Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I Hit the Gold Coast for RWDU With My Aussie Owned and Read Girls

On March 27th I made the journey to Qld for the Readers and Writers Down Under Convention. This was my second year attending this event (formerly known as Indie Authors Down Under) and I had an absolute ball.

Friday
My assistant, Katrina, and I were on the road to the airport at 5am, and our plane from Sydney left the tarmac at 7.10am. We watched the sun rise from our seats as we taxied along the runway.

01_Sunrise

When we reached the Gold Coast we met up with our beautiful Aussie Owned member, Stacey, and dumped our bags in our room. Stacey and I spent the morning attending some panels. There were discussions about all sorts of things, and we enjoyed watching Aussie Owned's lovely Lauren talk on the Fine Line Between Young Adult and New Adult panel with Jay McLean.

02_YAPanel 
Jay McLean and Lauren McKellar

After a relaxing lunch, a glass of wine, and a pedicure with Katrina by my side, it was back to the panels with Stacey. We got to hear Abbi Glines talk social media, and after meeting her last year, it was great to be in the same room with this inspirational woman again.

02_Abbi 
Abbi Glines

By this time I was walking dead on my feet. Being up since 4am can do that to you! But we pushed on and Stacey, Katrina and I had a lovely dinner with Bianca from Martini Times Romance. After dinner we strolled through the markets on the foreshore and were treated to an unexpected fireworks show.

04_Fireworks

It was then time to prepare for the big event the next day, and get everything ready for the signing. We finally climbed into bed at 11pm.

Saturday
We were up at 6am, had a quick breakfast and fussed about with last minute preparations before we headed down to the ballroom to set up. The room buzzed with organised chaos, and the atmosphere was invigorating. At 9.30am the doors opened for the VIP guests, and at 10am it was open slather for all.

05_SetUp 
Me with my wonderful assistant, Katrina,
after we'd finished setting up

My wonderful assistant never left my side, and I spent the day signing books, meeting new readers, and catching up with some lovely people I’d met last year. One of the highlights was getting to meet Fiona Miller-Stevens. She was on my team for Pitcharama 2014, and since then we’ve stayed in touch. It was really nice finally being able to chat face to face.

08_Fiona 
Me with Fiona Miller-Stevens

There was no time to spend with Stacey or Lauren at the signing, so Stacey and I took the opportunity to catch up on everything over lunch.

07_Stacey 
Stacey and I at lunch

Before we knew it the day was over and it was time to get ready for the red carpet awards dinner. Lauren, Stacey and I were all nominated in several categories, so the excitement was high. Although none of us brought home an award, they all went to deserving and wonderful people. Besides, we were having too much fun in the photo booth to care about anything else!

PhotoBooth

Stacey, Katrina and I shared a table with Bianca and M.J. Stevens, and we all had a fantastic night. I fell into bed around 11pm again, and I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.

09_Awards 
From L-R M. J. Stevens, Bianca (Martini Times Romance), Stacey Nash, K. A. Last (me), Katrina (my assistant)

Sunday
On Sunday morning I think I was too tired to really process the weekend in its entirety. When Katrina and I boarded the plane at lunch time, I felt sad to be leaving, but I was so glad to be heading home to my family and my own bed. Looking back on it now, it was a fantastic weekend, and I can’t wait to do it all again next year.

K x

Friday, February 27, 2015

Release Blitz + Giveaway - Shh! by Stacey Nash


Shh! by Stacey Nash
(Oxley College #1)
Publication date: February 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:
Nineteen-year-old Olivia Dean has the perfect reputation, the perfect boyfriend, and an increasingly perfect CV. She has it all, until Christian breaks up with her in public, calling her out as a self-gratifying sexoholic: the kind that plays solo. But Olivia doesn’t masturbate all night — the only thing she does is sleep … right?

Now all the boys on campus seem to want her attention for the absolutely wrong reason — including resident hottie, Logan Hays. He’s pulling out his best moves to gain her attention, so resisting his sexy charm is hard work. With rapidly slipping grades, a disturbingly lurid reputation and demanding parents, Olivia must discover the truth behind her rumoured sleeping problem. If she doesn’t, the perfect life she’s worked so hard for may slip away, including the one person who has Olivia breaking all her rules — Logan.

What do you do when you’re asleep?

***

Shh! is a story about acceptance, learning to trust and in turn love while facing life’s unexpected difficulties.

NB: This book is of a mild heat level, and contains no explicit sex scenes.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24156437-shh?ac=1

Purchase:
Amazon | B&N


About the author:
Writing for the young and new adult market, Stacey's books are all adventure filled stories with a lot of adventure, a good dose of danger, a smattering of romance, and plenty of KISSING! Hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, she loves nothing more than immersing herself in the beauty and culture of the local area.

Author of the Collective Series; Forget Me Not and Remember Me. And Oxley College Saga; Shh! and Wait!

Author links:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

True Confessions Blog Hop - The Losing It Authors Tell All + GIVEAWAY





Confession: I'm obsessed with eyes.


A lot of women are attracted to muscles and hot bodies, but I don’t find big muscly arms and chests that much of a turn on. I’m obviously not completely against them, but for me it’s not the most important thing.

I love eyes. If someone has awesome eyes, then bam! They’ve got my attention. The eyes can tell so many secrets, and I know it’s cliché, but they really are the windows to the soul.

I especially love scary blue eyes—that really intense, piercing blue that stands out a mile away. My favourite blue-eyed celebrity is Zac Effron, and I have to say he has grown up to be one fine man. He is also one of my main muses when it came to writing Josh's character in the Tate Chronicles.



Giveaway

My Losing It scene (Suffering – Grace's Story) occurs between Fall For Me and Fight For Me. It is like an interquel rather than an extended scene, and offers a little more insight into Grace and Josh’s relationship. Read on to see what you could win ...


One winner will receive eBook copies
of Fall For Me and Fight For Me.
Sacrifice is currently FREE. Go HERE for all the retail links.


A second winner will receive a signed
Tate Chronicles bookmark pack.

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Read all of our confessions and enter to win paperbacks and swag at every stop!

Kristina Circelli (US)
Melissa Haag (INT)
Ednah Walters (INT)
Nikki Jefford (INT)
Stacey Wallace Benefiel (US)
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Amy Miles (US)
S. M. Boyce (US)
Milda Harris (INT)
K. A. Last (INT)
Heather Hildenbrand (INT)
Ginger Scott (US)
Julia Crane (US)
Tish Thawer (US)
Misty Provencher (US)
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Tamara Rose Blodgett (US)
A.O. Peart (US)
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Julie Prestsater (INT)

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Monday, February 02, 2015

COVER REVEAL - Shh! by Stacey Nash + Giveaway

I am so excited about this cover reveal! Stacey is one of my dear friends, and we have been eagerly awaiting the day when we could both show everyone the cover for Shh! Now it's finally here.

I had so much fun designing this cover, and I cried happy tears at Stacey's initial reaction.

If you'd like to see more covers that I've designed, head over to KILA Designs.

Now, check out the pretty ...

Shh! (Oxley College #1)
Release Date: 02/23/15


eBook cover


Full cover wrap 


Summary from Goodreads:
Nineteen-year-old Olivia Dean has the perfect reputation, the perfect boyfriend, and an increasingly perfect CV. She has it all, until Christian breaks up with her in public, calling her out as a self-gratifying sexoholic: the kind that plays solo. But Olivia doesn’t masturbate all night — the only thing she does is sleep … right?

Now all the boys on campus seem to want her attention for the absolutely wrong reason — including resident hottie, Logan Hays. He's pulling out his best moves to gain her attention, so resisting his sexy charm is hard work. With rapidly slipping grades, a disturbingly lurid reputation and demanding parents, Olivia must discover the truth behind her rumoured sleeping problem. If she doesn't, the perfect life she's worked so hard for may slip away, including the one person who has Olivia breaking all her rules — Logan.

What do you do when you’re asleep?

***

Shh! is a story about acceptance, learning to trust and in turn love while facing life's unexpected difficulties.

NB: This book is of a mild heat level, and contains no explicit sex scenes.


Pre-Order Links:
(Shh! won’t be available on Amazon until release day)

About the Author
Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. She loves to read and write books that have a lot of adventure, a good dose of danger, a smattering of romance, and KISSING! Hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, she loves nothing more than immersing herself in the beauty and culture of the local area. She also loves to blog is a co-founder and a contributor at Aussie Owned and Read, a blog designed for readers and writers of young adult and new adult fiction.

Her debut novel Forget Me Not released with HarperCollins Impulse in 2014 and was soon followed by the sequel, Remember Me. 2015 brings an Aussie set New Adult romance, the Oxley College Saga: Shh! and Wait!

Author Links:
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Friday, January 30, 2015

Losing It: A Collection of V-Cards

I am so super excited about this collection! Along with 21 other stellar authors, I have an exclusive scene in this book. It's between Grace and Josh from my Tate Chronicles series, and it happens between Fall For Me and Fight For Me, so it's like an interquel rather than an extended scene.

Two weeks until release! Here's what's in store:


22 stops. 22 different prizes. 22 true stories from the Losing It authors.


Join our Twitter Party! February 11 from 7-9PM EST. Use hashtag #Vcard


Join us in the Champagne Room, our private Facebook page, where you'll have VIP access to excerpts, discussions, and giveaways.

Request exclusive access here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/332424686965271/

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Be one of the first to receive this oh so satisfying collection of all new, never before published scenes. Over 200 pages with 22 authors. All for 99 cents!

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