Why I Love Writers

The world will never quite understand me. Even those who love me, will never get what it is that drives me to write. They won't know the years I've spent working on my craft, the amount of energy and hope and life I've put into an imaginary world filled with imaginary people, the hours I've spent researching and seeking the best avenues to publish.

But you do.

You are my people-- the only people who UNDERSTAND! The only ones who really can.  It’s okay for other people not to get it, not to see all the work that goes on behind the scenes. The panic and the tears we shed. The passion we share. The many many many many hours we put into this “little” “hobby” of ours.

Publishing is NOT easy. It doesn’t matter which stage you are in, writing/editing/querying your first book, your 18th, or publishing your 5th. This process is GRUELING.

And yet, we keep going. We spend months, if not years working on the same story that may never actually see the light of day. We dust ourselves off after every rejection and we keep working. We keep dreaming.

We work to get better. We SEEK criticism because it might help us be better, help us find that magic formula for best-seller-dom.

We dream the same dream and though our set backs are often individual to each of us, they aren’t so different that we can’t all relate.

No matter who you are, what you write or how long you’ve been doing it—You are my tribe. And I love you!

If you're a writer-- of any kind, shape, or experience-- you are incredible.

A Pitch Wars Mentor's Real Reward

Someone once asked me about being a Pitch Wars Mentor, "But what do you get out of it?"

Pitch Wars is a contest for authors seeking representation (a massive step towards becoming traditionally published.)

Brenda Drake, selected some qualified members of the publishing industry (mostly agented/published authors) who were willing to spend months of their own time mentoring one promising author, hopefully giving them a leg up towards meeting their goal of publishing success!

I am one of those mentors
 (or at least I have been since PW year #2)

I give a few weeks of my time, reading through the 70-100 submissions sent to me in order to find a book I personally want to see published. We then spend two months working with that author to make their full manuscript SHINE! Sometimes this means big revisions, other times it means just some sprucing or somewhere in between. Then we send their lovelies into the world, hoping agents,(followed by editors) will love them and sign them, and eventually turn their words into a real live book.

Pitch Wars mentors don't get paid for any of this. Not even if/when one of those authors is published because of PW. All I expect, as I've said many times before, is a signed copy once it's published.

So what do I get out of it?

Well, I first volunteered because I wanted to continue to be a part of this amazing community of writers. I entered as an aspiring author the first year PW existed, and even once I became published, I didn't want to give it up!

I've met some amazing friends through Pitch Wars. Some great, amazing and successful authors, who are all willing to help each other out whenever possible. That means they've helped promote my books, and they've also helped me revise some of the WIPs (work in progress).

That's reason enough, to be honest.

But there is one thing that is bigger than all the rest. One REAL reason I do this. One reason this is all worth it.


I picked Amanda Searcy's book, then titled TRUTH IS, out of my "slush pile" during Pitch Wars 2015. I spent months working with her on this book. She then went on to snag an agent AND a book deal in a matter of weeks after Pitch Wars.

I realize that I can only take so much credit, because this book was amazing (seriously guys, that ending? Believe me I had nothing to do with that. Read it to find out ;)) but the fact that I had a hand in helping this book get published is an amazing feeling.  Seeing my name in the acknowledgements? Holding a personally signed copy? Is a feeling only second to holding my own book, with my own name on the cover ;)

I am SO PROUD of Amanda and her accomplishments. She did this, I was just there to help her along the way a little.

Being that little part of her author-story is the best reward any mentor can ever have ever. 

Check out her book here!

To All The Houses I Loved Before

This year, my husband and I decided to finally make the jump and buy a new and nicer house, closer to where he works. Right now he’s driving an hour to work, 5 days a week. Wowzer! Cutting that drive down to 15-30 minutes was going to make a huge difference!

What we didn’t anticipate was that, apparently,  we picked the worst time in the last decade to buy a house (literally!) Who knew it was a seller’s market? Cause we didn’t. We also didn’t know that April is the WORST month of the year to buy, followed by May. Good times. Not until we started losing houses in multiple offer situations left and right did we realize we had to catch up to reality real fast.

 After seeing 34 houses and putting offers on SIX of them, we finally got an offer accepted! But man, was that a journey. So many ups and down. So much doubt and fear and anger and ugh, not-funness. So this is my little slideshow of all the houses we missed out on, and how we ended up with the right house (cause that’s kind of a funny story on its own)

Once Upon A Time...

Our family finally got on board with the let's-buy-a-house idea and went to look at houses (an hour to an hour and a half away!) the second week in April. Not super committed to buying just yet, but willing to look. Then we found a house that hubby and his Dad LOVED. Apparently it reminded them of one of my husband’s childhood homes (they moved around tons but this was one of the few they actually owned and was apparently the nicest house they had) It was also pretty massive, with 3 big living spaces and 4 bedrooms. Size wise, it was really by far the most perfect house we’d find in any of our searches (we required 4 beds and at least 2 living spaces)

House #1

 To me this was a decent house, definitely had the space we needed but I wasn’t overly in love. Hubby sold me by telling me the formal living area would be mine. Dude, did I have all the ideas for that little room (it was going to be an Instagram and Pinterest worthy BOOKISH room, in my mind. With book stack floating shelves, and a book page wreath in the center. Several book shelves, my desk and of course some kind of fun seating etc etc)

We could have gotten that house if we’d know what the market was really like. But we ended up wasting time bartering over price and which left the door open for a second offer which won out.

(Update: this house sold for over asking which surprises me even now. We were offering a good chunk under... We were soooo oblivious to the market 😆)

House #2

THREE of the 4 houses we saw that first Sunday were sold by Wednesday. That kinda gave us a pretty good hint at what we were dealing with. But we still had a little learning to do.

Hubby found this house the day it came out (Tuesday night). We were like “okay, let’s go see it asap! How about Thursday?” HA! Naivety! It got multiple offers Wednesday. So we rushed out to go see it with ten minutes notice on Wednesday. (Remember, hour drive? Yeah.)  Yes, we had the toddler. We only got in one car accident though, so that was good.

This house required us to make a couple sacrifices but it had some other aspects that far out did our expectations. The kitchen was amazing and it had a huge extension family room with vaulted ceiling, big deck and pretty yard. *swoons*. We put in an offer immediately but because of some of those sacrifices some parties involved were not as on board and unwilling to offer asking. We’re pretty sure this one went for *over* asking price (I’ll be stalking Realtor.com’s Just Sold section for a while to see what all these houses sold for!)

(Update... yeah this one went for several thousand over asking. Funny side note, hubby had jokingly made a comment "we should just offer ____ and get it locked up immediately." ...It sold for more than that number)

House #3

This house was cheaper than all the rest but also had some sacrifices and some work that needed done. Even with a lower list price we still weren’t willing to meet asking. We were surprised to find it had multiple offers, actually, because of the work it needed (like a broken AC unit and a garage that looked structurally unsound (we planned to tear it down and build a bigger one)) I liked this house, but we did worry about it passing FHA.  Come to find out later hubby was just willing to go along with it this time to get the house hunting done with. He wasn’t as huge a fan. This one ended up back on the market and we didn’t try for it again because of that.

(Update: this house is pending)

House # 4

This house was PRETTY. Small, but beautiful. The town and neighborhood were awesome. It was at the top of our budget and needed some work to be fit for us. We needed a bigger yard so we planned to expand the backyard into the side lot, keeping the same pretty white fencing which is fairly costly. We also needed to move around some walls in the basement to make the room we needed. All doable. Nothing insane.

We went to see this house HOURS after it hit the market and offered asking that night. The realtor very clearly and openly used their weight to push us around a bit. In a seller’s market, the seller has the power and they used it. It’s a longer story than I’ll tell but they kept pushing back the time they said they'd respond to offers and a few days after we put in our offer they still hadn’t responded (asking us questions but unwilling to answer ours) waiting for more offers, which they got. Our emotions were super high at this point and we ended up pulling our offer before they decided. I do think it’s likely we would have gotten this house if we’d been patient. At the very least we were in the running.

(Update: this one ended up back on the market *mwahaha vindication!* but it was after we finally got another house in contract. I knew it would still sell super quickly and I was right. Within a few days it was back in pending status. It's still pending now)

House #5

This was the closest thing to a fixer upper that we looked at (though we considered others, just not seriously enough to go see them). It was in a very, very nice neighborhood, many of the houses around were valued a good amount higher than this one. It was definitely big enough (though it still required a little twisting to fit exactly what we needed since it was 3 beds). It needed a lot of cosmetic updates. It was dark, the carpet stained or loose in places, dented doors etc. but we were totally willing to do the work and by the time we were done we knew we’d have a very highly valued home which was awesome. I soooo wanted to live here and I honestly thought we’d get this one! We offered barely under asking and heard no word of other offers… until they called to tell us they took a different one. Apparently the other offer was a conventional loan, ours was FHA so they took it just based on that (FHA has a tougher inspection. I know it needed a little work, but nothing that I thought would fail an inspection  (you almost always have to do a little bit with these loans but they're small things. Fix this window, repaint this..) which makes me wonder if there was more wrong with the house than we knew)

(Update: Yup, they sold the house for less than we offered them 🙁 )

Tired of bad news yet? Cause we were. I was ready to give up after house #3. The emotional roller coaster of finding a place you decide you want to live for the next decade+ to find out they picked someone else to live there… was tough. Every time we thought it might be it. Every time it was crushing to hear no.

Every time. 

We learned a lot through the process though, about which neighborhoods we wanted and which we didn’t. We realized we needed a large enough drive way because the city we were (mostly) looking in didn’t allow street parking overnight. We decided we weren't willing to settle for less than a 2 car garage. You’d think we’d get less specific as time went on but we learned a lot about what we needed and about the neighborhood (we did sacrifice on number of bedrooms, just so long as there was room for us to make a fourth)

I also prayed a lot. I prayed for the right house, and I also prayed for deals to fall through if it wasn’t the right one. God obviously answered that prayer. But as time went on, I definitely wondered if the right house even existed.

The Tuesday after house #5 fell through, we found a new-on-the-market  house that looked really nice. We knew we’d have to see it quickly. So we set up showings for that house and three others for the next day (The others were just filler, not super promising but worth seeing since we'd be up there anyway. You never know!) But while we were getting ready to leave for those showings we got a call that the house we *really* wanted to see had accepted another offer. Great. We scrolled through the listings again to see if we could find something to replace it but they were all reaches. I clicked on one house, while getting the toddler ready to walk out the door that I hadn’t seen. It was a brand new listing. Looked decent. I sent it to our realtor before I even showed my husband. We were unsure about the neighborhood, comps, the garage and the drive way because we didn’t have time to look into them much. Luckily the house was vacant so we could set up a last minute showing.

On the way, I googled a bit while hubby drove. Good neighborhood (we’d seen a few houses in the same neighborhood. Actually, funnily, the VERY first house we saw was further up the same street). Right near a great elementary school (we could walk there). Street view on Google Maps showed the garage was definitely 2 cars.

Hubby declared the drive way big enough as soon as we pulled up to the house. He was inside 30 seconds before me (had to get a jacket on the little guy since it was raining) and he said he was "sold" as soon as I walked in. Well, that was fast! But it really was perfect. Not as perfect as the very first house we saw, size wise (we’ll need to finish a room in the basement to be a bedroom) but better in a few other areas (like location, schools etc). The house was listed a under our budget so we offered a bit over the asking price.

We got the house. So, it was worth it.

If that other house hadn’t popped up and sold when it did, we may not have seen this house quickly enough. Just by *chance* (or divine intervention ;) ) we happened to find it and add it to our showings within an hours notice. I find that pretty awesome haha!

So that's our story. Honestly, it feels a bit surreal that we actually got a happy ending, We got a house that's great, that I'm super psyched about, but I think a lot of those houses will still be in my mind as time goes on. I wish I had a magic wand and could morph together all my favorite things about all those houses. 

But today I'll have to say goodbye to all the houses I loved before! 


Pitch Wars is right around the corner and already the hashtag on twitter is getting busy (don't know what Pitch Wars is? Learn about it here:)There are so many great things about contests like this and one of them is the online community. Meeting other writers, learning new things, having FUN (because a lot of the process of getting published is NOT fun) So this year I wanted to add on a little something on Instagram.

Why? Becuase Instagram is a huge platform, one of the biggest social media sites out there (and much better for book promotion than twitter right now) It's good for all of us (mentors and mentees) to be out there using it. We can follow each other, chat, and get used to using this very cool and useful platform. Plus, it's FUN!

So basically, there is a post prompt for each day of July. Just post using the hashtag and you're in!

But since it's more familiar to some than others, I'm going to answer a few questions  about the event here.

1) How does Instagram work? Instagram is kind of like a combination of Twitter and Facebook except every post is a picture, but you can write under the picture with all the information/stories/jokes/hashtags you want. You have friends and followers, but you can also use hashtags to get interaction from people all over. Hashtags are really what run Instagram. Pay attention to them-- they are the key!

2) Do I have to do this? Nothing about this is required. This is just for fun, to get us up and chatting and using something other than Twitter to hang out! Zero points will be deducted from you for not doing this, or anything. Submit a book I love, after not saying a word to me, or posting on Twitter, Instagram or your blog even once and I'll still be wiling to pick you (but I looove the community so do yourself a favor and get chatting! ;) )

3) Can I just post these on Twitter? Yes, you can just post on twitter, but you'll be missing out on a lot by not hopping onto Instagram, and like I said, it's a useful platform so consider starting an account if you don't already have one!

4) What if I come in late? Can I still play? Yes! We started this a bit early, not everyone will be involved in the #PitchWars fun yet, since the mentors wishlists aren't even out, but that's okay. If you come in days after the start, you can still play. Mostly, I'll suggest just starting on the day we're on and go from there, but you're also welcome to backtrack and post some of the previous prompts. Up to you. This isn't a very structured event ;) Just interact and you're in.

TIP: Make sure you use the #PWSummerSplash hashtag on every post, but use any and all hashtags on your posts to cast a wider net (#Bookstagram is a good one but check out what other people are using and include those if they're relevant. You can also do a little research if need be)

TIP: The best way to take advantage of this game and others, isn't to be "ZOMG, THE BEST!" Standing out is great, posting beautiful pictures is awesome, but if you don't that's okay too. It isn't about having the most amazing pictures, or getting the most likes. It's about stretching yourself and interacting. So post comments and like other's pictures, that's how you make the most of it.

And Warning about posting lines from your manuscripts, last year we had an incident where it seemed one person stole a line from another and called it their own. Don't do that. It's very likely it'll be noticed and it will look very badly on you. Be proud of your own work and praise people whose work you love.

Now, since the image only has a vague description of each day's challenge I'll elaborate on them here!

1) Introduction, Just introduce yourself, does not have to be a picture of you, but can be. Be creative if you don't like taking pictures of yourself.
2) #SockSunday, take a picture of your socks, traditionally done with books. Mostly, it's just cute.
3) Coffee or Tea, The great debate. Pick a team and fight to the death (aka just post which one you'd prefer, with picture of said beverage in a cute mug if you have one :)  (or be a rebel and post lemonade or whatever you prefer to drink
4) First Line of your MS, (MS means manuscript) If you are entering Pitch Wars, post the first line of that book. This one is fun on Twitter too. On Instagram, it'll require you to get more creative. You can just take a picture of your word file on your computer, or add the words over a picture ( There are free copyright free stock photos available online or take your own) or just type the words over a colored back round in Paint or whatever program you have (PhotoGrid is a fun app on your phone you can also use and I'm sure there are tons more)
(MENTORS: pick a line from one of your published books or from a WIP, or even the first line of a previous mentees book, if you get permission.)
5) Revision tips/goals, Do you have some revision goals to complete before you submit to Pitch Wars? Tell us about them. Do you have a writing lesson/rule you learned recently? Share it with the rest of us. Mentors can post about things you want people who submit to you to keep in mind. Common problems, homework you give to writers etc. Basically just any advice you'd like to hand out.
6) #ThrowbackThursday, this is a popular hashtag on most social media sites, basically just a picture of you from the past. It could also be a previous MS, or show how your MS has changed (an old title, maybe?) Lots of fun can be had on this one. Feel free to step outside the box.
7) #FridayReads, what are you reading right now? Or what was your most recent read? Take a cute picture of the book and use all the bookish hashtags you desire (yes, you can take a picture with an Ebook too)
8) Favorite Writing Spot, Take a picture of the place you most like to write. It might be an office, it might be your bed, it might be a local coffee shop. Whatever
9) Writing Companions, This one, I imagine, will be mostly cute pets but can also be supportive friends and family, or kids or coffee cups, or dolls/stuffed animals that sit near your computer. Again, be creative!
10) #MusicMonday, Share a song that represents your book, or one you like to write to or just your favorite band.
11) Your Main Character, this could be an actor, something more abstract like a few items that represent them, or if you can draw (well or not, no judgement ;) ) post an illustration (those would be pretty popular, I'm sure!)
12) Favorite Writing Quote, so many good quotes out there. Find one and post it! Could also be less specific to writing, something inspirational.
13) Favorite reading spot, Share a picture of the place you most like to read!
14) Comp titles, a comp title is a published book (or movie, tv show etc) that you could compare your book to. A lot of books are sold by saying "The One And Old Ivan meets The Night Circus," etc (though it's best not to use massive best sellers like Hunger Games, Game Of Thrones and Harry Potter.) If readers of those books will love your book, that can be a comp. Take a picture of one or two of them and post away!
15) Last Line of your MS, see "first line" above. Same thing, just the last line of your book. If it's too spoilery you can  alter it a bit, cut out pieces or be all abstract and blur out the whole thing.
16) Your favorite Instagram post from the last year,This would be your own Instagram post, show us who you are outside PW, but if you don't have any from the last year, you can find any Instagram post you like and share it (just make sure you give them credit and @ them)
17) Favorite Line from your MS, same as the other two except this one can come from ANYWHERE in your book. Just find a line you love and share it. It can be amazingly written, or it can be a great scene,  or voice. It can be compelling, dramatic, quirky, funny. Show us whatever you want to showcase.
18) Show your warrior pose, this is a just a silly one. Post a picture of you looking fierce or a Gif of ninja. Whatever
19) Who do you #ship? Ship means a couple you want to be together. Think of people from a book or movie or TV show that you want to be together.
20) Favorite Fandom, a fandom is just a community of people who are fans of the same thing. Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars, Game Of Thrones, Dr. Who, Harry Potter etc. Those are big ones, but there are small ones too. If you read or write Fanficiton about a show or book that totally counts. If you talk about it on Twitter or Facebook that can count too.
21) Shout out a mentor's book, That's pretty self explanatory. Just find one of the Pitch Wars mentor's published (or soon to be published) book and post about it. You can pull it up in your kindle, take a screen shot of it on Amazon, post a favorite line from it. Extra credit if you have a physical copy of it, but you don't need to. It does not have to be a mentor you're submitting to, it can be any of them, even in a different category.
22) Weird fact about you, here's where we can get a little fun getting to know each other. Tell us something we don't already know about you. Some things you'll have to get creative about how you post it to Instagram but we're all creative types, yeah?
23)Favorite book, take a picture with your favorite book (you can be in it, or not. Up to you. I'm not usually in my Instagram posts unless it's just my socks ;) )
24) #IfIWonTheLottery, (or got a huge book deal) pretty much what fun things would you do/buy if you suddenly got tons of money? Make this fun!
25)Writing habits, Do you always drink coffee (or wine?) while you write? Eat Oreo's or M&Ms? Do you have to be in complete silence or always listen to music? Do you write the ending first? Start in the middle?  Do you use Write Or Die, or Scriver? Do you use an ancient computer like George R.R. Martin? Do you write by hand? Or use a voice to text program? Anything you specifically do when you write. Have fun with it.
26) #1 on your travel wishlist, where is the number one place you want to travel? I'll allow places you've actually been because those pictures will be cool to see :)
27) #ThankfulThursday, I image this to be a lot of shout outs to CPs and writing friends, or spouses or parents maybe even old teachers that encouraged you. Who are you thankful for? Specifically that has supported or helped your writing but could be anything. (hint, it can also be to Brenda Drake for creating Pitch Wars ;) )
28)Favorite writing website, there are tons out there and some we may not all be aware of so share your favorites. It can be a specific post if you want. Something that has help you!
29) #Novelaesthetics, (did I spell that right? LOL) basically a few images compiled to represent your novel. Themes and tones etc.  (look for examples if you need help)
30) Mentor hints, By this point most of you will know some (or all) of the mentors you're submitting to so give some VAGUE hints. The mentors will post some teasing tweets when reading through their slush, now is your chance to tease them. Realistically, it's in your best interest not to tell us too obviously the people you're submitting too. Just have fun and don't make anyone feel left out.
31) Build yourself up, tell us your greatest strength, I assume this will mostly be writing related. Tell us what you're good at! Writing dialog? Evoking emotion? Don't worry about being humble, or people not agreeing with you, toot your own horn for a minute and help yourself feel GOOD about what you write.

Have more questions? Shoot them in the comments or on Twitter! Now go have some fun!

The Changing Tides Of Social Media

It's long been known that social media is the behemoth of book promotion... okay, any promotion. It's a wide open opportunity to access your target audience in their natural habitat!

What's interesting about social media, though, is that it's always changing. Like, one day Myspace was hot and the next no one even knows if it still exists. It's also important to note that different demographics tend to hang out on different social media platforms.

It's not enough to have a Facebook page and call it a day. It's probably not enough to have a decent Twitter account anymore. Why? Because your target audience very well may not be using those platforms (even if they were two years ago).

This means that what works for an author of a different category, or even genre, may not work for you.

Keeping up with the changing times can be tough because it means learning a new platform and building an audience all over again.

Since I've learned about the rise in popularity of Instagram (particularly for teens), I've been working on ways to build my audience and content there. A few ways I've done that:

1) Use it! Dig around on the site and learn what's working for other people. I've found that pretty pictures of books is actually a thing that pulls in lots of people! Fun!

2) Learn the ins and outs and how to reach people. Every platform is different so learn what makes this new one tick. For me, this meant a lot of googling! (Google never goes out of style). Example: hashtags rule Instagram! So learn the good ones for what you want to post/who you want to reach and use lots!

3) Find your "thing". You want to have a focus if you want to build an audience (this is like branding. They follow you because they want more of what you’re giving. They probably don’t want tons of selfies unless you’re really good at makeup!(which is also a thing!) For Instagram that one is pretty easy since as authors we all tend to LOVE books, and there is a huge community of book lovers who want to see things ALL ABOUT BOOKS (but make sure the pictures are *pretty*). For other Platforms that can be a bit trickier. If you don’t have something specific you know you want to post about, tag onto what someone else is doing well and try to make a twist on it. With my Instagram I’m doing the bookish things but also I started doing book page crafts along with it.

4) Start posting! Every day! One of the keys to being successful in social media it consistent content. Most of the pages with higher interaction post more than once a day. You can’t build an audience if you only post every once in a while.

5) Interact! Remember that this is SOCIAL media. Be social! Look at other people’s posts, see what’s out there and tell them when you like it! Answer questions. Give advice if they ask for it and you have something to say. When you interact with them, they’re more likely to turn around and interact with you.

In the end, social media is a beast. It can boost your chances of a book deal, it can sell books once you’re published—but boy can it be scary to approach. Take it one step at a time and have fun. It won’t happen in a day so don’t stress. If you use it to show off something you love to do you will do just fine!

What has been your experience with social media? Do you have any additional tips? (I’d love some for Instagram! ;) )

My Book Has A Cover!

In the publishing world we make a big deal about covers.

It's the first (and sometimes only) time a book has an official image to represent it. We all know the whole "never judge a book by its cover" is dead, and the cover is SUPER important. And... SUPER fun.

Covers can make or break a book. They can inspire and evoke emotion (something I personally think my NAKED cover did!) They also allow the author a moment to sum up their book in ONE snapshot. That snapshot better be good because it's all you get.

The cover reveal also denotes the moment that the REAL fun begins with a book.

 Now that Pushing The Boundaries is up for pre-order (eep) it means that I can start running giveaways to promote it!

-Look below for how you can receive an *automatic* free Pushing The Boundaries book necklace.

-Sign up for my newsletter for a chance to win one of several digital advance reader copies of Pushing The Boundaries (in the bar to the right, just type your email in and you are entered! The exclusive first chapter will be also available in the newsletter starting today!)
-and I have a plan to reward some of my NAKED readers coming up here soon!

But now, let's check out this cover so we can get the party started, shall we??









Myra goes to Haiti with one goal: take the photograph that will win a scholarship and prove to her uber-traditional family that she has what it takes to be a photographer instead of a doctor. Her camera has always been her shield against getting too close to anyone, but she didn’t expect the hot teen translator who has an ability to see past her walls.

Elias needs his job as a translator to provide for his siblings. He can’t afford to break the rule forbidding him from socializing with a client. Except this girl Myra insists on going outside the city to capture the perfect picture, and he steps in as her guide in order to keep her safe.

The deeper they travel into the country, the harder they fall for each other. Now they’re both taking risks that could cost each other their dreams.

If they get too close—it could ruin both their lives.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of Pushing the Boundaries (Off Limits, #1) by Stacey Trombley today!

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Cover Reveal: Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood!


Let us know what you think of the cover for Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood which releases April 4, 2017!

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Kelley and Rowan’s thoughts on the cover:

We're pretty lucky in that Kelley got to design the cover for Other Breakable Things. We went through so many vastly different designs over the last few months, it'd make your head spin. It's almost funny that the one everyone ended up liking the best was the simplest. The quietest. It was also the first one Rowan saw where she said, "Yes, that's it. That one." And, hey, she was right.

About Other Breakable Things:

According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing. Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her. Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again. And now it is. Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn. And she’s not giving up so easily. A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be. Right down to the thousandth paper crane.

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About the Authors:

Kelley York and Rowan Altwood are a wife and wife writing team living in central California with their daughter and way too many cats. Kelley is the author of Hushed, Made of Stars, and Modern Monsters, and Other Breakable Things is Rowan's debut.