Counting Stars by Kathleen Long

Counting StarsBernie hasn’t truly faced the fact that her older brother Mark is dead. She knows he’s gone. She feels his absence and her guilt over the distance between them is so heavy it weighs on her like nothing else, but it hasn’t truly hit her yet, and she’s never let herself cry. When her sister-in-law, Jenny, discovers a journal of World’s Largest Attractions Mark began keeping as a little boy, she passes it on to Bernie, knowing he would want his sister to have it. Mark gave up that dream for Jenny, for reality and adulthood and his family, tucking it away in a drawer and leaving the daydreams of his childhood behind, but as Bernie begins flipping through the pages she realized Mark never gave up the dream. He simply kept it to himself, occasionally sharing it with his children like a bedtime story, and always adding new facts, new attractions he hoped to one day see.

When the idea to make a seven-thousand mile trip around the country to visit some of the major attractions in Mark’s ledger strikes her, Bernie can’t help but feel it isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the only thing to do to pay tribute to her brother. Convincing her mother, her sister-in-law and her best friend to make the journey with her isn’t easy, and in the end her best friend bails out, substituting her seventeen year old daughter, Ashley, instead, but armed with Jenny’s rigid schedule, carefully packed crates of supplies and a borrowed RV named Georgie, the final wrench is thrown into the cogs when Bernie’s boyfriend, Aidan, tells her he needs some time and he won’t be taking care of her dog while she’s gone.

Four women of varying ages, at staggered stages in life trapped in an RV for three weeks straight promises to be absolute mayhem, and nothing short of just that ensues…

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Boundary Lines by Melissa F. Olson

Boundary LinesAllison “Lex” Luthor may have saved the life of her ‘null’ niece, Charlie, for now, but little Charlie’s powers make her vulnerable in a secret world filled with vampires, witches, and werewolves who would do anything to tap that power for their own purposes. In exchange for protection, Lex agrees to continue serving the Colorado vampire boss, Maven, performing duties for her during daylight hours and lending her unique boundary witch powers by night to Maven’s cause. Already alienated from the Colorado witches on account of her dark nature, her alliance with Maven only serves to disturb the witches that much more, putting Lex smack dab in the middle of very dangerous ground.

When it becomes obvious during a gathering of witches at the Pellar farm on Samhain that something is off about the magic in the air, Lex is drawn into a strange plot that tests her relationship with her vampire boss and further alienates her from the local witches. Whatever it is, it’s drawing on the magical creatures of the Old World, forcing them to act against their own nature, and it’s only a matter of time before war breaks out among the factions. To make matters worse, a ravenous magical reptile has risen from its slumber deep beneath the earth, and it’s up to Lex and her motley assembly of vampires and witches to get to the bottom of things before another innocent civilian is devoured.

When Maven commands that Lex speak with an old spirit that may be able to shed some light on the darkness infiltrating Boulder, Lex realizes she created a barrier in her mind as a child to help her block her ability to see the spirits wandering aimlessly through the world. With the aid of a Las Vegas thaumaturge, Lex digs deep into old scars, unearthing memories of her time in Iraq that she would much rather leave buried. As all the pieces begin to fall into place, a sinister plot so dark is revealed that all out war will be unavoidable unless Lex and her friends can stop it.

I absolutely fell in love with this series a few months back when I read the first book, Boundary Crossed. It felt like an eternity before the second book was set to come out, but thanks to my iron will and incredible patience, I managed to survive the long wait. And it was worth it. There’s something empowering about Lex’s character that makes it impossible not to fall in love with her dry wit and humor. This is a woman who’s seen it all, who’s been to hell and back, and refuses to stand down, and it’s done very believably. Melissa F. Olson did a stellar job crafting Lex.

There is a mild romantic undertone, but the romance in no way dominates the story. It’s just enticing enough to keep romance readers who love a paranormal twist intrigued without focusing entirely on the romantic relationship. There is so much more to Lex, and despite her often standoffish nature, her heart is an incredible place. She’s the kind of girl who would give you the shirt off her back, never thinking about herself in the process, and it’s refreshing to see such an empowered heroine standing center stage without seeming like a fake.

Five out of five stars, and well done! I can’t wait for book three in this series.

Boundary Lines releases on October 13, 2015, and is available to pre-order on for $4.99. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for a fair and impartial review.

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Teaser Tuesday: Boys Don’t Cry

Happy Teaser Tuesday. Boys Don’t Cry is on sale for just $.99 everywhere ebooks are sold. If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, now is a great time to pick it up.

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Kick Push by Jay McLean

kick pushAt seventeen, Josh’s life looks promising. His parents are supportive, his future as a pro skater is bright, he’s got a smoking hot girlfriend and a best friend who’d do just about anything for him. It doesn’t look like a single thing could go wrong, then his girlfriend Natalie drops a major bomb: she’s pregnant. They were so careful, did everything in their power to prevent it from happening, but sometimes accidents are avoidable and life has other plans in store for us.

He is ready and willing to do the responsible thing. Whatever it takes, he will see to it for the sake of his child, but his proud father will not stand behind him, and his mother can’t change her husband’s mind, so Josh finds himself on the streets. He has no choice but to quit school once his son is born, and while it seemed throughout her pregnancy like he and Natalie were on the same page regarding their unborn child, once Tommy is born Natalie can’t hack motherhood so she abandons them. Without Natalie there to complete his little family, Natalie’s parents kick Josh out of their home and he winds up bouncing around, homeless, jobless, carless, and terrified that he isn’t going to be able to do what he has to in order to keep his little baby boy alive.

Fate intervenes, a ray of hope in the guise of an older Hawaiian woman who spies him in the pawn shop trying to sell the last thing in his life that holds any worth: his skateboard. She takes him and Tommy in, puts them up in the apartment behind her house, and for a while life is easier than it was before. His uncle gives him a good job, and for the first time since Tommy was born it looks like Josh just might make it.

Then she moves in. His landlady warns him beforehand that her granddaughter is… damaged, and her one and only wish is that she leave Becca alone to heal, but a three year old little boy running around tends to string everyone together, even when they don’t intend to fall in love with anyone. Josh and Becca fall in love slowly at first, but not with the parts of each other that will truly determine the depth of their feelings. It begins with him teaching her how to skate, kick, push, coast… When he asks her to coast with him, she can’t say no because she needs someone like Josh just as much he and Tommy need her. But they hold each other at bay, allowing the physical high of their attraction to one another to dictate their emotional bond, and before either of them can stop it, they’re swept up in a whirlwind that promises to spiral their lives out of control.

Josh’s trust issues turn to rage…

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Publishing Industry News

This week’s publishing news and industry blogs post covers 9/4-9/25/15.

Publishing News

The Authors Guild conducts a members survey an discovers that writers are apparently earning far less now than they did six years ago, on average (using the median, not the mean). This and the Fair Contract Initiative are apparently part of the AG’s new approach to more actively represent and support its members.

Another class action suit against Author Solutions has been dismissed.

E-book subscription service Oyster is shutting down. Google has hired some of their staff.

Apple and the Big Five could be facing another price-fixing lawsuit, this time from retailers whose startups were unable to thrive without the bundles and discounts they’d been relying on, after judge Cote decides the case could proceed. On the other hand, Judge Cote also warns the plaintiffs their claim will hard to prove.

Meanwhile, Apple considers appealing Cote’s verdict to the Supreme Court. If they don’t, consumers could be seeing the payment soon of the $400 million in refunds, as per the liability judgement.

Copyright holders will have to consider fair use before filing DMCAs, according to the US Court of Appeals.

A number of well-known authors advocate for freedom of expression in China.

Goodreads will soon be available in UK via Kindle Readers and tablets. And Amazon is also expanding Kindle Scout internationally.

Industry Blogs

On QueryTracker, 7 things your query must have. Also, how to edit your synopsis.

Agent Jessica Faust advises writers create career plans and revisit them at least yearly. Also, go update your Amazon Author Page.

Agent Janet Reid answers questions and gives advice. If an agent read a full but rejected kindly, is it still a no-go to mention the rejection at the conference? (Depends.) Which awards are worth mentioning in queries? (Ones with independent judging and that don’t have more winners than entry slots.) If you’ve self-published a novel, how do you mention this in a query? (Simply. Also, be sure you self-published for the right reasons.) And how NOT to ask for a review.

More from Reid: If you won’t take a deal unless it offers big-mega money to prove they’re serious, and are worried about giving away your manuscript to those who won’t market it sufficiently or maybe even not publish it at all, should you mention that in your query? (Yes. That way the agent knows to skip you and doesn’t waste her time or yours.) And what does “previously published” mean, and does it really hurt your publishing chances? (Agents can negotiated “previously published” clauses; also, 50 Shades. But probably best not to publicly post your novel.) And how to do you vet an agency? (Research–look at what they’ve actually published.) Also, how to evaluate a small publisher.

Got extra clauses in your sentences and not sure how to handle them? On the Editor’s Blog, “Interruptions,” from parenthetical phrases to parentheses to em dashes. And learn about Either, Neither, and their correct Verbs. Also, details that make your setting seem like it’s written from a native’s POV–important little things that make your story seem more real.

Agent Kristen Nelson shares a story of an out-of-print book that sold film rights and became a success… because that’s the world we live in, where digital means out-of-print never really has to happen. And another piece of advice on choosing an agent: go with one who is financially stable doing her (or his) agenting job, because if the agent needs the paycheck, you might wind up with a less than stellar deal. Also, some hints on how to tell, because don’t think agents are going to go around announcing their bank balances to the world.

On Publishers Weekly, 10 Tech Tools for Writers.

The AP Stylebook is now available as an e-book.

Pew Research Center finds that library attendance has dropped in the past year. America Library Association counters that libraries are a lifeline and most communities feel their loss would have a major impact on the community.

What other major publishing news have you encountered in the past two weeks?

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It’s Story Time! Ride the Wind is Taking Flight!


So, The Chronicles of ISLE, Book 1: Spark is out in the world now (did I forget to mention that here? Whoops. Author fail.) Not only is it live on Amazon, but it’s absolutely a part of the Kindle Unlimited program for those of you who subscribe to that service:

Get Spark right here!

Note: if you haven’t read the Evolution series, it’s highly recommended you do so before beginning this book. You’ll be able to follow the story fine, but there is so much more to understand about this world that you can only learn in detail from the first trilogy!

Also note: this story is NOT for children. Adult situations and mature language are contained therein. (Hence the S. A. Huchton label.)

But now on to today’s news!

For those of you patiently awaiting my next Flipped Fairy Tale, the wait is over! I was originally going to put this out tomorrow, but I may potentially have to leave my house as we’re possibly in the path of Hurricane Joaquin. So, lucky you, today’s the day you get to find out what fairy tale I’m flipping for Ride the Wind!

I decided to do things a little differently this time around, mostly because I think the majority of people might be unfamiliar with this folk tale from Norway. And so, I present you all with a video, wherein I will sit you down for a tale of yore. With the rain and fall weather we’ve got this week, it seemed like a good day for it. In this video, I’ll show you the cover and share a few thoughts with you about this book. And if you make it through to the end, I promise it’ll be worth your while!

So take a look, have a listen, and get ready to Ride the Wind!


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Are You Ready to Tackle Your TBR?

Hello, everyone!

My dearest Tressa over at Wishful Endings is currently hosting the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon. But you know all about that by now, right? Of course you do! (Quick! Sign up through September 23rd here.)

Today on the schedule is solely dedicated to MOI, and to celebrate I am giving away a copy of Trixter! As you know, Trix is the precocious foundling little brother of the infamous Woodcutter Sisters. His antics were the whole reason that Hero happened in the first place…and now he has his own series of adventures! If you’re not familiar with his story, find out a more below, and then don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Trixter (The Trix Adventures Book 1)

(The Trix Adventures, Book 1)
May 2015

Trix Woodcutter is the long prophesied Boy Who Talks to Animals. Heís also a foundling prankster scamp who places his family under a sleeping spell so that he can run away from home. Compelled by a vision of his dead birthmother, Trix departs on the eve of a Great Catastrophe, only to find himself caught in the maelstrom. Armed with little more than his wits and the wisdom inherent in all fey-blooded youth, Trix confronts a legendary Animal King, faces off against a ghostly feline, rescues a damsel in distress, and discovers more about himself than he ever wished to know.

And this adventure is only the beginning.

hardcover: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | Powell’s
paperback: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | Powell’s
ebook: Amazon | B&NKobo | iTunes

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One copy of Trixter
ebook for international winner, paperback print book for US winner
Ends September 27th

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