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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Happy Reading!

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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!

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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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Cover Reveal: Hothouse Flower

Published August 26, 2013 by LS Murphy

Check out this schmexy cover for HOTHOUSE FLOWER!Hothouse Flower Official Cover

Hothouse Flower

by Krista RitchieBecca Ritchie

Release Date: February 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Ryke Meadows, meet Daisy Calloway … she’s all grown up.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he’s hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality—he redefines the term likable asshole. But he’s not living to make friends. Or enemies. After months helping his brother through rehab and sobriety, he just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.

And then he receives a distressed call from a girl in Paris—a girl that he has never been allowed to have.

Daisy Calloway is eighteen. Finally. With her newfound independence, she can say goodbye to her overbearing mother and continue her modeling career. Next stop, Paris. Fashion week begins with a bang, and Daisy uncovers the ugly reality of the industry. She wants to prove to her family that she can live on her own, but when everything spirals out of control, she turns to Ryke to keep her secrets.

As Daisy struggles to make sense of this new world and her freedom, she pushes the limits and fearlessly rides the edge. Ryke knows there’s deep hurt beneath every impulsive action. He must keep up with Daisy, and if he lets her go, her favorite motto—“live as if you’ll die today”—may just come true.

Standalone New Adult Romance: recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

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  About the Authors

Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW krista and becca (1)television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.

 

Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time conducting research in a genetics lab. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.

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Cover Reveal: Inspired by Danielle E. Shipley

Published August 26, 2013 by LS Murphy

Check out this awesome cover for Inspired by Danielle E. Shipley!

Doesn’t this sound fab?

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About Inspired

For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.

In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.

Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.

Or so he hopes.

Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.

Their own.

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Want to check out Danielle’s writing before Inspired hits the shelves? Add ONE MORE DAY to your TBR list which has the story “A Morrow More” written by Danielle. 🙂

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Rockin’ Thursdays: Castle of Glass

Published August 22, 2013 by LS Murphy

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Welcome back to Rockin’ Thursdays.

I’ve been working my tail off on edits for a new novel, edits for my upcoming novella “Neighbors”, edits for “The 13th Month” which will appear in the upcoming anthology ONE MORE DAY.

AND I FINISHED A FIRST DRAFT OF A NEWESTESTEST NOVEL!

So, yeah, been a little busy.

ANYWHOOOOO….

Have you seen this video for Linkin Park’s Castle of Glass? I seriously can’t watch it without shedding a tear or two.

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