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The Perfectly Imperfect Match Is Here!

Hi friends,

It’s finally here–the conclusion to the Suttonville Sentinels series. The Perfectly Imperfect Match releases today! How about this cover, y’all? It’s a scene from the book, so you’ll have to look for it…

For those of you who’ve read the series, Dylan finally get his turn in the spotlight. For those who haven’t–the books don’t have to be read in order. In The Perfectly Imperfect Match, our heroine, Lucy, is different from quiet, lovely Faith and determined, strong Alyssa. Lucy, in a word, is chaos. And that drives Dylan crazy. On top of that, she adores chickens and does needlepoint. What’s not to love? More details can be found in the blurb below. I can’t wait to hear what y’all think! Happy reading!!

(And I see you, bloggers who read the acknowledgements. Unicorns for everyone!)

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Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict ” no girls” policy, so be it.

Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.

Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…

Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.

Each book in the Suttonville Sentinels series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book #1: The Bad Boy Bargain
Book #2: Swinging at Love
Book #3: The Perfectly Imperfect Match

 

New! Swinging at Love Hits Shelves Today

Greetings everyone!

I’m so excited to announce the release of Swinging at Love, book 2 in the Suttonville Sentinels series (and yes! there will be a book 3). I’ve loved this book since the first line, with Alyssa and Tristan capturing my heart over and over. They may be the most realistic couple I’ve written. Both have problems, both have determination, but they need each other to really be complete. Plus, Tristan’s mom makes the worst meatloaf in the universe. Ask around–it’s true.

Without further ado, here’s the cover and blurb. I love this cover. Red’s my favorite color, and Converse FTW! You can find the book in eBook or paperback at all major retailers. For more info, check it out on the Entangled website here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem. As the number two slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels, his team is counting on him to make their very first run at the state championship. But he has a secret—his swing has totally deserted him. As in, he can’t hit anything. He needs to fix the issue, and fast, but how?

Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The shiny new sports complex in town has left her family’s batting cage business on the verge of going under. Nailing her audition for a prestigious dance company is everything, but there’s no way she’s letting her some shiny big-box company destroy her family’s livelihood.

Tristan needs a miracle. So does Alyssa. And maybe, just maybe, Tristan’s secret weapon might be the girl of his dreams…

Disclaimer: This book contains hot, shirtless baseball players, kisses that bring a ballerina to her knees, and a lot of baseball smack-talk.

New! The Bad Boy Bargain

Greetings friends!

 

I’m so excited, and proud, to announce the release of The Bad Boy Bargain. It hits stores today, in eBook and paperback, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and other retailers. I really enjoyed writing this book, and I hope you enjoy reading it. Want to hear more? In celebration of the launch, here’s the description and a little excerpt. Enjoy!

 

bbb-1Baseball player Kyle Sawyer has many labels: bad boy, delinquent, ladies’ man, fearless outfielder… Only one of them is actually true. But then sweet ballet dancer Faith Gladwell asks him to help wreck her reputation, and everything goes sideways.

Faith knows a thing or two about love, and what she had with her cheating jerk of an ex wasn’t it. When he starts spreading rumors about her being an Ice Queen, Faith decides it’s time to let a little bad into her life.

Lucky for her, Kyle Sawyer–dark, dangerous, totally swoonworthy Kyle Sawyer–is landscaping her backyard over Spring Break. Shirtless. And if she can convince him to play along, ” dating” Kyle will silence the rumors.

But Faith’s plan threatens to expose Kyle’s biggest secret of all…and that’s a risk he’s not willing to take.

Disclaimer: This book contains drop-the-book-and-fan-yourself kisses…and touches. Fall in love with a bad boy at your own risk.

 

Excerpt:

 

By the time Faith made it home, took a smoothie from Mom’s outstretched hand, and went upstairs to shower, six Snapchat notifications, all from different people, had popped up on her phone:

A sad-faced Skye: I’m so sorry about last night. I should’ve warned you. I feel awful.

An angry Piper: I’m at the mall and there’s some asinine shit coming out of Cameron’s mouth right now. Should I punch him?

A gossipy Fiona: Is it true that Cameron dumped you?

A sneering Mitchell: You as cold as Cam says?

A dumbfounded Katrina: Holly is telling everyone at the mall that she stole Cam from you because you don’t put out. Want me to dump a Slurpee in her hair?

A smirking Jackson: My car overheated. I heard you could cool it down for me. How about it, ice queen?

Tears of rage filled Faith’s eyes, especially when a new Snapchat chimed: Cameron, sending her a picture of Holly sitting in his lap at the party last night. The message read: Trading up.

She squeezed her phone in her hand. What was she going to do? She had half a mind to tell Kat to pour that Slurpee down Holly’s shirt and Piper to punch Cam in the throat. But that wouldn’t solve anything. Not at all.

No, she needed something bigger. Faith wandered to her window, to stare outside and organize her thoughts. Except, when she caught sight of the ripped, shirtless guy in her backyard, she forgot what she’d been thinking about.

“Who’s that?” she whispered, touching the glass.

His back and shoulders flexed under tanned skin. A black tattoo—was it a bird?—was on one of his shoulder blades. There was a bruise on his side, too, but she couldn’t make herself wonder about it. The guy’s dark hair was in his face as he tugged hard at a holly bush, yanking it from the ground.

Look at those arms. Faith stared, her mouth open. Who was he?

The holly bush gave way and he tipped back, dirt flying. Faint laughter drifted up through her window as he climbed to his feet with his prize, and she caught a look at his face.

She gasped. Holy crap, that was Kyle Sawyer. The stories she’d heard about him were numerous, and if a quarter were true, he was not the kind of guy she’d want to talk to. He shoplifted, vandalized buildings, drank, hung out with college students—girls. College girls. And rumor had it he ran illegal street races with his Charger.

So why did he look like he was having a blast ransacking her backyard? He had an awfully nice smile for such a bad boy.

A thought exploded in her brain—wait a minute…bad boy. Kyle was the one guy at Suttonville High who’d seen enough action to have his own lore. His exploits were darker than sin, and being with him was an instant reputation killer for any girl at Suttonville.

This was it. Kyle would be her revenge.

 

My Fair Math Geek

Over the next several days, Entangled Teen is exploring some of their YA “retellings” — books that take a different spin on classic tales. Today, I’m up to talk about Finding Perfect, a retelling of Pygmalion. For those who’ve read the book, you caught the Eliza Doolittle shout out, and I loved the idea of turning the story on its side a bit.

For anyone who’s seen Pygmalion (or My Fair Lady with the lovely Audrey Hepburn), Can’t Buy Me Love with Patrick Dempsey, or even Trading Places with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, you know that makeovers can be powerful, and it’s not only the physical that changes. In all these cases, the main character(s) end up with a profound shift in their world view.

Eliza Before

In Pygmalion, two older men who specialize in languages begin a little experiment. Professor Higgins bets he can take a girl from working class England and tutor her into behaving like a society lady, complete with accent change, etiquette lessons, and a new wardrobe. If she can run the gauntlet during a party with London’s elite, the bet is won. Eliza Doolittle does just that…and finds herself not fitting into her old life after the experiment is through.

In Finding Perfect, Ben is math genius from the wrong side of town. Paige, our Mr. Higgins, is given the task of making him over into someone the most popular girl in school might like. This isn’t as simple as changing up Ben’s wardrobe, as Paige quickly discovers. He needs an overhaul—including a new, more confident outlook. From a getting a great haircut to washing a car shirtless for Zoey’s benefit, Ben follows Paige’s instructions to move from supporting character to leading man.

Except—it’s not enough, as Ben figures out.

Eliza After

The more Ben tries to achieve “Zoey status” the more he realizes that he’d rather be himself—albeit with a better haircut—than try to be something he’s not. But he knows his current life isn’t what he wants, either. Working two jobs while staying on top of his homework has been tough. What he really wants is a chance to find a great future and do it his way.

For Eliza, it’s unclear where she’ll end up (in any version of the tale). She’s a fish out of water, but there’s a sense that it’s a temporary shift for her. One day she’ll fit into her new life, and be happier for it. For Ben, his path is right in front of him, and his metamorphosis at Paige’s instruction is exactly the kick he needed to climb the final hill.  Both of them end up much farther along with the “experiment” than without, and meet a lot of new people who have their best interests at heart.

And, in Ben’s case, Paige gets his heart in return.

Looking for a few great retellings? Check out these YA books:

–       Olivia Twisted and Olivia Decoded (Oliver Twist), by Vivi Barnes

–       All the Broken Pieces (Frankenstein), by Cindi Madsen

–       Such Sweet Sorrow (Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet), by Jenny Trout

–       Wake the Hollow (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), by Gaby Triana

–       Red (Little Red Riding Hood), by Alyxandra Harvey

–       How Willa Got Her Groove Back (Pride & Prejudice), by Emily McKay

–       Nexis (A Sci-Fi Cinderella), by A.L. Davroe

Plots and Plans

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a bit. Life is C-R-A-Z-Y at the moment, between school, marching season, edits, and the day job. I love being busy, but this might be a little much.

Part of being a writer who has an additional career (part-time or full-time) or kids, or dogs, or…well, a life, means that you constantly have to reconfigure your schedule depending on what deadlines are coming, what’s going on outside your writer-cave, and–to be brutally honest–what’s selling. It’s a juggling act, and at times you have to make decisions between two projects.

There are some authors who can work in two projects at once, but I’ve struggled whenever I tried. If I’m working on a manuscript, I need to devote my whole attention to it, or both projects will suffer. I’m also a hybrid-author–both traditionally published and self-published. Which means there are contracts and hard deadlines for most of my projects. Now–I LOVE deadlines (nope, no sarcasm) because it forces me to plan out my schedule and gives me the nudge toward outlining because I’d rather write by the seat of my pants, which isn’t terribly efficient. But sometimes deadlines clash.

Which is exactly where I am now.

I currently have three books on order with Entangled–projects I’m super excited about and will be a lot of fun to work on. I’m also only a third of the way through the final book in the Uprising trilogy. That book is taking some serious time, and will be very intricate in order to tie down all the loose ends. I love that book, too, but it’s a beast, and that’s no lie. So, the crux is this–I have some aggressive deadlines with Entangled and those projects are going to take up most of 2016 into early 2017. Given that, and how much focus U3 will take, I’ve made the super hard decision to delay U3 into mid/late 2017. I won’t give a hard date at this time, but I anticipate mid-fall. I don’t want to do it a disservice by giving it part of my attention, and I don’t want the Entangled books to suffer because I have an outside project.

I know that decision leaves some of you frustrated with the wait to complete Lexa and Quinn’s story, but this delay means I can really do it justice. They have a lot on their plate–planning a revolution is hard work, even for two nex-gen artificials. So, I’m going to give them a bit of a vacation, then come back swinging early next year. I hope you’ll join me, even with the delay, because this final book has some pretty huge twists and turns.

I appreciate every single person who’s read any of my books–y’all are the reason I can continue doing what I love. Thanks for hanging in with me as these new books take shape.

Also–I need to bulk up my TBR pile. I’m looking primarily at contemporary and SciFi/Fantasy YA, but I’ll read adult fiction in those categories, too (no horror, please, I’m a lightweight when it comes to gore). What’s good to read out there?