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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Infinite Harmony Cover Reveal

Ada Jessup lives for the moment, knowing the promise of tomorrow can be all too easily broken.
Joshua is an Immortal, a heavenly warrior who will still be fighting long after the rest of the Alpha Pack have turned to dust.

When a gunshot wound forces Joshua to tell Ada the truth of what he is, there is more at risk than the safety of the Alphas he's sworn to protect. For Joshua, the real danger is the way he feels drawn to the human girl. After all, what can the future hold for a girl whose days are numbered and a boy whose life has no end?

Guys, I am totally excited about this book! I love Joshua and Ada, and I think you're going to love their humor and heart. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Infinite Harmony will be available on October 14! 
Pre-order your copy today!

And don't forget to stop by every Tuesday until October 14th to get a teaser from Infinite Harmony!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Big Sale + Giveaway!

Infinite Harmony is coming soon (as in you will see the cover, read the blurb, and have a chance to pre-order it this week), and to help those people who might be new to the world of Shifters & Seers, I'm offering the Timber Wolves eOmnibus crazy-cheap this week...

That's right, all three Timber Wolves novels in one volume for only 99¢. If you've been waiting for the perfect moment to buy them, this would be the time. You can get it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the iTunes store

Sitting there thinking, "Yeah. So what? I've already got those books." Well, how would you feel about a chance to own a signed copy of a printed Timber Wolves Omnibus? Because I'm also giving one of those away. Just help me get the word out about the Timber Wolves sale and use the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

Contest is open internationally.
Contest ends at 12:00 am on September 19.
Please feel free to grab the above image and post it around the inner-webs as your contest entries.

Don't forget to check back here on Wednesday, September 17, for the inside scoop on Infinite Harmony!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Are YOU Alpha Pack?

Are you a fan of the Timber Wolves/Shifters & Seers series? Do you wish you could have more behind-the-scenes access? Do you want free stuff?

Then you should consider joining the Alpha Pack! 

No, I have not completely lost my marbles and think that Scout & Co. are real. Well, maybe I have, but that isn't what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about a street team. 

New to the world of street teams? Don't worry. So am I. For the longest time, I couldn't quite figure out what a street team did exactly, but then I attended a session at this year's UtopYA and realized each street team (which is really just a small, close-knit community built around a book or author) is unique. The more I thought about street teams (and how much I love small, close-knit groups built around the shared love of a story), the more I wanted to give it a try. And after weeks of thinking about it, I came up this outline for how the Alpha Pack will work:

1. To keep that whole small, close-knit community vibe going, the size of the Alpha Pack will be limited. Like 10-ish people limited. While some new people may join when others leave, the size of the group will not increase beyond 15 people without the Alpha Pack voting on the increase.

2. Limited group size means Potentials will have to apply to join. The Alphas have been put in charge of picking members from the applications. 

3. The Alpha Pack will operate as a closed group on Facebook, hence a Facebook account is required for acceptance.

4. While the Alpha Pack is built around my books, there will be other fun stuff going on in the group, like book recommendations and personal stuff I don't necessarily want to share with the whole world but think you might find interesting. Also, I encourage you to talk to each other and discover other shared interests. Anyone who posts pictures of Tom Hiddleston or Jensen Ackles gets bonus points.

5. Alpha Pack members will receive exclusive first looks and teasers of upcoming books, swag, group-only giveaways/contests, and a yearly Christmas gift. <--This is the good stuff you actually care about.

6. Occasionally, Alpha Pack members will be asked to help promote a new book or sale. Members can choose to participate as much or as little as their comfort level allows. However, if a member chooses to participate in less than 50% of group discussions or promotions, they may be asked to relinquish their spot to someone on the Alpha Pack waiting list. (NOTE: When I say "occasionally", I mean "very occasionally". My own personal comfort level when it comes to promotion is very low. We're talking about maybe asking you to tweet or post something a couple of times a year and possibly leaving a review when a new book comes out. That's it. None of this crazy "post about me and my books once a week" stuff. I'm not that kind of author.)

7. The Alpha Pack will be a nice, safe place free of harassment. In other words, jerks will get kicked to the curb.

Still interested? Awesome.

All you have to do is fill out the following form. The Alphas will be looking over the applications to find people from every age and walk of life to ensure the Alpha Pack is eclectic enough to keep things interesting. Once they select the members, I will be notifying them via Facebook and/or email.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Not Dead Yet

So… It's been a while. Like a long while. Like if anyone has wandered by here recently they probably feel a bit like this:

Sorry about that. I had really good intentions of keeping this blog updated at the beginning of the year, but it didn't happen. And honestly, it's probably not going to become a booming hotspot of information and interaction in the near future. Blogs just aren't my thing. If you are really interested in keeping up with me, I would suggest friending me on Facebook or following me on Twitter. And if you want to see what random things make me smile, you should follow me on Tumblr, where I mostly just reblog cool stuff and pictures of Tom Hiddleston. (*Note: My Tumblr contains more cussing than Facebook or Twitter, so if you're young & impressionable or offended by language, be warned.)

But despite my general laziness when it comes to blogging, I'm here now, so why don't we do some updating? First, in case you missed it, a group of authors got together and put together an anthology of short stories to benefit the UtopYA conference held in Nashville. Among those authors are Amy Bartol, Amanda Havard, and ME! My story is very short, but I promise the others in there make it well worth the purchase price. (Click the image below to find it on Amazon.)

Speaking of UtopYA, if you're going there this summer, I will be attending yet again! Unfortunately, this will most likely be the only author appearance I will be doing this summer. After the whirlwind of being gone every weekend last summer (and being sick for months after), I've decided to back off this year. Summers tend to be when all the cool conferences and signings are, but it is also when the library hosts its Summer Reading Program. (I know. Crazy how we'd do that in summer.) All in all, it makes things a little too non-stop for me, so I'm stepping back a little this year. I hope you're not too horribly disappointed. 

And finally, the part of the update I hope you're all waiting for…

Part of the reason I've grossly neglected this blog over the past few months is because I've been working on the first draft of Infinite Harmony. Drafting is the absolute hardest thing for me, and normally it goes really slowly with lots of procrastinating, but with this book it's been more like:

I'm excited to say that I've already finished the first draft! Weeks earlier than expected! Yay! I don't know what this will do in terms of release dates (because revisions and editing phases are important and can take a long, long time), but fingers crossed, there is a chance you'll see this sooner than the anticipated end-of-November original release date! 

If you're reading this, thanks for sticking around, even during my radio silence. As I start digging deeper into the Infinite Harmony story I'll try to give you some updates (and maybe some story insights), but I'm making no promises. I think we all know how that will probably end.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Marked Hearts for Valentine's Day

Marked Hearts are 12 YA and NA authors coming together to celebrate Valentine's Day with stories of love.  These are 12 separate stories centered around romance brought to you by some best selling authors: Brina Courtney, Sarah Ashley Jones, Magan Vernon, Dawn Pendalton, Amy Evans, Amber Garr, Morgan Black, Jo Briggs, Jessica Gibson, Tammy Blackwell, Sarah Makela and Michelle D. Argyle.  So this Valentine's Day cuddle up with amazing book boyfriends for under a dollar.
Mallory and Luke have been joyously living out their happily ever after. With a baby on the way, they think nothing could ruin their happiness. When the baby's life is in danger, though, they've got a tough decision to make. This novella takes place after all three of the Broken Series books.
Layla Keyes is back in England. Much has changed in the five years since she moved to New York to pursue a modelling career - On the outside she appears independent, self-assured and enjoying running her own successful fashion label.
On the inside she is determined to take back what she lost five years ago when jealousy and misunderstandings allowed a so-called friend to manipulate and interfere in destroying her relationship with Evan Carter. Evan Carter has spent all that time pretending to not be affected by the loss of Layla from his life. A twist of fate brings the two back together as they are forced to share a few days alone. Can their love be rekindled despite the secrets they still have to confess to each other?  
Jase Donovan always knew exactly what to expect from college: frat parties, coeds, and a spot on one of the most prestigious basketball teams in the nation. It was the life he was destined for... until his sister became the Alpha Pack's Most Wanted. Now he's playing a dangerous game of espionage and subterfuge with the most powerful Shifters and Seers in the world, and if he loses, his life won't be the only one on the line.
Talley Matthews has always been able to look on the sunshine-and-rainbows side of life, but it's getting harder and harder every day with the knowledge that one friend is on the run and another is barely clinging to life. To complicate matters even more, after being pegged as an Alpha Pack Potential, she's having to fend off advances from Shifters who want to use her to gain a little power. The attention might be nice if her heart didn't already belong to someone else. In this companion to the best-selling Timber Wolves trilogy, readers will finally discover the path Jase and Talley took to discover their love for one another. Author's Note: All We See & Seem is a novella of 30,000 words.  
Wild For You is the fifth book in the Forever Wild Series. (This is a six part series with one book releasing every 3 weeks)
Things seem to be finally looking up for Valerie and Wes. Valerie finally left her job and started a new company with two of her closest work friends and if that wasn’t enough of a stress reliever, she finally decided to let her true feelings show for Wes. And when they’re reciprocated everything seems to be falling in place for the girl that once thought that she’d never get anything right.
But there are secrets that Wes has been keeping from her that involve her former friends with benefits, Max Green, and when they come to the surface it could put an end to Mr. and Mrs. Wild.
This is a two book bundle! Special Valentine's Day Price!
Promise Me This: Sarah Ashley Jones Welcome to the South - where the tea is sweet and the accents are sweeter. This Southern way of life is all Charlie has ever known. It’s not until she loses the only person who pushed her to break free of the Southern Belle mold that she starts living the life she needs and not the life her parents forced on her. Jhett has lived on the edge for as long as he could remember - constantly teetering back and forth between being a rock star and living a normal life. His rebellious and sometimes arrogant attitude is known to get him into trouble, especially with the girls who hang on his every move. Charlie never thought that a trip to pack up her brother’s apartment would leave her feeling even more unsettled about the grainy details of her brother’s death. Her quest for information leads her straight to his old hangout and into arms of Jhett, who suspiciously knows more about her situation than he ever should. Only a few questions remain - Can you trust someone based on their word alone? And if you make a promise, how far will you go to keep it? Stealing Promises: Brina Courtney Promises are made to be kept, never stolen. But that's exactly what happened to Victoria Blane and Levi Manor. Tragedy strikes their perfect relationship leaving Victoria struggling to overcome the darkness that threatens to bury her. Brighton Hanley knows what it's like to lose someone. He knows what it's like to be haunted by things that can never change. When he meets Victoria he recognizes the pain she's trying to bury deep in her eyes. He knows she's trying to hide, but he also knows that you can't hide forever. Victoria is drawn to Brighton in ways she never expected. But is she ready to let go of the past and grab on to her future? Or will she run away from Brighton before she can be hurt again?  
Kelley Carson is successful, beautiful, and celibate. But that last part certainly isn’t by choice. Seems every time Kelley meets someone who might be able to help her scratch her physical itch something always goes terribly wrong. Then she meets Lawson; a hot real estate attorney, who by the looks of him doesn’t have a problem getting ladies into bed, she desperately wants him to take her home. Will she make it through one date without totally screwing it up? Or will she go home alone again? This is Kelley’s first entry in her diary of her dating mishaps.
First love is the sweetest.... Jax and Jacey are everyone's favorite couple, even though they've barely kissed. In kindergarten, Jax pulled out a chair for Jacey and swept the play dough off so that she would sit down next to him and he's been carving out ways for them to stick together ever since. Though everyone in their conservative, small beach town sees them as a couple, they're not, exactly. Because while they both want more, they've agreed to wait. Jacey works hard, respects her elders and follows every spoken and silent rule about fitting in and doing the ‘right’ thing. She doesn't dare give the gossips more fodder from her family, so she's kept Jax firmly in the friendzone. It takes a hurricane for her to realize timing is everything, but months later she’s still too afraid to put her heart on the line and tell him how she feels. Then plans change – hers for summer and his for college, and Jacey needs to make the most of the time she and Jax have left, or stay stuck in the land of missed beginnings forever  
 Lorelei Peters had everything she had ever dreamed of. Amazing friends, a sexy boyfriend, and a job that she absolutely loved. Dillon Brockwell was all she had ever wanted. Handsome, successful, and he loved her as much as she loved him. Life was going along the way it was supposed to, until someone from Dillon’s past shows up and shatters everything to pieces. Can Lorelei and Dillon get through all the craziness and make it down the aisle? Or will lies of omission be enough to derail them forever.  
THE WITCH WHO CRIED WOLF - A Cry Wolf Novella New Adult Paranormal Romance
Be careful what you wish for… A potion gone wrong: Mia Brooks is a reluctant witch, with powers that she tries to hold in check. But when her magic gets mixed up, supernatural forces are unleashed and suddenly she’s being pursued by werewolves—that she didn’t even realize existed… Hidden emotions: Ethan Parker, Mia’s brother’s best friend, is home from deployment for the holidays. Mia’s not only hiding from werewolves, she’s trying to keep her feelings for Ethan secret; it would be a disaster if he knew she’s been nursing a long-time crush… The power of love: things take a terrifying turn when Mia and Ethan are attacked by a werewolf. Ethan is amazed when Mia reveals her paranormal prowess as she tries to shield them from danger. But can she really protect them from the darkness that lurks? And how can he tell her that, for ages, he’s been denying what he really wants? Mia...  
Everyone has their demons.
Before Conner Hoffman began his new life free of collecting souls for his demon father, he spent centuries fighting against his true nature. As a cambion with a conscience, guilt plagued his mind, while the sweet taste of souls satisfied more than just his incubus cravings. A chance encounter with a beautiful harpy leads Conner down a road to his inevitable fate. Hunted for his unique heritage, he’s forced to embrace his demon side in order to defeat those determined to see him destroyed. With friends masquerading as enemies, trusting his instincts may mean sacrificing part of his humanity. And that’s the very last thing Conner Hoffman wants to do.  
**Catch is a novella. It should take most readers 1 or 2 hours to read.**
When eighteen-year-old Miranda chases a purse snatcher on the Las Vegas Strip, the last thing she expects is for the pursuit to turn into an extended game of hide-and-seek. All Miranda wants are the old black and white photographs buried at the bottom of her purse. They're the only things she has left of the grandmother she never knew. But how much is she willing to put on the line to save them? And is it possible she's falling in love with a thief?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Take Me To Your Reader

Exciting news! A new anthology of short stories to benefit the 2014 UtopYA conference was released today, and one of the stories is by ME!

See? That is my name right there on the cover!

My story is called "Monsters of Earth" and is about an intergalactic warrior sent to Earth on his very first mission. To say he's not happy about it might be an understatement. You see, Helem's job is to fight monsters, but there aren't any monsters on earth. Here's a sneak peek…

“Unicorns and fairies aren’t monsters,” she said, interrupting his thoughts.

“Tell that to the inhabitants of Planet Fraizar where young girls live in constant fear of being stabbed and devoured by evil horned beasts or the citizens of Planet Bachai where a family of unchecked pixies left an entire country without a single bite of food to eat.”

“Evil unicorns and fairies, huh? How come I’ve never seen one?”

“Because this is Earth. There are no monsters on Earth.”

“Are you sure? Because I’m pretty certain the guy on the second floor with a gunshot wound is a werewolf.”

Helem snorted. “On Earth even your Shifters are lame and half-human. I wouldn’t worry about it.”

If you want to read more and support a great conference, click on one of the buy links below. If you would like an opportunity to win a free copy, see the form below! And if you want to party with me, head over to the official Facebook launch party tonight (February 11) at 8:00 CST!

Buy Take Me To Your Reader: An Otherworld Anthology at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Smashwords.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Writer Wednesdays: Samantha Young Interview

As I mentioned last week, one of my resolutions for 2014 is to focus this blog on the craft of writing and getting to know other writers by doing a series of Writer Wednesdays posts. For my first endeavor, I've enlisted the help of my friend Samantha Young, whose newest book, Before Jamaica Lane, came out yesterday. If you missed it, you should go back and read how I helped inspire the character of Olivia and my review of the book.

And now to display all the hard-hitting journalism skills I learned as a Communications major in college…

1. There is a knock at your door. When you go to answer it you discover the Avengers standing on your doorstep. Then, Joss Whedon, Master of the Marvel Universe, says, “Samantha, you may choose one of these fine Avengers for yourself and gift one to your dear friend Tammy.” Who do you take? And more importantly, who do you give to me?

I’m going to be completely selfish here and keep the eye candy for myself. I’ll choose Thor (as long as Chris Hemsworth wears the face of Thor… yeah, say no more) and leave the choice of yours up to you. I might whisper the suggestion that although Captain America is purty, he’s a wee bit straight-laced. There’s Bruce Banner but my advice… avoid the one with anger management issues. Perhaps then Hawkeye or Tony Stark’s Iron Man. Hawkeye’s got that silent, macho thing going on that’s pretty hot. At the end of the day, though, I think Tony Stark would get your sense of humor. Robert Downey Jnr’s pretty brown eyes and that lethal dose of sarcasm? Winner.

I do have some warm and fuzzy feelings for Tony Stark (and my mom's BFF Robert Downey Jr), and I've loved Bruce Banner since I was 2 years old, but I think I would have to refuse the affections of all the Avengers and lay my claim on Loki instead. What can I say? My heart yearns for sexy, misunderstood bad guys. 

2. Same visit, Fury says, “Samantha, I’d like to offer you a job with S.H.I.E.L.D.” What would the position be?

Thor’s wardrobe assistant. What? That’s helping to save the world… ish.

3. It’s Saturday night and you’re heading to THE ultimate concert where you’ll get to hang out with the coolest people on earth. Who is performing, and who will you be talking to once you get there?

The Killers are playing. I saw them live in Aberdeen last year and it was the best concert I’ve ever been to. Once there I’d get to chat with Tammy Blackwell (!) Brandon Flowers, Daniel Johns, Patrick Ness, Ian McKellen, Pete Doctor, John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gilles, Suzanne Collins, Richelle Mead, J.J. Abrams, John Noble, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Simon Neil, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy, Bob Dylan, Johnny Depp, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Arcade Fire, Kristen Wiig, Denzel Washington, Laini Taylor, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Rebel Wilson, Colleen Hoover, Alice Clayton, Shelly Crane, Amy Bartol, Angeline Kace, Rachel Higginson, Lila Felix, Georgia Cates, M. Leighton, Quinn Loftis, Stacia Kane, Amy MacDonald, Florence Welch, and all my friends and family.

This will also be known as the night Tammy gets arrested for grabbing onto Alan Rickman and refusing to let go.

4. Me. You. All-expenses paid vacation. Where are we going and what are we doing?

As much as I love Europe and America and travelling somewhere with history and lots to do, most of the travelling I do now is all about work and I’m crazy busy. So if we’re going on vacation, we’re going on a REAL vacation. Lets go to Sugar Beach in St. Lucia. We can call it a writer’s retreat!

*pulls up travel sites* *starts making reservations*

5. If you could trade places with any of your characters, who would it be and why?

I would probably trade places with Liv from BEFORE JAMAICA LANE. She’s got a cool job, great friends, and gets to banter (among other things) with a sexy guy like Nate Sawyer. Yes, please!

6. You write a lot of super-sexy men. In a sexy-off, which one would win?
Braden, Cam, Nate and Jake are sexy in their own ways. Reader majority (yes, I once asked them) says Braden. But they haven’t met Nate yet. I think Nate just might be as sexy as Mr. Carmichael.

7. In Before Jamaica Lane, Olivia works as a librarian. Can you please explain what it is that makes librarians so awesome?

Librarians know their books! What’s not cool about that? They’re the go-to people for knowledge. Plus, their whole job is about getting people to read. As a life-long avid reader and library-goer, I am all for those who spend their working days convincing people that reading is cool. Literacy is still such a massive problem, so I think it’s imperative that we impress upon each new generation the importance of reading.

Plus… I haven’t met a librarian yet that wasn’t down-to-the-bone freaking awesome. Oh, except my high school librarian. She was terrifying. A bit like the librarian out of Monsters University but… with less tentacles.

8. What is something you wish everyone knew about Before Jamaica Lane?
How relatable Olivia is. I love to relate to the heroine of any book because it makes her so much more real for me, and Liv is as real as you get. Hopefully that only makes the moments with Nate (whether funny banter, sexy lessons, or emotionally hot scenes) resonate that much more with the readers.

9. Let’s say someone has read all of your On Dublin Street books but haven’t delved further into the Samantha Young oeuvre. What book would you suggest they head to next?

Ooh, oeuvre. Nice. That’s not a word you get to use every day. Or maybe you do, Tammy. You are an aforementioned awesome librarian. I’m a little jealous. I’ll need to find a way to slip that word into conversation over the holidays. Anyhoo, back to the point. I would suggest On Dublin Street readers pick up Into the Deep. Or if they like a bit of fantasy, Slumber.

If you want to learn more about Samantha, visit her online at Samantha Young Books. And don't miss your opportunity to win a copy of Before Jamaica Lane by obeying the Rafflecopter below!

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