Saturday, November 17, 2018

Beneath the Scars series

Good morning,
I have a cold that is trying to kick my butt right now, but considering all the other germs going on right now at work I'll take the cold. I'm finishing up the edits on Define a Hero (Beneath the Scars 3) to send to the editor today! Which is a tad earlier than I was thinking, but I'll take it! There is a huge gap between the first and second, we will call it a trade off? I hope that everyone is enjoying the second one! It is now available for everyone whether you like paperbacks or ebooks.

I loved the first one so much I wanted to go back to that world. I originally started to write a sequel to Beneath the Scars. Jack had a different name, and he was a cop. Faye's character has gone through a few different names, until I came up with Faye Harper and it just clicked. After putting that story on the back burner. Then after a few years, the characters that would become Faye and Jack came to life. About halfway through with writing the story I heard the song 'Greatest Love Story' by Lanco came out, and it made me think of the characters.


Call for Help
Beneath the Scars 2
Jack Corrente was once part of the same unit as Riley Nolan. Now after serving Jack is back in his hometown. On the outside he is working at the same mechanic shop he worked at in high school, he went out with his friends, and helped his mom around the house. On the inside though he is battling the shadows from the past.

One night though his high school sweetheart, Faye Harper, accidentally calls him. His mind becomes swampier with all the other memories. Faye was ready to escape the small town as soon as she saw her chance. She is states away in New York City. She has a job she likes and a fast pace life. However, ever since that phone call she wonders if she made the right decisions in her life.


Keep your eyes open, but it looks like the conclusion of this trilogy will be out in the beginning of 2019! It is crazy to type that. I will also be sending End of the Line 2 to the editor (more on that later) and possibly the pirate story that I've been talking about as well.
Happy Readings!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Form is officially open!

Hello!
I told you I would share the form today and here I go. Remember in order to get a free copy of Call for Help (Beneath the Scars 2) you must have posted a review somewhere. That means Amazon, your blog, BN, anywhere. A review doesn't have to be real long. It could be as simple as 'Amazing!' or 'wasn't too bad.' I will check out your link that you share with me and email you an ebook copy of Call for Help! Please do not share the ebook copy illegally. I am giving away free ebook copies. This offer will run until October 30th! Then the form will be gone and Call for Help will be up for sale on November 2!



FORM

Call for Help
Jack Corrente was once part of the same unit as Riley Nolan. Now after serving Jack is back in his hometown. On the outside he looks like his regular self. He is working at the same mechanic shop he worked at in high school, he goes out with his friends, and helps his mom around her house. On the inside though he is battling the shadows from the past.

One night his high school sweetheart, Faye Harper, accidentally calls him. His mind becomes swampier with memories of Faye on top of his tours. Faye was ready to escape the small town as soon as she received notice of her NYU acceptance letter. Now she is states away in New York City. She has a job she likes and a fast pace life. However, ever since that phone call she wonders if she took the current path for the right reasons.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Free early copy of Call for Help

Hello!
The sun is shinning, but it is freezing by me! The sun is giving a false illusion. However, I'm still excited for the upcoming release of Call for Help (Beneath the Scars 2)! Hopefully you are as well. I see many people took advantage of Beneath the Scars being free for ebook users. With that being said tomorrow (Monday) I will share a  form for you all to fill out. You might ask why should you do this?

This form will be for those who have posted a review of Beneath the Scars somewhere online. I dont care if the review is one sentence or a whole page on a blog or on Amazon. If you share me the link of your review then I will verify the link. Then I will email you a copy of Call for Help in any ebook format to you for free!! I will only do this for a short period of time.
Keep your eyes open!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Cover Reveal ~ Bet on Me by Mia Hoddell

Good Morning!
I get the honor of helping Mia Hoddell reveal this beautiful cover! I love the colors and the overall cover. Don't you like how the title pops? Check out this reveal! It is a re-release of her one novel, but she has updated the cover and some added material ;)


* COVER REVEAL + RE-RELEASE *


BET ON ME
by Mia Hoddell

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Standalone
Re-Release Date: September 8th 2018
Pages: 314

Blurb

Alaya

There are three things I want from my life: adventure, freedom, and excitement.
I’m on my way to achieving them as well, having packed up my life to travel.
But then I see him … the man with the haunted eyes.
Cole Ashford intrigues me from the moment I meet him. He isn’t supposed to be a part of my plan, yet for some insane reason, I want to be the reason his life has meaning again.
So I make him a bet he can’t refuse.
The only problem is one bet is never enough, and the stakes are increasing with every wager. My heart was never supposed to be on offer, yet I’m starting to wonder if I’ve put it in danger.

Cole

I’m drawn to Alaya Matthews’ love of life.
I know allowing her to be my light is selfish, but I can’t resist the first person to make me feel more than hollowness in seven years.
With one bet she has me hooked. It doesn’t matter continuing our game makes her vulnerable to a dark world … I want her.
However, my tainted past is catching up with me and my secrets can’t stay hidden forever. It’s forcing me to choose between leaving the best thing to happen to me or clinging to it and risking both our lives.
I know what I should do, but I can’t let go.

*Now includes a bonus, extended epilogue, which was previously only available to newsletter subscribers.*


Buy Links:
Amazon | B&N | iBooks Kobo


What reviewers are saying:
"One of the best stories I've read this year ... There are plenty of laughs along the way, but if you're an emotional so-and-so like me, there'll be plenty of tears too." - Keren Hughes, Author of More

"If you're looking for an easy romantic suspense with laughter and tears then this book is for you!" - Nerdy Dirty & Flirty​

"It will be your favorite summer read!" - A.L. Van Meter

"Fast paced, highly addictive, action packed and well written." - Cristina Urs

"A story full of suspense, mystery, and romance that had me turning the pages wanting more. I found the characters to be very likable and their chemistry was through the roof." - Alpha Book Club​

"A great book on living in the moment and seizing the opportunities that come to us." - Sassy Southern Book Blog​

"I have to say that it met all my expectations ... A romantic suspense full of intrigue right from the start that had me on the edge of my seat," - Anne @ Bookaholics Reading Haven



Excerpt

He shook his head in despair. “I’m beginning to think I made a mistake trying to save you. You’re not going to make my life easy, are you?”

I clutched my hands to my chest, giving him my best dreamy-eyed swoon. “Aww, you were trying to save me. You’re so sweet! And for the record, no, I’m not going to make your life easy. But hey,” I shrugged, “it was your choice. You could always save me by boxing him against the window and leaving me in peace.”

“Oh really? Maybe I’ll just go to the toilet instead and leave you to fend for yourself.” He kicked one leg out into the aisle, moving to stand. When his body shifted, it gave me another glimpse of the greasy-haired man who watched us from the corner of his eye and reached for his bag, as if ready to pounce as soon as Hazel … uh, Cole moved.

Throwing away all self-respect, I reached out and grabbed his wrist. “No!”

He sniggered and collapsed back against the seat with a smirk. “So you do need saving.”

I narrowed my eyes at him. “You’re cruel.”

“Sweetheart, you don’t know me, remember? Don’t sound so surprised.”

My jaw dropped at his words and my gaze shifted nervously around the carriage. Maybe I was better off taking my chances with the other guy. I swallowed hard.

“I’m not your sweetheart.”

“Would you prefer it if I called you Ice Queen or Gingernut instead? Because I didn’t think those would go over as well.”
  

About the Author

International bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder, Not Enough, and Bet On Me.

Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs 
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Men of Ottilie ~ Lucas Edwards

Good Morning,
I started back up at work this past week. I'll have to go back to figuring out a way to work and write, yay for back to finding a balance. Got to love adulting. Jenn is moving through Call for Help which I can't wait to share with you all this year! I usually edit a story a couple of times, then have someone else go through it, I go through the story again, then I send it off to an editor. Right now Define a Hero (Beneath the Scars 3) is in the stage of being in someone else's hands. I mailed it to my mom and she is going through it. Apparently she edits while she is going to the city on the train. Whatever works right?
Here is Lucas Edwards. If you read Beneath the Scars, the last name Edwards should look familiar! ;) Tom Holland seems like a nice, funny guy so I was tempted to put him in as Lucas, we'll see what you all think!


Lucas Edwards
Dark Blond (might be switched to brunette)
Hazel eyes
Ex Marines
Wears a prosthetic leg
Watches his niece and nephew after school
Hates Star Wars


The TV was on as I munched on some cereal that I kept in my room. The sheets were still covering my lower half of my body. I was waiting to hear the results of the DNA test. I didn’t understand people. The woman said she loved her boyfriend, but slipped up and swore it was his best friend’s baby. She promised that she had never been with another man except those two guys. The guy on the screen pulled out the envelope. I grabbed another handful of cereal and crunched down. The boyfriend came back as not the father. The boyfriend bent over, covering his face. If I was him I’d take my chance and run off the stage, change my phone number, and make sure never to see the girl again. His best friend leaned forward in his chair. I bet was that he wasn’t the father either. The guy opened up the envelope. He wasn’t the father either. I could make money betting on this show. The second guy jumped up out of his chair, knocking it over, screaming ‘I told you so’ over and over. The woman was sobbing.
There was a knock on my door. The door creaked open. There stood my brother, Cameron. I raised my eyebrow. He opened the door completely and came in. He sat on the edge of my bed. My eyes stayed on him, waiting for the shoe to drop.
“This is seriously what you are watching?”
Quickly I swallowed. “It’s completely mindless, and I can feel my brain dying a little with each second, but at the same time I find myself unable to change the channel either.”
“So I got that job.”
“That’s great.”
I didn’t look at him.
“So I’m going to need some help.”
I raised my eyebrow and looked at him.
“What kind of help?”
“Just for you to get the kids from school and make sure they don’t die until I get home from work at five thirty.”
“Will I have to pick them up from school?”
Cameron shook his head. “Nah, the bus drops them off at the corner and they can walk here together. Just make sure no sweets after school and that they do their homework. You don’t have to leave the house.”
I shrugged. “Well in that case, I will.”
“At some point you will have to see people in public.”
I stared at him blankly. “I’m a grown man, if I don’t want to do something, I don’t have to.”
He shook his head. “Whatever, but you got the kids?”
I nodded. “Yeah, I got them.”
“You will have to leave this room though.”
I turned my head to the other side of the bed where my prosthetic was resting.
“Whatever.”
“You better get a grip soon because you’re starting to affect Hunter.”
I made a noise and narrowed in at Cameron. “I think you’re giving the kids more credit.”
“I think you don’t realize how old they are now.”
I glanced back to the TV. The girlfriend was covering her face as she was crying and ran off stage.
“I think you need to socialize with actual people instead of this real life soap opera crap.”
“Please, those writers wished they could write a script like this.”
Cameron stood in front of the TV. His arms were folded over his chest and his were practically slits.
“I don’t want to come home to the kids downstairs by themselves, or with this in the background as you are so called watching them. It was nearly impossible for me to get full custody against Laura.”
I sighed and rolled my eyes. “Fine.”
“You must be downstairs, at the kitchen table helping Amelia and Hunter with their homework when I walk through the door.”
“Yes, mom,” my voice was deeper.
“When you have kids you’ll understand.”
“I’m not a full man, who the hell is going to have a kid with me?” I barked.
“You’re right, you’re not a man. You’re a child. It’s one in the afternoon now get your lazy butt up. I’m not mom and I won’t coddle you anymore. You’ve been on that bed for nearly a year. We all took turns driving you to therapy sessions. The gloves are coming off now. Your niece and nephew will be home soon since it was a half day. Now I want you showered, in clean clothes, and acting like a human within ten minutes.”
Cameron stormed out of the room and slammed the door behind him so hard that it shook in the frame. The people on TV started to yell at each other, their voices only mixed with my groan. I threw the sheets over to the side. On the night stand was my prosthetic sock and socket. My face twisted as I swung my leg over. My one foot rested on the floor while my stub on edge of my bed. I rolled the sock over the nub that was once my leg. I docked in the socket over it. Leaning over slightly I took hold of the prosthetic leg. Hooking it up to the socket until I heard the click. Pushing myself up I felt the weight transfer, my shorts fell over the fake leg, resting over the ball of a joint.
Picking up my leg I started to walk down the hall. I could feel each roll of the foot and knee of my new limb. Once I was out of my room I turned to go down the stairs. My one hand gripped the smooth wooden railing with each step. My pace was measured, just as I got to the first floor it opened. Amelia came bursting through the door. Her arms were wide open with a grin spreading across her face.
“Uncle Lucas!” she giggled and wrapped her arms around my waist.
I placed a hand on her shoulder. Hunter was moseying up the porch stairs with his eyes on the ground.”
“School was awesome!”
“You like your teacher?” Cameron came up from behind me.
Amelia let go and went around me. I heard her sandals clapping against the tile floor. Hunter closed the door behind him. He went past me.
“Hunter, I’ll get a snack ready please take out the paperwork so I can start signing.”
I heard the thud of his book bag on a kitchen chair. I followed everyone else into the other room. Amelia was following Cameron around the kitchen as he was gathering things for a snack. Her short legs were doubling the amount of steps, but that didn’t seem to slow her down.
“Mrs. Jackson she is sooo nice. She has short hair and she likes to sing songs. Oh! Her favorite color is green. She has two kids. Oh! She has toys in the room too. She told us a story today about pie.”
Her voice was going by fast. I was pretty sure that I knew more about this Mrs. Jackson than anyone else in the past year. Hobbling by I sat in a chair at the table. Hunter plopped a folder onto the table then sat in a chair next to me. Cameron placed a table with apple slices in the middle of the table.
“Thank Mr. Mom,” I smirked.
Cameron shook his head. He grabbed a pen off the table and started to go through Hunter’s papers.
“Am I to provide fuel in such a manner?” I asked.
Cameron was reading papers and then his pen scribbled across the paper.
“I prefer chips if you’re taking requests,” Hunter muttered.
He and I smiled at each other.
“We don’t have chips.” Cameron spoke flatly.
“We can go to the store.” Hunter responded as he looked at his dad.
“Your options are fruits or vegetables. If it’s from the ground you’re in the clear.”
Hunter rolled his eyes and slid down his chair.
“Amelia loves her teacher, how was yours?”
“Miss Bennett?” Hunter raised an eyebrow, Cameron glanced up from his paperwork and returned the facial gesture.
As I looked at both of them. Hunter had his mother’s tanner skin and eye color. However, the shape of his eyes, nose, and hair color were all my brother.
“That is your teacher correct?”
“Yeah. She’s new, she’s alright I guess.”
Hunter shrugged his shoulders. Amelia was on the other side of me. She shifted herself so that she was sitting on her knees, she leaned half of her body over so that she could fingertip an apple slice. I nudge the slice closer to her. She picked it up and started to munch on it. She smiled at me and the corners of my lips curled. Amelia scooted back a little. She swung her legs around and she dropped in her chair.
“I love my teacher.”
Hunter’s features fell. “You’re in kindergarten, you don’t know the truth just yet.”
“What truth?” Amelia’s head titled causing her already slanted hair tie to droop more.
“That school is just a building that eats your soul.”
“Is that true?” Amelia’s eyes rushed to me.
Cameron’s head snapped up and his eyebrows were fused together.
“Hunter, where did you hear wording like that?”
Cameron’s eyes then shot at me. My eyes widen.
“Don’t look at me this time.”
“This time,” Cameron muttered.
Cameron put his pen down and turned towards Hunter.
“You need to keep comments like that to yourself. School is fine. I promise it is just another year, and despite what you think I swear you will live through it.”
“I wish I moved with mom,” Hunter growled.
He stood up, shoved his chair into the table and ran up the stairs.
Cameron rubbed his face with both hands.
“Look, I got the kids after school. Don’t worry.”
Cameron’s green eyes caught mine. There were deep circles under them.

“I’ll try.”

Friday, August 17, 2018

A long line

Good morning!
It is technically still before noon so I can still say that! It is Friday! Yes! However, also sad because it is also the last Friday off because I start back to full time on Wednesday. Back to balancing teaching and writing. Did I write everything that i had planned to this summer? No, but i got a lot of editing done which in the long run I knew was coming.

Which brings me to today's post. No it isn't a title of another End of the Line book ;) . It's what I have right now, a long line. So Call for Help (Beneath the Scars 2) is currently with my editor Jenn. She is a good way through. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did writing it. You'll get to meet a couple of the characters on Facebook this week as I do a character takeover this week.

Sadly End of the Line 2 Amy is not able to finish editing and that is fine. Jenn will be working on that within a couple of months. I keep going back and forth with the name I have two ideas for it Walking a Thin Line or Off the Beaten Path. I would love to see it as a trilogy, but i dont want to force anything either.

Talking about series, I went over the last Mistakes story and will be submitting it to an editor next so the werewolf story will be out in time for Halloween! Then Mistakes is done, which is weird to say, the five novella series done. I enjoyed writing paranormal, I don't touch it much as i probably should.

Okay that's three stories that are either at an editor or will be soon. My mom went through my pirate story that I wrote back in high school. I took it and refurbished it. I'm going to tweak the title, but here is another story that is in line for an editor. These characters might be more patient than the next character.

Who would have thought you'd hear the name Abby again? Invisible Bonds is my next for me to go through her edits then send to an editor. It is a little shorter and might end up being a novella instead.

Lastly, I just sent Define a Hero (Beneath the Scars 3) to my mom. We will see what she thinks when she edits it. She liked the second one. We'll see what she thinks of the third and last installment of the trilogy. The ending got me ;)

Haha like I said a whole lot of editing this summer! I started a new project which is a little different, but I'm excited to write again! Despite school starting up I hope to get some writing in as well.

Wow long post I'm sorry. Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Reviews and a deal

Good morning!
I'm about to open word and work on a story. I'm not sure which one I'm going to work on. We will see what I'm in the mood for, editing or writing. However, I talked to the editor that has Beneath the Scars 2 and she has started. Yay! I hope you all are as excited as me because I can't wait to share more about Jack and Faye.

I'm going to share this deal now since the editing process has started. I'll give you all a chance to have time to read the first one. I will be sharing a form when I get the manuscript back. On this form I'm going to ask a couple of questions such as name. Email, and a link. This link will be the review for Beneath the Scars. For every person who does a review of the first will receive a free ebook copy of the second one!

When I say review it can be many ways. I mean you could post on Amazon, barnes and nobles, a blog, whatever way you choose!

If you go on smashwords right now you will even get Beneath the Scars on discount! Right now they are having their summer sale so Beneath the Scars is 50%. If you take advantage of this deal, post a review that means you get two stories of mine for $1.50. Can you argue with that? Nah, it's a beautiful summer day don't waste it arguing when you can be outside reading!
Have a good day!