Let’s Celebrate YA Week!

Happy Monday, and a Happy May to you all, dear readers!

If you don’t already know, it’s YA Week. My publisher, Cosby Media Productions, is running some specials this week, and my books are included. Hooray!

My first book, Spirit Lake, is priced at the regular, low price of $2.99, and this week only, my second book, The Wrong Fairy Tale is just $0.99! Grab it HERE and NOW while you can! This deal will only be available this week!

You can also check out books and specials from my fellow authors at CMP by clicking HERE. Some of the books are discounted or FREE—yes, FREE! Grab them now while you have the chance. 

If you’re unfamiliar with my books, here are the blurbs and covers below. Would love to have some reading love in celebration of YA week. 😉

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Spirit Lake

Six teenagers from Northern California are assigned a group project for their sophomore English class. Little do they know, this project will literally take them on a journey out of this world. Cantelia appears much like Earth, until the teens realize magic is as plentiful as the danger surrounding them. A dark and evil ruler has placed a curse on the tribal people of Sikuku Island—the same island where the teens have been transported. Now, they must help the tribal people break the curse if they ever want to see their own planet again. Alex and her companions quickly learn that there is so much more beyond their comfortable lives in Pollock Pines and its legendary Spirit Lake.

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The Wrong Fairy Tale

Being a hero is not such an easy job after all.

It’s junior year, and Alex and her friends are just trying to survive high school: boring homework, detention, crushes…and a fateful journey through a portal to another planet—you know, the usual. Despite being average California teenagers, this group of six finds themselves on a return trip to the strange land of Cantelia, where their Spirit Guide, Goden, has sent them. This time, they appear near the Alfaran Forest: a place, where, once again, many inhabitants claim these kids are the Chosen Ones and that they will help to find a solution for ridding the forest of a new kind of horror.

Will the teens have the courage to fight the real enemy? Or will they be forever trapped on Cantelia?

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Remember, you can purchase my eBooks by going to Amazon. Click HERE for Spirit Lake, and click HERE for The Wrong Fairy Tale. 

Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read my books for free! Super cool, right?! I would love to have some more reviews, too, so help a girl out—yeah? 🙂

Tomorrow, I’ll have another post, highlighting a fellow author and his books. Stay tuned, and happy reading! 

xoxo

 

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What Do Fictional Characters Eat?

Hello, lovely readers!

I wanted to share a quick post with you all. Last week, I had the privilege of being a guest blogger over at “But What Are They Eating?” by Shelley Workinger. In the post, I talk about food in literature, and then address the food I made up in my own book, The Wrong Fairy Tale. This was a very different post for me—one that I’d never even thought about doing before—which made it all the more fun.

Take a look at my post by clicking HERE, and be sure to give Shelley’s blog some love. Hope you enjoy the post. 🙂

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Until next time, happy reading and happy eating!

xoxo

Now Available: The Wrong Fairy Tale

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It’s here!

My next book in the Spirit Lake series is here, ready to be downloaded to your eReaders! I’m super excited to share my next “baby” with the world: The Wrong Fairy Tale. Here’s the synopsis:

Being a hero is not such an easy job after all.

It’s junior year, and Alex and her friends are just trying to survive high school: boring homework, detention, crushes…and a fateful journey through a portal to another planet—you know, the usual. Despite being average California teenagers, this group of six finds themselves on a return trip to the strange land of Cantelia, where their Spirit Guide, Goden, has sent them. This time, they appear near the Alfaran Forest: a place, where, once again, many inhabitants claim these kids are the Chosen Ones and that they will help to find a solution for ridding the forest of a new kind of horror.

Will the teens have the courage to fight the real enemy? Or will they be forever trapped on Cantelia?

 

Quick info for The Wrong Fairy Tale:

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Publisher: Cosby Media Productions

Appropriate for: Ages 14+

Add it on Goodreads: Click HERE

Buy Links:

Amazon: Click HERE

Barnes & Noble: Coming soon…

Smashwords: Click HERE

Kobo: Click HERE

–>Paperback editions for Spirit Lake and The Wrong Fairy Tale will be available July 14th.

 

By the way, if you don’t have an eReader, you can download the Kindle app for FREE for your smartphone, tablet, or computer by clicking HERE.

Thank you so much, dear readers, for your continual support of my work. Because of you, I actually have an audience. And, I hope you guys enjoy my latest book! I’m currently writing book #3 in the Spirit Lake series, Freak Show, and can’t wait until it’s finished and ready to be shared. 😉

Also, don’t forget to leave me a review! Reviews are like rainbows and unicorns for authors, and we sure do appreciate them. Thank you!

Rediscover Reading: A 2015 Reading Initiative

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If you’re reading this blog post, you’re doing better than the average American. And, hey…I’m not writing Latin here; this post is probably 4th grade reading material, in regards to comprehension. Are you surprised?

According to DoSomething.org, 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. And, according to some of the latest stats from the Literacy Project Foundation, 50% of adults in America cannot read a book at an 8th grade level. (Don’t even get me started on how we rank in the subjects of Science and Mathematics.)

It’s obvious we have a serious problem. To have knowledge means to have power, to be better informed. Without furthering our knowledge, which is often done via reading, we risk becoming ignorant, less apt to have an open mind, and foolishly happy to remain complacent with the status quo.

Again from the Literacy Project Foundation, here’s the impact that illiteracy has on our society:

  • 3 out of 5 people in American prisons can’t read

  • To determine how many prison beds will be needed in future years, some states actually base part of their projection on how well current elementary students are performing on reading tests

  • 85% of juvenile offenders have problems reading

  • Approximately 50% of Americans read so poorly that they are unable to perform simple tasks such as reading prescription drug labels

Sobering, isn’t it? Though it’s hard to pinpoint any one cause of the illiteracy epidemic in America, I think it’s safe to say that with the rise of “microwave technology,” where many things are simply done for us without us having to think, efficiency is having a negative impact on the simple pleasures (and necessity) of reading. I am actually in the age bracket of the MTV generation, and remember how technological entertainment steadily took over the minds of the generations after mine.

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I’m not saying that TV or movies or smartphones are bad, but I am saying that many of us have allowed ourselves to send our brains on a sluggish vacation every night to watch hours of TV while playing Words With Friends on our iPhones. There’s an enticing, addictive factor about just shutting down the human computer and booting up the mechanical one. Americans have not really been the best at striking a balance in life, and I know this from personal experience and observation gained while traveling to other countries and studying what makes them different from us.

I’ll admit that I’ve had periods in my life where I didn’t read for pleasure because I was so consumed by work or school. In fact, even though I was writing fiction while earning my undergraduate degree, I wasn’t actively reading (say what?!) until a year after I graduated! I was so burned out from textbooks that my mind needed a long break. However, I’ve always been a reader, and I owe it to my parents who modeled a love of books. Were it not for them, I don’t know what would have eventually gotten me into books. Therefore, I am so grateful to them for instilling such a love for literature, encouraging me to better my intellect while escaping to another world. (Also, I’ve just finished reading book #115 of 2015! N.B.D.)

So, my point is this: a love for reading starts with us. A solution to the problem of illiteracy in America begins with us. We are the role models and need to take our roles very seriously. We need to rediscover reading for ourselves—if we are not already active readers—and help others rediscover or simply discover reading for themselves.

I’m proud to be a part of Cosby Media Productions’ 2015 “Rediscover Reading” initiative. As a media company that runs a publishing branch, a love for reading is of the utmost importance to us—but we also are passionate about playing a part in solving the problem of illiteracy.

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I’m asking you to join our initiative by becoming an active reader, and then finding just one person with whom to share your love of reading. Just one. Why? Because change starts with us, and if we can get one other person hooked on reading, and they do the same for another…you do the math. From just one person’s change, a whole nation, theoretically, could be changed for the better. Will you join me and Rediscover Reading for yourself? Help someone else Rediscover Reading? 

If you want to show your enthusiasm in a BIG WAY, then take it to social media. All year long, we’ll be using #RediscoverReading to show that we’re participating in the initiative, hoping that others will catch on and join the fun. You can also check out the fairly new Facebook page we’ve started for the Rediscover Reading campaign by clicking HERE and adding to the conversation. And, if you’re reading a really great book and want to share, you can tweet it, Instagram it, pin it on Pinterest…the possibilities are endless. Just be sure to use #RediscoverReading when posting.

I’ll do my best to keep things updated here in regards to the latest news for #RediscoverReading. 🙂 Now, your assignment is to figure out what book to read this month, and then who you’ll share it with.

–>Read more stats about illiteracy at: DoSomething.org, Literacy Project Foundation, and StudentsFirst.org.


And…speaking of reading…

My second book, The Wrong Fairy Tale, comes out tomorrow! Woohoo! Shameless pitch: If you don’t know what to read this month, pick up an eBook copy of my book. 😉

You can pre-order The Wrong Fairy Tale on Amazon by clicking HERE. (Paperback available July 14th.) Do if for the kids, do it for yourself, do it for my retirement fund. This is my best work to date, and I am super excited to share it with readers!

Until next time, lovely readers…xx

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Cover Reveal: The Wrong Fairy Tale

It’s Friday! Yay!

If you missed it earlier this week, Braxton Cosby hosted a cover reveal for my second YA book, The Wrong Fairy Tale. You can check out the post by clicking HERE.

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You can just look below:

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Ta-da! Pretty cool, huh?

Synopsis:

Being a hero is not such an easy job after all.

It’s junior year, and Alex and her friends are just trying to survive high school: boring homework, detention, crushes…and a fateful journey through a portal to another planet—you know, the usual. Despite being average California teenagers, this group of six find themselves on a return trip to the strange land of Cantelia, where their Spirit Guide, Goden, has sent them. This time, they appear near the Alfaran Forest: a place, where, once again, many inhabitants claim these kids are the Chosen Ones and that they will help to find a solution for ridding the forest of a new kind of horror.

Will the teens have the courage to fight the real enemy? Or will they be forever trapped on Cantelia?


 

Some quick info for The Wrong Fairy Tale:

Official release date (eBook): 6/8/15

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Publisher: Cosby Media Productions

Appropriate for: Ages 14+

Add it on Goodreads: Click HERE

And, paperbacks for both Spirit Lake books will be released on July 14th, 2015. Yay!

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Also, if you have yet to purchase your copy of Spirit Lake, book 1 in the Spirit Lake series, you can check it out on eBook at the following online retailers:

Amazon: Click HERE

Barnes & Noble: Click HERE

Smashwords: Click HERE

Kobo: Click HERE

You can also read it for FREE in exchange for an honest review by signing up here: LIEP Promotions

 

Hoping you all have a fabulous weekend! X