Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2000 Likes Giveaway

Well hello all you lovely people!  I am so excited about this giveaway and let me tell you why.  It is 100% designed, funded, and created by me, as a thank you to the readers, the likers, the bloggers and the authors who inspire me.  You have all had an impact on me since this whole journey began, so this is my very small way of saying "Thank you".

I hope you'll take a minute to read the "why" behind the giveaway, but I don't require that.  The link to the rafflecopter is at the bottom of the post ;)

Here are the prizes:
$5 Amazon Giftcard
$5 Starbucks Giftcard
2 ARCs of Never Far Away
1 kindle copy of Angela Graham's Inevitable
1 kindle copy of Nina Lane's Arouse
1 kindle copy of Nicole Williams' Lost and Found
1 kindle copy of Rebecca Donovan's Reason to Breathe
Autographed copy of Never Close Enough
5 signed Never Close Enough bookmarks
2 kindle copies of Never Close Enough

To enter the giveaway there are a few hoops to jump through and I would like to explain my choices.

There are a few blogs that I included in my giveaway and the blogs knew nothing of this, so keep that in mind.  Once Upon a Crush Book Blog, A Literary Perusal, Read and Share Book Reviews, and Books, Coffee and Wine - they have all been, in my opinion, extraordinary to work with.  They have taken their time to support me and my book(s) and I will always be grateful to them.  They run such awesome blogs and I hope they know how much I appreciate their support and hard work.

The authors whose books I am giving away have all had an impact on me in some way.  Rebecca Donovan was one of the first authors who left me breathless.  Angela Graham has shown me how to be graceful, friendly, and professional.  Nicole William's books let me escape and remember why reading is something I will always love.  Nina Lane's books have completely ruined me for any other books...almost.  All of these ladies are extraordinary authors and I can only look up to them. 

I also included a link to like the fan page made about Never Close Enough, administered by a reader.  This page, although it has nothing to do with me personally, really signifies the fact that people love Ella and Porter, and it makes me so happy to know that I could give that to the readers. I love my readers, and I love that one of them was compelled to create a page out of their love for the book.  Give it a like, she will always have the up-to-date info, pics, and announcements from me.

Then there is a bunch of junk given away by me. Starbucks because they fueled both books.  Amazon because who doesn't want a giftcard?  Bookmarks because they are pretty.  ARCs because I know there are some of you who are dying to read Never Far Away. 

I am truly thankful for each and every 'liker'... you guys make me smile on a daily basis and I don't have enough words to express how grateful I am for all of you. 

Here's the link to this EPIC giveaway, lol -------->

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Calling All Beta Readers!!!

Hello all my lovely readers!

I am so excited to be in the final stages of productions for Never Far Away (although, now the work is not less, just different).  I am looking for a few AWESOME beta readers for Never Far Away.  I need people who enjoyed the first book, and are eager to read the second book, but also people who can offer me feedback and direction.  I want this book to be amazing, and offering it up to readers is so exciting for me!

There are a few stipulations that I have outlined on the actual entry page. 

I thought rafflecopter was the easiest and fairest way to pick my betas, so please participate :)  I am not sure how many I will pick, but please enter if you are interested :)

Thanks everyone!!!

Link -->

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Prologue - Never Far Away

I have absolutely no self-control and will push up any exciting event if I can.  I am definitively more excited to post this than any of you are to read it (maybe).  Please remember:  This is 100% unedited, subject to change, and protected under copyright law.  Also, PLEASE post NO SPOILERS on the facebook page.  If you post any spoilers, you will be publicly shamed.  The EPIC cliffhanger at the end of the first book is an important part of the book and everyone deserves to experience it in an organic way.  So, I repeat, NO SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!




   Thickness.  Heaviness.  Thoughts were trying to make their way to the surface, but Ella’s brain was full of confusing liquid, rushing her thoughts from side to side, making it hard to keep them straight.  Ideas were treading through dense murkiness, floating to the top, trying to form into words, but no words would come out.  She heard a deep and unfamiliar voice and it warmed her immediately, velvety heat flowed through her when she heard it.

   “There you are, Babe.  I’ve missed that mouth.”  She was listening, trying to place the voice.  Then she felt the most gentle and soft kiss right on the corner of her lips.  Who was kissing her?  And why did it make her heart flutter?

   “You are so beautiful,” the mystery voice again.  She felt her eyes scrunching in confusion.  This wasn’t Kyle, why was he putting his mouth on her?  “Ella? Baby?”

   She was trying to fight her way through, she didn’t know this voice, but she felt it.  Whoever it belonged to obviously knew her.  His voice was so soothing and it sounded full of gentleness.  She needed to see whoever it belonged to.

   As she tried to wake up, all of a sudden, there was loud commotion everywhere.  More voices, more people, lots of footsteps and people touching her.  And then the voice.

   “I’m right here, Ella. I’m not going anywhere.”

   Like lifting hundred pound weights with her eyelids, she struggled, but finally the light crept in.  Blinding light.  Her hand instinctively came up to block it.  She wanted to see, but the light was too bright.  And why did her hand feel like it was full of sand?  It fell back on the bed with a thud and her eyes snapped shut as her head fell to the side.

   “What are her oxygen levels?”  Another unfamiliar voice, but this one did nothing to her heart.  It was cold and clinical.

   “She’s at a ninety-eight, Doctor.”  Doctor?  “Her heart rate is elevated, but not too high.”

   “Ella?  My name is Doctor Andrews.  You’re at OHSU.  You’re going to be ok.  If you can hear me, can you try to open your eyes?” 

   OHSU?  Ella knew that was the hospital.  Why was she in the hospital?  She tried to pry her eyes open again, and another sliver of light shone through as she blinked a few times.  She saw blurred figured standing around the bed she was laying in, and then she saw another fuzzy person enter the room.

   “Ella, you’re awake!”  Her mother.

   “Ma…Mah…Mo…” Her throat hurt tremendously, and every sound she made felt like sandpaper scraping up the inside of her neck.  She swallowed hard.  “Mom?”  Ella was shocked by the sound of her own voice.  Gravelly and weak.

   “I’m here, Sweetie.  Everything is going to be ok.”  Her eyes closed again and she felt her mother take her hand.  “Why isn’t she waking up?”

   “This is totally normal, Mrs. Sinclair.  It will take a little while for her to adjust and she still has the sedative in her system making her groggy.  So far, she is responding wonderfully.  She’s moving and talking; all good signs.”  Ella could hear them, but she had no energy to try to open her eyes again and talking hurt too much.  For a while Ella listened to all the people in the room fuss over her and every few minutes she would open her eyes, trying to get use to the light.  Eventually, the pain lessened and she was able to look at her mother.

   “Ella,” her mother said with tears in her eyes, “we were so scared.”

   “It’s ok,” Ella whispered, wincing.  “Water?”  Ella pointed to her throat.  A nurse brought her a cup of water with a straw and the water felt and tasted better than anything she could remember, like an icy, numbing salve running down her throat.

   “What happened?”  Ella squeaked.

   “Oh Ella, don’t worry about it right now.  Just focus on getting better.  Your father and sister and waiting outside to see you.”

   “Megan?  I want…” Ella took another sip of the cool water.  “Can I see her?”  Her mother looked to the doctor and he gave a nod to one of the nurses.  A minute later Megan came in the room and Ella smiled at her.  Megan’s mouth curved up in a smile and tears welled up in her eyes.

   “Ella, I am so glad you are ok,” Megan cried as she gave her a gentle squeeze.  Ella felt her eyes closing again, but wanted to talk to her mother and sister.  It was useless to try and keep them open, they weighed a million pounds.  She rested for a few minutes and when she opened them again.  Looking at the smiling faces of the women she loved the most she realized someone was missing.

   “Where’s Kyle?”

   “Don’t worry about him, Ella.  We’ve got everything taken care of.”  Ella’s eyebrow’s scrunched up in confusion.  She shook her head a little, not understanding what her mother meant.

   “Where is he?  Is he outside?  Can I see him?”  Her mother’s face went from concerned, to angry, to shocked, to confused.  Megan took a step forward and placed her hand on Ella’s shoulder.

   “Ella, we told the police what happened, and they are looking for him.  But don’t worry, we won’t let him near you.”

   “What are you talking about?  What do you mean they can’t find him?  What happened to him?  Is he ok?”  Panic was coursing through her now, and she could hear the machine monitoring her heart beeping more rapidly.  “What do you mean?  He didn’t do anything to me.”  Ella felt the fog trying to take her brain over again.

   “We know he hurt you, Ella.  Porter told us what happened,” Megan said softly.


   Megan and her mother exchanged worried looks.

   “What is going on?”  Ella demanded, trying to sound authoritative, but failing when her voice came out at a whisper still.

   “Ella might still be dealing with some confusion, it is totally normal.  Try not to add to her confusion by overwhelming her,” the doctor said to her mother and sister.  “Ella, do you mind if I ask you some questions?”  Ella shook her head.

   “Do you know how old you are?”  Ella raised an eyebrow at the doctor and thought he was asking her pretty stupid questions.


   Her mother took in a sharp breath and held it.

   “Good, now what month is it?”

   “March.” This time Megan reacted, bringing a hand over her mouth to stifle a shocked cry.  Ella’s eyes fluttered between the doctor, her mother and her sister.  Something was wrong.  “What is it?”  Ella looked to the doctor for answers and he smiled at her reassuringly.

   “Ella, what is the last thing you remember?  Tell us what you did yesterday.”  Ella blinked at him.  It was a simple question, but she found that the answer was buried by heavy muck in her mind.  She was going to have to dig and wade through mental mud to dig up the memory he was asking for.  She closed her eyes and tried to bring up the events of the day before.  She thought hard and long, and finally images came to her mind.  Megan was there, and they were walking past stores and they were outside.

   “Megan and I went shopping downtown.  We had lunch at Rockbottom Brewery,” Ella looked over at her sister.

   “Very good, Ella.  Why don’t you get some rest now?”

   “Is Daddy outside?” She asked.

   “I’ll send him in,” Megan said, sounding sad.  Ella watched Megan leave the room then her head fell to the side again, feeling heavy and droopy.

   “Mom?”  Ella asked softly.

   “Yes, Baby?”  Her mother answered as she brushed her hair out of her face.

   “Who is Porter?”