Thursday, March 28, 2013

Deadly Kisses Blog Tour

Welcome Kerri!

Kerri is a longtime blogger friend and her new book, DEADLY KISSES, is out! 

Aiden Grant is seventeen, has a killer kiss, and a boss who used to be President, back in the old days. You see, Aiden is a grim reaper and his kiss welcomes the newly dead. But Aiden’s pleasant grim reaper lifestyle is in jeopardy. And it’s not only because Honest Abe keeps throwing out history lessons with reaping assignments, just to confuse him. It’s because Aiden’s next assignment is to reap the soul of Bee, the only girl he has ever loved.

When Aiden’s kiss of death fails, intertwining their souls, Bee is still very much alive and they are both in trouble. The ancients want Bee, who has special powers of her own, and they’ll do anything to get her.

Some rules are meant to be broken—even if that means Aiden must bargain with his own soul to save Bee. Who knew the afterlife could get so complicated?

Kerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she's not writing, she's chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-a-cheese recipe.

Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.

Thanks Kerri! The book sounds terrific and the cover is so vibrant!

Find Kerri and her book on:

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Tamera Hart Heiner and INEVITABLE

Announcing the release of Inevitable, the newest young adult suspense novel by Tamara Hart Heiner!

Visions of death plague Jayne, who thinks watching her boyfriend die is the worst that could happen to her. But when she witnesses a murder, Jayne finds herself caught up in a dangerous world of intrigue and suspense.

As it turns out, she is not the only one doing the stalking. The killer is on to her, and all of her visions of the dying don't reveal how her life will end. Somehow, she must stop the murderer before he arranges Jayne's own inevitable death.

First page

Available on,, Barnes &, and!

After an awesome ebook launch on Facebook, Tamara's trying hard to top that with the paperback. So here's the plan:

1) For the entire month of March, every comment on Tamara's blog gets entered into a drawing to win a HARD COPY of one of her books. (You get to choose which one!)

2) Leave a comment on THIS BLOG for a chance to win ALL of her young adult ebooks!

3) Enter the Goodreads Giveaway for another chance to win Inevitable.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

by Tamara Hart Heiner


by Tamara Hart Heiner

Giveaway ends April 02, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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4) If you SPREAD THE NEWS, whether it's on your blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, or just plain word of mouth, you'll be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble gift card. Email Tamara at tamarahartheiner dot com and tell her how many times you did it, and you'll be entered into the drawing that many times!

Are we ready??? Get set! Go!

About the author: I live in Arkansas with my husband and three children, two crazy boys and one pretty little princess. I used to spend a lot of time writing until I had a baby and discovered Facebook. Now you'll often find me on there pretending to have a social life.

I am the author of three young adult suspense novels, PERILOUS, ALTERCATION, and INEVITABLE. You can find out more about what I'm writing and catch deleted scenes from my books on my blog at

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My Sci-Fi Influences

Hey guys,

I'm blogging over at the League of Extraordinary Writers on who my sci-fi influences are. I have a major (but obvious) revelation about an author that has definitely influenced me.

Can you guess who it is?

Come find out!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

25 Things You Don't Might Not Know About Me

Hey guys! Amber over at Me, Myshelf, and I invited me over to do this super fun post!

Though MMSAI has several bloggers, Amber's been an integral part of swag creation over the last several weeks, helping me design my bookmarks, magnets, and button. She is amazing!

So please check out her work here if you are interested in her mad design skilz.

AND...the winners of the Mega March Author Swag giveaway are below. I'll be contacting you soon to send you your swag!

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Monday, March 11, 2013

A Very Special Debut: Bridget Zinn & POISON

I only heard about Bridget Zinn a few weeks ago and I had to post this.

Bridget's debut novel, POISON, debuts tomorrow on March 12th. What a dream come true! The story is fantastic, the cover is perfect, and it should be an otherwise celebratory day.

Tragically, Bridget died from cancer in May of 2011. She was only 33 years old. You can read about her story here.

So to honor a fellow writer, please, please spread the word.

And if you can, buy POISON and see for yourself what sort of exquisite story she has created for the world.

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she's the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom's future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart… misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king's army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she's not alone. She's armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can't stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she's certainly no damsel-in-distress—she's the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

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Celebrate the release of POISON on March 12th!

Friday, March 8, 2013

What Ifs: What I've Learned From Kids

I'm blogging over on the Class of 2k13 on the What Ifs: What I've Learned from Kids.
Stop on by!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Five-Book Release Day, and a special request

Well it's Tuesday! Which means some new books are coming into the world.

 Abby and Derick have been accepted to the most prestigious secondary school in the world Cragbridge Hall. Due to the inventions of their grandfather, Oscar Cragbridge, they will be able to experience history in 3D, use their minds to literally project visual interpretations of classic literature, and become animal avatars for zoology. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, Abby and Derick must follow clues Oscar left for them that will reveal a dangerous secret. Along the way, they discover there is much more to one of their grandfather s inventions than anyone has ever dreamed. Saving their family will take all of Derick s mind and Abby's heart as they come face to face with a crazed scientist who desperately seeks to change the past.

Buy THE INVENTOR'S SECRET on Indiebound, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon

When Imogen, a sixteen-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Before the shooting, she believed that her black belt made her stronger than everyone else -- more responsible, more capable. But now her sense of self has been challenged and she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shootout. With action, romance, and a complex heroine, Bruised introduces a vibrant new voice to the young adult world -- full of dark humor and hard truths

Buy BRUISED at Indiebound, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon 

Using a wide variety of poetic forms – quatrains, ballads, iambic meter, rhyming lists, concrete poetry, tercets and free verse –this debut author tells the story of a nine-year-old boy’s day of fishing. Sibling rivalry, the bond between father and son, the excitement – and difficulty -- of fishing all add up to a day of adventure any child would want to experience. 

(I read an ARC of Tamera's book aloud to my kids. It was absolutely delightful! They loved it. As someone who loves poetry and kid's books, this was fantastic. And there's a poetry lesson included!)

Buy GONE FISHING at Indiebound, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon

Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping (à la Whitman) at his abusive father ever since he kicked his beloved older sister, Jorie, out of the house. James’s painful struggle with anxiety and depression—along with his ongoing quest to understand what led to his self-destructive sister’s exile—make for a heart-rending read, but his wild, exuberant Whitmanization of the world and keen sense of humor keep this emotionally charged debut novel buoyant.

Buy DR BIRD'S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS at Indiebound, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. Then Eli’s dream comes true.Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead.

Buy THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR at Indiebound, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon

 And finally, a special request. 
Most of us think that the time surrounding the debut of your first book to be one of the most joyous moments ever. The dream is really coming true. Well, instead of immersing himself in promotion and enjoying this dream come true, Chad Morris and his wife Shelly have been dealing with some recent news: their nine year old girl has a brain tumor. By the time this blog is posted, she will be recovering from surgery.

I know the writing community is one of the most supportive in the entire blogosphere. So since Chad and Shelly can't promote his new book, THE INVENTOR'S SECRET, please tweet/FB/spread the word in any way you can. 

Hooray for more wonderful books entering the world! 
And best wishes to Shelly, Chad, and their little one.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Mega March Swag Giveaway!

Hey guys! To celebrate the sale of my new book (CATALYST, Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin coming Fall 2014) I'm giving stuff away!

One the bestest things about debuting this year is befriending other fantastic authors. They've got lots of swag they are willing to give to me, with only a modicum of begging.

So here's the loot!
Onyx cube necklaces on silver chains. This necklace is worn by Zelia, my protagonist in CONTROL. It helps her breathe. I love how that hangtag turned out!
Stickers up top, magnets in the middle, and shiny bookmarks below!

And buttons. :)

A load of swag from awesome authors!

More swag will be included, coming from the my League of Extraordinary Writers colleagues:
Lenore Appelhans, author of LEVEL 2
Magnets and signed postcards!
Gennifer Albin, author of CREWEL
E.C. Myers, author of FAIR COIN and QUANTUM COIN
Mindy McGinnis, author of NOT A DROP TO DRINK

Giveaway ends at midnight on March 13th!
Spread the word and get more points!
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