Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Diva Ladies Thanking the Authors Blog Hop!



I am currently part of a blog hop from the Diva Ladies that includes over forty authors and bloggers. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about other book lovers and authors. I'm also hosting a little giveaway (located to the side of this blog) that is super easy to enter. 

Here is the link to checking out some great authors and fellow book lovers Author and Blog link

Thank you so much for your support :)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Donkey Kong and Banana Chips- exciting news!

Thank you to every person out there who has supported and sent love for "One". It has become an Amazon top 100 bestseller, and I also found out it's featured as one of the Top 50 books from Indie Writers- September edition! Check that out here. That is flippin' awesome!!!!! You guys rock my socks!!!


Monday, September 2, 2013

Thank you!!!

Thank you for all the support!  "One" is a NA romantic suspense/ thriller novel with some events that several people have messaged me they "didn't see coming". Currently, "One" is a top ten bestseller in its genre (romantic suspense) and has also hit Amazon's Movers and Shaker's list. In addition, "One" has also made Amazon's top 100 hot new releases. WOW!!!! I am flabbergasted and so humbled by the support of readers and by the generosity of people who are willing to give "One" a chance. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! <3



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

It's LIVE!!! "One" is finally here!!

"One" went live earlier than I expected. I'm super excited for everyone to read what I've been working so hard on. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Apple store for iBook, and Smashwords.



Friday, August 23, 2013

One releases Wednesday August 28!!

It's finally happening!! "One" releases Wednesday August 28 and I can't wait for everyone to read it.  Here is a review from one beta reader:


"I was fortunate to be a beta-reader for this book. I have to say that I LOVED IT!! It had its dark moments but this really added to the story line and helped create a story that was riveting!!! This is a book that I could not put down until I reached the end!! The mystery and suspense keeps the reader fully engaged throughout! 


I really would like to see a part 2 to this as I think there is more to tell in the relationship between Pax and Jules. I highly recommend this book once it is released!!"



FIVE MORE DAYS!!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"One" excerpt 4


             "Do you always get what you want?" I counter.
            "Not always. But I'm a patient man."
            "You're very stubborn. It's like you have rocks in your head," I try to stall.
            "My head's as hard as my body."
            "Probably because that body of yours is made out of cement," I retort.
            "I thought girls like a man hard."
            I suck in a breath. "Not all," I manage to reply.
            "Do you?"
            "Do I what?"
            "Like a man hard?"
            This is spiraling out of control. My heart is beating faster, but the sensations are pleasant like adrenaline rushing through every cell. "No," I choke out, trying not to feel his metal hard body brushing against mine.
            "Prove it," he challenges.
            There's a roar in my head. "What?"
            "Go on another date with me while I'm… hard."

Thursday, August 8, 2013

"One" excerpt 3 and early review

            
         "One" is completed and has gone through one ARC reader already. This is part of what she sent me:

      "I did not expect what happened to happen. I kept trying to guess, but I wasn't even close! This one was such a page turner. I ended up staying the whole night to finish because I JUST COULDN'T STOP! It was entertaining, mysterious, and sexy all at the same time. I loved it. The secondary characters supported the story well. I adored Nat- I think she's going to be a reader favorite. Love, love, love!"

I'm so excited for everyone to read this book. Below is a super tiny excerpt:  



             "Hey, little girl." I hate that he calls me that even though I'm the smallest person in the building."Ready for another night of hard work?"
            "Aren't I always?" I respond as I come to stand by him. He's counting out bills to restock the register. "You've been here long?" I ask.
            "Only since seven am." It's four o'clock now.
            I whistle. "Ten hours? And you're going to be here until eight?"
            "Sounds like it."
            "Why were you here so early?"
            He closes the register. "Extra training."
            I nod. My first thought about him was right. Anna is grooming him to be a manager. I smile. Good. He deserves it. "What tables do I have tonight?"
            "Alaina has tables one through five and eight. You have six, seven, nine, ten and eleven. Courtney has twelve through fifteen and Mai has sixteen through twenty. We're a little short today so we'll all need to work together."
            My stomach drops a little when I hear him say Alaina's name. She doesn't work many hours and I only ever see her during weekend shifts, but she mostly works days while I work nights. Anna assumed correctly I didn't have an active nightlife.         
            Immediately my eyes find Alaina. She's one of the tallest women in the room, but even if she wasn't, her fiery red hair is eye catching no matter where she is. She has the soft features of doll- emerald eyes, creamy ivory skin, and a cupid shaped mouth that seems to be perpetually pink. She's got the legs of a supermodel, and when she stands, they seem endless. I'd disappear next to her. I do disappear next to her.
             I note that our sections are next to each other, which has never happened before. A small part of me hopes there won't be trouble. She can't hate someone she barely knows, right?
            Another part of me knows I'm a round little birdie, and green-eyed serpents like her eat little birdies like me for fun. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

"One" update

Hello all!  I just wanted to update you with information about "One".  I've written it, and the book is completely finished. I am waiting on a few more things and then hopefully I will get to release my baby soon! 

In the meantime, I will be posting teasers and/ or excerpts until the release date. Thanks for being patient, all :)




Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cover Reveal: "Kinetic" by S.K. Anthony


I'm so excited to help reveal S.K. Anthony's new novel, "Kinetic". It sounds like an amazing read!


Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 2013
Cover Design: Mae I Design & Photography
Synopsis:
Being strong is one thing. Being an unlimited source of power is quite another.
Genetically altered by the Organization, Annie Fox takes down criminals CIA-style with her luminary strength. With nothing to mend but her broken heart, she is relentlessly pursued by her boss Derek Lake. Just when Annie is about to give him a chance, her ex-husband unexpectedly comes out of hiding.
A wanted man, Nick Logan is a cold-hearted murderer who is considered enemy number one, and orders are clear: kill on contact. He is more powerful than ever and threatens the lives of those she holds most dear. His plan? Get his hands on Annie and use her Kinetic energy to destroy them all. When Annie finds herself with an opportunity to end him, she pauses, horrified by the scars covering the face she once loved. A split second that will cost her everything…


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Meet the Author:
S. K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders…she is convinced they are out to get her!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Author Blog Hop, Giveaway, and Excerpt of "One" July 3- July 10!



Hello everyone! I'm so excited to be participating in a HUGE author blog hop hosted by the amazing Lady Amber Reviews! Dozens and dozens of authors are participating and each author is hosting their very own giveaway including yours truly.

What makes this blog hop unique is that it exposes readers to authors that you might not have heard of previously. I have added a link below with a list of dozens of authors. There is a direct link to the author's site so that you're able to gain instant access to them and their books. There are so many amazing authors participating, and if you're a book lover like me you're probably drooling with anticipation right now.

Click on the link below to start discovering authors! You won't regret it!

Remember to sign up for the giveaway above!


Without further ado this is the second excerpt of "One". It is a small part of the prologue. 

One

*unedited and may be subject to change


Prologue


             I follow him.

            The dark shadow is hard to see because he blends in so easily like a natural predator. If I squint my eyes I can make out the sharp outline. I imagine seeing the dark rectangular spectacles resting on the bridge of his nose. I imagine his lips curled in a gentle smile that doesn't quite reach his eyes. I watch as he slips into the house like the phantom he is.

            The house doesn't look menacing. It looks normal. A rural colonial home. Beautiful, grandiose- but something stirs inside. The curtains are closed, but I imagine there are lights on. I imagine there are people moving, silent as he is.
            I need to get in. It goes against every instinct inside me. Grandma says I'm a survivor, and she's right. I've survived when all I've wanted to do was crumble. I've stayed when I desperately wanted to run. I've closed my eyes, and grit my teeth through it all because I'm a survivor.
            Tonight, it ends. 





Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Release Day Micalea Smeltzer!




(This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance recommended for readers 18+ it contains graphic language, sex, and deals with mature subject matter) 

Karlie Reed has been crushing on Holden Marks for as long as she can remember. The problem? He’s eight years older than her and her brother’s best friend. 

One night, when things get out of hand, they make a pact. They’ll spend the summer together and when Karlie goes to Joffrey Ballet School, their affair will end.

No emotions, no hearts broken.

But nothing is that easy. 

When the unexpected happens, Karlie and Holden are rocked to the core. 

Karlie will run.

But will Holden fight for her?

NOTE: This is the 2nd book in the Second Chances Series but each book can be read as a standalone with no cliffhangers and follows a different couple. The first book is Unraveling.

You can buy Micalea's new book here:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

News and updates

Hello all! I've been a bit MIA lately, but it's only because I've been so busy WRITING. I wanted to update you on some news:


First, I'll be participating in a HUGE author blog hop from July 3 to July 10. I will be hosting a giveaway, and all the authors participating will include their own giveaways as well. So in other words, there will be TONS of free swag, ebooks, and paperbacks going around during this period.


Second, I'll be releasing another excerpt from "One" during the blog hop. I'm so excited for everyone to read it!!!!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

"One" excerpt

*excerpt unedited and may be subject to change*


            "Do I make you nervous?" His husky drawl drips like chocolate covering a ripe, round strawberry. Does he make me nervous? Does a simmering volcano make an ant nervous? The thoughts whisper through me. It's a burst of sanity.
            "Nervous? I'm not nervous," I babble, refusing to look at him. The buzzing gets louder making me more jittery and restless. What's that thing I do where I take in air, and then let it out? Oh yes, breathing. I need to do that.
            I try to calm down. I try to feel balanced. That burn down my throat isn't balanced though. It's not steady. It's a fire. It's a roar. And my body no longer belongs to me alone. It belongs to that high; that peak that moments earlier I was basking in.
            I make a strangled sound and inhale through my nostrils, taking in the smoky air like a ravenous puppy finding milk. Instantly I feel Pax's heat next to me. Soon I'll be immersed in it, wrapped in it.
            Wrapped around him.
            So does that make me nervous? Only a hundred kinds of nervous.
            "Time to begin!" Cade yells, as he jogs back to Pax and I, flashing his pearly whites. He pounds Pax on the back. "Don't drop the ball," he grins.
            "As if I ever do."
            Cade turns to me. I see the second he registers my cleavage is exposed to the world. His eyes appraise me slowly. He gives me an appreciative grin. "Well, hello there."
            "Hi," I reply, unsteadily. "Um, should we start now?" I don't mean to be rude, but words are bursting out of me with abandon. Something else owns my thoughts now.
            "You okay?" Pax asks me kindly. "You look a little green."
            "I'm a second away from vomiting every cell inside me, and call me crazy, but I'd prefer not to start off my year known as the Vomiter." The words are candid. A part of me realizes I should've kept them inside.
            Pax bites his lower lip. I'm not sure if he's concerned or if he's trying not to laugh.
            "Let's start." He inserts himself between us, blocking Cade's view of me. His firm, half naked body is next to my face. Pax's musky cologne combined with a sweaty scent unique to him suddenly assails my nostrils tipping my senses further.
            Cade chuckles, looking amused. Abruptly, I want to glare at him. I don't find anything amusing about this. "Ready when you are."
            Pax turns to me, his emerald eyes dark pools underneath the starlight. For an endless moment I'm going up, up, up again. I'm not flying. I'm suspended in air. My pulse skitters. Something hard and hot unfurls in my belly. Unable to tear my gaze from him I watch helpless as his mouth drifts closer, until he's so close his breath mingles with mine.
            "Ride me."

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cover reveal and GIVEAWAY for my new NA book, "One"!




Excerpt from "One"

**Warning: the contents of this book are intended for readers 18+ and older due to explicit adult situations.           

BOOK BLURB

Jules Hendricks has had a string of bad "firsts."

 Embarrassing first kiss. Traumatic first date. An obsessive first boyfriend she can't understand.

It's taken her years but she's finally able to leave her small town life behind for a new start as a freshmen at UW- Madison. For Jules this chance to be independent and rebuild her life is an opportunity she won't ever let anyone take from her again. She's determined to make something of herself without a man by her side, in front, behind or anywhere near her.

Reid "Pax" Paxton is the star quarterback for the UW Badgers. His brush with death makes him understand how precious life is, and how important it is to take life by the horns, unafraid. Jules knows he's dangerous for her. Dark hair. Smoldering eyes. Killer smile. That dimple. That body. Those arms. Pax is everything she's trying to run away from, but she can't help coming back for more. Slowly he begins to show a life together can be more than just a dream. It can be their reality. The truth about reality is it's not always sunshine and butterflies.

Sometimes it's a wasteland.

Sometimes secrets can't stay buried.

Sometimes your past will find a way to hunt you down.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Release Day Nikki Narvaez!

Happy release day Nikki Narvaez! Check out her new book, "Envisioned"!






Brielle De Luca thought she was just an average girl, despite her nightly 
dreams of an impending apocalypse, along with a gorgeous man
 that pulls at her soul.

However, on the night of her 18th birthday, everything changes when 
she is thrown into the Elemental World, a world where she is supposedly 
the One that is spoken about in an ancient Prophecy; a Prophecy that
 states she is the key to preventing an apocalypse.


Now she must learn to control her power over the four elements, 
and intense passion of her bond to the man from her dreams, Jace Vasquez.
all while dealing with the love.

**17+ due to detailed sexual situations.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cover reveal, excerpt, giveaway... say whaaaaat?!

Regina Wamba from MaeIDesign is officially the goddess of all book covers. She's just handed me the most EPIC cover!



I will be revealing  my new NA book on Monday May 13, as well as the book blurb, and an excerpt and... a giveaway? Say whaaaat?

Yep.

Remember to come back for more info :)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cover reveal!

L.L. Hunter will be releasing a new NA novel called "Treachorous". Check out the amazing cover and book blurb below. 


Charli Jayne has always been judged for who she is and was given all kinds of labels growing up.
'Undatable' being one of them.
That is until she goes to college.
Charli plans to change, to be different, to rebel against her parents. With the help of her best friend Mia she sets that plan into motion.
When Mia introduces Charli to a mysterious stranger in the college chat room, Charli knows her life has changed.
But this mysterious stranger isn’t who he says he is. Love is blind and little does she know, Mr. Mysterious has already stolen her heart.

That is, until her life collides with Nathan

Nathan and Charli's lives are connected in more ways than one, and when Charli discovers how they are connected, she won’t know whom to trust: her best friend, the mysterious bad boy, or the man who was sent to protect her?

What will her heart decide?



And now without further ado, the cover reveal...





Tuesday, April 23, 2013

News and updates


First, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone for supporting "Flame". It stayed on Amazon's top ten for paranormal fantasy for awhile- you all helped make it a paranormal bestseller. Thank you, thank you, thank you!




I enjoyed writing it and can't wait for you all to read what happens next with Kenna, Rhys, Kaiden and the rest of the gang. 

I've been multi- tasking with writing "Blaze", book two in the Fireborn series and writing a new book. I'm working on a NA novel called "One". I haven't been talking much about it; however, I released the book blurb and excerpt in Micalea Smeltzer's novel, "Unraveling". I will also be posting little teasers closer to the June release date.

I'm SO excited for you all to read it!!!!

Here's a little teaser....




Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A sneak peek...


         

 Welcome to the world of "Fireborn"




            "When they came it was only the beginning. They didn't mean to join us.
           
            They meant to conquer us.
           
            I didn't know I was the flame that would ignite the fire. I didn't know my past would matter so much.

            All I know is this: the world is no longer ours.

            We fight… or we die trying."


                                                            --Kenna, Blaze, Fireborn #2


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Keep an eye out! FLAME paperbacks are almost available!

                                             


Wouldn't this look EXQUISITE on your shelf?


Paperback versions of "Flame" will be on sale on AMAZON very soon.


Autographed copies are available! A link to purchase will be up shortly :)


  **US only until further notice**  

Thursday, March 14, 2013

FLAME giveaway!!


Anyone who reviews FLAME by Friday March 22 on AMAZON, Barnes and Nobles or Goodreads will receive a signed bookmark (while supplies last) AND be entered to win a $15 Amazon GC! If you do BOTH Amazon or B&N (depending on where you purchase) AND Goodreads you will get your name in the giveaway TWICE :)

**note: the signed bookmark is valid for people residing in USA, Canada, Australia or UK. BUT the GC is universal!



Here's how to do it for Amazon:
Go to your account and then to your public profile where your reviews will be brought up. Click "See All Reviews". There will be two buttons underneath your review. One says "comment", the other says "Permalink". If you click Permalink it's a direct link to your review. Then copy/paste the URL and email it to me :)  SIMPLE. Really. 


Barnes and Nobles: 

Email or message me the link for your review


Goodreads: 
Indicate who you are on Goodreads and be sure to friend me so I can verify

Here's my email: mari_arden@yahoo.com 

"Awakened" cover reveal

My wonderful friend and author, Kriston Johnson debut novel, "Awakened" will be arriving soon! 



Before I show you the gorgeous cover, let's get to know her a little more. 



AUTHOR BIO: 

Kriston Johnson lives in Southwest Washington with her husband, teenage son, and miniature Australian Shepherd. Her home rests at the fringe of an old growth forest that she insists is the home of Jason Voorhees. Her husband thinks that’s a ridiculous assumption, because everyone knows it’s really Bigfoot. Every summer Kriston participates in the annual pilgrimage to Faerieworlds, a real life faerie realm here on Earth, and has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, The Vampire Diaries, and Iron Man. Awakened is her first novel. You can visit her online at www.kristonjohnson.blogspot.com.

Find her here: website/ facebook/ goodreads/ twitter




"Awakened" book blurb

Can fighting for the right side be the wrong thing to do?



Draven, the tyrant ruler of Elyndia for the last one thousand years, searches for the one who can fulfill his prophecy.

The Paladins, an elite band of warriors sworn to protect their way of life at all cost, search for the one with the ability to bring their world crumbling down.



An innocent girl, tormented by demons only she can see, lives on the brink of insanity and longs for a life of peace.

When seventeen-year-old Jade Rosenberg reads from an antique book, she has no idea she just read an incantation awaking her inherited power. But when opposing—and equally terrifying—groups invade her home, she learns she is descended from an enchanted realm and a member of a powerful race thought to have been hunted to extinction. 

Ripped from her world, Jade is forced to seek refuge from those who want her dead. 

She is given one of two options and the time has come for her to make a choice: assassinate their sworn enemy…



Or sacrifice her soul.



And, without further ado... here is the reveal!