Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Boyfriend Mistake

You'll fall head-over-heels for this sweet YA Romance! 

Coming in October ...

by Charity West

All Mya ever wanted was to date golden boy Prescott Monroe, captain of the football team, loved by the entire school. But when she gets her wish, it isn’t long before she realizes that things are not all as they seem. The guy everyone in her school loves is hiding something, and there’s a darkness in his eyes that only she seems to see. Can she get away before it’s too late?

Ryder James has earned his label as Central High’s bad boy, and he relishes the title. It gives him a different girl at the snap of his fingers, and more parties than he could ever hope to attend. But the one thing he’s always wanted and knows he can never have—the untouchable Mya Henderson.

Until one fateful morning Mya’s world changes forever, leaving her completely shattered, and Ryder suddenly isn’t the bad boy everyone’s warned her away from. Instead, he’s her knight in shining armor.

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About the author:

Charity West is a young adult/new adult romance author who has always had her head in the clouds. She had her first crush when she was four, and it lasted for six years. Then she quickly fell head over heels for another boy, until she had to move away and leave him behind. Jumping from one boy to another, she finally found a keeper when she was twenty, and she’s been married to him ever since.

By the time Charity was twelve, she was sneaking her mother’s Harlequin romances and reading them in secret when she was supposed to be asleep. Teased throughout middle school and high school for the bodice ripper covers on the books she openly read in class, she knew that one day she wanted to write her own happily-ever-afters. Website: https://charitywest.webs.com

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Weekly Goals 17-9-18

I didn't write nearly enough last week, so this week I need to kick myself in the ass and get some butt in chair time.  So that's my biggest goal.  Ideally I'd like to get a shitty first draft of this new book finished before I get my first round of edits from my publisher.  And that means actually writing more than 2K a week...

I'm going to be playing catch-up at work after having three days off last week, so I expect it's going to be a bit crazy.  Especially since I have a full-day first aid course on Friday which means I really only have a four-day week.

I had a really fantastic week as far as exercising goes last week, so this week I aim to try and keep that up.

What are your goals this week?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things 14-9-18

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

What am I celebrating this week?

I've had a few days off work this week because I have a friend staying with me I  haven't seen for about 12 years.  It's been wonderful catching up with her.  She has to go home tomorrow morning, which is a shame, but re-connecting like this after all these years has been a real treat.

It's my elder son's 14th birthday tomorrow.  He hasn't asked to have a party or anything, so I'm not entirely sure what we will do to celebrate.  Other than yum cha on Sunday...

What are you celebrating this week?

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Welcome Jennifer DiGiovanni and Truth in Lies

Truth in Lies 
Jennifer DiGiovanni
(The Generators, #2)
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: September 7th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Cara Scotto is living a secret life. She hates holding back the truth about her supernatural powers from her family and friends, but tells herself it’s the only way to protect them. When she struggles to control her surging energy levels, she fears someone will uncover pieces of the truth in her lies.
Intent on learning how to best use her new abilities, Cara trains with her boyfriend Alex, hoping to increase her speed and strength. Though Alex and Cara vow not to let fear rule their lives, they can’t forget Ian, the supernatural scientist intent on uncovering Cara’s true potential, and wonder what his next step will be. They won’t need to wait long before he strikes again.
Soon, the answer becomes clear—someone needs to step up, eliminate Ian, and replace him. Until now, Alex has avoided the underground supernatural networks, but he realizes that agreeing to take over Ian’s position may be the only way to secure the future he and Cara dream of having.
“Why are you so happy?” Nate asks when I jump in his car and shoot him a smile. Typically, he’s carting my semi-conscious body back and forth to Amber Lea High. Most mornings he shakes me awake after he pulls in the school parking lot.
“Alex is coming home … he’s taking me to the prom … it’s a sunny day…” I list the simple pleasures in life that would make any eighteen-year-old girl happy.
“Back it up. You’re dragging the most eligible bachelor on the East Coast to your prom?” Nate acts like this is the first time he’s hearing about it. He must not listen to the one-way chatter I keep up on our drives home from school when I’m actually awake.
Puzzled, I ask, “Who else would I take to the prom?”
“I don’t know. A friend, maybe. Not Alex.”
“Nate, have I done anything without Alex in the last four months?”
He makes a careful turn on Main Street. “No, but seriously, Cara. Aren’t you a little beyond a high school prom?”
I hold up a hand to stop him. “Don’t ruin this for me.”
But he plows ahead, undaunted. “Aren’t those boring DeMarsh charity events enough for you?”
“Are all of my friends there? Do I get to wear a prom dress?”
“Does it matter? You’re with Alex. The so-called love of your superhuman existence. Tell him to buy you a prom dress and you can wear it around town this weekend when you go on a coffee run. Or better yet, invite your friends to his house and have your own prom without people staring at him all night long.”
My chest pangs. Is Nate putting a voice to what Alex really feels? But, wouldn’t Alex tell me the truth? He’s never complained about going to the prom with me. And I went with him to Crestview’s prom a month ago, although we spent most of the weekend driving around the city, scoping out apartments for next fall, so we can live as close as possible to each other, though we’re attending different colleges. “Can’t I just be normal for one night?”
“No, you can’t. Want to know why?” Nate presses the brake pedal and turns to me. “Because you’re not normal! You never were normal although you tried to ignore that fact for the last eighteen years.”

Author Bio:
I’m the author of contemporary and light fantasy books for teens. Aside from writing fiction, I’m also a freelance writer and a small business owner. After graduating from college with a dual major in Business and English, I started out in the business world and eventually returned to school for my MBA. But, I always seemed to choose jobs that involved a lot of writing.
Today, I spend my days managing a small business and writing. Some days I write more than others, but I try to spend my mornings working on fiction. I also like to hike and run. Often, I’ll challenge myself to learn something new, from archery to video games to guitar, and call it future book research. 
My most recent work-in-progress was named a finalist in the Serendipity Literary Agency YA Discovery Contest. It’s about a girl who was cured by a medical miracle and a boy who never received the miracle he so desperately wanted.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Weekly Goals 10-9-18

I have a short week at work this week because I have a freind coming to stay on Wednesday and have taken a few days off to hang out with her.  Which means Monday and Tuesday are going to be a little crazy at work while I try to get everything done that needs to be done this week.

I will also need to try and get some more work done on the book-in-prompts.  Unfortunately the prompts really haven't been helpful the last week or so, and I'm struggling to move the book forward. I think I may need to drop the prompt idea at some point and just write through to the end.

Luckily, this book is written as a series of diary entries, so if we jump around a bit, it can still make sense because maybe Luke skipped a few days here and there while writing his journal. It also means I can move pieces around later to make them make more sense.  And there will be a lot of that, I think!

What are your goals this week?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Celebrate the Small Things 7-9-18

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

What am I celebrating this week?

Well, it's Friday and these days I always celebrate the weekend.

I'm edging close to the 40K mark on the new book written using prompts.  Unfortunately, the prompts aren't really helping a lot at the moment and I'm struggling a bit to get the book to move in the direction it needs to go.  I think if I do this again, I might only use the prompts in the early part of the book, or every second day or something.  It's hard to keep the story moving forward when the prompts require something completely different.

But I'm stubborn, and I said I was going to write the book this way, so now I'm stuck finishing this way.  Revision on this one is going to be an interesting process...

My first post on the Operation Awesome blog is live today, so if you haven't had enough of me over here, you can go visit me over there too.

What are you celebrating this week?