Check back next Wednesday, June 8th, at noon for the cover reveal for AT FIRST BLUSH!!! Any guesses as to my cover’s prominent color???? Post your guesses in the comment section!

I’ll also be partying it up over at the following blogs between June 8th and June 13th:

Leandra Wallace

Medeia Sharif

Kristin Smith

Kelly Hashway

Stephanie Faris

Chrys Fey

I hope you’ll all join me next week! <3

Visit from Chrys Fey (and a Giveaway!!)


I’m so thrilled to have Chrys Fey on the blog today!! She’s such a great blog friend and her posts are SO informative and fun. Take it away, Chrys!!






Profile of a Detective – THORN


Josh Duhamel

Name: Thorn


Occupation: Detective


Character Type: Good Guy


Location: Orlando, Florida


Likes: Flirting with Beth to spite Donovan


Dislikes: Criminals and dirty cops


Favorite Movie: WANTED


Favorite TV Show: Person of Interest




Even though he knew Thorn was concerned for Beth, Donovan didn’t like the tenderness in his eyes.


“Get your damn hands off my girlfriend.”


Thorn looked at him and arched a brow. “Or what?” He turned to Beth, pulled her face to his, and laid his mouth over hers in an elaborate kiss that ended with a loud smacking sound. When he stepped back, he dipped his hands in his pockets, and gave Donovan a devilish grin.


Seeing Thorn’s mouth on Beth’s sent Donovan’s blood roaring through his veins like a volcanic eruption. “You’re lucky I can’t get out of this bed, or you’d be on the floor with your own black eye.”


Beth shoved Thorn’s shoulder. “Don’t tempt him. He already tried to get up to avenge my honor.”



Title: Seismic Crimes

Author: Chrys Fey

Series: Disaster Crimes Series (Book Two)

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Format: Digital and Print

Page Count: 282



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An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.


Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.


When a tip reveals the killer’s location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?




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Cover Reveal for CATALYST!

I don’t think I could be any more excited for Kristin Smith’s debut, CATALYST.

Oh wait. I can be. Because today is COVER REVEAL DAY! Ready for all the awesome info, and the reveal?? Keep reading <3


Clean Teen Publishing is proud to present the official cover reveal for CATALYST by Kristin Smith.  

This is the first book in the thrilling new Deception Games series coming November 21, 2016!

Title: Catalyst (The Deception Game, Book One)
Author: Kristin Smith
Release Date: November 21, 2016
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA near-future thriller
Book Synopsis:
Too pretty.
Too smart.
Too perfect.
In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teens, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.
With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.
In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.
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About the Author:
Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels with enough kissing to make her mother blush. She’s a beach lover and a Just Dance guru who enjoys belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). As a self-professed chocoholic, Kristin is a firm believer that if a dessert doesn’t have chocolate in it, then it’s not considered a dessert. (Except for crème brûlée. She can always make an exception for crème brûlée.) Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to scarves, you can connect with her at the links below.
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Updates on Life, Writing, and Books!

It’s been a hot minute and I refuse to abandon my little pink corner of the web for too long, so I wanted to pop on with some fun gifs and a cheery hello!

Life has been good here. Since it’s winter I find I’m willing to cook more, so I’ve been researching interesting, healthy, protein packed meals and snacks. I pretty much always eat as unprocessed as possible, save for the fact that:

(Don’t we all????)

So besides constantly googling high protein snacks, I’ve of course been gearing up for AT FIRST BLUSH’S release (news on my release date and cover reveal coming soon!)

and working on my WIP. I’ve also been enjoying a slew of books, including Sophie Kinsella’s first YA novel, last year’s Harlan Coben mystery I never got around to reading, and I’m currently reading (and loving) FLIRTING WITH FAME by Samantha Joyce, who is an awesome writer, which is pure gravy because she’s such a cool person as well.

I think one thing that I’ve found so unexpectedly cool about the whole publishing process is how exciting it is seeing friends’ books coming out. I get such a thrill seeing buzz on books from authors who are just all-around good people.

So, lots of cool things looming, and it’s easy to get nervous about the release of AT FIRST BLUSH, but I’m choosing instead to be 10000000% excited and positive about it, because trust me, no good comes from nerves and panic!


Do you get more excited or nervous when it comes to writing stuff??


I’m so excited to be part of the cover reveal for the third installment in Stephanie Faris’ Piper Morgan series!! 

Animal shelters have a special place in my heart since it’s where I fell in love with my sweet kitty, Penny, so you can bet I’ll be reading this one.

Now, here it is. Get ready for the adorableness: 

Piper Morgan to the Rescue


By Stephanie Faris





Piper helps some four-legged friends find the perfect home in the third book of the brand-new Piper Morgan series.

Piper is super excited to help out at Bark Street, a local animal shelter in town. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by adorable puppies and dogs all day? And when Piper sees Taffy, the cutest dog she has ever seen, Piper is determined to find a way to bring Taffy home. But it won’t be easy—especially when she finds out someone else wants to make Taffy a part of their family, too!


How great does this story sound??  As part of today’s celebration I invited Stephanie to come by for a guest post to tell us some of the adorable dog-related tidbits she learned while writing this book. Take it away, Stephanie!


Some Fun Facts About Dogs

by Stephanie Faris

In Piper Morgan to the Rescue, my main character gets to work at a rescue shelter. I loved the idea of little Piper being surrounded by puppies, but I had no idea how much fun it would be to write the book. Every Piper Morgan book has “fun facts” inserted between chapters and in …to the Rescue, those “fun facts” are called “FUR facts.” That meant while writing this book, I got to spend time learning interesting facts about one of my favorite subjects: dogs.

One of the biggest things I learned in my research was that you can get all kinds of pets at shelters. There are younger dogs, older dogs, brand new puppies…you can even get purebreds. You may have to travel to another state, but thanks to sites like Petfinder, you’ll probably find whatever type of dog you want.

I took some time during those fun facts to stress to kids that dogs can be a big responsibility. As cute as they are as puppies, they need love for their whole lives, even when they get older and bigger. Small dogs can be even more work than big dogs, so it’s important to learn as much as possible about the breed itself before choosing a dog.

Interestingly, some of the most interesting information I’ve learned about dogs came from a piece I recently wrote for Netributor. We all know dogs evolved from wolves, but how did such mean creatures become the same animals we now let into our homes? Scientists think some wolves may have learned the behavior while searching for food from humans. Over time, a particular breed of wolves learned that if they weren’t aggressive, they’d get more food. That breed of wolves eventually became the dogs we love today.

One thing I know for sure: kids love dogs, especially puppies. I can see why. Even reading over what I wrote in the Piper Morgan series, I smile every time she interacts with her nanna’s dog Oreo. Kids and pets are so cute together!



Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.


Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive. 







Also super exciting: Stephanie’s giving away an ARC of the first book in the Piper Morgan series! Enter here:

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I have a newsletter!!

I’ve finally done it!! I’ve got myself a newsletter. Big giant thank you to Leandra Wallace who’s been helping me get the newsletter vibe for months now 😉 and my brother Scott who has helped me figure out Mail Chimp lol. I’ve been reading and subscribing to so many and think I’ve finally found my newsletter “voice.” So excited to be doing this and I hope you guys will sign up! <3

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The Secret to Letting Go Book Blast!

I’m so excited for my agent sis, Katherine Fleet, on her YA contemporary debut, THE SECRET TO LETTING GO.

When my agent blogged about signing Katherine a while back I knew her novel sounded like something I’d love.

I was right. I started reading this two days ago and I cannot put it down. It’s exactly my kind of read. The writing flows so beautifully and the story is addictive.

And, um, how gorgeous is this cover???

Book Synopsis:

One summer can change everything…


Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.


Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.


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Author Bio:

Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine Fleet gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean. The slower pace of island life has given her time to pursue a long-time goal—becoming an author. When she’s not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her husband and wonderful friends in Curaçao. She is also a very thankful breast cancer survivor. In 2007, she joined RWA and has enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the YARWA and OIRWA writing communities. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. She is represented by super-agent Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency. The Secret to Letting Go is her debut novel. You can connect with her


Congrats, Katherine!!! I can’t recommend this book enough. THE SECRET TO LETTING GO  is a winner!! <3

Hi There!

Hey everyone! Remember me??

So I spent the last couple of months buried in revisions, then of course I go and get a cold right after.

Leaving the house officially feels like this:


How has everyone been???


Once fall/winter roll around I get more and more into cooking. As a vegetarian (not to mention THE PICKIEST VEGETARIAN YOU WILL EVER MEET), I have more limitations than most, and am hard to impress. This mac and cheese recipe is one of my favorites, and always comes out SO GOOD. It’s also not too hard.

look how pretty!



and here’s the recipe if you’re interested. It’s from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)

Mac and Cheese recipe

Ina’s definitely one of those people you either love or hate

but even if she grates my cheese sometimes, I try to just take her with a grain of salt (ha. ha.) and this recipe is too good to pass up.

I used storebought breadcrumbs b/c aint nobody got time for that homemade b.s….but it still comes out great!

What’s your favorite fall/winter recipe??

Best and Worst Halloweens (But Mostly Worst)

Even as a kid, I didn’t adore Halloween. It was just always one of those things where expectations were so high it had no choice but to fall majorly flat.

If you’re a Friends fan, you’ll know what I mean when I say that the way I feel about Halloween is how Chandler feels about Thanksgiving.

I’ve honestly never had a good one. Or at least one that met or exceeded expectations. But still, there were some fun moments.

Below is concrete evidence I have always hated Halloween. I am in the blue dress and tiara right in the middle, looking bored out of my mind.


This next one was possibly my favorite Halloween, except for the fact that all the horrible kids called me Vanessa (Ursula in disguise) b/c of my brown hair, but I still loved the costume, and the fact that I got to wear a little makeup. Oh and you also get two random bonus pics b/c I scanned them all together years ago and am too lazy to crop. That’s me and my brother horseback riding, and me having breakfast with the White Rabbit in Disney World (I was, apparently, very shy/excited to meet him.



For this particular Halloween, while every other normal child was planning their costumes for at least a month, I was over in some corner, not caring. So last minute I tied two pillows to my person with a robe tie and called myself a pillow. Exhibit A:



What was your best or favorite Halloween costume???