September 01, 2014

Trailer Reveal: Twelve by T.M. Franklin

Twelve BannerT.M. Franklin is revealing the trailer for TWELVE, the conclusion to her MORE trilogy. Keep reading to check out the book trailer and to enter the giveaway!

August 31, 2014

It's True What They Say - Hope Really Does Float

Did you ever receive the BEST news? I'm talking exciting, mind-blowing news that made you giddy, speechless, scared, and teary all at the same time? And when you heard the news, you realized that, deep down, you really, really did want it, but you were too scared to ever hope you'd get it?

It's true what they say. Hope floats.

Last fall, I stumbled upon a open call for submissions to Chicken Soup for the Soul. They were looking for stories about finding your inner strength. I have always loved their books and found their stories to be heartfelt, which is right up my alley.

By the time I saw the call for submissions, I had two novels under my belt and was working on the third. I was (and still am) very green when it comes to publishing, but I was working hard to "build my brand" by connecting with readers, networking with bloggers, cross promoting with authors, and writing the best third book I could possibly write. I was juggling a lot, and I was hesitant to share a personal story they probably wouldn't accept anyway. But I was in a particularly brave mood, so I decided to give it a shot, with the understanding that I'd probably never hear from them.

And then I did.

Last month, I received an email saying that my story had made it to the final round. Not all stories that made it to the finals would be printed in the actual book, but it was an honor to have made it that far. I felt ecstatic, and even though I'm not a big bragger, I was too excited not to share the news with family and friends, with the disclaimer of "if it doesn't make it into the book, this is still awesome."

A few weeks later, I received another email, congratulating me. My story, "It's All In Your Head," would be printed in the October 2014 edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength

I won't lie. There were tears. 

While it's a little scary to think that I'm sharing a deeply personal story with readers, it's also a blessing that I can. For years, I struggled (and still struggle at times) with anxiety and panic attacks. I'm to the point now that I can usually control my anxiety before it turns into full-blown panic, but it's a constant work in progress. I don't know that my story is particularly inspirational, but I do know that many people struggle with anxiety and feel like nobody understands. Hopefully my story will reassure them that they aren't alone.

Release Date: October 28, 2014


August 30, 2014

Cover Reveal: Black Rose by Kris Thompson

cool TWCS logoAuthor Kris Thompson is revealing the cover of her novel, Black Rose. Keep reading to learn more about her debut novel. Please note this book is intended for adult readers.

August 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: All Who Are Lost by Lindsey Forrest

Lindsey Forrest is revealing the cover of her novel, All Who Are Lost. This book is scheduled for an October release. Keep reading to see the beautiful cover and to learn more about the story!

August 24, 2014

Soldier On Signed Paperback Giveaway!

Who doesn't love signed paperbacks? And I'm giving away two of them! 

We're getting close to an awesome Twitter milestone, so I thought I'd celebrate by giving away some signed paperbacks! 

Here's the Rafflecopter. Good luck!

Sunday Sneak Peek: Fireworks by Lindsey Gray

Lindsey Gray is revealing the trailer for her summer novella, Fireworks. I had the pleasure of reading this book, and I fell in love with the characters. Keep reading to learn more and to check out the awesome book trailer!

August 21, 2014

Release Day Blitz: The Land of the Shadow by Lissa Bryan

Happy release day to Lissa Bryan! She's celebrating the release of her novel, The Land of the Shadow. Keep reading to learn more about the follow-up to her novel, The End of All Things. Don't forget to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

August 19, 2014

Cover Re-Reveal: The Merry-Go-Round by Donna Fasano

Sweet Romance author Donna Fasano is revealing a new cover for her book, The Merry-Go-Round. Keep reading to check it out!