Sunday, December 21, 2014

New Website!

Hey peeps! I figured a new book called for an actual, honest-to-gosh website, since, you know, I'm a real author now. ;) So I made a new website! www.lindzeearmstrong.com (you can also type lydia-winters.com and it'll take you there). I'll be adding all new blog content there and using it from now on, so come on over and join me! And let me know what you think. :)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wishing on Baby Dust, Up for Preorder!

Ready to see the beautiful cover for Wishing on Baby Dust?

Ready?

Ready?

Voila! Isn't it gorgeous??? The amazing Darren Hansen took my unintelligible "I have no idea what I want from a cover" statements and somehow produced this beyond perfect cover. I love it so so much and I'm so excited to finally get to share it with everyone!

Wishing on Baby Dust is now available for preorder on Amazon. Paperbacks will be coming soon. You can also add it to your shelves on Goodreads.


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wishing on Baby Dust, coming January 2015!

It's been awhile since I've posted something related to my own writing. I have exciting news...Wishing on Baby Dust is being released in just over a month!

It's been two and a half years since I first got the idea for Wishing on Baby Dust. I've wanted to forget about this book and move on to other projects more than once, but I knew I couldn't. It's just one of those stories I had to share with the world. It is equal parts nerve-wracking and exhilarating to know that soon my little ol' book will be out there for anyone and everyone to read in just a few weeks.

I've seen the preliminary cover and it is GORGEOUS. I've always struggled to know what I want in a cover for this book. My cover designer somehow managed to read my mind and give me something that's perfect. Did I mention how much I love this cover? I'll reveal it here just as soon as I get the finalized version. :) In the mean time, if you want to join the blog tour, I'd be happy to have you! You can sign up here. You can also add Wishing on Baby Dust on goodreads.

Stay tuned for the cover reveal!
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Spotlight: BURNED by Krista Wayment




Back Cover Blurb
genre: middle grade fantasy
Book 2 of The Dragon's Trust series
Renick, apprentice dragonhand, discovers that nothing can stand in the way of a dragon’s thirst for
revenge.

Caught between an outcast dragon and his human prey, Renick and his friends must find a way to appease the dragon’s burning anger. Together, Renick, Thane and Lainey learn new magic, rescue a kidnapped friend, and evade the dragon hunters while they try to prevent a war.  What they find is that not all burns can be healed.

About the Author
Krista Wayment has been making up stories since she learned to talk. Writing naturally grew out of that. Krista is an avid Fantasy and Science Fiction fan, and a total nerd. She is also a software engineer and loves playing video games. Although, curling up with a good book is still one of her favorite past times.

Social Media Links
website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

Buy Links
Amazon


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Spotlight: HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE by Tessa Marie


HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE BY TESSA MARIE

RELEASES SEPTEMBER 30 2014

FIND IT ON AMAZON: http://bit.ly/HomeAmazon


Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.

ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS:  http://bit.ly/HomeIsGR






ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Under her real name, Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wonhundred Word Wednesday


Prompt: Most vivid amongst the memories of his home town...

The most vivid memory he had of his home village was the memory of burning his house to the ground on his seventh birthday.

He hadn’t wanted to burn the house down, but you didn’t argue with the spirits. They had instructed him to lock his sleeping parents in their room, fill the place with straw, and throw a torch into it.

He pulled his cloak up over his head. That had been nine years ago today. And now the spirits had instructed him to return here. It was time to dig up his parents’ bones and complete the ritual.

See what the others had to say!
Wendy Knight, Author: www.wendyknightauthor.blogspot.com
Kelly Martin, Author: www.kellymartinbooks.blogspot.com
Alison Woods (Peering Into. . .): http://alisonmillerwoods.wordpress.com/
Jessica Winn, The Distracted Writer:http://thedistractedwriter.com/
Stephanie Worlton's Kreating Krazy blog: http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.com/
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review & Cover Reveal: SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE by Elana Johsnon

Back Cover Blurb
genre: YA contemporary romance, novel-in-verse

High school senior Olivia Winging gave up her love of photography when she gave up her boyfriend, Trevor Youngblood, a year and a half ago. She broke things off with Trevor because her mom married his dad, and dating your step-brother? Creepy.

Livvy hasn’t been on good terms with her mother since, and one of her stipulations for staying at the Youngblood’s every other weekend is that Trevor can’t be there. When she gets nominated for the Junior Photography in Excellence award, Trevor insists she enter. She agrees—only if every photo in the portfolio can be of him. Knowing that Livvy can capture a person’s deepest secrets through her lens, Trevor hesitates before accepting the deal. 

As Livvy gets behind the lens of her camera again, her love of photography is rekindled. Unfortunately, the time she spends with Trevor also re-ignites the old flame for him she’s kept smothered for so long. 

In order for Livvy to finish her portfolio, she’ll have to face her feelings for Trevor as well as deal with the animosity between her and her mother. Livvy’s always been able to capture a person’s soul from behind the camera—but she’s not sure she likes it when the lens is suddenly focused on her. If she can’t find a way to forgive her mother and admit how she feels about Trevor, Livvy may end up losing more than just the photography contest. She could lose her heart.


My Review
5 of 5 stars
I never thought novels-in-verse would appeal to me, but Elana Johnson is converting me! I am now a big fan, at least if this author is writing them. I read her first novel-in-verse, ELEVATED, and loved it. I was so excited when I found out she was writing another one, and SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE didn't disappoint!

SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE is a romance that had me cheering for the couple from page one. Something I love about this book is that while it's very obvious there is a physical attraction between Trevor and Olivia, the couple also fulfills an emotional need for each other that no one else can. A lot of times I feel that's missing from romance novels, but it was very apparent and easy to see in this one. That just made me root for this couple even more, because they are so obviously perfect for each other! 

I also really enjoyed Olivia's character arc. I loved that she recognized the baggage she carried, and then actively worked to deal with it in a healthy way. She didn't play the damsel in distress and let the knight in shining armor fix all her problems. She put in the work and ultimately fixed them herself. 

I try not to compare books, but something that really impressed me about SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE is how different it was from ELEVATED. The characters and voice felt unique in each book. Because of the stanza-style, I had worried that the two books would feel really similar to me, but they didn't. 

My absolute favorite thing about this book is that Ms. Johnson takes away all the fluff and cuts right to the heart of the story. The emotions are so intense, and every word packs a punch and means something. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and sincerely hope that I will get to read many more novels-in-verse from this author!


Elevated, Elana’s first verse novel, will be FREE from Monday, September, 15 – Friday, September 19. 

About the Author
Elana Johnson’s work, including Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse From the Query to the Call, is also available for free download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist.
(Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, 

Her self-published novels include two YA contemporary novels-in-verse, Elevated and Something About Love, as well as a YA/NA futuristic fantasy series, which includes Elemental Rush, Elemental Hunger, and Elemental Release.

School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.

Buy Links
Amazon * Goodreads

Social Media Links
website/blog * Twitter * Facebook * Tumblr * Wattpad * League of Extraordinary Writers * WriteOnCon * Goodreads

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