Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fan Mail: New INVISIBLE Book Trailer

I'm excited to share another book trailer for Invisible from one of my readers, Hearty Ruth Caspillo! 

Check out her her video on YouTube, or watch it here!

Monday, December 16, 2013

INVISIBLE Goodreads Giveaway!

I'm gearing up for Christmas with a book giveaway!! You can enter for a chance to win one of 3 SIGNED Paperback copies of INVISIBLE!

More about Invisible: 

Olivia’s best friend is not imaginary. He’s not a ghost, either. And she’s pretty sure he’s not a hallucination. He’s just Mason. 

He is, however, invisible. 

When Olivia spotted the crying little boy on her front porch at five years old, she had no idea she was the only one who could see him. Twelve years later when new-girl Robin bumps into the both of them and introduces herself to Mason, they are both stunned. 

Mason couldn’t be more pleased that someone else can see him. Olivia, on the other hand, isn’t jumping at the chance to welcome Robin into their circle. Jealousy may have something to do with 
that, but honest fear that Robin’s presence will put Mason in danger is soon validated when a strange black car shows up outside Olivia’s house. 

The race to find out what Robin knows in time to protect Mason from whatever threats are coming becomes Olivia’s only focus.

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Invisible by DelSheree Gladden


by DelSheree Gladden

Giveaway ends December 20, 2013.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop

What was the best book you read this year? One of m favorites from this year was "Twenty-Five" by Rachel Hamm! 

Scroll down below and enter to win an ebook copy of Rachel Hamm's romance novel, Twenty-Five. 

More about Twenty-Five: 

Abigail Bronsen is sure her life is going nowhere when she turns twenty-five and realizes she hasn't done anything on a list of goals she made for herself as a teenager. Ben Harris is looking to find "the one" after his last girlfriend cheated on him. When they crash into each other, it appears they've both found exactly what they wanted. A year of firsts follows: first date, first kiss, first “I love you’s.” The first fight is inevitable, but neither of them saw a breakup coming. When Abigail is offered a job overseas, they’ll discover that no relationship is perfect and even true love sometimes finds itself separated by time and distance.

Meet the Author

Rachel was born in Buffalo, NY but grew up in Burlington, NC. Raised by northern parents in the south, she likes to say she got the best of both worlds. Her writing is inspired by classic authors like Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, as well as contemporary ones like JK Rowling and Claire LaZebnik. She loves to read and has been known to spend an entire weekend engrossed in the adventures of her favorite characters.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Book Trailer: INQUEST

Check out the brand new Book Trailer for Book One of The Destroyer Trilogy: INQUEST!!!

This is the first trailer I've done, so I hope you all like it!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Cover Reveal: Wicked Hunger


by DelSheree Gladden

Release Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

We are excited to announce the upcoming release of Wicked Hunger, the first book in the  Someone Wicked This Way Comes series. Get ready for this mouth watering adventure that will hit shelves on April 1, 2014. Check out below for more information on Wicked Hunger and don't forget to enter the exclusive giveaway for a digital ARC of Wicked Hunger. 

"Love, love, love Wicked Hunger. It is deliciously consuming from beginning to end. My mouth is already watering for the next installment." 
- Elizabeth Hathenbruck (Author of When The Apple Falls.)

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. Their whole life is a giant web of deceit made in an effort to conceal the deadly secrets that plague their family.

Zander will do anything to forget his mistakes, including pushing everyone away. He was barely surviving in his self-forced solitude before Ivy Guerra entered his life. The new girl in school, with her pink-striped hair and unyielding curiosity, incites something wicked inside Zander that can only be blamed on his family genes. Now Zander is forced to fight an internal war and make a choice between loving Ivy Guerra and killing her.

Vanessa wants nothing more than to shed the strange powers she wields and be normal. Because if Van were normal, she’d be able to have normal things… Like a relationship with the boy she’s been secretly in love with for years. Unfortunately, her life is anything but ordinary. That boy who owns her heart just happens to be her brother’s kryptonite and a
potential liability for her entire family. When choices between love and family loyalty have to be made, Van finds herself faced with an impossible decision.

As if the Roth family needs anything more to worry about, a vicious plot to expose Van and Zander for what they are is uncovered. When it becomes apparent that someone close to them is at the center of this devious plan, the fight to maintain control and keep their cover ensues. It's a seemingly impossible battle because something is causing their powers to stir stronger than ever before… and it won’t stop until Van and Zander give in to their wicked hunger.

Wicked Hunger is the first book in the all-new paranormal series, Someone Wicked This Way Comes.


Enter to win an Advance Release Copy of Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden and a Clean Teen Publishing- Authors Are My Rockstars bracelet. 


DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. The first book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes series, Wicked Hunger, is scheduled to be released through Clean Teen Publishing on April 1, 2014.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Escaping Fate is FREE on Amazon!

Escaping Fate is FREE on Amazon November 24th - 25th!!!

If you're looking for a good book to curl up with during the holidays, stop by and check out Escaping Fate. You can get a sneak peek of book 2 in the series, Soul Stone, too!

"Turning sixteen should mean driving, dating, and breaking curfew. It should never mean certain death. Arrabella's excitement for her upcoming birthday is swallowed up by not only her dismay at being moved to a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere, but by the terror of the dreams that assault her every night. Stalking her dreams, the raven haired beauty warns her, taunts her, as she is paraded toward her death. 

Desperate for answers, Arrabella turns to her grandfather, the only one willing to delve into her family's dark past. Warning her that once she takes the first step, there is no going back, Arrabella's grandfather begins to unwind their awful heritage. The only joy she finds in the week leading up to her death is meeting Tanner Wheeler, a young man she barely knows but is immediately drawn to. 

A story of selfish betrayal reaching back to an age of merciless gods and blood sacrifice, Arrabella's world is sent into a deadly spiral."

Get your FREE copy of Escaping Fate now on Amazon!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Escaping Fate...the evolution of the cover art

Designing cover art for a book can often be a challenge, even more so when you're painting the images yourself! 

I did the original painting for Escaping Fate several years ago when Escaping Fate was first published. I ended up not liking the full image as the cover and instead went with a very abstract portion of the painting. 

This is the old cover on the right --->

At this time, Escaping Fate was a standalone novel and I planned to keep it that way. That recently changed (yeah!) and I am now working on a sequel titled "Soul Stone." 

Soul Stone is currently out being beta read and will soon go into rewrites, but at the same time I had to rethink the cover art so I could find something that could be incorporated into a series. 

So...back to the original painting. 

This is the original painting. I based the painting off a pottery design for the Aztec god Tlaloc. But still...I didn't like the full image for the cover. So, I tried using a portion of the image, but not so abstract as the original cover design. 

This seemed to fit much better, leaving some to the imagination and creating intrigue. But the coloring wasn't quite right. It was clearly time to break out Photoshop! It took some layering, some effects, and some color alterations, this is what I came up with! 

And here's the full cover!

Escaping Fate is now available exclusively on Amazon as a paperback and Kindle Ebook. 

You can also get a sneak peek of book two, Soul Stone, at the end of the book. 

And keep an eye out for FREE days on Kindle for Escaping Fate coming up on 

November 24th-25th

Monday, November 18, 2013

That's what those are for ...

How many times have you been doing something on a regular basis, thinking you've got it down, only to realize later that you've been doing it all wrong? 

I've recently had one of those moments when it comes to choosing keywords for my books when I list them on ebook stores. 

Earlier this week, my new publisher, Clean Teen Publishing, sent all of us authors a link that gave a breakdown of Amazon's Most Popular Tags. Now, this list isn't just for books, it's for everything searched for on Amazon, but it's easy enough to pick out book related tags. And there are a lot of them. 

What did this link cause me to realize? 

I had been using keywords or tags wrong this whole time! Previously, my keywords were specific to each book. For my first book, Escaping Fate, I had chosen tags like "Aztec," "Arrabella," "Myth," and so on. Seems logical, right? 

After looking at the tag cloud from Amazon, I had an epiphany -- probably one I should have had years ago. What use are book specific tags if no one knows about my book? Why would anyone search for "Arrabella," the MC of Escaping Fate, is they didn't know anything about my book? I saw that I had done the same thing for my other books, choosing tags like Libby and Milo, and similar words that only applied to The Destroyer Series. 

What I realized after studying the cloud was that people are not going onto Amazon and searching for a particular book most of the time. They are searching for whatever genre they like to read and then perusing the search results for something that catches their eye. 

So what did I do after having this epiphany? 

I went and changed the keywords on all my books on the various sites I have my books listed. What did I change them to? Instead of sticking with book specific tags, I chose tags that will help readers find my books within the genres they like to read. 

I write YA fiction ranging from paranormal to science fiction and urban fantasy. So my new tags include words like "Young Adult," "Science Fiction," Paranormal," and "Fantasy." And because I love to add in a good romance to compliment each storyline, I also included tags like "Romance, "Love," and "Paranormal Romance." 

What now? 

Well, now I see how this realization pans out. Will better keywords that are directed at readers who have no clue about me or my books help get my books in their search results better than book specific tags? I'll just have to wait and see. I'm excited to see the impact it will have. I love learning new things about publishing and marketing, and this one is so simple yet important. 

I've been learning more about using Pintrest as and author as well, so check back next week for a new post and some new ideas. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Win a Year of FREE Books from Clean Teen Publishing

How would you like to win a year of free books? 

Clean Teen Publishing (the NEW publisher of Wicked Hunger!) is gearing up for their annual end of the year giveaway. Check it out!


Now this is WINNING! We have been kicking around ideas to offer an epic giveaway to our amazing readers who have made our opening year in 2013 amazing for Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing. We have given away gift cards, swag, free books, a Kindle Fire and more this year. We want our Holiday giveaway to be something big, something from our hearts. We want to offer our readers a gift that keeps on giving! That's when we came up with A YEAR OF FREE BOOKS! Check out the description below to find out what you can win! 

1st Place: A YEAR OF FREE BOOKS From CTP! (Includes the 29 books currently published with CTP and any future books published throughout 2014! *Digital Copies) and a CTP SWAG PACK (Includes bookmarks, Authors Are Our Rockstars Bracelets and MORE Swagalicious goodies!) Prize pack is a $150+ Value including cost of retail books currently published and future books released! 

2nd Place: Readers choice of 5 CTP Books (Current or Future Releases) of their choice (Digital Copies) and a CTP SWAG PACK (Includes bookmarks, Authors Are Our Rockstars Bracelets and MORE Swagalicious goodies!)  Prize pack is a $15+ value not including the value of the swag! 

3rd Place: Readers choice of any CTP Book (Digital Copy) and an Authors Are Our Rockstars Bracelet. Prize pack is up to a $4.99+ value not including the value of the swag! 


Question From A Concerned Fan: "I'm the biggest CTP Fan out there and I have all of the books you've published already! What's in this for me?" ~From CTP's biggest fan- Mr. Squirrel

Answer From CTP: "That's totally awesome that you are one of our biggest fans Mr. Squirrel! You know we love our readers, especially the fluffy tailed ones! If you already have all of our CTP books, you can give your free copies to a friend. (Save some money on birthday gifts.) Don't forget you also get future releases as well. In fact, if you email us in advance of upcoming releases, we might even be able to get you ARC's! (Advanced Reader Copies.) Isn't that awesome? Plus you get all of that amazing swag! You'd be nutty not to enter this contest!" ~CTP Gals

Reply From Mr. Squirrel: "You're so right! This sounds like an amazing prize pack. I'm going to go enter right now and I'm going to tell all of my friends about it! PS: You do realize you are having a fictional conversation with a squirrel right now, right?" ~From CTP's biggest fan- Mr. Squirrel

Reply From CTP: "…" ~CTP Gals
We know we're a little bit nutty. ;0) 


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Friday, November 8, 2013

FREE on Amazon Kindle...INVISIBLE!!!

Would you like to get a copy of my newest book, INVISIBLE, free on your Kindle? 

Stop by Amazon on November 8th-9th, that's TODAY and TOMORROW, to get your copy of Invisible FREE on your Kindle!

And if you enjoy Invisible, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Authors love to hear from their readers!!

So, hurry over to Amazon right now and get your FREE copy of Invisible !!! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Invisible FREE on Amazon!!!

Would you like to get a copy of my newest book, INVISIBLE, free on your Kindle? 

Stop by Amazon on November 8th-9th to get your copy of Invisible FREE on your Kindle!

And if you enjoy Invisible, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Authors love to hear from their readers!!

So, mark your calendars now to get your FREE copy of Invisible November 8 & 9 on 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

And the winners are...

I hope all the authors and readers have enjoyed participating in this year's blogfest. I want to thank all the amazing authors that introduced us to their characters as well as thank all the awesome readers stopped by and entered the giveaways!

And now that today is the final day of Meet the Characters, it's my pleasure to announce the winner's of all of our contests!

First up...What character won the Hottest guy award? 


And the winner of a copy of Dragon's book "Releasing the Dragon" by Stacie Simpson is...

Katy E.

Now, who won the title of Feistiest girl? 


And the winner of a copy of Lynlee's book, "Trolling for Trouble: MAUC Series" by Olivia Hardin is...

Lisa G.

Up next is the Cutest Couple. And the winner's are...

Mason and Olivia!

And the winner of a copy of Mason and Olivia's novel, "Invisible" by DelSheree Gladden is...

Dominique S.

And now, the winners of the Steamiest Couple Contest are...

It's a tie! Prince Cole and Princess Sam tied with Santangelo and Nicola!

The winner of copies of both 

"Sugar Man's Daughter" by Lucy Crowe... 

and "Fate War: Alliance" by EM Havens is...

Sherry H.

Now before the main giveaway, we have a couple of runner up prizes to giveaway as well

Winner of an ebook copy of Susan Stec's "The Other F Word" is ... Sheri B.

Winner of a signed paperback copy of Susan Stec's "They're so Vein" is ...Lisa B.

Winner of a signed paperback copy of Susan Stec's "They're so Vein" is ...Shadow K.

Winner of an ebook of Raquel Lyon's "Kiss the Tiger" is ...Shelley S.

Winner of an ebook of Raquel Lyon's "Kiss the Tiger" is ...Tom R.

And Finally...

The Winner of the main Meet the Characters 40+ Book Giveaway is

LARA T!!!!

Thank you again to all the fabulous authors who helped make this event such a big success!!

Thank you as well to all the amazing readers to stopped by to comment and vote and support their favorite authors and characters!

We'll be back next year with more characters and more books to giveaway!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Character Interview: Owain (In the Winds of Danger by Linda Ulleseit)

Today let's get to know the determined Owain from Linda Ulleseit's YA fantasy novel, "In the Winds of Danger." 

In the Winds of Danger

First of all, Owain, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a groom in High Meadow, working with the marvelous winged horse Adain. His rider is Emma, who’s very good to me. I’m sixteen years old, and I have red hair. People say that means I have a temper, but Emma tells them to hush. I was born in Merioneth, near the sea, and came to the mountain town of Tremeirchson when I was eight. I moved to High Meadow when it was founded by Emma and Davyd four years ago.

Tell us about High Meadow.

It’s not a very old place, and most of the inhabitants are young. The majority of the older folks stayed in Tremeirchson when we fled due to bad water. It was critical to move to save the flying horses. High Meadow is deeper into the Welsh mountains than Tremeirchson, in the area called Gwynned. It is remote and hard to find. In the morning, the gray mist comes down from the mountain tops to blanket the town, but it usually burns off by afternoon. High Meadow is supported by patrons from Merioneth, who fund barns to compete in the annual Aerial Games. The Games provide a livelihood for the entire town.

Who’s in charge of High Meadow and how do you feel about them?

Davyd’s in charge of the town. He’s married to Emma. They’re terrific. First Barn is run by Tristan, and Second Barn by Evan. Evan is pretty intense. He has some crazy ideas. I’m glad he’s not my barn leader. Tristan, though, can be weak when it comes to making decisions. So far he hasn’t had any crisis to deal with. Maybe that’s what he needs to be stronger. It’s important for the two barns to work well independent of each other. That fosters a better spirit of healthy competition. If Evan influences Tristan too much, First Barn will lose its autonomy. That would be bad.

Can you tell us about one of Evan’s crazy ideas?

Sure. His latest notion is for a new event for the Aerial Games. Usually the horse perform intricate dances, and they race. Evan thinks an aerial joust will work. It won’t. It’s too dangerous and too hard to see from the ground. Tristan seems to be going along with the idea, though. I don’t know what they are thinking.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

When I became groom to Adain, I was the youngest person ever to hold the position. I’m quite proud of being able to do my duty well to Adain and Emma. You might say Adain and I grew up together under Emma’s watchful eye.

Besides Adain, who is the greatest love of your life?

Is this going to be kept private? You see, I haven’t said anything to her yet. She’s my best friend, but I can’t imagine spending any part of my life away from her. Ana is a groom, too. She’s groom to Clyth, Evan’s horse. We used to work together in First Barn, but when Evan became the leader of Second Barn. Ana left with him. She’s just up the lane now, and we have breakfast in town together every morning, but it’s still hard to be away from her.

What is your greatest fear?

I promised to answer whatever you asked, but this is pretty private. I have nightmares about it, actually, and I haven’t told anyone but Ana about it. Just before I left Merioneth, there was an incident. I don’t remember exactly what happened. My sister was there, then overwhelming grief. My mind blocks out the memories. I am afraid that someday I’ll remember that I was responsible for my sister’s death.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Davyd would say ‘sir’ is my most overused word. I respect him, you see. I call him ‘sir’ because of that. I know he wants me to call him Davyd, but it seems too familiar. He is well respected in town, and Emma, his wife, is well respected in the barns. I suppose I should call her ‘sir’ too. Or ‘ma’am,’ it would be ‘ma’am.’

Which young person do you admire most?

Davyd and Emma are both older than me. Nia is, too, but closer to my age. I’ll pick Nia. She’s a First Barn rider. Nia has a lot of skill and confidence. Some people say she has too much confidence, that it’s arrogant. I don’t think so. Nia is destined for great things. In fact, I’ve heard rumors that she is being considered as leader for Third Barn when it gets ready to open. That would be an amazing opportunity for her, to be the first female barn leader. I know she can do it, but I don’t know how our current barn leaders, Evan and Tristan, will react.

What is your motto?

If you are loyal to others, they will be loyal to you.

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Character Interview: Nathan Shaw (Reflection by Kim Cresswell)

Let's get to know Nathan Shaw by Kim Cresswell's novel, "Reflection." 

About Reflection

Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the "Big" story.
She found it. Now it may kill her.
After receiving a lead pointing to the world's first cloned human, now a small child, Whitney vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.
When she's nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective--at least not right away.
Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man's thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother's death over a decade ago...
Can they save an innocent child before it's too late?
Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many--Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.

About the Character

Billionaire biotech company owner, Nathan Shaw, will do anything, including murder-for-hire to keep his clone (a small child) concealed from outsiders. The child is more than an illegal experiment, shes a genetic copy of his deceased lover. 

Kim Talks with Nathan Shaw

What one word best describes you?
Nathan: “Distinct.“
What are you passionate about these days?
Nathan: “What I have been passionate about most of my life. Genetics and cloning. I do not understand why people recoil at the idea of human copies—healthy manufactured humans.“
You were one of the first companies to clone animals almost thirty years ago. Would you consider cloning humans?
Nathan: “Of course if it was legal in this country. Hopefully, it will be one day.“
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Nathan: “I was Las Vegas Man of the Year six years running and made the cover of Time magazine, twice.“
You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you’d buy?
Nathan: (Glances at the wall clock) “Apparently, you haven’t done any background on me. If Miss Steel was conducting this interview, at least she would have done her homework first. I own ShawBioGen, a seventy-five billion dollar Biotech company. The last thing I need is money.”
Who should play you in a film?
Nathan: “John Malkovich. Brilliant actor. I heard he gave a stellar performance portraying serial killer, Jack Unterweger, on stage in Vienna.“
Who is your favorite author?
Nathan: “Elmore Leonard. I enjoy his realism writing style.“
Do you play any sports?
Nathan: “No, I run a couple miles daily to keep in shape.“
What would we find under your bed?
Nathan: (Glances at the clock again) “If you are going to continue with this silly line of questioning, we are done here.”
Ok, then…what is something you want people to know about you?
Nathan: That I have done a lot of good in my life. I’ve donated millions of dollars a year to food banks and homeless shelters around the country and will continue to do so. I’ve also put millions into healthcare and scientific research.“
Tell us about your greatest achievement.
Nathan: “There have been so many but I can’t discuss my greatest at this point. Instead I will say…developing medications that cure diseases and improve lives. In particular, genetic illnesses and recessive disorders that devastate families. Apparently, you didn’t read my company’s press kit. You really do remind me so much of the lovely, Miss Steel.”
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Nathan: “When my sister died of Menkes Syndrome, a dreadful disorder that affects copper levels in the body, leading to copper deficiency and extensive neuro-degeneration of the brain and eventual death. Like most children with Menkes, they die within the first decade of life, usually infancy, as Katherine did. She’s the reason I began my research work into genetic disorders.“
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
Nathan: “The first rule of business. Employees are replaceable.”
If you could apologize to someone in your past, what would you say?
Nathan: I don’t apologize. I have nothing to apologize for. I do, however, have a message for FBI agent, Blake Neely, and the lovely, Miss Steel.”
And what’s that?
Nathan: “Don’t get too comfortable…you are replaceable.”
That sounds like a threat.
Nathan: (Smiles)

About the Author

Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working for a private investigator, running a graphic design business, and teaching computer classes at a local business school. After becoming disabled with Fibromyalgia and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, Kim returned to her first love, writing.
Her debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION, has won numerous awards including; UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley's Romance Writers of America (RWA) "Gotcha!" Romantic Suspense Winner! (2004) and an Honourable Mention in CARWA's The Writer's Voice Contest (2006)
Lethal Journey  (September 30, 2013)
Real Life Evil – A True Crime Quickie – Book One (November 2013)

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Character Artwork: My Sister's Reaper

Up today is some is some fabulous artwork for the characters of Dorothy Dreyer's new book, "My Sister's Reaper." 

Zadie Stonebrook is no ordinary girl. That said, she still has the emotions of a normal teenage human. The object of her affections? Gavin. He's the dreamy ex-track star who's suddenly gone pseudo-Goth and has a mysterious air to him. Her feelings for him are so out of her control that she accidentally lets it slip that she could bring her dead sister back to life. Whoops! Then there's Chase, the new guy in school whom Zadie just can't figure out. The way he acts, Zadie figures he either knows about her special abilities ... or he's just out to destroy her life. Still, he's kind of hot.

Check out this scene from "My Sister's Reaper" done in the Anime art style, showing Sadie, Gavin and Chase!

Author Bio
Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. She loves reading, writing, movies, takeout, chocolate, and spending time with her family and friends. Half-American and half-Filipino, Dorothy lives in Germany with her husband and two teens.


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Character Surprise Post: Lisa Cresswell

Today we're welcoming Corrine Lamb and Jamie Armstrong from Lisa Cresswell's novel, Hush Puppy. 

For today’s surprise post, I thought I would interview my characters so you could get to know them better in a personal way.  We have Corrine Lamb and Jamie Armstrong from the novel Hush Puppy by me, Lisa T. Cresswell.
First, thanks for talking to me, guys. It's a pleasure to meet you.
Could you tell me a little about how you first met?
Corrine: Jamie’s dad brought him over to the diner where I was working ‘cause he had to fix the sink and he wouldn’t buy Jamie lunch. I felt kinda sorry for him, so I snuck him some hush puppies.
Jamie: They were good too! (laughs)  That’s why I call her Hush Puppy.
What did you initially think of each other? Love at first sight? Not on your life? :)
Corrine: I think my exact thoughts were “Oh Lord, not another redneck!” But he grew on me.
Jamie: Hahaha! You’re so mean! I thought you were the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen.
Corrine: Oh shush. ;)
Can you tell me a little bit about where you come from?
Corrine: You’ve heard the expression “Armpit of North America”? That would be it.
Jamie: Oh, Carolville ain’t that bad.  It’s just extremely small and backwards.  But you have to admit the lake is nice.
Jamie, if you had to describe Corinne in three words, what would they be?
Oh gosh, that’s hard. I guess I’d have to say: smart, sexy, and…smart.
Corinne, same question.
You’re just as smart as me. Three words? How about: romantic, talented, and smart?
What's the hardest thing you've ever had to face, either together or apart, and how did you get through it?
Corrine: I think my hardest time was when I thought Jamie didn’t love me anymore, or didn’t love me enough to stand up to his friends. That really hurt.
Jamie: See, Corrine thinks I’m smart, but I’m really kinda stupid in a lot of ways.
Corrine: You are not!
Jamie: Anyway, my hardest time was when Corrine shut me out. I deserved it, but it still killed me. I don’t know how I got through it. It wasn’t pretty.
If either of you could have any dream come true, no matter how fantastic, what would it be? Dream big!
Jamie: I know what Corrine would do! (laughs)
Corrine: I’d visit every single place on my map. I have this map of the world and there’s pins in every place I want to go. What’s your dream, Jamie?
Jamie: To go with you. J

Hush Puppy is the story of Corrine Lamb, a seventeen year old, black girl, and Jamie Armstrong, a poor white boy, living in a backwater North Carolina town.  Intelligent Corrine, abandoned by her mother, and artsy Jamie, forced to play football by a redneck father, both dream of leaving their podunk town and never looking back. 
Their shared love of literature and a dream of a better life brings them together and a romance blossoms between them in a secret place of their own in the steamy North Carolina woods.  When Jamie is involved in the accidental death of a white girl, he’s terrified of his abusive father.  Corrine takes the blame to protect Jaime, with dire consequences for herself and her dreams of the future.  Her life in danger, Corrine’s left wondering if Jamie ever cared about her at all.
Short Bio

Lisa T. Cresswell is a professional archaeologist who works in Idaho and dabbles frequently in young adult literature. Originally from North Carolina, her stories are often inspired by memories of growing up there. You can see more of her work at

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