participating hop bloggers are not responsible for sponsors or self-sponsoring bloggers that do not fulfill prize obligations.

Thanks for stopping by. Now, hop on, my friends, and win many great things!

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6.4.16

Leveraging Time #IWSG #amwriting

In the first IWSG post of the year, I vowed to spend more time on writing and less time on all the other stuff that goes along with being a published author. So far so good. I recently finished the first draft on a new novel---hooray! But now comes the true test of my focus on writing.

As you may notice in my sidebar, I've just had three new novellas go on pre-order (a reboot of my debut novel). I've got to do something to promote them, but I've also got to be a ton more efficient with my marketing time than I've been in the past. That's were you come in...

I'd love any tips you have on effective ways to get the word out on a book that don't suck up exorbitant amounts of time. What promotional efforts give authors the best bang for their buck and minutes.



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This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and clonely Alex J. Cavanaugh.