New Release Roundup: YA Sci-Fi

This week in YA sci-fi books, we have one book featuring spies and another featuring a deadly virus.

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And if you’re searching for more YA-friendly sci-fi books, you might enjoy my book Conspiracy Unleashed.

New Release Roundup: YA Fantasy

Sorcery, magical amulets, beasts and wizards… This week’s featured new releases in YA fantasy have it all!

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And while you’re looking for your next fantasy read, take a look at my YA fantasy Fate Abandoned.

New Release Roundup: YA Paranormal Romance

Reapers, wolves, vampires and angels, oh my! Here’s a selection of some fabulous new releases in YA paranormal romance:

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And don’t forget you can still download my book Blood Heirs for FREE here.

 

YA Book Gift Guide for the (Kick-Butt) Princess in Your Life

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Shopping for loved ones is HARD. 

You want to get them something unique. Something fun. Something exciting. Something they’ll actually use.

If you’ve been scratching your head trying to find the perfect gift for a special someone in your life – and if that special someone happens to love reading – then I’ve got you covered.

I’ve put together a list of books featuring royalty – perfect for the princess in your life!

But these heroines are anything but delicate.

They’re rebellious and fierce.

And they’ll have you’re loved one HOOKED.

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1. The Selection Series by Keira Cass

This series makes for a spectacular gift for teens and fans of YA books. It’s like The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games in the best way possible. They’re romantic, but there’s definitely a dystopian vibe going on, too.

At the time of publishing this list, you can grab the first four books in the series for just $25.81 – not bad for HOURS of entertainment.

2. The Vampire Wish Series by Michelle Madow

If you’re shopping for someone who is a fan of Twilight or The Vampire Diaries, then look no further. The Vampire Wish Series is my latest obsession.

It’s fast-paced, fun and totally YA-friendly.

Best of all? Right now you can grab the complete set in paperback for only $21.79!

3. Red Queen 4-Book Series by Victoria Aveyard

This #1 NYT bestselling series would make a perfect gift for fans of Game of Thrones. And the hardback editions would make for some epic #bookstagram photos. (And we all know how vital it is to snap the perfect Instagram pic!)

Right now, you can grab the hardback editions of all four books for $48.16.

3. The Aermian Feuds Series by Frost Kay


Frost Kay’s debut series The Aermian Feuds is written in the vein of Sarah J. Mass and George R. R. Martin. This book has 175+ 5-star reviews

As the blurb says: Rebellion never looked so seductive…

And right now you can grab the paperback version for $12.99.

4. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

The final book in this epic series released this month, and fans have been going crazy over it! You can now buy the complete set, which would make an amazing gift. The hardcover collection is a bit of an investment ($151.92  at the time of assembling this list) – but have you SEEN these books? They’re HUGE! And the set even comes with an exclusive poster.

5. Empire of Talents Series by Jordan Rivet


This fresh new fantasy series features frivolous royals and shapeshifters. And that cover? Don’t even get me started.

Do I need to say more?

YA readers are sure to fall in love with this addicting series where nothing is as it seems.

That rounds out the list of top YA books featuring royals! If you enjoyed this list and are looking for another book featuring a kick-butt princess, you might also want to check out my book, Fate Abandoned.

She’s a sword-wielding princess.
He’s the outlaw who kidnapped her.
They should be enemies, but he might be the key to finding her brother – and herself.

Princess Daphne is sick of being treated as the king’s pawn. So even though she’s supposed to be hanging back at the castle and choosing a suitor, she doesn’t hesitate to follow her brother on a treacherous quest. Especially after learning there’s a prophecy predicting his death.

She devises a plan and sets out with her maidservant to rescue him – which seems like a great idea until they’re kidnapped by outlaws.

But Daphne’s not one to give up so easily. Realizing that aligning with their captors might just guarantee their success, she cuts a deal with the dangerously charming Gregory.

Forced to work together against impossible odds, she and Gregory learn that they need each other more than they knew. And as they race to save the prince, Daphne must decide if she’s willing to give up everything she’s ever known for a love she never expected…

Fate Abandoned features a fierce heroine and characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading. Grab your copy today to get swept away in this fast-paced fantasy adventure.

Fall into Paranormal Romance Giveaway

Halloween is just around the corner, which has me in the mood for books about vampires, shifters and supernatural creatures.

Which is why I’m THRILLED to share this paranormal romance giveaway with you.

(Please note that not all of these books are suitable for young adult readers.)

For a limited time, you can discover your new favorite PNR reads by snatching up these FREE books. Just CLICK HERE.

And guess what? While you’re there, you can grab the origin story to my upcoming vampire series. Blood Heirs is a YA-friendly bite-sized treat that is perfect for fans of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The Selection.

Grab your copy today!

New Release: Blood Heirs (A Short Origin Prequel to Vampires of Crescent Cape)

If it was blood heirs Queen Rosa wanted, then it was blood heirs she would get…

Vampires of Crescent Cape is a new YA paranormal romance series that’s set to release in early January. I’ve had this series in the back of my head for months and months, and I’m so thrilled to finally share a taste of it with you.

Blood Heirs is a short origin story to the series. It’s quick enough for you to read during your lunch break, but be warned – it’ll leave you craving more!

It’s perfect for fans of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

Inside, you’ll also find an invitation to join my Advance Reader Team, which will allow you to read all of the books in the entire series for free.

So what are you waiting for?

CLICK HERE to download your free copy of Blood Heirs.

Enjoy!

How to Make Your Pinterest Views Explode

In just one month, my Pinterest views exploded. I went from a measly 1.2k monthly views to 12,000+ monthly views!

Want to know how you can increase your visibility on Pinterest, too?

Perfect! You’ve come to the right place.

 

Like most people, I started out using my Pinterest page just for fun.

 

Even though I technically had a business page, I used it mainly for pinning inspiration for my books.

 

But I’ve realized it can be a valuable tool for growing my blog and my author platform. 

 

After all, it’s free marketing!

 

Yes, it does take time to create content, images, etc. But pointing pins to your blog posts, especially for evergreen content, is a strategy that can be used to grow your platform for years to come.
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So, first things first:

 

Most people, including myself, refer to Pinterest as a social media platform.

But really, Pinterest is more like a search engine.

This is why images and copy matter so much.

 

So how does it work?

 

As a user, I search for all kinds of stuff like recipes, Christmas gift ideas, home decor, etc.

 

I might find things to pin either by browsing by typing in a phrase in the search bar or by scrolling through my homepage, which shows both pins from people I’m following and pins that Pinterest thinks I will like based on things I’ve been searching for lately.

 

Because of that, the images you post when uploading (or pinning from an existing webpage) have to be striking enough to pop out at someone who is quickly scrolling through.

 

I think using Canva is a must.

It has some GREAT templates for Pinterest images (which should be verticle rectangles – they take up more of the screen and therefore people are more likely to notice them).

 

I took some time to play around and make designs I’m happy with.

 

Now, whenever I have, say, a new author interview to post, I just pop the new author pic and appropriate author name in there rather than start over from scratch.

You can only upload a pin to your own board – UNLESS you are a collaborator on a group board.

 

With group boards, multiple people can post to the same board. It’s basically a way to make your pins go viral.

 

You can use Pingroupie to easily find group boards on Pinterest.

 

If you haven’t done so already, I recommend setting up a Pinterest business account so that you can see stats.

 

If you set up a business account, you can also get your page verified (note: for me, this was a MAJOR headache – I had to get my husband to do it, and I still have no idea what exactly he did).

Once it’s verified, you can do something called “enabling Rich Pins,” which increases your pins’ visibility on Pinterest.

In the last month, I’ve gone from 1.2K monthly viewers to 12.1K monthly viewers.

 

Pinterest is a major source of my website traffic.

 

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Here are four things I’ve done to grow my Pinterest reach based on all of my research on the topic (keep in mind that I am an author, so my Pinterest page reflects this):

  1. Create at least 20 boards titled with phrases I think people might use as search terms (ex: YA Books, Book Club Party Decor, Bookstagram Inspiration, Bookshelf Decor, etc.).These aren’t all filled with my own content.I repin fun things I find to my boards, hoping someone who happens upon something I’ve pinned clicks through to my Pinterest page and thinks, “Hm. She pins all kinds of stuff that I’m interested in. I should follow her.”
  2. Using Canva, I created images for my boards (pins I uploaded that just link to my website because you have to have a link in there) and then set as my covers for those boards.
  3. For each board, I added a board description filled with what I hope to be relevant keywords.Ideally, this helps whatever algorithm Pinterest uses to show my pins to more people.
  4. When pinning my own content (like from my blog), I try to put relevant keywords in my descriptions, too.


Do you know of any other helpful tips and tricks for leveraging Pinterest to grow your audience?

If so, let me know in the comments below!

 

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Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

The third book in The Selection series did not disappoint.

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If you enjoyed The Selection and The Elite, you’ll find The One to be a great conclusion to America’s and Maxon’s story.

While I expected the dystopian element to play a larger part in things, this series is definitely more of a romance than anything else. I thought I had the ending figured out, but while there is an HEA, the way it played out was shocking. The action really ramped up, which made for a page-turning ending.

This series is a great little mindless read. It’s fun and entertaining and a fun escape.

Haven’t read it yet? CLICK HERE to grab your copy.

If you enjoyed The Selection series, then you might also enjoy my Fate Abandoned series featuring a rebellious princess and a dangerously charming outlaw.

And finally, if you read The Selection series, let me know what you thought of it in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you.

Q&A with Author Brittney Joy

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It’s easy to tell from your bio that you are a HUGE fan of horses. How did you first fall in love with them?

I think my love of animals was just ingrained in my DNA because I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawn to all the furry creatures. Eventually, my love of animals also drew me to horses. I started riding when I was about 10 years old. My parents were trying to find something to keep me busy for the summer and they signed me up for a local horse camp. I was hooked from the very first day and horses have been a part of my daily existence since then. I have so many wonderful childhood memories filled with horses, ride-time, barn-time, and horse-friends and, ultimately, that’s how my YA equestrian fiction series, Red Rock Ranch, came to be. I wanted to share the wonderfulness of horses with other young (and young-at-heart) girls. Before I had a horse of my own, I spent many hours reading books about horses and imagining the day I would have one of my own. So, I know how important horse stories are to horse-crazy-girls. As a child, I cherished and devoured horse books. And, I hope to offer that to readers today with my own horse stories.

Do you find ways to incorporate them into your stories?

So far, you will find horses in all of my books. Because they have been such a huge part of my life, I have a hard time imagining a world in which horses aren’t included. My Red Rock Ranch series is a young adult series that follows horse-crazy girls and all their adventures, friendships, and first loves. There’s cattle round-ups, rodeos, cowgirls, cowboys, bonfires, trail rides, horse shows, and general horse-fun! There are two books in the Red Rock Ranch series and I am currently working on the third. I also have a young adult fantasy series called The OverRuled Series. And, horses play a part in this series as well! OverRuled is set in a magical medieval fantasy world so horses are part of the world as far as transportation & in the royal Calvary. However, one of the main characters (Nova) has a magical connection to animals and her best friend is a chestnut mustang named “River.” I’m currently working on the final revisions of the second book in the OverRuled series (OverRun) and hoping to publish it in early 2019.

What drew you to writing in the YA genre?

I enjoy reading many genres – my favorites being romance, fantasy, and mystery (in YA and in adult), but I gravitate toward YA for my writing because I think YA is such an exciting time of life. There’s so much change and growing and “firsts” that occur in the teenage years and I think it’s really fun to explore the emotions and experiences – including all the highs and the lows. However, I do have some ideas for future adult projects so I’m not ruling out that writing avenue. But, for now, I’m focused on YA.

Do you prefer outlining or are you a “pantser” as we like to call it in the industry?

I’m an outliner. I usually spend about a month freewriting and outlining before I jump into a first draft. During this time, I free-write to get to know my characters, to get inspiration for scenes for my first draft, and to have a better sense of where my story needs to go and the main plot points. I was first introduced to this method by Alan Watt’s 90 Day Novel. If you write, I highly suggest Watt’s book. I recommend it to all my writer friends! It’s like a daily workbook mixed with an inspirational lift and it really helps me to structure my thoughts and creativity. When I get “lost” while writing, I tend to pick up Watt’s book in order to get back on track.

What project are you currently working on?

I’m actually working on two projects right now. About a month ago I sent OverRuled’s sequel (YA fantasy– sequel is called “OverRun”) to my editor and she is working on going through the manuscript. Once she has completed edits, I will dive into final revisions for OverRun and am hoping to have that published in early 2019. In the meantime, I’ve been working on plotting my third book in my Red Rock Ranch Series and I’m just about ready to start a first draft. I’d like to push through as much of the first draft as possible before I jump back into the final revisions for OverRun. I have a hard time writing in two worlds at the same time so it’s best for me to work on one story at a time. Otherwise my brain goes into overdrive – it’s like I’ve got too many imaginary friends talking to me at once. 😉

How did you come up with the idea for it?

My YA fantasy series, The OverRuled Series, started off as a contemporary YA about two witches that hated each other, but were linked in some strange way. That was the root of OverRuled and I honestly couldn’t even tell you where that idea came from. However, it’s been in my head for well over 5 years. After I finished the second book of my Red Rock Ranch series, I was trying to write the third, but I had these two female witch characters that kept overtaking my thoughts. I just couldn’t silence them, so I decided to take a stab at a YA fantasy and follow those two voices. That ultimately turned into a dual point-of-view fantasy filled with two kick-butt heroines, magic, betrayal, family secrets, and one handsome guard with questionable motives. I adore the world of OverRuled. It’s filled with a lot of dark elements, but I try to show the light even in the darkness.

What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?

I’m just finishing up The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvator. This is my first Stiefvator book and I’ve had it on my TBR pile for forever! Now I can see why Stiefvator has such a loyal fan base. Her writing is devastatingly beautiful. I can literally get lost in her words and I will most definitely be reading more of her work.

What’s next on your TBR list?

So, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays (seriously – it’s right up there with Christmas in my mind) and I always try to read a creepy or scary book in the month of October. I haven’t yet fully decided which book I’m going to read, but I’m leaning toward House of Leaves by Mark Z. Denielewski. This was recommended to me by a very respected reader-friend of mine years ago and it’s also on Stephen King’s recommended reading list. It’s written in a very unconventional format (on some pages text is sideways and backwards or there’s only one line on a page) and it’s about a family that moves into a small house that’s bigger on the inside and full of secrets. Sounds fantastically creepy to me!

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Be yourself no matter what anyone says. By doing that, you will find the people that respect and love you for who you are. And, those are the people you want to surround yourself with – those that lift you up (and you do the same for them).

Okay, this has nothing to do with writing, but as a fellow Real Housewives addict, I have to ask – who is your all-time favorite housewife and why?

Yeeeeeeeeeees… I love this question! I am a huge Real Housewives fan and my favorites are Beverly Hills and New York! And, my favorite Housewife of all time is… Lisa Vanderpump, of course! 😊 How can you not love Lisa? She’s wonderfully sarcastic, has a house full of adorable dogs, geese, and mini horses, carries Jiggy with her everywhere (and he’s always well-dressed), lives like a queen in a castle, has a horse that used to be from the Cavallo show, AND she’s a huge advocate for animals and rescues… she’s amazing! I also watch her spin-off show Vanderpump Rules. The next time I’m near Beverly Hills I want to go to one of her restaurants.

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Q&A with Author Caroline Peckham

What drew you to writing in the YA genre?

I’ve always loved the young adult genre. I’m a massive fan of half the authors whose books sit along mine, so it was natural for me to write it.

Do you prefer outlining or are you a “pantser” as we like to call it in the industry?

Definitely a pantser. But I do like to write a couple of notes before I start just to get an idea in my head of where the story is going. Generally, I find the book just develops naturally and even I’m surprised at where it goes half the time!

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What project are you currently working on?

I’m finishing the final edit on the sixth book of The Vampire Games series which will be a conclusion to those characters’ story. It’s called Wolf Games: Severed Fates. And it’s going to be action-packed. I’ve also started writing the first book of The Hunter Trials which will be the seventh book in the series and focuses on a new couple who feature in the Wolf Games books. Not to give too much away, but it’s going to involve an inescapable prison for immortals (including vampires, werewolves and sirens) in the Arctic Circle…

How did you come up with the idea for it?

The Hunter Trials came to me after watching a tonne of prison documentaries (I love me some Louis Theroux) then I saw a picture on Pinterest of this huge, black fortress on a mountain surrounded by snow and I was like ‘I need to write this story’. I was really interested in the cliques that form in prisons and how the inmates test each other to gain acceptance and respect. So I scaled this up times a thousand and came up with The Hunter Trials. On arrival, the inmates have to fight for survival to earn a place in one of the four prison clans, and the brutal trials don’t stop there…

What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?

I proofread my sister’s dystopia book, so that’s the last thing I read. It’s called Adjusted by Susanne Valenti and is the fourth book in her Tainted Earth Series. I highly recommend these and not just because she’s my sister, we’ve always been the biggest fans of each others books. If you like action-packed romances with a dystopian backdrop, her books will definitely be up your street.

What’s next on your TBR list?

I’ve just started House of Darken by Jaymin Eve – really great so far! She’s an inspiration.

I saw on your website that you are super into binge-watching TV series on Netflix. (I mean… who isn’t? Haha.) What are you currently watching?

Haha absolutely! I’m currently watching Goliath on Amazon Prime. It stars Billy-Bob Thornton who always plays a great off-the-rails character. I loved him in Fargo.

As a fellow vampire-lover, I have to ask – what’s your favorite vampire TV series?

It has to be True Blood. I was totally obsessed with it when it was on. I love the grittiness to it and the way the romances develop. I wasn’t too happy with the way it ended to be honest, but the whole series is too great for that to ruin it for me .

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Start writing and self-publish on Amazon when they first bring out the Kindle haha. There is so much competition these days and I think a lot of authors – even the most popular – struggle with staying visible amongst the crowd. Because of this, I think it’s really important to always to extend a helping hand to fellow authors. It’s the only way we can all stay afloat together.

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