Friday, September 23, 2016

SKID by Tracey Martin Cover Reveal!

While mourning the death of her sister and learning to live with chronic pain, a teen girl investigates a ghost story in a Connecticut orchard and finds unexpected love.

Sometimes when you lose control, you find yourself.

It took ten seconds for Gabrielle to skid on a patch of black ice. Ten seconds to wreck her car and her back. Ten seconds to ruin her Olympic dreams.

Ten seconds to kill her younger sister.

Eight months later, Gabrielle’s haunted by guilt, dependent on drugs to numb her pain and alcohol to numb her brain. Then Erik Tennyson crashes into her. Soon Gabrielle’s immersed in the ghostly legend surrounding the Tennyson orchard, convinced that her sister is linked to its mysterious origins. If she can just discover the truth, maybe she can put her sister's spirit to rest. But as Gabrielle grows closer to Erik, her world skids out of control once more. Instead of appeasing the dead, she starts remembering how to live.

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"SKID is my favorite kind of story, one that acknowledges that life gives us pain and joy, love and sorrow in equal measure. I rooted for Ellie every step of the way!" -Jennifer Mason-Black 

About Tracey Martin:
Tracey Martin wanted to be an astronaut, a doctor, and an actor, possibly all at once. Instead, she studied psychology , and that led her to have an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she became a writer. Her books include Another Little Piece of my Heart, the Miss Misery series, and the RedZone dulogy.
She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.

Follow Tracey on Twitter and via her, @TA_Martin
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Friday, September 9, 2016

SCBWI Midsouth Fall Conference Time!

I am getting ready to attend the 2016 SCBWI Midsouth Fall Conference. It will be at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. (820 Crescent Center Dr, Franklin, TN 37067)
I am excited to be included in the Friday Book Signing. The signing is open to the public!  The party is from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Chestnut Room at the Cool Springs Embassy Suites and Conference Center on Friday, September 16.

This is your invitation to come check it out. Here is a list of the authors who will be there.

Will Akers, Tracy Barrett, Brooks Benjamin, Robert Blake, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Ashley Herring Blake, Sharon Cameron, Becky Coyle, Debbie Dadey, Amanda Driscoll, Susan Eaddy, Stephanie Faris, Natalie Lloyd, Rob McClurkan, Gail Nall, Darcy Pattison, Jill Santopolo, Lois Sepahban, Lynn Slaughter, Rick Starkey, Courtney C. Stevens, Kimberly Cross Teter, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, Mary Uhles, Shelli Wells, & Jessica Young.

I hope to see you there!

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Secret Sister by Ayla Hashway

The Secret Sister by Ayla Hashway.

 When twelve-year-old Olivia Lockhart discovers her mother’s been keeping a huge family secret, she becomes determined to find out exactly what her mom is hiding.

But strange characters keep crossing Olivia’s path, leading her to a mysterious waterfall on an exotic island.

It will take all of Olivia’s inventing know-how to escape the evil plan she’s unwillingly become a part of.

 About Ayla

Ayla Hashway is nine years old. She loves reading and writing. The Secret Sister is her first book, although she’s been writing for years. She believes if you keep trying, you can make your dreams come true.

I loved the interaction between Olivia and her brother Max as she uncovers her mother’s family secret. The Secret Sister truly is a page turner, and Nine year old Ayla has done a fantastic job with the characters. I can’t wait to see what happens next if Ayla decides to write book two. I think Olivia is already planning.

With her knowledge of story and the writing craft at age nine, Ayla Hashway is one new author to keep an eye on.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

After Loving You by Ashelyn Drake - cover reveal!

We love this cover for #AfterLovingYou by @KellyHashway (Writing as #AshelynDrake! Coming 10/3! #PreOrder Now!

When Mia Thompson and Jared Grande break up before college, they think that's the end for them.

But two years later, Mia is stalking Jared's Facebook page and he's contacting her every chance he gets. Even though they're both seeing other people, they can't seem to say good-bye to the past they shared.

One way or another, they'll have to figure out how to love again. Is it time to get back together or time to move on?

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Tangled Lines by Bonnie J Doerr With Givaway!

Tangled Lines
Bonnie J Doerr

High school changes everything for Kenzie Ryan and Angelo Sanchez—especially their relationship. After spending all summer cracking crimes against endangered wildlife in Big Pine Key, Florida, now they barely see each other. Angelo hangs out with a Porsche-driving quarterback and a stunning local “Conch princess” and Kenzie struggles with being a newbie among the Key West cliques.

But high school drama gets over-shadowed when horrific numbers of pelicans are found tortured near the islands where they live. Kenzie begs Angelo to help stop the slaughter, but he refuses until a stunning family secret is revealed.

When a Sanchez Fish House employee falls under suspicion, the list of suspects explodes, and the discovery of illegal activity exposes Angelo and Kenzie to the same deadly risk faced by the pelicans they are trying to save...

About Bonnie J Doerr:

Bonnie J. Doerr, an avid traveler, gardener, and nature lover, is the acclaimed author of eco-mystery novels for tweens. For over thirty years, she taught reading and writing skills to students of all ages—from kindergarten to college. Ms. Doerr enjoys sharing her ecological research, writing experiences, and educational insights with adults and children. Her work has been described as a “mashup of Jean Craighead George and Carl Hiaasen” by some and as a “teen detective series inspired by Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys by others. Her work has been honored by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) with a grant for its use in environmental education and has been included in Milkweed Editions literary field guides. She lives in a log cabin on the edge of a historic park in North Carolina.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Summertime Busy!

Summertime Busy!
Summer is a busy time if you own a craft/magic store in a tourist area. Especially if you are in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg Tennessee.

I still get up at 6am to work on writing and writing business. A lot of our work is outside and the heat isn’t helping. Yep summer is busy and my online presence has slowed down, but I’m still at it!

How busy is your summer?