Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Fresh Start - Announcing an All-New Illustrator!!!!

As some of you might be aware, my publisher, Jolly Fish Press, closed last October. Their closing was just 13 days after the release of SNOW FRIGHT. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a devastating blow. But our devastation quickly turned to joyous disbelief as Bethanie and I immediately received two offers of publication from other publishers! Just as we were ready to sign on the line, we had second thoughts and decided to decline both offers. It was a courageous decision but, in the end, we felt as though it was the right one.

So while we've been quiet for almost 8 months (eight months!) we have been very,very busy. We decided to tackle this publishing venture on our own. A crazy, crazy idea but one we were crazy in love with! We were so excited about the idea of creative control and felt like the possibilities were endless.

We decided if we were gonna do this thing that we needed to find a new illustrator - and pronto! So we did just that. We posted an open call to illustrators and within 6 days we received roughly 200 applications from illustrators all over the world; Jamaica, Poland, Ireland, Australia, Columbia, India, the UK, and throughout the US! We had applications from artists who've worked for Disney, Pixar, DC & Marvel Comics, and Nickelodeon!! We received so many applications from so many diverse and talented artists it felt almost impossible to decide. But the most exciting part?? The most exciting part was feeling so freaking empowered. We had illustrators who wanted to work for us!! We had artists interested in our project who had so much enthusiasm it provided the confirmation we needed to go forward with this decision. We just knew this was the right choice.

I'm the kind of person who needs to know all her options (I think it's the curse of being a Type A, ENFP personality type) so I asked about three dozen artists to provide me with a sample sketch. Some artists were even asked to do a revision to their sketch. One artist's sketch immediately grabbed my attention and I couldn't stop thinking about it. But I needed to date other artists before deciding to marry this one. So I let the images stew a bit while I enlisted the help of two very special elementary schools, C.Hunter Ritchie and Robert R. Graves (thank you for being the "helpers" in our story!!). When I saw how much the kids loved the very image that I had connected with, I just knew I'd found a winner!!

I am thrilled to present to you the winning sketch for the Scarily Ever Laughter series!!

Roch Hercka is our new illustrator!! He's an incredible artist from Poland whose portfolio is just stunning. You can find some of his work here. One of the requests I had was watercolor (pretty tough medium to work with in my opinion) and I described the style as if a Tim Burton character were to have a love child with a Disney princess. I was floored with how varied the interpretations were but this image spoke to me. The soft, sweet face, the beautiful hair, the dark, deep set eyes. It was exactly what I was looking for in my illustrations!

We are so excited to have a fresh start to the Scarily Ever Laughter series!! We tentatively have Cinderskella scheduled for rerelease in January 2018 followed by Little Dead Riding Hood in March and Snow Fright in May! We're excited to add in deleted scenes, correct massive amounts of copy-edit errors, and give our readers an entirely new experience!!

Empowerment. That's Girl Power. And we've got it!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Boyfriend Whisperer Cover Reveal!

Today I'm here to help fellow author, Linda Budzinski reveal the cover for her new YA Contemporary Romance, The Boyfriend Whisperer!
Linda is an active member of the SCBWI and I'm lucky to report that she's in my region. It's been great getting to know her and I'm really excited to be part of her cover reveal!

The Boyfriend Whisperer
Linda Budzinski
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: November 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
As President and CEO of Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises, Lexi Malloy is Grand View High School’s undercover Cupid. One problem: She’s stuck in the friend zone when it comes to her own crush, Chris Broder. She and Chris have been best friends since the third grade, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s is a member of the opposite sex.
When pretty and popular cheerleader Lindsay LaRouche hires Lexi to whisper Chris, she has to decide whether to place her commitment to her company—and Chris’s happiness—before herself.

Author Bio:
My young adult novels, EM & EM (2015) and THE FUNERAL SINGER (2013), were both published by Swoon Romance YA. My upcoming novel, THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER, scheduled for publication in fall of 2016 by Swoon, received the Romance Writers of America Young Adult Chapter’s 2015 Rosemary Award and the Virginia Chapter’s 2015 Fool for Love Award.
I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, Joe, and our feisty chihuahua, Demitria (also known as Dee Dee, The Puppy, and Killer). I’m a sucker for romance and reality TV and have been known to turn off my phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.”
My favorite flower is the daisy, my favorite food is chocolate, and my favorite song is “Amazing Grace.”
When I’m not writing, I work in nonprofit management. I’m represented by the amazing Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Snow Fright Pre-release Updates!

It is crazy, scary, exciting to know that Snow Fright releases into the world in just one day! Yup! Wednesday, October 4th is the big day! And I've had some great reviews and features I want to share with you!

I've been featured on HYPABLE! 
Read more about my writing duo with my daughter and what makes our relationship so special!

GIRL'S LIFE Magazine has featured Snow Fright for their Teen Read Week! Come see why they say it's a "Scary new twist on a classic fairy tale"!

Brit & Co says Snow Fright is "sweet and literarily delicious"!

"This gorgeously eccentric perspective on the absurdities of teenage-hood and zombie life will leave every reader’s carnal literary cravings ultimately satisfied."

Recently Heard recommends Snow Fright as a top 10 fall book!

There's more yet to come but in the meantime, be sure to check out the links above! Better yet, go enter the contests! You might win a copy of Snow Fright!!

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…
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…
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.
Alex wants Justin’s blood.
Justin wants his sister back.

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.


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 and her website (

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! 


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!