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My Birthday Celebration!

28 Aug

Yayyyyy, it’s my birthday!!!   I’ve heard that a woman’s first 39th is her best.  Lol.   Seriously, I intend for this year to be a Farewell to my Thirties, and I intend to do big things!

First off, we’ll start with today.

I’ve decided to put a ton of my titles on sale today in celebration.

Birthday book Sale Banner

 

Confessions of an Alli Cat
Dante’s Girl
Mia’s Heart
The Minaldi Legacy
Soul Kissed
Soul Bound

 

So if you haven’t read any of these titles, now is the perfect time to try them!

And as you know, Guardian re-releases today.  It’s $.99 for today only, so if you love YA Paranormal Romance, pick it up!

GUARDIAN ARC for INKSLINGER - Courtney Cole

It’s available on AMAZON, iTunes, B&N and Kobo

**It’s taking a while to upload to B&N.  But when it goes live, I’ll leave the price at $.99 for an entire day**

Anyway.  I hope you all have a fabulous August 28th!!

 

A Birthday Celebration!

18 Aug

So, my birthday is on August 28th.  I’ll be celebrating a few things.

One, I’ll be turning 39, so I’ll be celebrating the start of the last of my 30’s.   I’ll also be celebrating the re-release of my debut novel, GUARDIAN…which is a big deal to me.

GUARDIAN was my first book.  It was the thing, the cathartic thing, that kept me from drowning in grief after my dad died.  It was also the pivotal thing that pulled me into the writing world and changed my life forever.

To celebrate these things, I’ll be throwing a virtual party on my birthday.

Guardian 10 Days

GUARDIAN will be re-released.  On release day, my birthday, it will be $.99 for digital copies for that one day only.

Also, for that one day only, the following books of mine (which are some of my favorites) will be on sale for $.99:

Dante’s Girl (Book 1 of The Paradise Diaries)

The Minaldi Legacy 

Confessions of an Alli Cat  (Book 1 of the Cougar Chronicles) 

Soul Kissed (Book 1 of The Moonstone Saga) 

If you watch my books at all, then you’ll know this is a big deal, because my books are seldom on sale.

Anyway, I hope you’re all having a great day. As for me, I’m just gonna be over here… counting down the days til my birthday.  Have a great week!

Cover for Guardian!

30 Jul

Happy Wednesday, guys!

Today’s the day to reveal the cover for Guardian!  Woohooo!

In case you missed it the other day, Guardian was my debut book several years ago. I recently acquired the rights back, and since it didn’t get much exposure back when it originally released, we’re re-releasing it.   It’s a YA Paranormal Romance— and it’s undergoing new editing, and a brand-new cover.

Without further ado, here it is:

Guardian revised cover

The ever-talented, always-awesome Matt from The Cover Lure produced this awesomeness.

About Guardian:

                                                            Sometimes, things that go bump in the night are real. 

My name is Whitney Lane.  I’m sixteen years old and at first, I thought I was crazy.

I kept seeing shadows move along walls, and hearing whispers around corners, but whenever I looked, there was never anything there.

Until one day, there was.

Our world isn’t what we think.  There are things around us, good things, bad things, scary things.

Things that we tell ourselves aren’t real, but they are.

They’re very real, and they’re terrifying.

I’ve been swept up now, in a battle of good and evil, confused about love and what is supposed to be love, but isn’t.  I don’t know what to think anymore.  I can’t trust my emotions and I don’t know what is true.

There’s only one thing I know for sure.

Nothing is what it seems.

***

Guardian is near to my heart because it was my first book.  My catharsis, my therapeutic healing after my father died.  It re-releases on August 28th, which is my birthday, and it will be $.99 for release day only.  I hope you love it!

 

Announcement of a New (sort-of) Release: GUARDIAN

22 Jul

Happy Tuesday, guys!

So, I’ve got an announcement to make!

A few years back, I published my debut novel with a small publisher, Whiskey Creek Press.  At the time, I was elated.  So, so, so excited to be published, because ohmygosh it was my dream.  🙂

However, I was a brand new author, and my book didn’t receive much marketing support… so actually, most people don’t even know that I wrote it at all.  Lol.

That’s where the good news comes in.

I recently acquired those rights back from the publisher, and I’ll be re-releasing my debut book on August 28! !

I’m SO excited about this.

GUARDIAN is a YA Paranormal Romance.   I wrote it right after my dad died, and it was a catalyst for me… it’s the thing that made me strive to become a full-time author.

The story is close to my heart and the book is sentimental to me because it was the gateway for me into the book-world.  It’s where I began my journey.  It’s also the thing that helped heal me after my dad died.

I’m re-editing it right now, and it will receive a brand new cover, and a brand new book birthday.  I’m gong to treat it as a new release, because it practically will be.  I’m changing the story around, and not many people read the original story anyway.  haha.

I really really hope you’re going to love it.

I’m going to release it on my birthday, August 28th, as a celebration.  A celebration of my birthday, of Guardian’s re-release, of my metamorphosis into the author that I am today….as a celebration of all of it.

Stay tuned— we’re releasing the cover and the book description on Wednesday, July 30th.  I can’t wait!!!

YA Indie Carnival: My Favorite Character

7 Oct

 

Happy Friday!  Happy YA Indie Carnival day!  Woohoo!!

So… the topic for today is:  What character has been my favorite to write and why?   And I have to tell you, that is a really hard question.  I love most of the characters that I have written.  Geesh.

But.  After a LOT of thought, I have decided that my favorite character has been Whitney from my novel, Guardian.  And I think the main reason is that she was my first character that I ever wrote about.  And just a like a first-born has a special place in your heart, so too does your first fictional character.

Whitney Lane is 16 and even though she’s emotionally fragile because her dad just died, she’s really strong, too- and she ends up taking care of her mom and her sister for a while- holding everything together.  And then, lo and behold, supernatural elements in the world are exposed to her and rather than fall apart herself, she becomes stronger than ever.

Here’s an excerpt from when Whitney first meets her guardian angel:

‘“Who are you?” I asked curiously, unable to take my eyes from him.

I wasn’t scared. I probably should be, but I only felt expectant, like I should already know the answer but just didn’t remember it. Like when you forget something but it lingers on the tip of your tongue, so close but just out of recall. He didn’t seem threatening, so I took a step toward him.

“I know you.” I still felt the strange magnetic pull to him but resisted it, standing with my feet planted instead, while I waited for him to answer me. It was odd how hard it was to resist it.

“How do I know you?”

He looked at me with brilliant aquamarine eyes, as clear and beautiful as a tropical ocean in the sunlight. I’ve never seen eyes that color before, and I realized with a start that they were the exact shade of the Mediterranean that sparkled in the picture that I loved of my parents.

His brown hair curled against the nape of his neck and his bangs swept easily across his forehead.   His slender arms hosted lean muscle, nothing flashy, nothing showy. He shifted forward again, and as he moved, I got the same feeling again in the pit of my stomach, stronger this time…like Déjà Ju.  At the same time, I knew for certain that I had never actually seen him before because I would remember that. But I knew him.

“I’m confused,” I heard myself whisper softly, but I didn’t mean to make a sound. The uncertain words had spilled out without my permission.

My common sense finally kicked in and I backed up- away from this curiosity. Away from him– because I knew in my heart that something wasn’t normal here. He advanced as I retreated; his eyes shimmering oddly in the sun, rippling like someone had dropped a rock in a pool of water. My breath froze in my throat. 

“What are you?”

“Don’t be afraid, Whitney. I won’t hurt you.” His voice was soothingly deep and masculine – maybe a little too much so for his boyish body- and he held up his hands. His fingers were long and I could see unexpected strength there.

He knew my name and I knew his voice. It touched something deep within me and I stopped moving. He smiled and it was like the sun and the moon and the stars and all other possible sources of natural light were radiating from him at that moment. His teeth were white and brilliant and his face brightened the entire beach around us. There was no denying that he was beautiful, but it was more than that. Being next to him touched something inside of me, like a guitarist strumming a chord.  He was familiar, like home.’

I’ll always have a soft spot for that book and for Whitney.  Of course, that said, I love all of my other characters too.  Harmonia is another favorite.   I mean, writing a first person perspective from a goddess’ point of view is pretty fun.

Okay, so there are a couple of things going on with my fellow carnies:

From Rachel:

Beyond The Veil: A Ghost Story Anthology by Rachel Coles is out on Kindle!
Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94161

From Darby:
Griffin Rising is a nominee for the 2011 Cybils Awards (YA fantasy).

From Laura:

In Portland, OR Tonight, Friday Oct 7th 6:30-8:15 pm at the West Linn Library, West Linn, OR 97068 I’ll be on tour with The Rain Boots Required Young Adult Authors talking about “The magic of magical realism”!
Also at Wordstock Oct 8-9:)

From Dani:
I will be having an interview with fellow carnie Kimberly Kinrade on the blog tomorrow      and a giveaway for her first book in the Forbidden series, Forbidden Mind.   http://refractedlightreviews.com/?p=2580

So, check them out and here is the list of my carnie friends for you to check out today, as well.  They all rock.  Have a wonderful weekend, y’all.  I’m personally going to be spending it at Cedar Point with my family…home of the fastest roller coasters ever.  If I don’t have a heart attack at some point, I’ll be back on Monday!  🙂

Why I Wrote Guardian

13 Sep

Many people think that because Every Last Kiss was my debut novel, that it was the first book that I had ever written.  Not so.  I wrote my book, Guardian, first. And for some reason that I can’t explain, I feel like talking about it today. 

On a crisp, cool April day in 2006, the angels sang and everyone else cried.  My dad (well, one of them- I have two) collapsed while he was playing basketball with the youth group and he died before he hit the ground.   (Yes, I am a preacher’s kid.  Let the jokes commence now.)

He was only 52 and he was funny, witty and everyone loved him.  This is him:

He had a blood clot in his lung that no one knew about.   And because he didn’t know that it was there, it sneaked up and killed him quietly– even though he himself was always larger than life.  When he entered a room, he owned it.   

We were devastated.  As grief often is, it was overwhelming and it consumed us.  It took quite a while for us to figure out our new family dynamic and how to function without him around. 

So, I turned to writing.  I scribbled in tons of journals but one day I thought… you know, I should write something about this whole experience, because it is something that everyone will go through at some point in their life, in some form.  I decided against a self-help book because you know what? I have no credentials for that. I’m simply a girl who lost her dad.  So I did what I do best… I created something fictional.

Whitney Lane was born.  She’s a 16-year old girl who recently lost her dad in an accidental drowning.   She’s smart, responsible and strong… and she has a guardian angel. 

Guardian is slower-paced than my other books and at the very beginning, you might think that it is going to be sad, but it isn’t.  It’s full of twists and surprises and it evolves into what I hope is an uplifting, hopeful story.   My hope is that when readers finish it, they are left feeling really good… believing that everything must surely happen for a reason. 

If you’d like to check it out, you can find it here .  You can read an excerpt of it  here.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a fantastic day.  I’m happy- because Fall is coming and it’s my favorite season.  Bonfires, cashmere socks, changing leaves… what’s not to love?   Talk to you guys later!!

I’m a Busy Little Writer

7 Jun

This summer is going to be soooooo busy.  I’m talking, type-my-fingers-off busy.  I can see me now… sitting on the beach of Lake Michigan with a laptop in my lap while my family plays in the water.  But that’s okay- I like to be busy.  If I don’t have a to-do list that is a mile long, it doesn’t seem right.   And trust me, I’ll make sure that I get plenty of family time at the beach.

To kick my summer off, my super-cool friend Wren Emerson and I are teaming up with four other amazingly talented writers to do a short-story anthology.  It’s going to be waaaaay cool.  (Did I mention it will be cool?)

Right now, the plan is to each feature a character from our novels and do a little side story (or backstory) on them.  So, if you love the characters in our books- stay tuned.  You will be able to read more about some of them on August 1st. 

Oh- did I forget to mention the other authors?  My bad.  They are Nicole Williams (Eternal Eden), Tiffany King (Meant to Be), Brandon Alston (Grey Eyes) and Addison Moore, if her schedule permits.  I’m sure you know her… she wrote a little story called Ethereal.   We’ll release more information on that fun project as it comes together.  So exciting to work with such talented authors- I can’t wait!

Also, I will be releasing the sequel to my debut novel, Every Last Kiss.  It was originally scheduled for release in January, but I have finished the draft well before my original deadline, so it looks like it will be released this summer.  Yay!  So for everyone who has been asking me about it, sit tight.  It won’t be long.   Have I told you yet that you’re in for some surprises?  You totally are.  And I am thiiiiissss close to announcing the title.  I just have to live  with it for a little bit to make sure that it is THE ONE.   (And thank you again to everyone who chimed in with suggestions.  You totally rock!)

Also, my super-cool friend Wren and I are going to collaborate on a new series. We haven’t nailed down the details yet, but I’m thinking you are going to like it.   We may or may not be releasing short stories as teasers while we work on the series itself.  We’ll release more about that as we get everything more pulled together.

And lastly, I’ve got an idea running around in my head that is just begging to be written.  It’s a light, airy summer romance with no darkness or angst in it whatsoever.  I know.  Unusual for me.  But that’s the point.  I’m itching to do something different.  So, I’ll be working on that, too.

Oh, wait.  That wasn’t last.  I forgot one largish project.  My book, Guardian, is being released from Whiskey Creek Press next month, so this month will be chock full of editing, cover art and re-writes. 

And… of course, I’ll be doing my normal blog stuff with some interesting authors on here and discussing the minutia of my life.  So stay tuned for that.  🙂 

Anyway, as you can see, I’m going to be a busy little writer this summer.  But I can’t wait. What’s summer for anyway?  Lounging at the beach with a cool drink in my hand?  Whatevs.  I just hope that I don’t actually type my fingertips off.  I might need them in the future.

Have a happy Tuesday, everyone and a great week, too!