Monday, December 28, 2015

A SPECIAL GIFT {the gift of words}


This week has been a flurry of wrapping paper, tinsel, ham, prawns, and Pavlova. I spent the week at my parent’s place, and with ten people in the house, it was pretty noisy. But we all had a great time, and the kids were spoiled rotten. I love Christmas, because I love seeing people happy.

Amongst the ruckus, I still managed to find the time to write every day. I even surpassed my daily goal of 500 words, reaching double that most of the time.

I also got some pretty awesome gifts. More books to read, another colouring book, and my favourite present … a leather bound journal.


It was given to me by a special friend who has stuck by me, even when I’ve been at my worst. She gets me more than anyone I know, and it’s the most thoughtful present I’ve been given in a long time. I plan to start using it on January 1, and I want to fill it with something meaningful. So, it’s going to be my learning journal. Each day I’m going to look for something new to learn, and I’m going to write it down. I also plan to use it to record anything I think will help me in some way, whether it be dealing with something that’s happening at the time, or to see the world differently. Quotes, thoughts, song lyrics … all the things I love and want to love. Thoughts, speech, words … they are so wonderful, and I’m so grateful for this gift, because it has given me a special place to put all the words! 

Have you received a special gift this Christmas? I’d love to hear about it.

Stay awesome, and see you in 2016.
K x

Monday, December 21, 2015

MERRY CHRISTMAS {and a writing update from me}


I can’t believe Christmas is less than a week away. Where has this year gone? At the beginning of 2015 hubby and I agreed that we needed to slow down, and start making the most of things. We wanted to prioritise better, meaning less work and more play. Even though we’ve achieved a lot over the past twelve months, I feel as if the year has gotten away from us. I think I feel this way every year. And now it’s time to start thinking about the year ahead again. The prospect of another year excites me because it’s another chance to start over, and another chance to set long term (and short term) goals. So … I thought it's about time I gave you an official update on where I’m at with my writing, and what you can (possibly) expect from me in 2016.

I’m currently drafting Die For Me, the final book in the Tate Chronicles, and I plan to have it out before the middle of the year. I’m excited for this final book because it’s going to be a good one, and after everything Grace as been through … well, all I’ll say is she’s going out with a bang. I’m going to miss my characters from this series because they have been with me for so long, but to be honest, I’m also relieved. I’m excited about moving on to new stories and ideas, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

As well as releasing the final book in the series, the Tate Chronicles will be getting a makeover. The first two books will have shiny re-designed covers, and I’ll be doing a triple cover reveal some time in February. Sacrifice will remain the same because I’ve always loved it, and it fits well with the new designs.

I had originally hoped to release Die For Me in January, but there are several schedules I need to work in line with such as beta readers and editors, so that time frame wasn’t possible. I’m not ready to announce an exact date yet (I still need to finish writing the book!) but when I am you’ll be the first to know.

In March I’ll be going back to uni to continue my studies for my BA. I’ve had a semester off, so it will be a shock to the system, but I’m looking forward to hitting the books again, and getting back into it. This means my writing time will be more limited, but I have plans to work on another story that has been floating around in my head for a few years. Ideally I’d like an October release, but I’ll have to see how things go. It may end up being October 2017! I’ll definitely try my best to have something to release by the end of 2016 though, because I have quite a few stories waiting to be told. My fingers are itching just thinking about them.

To give you an idea, I’ve started plotting a few of them: a ghost story, a story involving romantic betrayal, and a dystopian video game. I have no idea how any of them will turn out, but that’s half the fun.

As for New Year’s resolutions, that may have to be a different blog post in the first week of January. I think I’ll make it through Christmas first before I go and set anything in stone for 2016. Plus, I need to think about it more and work out exactly what I want to focus on. The options are limitless.

I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a supper Happy New year. I hope Santa is good to you.

Stay awesome.
K x

Monday, December 14, 2015

Back to Basics {writing in a notebook}


For the past week or so I’ve been writing in a notebook rather than sitting at the computer to get my words down. This stemmed from me having to work extra days at my day job in the lead up to Christmas. I’m a graphic designer so I stare at a computer screen all day. On most work days, the thought of going anywhere near the computer when I get home makes me cringe. What’s even worse, it makes my writing feel like a chore.

Another reason why I thought I’d get back to basics is because I felt disconnected to my writing. I felt like I’d lost touch and was simply going through the motions and not producing quality work. Picking up a pen and writing on paper has let me free my thoughts, and given me the chance to write with abandon—mistakes and all. Everything is raw on the page. There’s no delete button.

Sometimes I wonder if we are slowly losing the art of writing, letting it get lost amongst all the pixels and images, and ease of the digital world. Writing on paper is an art in itself, and one I have really enjoyed exploring again.

These are some of the notebooks in my collection.
I admit I’m a notebook hoarder.

I used to worry that I wouldn’t be able to read what I’d written after I’d written it, but I think no matter how messy our handwriting is, our brains have an uncanny way of deciphering our own thoughts. I used to envy those who have beautiful and neat handwriting, and I’ve tried relentlessly to write neatly and make mine pretty. I often start out neat, but then it turns into a messy scrawl because my hand can’t keep up with my brain. This would be my only downfall when it comes to writing with pen and paper, because I look back and think, Wow! What a mess! But I’ve also come to appreciate that I can write and still read it afterwards, and I’ve changed my mindset to view my notebooks as objects of beauty, filled with imagination and ideas, rather than a mess of miss-formed words.

From my experience, I think writing with pen and paper is a good exercise that every writer should do on a regular basis. It’s a lot nicer watching the ink flow from a pen than watching a cursor flash on a white screen. Writing on paper can help unblock our minds, and get our ideas and thoughts flowing freely. If you find you’re having trouble with your current WIP and feel stuck, why not try using a notebook instead? You might be surprised at how much it can help.

Stay awesome.
K x

Monday, December 07, 2015

WHAT MAKES YOU A WRITER? {how to define your purpose}



I often hear of writers who don’t believe they’re actually writers. If you spend time creating stories with words, in any form whether it be a diary entry, blog post, novel, poem, play, the list is endless … then you are a writer.

Say it with me. I am a writer.

You don’t have to be published or famous, to achieve writer status. All you have to do is write.

Today I thought I’d share with you the top ten things being a writer means to me.



1) Happiness: When I’m writing, I’m happy. When I’m thinking about writing, I’m happy.

2) Creativity: I’m a highly visual person, and I love to create. Whether it’s painting, colouring, illustrating, designing, or writing, I love seeing my creations come to life. Writing is just one of the many forms of creativity I enjoy.

3) An escape: When I write, I’m taken away from the real world and into a place that I love to be. I have no worries in my imaginary worlds, and my characters wrap me up in a warm blanket and keep me safe.

4) Time out: I see writing as a way to take time out from everyday life. This could be considered the same thing as escaping, but I disagree. Sometimes I don’t need to forget about the real world. Sometimes all I need is a short break from it.

5) Stress relief: This is a big one for me. I get anxious over the smallest things, and it can be quite debilitating. Writing helps me calm down and deal with issues in a better way. I find the act of writing very therapeutic.

6) A Challenge: I like to set goals and reach above and beyond them, but this is challenging on the days when I’m time poor. I also like to improve and better myself and my skill. Writing every day helps me achieve this. Writing also challenges me to think about certain things differently, and I like having to look at situations from several angles.

7) An opportunity: I see my writing as an opportunity to connect with lots of different people in many different ways. This connection can be through interacting with fans of my work, or through meeting like-minded people in the form of other writers.

8) A sense of accomplishment: When someone tells me they’ve read my book and loved it, it gives me all the fuzzy feels. There is no better feeling than knowing I have touched someone with my writing. I also feel accomplished when I meet my personal goals and striving for them keeps me going.

9) A way to entertain: Story telling is a great form of entertainment. I enjoy reading, and if I can write something that someone else enjoys reading, then even better. There’s nothing more satisfying than the feeling you get when someone tells you how much they enjoyed reading your story.

10) A purpose: I feel that my writing gives me purpose. It’s one of (the many) reasons why I get up every day. It gives me something to look forward to, and helps me face things I don’t always want to. I enjoy spending time with my characters and their world, and bringing them to life. It’s like they’re my children, and it’s my job to care for them and nurture them into existence.

So the next time you tell yourself, or someone else tells you you’re not a writer, because you don’t have anything published, or no one knows about your work, or *insert other reasons here*, don’t listen to them.

Be the writer you want to be.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzh5BiOq-nLfeDc3UjVjR3B6QWM/view?usp=sharing

Download my free worksheet and fill it out to remind yourself why you love to write.

Be awesome.
K x

Monday, November 30, 2015

EXPANDING PERSONAL SPACE IT’S ALL ABOUT THEM {Making your blog work for others}


Image: Jonathan Pendleton via unsplash.com

Last week I talked about my blog as my personal space, and I asked myself a series of questions to help me find out what I wanted to get out of blogging. I discovered I wanted to focus more on me and my writing, and since making that decision I have felt much better about my blog, because it’s now something I’m doing for myself. It’s all about me.

You can read the post HERE and download the free worksheet to help you get your blog back on track.

However, I also want my blog to be a space for others. I want to expand my personal space, and invite you to come in and have a look around.

In order to do this, my blog needs to be a place where people will want to come. Sounds pretty simple, right? I’m not so sure. I’ve thought about it long and hard, asking myself what I like from the blogs I read regularly, and I’ve come up with this:

Easy to read: The typeface and size of the text has to be comfortable to read. If it’s hard work, I don’t want to stick around. Usually online a sans serif face works well. My blog is set in Calibri at 16 point. Also consider background colour. Black or grey text on white is far easier on the eye than white text on black.

Nice to look at: I’m a graphic designer, so I’m constantly looking at how things are designed. I often pull them apart in my head and put them back together again. If the blog I’m looking at is designed nicely, then I’m more likely to stay a while.

Easy to navigate: Blogs have come so far in that they aren’t just a blog anymore. We can have several pages to our websites that contain a limitless amount of content. Finding this content needs to be clear and simple, and this is something I’m constantly working on.

My suggestions are:
  • Use a few key tags or labels as opposed to too many (something else I’m working on)
  • Have the main navigation clear at the top of the blog
  • Make your blog archive easily accessible
  • Use eye-catching graphics in the sidebar for extra interest and easy content click through.

Interesting content: By now the blog has sucked me in with its prettiness and ease of reading, but what I’m reading needs to keep me interested. This could be anything from the way the blogger writes, to the topic they’re writing about. It’s a very personal thing, and what holds my attention on one blog may not hold yours. I do believe though that if you’re writing on a topic you’re passionate about, this will shine through your words and make the post interesting.

Informative: As well as being interesting, the content should aim to inform on a certain topic. Whatever topic you’ve chosen, blog posts need some direction, otherwise they risk becoming boring.  There should be a clear movement from introduction, to the presentation of information, to the conclusion. Much like a story has a beginning, middle, and end.

Something of value: For me this is an important key point. Sometimes the value is in the information. If I come away from reading a post knowing something I didn’t know before, then I’m satisfied. If the post has made me think, or encouraged me to engage with the writer, then their job is done. Other times value can be found in aspects such as free downloads or samples. The idea is to leave the reader with the sense that they received something from your blog post.

Regular: If a blog I like doesn’t post content on a regular basis, I tend to forget about them. Because I’m so busy, usually I’ve signed up to follow them so I won’t actively seek out new blog posts. They have to land in my inbox. If this happens on a regular basis I’m more inclined to stay for a while after I’ve read the new post. Your posts don’t have to be frequent, but they should be regular so the reader knows when to expect a new post (something else I’m working on yet again).

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzh5BiOq-nLfQmVxZGF4NFU0am8/view?usp=sharing

Download my free worksheet to help you structure an effective blog post.

When I decided to move away from promoting other authors and to focus my blog on me and my writing, it didn’t mean I wanted to stop helping others. Through sharing my own experiences, thoughts, and knowledge, it is my hope that what I have to offer from this point forward is something the online community will find helpful.

Be awesome.
K x

Sunday, November 22, 2015

PERSONAL SPACE IT'S ALL ABOUT ME {making your blog work for you}



Image: Dustin Lee via unsplash.com

I’ve been blogging here since October 2012. It’s been more than three years, and I’m surprised at how fast time passes. When I took a look back through everything I’ve posted until now, I realised that I’ve spent a lot of time helping and promoting other authors. I love to help people. I think it’s one of the most rewarding actions we can take in this world that’s so full of negativity. Helping others makes the world a better place.

But … I’ve had a long think about it, and I’ve also realised that while it brings me great joy when I help other authors spread the word about their work, my blog is not the space I wish to do it in. Over the past few weeks I’ve had several close author friends have cover reveals and new releases, and it’s always exciting when something comes to life that you know someone has worked so hard on. A few of these I committed to posting here, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get around to it. The guilt ate a hole in my stomach, and I promised myself I would stop agreeing to do something I don’t have enough time for. My life is a bit crazy. On a bad day I barely have time to reach my 400 word goal. So spending hours formatting blog posts that inevitably won’t help me gain anything other than the warm fuzzy feels is not very productive for me and my work.

I want my blog space to take a new direction, and I want it to be about me and my writing.

When I say it like that it makes me sound selfish, but in my own space I think I have the right to be. This is the place where it can be all about me.

The other aspect of blogging I’ve struggled with over the years is getting into a routine where I can do it regularly. I’ve found in the past that I haven’t had much to say, so my posts have been erratic and at times probably not what you as my readers want to read about. I’m hoping if I shift the focus to where the heart of my love and passion lies, I’ll be able to write more interesting and engaging posts, and to also do it more regularly. I’m hoping my posts will still be able to help others, but in a different way.


Have you found yourself in the same position as me? Have you gotten to the point where the content of your blog has overshadowed what you originally set out to do? If the answer is yes, then ask yourself the questions I asked myself:

  • What lies at the heart of my blog?
  • What is my blog about?
  • What am I passionate about?
  • What do I want to offer in my blog posts?
  • What is the direction I want my blog to take?
  • How frequently do I want to blog, and what can I do to make it happen?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bzh5BiOq-nLfQmVxZGF4NFU0am8/view?usp=sharing

Download my free worksheet to help you answer these questions.

I’m planning to make my blog space more personal, and give you the chance to see inside my head more than you would by reading my books. I hope to write posts about what’s going on in my writing life, what’s easy and what’s hard. Projects I’m working on, books I’m reading, helpful resources, and things that bring me happiness. I might even throw some advice in there every now and again. I’d love to know what you would like to hear from me, so please comment and we’ll get the conversation going.

Be awesome.
K x

Monday, November 02, 2015

Setting Achievable Goals – Writember Workshop and NaNo WriMo

I haven’t really shared much writing news with you all this year. Mainly because I haven’t had all that much to share. Fight For Me, the second book in the Tate Chronicles, released back in January. After that I began the draft for Die For Me, which will be the final book, but with uni, and life, and a three month holiday, time got away and the draft still isn’t finished.

I’m okay with that, because now I’m more prepared to get stuck into it and get that sucker written. Although I won’t be announcing a release date until I know that I can pull it off, I can tell you it will be some time in the New Year.

Nano started this week, and I have every intention of participating (I think), but I’m also doing something else to help me achieve my writing goals. I’m taking part in the Writember Workshop via Writerology, and I’m excited about this because I’m looking forward to changing from a sporadic binge writer to someone who can find the time to write every day.

I took a pledge, and I vowed to write 300 words of fiction and 100 words of nonfiction every day. It’s a far cry from the 1667 daily nano goal in order to reach 50k, but one thing I have learnt since starting the workshop is that I need to set attainable goals. If I have a goal that’s too hard to reach, then I’ll feel like a failure if and when I fall short. By setting a goal I know I can achieve on my worst day, it will be easier to go above and beyond on all the good days.

So in terms of writing news, in early 2016 you can expect to see the last book in the Tate Chronicles come to life. I also have a few other novel ideas almost plotted out, and I’ll be deciding which of those to move forward with. When I know, I’ll let all of you know, too. And lastly, I have another exciting project I’ve been working on for the past few months, but one I’m not entirely ready to share yet. Make sure you keep an eye out for it though. It will be one for the writers.

K x

Sunday, November 01, 2015

End Radio Silence – It’s Been a While

It’s been a long time. A long time since I posted anything on this blog, and a long time since I got back from my extended holiday.

I haven’t been around for a while because I was off gallivanting around Australia with my hubby and two young children. We drove, we bushwalked, we went places we’ve never been, we pushed boundaries, we swam, we ate, we drank, we met amazing people, we relaxed, and we had the most awesome time ever. The pink line on the map still blows me away …


I had every intention of keeping everyone in the loop. But the truth is, I enjoyed the time away, and the solitude of the open roads, and the quiet of the Aussie outback far too much to worry about keeping up with everything and everyone else.

I went into the trip filled with optimism, and with the best intentions of writing every day, because I should have had all the time in the world. But even though we did so much in the three months, what I didn’t do much of is write. I did keep up with my daily blog post on our personal travel blog which sometimes equated to more than 1k words a day, and I made quite a few entries into my notebooks as we were bumping along those outback roads, but not once did I turn the laptop on and write new words for any of my current WIPs.

At the time this was perfectly fine, because I was so busy with everything else, and all the fun we were having, that I didn’t give it a second thought. When I got home, I felt conflicted. One minute I wished I’d set aside a little more time to spend with my laptop, then the next I remembered all the things we did instead. The first few days back at home I felt guilty because I hadn’t reached my goal of getting the draft done for the final book in my series. I was on a downer because our adventure was over. Then while I was slapping myself on the wrist, telling myself to get over it, reality was whacking me in the face. And when I thought about it some more, I was actually glad I didn’t spend any time engrossed in my imaginary worlds, because I had all that time to spend with my children and reconnect with my family.

We’ve been home for over a month now, and the holiday seems like a distant memory. But apart from broadening my life experience, it taught me a very valuable lesson.

Even though I’m a writer and author, it’s not the only thing about me and my life that matters. I’m also a wife, mother, friend, reader, artist, graphic designer, adventure seeker, uni student, and so many other things. I have goals, and I should try my best to achieve them, but sometimes it’s okay to take time off … from everything. Sometimes doing that is the best thing, because I don’t ever want to lose sight of what is most important to me. Even though I have a million and one things I want to do before I die, my family is at the top of my most important list, and if I needed to take three months off from doing something I love to spend it with them, then it was totally worth it, because I can only watch my kids grow up once.
Our trip was amazing. So amazing I can’t really put it into words. And even though I didn’t write like I’d planned to, I’ve come away with more worldly experience, priceless memories, and a brain full of fuel for future writing.

It would be impossible to show you everything we did in one blog post, but here are some of the amazing places we visited.

Ayreshire Hills


Darwin


Lichfield National Park


The Horizontal Waterfalls


Cable Beach, Broome


Coral Bay


Shell Beach, Shark Bay


Monkey Mia


Steep Point


Kalbarri National Park and Aussie wildflowers






K x

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?

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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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K x

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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)
Helen Boswell (US)
S.T. Bende (US)
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)
Alexia Purdy (US)
Tamara Rose Blodgett (US)
A.O. Peart (US)
Bethany Lopez (US)
M.R. Polish (US/UK)
Julie Prestsater (INT)

Want to get down and dirty with the authors of Losing It? Join us in the Champagne Room on Facebook. Must be 18 or older to request entry.

Ready to Lose It?


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?

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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!

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