Monday, September 24, 2012

Derailed Release

Derailed is now available for Kindle, Nook, and in Paperback

When you're lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.

Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.

Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.

Note: Derailed is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and contains sexual situations and mild language.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Derailed Teaser and a Giveaway

With Derailed releasing in less than a week, I decided to post up a teaser. I also thought it would be a great time for a giveaway. The giveaway is for print copies of Derailed, Flight, and Beckoning Light (U.S./Canada) and some signed bookmarks (international).

I pulled off my tank as soon as I hit the dock. I hadn’t unpacked my swimsuits yet, and I wasn’t about to let that stop me. I stripped off my skirt, standing alone on the faded wood dock. Dad was the only one who ever took care things like that, and he’d been gone five years. Wearing only a grey bra and panties, I looked down at the black water and hesitated for a second before diving in.
Cool water greeted me. It was too early in the season for the water temperature to have risen yet. I sunk further down—away from two boys, one who left me and one who I left. I came up for air, the saltiness of my tears blending in with the water.
I floated, letting the slight current move me. Part of me hoped it would take me so far out I’d never find my way back again. The lights from the dock lit the night, but with my eyes closed, I could pretend the world had gone dark.
I’m not sure how long I floated when a voice broke me out of my reverie.
“A little late for a swim, isn’t it?”
I opened my eyes and looked up at the dock to see Ben sitting with his legs hanging over the edge. “A little late for a visit, isn’t it?” I shot back, not ready to face him.  
“Well, if you recall, we were supposed to be catching up tonight. You left before that could happen.”
“I wonder why I did that?” I swam reluctantly over to the dock.
“You ready to come out yet?”
“Not with you watching.”
“Like I haven’t seen you wet and naked before.” He smirked.
“I’m not naked.”
“See, so really there’s no reason to worry about it.”

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Derailed Prologue

Derailed releases in just two weeks, and I thought it was a good time to share the prologue. Although I am always nervous about a new release, this one has me especially anxious because it comes from a very personal place. Although the story is completely fictional, it developed out of some unresolved feelings from the death of a close friend. I think in some ways it allowed me to write a happier ending for someone I cared about. I loved writing Derailed, and I hope you all enjoy reading it just as much.

The message was only three words, but his failure to respond had changed everything. I need you… Too emotional to speak, I'd stopped at three words. The words were true. I did need him. I needed his arms around me and his reassurances that I’d be okay, that it wasn’t my fault. He hadn’t heard his phone, or so he told me that August when he pleaded over and over with me to forgive him. I couldn't forgive him. My anger was the only thing keeping me from hating myself.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Focus Cover Reveal

I'm excited to reveal the cover to Focus, the second book in the Crescent Chronicles! This cover was designed by Claudia of Phatpuppy art! Focus will be releasing in January. 

Freshman year of college is hard even when you're not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.
Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she's in far too deep to turn back.
Thanks to The Bookish Brunette for organizing an awesome cover reveal! 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

When Inspiration Strikes...

A year ago I never would have believed I’d be releasing a contemporary romance. Truthfully, a year ago I never would have expected to be releasing a new adult book. I’m the kind of person who loves to plan, and that part of my personality usually spills over into my writing. I’ve had the end of the Afterglow Trilogy planned out since before Beckoning Light released, and I could have told you the ending to Flight ages ago, but Derailed wasn’t even a thought until a few days before I started writing it.

I hesitated at first. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to veer off my carefully planned schedule of book releases, but in the end I had to write it. It started out like my other books. First I developed the characters and everything else fell into place—but it was all so sudden and unexpected. I have to say, I liked it. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t stop with Derailed. I fell in love with Clayton Falls, the tiny coastal town that serves as the backdrop, and I wasn’t ready to leave. The result is that I’ll be releasing a companion novel called Veer in a few months. It’s also a new adult contemporary romance, and features some characters you’ll get to meet in Derailed soon.

So have I learned anything from this experience? Yes. As wonderful as planning is, I’m always going to leave a little room open in my writing schedule in case inspiration hits me unexpectedly.