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Friday, February 28, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken.

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else can quite understand.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.

Warm, funny, and often heartbreaking, The Year We Fell Down is New Adult contemporary romance. Contains: hot hockey players, too many pairs of crutches, gallows humor, Princess Bride references, and a slightly outrageous vibrator scene. (Sexual situations make the book suitable for ages 18+.)

The expected publication date is Monday, March 17th, 2014, on all of your favorite e-book websites.

Sarina Bowen writes contemporary romance and new adult fiction from the Green Mountains of Vermont. She lives with her husband, two children, eight chickens and an unwieldy pile of ski and hockey equipment.

Cover Reveal: London Bound by Nana Malone

London Bound by Nana Malone
(Chase Brothers #1)
Publication date: April 1st 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

It wasn’t exactly like spunky, photography student, Abbie Nartey ran away from her life…except, that she left under the cover of darkness and put three thousand miles between her and her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal. She went to London searching for her dream. She never expected to find love, or herself.
Heir to his family’s tech fortune, sexy, Alexi Chase, is looking for freedom—from his family and from his past. What he’s not looking for is love. With secrets like his, he can’t afford to let anyone get too close. But a chance rescue has him wondering if the price of keeping secrets is too high.

Will Alexi risk losing love to keep his past hidden? Will Abbie trust herself enough to love again? Or will their pasts keep then from accepting true love?

This book contains mature themes and is intended for audiences 18+

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20872658-london-bound


USA Today Best Seller and iTunes Breakout Books author, Nana Malone's love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin.

It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Adult Month

For the month of March we will be celebrating New Adult and the authors who write it. There will be interviews, guest posts, cover reveals, tour stops, and, best of all, giveaways! There will be a new author on here almost every day of the month of March including:

  • Elisabeth Grace
  • Vincent Morrone
  • Ana Gomez
  • Carrie Butler
  • And many more!
Almost every day of the month of March will feature a different author and perspectives from New Adult authors.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Five Things NOT to Do to Your Followers

In the amazing Facebook group I am a member of (New Adult Authors Unite!) There are often conversations on what is the best way to reach readers, both old and new. They discuss newsletters, Facebook fan pages and groups, Twitter, e-mail listings, the list goes on and on. But really what is the best way to reach readers?

Honestly, I have no idea. There are so many do's and don't's for social media that it makes me head spin, so I wouldn't even know where to begin with telling anyone what to do to gain more. But I do now a few things NOT to do*.

  1. Spam your followers.
    • If you are able to get some followers, do not spam them with talk of your book. I know I personally do not follow someone that constantly  tweets about their books or send out Facebook messages for each great review they receive. Life is too short and the literary world too big for me to waste time on people that are just going to annoy me. This means if I'm not following you, I'm even less likely to retweet anything you say and spread your name with my own followers.
  2. Talk only about writing
    • Most of the people I try to follow talk about more than their writing career. They talk about their crazy kids, or their hobbies, or what movies they have seen lately. This makes them into real people who are more relatable and interesting. This makes me want to engage in conversation with them and check out their backlog of books. If you are an interesting person and a published author, I'm just going to assume some of your books are interesting too. Faulty logic? Sure. But it's how a lot of people work.
  3. Never talk about your writing
    • On the other hand, you don't want to never talk about your writing. Then I'm going to wonder why I bother following a writer if I'm not going to get any information about their books. It's a tightrope to walk on, but keeping the balance is important.
  4. Ignore them.
    • The beauty of social media is that it is social. There have been times when I send messages out to authors I like and never get a reply. I understand that authors are busy people, what with all the writing and, usually, full-time job. But this doesn't mean I wasn't disappointed. Especially when I see the author talking to the same fans or bloggers all the time. It's discouraging to the fan and in extreme cases can make them feel resentful (believe me, I've had friends that felt that way).
  5. Don't beg.
    • Seriously, do I have to tell you this? Begging for retweets, reblogs, sharing, and all those others is just tacky. It makes you seem desperate as if you don't think your books are good enough to get attention without the theatrics.

All in all, just be yourself and have fun. The best kinds of followers are going to be the ones that flock to you when you are just being the normal you.

*This is all subject to personal opinion. I am not saying my way is right, but it is a suggestion.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Where's My Rhett Butler?

So many romance novels, for young adults, new adults, and just plain adults, have the "bad boy" as the romantic interest. I, like countless other women, are in love with fictional bad boys and enjoy devouring every novel with this trope.

But I remember my first literary bad boy crush. And it still has me wondering to this day, where is my Rhett Butler?

Now Gone With the Wind isn't exactly what you would call a romance novel, but it is definitely a novel with romance in it. And even better it is a novel with a love triangle between a girl, the "nice guy," and the "bad boy." This novel made me grow up wishing I could be Scarlett O'Hara just so I could get at Rhett.

Seriously who could resist a man who delivers lines like "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn," and "You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how." The answer: No one.

Not only is he a total badass, who will lie, cheat, kill, and manipulate to get his way but he is also devoted to his daughter (and in the book to Scarlett's other children), spoils those he loves, and fiercely protective. And I'm not sure if this goes in the good man or bad boy category, but I love that his best friend is a Madame of a brothel.

So this Valentine's Day, I will be at sitting at home still waiting for Mr. Rhett Butler to come and sweep me off my feet.

Tell me in the comment section who your literary crush is.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cover Reveal: Rush Into You by Brianna Lee

Debut By Brianna Lee

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
Releasing April/May 2014
Cover designed by Okay Creations

I had it all.

I was captain of the cheerleading squad and star of the debate team. I was smart and popular and living the dream.

Until that night.
That one fateful night changed everything.

Now everyone hates me—everyone. 
They stay far away.
It’s safer.

Drugs numb the pain, and sex pays for the drugs.
Being alive is my punishment.

Then I meet him.
Ryker Rosse.
Tattoos, sinful body…and his eyes. 
His eyes are irresistible. He is captivating. He treats me with respect.
He sees me.

Ryker brings happiness into my life of regret, but I don’t know if I deserve happiness. Some mistakes can never be forgiven.
Or can they?

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About the Author Brianna Lee is an avid reader and flavored ice coffee addict. She is also a book reviewer and blogger for Brianna Lee Book Reviews and lives in Massachusetts with her beautiful daughter. As a busy, single mom, and aunt, she often has to write her stories in a notepad app on her cell phone, but late at night you will find her typing on her laptop until she passes out on her keyboard...literally. Brianna encourages readers to contact her as she loves to hear from you! Email her at authorbriannalee@live.com.   Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads  
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