Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Adult anthology--10 books for a buck!



Ten New Adult novels, some written by author friends I know, for only 99 cents...hard to beat that! 
I have no clue how long this anthology will be available, so you may want to one-click while you can!


Monday, September 15, 2014

"Someday, My Forever" by Carrie Fox [Release Day excerpt]




Someday, My Forever  
Carrie Fox  
New Adult, @25k words



Rae Ann Bailey has focused on her family and education for her entire life. Now a college freshman, she’s looking forward to everything that being in college entails. She has always thought about what everyone wants and making them happy, so she’s relieved to be out on her own and making her own decisions.

Sam Jenks is a junior, and a vital part of the college rowing team. Studying and getting his team to the national championships are his only priorities. He doesn’t have the time or the desire for a girlfriend.

When Sam and Rae Ann meet, they have an instant connection that neither of them can deny. As they get closer, his commitment to the rowing team strains their new relationship, and Rae Ann has to decide if she can handle rowing being number one. Just when it seems that things are going well, someone from Sam’s past threatens to tear them apart. Can Sam and Rae Ann move past their obstacles and decide that their forever is worth it?

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Several minutes later, Heidi breezed back inside and smiled widely.  "Let's celebrate our freedom!" she exclaimed.

I shot her a confused look and she laughed.

"Rae Ann, you and I are at the UW, free of parents...it's time to cut loose!"

Gib smiled at Heidi.  "It's good to see you again."  He looked over quickly and waved me away.  "Go on, she won't take no for an answer."

Sighing resignedly, I followed her onto the elevator, which quickly rose to the 6th floor.  We made our way down our way down the hall in a comfortable silence.  I knew the night ahead would be an adventure.


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Carrie Fox has been an avid reader since childhood.  Since discovering the Indie author community, she has become a blogger and joined street teams for established authors.  Someday, My Forever is her first published work.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Adult in the News [September edition]


***I am reposting this article from The Globe...hope you enjoy! There are several points made in the article that I do not agree with and I've highlighted those. One being that New Adult (NA) is aimed at readers ages 18-25 and the other is Fifty Shades of Grey being called NA....no, just no. The ages of the characters in NA books are generally between the ages of 18-25 (but readers' ages are all over the board) and, just because the characters fall within that age range doesn't necessarily make it NA. But it is nice to see NA being talked about and getting space in bookstores! :) Nevaeh



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Author Kathleen Tucker had self-published three young-adult romances when she decided to try her hand at something aimed at a slightly older audience – with more sexually explicit content.
The results were better than anything she expected. A month after she self-published her novel Ten Tiny Breaths online in October, 2012, Ms. Tucker, based in Stouffville, Ont., had raked in more than $50,000 and sold more copies in a day than her three previous books had in a month combined.

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Since then, countless authors have followed the same route, taking advantage of a new and growing genre of literature aimed at primarily female readers between 18 and 25. Known as “new adult,” the genre features mainly university or college-aged protagonists dealing with early twenties life, in particular romance and sexual relationships.
The segment of the book-buying market is hard to quantify as the wider industry has been slow to embrace the genre and the bulk of sales are made online. But a recent report by author and publishing data website authorearnings.com found that self-published books make up as much as 25 per cent of Amazon’s bestseller lists. The overwhelming majority of those were in the romance genre, many of which were new adult titles.
New adult has spawned a host of successes such as E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey and Colleen Hoover’s Slammed, with the former reportedly having earned $95-million (U.S.) between mid-2012 and mid-2013. Several authors, such as Ms. Hoover and new adult romance author Bella Andre, have also managed to negotiate with larger publishing houses for print-only deals while keeping e-book selling rights – a rare luxury that happens only when authors hold some clout.
New adult or NA was born out of a casual mention in a call for manuscripts sent out by New York-based publishing giant St. Martin’s Press in 2009. But the throwaway term caught the attention of the online book community and, finally last year, received its own Book Industry Standards and Communications (BISAC) code, which assigns genres to books so that booksellers can more easily place them in sections.
It’s a far cry from new adult’s early days, when Ms. Tucker says friends tried to pitch ideas but received little attention. The genre was too new, she added, and many agents felt it was too soon to take the risk.
But mainstream publishers started to embrace the genre in 2012 after self-published new adult titles, such as Ms. Hoover’s Slammed, shot to the top of bestseller lists, proving that the success of Fifty Shades a year earlier wasn’t a one-off.
“I think … a lot of the interest is among romance publishers or contemporary publishers who have some interest in romance,” said Monica Pacheco, a literary agent with Toronto-based Anne McDermid & Associates. “I think in the last year, I’ve seen a little over 30 deals for it, and by and large, they were mostly romance.”
Thirty isn’t an astronomical number, but it’s an indication that interest in new adult is growing among traditional publishers, she added.
Ms. Tucker, who was signed to New York-based Simon & Schuster’s imprint Atria Books shortly after Ten Tiny Breaths came out, said the industry now sees her and others as hybrid authors, those who have some titles signed to big-name publishers, but who also release their own e-books on the side.
But while new adult is picking up traction in digital sales, large publishers are grappling with how to handle print versions of the books.
Margo Lipschultz, senior editor at Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., said that although new adult titles have made their way onto tables and featured spaces at the end of aisles, few retailers have gone so far as providing the genre with its own shelf space.
“I think they find the term a little confusing or not specific enough to capture a large readership,” she said, adding that Harlequin has been focusing resources on the genre after observing its digital sales success.
“We’re always looking to ensure that we are growing awareness among print readers,” she said. “That can entail anything from including bonus material that’s exclusive to print editions or just looking at ways we can partner with booksellers to ensure that we are shelving them in the right places.”
Other publishers have also made efforts to show traditional sellers that the market for new adult is healthy and thriving by bringing the authors to the stores. Atria has jumped full force into new adult and now plans to release 15-20 NA titles every year, compared with none before 2012.
“The thing is in … convincing booksellers that it’s not just a fad, it really does exist,” says Judith Curr, publisher and president of Atria. “They haven’t really seen people coming into the bookstores and asking for the books perhaps. Whenever it’s a new area, they ask, ‘If I really am going to dedicate shelf space to a new area, what am I going to take it from?’
“All of the readers who made [young adult] explode are now new adult readers potentially,” Ms. Curr says.
What is clear to her, however, is that new adult will have to expand outside of its current literary conventions if it hopes to continue its success. Authors such as Ms. Tucker, whose pen name is K.A. Tucker, and veteran Canadian author Kelley Armstrong, who predicted the wave of new adult way back in 2009, agree.
Already, Ms. Armstrong says, the writing community is quickly responding, with authors branching out into paranormal and suspense. She predicts that in the future, new adult books will be even meatier and plot-driven, though in her experience, publishers interested in the genre now are still mainly interested in what has worked for the past two years.





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"New Point" by Olivia Luck [Excerpt & Giveaway]

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Book Title: New Point 
Author: Olivia Luck 
Genre: New Adult 
Release Date: September 10, 2014 

Synopsis

Imagine the worst day of your life. Immerse yourself in the details. How did you feel? Who were you with? What were the consequences? Recalling my darkest day is as simple as typing a few search terms into a web browser. It only took thirty minutes for me to become the center of a media frenzy that caught the attention of an entire country. So I hid. Nine months later and I'm getting better. Moved two hours from home, landed my dream job, and met a delicious new guy. Healing is that simple, right? Wrong.

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Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her obsession with writing. She wrote her first romance novel at age eight. When she’s not reading, editing, or writing, you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook. Olivia loves to travel and spend time with her family. Get in touch with Olivia, she adores emails: olivialuckauthor@gmail.com Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her obsession with writing. She wrote her first romance novel at age eight. When she’s not reading, editing, or writing, you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook. Olivia loves to travel and spend time with her family. Get in touch with Olivia, she adores emails: olivialuckauthor@gmail.com

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 “New Point isn’t known for much breaking and entering, but I have to admit, this looks mighty suspicious,” an unmistakably Midwestern accent drawls from behind me, effectively scaring the sweat off my bare shoulders. A shriek escapes from my lips as I teeter preciously on the wood chair and my hands lose their grip on the white doorframe. The rubber of my flip flop doesn’t provide much traction and my body pitches sideways. In just a second I’ll crash against the deck floor and I’ll spend the summer recovering physically instead of gaining back my old– Sturdy muscular arms slide around my waist and yank me against an equally firm chest. “Woah, there. I didn’t mean to scare you.” The masculine voice has a smile behind it. “Probably shouldn’t go sneaking up on someone then,” I mutter once I catch my breath and untangle myself from his grasp. He chuckles at my retort, a rich baritone that makes me feel like shivering. When I’m a step or two back I’m nearly breathless again, but this time for completely different reasons. Sturdy was one way to describe his muscular grasp, but now that I have a full frontal view of him, I see my mistake. He’s perfect. Thick arms with nicely defined muscles that don’t bulge too aggressively beneath his white T-shirt, a broad chest, trim waist with low riding blue exercise shorts. And that’s just his body. Bright white teeth gleam at me from behind a broad smile. Thick, dark curly hair begs to have fingers run through it and he has coffee colored eyes framed by long lashes most girls want desperately. He’s a combination of sultry sex appeal and mischievous intentions as displayed by the twist of his lips. Less than one minute in his presence and I’m practically swooning. “Who are you?” I blurt out. With a smirk, he crosses his arms across the planes of chest. “Shouldn’t I be asking the questions, Ms. Breaking and Entering?”

 
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"Charming the Outback" by Leesa Bow [Excerpt & Book Trailer]


When jaded city girl Maddy McIntyre packs up and leaves Adelaide for a new job in the country, it's not only a chance at a fresh start.  Six months ago, the first guy she'd ever loved shattered her heart before moving home to Broken Hill. Deep down inside, Maddy is hoping that living in the same town will give her an opportunity to prove to Luke that she's one temptation he can't resist.
But when she arrives in Broken Hill, Luke White is not the same guy she knew in the city.  And it soon seems very clear that he doesn't want her there. Although Maddy settles in quickly, excelling at work and partying with her new friends, she can't understand why Luke is remaining so distant. Particularly when all her instincts are telling her that they're meant to be together –  and that he feels the same burning attraction.
As Maddy learns more about Luke's family and background, she begins to understand that his mixed messages are caused by balancing what's expected of him with what he really wants. Maddy gave Luke her heart long ago and, despite their differences, she knows she'll only ever be happy with her hot country boy. But how can she convince him that she's the risk he needs to take?
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Before climbing back into the car we flapped our arms as though we were about to take flight, ensuring no flies snuck inside. I turned the air con to max and glanced at Aubree, fiddling with the flowers.
Oh shit. She wasn't wearing her ring. I clearly remembered Hunter – my cousin and superstar football player – telling her in no uncertain terms that she was to wear the pink diamond ring, a twenty-first birthday gift, on her wedding finger while accompanying me for the weekend. I cleared my throat.
'Where's your ring?'
Aubree pulled her hair-tie out of her long hair before looping it around the flower stems. 'Oh, I left it home in case I lost it.'
'What? You know Hunter will be pissed.'
'I hid it so he'll never find out,' she said, and waved her hand in a nonchalant manner.
I groaned. 'You want to hope he doesn't. The last thing I need is Hunter showing up and ruining everything for me.' I gave her a look before turning my eyes back to the road.
'First of all, I don't need a ring to protect me from guys wanting to talk with me. And second, I'm not sure how he'd ruin things for you. Unless . . .' I could feel her eyes on me, scrutinising. 'Be honest, does your decision to move to Broken Hill have anything to do with Luke?'
I glanced at her. 'No, why would it?'
'Because you never really got over him. And now you're taking up this teaching position – and I get that it's a great opportunity – but it is in the same town he moved back to six months ago.'
My heartbeat stuttered. 'It has nothing to do with Luke,' I said, louder than necessary. 'I was offered three teaching contracts: two were based in Adelaide working three days a week, and both an hour from my home. I needed full-time work and the only full-time contract was in the country. Plus there's isolation bonuses, so I thought if I stayed a couple of years, I'd return to Adelaide with savings.'
'So you don't ever think about him?'
'I didn't say I don't think about him but he's not the reason—'
'I knew it.' She folded her arms across her chest. 'He might not be the reason but he's the incentive.'
'Don't read into it, Aubs. I only think about the things he used to say, that's all.'
'Aw, that's sweet.'
'You're a drama queen,' I quipped in a deep voice, mimicking Luke. 'Can't you go anywhere without being the centre of attention?' I shook my head. 'When he said it, it didn't sound so sweet.'
'He really said that?'
I nodded and pointed to the side of the road. 'Four,' I said, totalling the number of dead kangaroos I'd seen on the side of the road.
Aubree groaned. 'Ew.'
We sat quietly for a few minutes before she broke the silence. 'You know, you never told me the real reason why you two split. I thought after ten or so months you were both happy.'
It pained me to reveal the details of our breakup even to my best friend. Irreconcilable differences, isn't that the term used? Except, in my mind, we were compatible and happy. It was Luke who – out of the blue – announced he no longer wanted to be part of a relationship, since he was returning home. He didn't see the point. Hell of a way to make me feel special! I coughed.
'I was happy, but Luke . . . Before he left he'd said that he'd found work back home as a geologist and was also helping out his uncle with the family business. He emphasised that he didn't believe in long-distance relationships, plus he'd be too busy to worry about a girl.'
'That's rough.'
'Yep. I was stupid enough to even beg him to give us a chance.' I sighed, remembering the empty look on his face. 'He didn't hesitate, just said no.'
'Wow.'
'So I'm actually hoping not to see him, as I'm still embarrassed about the whole thing.' Truth was, I hadn't stopped thinking about Luke and deep down hoped to run into him – although not until I was settled, so he could see how well I'm doing.
'Oh God,' Aubree murmured. 'It's not one of those look-at-what-you-could've-had plans is it? Where you go to extreme lengths to prove yourself?'
'Of course not. Why would you think that?' I cringed when Aubree said it out loud.
'Because you and Hunter are exactly alike,' she admonished. She reached out and touched my hand. 'I love you both but . . . just be careful. No one knows you here.'
'That's my point,' I said quickly. 'It's a perfect scenario. I'm sick of being known as Hunter's cousin and getting attention for all the wrong reasons. I can actually meet new friends with a clean slate. It's like having a new identity. Luke thought I was an attention seeker and it bugged me. So, the last thing I want is Hunter showing up and causing a circus. And I hope there is no need for him to come here looking for you. So he better not find that ring.'

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Leesa Bow grew up in Broken Hill. Sport played a major role in her life growing up in a small country town, and Leesa had a passion for basketball.   Although she loved to read books with happy endings, she never believed she would end up a novelist.

Leesa started her professional life nursing at the local hospital before moving to Adelaide in her early twenties. She married a football player, and inevitably her four daughters were also sporty. Leesa began writing seriously when her second daughter became sick with cancer. Initially writing was therapeutic, but when her daughter got the all clear, she decided to continue writing seriously. Stories about sport, romance, and characters aged eighteen plus seemed logical since her daughters were of a similar age, and often surrounded by athletes.

Leesa writes New Adult romance novels. On weekends she enjoys watching basketball and football, having beach days with the family, catching up with girlfriends, and daydreaming about strong heroines. 

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Monday, September 8, 2014

"Bright Side" by Kim Holden [Teasers & Giveaway]

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Secrets. Everyone has one. Some are bigger than others. And when secrets are revealed, some will heal you ... And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks. They both feel it. But they each have a reason to fight it. They each have a secret. And when secrets are revealed, Some will heal you … And some will end you.

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I (Kim Holden) live in the greatest city in the world: Denver, Colorado. Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle, Facebook, iced coffee, and music. I also love dreaming. And speaking of dreaming, I have a bit of advice for anyone reading this ... follow your dreams. It's never too late. Get started today ... heck get started RIGHT NOW! Make your dreams reality. I love to hear from fellow readers. Love. It. Please come find me. We'll hang out. It'll be fun: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KimHoldenAuthor Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7445352.Kim_Holden
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