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Happy New Year! PiYo! And other updates!!

I know, I know, I've been away, and you probably missed my sass. :) Well, it's a brand new year which has started with heavy things, and not so heavy things.

I'm still neck deep editing Alternate before it goes to my editor, the amazing and awesome Raine Thomas. For now I'm going over comments that my Alpha reader, the equally amazing and awesome, Lindsay, has written out for me to continue polishing this manuscript.

It feels as if I've been working on Alternate for a long time. I actually had to rewrite the first draft after Fissure's edits changed things in the future. (No, seriously, time benders are so moody) The first draft was written in less than two months, considering all the previous things that had happened, and also the things that needed to happen in the book. So I've been editing pretty much, on and off, since June/July 2014. And I'm not done. I know, I know.... soon--ish.

Since the end of the year, I discovered PiYo, a new Beachbody work out. I've tried them before. I did Insanity and also, T25, but I was always having problems. Knee problems, back problems, then I had trouble with my blood pressure, so I had to stop exercising. When I was given the go ahead again, I started Yoga T25 and ballet exercises, until I heard about PiYo.

I've been doing PiYo for only two weeks, actually tomorrow is the last day of my second week. So I'm still huge, but I can see the HUGER difference that PiYo has done to my body.


Top pictures are from my first day, December 29th 2014. And the bottom ones are from today, January 10th, 2015, I'm quite chuffed about the differences that I can see in my body. So I shall be worshiping at Chalene's alter for a while. I'd not had a great experience with Turbo Fire, but I can definitely say that I'm loving PiYo, even though sometimes I want to not do it. However, seeing the results, and how much more flexible I am, is a great encouragement. 

Besides Alternate and PiYo, I'm also working on a New Adult story tentatively called Fighting Gravity, but because I think the title is Lame, it'll probably change. Also I'm still unsure about a different pen name for my New Adult stories,... so that can change as well. :)
I love this story so much, I did a mock up cover. :) So this story will be my first foray into the New Adult territory. I'm in love with Henry and Gracie, and as you can probably tell from the mock up cover... London will feature prominently in the story. Ah, yes... my love affair with England continues. 

Before I finish this post, I want to say that this week the whole world woke up stunned to the news of the terrorist acts in Paris, France. For those of you who know, and those who probably don't know, my husband is from France, and we lived a year in Paris and two in Normandy. I feel very much Normand, after almost 16 years of marriage. So we were quite shocked by everything that has happened this week, but we believe in the goodness in the hearts of everyone across the world. Let's strive to make this a better world, shall we? And please, remember to say a prayer for everyone who passed away or was touched by these tragedies.


Stephane Charbonnier, editor
Jean Cabut, cartoonist
Georges Wolinski, cartoonist
Bernard Verlhac, cartoonist
Philippe Honore, cartoonist
Bernard Maris, economist
Elsa Cayat, psychoanalyst and columnist
Mustapha Ourrad, copy editor
Michel Renaud, visitor
Frederic Boisseau, caretaker
Ahmed Merabet, policeman
Brigadier Franck Brinsolaro, police bodyguard
Police Nationale Police Officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe
Yoav Hattab
Yohan Cohen
François-Michel Saada




New release With Love, book 5 in the Stories about Melissa Series

It's Finally Here!
With Love, book 5 in the Stories about Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez, is LIVE!


Blurb:
Melissa is turning sixteen and beginning her junior year. With a new job, and a new boyfriend, things are pretty hectic, but when things start becoming more difficult at home, Melissa soon becomes overwhelmed with responsibilities. Can she juggle her friends, family, a budding romance, as well as school and work? Getting older sure doesn't make things any easier!
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Happy Release day, Raine Thomas! Rise of the Faire-Amanti is here!!!


It's launch day for Rise of the Faire-Amanti (Ascendant Series #3), and Raine Thomas is celebrating with a big giveaway! Read on for more details...





Book Blurb:


Stranded in the desolate Dark Lands, Kyr and Ty share a bittersweet reunion. Alametria lies on the brink of darkness. Their people are still reeling, believing she’s dead at Ty’s hands. With no other choice, many have turned to the Guardians and Advisor Vycor for guidance, never suspecting they’re being led to slaughter.
Kyr and Ty encounter overwhelming challenges in their fight to save their people: a deadly environment, murderous Marauders, and powerful protections preventing them from reaching the palace. When the journey itself could mean their deaths, the one thing that keeps them going is the thought of bringing VycorDane to justice.
Facing a battle on multiple fronts, lacking resources, and significantly outnumbered, Kyr and Ty must rely on each other in the race to save their planet. Will they beat the odds and restore peace to Alametria…or will Vycor’s evil destroy them all?

Excerpt:


Turning so he faced Kyr, he lifted a gloved hand to her shoulder. Are you sure you want to do this?
She nodded, but he saw the rapid pulse in her neck belying her fear. They were both struggling to ignore the flight reflex pounding in their minds.
He considered walking to the storage bay and pulling out the sleeping pallets Gren had packed for their use, but he worried that taking even that much time would have them both abandoning this plan and giving in to the protections. Instead, he bent down and kissed her.
The feel and taste of Kyr shoved every other thought to the far corners of his mind. Although it had only been a few days since he last touched her like this, he felt like a starving man being offered a sumptuous buffet. Her soft lips eased open beneath his, begging him to deepen the kiss. He obliged, rubbing his tongue against hers as she tasted him just as thoroughly.
He ached to touch her. He broke away from her long enough to yank off his goggles and gloves. She hastily did the same. As if of one mind, they didn’t stop there, stripping out of their flight gear with quick, purposeful movements. When Ty was done, he helped Kyr remove the rest of her clothing. Then they came together in a mad rush, their mouths once again finding each other in a searing kiss.
Open your mind to me, Kyr thought. Only to me.
Yes. Only you.
He barely processed her demand over the raging need coursing through his body, but understood what she wanted. Since their first time joining here in the Dark Lands, he had learned that he had to keep a barrier between them when they made love. If he didn’t, they ran the risk of their joined power spiraling out of control like it had that time. On the more practical side, there was also the fact that if he allowed himself to feel everything she felt, their lovemaking would be over practically before it started.
Trust in us, she encouraged him as her hands ran along the muscles of his arms and chest.
Heedless of the consequences, he did as she asked, fully opening his mind to hers.

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About the Author:


Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn't writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida's beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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To celebrate the launch of Rise of the Faire-Amanti, Raine is offering a Kindle Paperwhite to one lucky winner! This giveaway will only run for TWO DAYS (12/14 & 12/15).


To enter, please visit Raine's author page on Facebook and Like, Comment (on the giveaway post), and Share. You could win a Kindle just in time for the holidays!



The XOXO Collection Release Day

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16 New Adult Stories from 16 of your favorite New Adult Authors
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Featuring MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER by USA and NYT Bestselling Author Heidi McLaughlin
They say you should expect the unexpected, I didn't realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.

FOR EVERLY by Raine Thomas
The last thing physical therapy student Everly Wallace wants is a relationship, but when she’s roped into working with sexy Major League pitcher Cole Parker, she’ll discover that it just might be the one thing she needs.

INDELIBLE by Bethany Lopez
Sam's a single mom, working her way through college while raising her toddler. Judd's a college baseball player, who on the outside, looks like he doesn't have a care in the world. Can two people at different stages in their life find a way to make a life together?

TATTOOED DOTS by Kimberly Knight
Brooke and Easton learn that people are brought into their lives for many reasons. Over time, they find out what those reasons are. Some are to be a temporary acquaintance while others are there for life.

MANGLED HEARTS by Felicia Tatum
Can two loves find their way back to each other despite an addiction and a hardened heart, allowing their love to overcome it all? Can these mangled hearts be mended?

BREAKDOWN by Amanda Lance
After Charlotte Ferro's suicide attempt is ruined by a handsome do-gooder he introduces her to a world of fast cars and cool criminals. But can their newfound friendship survive the secrets of their past?

MAVERICK by Anna Cruise
International surf sensation Kellen Handler has it all – fame and fortune and more women than he can count – but he's riding his own personal wave toward disaster. Can PR genius Gina Bellori rescue his reputation...and his heart?

DO ANYTHING by Wendy Owens
A broken heart is only the beginning for her. He thinks he has his life figured out. Will they risk their hearts on a new chance at love?

RESIST ME by A.O. Peart
Ethan, a former-Marine-turned-firefighter, has never really cared for any woman, while living his life to the fullest and enjoying the bad boy stigma. Until the street-smart Lisbeth comes along, and instantly turns Ethan’s world upside down, making him want to protect her, no matter the consequences.

THE MAN TEST by Amanda Aksel
Couple therapist Marin Johns tries to prove that all men are liars and cheaters by beginning a fictitious relationship. Will her new "boyfriend" be the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right?

A RISK WORTH TAKING by Heather Hildenbrand
For college grad, Summer Stafford, watching her parents’ divorce has taught her that, above all, love is a risk. For a drifter like Ford O’Neal, love isn’t just a risk, it isn’t even on the table. But attraction quickly leads to something more and they are both forced to realize they’re risking a whole lot for a summer fling.

UNINTENTIONAL VIRGIN by A.J. Bennett
Nineteen-year-old Karma points is cursed. Cursed with a ridiculous name, self-esteem issues and the inability to lose her virginity. That is until Jax, the tattooed bouncer, comes into the picture.

THE FALL OF SKY (PART ONE) by Alexia Purdy
Singing duo Audrey and Liv Westing hope to be discovered as the next big thing. While fumbling through their turbulent existences, they attract the eye of a deadly but powerful Cartel family.

A FIREFIGHTER'S FLAME by Dani Hart
If you dig into the deepest parts of your soul, what would you find? Happiness,pain, love, regret, peace, sorrow?
Follow Lennox's journey of rediscovery, falling in love, and searching for her own fairy-tale ending.

STEALING PROMISES by Brina Courtney
One moment can change your life forever.
One moment to find love.
One moment to lose it.

FIRESIDE SERIES by Morgan Black
A cowboy with a mysterious past. A ranch princess with an eye for the one she can’t have. What happens when their two world collides one weekend in a snowstorm?


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New Adult Month: Music in the Serendipity Series

Music in the Serendipity Series





I’ve always been a music lover. There’s a magic that happens when I listen to a song with a driving beat and perfect lyrics. I bond with the singer and catch the song’s mood. As I write, a great song inspires me to make a scene come to life.

Music plays a vital role in my New Adult Serendipity series. In the first book, Chasing Luck, heroine Malerie is a podcaster with a show called Rock Universe. She co-hosts the show with an online friend, and they interview new bands. She and her friend, Collin, have their big break with a very popular band called Jelly Bean Queen.

Coincidentally, Jelly Bean Queen (JBQ) is Malerie’s favorite band in the world. Their music helps her to cope with her PTSD. She recites JBQ lyrics when she needs a focus and a calming mechanism. 

As the stars align—as they sometimes do—it was lucky that Jelly Bean Queen met Malerie and Collin.

In creating Jelly Bean Queen, I knew I needed to give the reader a feel for their music through words. So, I inserted song lyrics from the band at the beginning of each chapter of Chasing Luck. These lyrics lend a mood to each chapter and were one of my favorite parts of writing the book. 

In the second book of the series, Tempting Fate, Jelly Bean Queen is still present. This book features Collin. In addition to being a podcaster, Collin is the webmaster for Jelly Bean Queen’s fan site. 

This isn’t a rock and roll series, but music plays a part in the lives of the characters. Malerie (Chasing Luck) and Collin (Tempting Fate) have a great love for Jelly Bean Queen.  Do you have a band that influences your life?


Tempting Fate by Brinda Berry 


(A Serendipity Novel #2) 
Publication date: October 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

When two worlds collide, it can only be fate. 

Collin knows trouble when he sees it. A beautiful girl crashing into his car? She should be flashing a neon DANGER sign. He knows better than to get involved with a fresh-faced babe who could break his already-tattered heart. After graduating from college, he's on track to start over in a new place. He's discovering what he wants from life, away from the shadow of his overbearing father and the betrayal of his cheating ex-fiancé. 

Veronica's home life morphs from trailer park to homeless after a bloody fight between her brother and her ex. She's on the run from a situation that promises to be deadly. Without a home, money, or friends, she's at Collin's mercy. 

Fate brought them together. Will a secret from her past tear them apart?

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Chasing Luck By Brinda Berry

(a Serendipity novel #1)
Publication Date April 30, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense

Sometimes surviving doesn’t feel lucky. Especially when you’re a sole survivor... 

At the age of seven, Malerie walked away from a bombing that left hundreds dead—including her mother. When a crazed gunman kills her guardian on her eighteenth birthday, Malerie suspects there may be more to her survival than luck. A mysterious code holds the key to her future, and a reluctant white knight holds the key to her heart.   

A loner wearing emotional armor… 
Ace is a twenty-year-old entrepreneur focusing on two things in life: financial security and a life without ties. A life that doesn't risk losing the ones who matter. When Ace is hired to secretly act as a bodyguard for Malerie, he faces an unwanted attraction that threatens to sabotage his heart. Can Ace find the courage to love a girl with a death wish?


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Brinda Berry Bio:

Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She's terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.  She doesn't mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she's not working the day job or writing a novel, she's guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason. 


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RISE OF THE FAIRE-AMANTI Book Blurb


Stranded in the desolate Dark Lands, Kyr and Ty share a bittersweet reunion. Alametria lies on the brink of darkness. Their people are still reeling, believing she’s dead at Ty’s hands. With no other choice, many have turned to the Guardians and Advisor Vycor for guidance, never suspecting they’re being led to slaughter.

Kyr and Ty encounter overwhelming challenges in their fight to save their people: a deadly environment, murderous Marauders, and powerful protections preventing them from reaching the palace. When the journey itself could mean their deaths, the one thing that keeps them going is the thought of bringing VycorDane to justice.

Facing a battle on multiple fronts, lacking resources, and significantly outnumbered, Kyr and Ty must rely on each other in the race to save their planet. Will they beat the odds and restore peace to Alametria…or will Vycor’s evil destroy them all?

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Author Bio
Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She's a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn't writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida's beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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