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A Year in the Life of a New Adult Author

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For the last few months I’ve been involved in a promotion with other new adult authors – I expect you’ve seen the posts on my blog. We’ve come together to organise a fantastic giveaway of a Kindle Fire HD, swag packs and more!

To go with the giveaway, we’re writing a post of our choice so I thought I’d write about my weird and wonderful 2013.

The beginning of 2013

When I began writing seriously, I hit a problem because my characters weren’t in high school but weren’t adults either. They faced different challenges. I couldn’t put my books into YA and they didn’t quite fit elsewhere. Then I heard about the NA category and suddenly my books had a place! The next problem was getting them published.

The Soul Ties Series

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In May this year I signed a contract with Limitless Publishing for my Soul Ties series. This series is unusual in the New Adult category because it isn’t contemporary. But, there’s a few non-contemporary out there and I hope we’ll see more. Soul Ties is an urban fantasy with strong romance elements. Demons, angels, Nephilim and more co-existing in the world of college students. And a pink-haired heroine who literally kicks ass. There are currently two books available, Soul Ties and Torn Souls. There will be at least another two books in the series, including a stand alone prequel, Fated Souls, available in 2014 (release date tbc).

More information here: http://lisaswallow.net/soul-ties-series-2/

Because of Lucy or ‘What do you mean I can write contemporary romance too?’

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I have always written paranormal and fantasy books. But I did have a half-written contemporary with new adult age characters. I showed part to my critique partner – she loved it and told me to go ahead. So I set myself the challenge: write a contemporary, in first person, dual POV. The result was Because of Lucy. As with Soul Ties, it doesn’t 100% fit the ‘expectations’ of new adult – Ness is another snarky heroine and Evan is not what readers expect either. But that’s what readers have told me they like. So much so, I have written a sequel when I originally planned it as a standalone. Finding Evan will be released early next year.

More information here: http://lisaswallow.net/new-adult-contemporary/

The Writing Community

This year I have met so many wonderful people and seen both sides of the writing community. I subscribe to the idea we’re all in this together and helping out other authors makes a lot more sense than treating this like a competition. After all, people who buy books, buy lots of books. They aren’t cars – if someone buys a different author’s book, it doesn’t mean they won’t buy yours! I love being involved in promotions with other authors and have made some great friends this year. I’ve also learned the value of my critique partner and beta readers. The social media and marketing has been a steep learning curve and I have a lot more to learn there!

Thank you to all my writing and blogging friends for your friendship and support!

Readers and Reviews

Reviews have been the biggest roller-coaster of the year and one I’ve learnt to put into perspective. Strangely enough, it’s a couple of the 5 star reviews that have made me cry, not the bad ones (even though they don’t exactly make me smile!). One of the highlights of writing is having a reader take the time to contact me directly and tell me they loved my book, or it affected them in some way. I love all my imaginary friends and it’s great when other people do too.

So a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has bought, read and reviewed my books this year.

Onto 2014

I have learnt a lot this year, about what I did right and what I did wrong. There are other directions I intend to take my writing but that won’t just take a year. I love writing in different genres so I can’t see myself limiting to “just” contemporary or “just” paranormal. Someone told me I can call my brand “sizzle with a side of snark”. Some of my books sizzle more than others, but the snark is always there! I will continue to write strong heroines and original stories. 2014 will definitely see more of the Soul Ties series and the sequel to Because of Lucy. 2014 will probably see a new contemporary romance series. And maybe my NA with gothic and horror elements. That one is half-written and calling to me…

I hope everyone has a safe holiday season and that 2014 will be an awesome year for all!

And now the GIVEAWAY details….

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New Adult Fall Promotion & Giveaway – Soul Ties by Lisa Swallow

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This week the featured author and book for the New Adult Fall Promotion is umm, well, me!

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Title: Soul Ties (Soul Ties #1)

Author: Lisa Swallow

Genre: New Adult paranormal

SYNOPSIS

Ava didn’t expect to find terrible secrets about the fate of the souls she takes. 

Or fall in love… 

Soul-hunter Ava has retrieved hundreds of souls from demons, but has never been assigned the dangerous mission for a Nephilim soul. She must hunt down Keir since she needs his Nephilim soul to trade for her freedom.

When she arrives on campus and meets Keir, she also meets a strange girl, Dahlia, who has an inexplicable hold on him. Unexpectedly Ava discovers Keir holds secrets that are more valuable than his Nephilim soul – secrets she could trade for the life she wants.

When she uncovers the true fate of the souls she takes back to her superiors, Ava’s world is turned upside down. She finds herself in the middle of a war where the lines between good and evil are blurred and she only has two choices… Betray Keir and live or join his battle and risk going to Hell.

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TORN SOULS (SOUL TIES #2) IS ALSO NOW AVAILABLE!  More information about the whole series can be found here:  http://lisaswallow.net/soul-ties-series-2/

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

To enter the giveaway, go to each blog and enter the corresponding blog code into the Rafflecopter.

This is Blog #4 and the code is LISA

Blog #1: www.dawnpendleton.com

Blog #2: www.StephanieLawton.com

Blog #3: www.chasingemptypavements.com

Blog #4: http://lisaswallow.net

Blog #5: http://maravalderran.blogspot.com

Blog #6: http://www.lgcastillo.com

Blog #7: http://naughtylittlekisses.blogspot.com

Blog #8: http://danielelanzarotta.blogspot.com/

Blog #9: http://authoryolandaallen.blogspot.com/

Blog #10: http://dawnaraver.com/

Blog #11: http://tawdrakandle.com

Blog #12: http://midtown-underground.com

Blog #13: http://tyffanickemp.com

Blog #14: www.KristieCook.com

Blog #15: www.jlfynn.com

Blog #16: www.lisasanchezromanceauthor.com

Blog #17: www.adriannejames.com

Blog #18: http://jadenwilkes.blogspot.ca/

ENTER HERE!

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BLOG STOP: Conviction by Amanda Lance (Interview & Giveaway)

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* The sequel to Amanda’s debut novel “Wanted” *

SYNOPSIS:

Falling in love with each other was unlikely.

Surviving their adventure was doubtful.
Living without each other: impossible.

For Addie Battes and Charlie Hays, a couple who defied all odds, life on land should be a breeze—except, for the fact that their newest challenge may include life, without each other…  

To everyone else it looks like she’s leaving for college, but for Addie Battes, it’s much more. She and her kidnapper Charlie Hays have found a way to be together and elude authorities. Yet fairytale romances aside; life isn’t easy with schoolwork, roommates, and meddling FBI agents. And balancing acts threaten to fall when violent competitors rise up to put Charlie and the guys out of business.

Addie soon realizes that keeping her relationship with Charlie a secret is the least of her problems, especially with Charlie’s unfounded suspicions and jealousies. When misunderstandings surface, Addie’s worst fears come to fruition.

Desperate and alone, she is faced with a choice: try to find her own happy ending, or fight to make Charlie a part of hers.

BUY ON AMAZON:  http://www.amazon.com/Conviction-Wanted-Book-Amanda-Lance-ebook/dp/B00FNC3KL6

INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA

Do you see writing as a career?

Definitely!

Who or what is your inspiration?

Mostly music and whatever I happen to be reading at the time.

Do you have any pets?

A bluetick coonhound named Chance (he is a BIG, spoiled baby)

Early bird or night owl?

A little bit of both depending on the time of year.

Any tips for new writers?

Obsession is the only way to get anything done.

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

A pink fuzzy slipper.

If you could live in any movie, which would it be?

Reservoir Dogs I love the soundtrack and anything Tarantino!

Guilty Pleasure?

Mac n’ Cheese…yummy

Are there scenes or people in your book that you took from your real life?

Conviction is inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello, but there is nothing in there that is non-fiction.

Which character in your book would you most like to hang out with?

Probably Reid. I think he’s wonderfully interesting. (I’d love to hand out with Charlie…but then nothing would get done.) hehe

Are you working on anything new? How is it going?

I’m in the middle of another new adult romance series. *swoon*

Pick your favorite:

Apple or Droid

DROID!

Chocolate or Vanilla

BOTH!

Comedy or Drama

Don’t make me choose!

Call or Text

TEXT!

Online or in person shopping?

ONLINE!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.

When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.”

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amanda.lance.378

Facebook “Like” Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Lance/324124717715784

Twitter: www.twitter.com/alance07

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6966605.Amanda_Lance

Website: www.amandalance.com

GIVEAWAY: Win an ebook copy of ‘Conviction’ by Amanda Lance

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AVAILABLE NOW! Stolen by Keren Hughes

Today I’m excited to share the debut novel by fellow Limitless Publishing author Keren Hughes is now available for purchase!

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SYNOPSIS:

Roshanna O’Dare wakes up in her own home in shock when she discovers part of her memory is missing and her parents are dead…

With no clues of any kind as to what happened to her parents, and no other close family, Roshanna must move to Texas, Austin, to live with her last living relative, Uncle Joe after the funeral. But this means leaving her best friend, Marissa Mason behind.

That’s when she meets Bodhi Vincent, her uncle’s chauffeur, who seems to understand Roshanna in a way no one else has…

Bodhi is her rock after the death of her parents and the longer she stays with her uncle, the closer they become.

But before moving away, Roshanna was confronted with a shocking secret that Marissa had kept from her, a secret that changes how she sees life and the people in it—Marissa is a pure soul and her foster parents are soul drainers who need her pure energy to survive.

More shockingly, her parents’ souls were stolen by their murderer.

When Roshanna and Bodhi try and track down Marissa’s father, Leith Mason, in order to retrieve her parents’ souls back, they find themselves held hostage at gunpoint.

Will Roshanna and Bodhi survive? Will she ever find her parents souls? Or will their souls be the next ones to be taken?

Amazon: Click link to buy!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18386363-stolen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Keren lives in the UK and is an avid bookworm; she has been since she read things like Black Beauty, What Katy Did and The Hobbit as a child. Her first real memories of reading are the summers she used to lie on her bed and re-read What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next.

Over the years she has come to realise that she is a bit OCD about books. They have to be in perfect condition without the slightest bit of damage.

She is a book reviewer and has been for the past 18 months or so.

The idea for Stolen came to her one day but she never thought she’d actually write it let alone publish it. If it wasn’t for her author friend Kira Saito, the idea would still be stuck in her head not on paper. But constant love and support from Kira is why you are now able to read Stolen.

Stolen is her first novel but now that she’s written one, she knows she needs to write more. There will be one sequel, called Freed which will be from Bodhi’s POV. This will be set a couple of years on.

Then, the plan is for her to write either NA or Adult Contemporary Romances. She has a big crush on Lady Antebellum’s music at the moment and their songs have inspired a few book ideas.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keren.hughes.92

Facebook ‘Like’ Page: https://www.facebook.com/StolenByKerenHughes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gothic_Angel28

Website: http://authorkerentshughes.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/KerenHughes

Cover Reveal: Stolen by Keren Hughes

Today I’m excited to reveal the cover for the debut novel by fellow Limitless Publishing author Keren Hughes!

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Coming November 2013…

SYNOPSIS:

Roshanna O’Dare wakes up in her own home in shock when she discovers part of her memory is missing and her parents are dead…

With no clues of any kind as to what happened to her parents, and no other close family, Roshanna must move to Texas, Austin, to live with her last living relative, Uncle Joe after the funeral. But this means leaving her best friend, Marissa Mason behind.

That’s when she meets Bodhi Vincent, her uncle’s chauffeur, who seems to understand Roshanna in a way no one else has…

Bodhi is her rock after the death of her parents and the longer she stays with her uncle, the closer they become.

But before moving away, Roshanna was confronted with a shocking secret that Marissa had kept from her, a secret that changes how she sees life and the people in it—Marissa is a pure soul and her foster parents are soul drainers who need her pure energy to survive.

More shockingly, her parents’ souls were stolen by their murderer.

When Roshanna and Bodhi try and track down Marissa’s father, Leith Mason, in order to retrieve her parents’ souls back, they find themselves held hostage at gunpoint.

Will Roshanna and Bodhi survive? Will she ever find her parents souls? Or will their souls be the next ones to be taken?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18386363-stolen

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Keren lives in the UK and is an avid bookworm; she has been since she read things like Black Beauty, What Katy Did and The Hobbit as a child. Her first real memories of reading are the summers she used to lie on her bed and re-read What Katy Did and What Katy Did Next.

Over the years she has come to realise that she is a bit OCD about books. They have to be in perfect condition without the slightest bit of damage.

She is a book reviewer and has been for the past 18 months or so.

The idea for Stolen came to her one day but she never thought she’d actually write it let alone publish it. If it wasn’t for her author friend Kira Saito, the idea would still be stuck in her head not on paper. But constant love and support from Kira is why you are now able to read Stolen.

Stolen is her first novel but now that she’s written one, she knows she needs to write more. There will be one sequel, called Freed which will be from Bodhi’s POV. This will be set a couple of years on.

Then, the plan is for her to write either NA or Adult Contemporary Romances. She has a big crush on Lady Antebellum’s music at the moment and their songs have inspired a few book ideas.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keren.hughes.92

Facebook ‘Like’ Page: https://www.facebook.com/StolenByKerenHughes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gothic_Angel28

Website: http://authorkerentshughes.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/KerenHughes

**GIVEAWAY**

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COVER REVEAL – For Always by Janae Mitchell

“For Always” 

* Book #1 in the For Always Series *

Coming November 2013…

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Malyn Reed meets, and quickly falls in love with, Beau Brogan, who seems to be perfect in every way…

Except for the fact that he died in 1910…

Malyn Reed has been able to see spirits her entire life. Now that she’s almost seventeen, she has learned to differentiate between the living and the dead, making her gift feel less like an evil curse. She ignores the spirits she encounters on a daily basis, which has made living side by side with them slightly easier…until she moves to Dandridge, the second oldest town in Tennessee.

Beau Brogan was a hard working country boy from Dandridge, Tennessee who loved his family and stole the hearts of many southern belles. But all of that came to a tragic halt at the age of nineteen when his life came to an untimely end. For the past hundred years, his spirit has been entombed in a ghostly life of loneliness and misery that he wishes would just end…until the Reeds move in.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18714676-for-always

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janae has been a writer since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her genre of choice was poetry and short stories—until now. After falling in love with so many books over the past decade, she decided that she wanted to write a novel of her own and bring life to the characters that haunt her mind. It wasn’t until 2012 that she pursued that passion and started on her first YA novel. 115,000 words later, For Always was born.

Having grown up in an historical Dandridge home that was used as slave quarters during the Civil War, she experienced several things that couldn’t be explained. Due to these events, she sought out and joined an investigative team called Eyewitness Paranormal. Her interest in ghosts and the unexplained, combined with her love for telling a story, made writing the For Always series inevitable.

Janae was born and raised in East Tennessee, where she currently resides with her husband, two children, and their hairless dog, Slick. In her spare time, she likes to read, play tennis, and spend time with her family on the lake.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JANAEiswriting

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JanaeMitchellAuthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/22913920-janae-mitchell

Website: http://www.janaemitchell.com/

 

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COVER REVEAL: Conviction by Amanda Lance

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“Conviction” coming October 2013…

* The sequel to Amanda’s debut novel “Wanted” *

SYNOPSIS:

Falling in love with each other was unlikely.

Surviving their adventure was doubtful.
Living without each other: impossible.

For Addie Battes and Charlie Hays, a couple who defied all odds, life on land should be a breeze—except, for the fact that their newest challenge may include life, without each other…  

To everyone else it looks like she’s leaving for college, but for Addie Battes, it’s much more. She and her kidnapper Charlie Hays have found a way to be together and elude authorities. Yet fairytale romances aside; life isn’t easy with schoolwork, roommates, and meddling FBI agents. And balancing acts threaten to fall when violent competitors rise up to put Charlie and the guys out of business.

Addie soon realizes that keeping her relationship with Charlie a secret is the least of her problems, especially with Charlie’s unfounded suspicions and jealousies. When misunderstandings surface, Addie’s worst fears come to fruition.

Desperate and alone, she is faced with a choice: try to find her own happy ending, or fight to make Charlie a part of hers.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18584119-conviction

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.

When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.”

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amanda.lance.378

Facebook “Like” Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Lance/324124717715784

Twitter: www.twitter.com/alance07

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6966605.Amanda_Lance

Website: www.amandalance.com

GIVEAWAY: Win an ebook copy of ‘Conviction’ by Amanda Lance

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