Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Laura Diamond's Dawn of the Vie Cover Reveal!

I'm so excited to be part of Laura's cover reveal for her Sci-fi dystopian, DAWN OF THE VIE!! I read an early version of this book and let me just say that it ROCKS! So be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf because you won't want to miss this novel! I mean, just take a look at that cover! Awesomeness wrapped in bacon dipped in chocolate. It's that good!

Dawn of the Vie
Laura Diamond
(Immortal Aliens, #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: October 3rd 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Since their Arrival less than 30 years ago, immortal Vie rule the planet like the super-predators they are. Enslaved humans are their servants…their entertainment…and their food. Anemies—humans with various types of anemia—are simply exterminated. Their nutritionally deficient blood is useless to the Vie.
Or so it’s thought…
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Alex, an Elite Vie, is a bit of a Renaissance Alien. Part scientist, part Raid Specialist, part drug addict, he knows Anemie blood is valuable. Rather than blindly carrying out his boss’s kill order, he convinces some colleagues to spare a few Anemies, not only for study, but also to reserve a secret stock.
The more Anemie blood Alex drinks, the more he slips into delusion, and the more his double life threatens to crumble. But quitting Anemie blood is not an option. Every Anemie has their own personal flavor. Each gives a unique high.
When Alex takes a hit of Justin’s blood, his hallucinations bleed into reality…
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Anemie Justin knows his little sister, Sammie, and he are living past their expiration dates. It becomes a guarantee when they’re bitten by a Vie named Alex during a raid. (The bite is fatal, thanks to a toxin carried in Vie saliva.) Alex adds insult to injury by promising Justin a second chance—an antidote in exchange for agreeing to be a lab rat.
And a mule…of his own blood.
When Justin says no, Alex takes off with Sammie.
All Justin has to do is find them, beat Alex, and cure himself and Sammie. All he has is a stake and serious lack of self-preservation.
No problem.
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Alex wants Justin’s blood.
Justin wants his sister back.
GAME ON.


Author Bio:
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist currently specializing in emergency psychiatry. She is also an author of all things young adult—both contemporary and paranormal. An avid fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything magical, she thrives on quirk, her lucid dreams, and coffee. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found sniffing books and drinking a latte at the bookstore or at home pondering renovations on her 225 year old fixer upper, all while obeying her feline overlords, of course.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Cinderskella Giveaway on Amazon!

Alright guys. This is it. There's less than a month before Snow Fright releases! Seriously, how has the time slipped by so fast??!

For those of you who've read the series, you can totally understand when I say it's imperative that you read the books in order. If you don't, you'll die. Yes. Your life literally depends on it.

Well, maybe not.

BUT...but! But you'll ruin the spoilers if you read them out of order and seriously, that's no fun at all.

So, in case you didn't know, the Scarily Ever Laughter series consists of THREE books.

Book 1 - Cinderskella
Book 2 - Little Dead Riding Hood
Book 3 - Snow Fright

(There may or may not be additional spin offs in the not so distant future but let's not get ahead of ourselves!)

So the question remains, have you read Cinderskella yet? Well if not, you're in luck! I'm giving away one copy on Amazon! There's only one week to enter, so you have to get moving NOW to ensure your chances of winning! And there may or may not be (I'm not saying there won't be) another giveaway on Amazon the following week for Little Dead Riding Hood. The best part? You'll have plenty of time to read them both before Snow Fright's release on October 4th!

So here's your chance! Enter on Amazon for your chance to win a copy!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Snow Fright Cover Reveal!!


Ohmygosh guys!! I'm sOoOoOo excited!! The final cover for SNOW FRIGHT is here!! And boy oh boy is it ever epic!! I mean, was there ever a question? With an amazing artist illustrator, I wouldn't have expected anything less. Seriously, Rachael Caringella totally gets me. She gets my books. She gets the story. She gets the intent. And she illustrates it like she has some sort of mind-reading abilities because I swear she sees my vision. 

I have a massive girl-crush on her. 

She's the best to work with, too. She's willing to collaborate, though I like to take a step back and let her work her magic. (There's a bit of a secret about Little Dead Riding Hood but this post is about Snow Fright, so we'll have to dish on that another time.) I'm so grateful to have had the honor and privilege to work with Rachael on this series. Jolly Fish Press couldn't have matched me with a more perfect artist and I'm grateful every single day for the amazing, tireless effort Rachael put into the cover design and illustrations. 

It is all the feels I could possibly have for her, man.

Okay...soOoOoOo you probably want to see this epic cover, don't you??! 

You can!

But first...! But first the blurb!




Sarah White is gorgeous even if she is a little bit rotten. A mirror arrives on her twelfth birthday and she thinks it’s the perfect gift. But when an innocent game of laser tag gets out of hand, the mirror swallows her whole!
Sarah finds herself dead center of the Underworld. As if repeated run-ins with Mr. Death weren’t bad enough, Sarah now has to deal with her decaying flesh and sudden craving for brains. Not to mention she keeps having brain freezes, all due to the seven worms living in her head.
Of corpse, by the time Sarah escapes the Underworld, she finds her new zombie life less than appetizing. Even worse, she needs to return to the Underworld to save her friends, Cindy and Scarlet.  With a poisoned apple, a crow named Raven, and a glowing necklace, Sarah’s pretty sure that if she doesn’t rescue her friends, she’ll be a brain craving zombie forever. 
And that’s more dead-ication than she’s willing to accept.



And now....

DRUM ROLL please....!




Add Snow Fright to your Goodreads account and then pre-order your copy at 
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound!


Isn't it amazing??!! Guys! I just LOVE this cover! I love how Rachael has incorporated all the important elements of the story (hint, the girl is holding it) (second hint, it's in the tree) (third hint, it's in the background) (fourth hint, it's part of her face!). And I love her visual development of my character. 

There is - SO MUCH - to crush on here!

And if  you're crushing on this cover as hard as I am, then you probably want a copy all for yourself, don't you? I bet you'd like to WIN a copy of SNOW FRIGHT, wouldn't you? Well, you're in luck! You can enter for your very own copy here! No, you won't get it next week. But you will receive it before everyone else because this is for an ARC! Yes, an advanced reading copy! Okay, sure, you'll still have to wait until August, but good things come to those who wait, right? Except don't wait to enter! You only have ONE week!

Rachael Caringella is an artist, illustrator, intuitive reader, and healer. And deep down, she is just like you; a rebel and truth seeker. Her days are spent in a little cabin as she paints, dances, sips delicious coffee, reads tarot cards, and, of course, illustrates! When she’s not in her studio, she can often be found wandering the woods, honoring her wild nature in the great outdoors searching for beauty adventure and inspiration.
You can find the illustrator on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/treetalkerart and her website (http://treetalkerart.com/)


Monday, June 13, 2016

The Finger Trap by Johnny Worthen


Congratulations to award-winning author Johnny Worthen on his release of The Finger Trap! If you haven't read this book yet or purchased your copy, you're going to want to check it out! 








THE FINGER TRAP

Tony Flaner is a malingering part-time comedian, full-time sarcastic, who’s never had it hard, and never finished a thing in his life. He’s had twelve years to prepare for his divorce and didn’t. He had his entire life to choose a career and hasn’t. Now time’s up, and he’s in a world of trouble. But it gets worse. A first date and a drunken party ends with Tony facing prison for the murder of a girl he hardly knew.



Other than that, it was a pretty great party.


To save himself, wise-cracking Tony must discover who the mysterious girl was, what she was involved in, and what the hell she saw in him in the first place. Their lives are linked together at the ends of a Chinese finger trap, like life and death, friends and enemies, arugula quiche and pigs knuckles.
JOHNNY WORTHEN is an award-winning, best-selling author, voyager, and damn fine human being! He is the tie-dye wearing writer of the nationally acclaimed, #1 Kindle best-selling ELEANOR, THE UNSEEN. Among his other excellent and very read-worthy titles are the adult occult thriller BEATRYSEL, the award-winning mystery THE BRAND DEMAND, and the genre bending comedy-noir THE FINGER TRAP. And of course the continuation of THE UNSEEN Trilogy, with CELESTE and DAVID.
Trained in stand-up comedy, modern literary criticism and cultural studies, Johnny is a frequent public speaker, teacher and blogger.

You can find him at his website, blog, goodreads, facebook, and twitter.

Let me know what you think of The Finger Trap!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Barnes & Noble Teen Book Festival

Unless you've bee living under a rock, then you've probably heard about this awesome nationwide event that Barnes & Noble is hosting.

B Fest Teen Book Festival

As luck would have it, I've been invited to attend! No, not as a patron but as a real-live author! Isn't that the coolest? I'm totally thrilled to be part of such an epic event and a wonderful opportunity to bring books to readers.

So you probably want to know which Barnes & Noble I'll be at, right? Yeah, that'd help since there's a bajillion of them.

I'll be at the Seven Corners Barnes & Noble. It's in Falls Church, VA. So if you're local, definitely stop by. I'll be there this Saturday, June 11th, 2016 at noon. I'll probably read from one (or both) of my books and I'll even answer all of your questions about my books and writing process. Well, maybe not all. No spoilers from me!

And if  you don't want to hear me talk, which let's face it, I tend to word vomit (like this blog post), then definitely come for the swag. Seriously, not to brag or anything, but I have the coolest swag ever.




See you there! And bring your kids. And teachers. And librarians. And anyone who likes books!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Autism Awareness at Cavalcade

     As many of you already know, April is Autism Awareness month. What some of you may not know is that I have a daughter on the spectrum. That’s not what makes her special though. The best part about my daughter is that she’s my co-author.

     This past March, I was in Washington State presenting at Cavalcade of authors.  If you haven’t heard of this event, then you totally need to go here and learn more. I was joined by an amazing bunch of other children’s authors, as well as teachers, and students. Oh the students! Over 900 of them! From 32 different schools.

     Although Cavalcade took place on a Friday, I flew out early for an additional school visit at a local middle school the day before. At this middle school, I met with 150 enthusiastic sixth graders, who also informed me that my books had been part of the Scholastic book fair at their school (eep!!).

     Part of my workshop at Cavalcade included a power point presentation. As I prepared the slides for this workshop, I had a strong impression that I needed to prepare a separate presentation for the middle school visit. Unfortunately, time ran short and I never had the opportunity to finish a second power point.

     As the school visit drew near, that impression gnawed at my innards. I packed my bags and threw in a visual that I wanted to use, should I somehow magically discover the additional hours needed to create that second presentation.

     The day of the school visit arrived and that gnawing in my gut was now a full blown battle. There wasn’t time, so why was I still being told to prepare additional material?

     As my Cavalcade host drove me to the middle school, I still wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but I knew I couldn’t ignore that inner voice. It was much too strong.

     My nerves sprang up as soon as the children filed into the library and all thought of what I should do or would do flew out of my mind.

     As I was introduced by the school librarian, I felt the object in my pocket I’d stuffed there moments before I dashed out of my hotel room. When her introduction ended, I stood in front of those hundreds of pairs of eager eyes.Without another thought – and without a fully prepared presentation – I had no doubt of what I needed to do. So I pulled that object out of my pocket.

     I held up a long, black key. I asked the students if they knew what it was. They nodded and said it was a skeleton key. Some of the students recognized the key and its use in Cinderskella and eagerly raised their hands to share this additional knowledge.

     I asked them if they knew what made it special. While they gave me various answers (it can open a door, it can open a treasure chest, it can take you to the Underworld), they didn’t realize the full extent and beauty of this singular object. For you see, a skeleton key can unlock anything.

     I then asked them if they knew who the other author mentioned on the cover of my books were. They didn’t know, so I told them about my daughter. I told them how she’s really special. How she is on the autism spectrum.

     Then I asked them if they knew what autism was.

     A boy in the second row raised his hand.

     “Yes?” I asked. “Do you know what autism is?”

     The boy smiled. “I do.” He nodded. “Because I have autism.”

     At that moment, I had everything I could do to hold back my tears. I didn’t want to cry in front of the students. It might have sent the wrong message. Plus, I’m an ugly crier. So I struggled to hold back those tears and choked out my next words.

     “Each of you has a skeleton key inside of you. You can unlock any door. Your future is only limited by your willingness to try that key.” I paused and smiled at the boy who so bravely and proudly declared his learning difference to a room filled with his peers, “Don’t ever let anyone. ANYONE. Tell you that you can’t.” I held up the key one last time for the students to see. “You have a skeleton key inside of you and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.”

     The boy smiled. He smiled so huge I thought for sure it would fill the room and spill out into the hallway. I think my smile could have done the same.

     150 sixth graders were absolutely silent in that moment. And that gnawing in my gut, for the first time in weeks, went away.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Cover Reveal for Laura Diamond's Under My Skin!


Today is the cover reveal for author Laura Diamond's young adult contemporary, UNDER MY SKIN. The Ebook is coming April 12, 2016 by Swoon Romance. 

Be sure to add UNDER MY SKIN to your Goodreads page, check it out out on Amazon where it's available for preorder (or your fave retailer), and follow the author on the web (she'd love to hear from you!). (You'll find links below.) 




Blurb for UNDER MY SKIN:

Bookish Brit Adam Gibson is one wonky heartbeat away from a fatal arrhythmia. But staying alive requires Adam to become keenly focused on both his pulse and the many different daily medications he must take in exactly the right dosages. Adam’s torn between wanting to live and knowing that someone else must die in order for him to do so. He needs a new heart.
The pressure is getting to him. Adam stops talking to his friends back home, refuses to meet kids at his new school, and shuts his parents out entirely. His days are spent wondering if can cope with having a dead man’s heart beating inside his chest, or if he should surrender to the thoughts of suicide swirling around in his head.
And then a donor is found…
Outspoken artist Darby Fox rarely lets anything stand in her way of achieving her goals . Whether it’s painting, ignoring her homework (dyslexia makes a mess out of words anyway), kissing a hot boy she doesn’t even know, or taking the head cheerleader down a peg , no one has ever accused Darby of being a shy. She also happens to be the twin sister to a perfect brother with good looks, good grades, manners, and the approval of their parents – something Darby has never had.
Darby’s always had bad timing . She picks the worst time to argue with her brother Daniel. In a car with bald tires, on an icy road in the freezing cold, the unthinkable happens. In a split-second, everything changes forever.

Amazon ebook link: http://www.amazon.com/Under-My-Skin-Laura-Diamond-ebook/dp/B01C7JB0DM 
iTunes/iBooks: https://itun.es/us/xRKVab.l 




Author Laura Diamond: http://lbdiamond.wordpress.com/ 
Twitter: @DiamondLB (https://twitter.com/diamondlb)
Facebook: Author Laura Diamond (https://facebook.com/AuthorLauraDiamond)