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Cover Reveal: Unnatural by J.A. Belfield

Published September 16, 2013 by LS Murphy

GUYS! Seriously, I fell in love with this cover the second I saw it. 

Besides the fact that it’s a Holloway Pack novel,

Besides the fact that I adore J.A. Belfield, 

I LOVE THIS COVER!

I would totally pick this up in the bookstore based on the cover alone. 🙂

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Unnatural_Cover_webAbout Unnatural: 

Unnatural. One word to sum up werewolf Kyle Larsen—his mood swings, abnormal body, and choice of female.

The first two, he blames on the vampire venom.

The third, though? No, feline shifter Brook Nicholls was all his doing—a female of whom the pack will never approve.

As part of the Coalition, an organisation with even stricter rules than the pack and a rigidly warped sense of responsibility, Brook comes with a whole lot of opposition of her own.

No wonder the two of them keep their relationship secret for as long as they can.

Now, distanced from his family by his own indiscretions, Kyle’s left to fight battles he’s unsure how to win—some of them even against his own pack.

Is one woman really so important that he’s willing to defy his Alpha for her?

If his heart has any say in the matter, the answer will be yes.

Release Date: April 7, 2014

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Deadlines, Deadlines, Whoosh…

Published September 8, 2013 by LS Murphy

I’m on a deadline. It’s a personal deadline, but a deadline nonetheless. 

Yep, I am totally freaking out that I will miss it, which will screw up my plans for the rest of the year. 

Okay, I should calm down about it, right? I mean, it’s not like it’s a REQUIREMENT. 

BUT I LIKE TO STAY ON TARGET!!!!!

My deadline is to finish this current WIP (FULL COUNT) by the end of September. I’m sitting just over 45k. Things seem to be getting in the way lately, and it’s driving me batty. If I can write every day, I’ll still make my deadline. 

HOWEVER …

I think I’ve underestimated my word count for this first draft. 

So why needlessly put myself on deadlines? If I don’t, I’ll jump from project to project without finishing any of them.

I’ve got Writer’s ADD. 

Right now, I’m sitting on a novel (NO REGRETS) I finished around the 18th of August. I really want to start rewriting it, but I need to sit on it for at least a month if not longer. Distance makes the heart grow fonder. It also helps me figure out what’s wrong with it.  In the meantime, I’ve been working on FULL COUNT, which I actually started last year. Like I said, it’s at 45k and I think I’m only halfway done.

Then there’s this other awesome idea I’ve been toying with, along with another one I’ve been outlining. It’s a never ending circle sometimes. 

Why must I complete FULL COUNT by the end of September? Because the month of October will be devoted to rewriting and revising and editing NO REGRETS. I have a very structured revision process and have to stick to it. If I don’t, well … let’s just say it won’t be pretty. Come November 1st, NO REGRETS will be hitting the emails of three different readers.

November, currently, is scheduled for revisions for FULL COUNT. December is for tweaking NO REGRETS before sending to the agent. 

So, if you don’t see me online a lot lately, that’s why. I really want to get FULL COUNT finished by the end of this month. If I can swing it, I’ll have the revisions done by the end of November to send to a few readers in December. 

See, I have a plan. 

By the way, January is the month I pass out. 🙂

Cover Reveal: Rushing into Love by Ashelyn Drake

Published September 2, 2013 by LS Murphy

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Rushing Into Love (Campus Crush #3)

by Ashelyn Drake

Release Date: 09/10/13

 Summary from Goodreads:

As a college junior, Mindy Stanton has no interest in dating a freshman.

That is until Ben Whitmore shows up and serenades his way into her heart at the dorm social she’s running. And after hearing him sing, even Mindy can’t deny that he has a deep, sexy voice that makes her melt.

 

 Even though Mindy makes it clear that she doesn’t date younger guys, Ben pursues her anyway. After all, he doesn’t seem like the typical college freshman, who is only interested in hooking up, partying until he can’t remember his name, or joining a frat. He’s a gentleman, a romantic, and definitely knows all the right things to say to sweep a girl off her feet.

So Mindy drops her guard. She allows herself to fall for him. Before she knows it, Ben is all she can think about. To her, he’s perfect.

But it doesn’t take Mindy long to discover that even the most perfect guys…

 

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Companion books in this series:


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About the Author

New Adult and Young Adult romance author represented by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management Group. Look for her upcoming N.A. title, Romancing the R.A. (S.B. Addison Books, 2013).
Where to find Ashelyn Drake:

http://ashelyndrake.wordpress.com/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7075461.Ashelyn_Drake

https://twitter.com/AshelynDrake

https://www.facebook.com/AshelynDrake

 

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Cover Reveal: Forty Nights by Stephanie Parent

Published August 30, 2013 by LS Murphy

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Forty Nights (Neima’s Ark #2)

by Stephanie Parent

Release Date: September 2013

Cover Designed by: Najla Qamber Designs

Summary from Goodreads:

Neima, her family, and her grandfather Noah have found themselves trapped aboard an ark as a great flood destroys all life in the world. As their time aboard the ark lengthens, food begins to run out, wild animals grow restless, and family tensions become as much of a threat as the flood outside. In the second and final installment of Neima’s Ark, the stakes are higher, the conflicts are greater, and Neima finds herself facing a choice as impossible as the destruction all around her.

Forty Nights is a continuation of the story begun in Forty Days, and it’s recommended that you read Forty Days first for the best experience. Forty Nights does, however, contain a character guide to refresh readers’ memories. The Neima’s Ark series is a historical, feminist reimagining of the story of Noah’s Ark rather than a religiously oriented one, and the novels are best suited for readers who are comfortable with new interpretations of biblical stories.

 

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forty daysForty Days Info:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17261034-forty-days

 Forty Days is currently FREE!  Get your copy!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forty-days-stephanie-parent/1116761817?ean=2940045226042

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 About the Author

Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended StephanieParentthe Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block’s WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.

 

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Excerpt from “The 13th Month” ~ ONE MORE DAY

Published August 29, 2013 by LS Murphy

OneMoreDay-blogHello, everyone! I’m thrilled to share the excerpt from “The 13th Month” coming soon in ONE MORE DAY!

So, without further adieu …

December 31st, 2013 4:01pm

“Stop being a douche, Jackie. This end of the world crap is nothing but a load of … well, crap. Get over it.” I snatched our shared laptop from my little brother and closed the lid, not bothering to check out the site he’d become fixated on during the last hour. Jackie’s conspiracy theories were a constant pain in my ass.

“Give it back, Nixon.” He whined, reaching across my body as I shoved the ancient computer behind my back. “This one’s real. I’m telling you; it’s gonna to happen.”

“Just like you said Rapture was real, right? Or the Mayan prophecy of December twenty-first in two-thousand twelve?” I shoved his thirteen-year-old body away from me. “Guess what, dipshit? Twenty-twelve has come and gone with the world still spinning. Get outta here so I can chat with my girl.”

Jackie stood, brushing invisible dirt of his green plaid shorts. In a few years, he’d either be modeling or coming out of the closet. I swore my brother got all the looks in the family—Mom’s California blonde hair, Dad’s bright blue eyes, and

at least two inches taller than I was.

Me? I inherited Dad’s brown hair that curled if it got too long and Mom’s brown eyes the color of dry dirt. In other words, boring.

“One of these days, you’ll believe me,” Jackie said, his voice deeper than normal. His eyes sparkled like ice held up to a light bulb. “The end is coming. Everything will stop. And there’s nothing you can do to prevent it.”

“Dude, did you forget your Zoloft, or something? What’s with the voice?” I fell onto my twin bed, wishing for the millionth time I had my own room. The computer lay across my

thighs, warming the denim beneath it.

Flipping me the bird, Jackie left the room and slammed our door behind him, rattling the windows from the force. The little shit must’ve started lifting weights. I glanced over to his half of the room but saw no sign that my brother had suddenly decided to add to his martial arts workout. Instead, his side was spotless, with a perfectly made bed, organized desk, laid-out clothes, and his lined-up tae kwon do ribbons. Jackie switched disciplines when he was seven, while I stuck with karate. I would’ve quit, but girls thought it was sexy. Laura included.

My shit was less than perfect. A box shoved into the closet hid my wrinkled karate ribbons. Homework and textbooks littered my desk. Even our matching blue plaid comforters were opposites—mine faded and wrinkled, his smooth and bright like the day Mom bought it.

Shaking my head, I opened the laptop and typed in the password. Laura was far more important than worrying about what was up little bro’s butt. Especially since we had big plans that night. Her parents would be out ringing in twenty-fourteen at some hotel soiree, leaving the house to us. Alone. Six years of crushing on her and six months of dating her were leading to what I hoped would be the best night of my life.

Hope you enjoyed! Stop by the other author’s blogs for excerpts from their stories. 

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Why Anthologies?

Published August 27, 2013 by LS Murphy

992970_466077660144178_529536120_nWhy read an anthology? After all, it’s just a bunch of short stories by a bunch of different authors. I could just read their books, right?

As an author who has been published in multiple anthologies, I have to say yes, but no.

Anthologies provide a reader with a chance to discover new authors without committing to a novel, if the author has one. Short stories, especially in this digital age, are making an amazing comeback, and anthologies are growing in popularity. Sometimes it’s nice to sit down for an hour or two and read an author’s complete work. It’s also fun to read different interpretations of a theme. I’m always amazed by the ideas sprouting up. It’s great to see so many talented authors writing on one theme. Anthologies are a lot of fun to read because of this. 🙂

For writers, anthologies are an important tool. First, it’s a great way to study voice. Since anthologies have a cohesive theme, someone studying the craft of writing can see how each voice varies on a theme.

ONE MORE DAY (coming in December from J. Taylor Publishing) has the theme of “What if tomorrow doesn’t happen?” Each author had to come up with an idea based on this theme. The mixture of ideas and voice in the anthology is amazing. I loved each of the stories and UnCONventionalmarveled at where these ideas came from.

UNCONVENTIONAL (available from Spencer Hill Press) has the theme of strange things at a con. The styles ranged from paranormal to science fiction, from an English convention to a comic con. Each story was unique within the theme .

DETRITUS (available from Omnium Gatherum Media) shared a theme of collections gone wrong. The stories ranged from dark fantasy to horror. Some made me shiver, others totally freaked me out.

detritus coverSecond, anthologies are a great way for authors to break into the publishing world. Publishing is hard. Even if you hear of a debut author hitting the literary library, chances are they’ve been slaving away just like the rest of the pre-published authors. Getting your toes wet with an anthology gives an author a peak at the editing process and how a book comes together.

If you’ve been hesitant to read an anthology or even write a story for one, give it a shot. Anthologies can open your eyes to several worlds at once.

And, like I said, they’re just a lot of fun. 🙂

Happy Reading and Writing.

Cover Reveal: The Picture of Dulce Garcia

Published August 27, 2013 by LS Murphy

 

 

Isn’t this crazy? It’s beautiful and creepy at the same time.

And the wallpaper background? Totally cool!

The Picture of Dulce Garcia

 

The Picture of Dulce Garcia (The Coven #1)

by Alana Albertson

Release Date: Fall 2013

 Summary from Goodreads:

Dulce Garcia, star of The Coven, would rather spend her days sketching dresses. Instead, she works to support her family and dreams of one day becoming a fashion designer. After Teen Vogue declares Dulce, “The Hottest Teen in America,” she is stunned by how amazing she looks in their photo.

At sixteen, Dulce feels the pressure to stay youthful in Hollywood. When Dulce’s prop Book of Shadows gets destroyed, she substitutes her favorite Victorian Anthology, opened to Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and says her spell during the shoot over the anthology. Afterwards, in her trailer, she discovers that she has transformed into her Teen Vogue picture, and her real body is completely airbrushed. Can she break the curse or will she remain locked forever in a picture?

 

Finalist—Young Adult Category of the 2011 RWA Stiletto Contest!

Finalist—Young Adult Category of the 2011 RWA Launching A Star Contest!

Finalist—Young Adult Category of the 2011 RWA Heart of the Rockies Contest!

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About the Author

Alana Albertson is the former President of both Romance Writers of Americas’s Young Adult and Chick Lit chapters and the founder alana albertsonof Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. Alana Albertson holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University. A recovering professional ballroom dancer, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and four dogs. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing, dancing, or saving dogs from high kill shelters through Pugs N Roses, the rescue she founded, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Homeland, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.

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