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Cover — Piece One

On Monday I promised a surprise, and here it is. The full cover reveal is in two weeks. Two!  Super excited for you to see it, so much so that I’m going to cheat bit over the next two weeks and give you some sneak peeks.

Today’s peek contains the blurb. The background image has been edited out (I know, I’m mean to tease with so little). But I wanted to share the just blurb because I’m in love with it. My super-incredible critic partner, RaeChell Garrett, helped me come up with it. (and seriously guys, you should go follow her on twitter right now. Her writing is beyond fabulous. She makes characters with spark and chemistry, and always makes me laugh. I can’t wait until her books are published so you all can read them, too!). Whenever I read the blurb, it gives me chills. Enjoy!

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Sneak Peek One:

Cover Piece One

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What do you think of the surprise? Are you excited to see more? Do you like the blurb? How’s your week going?

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First Review is Here

Three weeks until YOU ARE MINE is officially released! Less than a month away. I expected it to go by fast, but even with the expectation in place, the speed with which it is coming has been a little disorienting, but I’m getting used to it. The sad part is that I love spring, and I feel like it’s going to be gone before I’ve fully enjoyed it.

The very first review for YOU ARE MINE is in and it’s fantastic with 5 stars. It made me to a squeeing happy dance around the house which my two-year-old promptly mimicked.

“I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes unique magical fantasy with plenty of romance.”

“Janeal Falor is a gifted writer. I was sucked in from the first sentence. I loved Serena’s strength and her fear of being strong.”

“I am extremely anxious for book two!”  ~Terrie, a Librarian

You can see her full review here on Goodreads.

For those bloggers who are still interested in getting an eARC, you can still sign up. Also, sign ups are still open for the cover reveal if you’re interested.

Stay tuned on Wednesday for a surprise!

And until then, let me know how things are going for you. Are you enjoying spring? Is it going by as fast for you as it is for me? Are you excited for the coming summer?

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Guest Post

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to let you know that today the awesome Robin Hall is having me guest post on her blog. Come on over and say hello! I’d love to see you there!

http://robin-hall-writes.blogspot.com/2013/04/wordworking-k-is-for-keeping-it-real.html

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Winner, Swag Guessing, and Call For Reviewers

Winner from last week’s giveaway is…

Laurieann

Congratulations, Laurie! She has been notified, but I wanted to let you guys know as well, because — Yay for $$ for books!

YOU ARE MINE comes out in less than a month. Not much longer now! Some of the fun swag I have to giveaway is in my oven and questionlooks beautiful. And no, it’s not going to go bad in the month or so until I put it in the mail. Any guesses what it could be? And if you can figure out what, do you know why I’d be giving it away? If you guess right, well, I’ll smile really big and show the swag’s prettiness in a monthish. 😉

Also, for any book bloggers out there interested in reading YOU ARE MINE, review copies are ready. If you’d like one, simply fill out this form and I’ll be happy to send one your way. The link is also available on the side bar over ——> there if you interested. Plus the cover reveal sign ups are still open at xpressotours.com if you’re interested. And for those that have already signed up, you’ve all given me a giant semi-permanent grin. Thank you!

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Can You Say Earlier Cover Reveal? Plus Giveaway!

Cover Coming SoonThat’s right! The cover for YOU ARE MINE is going to be revealed May 1st. The wonderful Giselle over at Xpresso Reads is assisting me with finding blogs to reveal it. If you are a book blogger, you can find sign ups at her site here. I am excited beyond belief to share it with you. Only one month left!

I also wanted to share some more exciting news. Edits are done! I’ve been working like a crazy woman (along with those fantastic people I’ve coerced convinced to help). And with that bit of intense combing/perfecting behind me, formatting begins. Which started with having to deleted 3,620 tabs. Thankfully my amazing computer genius husband figured a quick way to delete. He’s the best! Still, don’t think I’ll be using the tab key any time in the future…

With all this excitement going around, I have to share. Anyone feel like a free book or two?

Enter the giveaway below and you could win a $5 gift certificate to either Barnes & Noble or Amazon — winner’s choice. Free entries, plus a few options that would really make me happy if you did them, plus give you more chances to win. Gotta love free books!

And, no, none of this is an April Fool’s Joke. Maybe next year!

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Please Note:Open internationally! Must be 13 years or older and be legally able to win.

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Writing, Editing, and Extras

Before we get to it, I have to say one thing. Thank you!

I know I’ve already said it, but I’m going to keep saying it. Each and everyone of you that takes the time to comment here (or anywhere),  talk about my book, add my book to Goodreads, show interest in it, and/or personally tell me how excited you are for it make my day. There’s been a lot of day making and day long prem-a-grins. So thank you for supporting me!

Been another quiet stretch, but I can assure you, it’s anything but quiet on my end. Edits have been going really well, and I’m getting close to being finished with it. It’s a lot of work, but I’m super excited. YOU ARE MINE is looking good and shiny. Soon it will be time for formatting and readying it for you to read. Plus the cover is finalized. I would love to do nothing but stare at it, but sadly I have a life. There’s going to be some fun details coming up about the cover in April, so keep you eyes open for posts about it.

Also, I’ve been working on swag and extra content for you guys. This is one of the funnest things I’ve ever done. Think bookmarks, deleted scenes, and scenes from the hero’s point of view. Plus some fun giveaway ideas I’m hoping to make work.

So despite my quietness, know I’m working on not only editing and writing Mine #2, but awesome giveaways and insider information for you guys. Can’t wait to share! Wish it was time for a giveaway already, but we’re not quiet there. Keep following for one to come the end of March/beginning of April!

P.S. My camera is finally working (yay!), so there is now a picture posted with the Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Recipe.

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Lazy Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese (With Bacon!)

After the craziness that was last week with the announcement of my book release, this week has been strangely calm. Won’t last long since I’ll soon have my book back with edits needing applied, and things will only get crazier from there to May 6th and beyond. But for now I’m enjoying a more relaxed week, including making easy recipes. Since you all have been so great and supportive, I wanted to share one of my favorite, lazy recipes and how I discovered it.

I’m lazy. Very lazy. That’s your random fact about me for the day. But laziness has it’s advantages. For our purpose today, that advantage is when I discovered Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese. See, I may be lazy, but I also adore good food.

One night I was feeling lazy *cough*like usual*cough* and decided something quick and easy was going to be what was for dinner. Grilled cheese it is, I told myself. But then I also told myself I didn’t want plain grilled cheese. That just wouldn’t make my palate happy.

Enter the conundrum. Do I stop being lazy and make something happier? Or do my taste buds buck up and eat the grilled cheese? Then I remembered I could make tuna melts with pineapple slices. Still simple, but taste wise I was feeling very ~meh.

So googled some and found a jalapeno grilled cheese- uh, yum! But when I looked at the recipe I was like, what? Is that even a type of cheese? (Don’t even remember what it was now, something odd). And it wanted me to take a bunch of weird steps with jalapenos and I thought, self this might taste good, but I don’t have the ingredients and it’s not a lazy recipe. To which I replied, well self, we’ll just have to fix those issues, now won’t we? (Then I stopped talking to myself before someone caught me at it.)

And so the lazy man’s (or woman’s) Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich was born. And quickly became one of our favorites. Hope the recipe isn’t too lax for you and that you can enjoy it’s gooey, spicy, bacony goodness.

 

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Serves 2

First, if you don’t know how to make grilled cheese, go to a search on goolge or pinterest and find out. Then come back and have your taste buds blown. Seriously. This is one of the easiest, but best foods I’ve ever made. It’s quickly become a staple at our house. I wish I would have thought of it sooner.

  • 4 Bread Slices
  • Slices Munster, Mozzarella, Provolone, or any other of your favorite white, gooey cheese
  • Cream Cheese, brought to room temperature
  • 3-4 slices of cooked bacon, in bite size pieces (can leave whole, but easier to bite into)
  • 2 good sized Jalapenos, deseeded

Slice jalapenos in little half circles. Or whatever size you like them. Saute them in the left over bacon fat from cooking the bacon over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. This method will make it a little peppery-smokey in your house. Or you can microwave them. (See? Very relaxed recipe). You can even leave them uncooked, they’ll just have more of a fresh taste than a softer jalapeno popper taste.

Once they’re cooked, assemble your sandwiches.

Butter, spray with olive oil, or use be really naughty and use the left over bacon grease.* I know, unhealthy when you know how it will kill your arteries but so yummy. Spread cream cheese on the non greased side of one bread slice. Sprinkle on jalapenos and bacon. Heck, add more jalapenos and/or bacon than the recipe calls for if you like. Top with the cheese of your choice. Finally, top with the 2nd slice of bread, greased side facing out.

Cook over a mediumish heat (yes mediumish, I told you it was lax). Do what works for you, but keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn (unless of course you like burned, then by all means, go ahead and burn it). Once golden on both sides, remove from heat.

If desired, slice into triangles or squares. And prepare to have your mind blown over how easily your taste buds are brought scrumptiousness.

*note, you can butter the outside of the bread after the sandwich are made, but things tend to fall out of the sandwich, my way of thinking, better to get your hands a little greasy and wash them when you’re done.

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My Big News

As I’m sitting down to write this little butterflies are fluttering around and quickly turning to rays of sunlight struggling to burst out of me. And I’m a touch weepy. So here we go- before I turn into a puddle.

About a year ago, I got an idea. What if girls were married off, but for something other than money. Something they had, but they couldn’t control. Like…magic! And that was the start of a Young Adult Fantasy that’s taken over my life.

About six months later, it was fully written, revised, rewritten, revised again, given to critic partners, revised again- well, you get the picture. I dutifully sent it off to a list of agents. While I had my moments of doubt like all authors do, I believed in it. It felt right, good. Replies came in. Contests were entered. There some really great comments from a few agents and other writers. People liked the bits they were seeing and wanted to see more.

But then something wasn’t feeling right. I stopped sending queries even though I still had a list of agents. I let it sit while I worked on another project. But I keep thinking about not only how much I loved my book, but other people’s response to it. I couldn’t bring myself to do nothing. I hemmed and hawed. Should I send it to agents again? Should I go directly to publishers? Should I look at smaller publishers? What would be best for me and my book?

At first the answer came slowly. It had always been there tugging in the back of my mind. But soon it was tugging harder and harder. Then it morphed into a full on yank that felt not just better than any other option, but like it was the right option. The one I needed to go with. And so I decided to self-publish. That’s right, I’m going indie!

My debut YOU ARE MINE, a YA Fantasy, will be published on May 6, 2013.

To all those who have already given me so much support and encouragement and to those of you who will help in the future thank you, thank you, thank you! And yes, I’m no longer just a touch weepy, I’m full out bawling. No, you don’t get a picture.

And typical me, I rambled longer than I meant to. So, without further ado, here’s the blurb and a link to good reads if you’d like to add it.

YOU ARE MINE

Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.

 

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Announcement Coming Soon

Hi Everyone!

Please pardon my construction as I reorganize my website. Sad to say, but I’ve decide not to blog any more. Instead, I will be having news and updates as they happen. Feel free follow them like you would a blog.

Stay tuned for some exciting news. I can’t wait to share with you what’s happening this spring!