Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back to the Books Giveaway Hop

It's time to go back to school and what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway? As part of the Back to the Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Buried in Books, from September 1st-7th I'm giving away:

Five (5) ebooks (US or International)

You can choose from either Into the Shadows or Bloody Little Secrets, depending on if you're in the mood for magic or vampires!

Click here for more info on each title:

In addition to the ebooks, I'll also be giving away 2 signed paperback copies of Into the Shadows to two lucky readers (US only). 

Entering is easy. Simply leave your contact information in the comments below.

I'd also love if you'd follow me on Twitter or check me out on Facebook, or follow the blog, but it's not required! I'd also love it if you added my books on your Goodreads page! I'll select and notify the winners on September 8th or 9th.

Don't forget to check out the other blogs in the Back to the Books Giveaway Hop and also check out other great fabulous YA reads at DarkSide Publishing.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cover and Title Reveal: Darkness Rising

At long last, here is the cover for the second book in the Into the Shadows Trilogy, titled Darkness Rising. Due to a busy publishing schedule this summer at DarkSide and my own busy schedule, I'll be pushing back my expected release date on Darkness Rising to Winter 2012. I was lucky enough to find a model that had pictures with different colored hair, as you see here, so she fits Paivi's new look as well. Here's what you can expect from Book 2:

Paivi Anderson escaped the horrors of President Stevens and his Anti-Terrorism Coalition, yet visions of home continue to haunt her day and night. Thanks to President Stevens, even the Canadians want the EOS refugees out and Paivi is on the run once again. She is determined to uncover the truth about President Stevens and his list. Most of all, she wants to save her parents from the hellish camp they've been imprisoned in. She'll risk her life on an international quest to save the ones she loves.

Stay tuned for updates on Darkness Rising!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back to the Grind...

Forgive me if I've been a little absent the last week or so. I've been enjoying my last days of sleeping in and getting things done before school starts on Monday. For those of you that don't know, I teach German (and sometimes French) at a high school in the Chicago suburbs. I'm feeling a little like Phineas and Ferb and trying to cram in as many things as I can before the summer ends. As always, I feel like I could have done more this summer, but in all reality, I did accomplish quite a lot even if it doesn't feel like it.

Here's my summer in a nutshell:

I read 6 books for fun.
I read and edited an additional 4 books. (One being my own, the others being Sleepers by Megg Jensen, Loramendi's Story by Angela Carlie, and Weaving Destiny by G.P. Ching)
I wrote about 8500 words for the second book in the Into the Shadows Trilogy.
Organized a new set of book covers for the Into the Shadows Trilogy.
Had my first paid speaking gig with Megg Jensen.
I had the best Harry Potter birthday EVER, complete with a new Gryffindor hoodie.
I got into Pottermore (still waiting for the final owl).
I had major surgery on my foot, which is slowly getting back to normal.
I spent a lot of time with my husband and daughter, as well as family and friends, which was great. 
I was sad we didn't get to travel anywhere, due to the foot, but I was able to use my time off to plan two vacations for the next year...The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Disney on Halloween weekend and Italy next June.
I also decided that I would like to add Spanish teacher to my job description, so I am practicing Spanish daily.

So what does my life look like after Monday? Busy as usual, but I seem to work well under those conditions. My husband heads back to law school on Monday as well, and my Spanish classes (I'm taking two) start up. Even though I thought I'd get more time to spend on writing related things this summer, I've also found a 4-year-old demands way more attention than I anticipated, and I'm looking forward to having my quiet lunch hour every day at school where I can work undisturbed.

My first plan of action is to get my next book, The Green, finished for you. It needs about 3-4 rounds of edits and then a round of proofreading. I hope to have that book for you sometime this fall, hopefully October or November. It's a book I really wanted to spend some uninterrupted time with, and I'll have that time soon. (Lunch hours, remember!)

Once that's squared away, I will have out all the books I have that are already written and I'll turn my focus to completing the Into the Shadows Trilogy. I would like to have the second book ready for you sometime this winter. I had thought I would get a draft done over summer and have it out this fall, but again, the 4-year-old. So I'll be excited when I can really focus on the book and get back to writing. I hope to finish out the trilogy sometime in 2012. I feel like I have a really good start on it, which will help when I can pick it up again.

I know readers were interested in a possible sequel for Bloody Little Secrets. It's definitely not out of the picture, but I feel I need to complete the ITS trilogy first. So hold tight. I'm hoping there will be some exciting thing coming for BLS in the future.

I hope you all had a great summer! I'm always sorry when it ends, but fall is my favorite time of year and this year I feel like I have a ton to look forward to!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Free Ebooks For You? Yes Indeedy!

I'm always looking for a way to thank my readers. So I've decided that it's a good weekend for a giveaway. Always wanted a copy of Into the Shadows or Bloody Little Secrets for your Nook, Kindle, iPad, whatever and never gotten around to picking up a copy? Get one now, free of charge, direct from the author.

Yeah, that's right. 


No dollars. 

No gimmicks either.

How do you go about getting your free copy? 

Feel free to leave your email address, ereader type (Nook, Kindle) or file preference....epub, PDF, etc.) and preference for Into the Shadows OR Bloody Little Secrets in the comments or email me directly at

Everybody gets a free copy, so pass it on to all your friends as well. I may give away one copy, I may give away 100, or even a 1000. Either way sounds great to me! You have from right now until Sunday, August 7 11:59 PM to request your free copy. 1 copy per lovely reader please!

Also, don't forget to check out DarkSide Publishing and all the great ebooks we have available! We have new titles releasing all the time!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hey Book Bloggers...

I love Book Bloggers. They're great folks and do a lot for readers, leading them to some great books.

To make requesting a review copy of my books easier, I've created a separate page for Book Bloggers to contact me.

Click below or on the tab at the top of the page, fill out the form and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!