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Introducing INKLO: Viral Reading Experience

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INKLO is a brand-new viral story-telling and reading app and I’m privileged to be one of 4 launch partners helping to get it started.

Here’s how it works: head over to the App Store or your Android app store and download Inklo. Then check out the authors and give them a follow. Be sure to turn on notifications so you’re notified whenever a new weekly episode drops. It’s a ton of fun! You can comment and interact with other readers. IT’S ALL FREE!

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My story is called MOVING ON and is a young adult ghost story/romance. Check it out and give me a follow!

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Kylie Davis is a high school senior who’s smart, pretty, and should be on top of the world. But her boyfriend’s death in a fiery car wreck at the end of their junior year changed everything. After a summer abroad, trying to learn to deal with her overwhelming grief, she’s finally ready to get back to her life. That’s a tall order when her boyfriend, who is extremely dead, shows up at school. Having Drew’s ghost follow her around is not the best way to get over him, but he says he has unfinished business before he can move on to wherever he’s supposed to be. He has no idea what this unfinished business is—only that it has something to do with her.

Her world is rocked again when the police announce Drew’s death wasn’t an accident. Kylie is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and figure out who killed him, but is the danger all in the past?

John Green Giveaway

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If you love John Green’s stories, don’t miss this giveaway! The prize includes an autographed first edition of The Fault In Our Stars, the special edition of Looking For Alaska (with tons of bonus material), two new books Green has recommended, and a TFioS pillow case.

I’ve teamed up with some author friends to bring you this giveaway, so click the image or link below to enter:

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Sun-Kissed Instafreebie Reads

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 Kick-start your summer!

48 FREE Young Adult and Clean Romance stories from 48 new and best-selling authors. Fill your Kindle (or another e-reader) and enjoy reading all summer.

YA Contemporary

 

 

How to Begin Again by Cindy Ray Hale

Will Hannah Miller learn to move on from her ex-boyfriend so she can make room in her heart for the hottie next door?

 

 

V is For Virgin by Kelly Oram

Girl determined to stay Virgin until married. Obnoxious rock star determined to change her mind. Chaos and romance ensue!

 

 

Under a New York Skyline Boxed Set

In a city of millions, can she find her one in a million?
Romance in New York has never been so loud with hip hop, so frenzied with Comic Con fans, or so alluring with pop sensations.

Better Off by Yesenia Vargas

Ariana’s not supposed to have a boyfriend, but she doesn’t mind breaking the rules for Carlos. What happens when Carlos isn’t the Prince Charming she was hoping for?

Holding On by Rachael BrownellBecca has to choose between the love she has for her best friend, Brad, and something new and exciting with Ethan. Will she hold on to her past, or move forward with her future?  

 

Summer’s End by Sally Henson

Sixteen-year-old Regan Stone has a plan and she’s got to stick to it if she want’s to make it out of her gossip-ridden small town. But when her best her best-friend-since-forever, Lane, confesses his secret to her, she has until summer’s end to choose between following her dreams or taking a chance at love.

 

Always Anika: Ten Years Later by Kelsie Stelting

One big white dress. One bouquet of flowers. Two high school sweethearts.

 

 

Malignant by Emily Kazmierski

When Reese’s mom is diagnosed with cancer, Reese has two choices: find strength and perseverance to care for her mom, or disengage from the family like her dad. What will Reese choose?

Naked and Far From Home by J.P. GriderNaked and Far From Home by J.P. GriderTia loves Clinton; Clinton has a secret. Will sharing that secret affect their love for each other?
 

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by Rachel Shane

A retelling of Peter Pan set in modern day high school in which Wendy gets caught in the middle of a prank war and a war for her heart between two rival lacrosse captains, Peter and James.

 

Those Black Wings by Melinda R. Cordell

Kay knows she cannot stay with Carter. She knows that his next suicide attempt may be fatal. But she wants, above all, to live her life on her own terms – not on somebody else’s.

Moon River by Amber D. TranMoon River follows the childhoods of Abigail and Ryan as they grow up together in northern West Virginia.

YA Urban Fantasy

New Orleans Magic by J.L. Hendricks

The Pussycat Dolls meet Urban Fantasy.
Jenna, and her 3 adopted sisters, always believed magic wasn’t real, and their gimmicks were harmless. Until a vampire tried to use a death spell on Jenna and the whole world of magic and shifters opened up to her and her sisters.

Discovery by Char Webster

What would you do if you suddenly discovered that the people around you are much more than they seem? How would you react if you suddenly could read people’s thoughts? Would you trust the sexy mysterious stranger who seems to appear everywhere you go? Discover the dangers of being Gifted.

YA Paranormal

Seeker by Amy Reece

Ally is 16 and psychic; Jack is 18 and trouble. Will they be able to save a friend in trouble before it’s too late? Will they find love along the way?

 

The Witchling Apprentice by G. Kristin McMichael

Cassie thought magic would be her key to fitting in. She soon finds that magic isn’t the only thing kept hidden in her small community. There are other things that go bump in the night, and they all seem to want a piece of her.

Shadowed Truth by Wendi L. Wilson

A companion novella to the Shadowed Series, this story follows Melanie parents, Elaine and Darren, through their whirlwind romance and the series of events that led to their ultimate separation.

 

 

 

 

Heritage by Melle Amade

Dutch born, Matilde, the estranged niece of Lord Van Arend, barters with her scheming mother to spend the summer with the only friends she’s ever had, the Ravensgaard at Castle Brannach. The only problem is, what she has offered her mother is information, information that will break her friends’ trust and begin the downfall of the regime that governs them all.

 Moment for Tara by Tamar Sloan

Tara grew up playing and laughing with her twin best friends, life is uncomplicated and carefree — until she falls for one of them. The wrong one.

Dead Love by Gabby Griffin

Will Lace help the ghost in her new house find peace? Or will their twisted pasts drown them?

Discerning Spirits by Kellie McAllen

To fulfill his destiny, he’ll have to uncover hers.

 

 

 

Galdoni by Cheree Alsop

“This is the Arena, and here we live to die.” These are the words carved into a holding cell where genetically-altered gladiators, the winged humans called Galdoni, are trained to fight. Kale, rescued by three high school students and nursed back from the brink of death, is given the chance to experience life as a human.

 

Cursed by the Gods by Raye Wagner

Even though mortals think the gods have disappeared, Olympus still rules. Demigods have elite hunters who viciously kill monsters. And Hope has a deadly secret…

Science Fiction Romance/Fairy Tale Retelling

Alien Frog Prince by J.M. Page and Juno Wells

Prince Zakrom is long past the age of finding his One, the girl who will break the curse that keeps him hideous. Until he meets the scattered but beautiful Earth girl and instantly knows she’s for him.

YA Time Travel

Clockwise by Elle Strauss

A teen time traveler accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward….

YA Fantasy

Protector by Joanne Wadsworth

Faith never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries. Now, she must battle against both love and land if she wants to remain with her soul-bound mate.

Clicks by Amy Evans

Cami is looking forward to a summer of lifeguard training and having fun. But all of that changes when she gets hurt, falls in love, and those the cares about most begin to drown.

A Curse of Stone and Moonlight by Ashley Maker

Cursed to become a marble statue in a wicked sorcerer’s private art gallery, a teenage girl must find a way out before she’s trapped forever.

When I Wake by Lara Ann

Ash has a secret, it has the chance to make or break her.
She confides in Bentley, but has she made a huge mistake?

Defects by Sarah Noffke

The society one girl thought was protecting her has actually been betraying her, but she has no idea how to break away from its authority without hurting everyone she loves.

Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay

War. Secrets. Betrayal. Meet Sage: Loyal. Fierce. Sassy. Strong. Daughter, swordmaker, spy, and rebellion leader. Meet your next epic adventure.

 Shades of Valhalla by Ellis Logan

One girl to save the world, or end it… Dark fae, myth and magic.

 

 

 

Cendrilla by Cordelia Castel

When Cendrilla is forcibly betrothed to Bluebeard, a Lord known for killing his wives, she escapes to the capital with his slave, Jack. But Rilla soon finds that Bluebeard and his cut-throat mercenaries are in hot pursuit, desperate to exact their vengeance.

YA Thriller

Rhinoceros Summer by Jamie Thornton

LETHAL AMBITION…A rare rhinoceros on the brink of extinction. A trophy hunter on the verge of bankruptcy. A young photographer desperate for fame.

YA Dystopian

Sand Runner by Vero Brook

In a dystopian future, 16-year-old Kaiden Reed risks his life in a brutal race to impress the girl of his dreams. But can he trust the person who recruited him – or are they using him to carry out their own bold and reckless agenda?

Elimination by Marina Epley

For fans of The Hunger Games, Maze Runner and X-Men. Immerse yourself in a gritty YA dystopian adventure with telepathy, hypnosis and mind reading.

Western Romance

Fools Rush In by Eveline Hart

Join Anna Murphy as she finds love in the American Frontier. This is a sweet Mail Order Bride Romance you are sure to love!

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Someone is trying to sabotage the rodeo circuit the Knight brothers hold so dear. Together they must find out who is responsible before someone gets killed!

Lizzie by Bethany Rose

Lizzie Hazlitt is forced to leave Dalton, Wyoming to escape her cruel and overbearing mother. Joseph Kendicott is advertising for a mail-order bride; he’s in trouble with the law and he figures that having a wife is better than any disguise.

Chick Lit

Smile… You are Famous by Mary Kelly Reed

A few weeks before her wedding, Laura discovers that everyone is identifying her with Daphne, a comic series heroine. At first, she smiles at the whims of the universe, but her smile fades away when she realizes that Daphne and she are so alike because she was created by David, her ex-fiancé.

loveandpizza.it by Daniela Pesconi-Arthur

An unexpected job interview via Skype and a job offer in Napoli help just graduated Dr. Carolina decide to embark on the craziest adventure of her life. In Napoli, she will find out that choosing a pizza topping isn’t the most difficult thing to do, after all…

Sweet Contemporary Romance

 

Thanks to You by Emma Kingsley

Horse trainer Ashley considers billionaire Robert King another profit-obsessed client. Just as she lets Robert in, the uncertain future of Sunny Grove Stables threatens to tear them apart. Will King’s plan to take control of the situation push Ashley away or bring them together?

 

Sweet Tricks by Maggie Dallen

Tabitha has given up bad boys once and for all, but that’s easier said than done when she finds herself sharing an apartment with Jack, the bad boy to end all bad boys. As if their instant attraction doesn’t make staying away hard enough, why does her new bad boy have to be so nice?

Full Circle by Sophie Moran

Cassie comes home to Dragonfly Lake to recover from a broken engagement. Once home, she encounters her first love…who now works for her father.

Time For You by J.L. Starr

Being assistant curator at a historical railroad museum isn’t as glamorous as Amy thought it would be. Though the job does have its perks, such as when she can touch the heart of a sweet little boy, then win the heart of his father.

 

The Modern Earl by Caroline Johnson

Meg is starring in a Regency-era play opposite of Vincent Davenport, a famous Broadway actor, but he’s also well-known for his bad attitude. There’s chemistry onstage, but offstage they can’t get along. Will the terrible dynamic ruin the play, or will Vincent prove to be more than meets the eye?

Science Fiction Fantasy Romance

Whispers of a Faded Dreamer by Celesta Thiessen

A love-starved young woman slips away every night to adventure with dragons, mermaids, and even aliens but then she wakes up.

Historical Romance

A Love Divided by Belle McInnes

Escape to the borderlands of Scotland in the time of Mary Queen of Scots, where a feisty English heiress meets a brawny Scottish laird who should be her mortal enemy – but a shared love for horses draws them together and kindles a passion that respects no boundaries, endangering more than just their hearts…

You and Me Forever: YA/NA Anthology FREE! AVAILABLE TODAY!

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Get this clean romance collection FREE TODAY… including a new short story from me!

Over 10 HOURS of reading time – eight sweet romance short stories and novellas by eight different authors!

Bestselling novelists and new writers have come together to bring readers You & Me Forever, a collection of heartwarming stories about finding romance, falling for your first love, and discovering the one you’re truly meant to be with. Stories vary from dark and emotional to endearing and wholesome, all with a happily-ever-after ending.

Teens and adults will enjoy this young adult and new adult clean romance anthology with a message to always believe in true love. Would you be his, forever? Download your copy and fall in love today! 

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The Seeker Series Boxed Set: Preorder Now!

seeker-series-preorderMy amazing publisher, Limitless Publishing, has made a boxed set for the Seeker Series! How exciting! It’s available for pre-order now at a great price: 99cents! It will be $6.99 regularly, so grab it while it’s on sale!

PREORDER HERE

I absolutely loved writing this series and it will always be near and dear to my heart, even as I concentrate on new genres for a while. I hope you’ll give it a read! 

New Release: FLAME by A.K. Morgen

I’m very excited to announce that the long awaited (and much anticipated!) third book of the Amazon Bestselling RAGNAROK PROPHESIES series has finally arrived! Join Arionna Jacobs and Dace Matthews as they race to stop the apocalypse in this intense and emotional series by A.K. Morgen.



Read on below for all the details, including a giveaway!


 


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Who do you trust when betrayal threatens to destroy everything you hold dear?

When Arionna Jacobs fled town in a desperate bid to save Dace Matthews, she never expected the chaos she would leave in her wake. Now her closest friend is dead, and another is missing, forcing Ari to return to face the devastating consequences of her actions and the broken boy she left behind.

Her problems are only just beginning.

Even as her bond with Dace grows stronger, Arionna finds herself weakening when Freki’s cage shatters. Fighting the wolf for control is tearing her apart piece by piece. And at every turn, she finds that those she’s put her faith in aren’t who they seem, bringing her face to face with Sköll and Hati. As the depth of their betrayal is revealed, Freki spirals out of control, and Arionna must face her greatest fear: losing herself to the fierce wolf within.

The world balances on the edge of a blade, and one wrong move will destroy it all.

With few allies she can trust and little choice left, Arionna must decide between the lives of her friends and her own future with the alpha she loves. Will she be able to stand firm for the sake of the world, or will she falter in the face of defeat? 



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AMAZON | GOODREADS | BARNES AND NOBLE 



EXCERPT

 

“Arionna, dammit, wake up.”

 

Unseen hands gripped my upper arms, shaking me. A familiar voice called my name over and over. Furious howls ripped through the air.

 

None of those sounds made sense to me.

 

I felt different, like I’d been taken apart and put back together in the wrong order. Everything hurt. My body ached, muscles locked tight in protest. My head throbbed. Each painful pulse rattled against my skull, sending ripples down my neck and into my back.

 

I groaned and rolled onto my side.

 

The hands shaking me relaxed.

 

I fought to open my eyes, then blinked, confused. Worn brown carpet scratched against the side of my face. The bottom edge of a pale blue bed-sham fluttered inches from me. Dust bunnies and small pieces of plastic were strewn beneath the sagging bed. A table and two chairs were grouped on the other side. A crack ran up the leg of one chair, splitting the wood.

 

None of the room looked familiar.

 

Where am I?

 

The voice calling my name stopped mid-shout and sighed.


Oh, thank god, he said.

 

For what? I wondered, marveling that the words came from inside my mind, but didn’t belong to me. How was that possible?

 

I couldn’t place the soft, silky tones either, but they made my stomach flip and my heart flutter. I knew the speaker. At least I thought I did. Before I could ask him who he was or how he spoke in my head, someone blew out a sharp breath. This time, the sound didn’t come from inside.


“Finally,” that second voice said.

 

Nope. Definitely not coming from my mind.

 

I rolled my eyes toward the relieved sound, and then frowned at the guy leaning over me. Long, dark hair hung in his face. His eyes were black, and full of concern. His features were sharp, severe, but handsome.

 

This time I was certain; I knew this guy.

 

“Ronan,” I said. His name was Ronan LaCrosse, and mine was… Arionna. Yes, Arionna Jacobs. Memory began to slowly trickle back in. We were at a motel in Illinois, looking for someone. And the howls were coming from Fuki, the little wolf we’d brought with us, though I couldn’t see him.

 

Where was he?

 

I tried to figure out why I was on the floor, but came up with a big blank.

 

“What happened?” I asked, looking up at Ronan.

 

He held out a hand for me, then pulled me into a sitting position.

 

The room tilted before straightening again. I clutched my head in my hands, groaning. When the initial wave of nausea passed, I tilted my head up slowly so I could see Ronan. “Did I hit my head?” I asked, trying to blink away the dark spots floating in my peripheral.

 

“You don’t remember?” He narrowed his eyes, tilting his head to the side like a raven assessing me.

 

I scooted back against the edge of the bed, frowning.

 

What was I supposed to remember?
 

 

GIVEAWAY

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


A.K. Morgen is the Amazon Bestselling author of the Ragnarök
Prophesies series. She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood
sweetheart/husband of thirteen years, and their six furry minions. When not
writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief,
and building a Spork army. Ayden graduated summa
cum laude
with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and
Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in
CJ and Law. She currently puts her education to use in the social services and
CJ field. 

Ayden also writes New Adult and contemporary romance under the penname Ayden K.
Morgen.

You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, or via her website at http://akmorgen.com.

Release Blitz: The Sister Code

Title: The Sister Code
Author: Haley Allison
Series: D.O.R.K. (#2)
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary
NOTE: Not a standalone. It is strongly recommended to read this series in order. The Sister Code is Book #2 of the D.O.R.K. (Diary of a Rocker’s Kid) Series.

It doesn’t take Madison Daley long to figure out Beverly Hills isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

Madison is still in a state of shock. Not only is her favorite actress, the famous Jessica Redinger, her mother, but she also has an identical twin, Raven Redinger. Raven is everything Madison wishes she could be—popular, famous, and cool under pressure—so she agrees to use their twin status as a ploy to increase their celebrity appeal.

The deal also includes Madison keeping her hands off Raven’s ex, the charming Giovanni Abate. But after an unfortunate incident during a family trip to London, Madison realizes just how unreliable family can be.

Giovanni is certain he knows which twin he wants…

Madison returns to L.A., humiliated and shunned by her mother’s side of the family, and determined to focus on building her band. Her attention is diverted, however, when Gio is quick to admit he’s still got Madison fever. She knows he’s off-limits, but when you combine his undeniable Italian good looks with a heartfelt confession, Madison can’t help but fall right back into his arms.

As their birthday approaches, the twins’ relationship hits a breaking point…

Madison’s mother has been holding back a secret, and it turns the entire family’s world upside down. Raven has her own plans for Madison, though, and she isn’t about to let her back out on their deal now.

Will Madison ever be accepted as one of the famous Redingers? Or is there a high price to pay for breaking…

The Sister Code

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“This place is so not me,” I mutter under my breath as Raven and our personal shopper, Vicki, lead me through the racks at Nothing But Chic Boutique the next morning. All around me I see nothing but a sea of floral print and neon. My rocker chick radar is not picking up even the slightest blip of an outfit that would suit my taste. They might as well have called this store “Nothing But The Latest Trends” because that is literally the only thing they carry. My heart sinks further the more I walk around in here. I’m going to look like an idiot in these clothes—not because of my looks, but because they’re not going to suit my personality at all.
“Do you have any questions, Madison?” Vicki asks over her shoulder from about ten feet in front of me. Her yellow stilettos click on the marble tiles as she sashays through like she owns the place.
“Yeah, what’s the ‘rich bitch’ version of a Hot Topic?”
Vicki and Raven whirl around to face me, finally giving me their full attention for the first time since we entered the store. I thought I grumbled that under my breath, but I guess it was a little louder than I thought it was.
“Madison!” Raven’s face has gone ashen. Little Miss Prim and Proper Rich Girl blushes when I use “naughty words” in front of people.
Vicki’s cherry red lips pout as she draws her perfectly waxed blonde eyebrows together. “You don’t like our store?”
Raven jumps in quickly. “I apologize for my sister, Victoria. She was raised on a farm by a retired rock star. Etiquette does not seem to be her strong suit.” She stares me down with her icy blue eyes— exact copies of mine.
Guilt settles in my stomach. “I’m sorry, Vicki. I didn’t mean to offend. It’s not you, it’s just this place doesn’t seem to be my scene.”
“‘Scene’ or none, this is where we’re shopping. As Jacie Redinger’s daughters, you and I are among the top trendsetters in the nation. We must look the part.” Raven brushes me off and the two of them continue to discuss our fashion choices without me.
Eventually, I find myself in the dressing room with armfuls of clothes that make me want to gag. I glance up into the full-length mirror to examine my recently changed appearance. Jet-black hair, bright red lipstick, and modest eye makeup adorn a face that once had an identity all its own. Now even my French manicure proclaims to the world that I am Raven Redinger’s exact physical copy. My whole goal in life was to be unique and make something of myself. I feel a twinge of guilt at letting that go, even temporarily, but I’d rather be known as a Redinger-Daley Clone—er, Twin—than the daughter Jacie Redinger abandoned as a baby. As long as I never hear the term “Basket Baby” again, it will be a step up.

Haley Allison is a South Carolina native. She discovered a love of writing at age fourteen and hasn’t been able to turn off the motor fingers since then. Today she lives in a quiet country home with her husband, son, and Boston Terrier. She is a Graphic Design major at Southern New Hampshire University and hopes to graduate with a B.A. degree sometime in the next couple of years. Her hobbies include composing piano music, nature photography, and blogging about books and authors.

Feel free to contact her at hallisonauthor@gmail.com. Haley loves interacting with readers and other authors.
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SEEKER is 1 Year Old!

 

It’s the 1-year anniversary of the publication of my first book, SEEKER! Happy Anniversary to ME!

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It’s still FREE on amazon, so before you read any farther, you should def skip on over and download it. Who says no to FREE???

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So, what have I learned over the past year about writing and publishing? Well, it’s a fascinating tale, so sit back and relax.

I wrote the first draft of Seeker in November 2013—yes, all 74K or so words in 30 days. It was my first NaNoWriMo and I was all in! I was doing it as a project along with my senior English students, so I had to finish. How would it look if the teacher failed to complete 50K words? Now, I had never in my life written a full-on novel, so I was completely clueless. I’m really embarrassed about it now. Plus, I had spent the weeks leading up to Nov. 1 helping prepare my students to write their novels and hadn’t actually given much thought or planning to my own. On Nov. 1, I got the whole class quietly launched on their writing and then sat down in front of my computer. And stared at a blank GoogleDoc. And thought, “Crap. What am I going to write about?” I continued in this vein for about 30 minutes. The mad clicking of computer keys all around me didn’t help at all. Just before utter panic set in, I started thinking about what kind of person I would like to write about. That’s how Jack Ruiz came into being. It’s funny that the entire series (with the small exception of a short scene in book 2) is told from Ally Moran’s point of view, when I actually created Jack first. Once I got started, the book actually flowed pretty fast and I discovered I REALLY LOVE writing. I didn’t know if I would. I mean, how many people think, “I should write a book some day.”? Lots. How many actually DO it? Not as many. And I didn’t know if it would be like so many of my other hobbies (knitting, cross-stitch, stamping, sewing) where I start a lot of projects and get bored and never finish. I shudder to think how many half-finished scarves are lurking around my house, just waiting for someone to come along and breathe life into them. Maybe my mom will finish them for me. Love you, Mommy.

I finished Seeker and promptly started nagging my friends and family to read it. I put it up on SwoonReads and got a few reads. Most importantly, I began the arduous process of revision. I took out some truly cheese-in-a-can scenes and replaced them with some good old-fashioned violence. I went to a writer’s conference and talked to a couple agents. Then I began the looong process of querying my manuscript. My baby, this piece of my soul I had committed to virtual paper. I sent it out into the world. And the rejections started rolling in. Yay! But I kept revising and polishing, even as I started on Book 2.

I eventually got a bit discouraged and decided to self-publish. I changed the title to one I thought was clever and oh-so literary: The Stern and Wild Ones. I decided to title each book in the series using a reference to the literary work that was featured in it. Book 1 featured The Scarlet Letter, hence the lovely title. Book 2 became The Charge of a Star because it was based on King Lear. Book 3 was slotted to become A Spirit Too Delicate (The Tempest). I can’t remember what I was thinking for book 4.

One thing you can say for me: I don’t give up easily. I still kept querying publishers and agents. Imagine my complete and total surprise when, as I was working on book 3, a desktop notification popped up from Limitless Publishing. I opened it, fully expecting yet another politely worded rejection, but saw the magic words: We want to offer you a contract. OMG. I handed the computer to my husband and asked him to read it just to be sure I wasn’t hallucinating. Nope. They actually wanted to publish my book. They offered me a contract for the entire 4-book series!!! Book 4 didn’t even exist yet! They did make it contingent on a change of title, however. I pitched them my original titles: Seeker, Dreamer, Seer, and Oracle. Boom. They liked them and we signed all the paperwork. The next few months were a flurry of revision, editing, blurbs, and cover design. I discovered I love working with an editor—who knew? I didn’t have to do anything with the blurbs or covers except give feedback.

Then on April 28, 2015, my very first book baby was born.

So, here it is: 1 year later. I have published 5 books with Limitless: the 4 in The Seeker Series and a stand-alone YA romantic suspense titled The Way to Her Heart. I have a featured story on Wattpad called Like Wildfire and a work-in-progress called So They Loved, my first foray into adult contemporary romance. It’s picking up some nice steam on Wattpad, so give it a try and let me know what you think!        wildfireSo They Loved.png

I’ve learned a TON this last year about writing, revising, editing, and marketing. And I have so much more to learn! But it’s a great journey and I love it! I have so many fun story ideas rattling around in my brain, so stay with me, people!

To celebrate my anniversary, I will pick 1 lucky reader who comments on this post or on my Facebook page to win a FREE ebook of The Way to Her Heart OR your choice of Book 2, 3, or 4 in The Seeker Series (since Seeker is FREE—did I mention that?) ff9d5-seeker2bseries2bcollage785bc-the2bway2bto2bher2bheart2bfront

I’ll pick a winner 

May 5 2016.

Thanks SO MUCH for all your amazing support and encouragement this year! You guys ROCK!!!

Amy