Teaser Tuesday: Spheres, New Version, New Adult/ Paranormal

Guest Post: When Good Parents Go Bad by Karla J. Nellenbach

When Good Parents Go Bad

There is a recurring theme amongst the YA genre, one that has incited many a long, passionate discussion.  No, friends, I’m not talking about the age-old controversy of vampires vs. zombies in an epic cage match.  Although we all know that The Walking Dead kicks Dracula’s butt every day of the week, and twice on Sunday.  That’s just fact.
Say what?  I know.  Do teens in YA even have parents anymore?  Most of the books out there depict the parental units as more hurt than help to our beloved characters.  Whether the old folks are drunks, strung-out drug addicts, psych patients off their meds (my personal fave), or just plain workaholics who can’t be bothered with the fact that they have children at home, one thing remains the same: the parents are just not there, or if they are, we wish they weren’t.
On the one hand, I like that YA is not afraid to shed light on the dysfunctional kind of families that abound all over the world. 
They are out there, and we shouldn’t shy away from these things.  From exploring the pain of watching your father drink himself into an early grave.  The heartache of having your mother descend into madness.  The stress of responsibility when your parents just aren’t there, leaving you to take care of younger siblings and the home life, making you the parent. 
These do happen, sadly, more often than any of us care to believe.   And, reading about someone going through a certain kind of personal Hell, makes me appreciate the they-mean-well-but-I-wish-they’d-get-a-life-already-so-they’d-stay-the-Hell-out-of-mine type of parents that I was stuck with throughout my own teen years all the more. 
Call me crazy, but I’d like to see more of those types of parents.  Because, they are the standard.  No Stepford parents here.  They’re the ones who work crazy hours in order to put food on the table, but still make time to nose their way into our lives.  They sneak in at the most inopportune times.  Like spies, they ferret out most (but thankfully, not all) of our deepest, darkest secrets, and yet, they need more.  They ask question after question after freaking question, all while we’re like, “I wish you would just leave me alone!” 
Still, they want to know.  Because that’s what a parent does best.  Gets to the bottom of things even as they make you want to tear your hair out.
This is my wish, folks.  A few more YA books with normal parents.  The ones the majority of us deal with on a daily basis.  Oh, and if they happen to get thrown into a Mixed Martial Arts cage fight with a few vampires and/or zombies, that would be great.  Add a couple of unicorns or yetis into the mix, and that would be pure awesomesauce. I’d definitely get tickets for that!

Author Bio

Karla Nellenbach divides her time between dayjobbing, writing, and indulging in her Winchester (Sam & Dean, that is) obsession.  The rest of her day is spent playing butler to a cranky old man masquerading as a housecat and two rambunctious puppies that closely resemble small horses. 

Born and raised in the wilds of Michigan, she knows two immutable facts: (1) it is entirely possible to live in a thumb, and (2) you definitely can go home again…you just might not survive the winter.  Having resided in the sunscape of Florida for the last decade, she’s still on a quest to see a real live alligator outside of the “petting” zoo.

Karla is currently chasing down her characters and beating them into submission at work on her next novel.

Christine Fonseca's latest action-packed, heart-pounding thriller COLLIDE, explores the world of psychic warfare with a new twist!

What if psychic warfare is real???

Christine Fonseca's latest action-packed, heart-pounding thriller COLLIDE, explores the world of psychic warfare with a new twist!

The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill.

When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.


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Christine Fonseca, exploring humanity one story at a time.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author of YA novels and nonfiction, Christine is dedicated to helping people of all ages find their own unique voice in our noisy world. She crafts psychological thrillers, sweeping romances and self-help books that explore the darker aspects of humanity with hope and authenticity. A love lover of books, lattes, and family, Christine is passionate about the world and believes that all things are possible when we work together. Find out more about Christine, her books, and her passion for life at


**Coming Soon** THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING by Amazon Bestselling Indie Author, Rachel Morgan

by Amazon Bestselling Indie Author,
Rachel Morgan

Labeled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself. She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend. But Livi’s about to discover that the in-crowd isn’t what she’s always believed it to be, and that maybe what—and who—she wants most has always been right in front of her.

The Trouble Series
Forgiven (A Trouble Novella) *FREE*
The Trouble with Flying *OUT NOW*
The Trouble with Flirting *SEP 9*
The Trouble with Faking *OCT 2014*
The Trouble with Falling *DEC 2014*

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Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart.

She is the author of the Amazon bestselling YA fantasy series, Creepy Hollow, and the lighthearted contemporary romance Trouble series.

Interview with Jaqueline Garlick author of YA Steampunk Lumiere

Welcome Jacqueline Garlick, author of Lumiere!! So let's talk a bit about your book. And if you want to stalk Jacqueline do so here: Facebookwebsite, and you can buy Lumiere from Amazon
Did you have a clear idea of the world you were going to build when you started Lumiere?

Lumiere first came to me as the images found in second chapter, of Eyelet on the stairs of the Academy in confrontation with Professor Smrt, ravens whirling all around her person. The thick mist-like-fog atmosphere was apparent immediately though I’ll admit, I had no idea why at first. Two or three times I woke with this imagery in my head, until finally I had to write it down. From there, a strange story started to develop in which the world itself became a character, which I had to develop and build like any other, while at the same time working to keep it a viable setting. Around the fifth chapter the world revealed it’s true purpose and arc to me, and then things got really fun.

How did you adapt the world so it was still recognizable to the reader but still hold that edge that Steampunk books have?

Ummmm, I would have to say that I paralleled Eyelet’s troubled world to my own. I live (unfortunately) in a place known as Chemical Valley, in Southern Ontario, where from time to time, toxic brume rolls the hillsides and we all have to ‘shelter in place.’ No, I’m not kidding. It’s a terrible place. Made terrible by the Oil Chemical companies that spew their toxic waste into our airspace, and poison our streams. As a result, I know first hand what it is like to live in a place that used to be beautiful (with white sandy beaches and lovely Great Lakes) that is now dubbed toxic and frightening. So, in that sense, it helped me to layer Eyelet’s world in a spooky frightening manner, while still filling it with familiar innocent elements, like escarpments, forests and bustling cities, all things the average reader could easily recognize and relate to.  

Was it difficult to incorporate all the inventions into the plot line?

No, not at all, THOSE were the good bits! I LOVED creating the inventions, in particular Bertie, who originally came from the imagination of my son Tanner, when he was just thirteen. I took his initial idea of a hydrogen bike, added wings and enchanted it, and voila, one of my favorite characters. My father was also somewhat of an in-house inventor, so I come by that interest naturally, I guess. As a kid, I spent countless hours with him drawing up plans for crazy household gadgets and gizmos many of which many ended up in the book. Steampunk is a great outlet for those of us with wildly creative imaginations. I just love that part of the genre.

Were there instruments or machines that didn't make it to the final version of Lumiere?

Yes, there were, one of which will now appear in book two. I was very disappointed when I felt I need to cut that chapter out, then I quickly realized the reason it needed to cut it, was that it needed to appear somewhere else. I’m thrilled to be writing about it now, in conjunction with bringing back the elephant from the prologue, as well as placing Eyelet in the most frightening new location…but I’ll stop there, I don’t want to give too much away about book two, NOIR. (smile)

Jacqueline Garlick is the Author of LUMIERE, book one of The Illumination Paradox Series, a steampunk fantasy, and her newest serial creation, a contemporary, coming of age, romantic, mystery, entitled, If Only…

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Kyluna by Cheryllynn Dyess

Jein has traveled many places looking for a new home for her people, The 
Goddess led her here to Kyluna. After discovering her life and history 
was false Jein struggled within to stay true to herself but she knew 
where she had to go, for her people and for her.

The Author

As a youth I loved to write and originally set out to deal with life. I never dreamed I would be writing to share with the world. As an adult my writing continued and have always been told I was talented. I finally listened and put my imagination to the test and started to write a book. Amazingly it took very little time to create an entire world and people and story line. This book reflects how I perceive life and how I feel it should really be! 

God has given me a great talent, wonderful support team and I'm finally using my gift from him! 

Calastan is the first book in the Jein's Journey series that introduces you to Jein in her seventeenth year. Jein is a beautiful young woman who refuses to follow tradition and wants to do things her own way (kinda reflects my personality to the "T").

I am a mother of four and Nana to two ~ my driving force is to show them to NEVER give up on dreams and goals, they can be reached if you believe.

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Cover Reveal: A Broken US by Amy Daws

Welcome to the Cover Reveal Party of new, contemporary romance novel, A Broken Us by Amy Daws!

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A Broken Us is Amy's debut novel and is currently available for Preorder Here.


Finley and Brody are in their own little bubble of deep, indescribable love. Finley’s quirky ways are the perfect compliment to Brody’s scandalously sexy passion.

So Finley is undeniably crushed when she gets a hard dose of reality from her doctor. She can’t have children. Not now. Not ever.

Crippled with the fear of how Brody will react when he hears the news, Finley does the only thing she can think of—she runs.

Leaving behind all that she knows, Finley hops on an international flight to London to move in with her eccentric, childhood best friend, Leslie.

With a plethora of new people and experiences to distract her, Finley is surprised when a cheeky Brit named Liam, a self-proclaimed fixer, is determined to help her forget.

The only problem is...a large part of Finley’s heart is still with Brody.

Without further ado, here's the cover!

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A Broken Us is now available for Kindle Pre-Order Here!

Book Excerpt:

CHAPTER 1: In four more hours, I’ll be on a plane to London. Well, New York first for a layover, then on to London. I take one last look at the place Brody and I have called home for three years. This place used to be full of happy, magical memories, but now it stares back with an ominous threat of disappointment. I can’t stay here and live this life. Not like this. Not like this. London can be my new lover.

Author Bio:

Amy Daws Author Pic-low res Amy Daws is a local TV commercial producer and lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s passion for writing. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle. For more of Amy’s work, visit:

Interview With the Author:

Welcome all. Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing, Amy Daws, author of contemporary romance novel, A Broken Us. Hi Amy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I’m currently a TV commercial producer for a local network affiliate station in South Dakota. So I write, shoot, and edit cheesy commercials for a living. Electronic Media and Journalism is what I went to school for, so I’m grateful to have a job in my industry, but writing is definitely a huge passion of mine. A Broken Us is your first novel, correct? Yes it is! I can’t tell you how much fun I had writing it. It’s my first novel, but not my first book. My first book was a memoir entitled, Chasing Hope, and that was released Memorial Day of 2014. It was my true story of my journey through multiple miscarriages and eventually the miraculous birth of my daughter Lorelei. I’m so thankful I wrote that book because it ignited this huge passion I have for writing and I have tons more books to get out there! Where did your inspiration for, A Broken Us, come from? I’ve read hundreds and hundreds of contemporary romance novels and I’ve never really read a book that had an infertility storyline in it. Since I’m so experienced in that area due to my history, I thought it could make a really interesting storyline for a heroine of a romance novel to be struggling with something like this. I saw this as a way for me to interest my Chasing Hope readers, but also open up my demographic to romance lovers like me. Where do your ideas come from? From all over! I stole my daughters Hello Kitty notebook one day because I realized that if I didn’t start writing these ideas that popped into my head then I would forget them and lose them forever. So now I have that notebook with me everywhere. I steal a lot from my personal life but twist it and morph it until it’s barely recognizable. My life is so not as cool and romantic as the stuff I write in, A Broken Us, but that’s the beauty of writing fiction, you get to take more chances. How long on average does it take you to write a book? I probably wrote Chasing Hope in 3-4 months. But I took a lot of breaks and didn’t spend nearly as much time on it. It was emotional and painful, so I had to step away from it at times. A Broken Us consumed me until I finished. I wrote it in two weeks. But that was tough because I have a full time job and a husband and daughter, so I literally wrote from 9 at night til 2 in the morning when everyone was in bed. There was a lot of coffee consumed during those couple weeks. What are your ambitions for your writing career? Publish more of course! Chasing Hope will have a sequel to it called, Chasing Peace that will sort of wrap up my true story and give a bit more closure on all of that. So I’m currently working on Chasing Peace. But I love love love reading contemporary romance. And now I love love love writing contemporary romance! A Broken Us has definite spin off potential and I’m working some of those ideas out now as well. So, overall, I imagine contemporary romance is where my writing career will be heading. Tell us about the cover and how it came about? The girl on the cover is a girl from my hometown who I actually took senior pictures for when she graduated high school a while back. I do a little photography on the side, so when I was trying to find a model to be my Finley…she immediately popped into my head. My sister-in-law, Megan Daws, and myself shot the cover photo. We both had our own cameras armed and clicking at our shoot. I don’t actually know who’s picture ended up on the cover…and I don’t care. We’re a great team and I love working with her. A bunch of the photos from our shoot were used in the book video trailer, so it’s definitely a collaborative effort. I did all the cover design myself. I work in advertising and am very familiar with graphic design. I’m in love with my cover…it’s just beautiful! What do you think most characterizes your writing? Candid, honest and self-deprecating. And I love to write humor. I am a total goof in real life and I love to laugh, so I do my best to portray interesting characters that have funny moments. If you LOL while reading my books…I’ve succeeded. Which writers inspire you? Well I have to first give a shout out to my all time favorite British Chick Lit author, Elizabeth Young. Her book, Asking For Trouble was one of the first chick lit books I read and I haven’t been able to stop reading since! She has a hilarious self-deprecating humor to her heroines that resonates so strongly with me. Also, Jennifer Lancaster, who made memoirs about non-famous people cool! She’s got a great voice on paper. Then of course there’s Samantha Young…love her On Dublin Street series, then Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, Abbi Glines. Okay, I have so many more but I’ll leave it at them. J What’s next for you? My memoir sequel, Chasing Peace, is going to be published in early 2015. And then I’m working on a spin off book to, A Broken Us, that I would love to release in the summer of 2015 if possible. Then there’s many more spin off potentials for, A Broken Us, that I’m super excited to get started on after that! Thank you so much for having me today! I have a deep affection for book bloggers, you dedicate so much time and energy to helping indie authors succeed and we couldn’t do it without you. So, thanks!

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