Sunday, December 28, 2014

5 Days Left to BREATHE!

Excitement builds as the release of BREATHE,
Episode 1 of The Devastation Series, nears.

Advance read copies of BREATHE went out on December 26th. Early readers' comments are coming in. I'm just thrilled with what they say about their love for Lexa and Gabe, and their story.

I really hope you'll love it as much as they do. Since you have to wait until January 2 to get your very own copy, how about I give you a little excerpt to tide you over? Then you can enter the $25 Gift Card Rafflecopter Giveaway.

The first three chapters can be found on the tabs across the top of this page. This is a special little sneak peak of chapter ten.

Episode 1 of The Devastation Series
Sneak peek of Chapter Ten


A knock on the bedroom door wakes me. I snuggle further under the blanket, trying to ignore it. Loud banging comes in response to my lack of answer. I grumble. “Go away. Sleeping.”

“You decent?” Gabe says.

“Go away.”

The door opens and I pull my pillow from under my head, lobbing it at him.

Bull’s eye.

He tosses my pillow back onto the bed. “Get up, Frecks. It’s seven o’clock.”
I flip to my stomach, arm trailing off the bed. My fingers pet the carpet while I pretend I don’t hear him.

“Up and at ‘em.” If persistence is a virtue, Gabe has a dump-truck load full of it.

“It’s summer. I’m supposed to get to sleep in.”

The bed shakes. I crack an eyelid. He’s stands at the end of the bed, his foot pumping the corner of the mattress.

“You’re such a PIMA.” Pain. In. My. Ass. I’ve called him this a thousand times. It doesn’t faze him now anymore than any of the other times.

“Mom’s got breakfast ready.”

“Breakfast schmeckfast,” I grumble as I feel along the floor. It’s here somewhere. My hand closes around my flip-flop. Aha, got it.

I jump up, standing on the bed, and attack Gabe. I try to swat him, laughing like a mad woman.

His false outrage rings out as he fends me off. “What the hell? Who’s the PIMA now?”

We’ve wrestled just like this since we were little kids. He gives up trying to block me and throws me over his shoulder like he’s hefting a feed sack. I squeal like a piglet and he lets out a roar of evil laughter. He smacks my behind, just hard enough to sting through my thin sleep shorts.

“Stop, stop.” I aim my flip-flop at his butt.

Suddenly, I’m on my back, bouncing onto the bed. Gabe flops on top of me, laughing. “Ha! See? You just thought you were gonna do something, didn’t you?”

His weight presses me into the mattress. A woodsy scent mingles with his minty toothpaste and envelopes me. I wiggle to free myself, but he’s too heavy. Wide awake now, I try harder to push him off, my hands against his bare shoulders.

He doesn’t budge. I quit struggling, and he stills too.

Except for my pulse pounding in my ears, it’s dead quiet.

Under the ink-black fringe of his lashes, his eyes burn into mine. His smile fades. My stomach somersaults and takes a swing on the uneven bars. I’ve never seen the expression he’s wearing. My lips suddenly go dry, so I lick them. Gabe eyebrows pull together. Is he staring at my lips?

He takes a quick breath, his eyes catching mine. Then he turns his head a bit, looking at me sideways. 

His eyes narrow a fraction, but they won’t let go of mine. Turning back to me, his nose is almost touching mine.

Letting the air seep from his lungs, his gaze roams my face. The moment stretches like silly putty into eternity. My lower belly contracts and my blood thrums through me, every pulse point throbbing.

What’s he looking for? I bite my bottom lip as my hands come to rest on his sides. His muscles are as solid as his chest. His smooth skin heats my fingertips. I swallow hard, trying not to smooth my hands around him. My palms itch to go to the lower center of his back, to that hollow right above his waistband.

The following quote is from further into the book.
When you're all done ogling Gabe's abs, you can scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter drawing for that $25 Gift Card. Best of luck!

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Saturday, December 27, 2014


Well, here we are folks... the countdown is ON.

BREATHE, Episode 1 of The Devastation Series releases in LESS than a week. January 2nd is coming up fast. BREATHE is a Science-Fiction Romance, though you really could strip away ALL the sci-fi and you'd still have a great romance. It's got everything you want, hot guys, sassy girls, and steamy scenes.

So to get this thing off the ground (pun intended - you'll see what I mean when you read the book), I'm giving away a $25 Gift Card through a Rafflecopter drawing. All you need to do is hop on the copter and do a few, or all, of the easy entry-earners to get into the drawing. Then let all your friends know about it, so they have a chance to win too.

I'll keep posting about this drawing all week, but would really LOVE to have it posted on some other blogs to make it available to even more people. So, if you have a blog, or know someone who has a blog, get in touch with me through this blog post's comments section. I'll get the press kit out ASAP. Easy. And FUN!

Meet Gabe Michaels

BREATHE releases on January 2, 2015 at most major eBook retailers. So please, check out the cover (above) and the blurb (below). Make sure you don't miss out by sign up on my email list to get news and reminders (check out the right sidebar, just under the blue bird, there's a sign-up form). It's simple, and I DON'T share your info, nor will I fill your inbox with tons of emails. Just enough to keep you posted on what's happening with releases, contests, opportunities to win great stuff, and so forth.

BREATHE, Episode 1 of The Devastation Series, Book Blurb:

The summer after graduation, Lexa falls for Gabe, but can she trust her new love with the secret of a lifetime?

Secrets rule Lexa's life. After her move to Texas for college, she develops feelings for her life-long friend. But Gabe’s gone emotionally bi-polar, ice cold one minute, volcanic the next, and Lexa’s not even sure he is her friend any more. As she struggles to regain control over her shaken world, Lexa wakes one morning with wings. Panic sets in and she keeps her discovery to herself. Everyone has secrets, but revealing hers could land her on a lab table, and that’s not where she wants to spend freshman year.

When Gabe learns he’s an alien-hybrid, it changes everything. Now, he's rethinking his entire existence. After he lays a mind-melting kiss on her, Lexa wants to ditch their platonic status, but Gabe’s certain a move like that will ruin their relationship. However, resisting her is almost impossible. Can he figure out how to keep his secret and his best friend?

They think it can't get worse.
They're wrong.

Meet Nathaniel McKayBREATHE is the introduction episode to The Devastation Series, it is not a stand-alone novel, but don’t worry, the release of BREAK, Episode 2 of The Devastation Series, will follow within just a few weeks of BREATHE’s release.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ten Alternative Titles for BREATHE, Episode 1 of The Devastation Series

A Little FUN Before Release!

I’ve been tagged by the amazing and talented Marie Meyer, author of the NA Contemporary Romance, Across the Distance, coming to an e-reader near you May 2015, to share some wild and crazy alternative titles for my Sci-Fi Romance, BREATHE, Episode 1 of The Devastation Series. It releases January 2, 2015, and will be available wherever eBooks are sold.

Check out Marie’s fun alternative titles for Across the Distance. Marie also tagged Annie Rains, author of Forever Yours, so you can add to your laughs by checking out her Ten Alternative Titles as well.

I’m tagging two of my favorite authors and friends, the incomparable Lana Grayson, author of the freaking awesome book Warlord, NA MC Romance, and the fabulous Lizzy Charles, author of two of my favorite YA books, Effortless With You and Perfectly Messy (Effortless With You Book 2). I have known them both for years and can attest to their writing prowess. They are wonderful authors and you MUST read their books, or you are cheating yourself out of some great reads!

The Rules of the Game: “Scroll through your manuscript and stop on a random place. Whatever you land on becomes one of the ten terrible titles.”

Here are the silly, random, and completely ridiculous alt titles for BREATHE, Episode 1 of The Devastation Series.

1. Trapped in a Bad Joke
2. Take Somebody Out at Thirty Feet, Blindfolded
3. Jell-O Without a Mold
4. De-nied!
5. Hoist My Freak Flag
6. The Sun Bursts
7. Stretching Like a Lazy Cat
8. Toddlers Fighting Over a Tonka-toy
9. Damned Aliens
10. Someone’s Lab Rat

Wow... now that really makes it sound interesting, doesn't it? ;) I can't wait for you to read BREATHE and see where all those titles fit into the story.

Monday, December 22, 2014

BREATHE's Release

If you follow my post here or on Facebook, or even Twitter, by now, you know I'm releasing my first book, BREATHE, Episode 1 of The Devastation Series, in January 2015. January 2nd, actually.

I plan to run a $25 Gift Card Giveaway starting December 27th until 12 AM January 5th. I'm looking for bloggers who'd like to offer their readers a chance to get in on the giveaway by posting a book release blog post for BREATHE on or near release day, January 2, 2015. If you are interested, please contact me, and I will get you a press release package.

Also, prior to release, I'm offering 15 R2Rs, Read 2 Review, of BREATHE. This is a great way to get a free Advance Read Copy of BREATHE in exchange for an HONEST* review posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes & Noble... iBooks too, if you please, on release day, January 2, 2015. The review only has to be five lines, and can be copy and pasted to each of the venues.

I have an email list if you are interested in keeping up with what's going on with BREATHE's release, signing up for an R2R, getting in on the Gift Card Giveaway, or following my writing journey. I promise not to fill your inbox with daily emails, nor do I share your information. Click here to sign up. Don't worry though, if you miss getting a R2R spot, I will release BREATHE at only $.99 for at least the first few days. So still sign up on the mailing list, get the reminder of release, and go ahead and buy it while it's such a deal.

*By honest review, I seriously mean honest. As much as I hope to get a load of five star ratings, I am a non-smoker by know, "You don't blow it up mine, and I won't blow it up yours."

Monday, December 15, 2014

BREATHE, Episode 1 of The Devastation Series

Many of you already know, back in July, I finally landed my dream agent, Terrie Wolf (@AKA_Terrie on Twitter, go follow her, she's a very positive voice). She's terrific, I mean, seriously TERRIFIC. I JUST LOVE HER. She's currently shopping my New Adult Contemporary Romance, SECRETS I KEEP. It's just a matter of time before I get to write a post similar to this one about that title--at least I hope. I have faith in Terrie, she'll find it a wonderful home.

But SECRETS I KEEP, as much as I LOVE it, isn't why I'm posting today.

Today is a BIG BIG BIG day, in the words of Effie Trinket. I have made the decision, with the blessing of my awesome agent, to self-publish my New Adult Science Fiction Romance, BREATHE, Episode 1 of The Devastation Series.

This is the book that started it all. It's had many titles, but for a while now it's been Devastation. I'm an emotional writer, and it just felt right. For short, my critique partners and I call it "D." Well, DEVASTATION is long to write every time I want to refer to it, so D makes it quicker. However, for titling a book, and being able to read it in thumbnail size, it is really LONG, and I'm not really sure a book with the title D on the front would get much traction, so I've renamed it BREATHE. It is the opening episode of this series with several titles to follow.

This book has had many readers, most of them not writers, and just about everyone who has read it has said, it's THE ONE. The book that will put me on the map. BOY I HOPE SO, because I'm getting  ready to jump in with both feet, my arms, legs and everything else you can jump in with. I'll finally see how the masses like it.

I'm as nervous as a fly at a frog convention. However, I'm equally excited. I mean, people will actually get to read it. MY BOOK! They'll get to go to Amazon, Barnes & Noble's website, iTunes, all those places, and download MY BOOK. I hope they will take a few moments to leave a review, so I will know how they like it. Good golly, I pray they connect with Lexa and fall in love with Gabe as much as I have.

I haven't written my acknowledgements page just yet, but I have so many people to thank for helping me with this book. Now I can also thank many for shoring me up and giving me the courage to put it out there into this big cruel world. Each of you encouragers know who you are. Not to worry, you'll be on that acknowledgments page.

If you have NO idea what The Devastation Series is or BREATHE, please take a look at the tabs above. There's one for BREATHE, and in the future there will be one for each of the episodes in the series. It will give you an idea of what's to come. I will post the first couple of chapters in the next day or two, so keep an eye out.

Please consider signing up on my email list (check the right sidebar, there's a short email form). I PROMISE not to spam you with a gagillion emails all  the time. I will just let you know information about my writing, contests, giveaways, advance read copies up for grabs, meet and greet opportunities, and, of course, release dates.

For now, let me leave you with my cover. Please comment below and tell me how you like it.

Yeah, that's Gabe... he's every bit as HOT in the book as he is on the cover. *le sigh*