#CountTheCast: Megan Erickson’s Make it Count

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MAKE it COUNT, by my amazingly talented CP and friend, Megan Erickson, releases in TWO DAYS, people! I love this book so much. I get a goofy grin just thinking about it. And I’m so thrilled to be a part of the #CountTheCast pre-release promo. I get to introduce you to Max and Lea, and then you can see what MiC is all about and pre-order so you don’t have to wait one more minute to read once June 3rd is here!!!

Max Payton
The Boyfriend
“Is that your way of saying you’re kinky? I think I could handle it.”

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Lea Travers
The Fighter
“You steal one of my fries, and I’ll castrate you.”

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MAKE IT COUNT
Series info: Bowler University Series #1
Category/Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse/HarperCollins
Release Date: June 3

Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, MakeItCount (1)terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new college math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends–both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators, and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

 WHERE TO FIND MEGAN ONLINE:
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Selfies, Signings, and Swag at RT!!!

Tomorrow, weather and airport willing, I am heading to NOLA for the RT (Romantic Times) Booklovers Convention. This is my first time at an event so big, my first time at any sort of public event where one or two people might know me as a published author, and my first time meeting some of my twitter lovelies IN REAL LIFE, including my fabulous agent. Plan on me taking a selfie of us if we meet–THIS GOES FOR ANY AND ALL OF YOU.

When I signed up for the convention back in November, I was a newly contracted author but had no idea of when IF ONLY would release or any of that fun stuff, so I am attending the convention but not presenting or participating in any signings at the book fair on Saturday. So what will I be doing aside from attending some fantastic sessions on craft and losing my s*#t while I fangirl over some of my favorite writers?

I’ll be passing out IF ONLY swag…whenever you see me. Stuff like this:

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Tattoos, Trading Cards, Buttons, and Pens!
Mini Business Cards!
Mini Business Cards!

Even if you don’t see me, I may see you…and send you on your way wearing IF ONLY swag without you even knowing it.

IF ONLY quote stickers!
IF ONLY quote stickers!

 

Aaaand…Even though I won’t be signing at the book fair, thanks toAutography1 Autography, as long as I have my iPad and some wifi, you can buy a signed digital copy of IF ONLY, which is still on sale for 99 pennies! I can even personalize it for you and add an image with an IF ONLY quote. You name it! Then you get a special signed page in your e-book that looks something like one of these! Even if you aren’t going to RT, you can still buy a signed copy of IF ONLY. Email me at amy [at] ajpine [dot] com, and I’ll tell you how!

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And of course I’ll be at as many social events as I can attend, including the Bourbon Street pub crawl where I hope to meet much of my Entangled family at Entangled’s stop on the crawl! Bottom line, I’m so excited to celebrate all things reading and writing (and maybe a little imbibing) in New Orleans this weekend! Please say hi if you see me! I can’t wait to see you!

 

 

My Writing Process Blog Tour

One thing I love about the writing community is…well…it’s a community. What I mean is, writing is an adventure, but it can be a lonely adventure at times, so I love when I get a chance to connect. That’s what the “My Writing Process Blog Tour” is all about–connecting with other writers and readers as well.

cinderellaFellow Entangled author, Shonna Slayton, tagged me to join the tour. Her YA debut, Cinderella’s Dressreleases with Entangled Teen on June 3rd! This one is so on my TBR list!

 

 

 

So, here’s how the tour works. I’ve got a few questions to answer for you, and then you’ll get to meet a few other authors who will join the tour next week!

1. What am I working on?
Now that I’m settling back into normalcy (sort of) after my debut novel, If Only, released on the 24th, I’m working on the sequel. That’s all I can really tell you because nothing is official yet with my publisher, but I think readers are going to be happy with who has a leading role in book two. 😉

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
If Only is NA contemporary romance. But I’m also a huge fan of YA, and I think my writing and reading interests are evident in this book. While NA does deal with characters a bit more mature and a bit more experienced than YA characters, my main character, Jordan, is only 20, and a pretty clueless 20 at that. She has a lot of growing up to do, and at times her maturity is not far from that of a YA heroine, which for me was intentional. I wanted my book to come off as a good example of bridging the gap from YA to NA, and thank the stars, that’s what a lot of readers have seen in it! If Only is a college study abroad setting (Scotland!), which I also think is newer in NA.

3. Why do I write what I do?
I tend to write what I love to read. My first novel is a YA dystopian novel. At the time I was kvelling over The Hunger Games and Divergent, and all I could think about was this version of a dystopia that wouldn’t leave my head, so I wrote it. It’s living safely and securely on my laptop for now until the world needs new dystopia again. Haha. And the same idea goes for NA. When I first read Losing It by Cora Carmack, I was floored by what fun was to be found in that flirty, awkward, angsty college experience. Then I remembered my own study abroad experience and wondered what it would have been like if an unrequited crush situation happened differently, and If Only was born. I love both YA and NA because they deal with such pivotal times in characters’ lives, and I love a good love story, so whatever I write, there WILL BE KISSING (at the very least).

4. How does my writing process work?
I am extremely linear and extremely co-dependent. What does this mean? The former means I have to draft a book in order, from chapter 1 to the end. I cannot fully flesh out a scene if the book isn’t ready for it yet, which is why I have notes all over creation from my shower note pad to my phone (which I should just take in the shower since it has a waterproof case…but I’m still scared to test it out!). My co-dependency is with my critique partners (CPs). In our early writing days, one of my CPs and I drafted together, trading fresh pages every other week and giving edit notes to work on before moving forward. Now that we’re all on the path to being published, we’re a little busier, so the every other week thing doesn’t happen too often. But we all still trade pages with each other before anyone else, and I rely on the thumbs up from my CPs before going further in any project, starting with the beat sheet all the way through to THE END of the first draft. Oh yeah, speaking of process, I am not a pantser. I used to be, until I found Blake Snyder’s beat sheets. Now I’m a total plotter. And I. LOVE. IT.

That’s all from me. Next week you can learn about some other fabulous authors–a fellow Entangled writer whose new book releases TODAY; my close friend and critique partner whose debut releases Friday; and my friend and agent sister whose pretty NA words will be heading your way soon!

hadesReese Monroe is a wife, athlete, and New Adult author. When she’s not writing, she’s training for her next endurance event, which helps manage her addiction to chocolate and Chai lattes. MARKED BY HADES, book two in her Bound by Hades trilogy, releases today with Entangled’s Embrace line.

 

 

Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa ClemFrontangst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.  Her debut novel, Dearest Clementine, releases on April 18.

 

jen blackwoodJennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and NA author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. Special announcements about Blackwood’s debut novel coming soon!

 

 

Cover Reveal: Make it Count by Megan Erickson

I’m ridiculously excited to share this cover with you all. Not just because it’s gorgeous and sweet and sexy and all of the things a New Adult cover should be, but also because this cover is for Make it Count by Megan Erickson. Megan is my writing partner and friend and I’m so happy to give you all the first peek at Kat and Alec. You are going to LOVE Make it Count. Mark your calendars for June 3rd!

MakeItCount3About Make it Count:

Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new college math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends–both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

About the author:

MEGAN ERICKSON grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a Headshot3good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

Links:

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Author website

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Make it Count Excerpt!

Kat gathered her books and stuffed them into her plaid Burberry messenger bag, then headed toward the front doors, smoothie from the library snack shop in hand. Head bent, fiddling with the clasp of her bag, she stumbled into a wall of human on the pavement outside.

“Oh, I’m sorry—” Her voice dropped out when she realized the solid flesh belonged to Alec, Max’s best friend.

She’d only met him once or twice before he’d moved in with Max this semester and every time, he cocked his eyebrow with a half frown like he knew something she didn’t. Which he actually did, since he had brainy superpowers. Smarter than a speeding Einstein. Able to leap over C-minus students like her in a single bound.

She didn’t trust people that smart. And she didn’t trust a guy who didn’t ogle her ass or leer at her boobs like every other member of the straight male species on the planet.

Right now, that raised-eyebrow frown pinned her where she stood. His pale green eyes behind thick black frames roamed over her shoulder to the library and then back to her. With his pin-stripe button-down, dark jeans with Converse shoes and hair styled in a short, messy pompadour, he looked like a nerdy Elvis.

His frown morphed into a smile when he spotted the smoothie in her hand, and she definitely didn’t notice his full lips. “You know, you don’t have to venture into the forbidden zone just to get a smoothie.”

Oooh. The jerk. She glanced around surreptitiously, then leaned in and spoke in a low voice. “Just play it cool. Don’t let it slip someone like me snuck in the library.” She gripped his forearm and whispered. “Password today is rosebud.”

His face blanked and he looked at her like he’d never seen her before. Kat debated whether or not that was an improvement over his other look.

But then those intelligent eyes narrowed and a smirk curled his lips. “I know. We nerds get an e-mail every morning.”

See? He always needed the last word. She propped a hand on her hip and leaned in. “Well, sounds like you have a mole. Might want to look into that.”

He opened his mouth but she cut him off. “Just looking out for you guys. Anyway, see ya around!”

Before he could shoot back a snarky comeback, Kat skirted around him and bounded down the stairs. She chalked that up as Kat 1, Alec 0.

Cover Reveal: Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St. John Brown

Woohoo!!! I am so excited for this book, and HELLO gorgeous cover!  Swimming to Tokyo releases July 28, 2014!

 

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The rules for swimming are simple:


Rule #1: There is no lifeguard on duty.
Since her mom died three years ago, nineteen-year-old Zosia Easton’s been treading water. Living at home. Community college. Same old Saturday nights. So when her father breaks the news he’s taken a job transfer—and by the way, it means renting out the house that’s been her refuge—a summer in Tokyo feels like it just might be a chance to start swimming again.

Rule #2: Beware of unexpected currents.
Finn O’Leary has spent God knows how many years trying to drown out his past. Juvenile detention. Bad decisions. Worse choices. He’s managed to turn it around – MIT, Dean’s List, a sexier-than-thou body with a smile to match – at least on the surface. When his mom asks him to spend the summer with her, Tokyo seems as good a place as any to float through the summer.

Rule #3: Swim at your own risk.

Add Swimming to Tokyo to your Goodreads list!

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IF ONLY-RELEASE DAY!!!!

March may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over at Embrace. My debut, If Only, releases TODAY! You can pick up If Only on sale for just $.99 right now! Thank you, everyone, for your amazing support up until today. Let the next phase begin!

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About If Only:

Sometimes it takes crossing an ocean to figure out where you belong.

It’s been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan had a boyfriend—which means it’s been forever since she, well, you know. But now she’s off to spend her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland, the perfect place to stop waiting for Mr. Right and just enjoy Mr.

Sexy, sweet (and possible player) Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match. He’s fun, gorgeous, and makes her laugh. So why can’t she stop thinking about Noah who, minutes after being trapped together outside the train’s loo, kisses

Jordan like she’s never been kissed before? Never mind his impossible blue eyes, his weathered, annotated copy of The Great Gatsby (total English-major porn)…oh, and his girlfriend.

Jordan knows everything this year has an expiration date. Aberdeen is supposed to be about fun rather than waiting for life to happen. But E. M. Forster, Shakespeare, and mistletoe on Valentine’s Day make her reconsider what love is and how far she’s willing to go for the right guy.

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If Only Swag Pack -An “I love you from here to Scotland” print, Ahava pendent, A pack each of Much Ado about Nothing and A Room With a View confetti, Much Ado about Nothing travel mug and A Room With a View Blu-ray (a $25 Amazon gift card will be substituted if winner is outside the US)

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On the eve of release…

Welp, we’re less than 24 hours from release, and I’m trying to figure out how to articulate what I’m feeling. But I’m feeling SO many different emotions at once, so I’ve decided that in honor of my first book release, I shall write my first GIF blog post to try to somehow encapsulate EVERYTHING I’m feeling all at once.

First and foremost, I am EXCITED. I wrote a book, and it’s being published, and everything I’ve always wanted is happening. This is freaking AWESOME.

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As much as I want to keep my cool, grooving to the beat of this awesomeness that is happening to me, I’m also a little bit this:

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Because OMG, EVERYTHING I’VE ALWAYS WANTED IS HAPPENING AND THIS BOOK I WROTE IS NOT JUST MINE ANYMORE.

And I’ve slowly been able to get used to this because my galleys went out a month ago, and people have been reading and reacting and it’s so THIS.

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And THIS.

Ewan And I’m overwhelmed at how many people have already requested, read, and loved IF ONLY. But on the same token, THIS BOOK I WROTE IS NOT JUST MINE ANYMORE.

sheldonAnd YES, it’s scary. Scary to get what you want but realizing that the thing you want most also comes with putting yourself out there, with making yourself more vulnerable than you’ve ever been, and there’s really no way to prepare for that. All I can say is that I’m grateful for this this amazing, scary, crazy thing that’s happening–grateful for the people who’ve supported me up until this point, to the early readers who’ve helped put IF ONLY on the map, to my amazing publishing team at Entangled for making my debut all I could have hoped for and more, and to YOU, the readers. I am hopeful and anxious, proud and terrified. Because in a few short hours, IF ONLY will be yours, and I’m beyond grateful to you for wanting to share in this experience with me.

And so, in the immortal words of the wickedly talented, Adele Dazeem, I’m gearing up to LET IT GO.

let it goBecause I have a book coming it, and it’s time to CELEBRATE!

Justin

 

 

I hope you’re ready to one-click tomorrow.
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Mini Announcement

Well, if you follow me on twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, this isn’t really news, but just in case you missed it…

 

I’m so thrilled to announce that I just signed with Entangled’s NA line, Embrace, for one of my New Adult manuscripts! There’s more to the story that isn’t quite official yet, but once it is, I’ll be back to tell you even more! Until then, thanks for all of the wonderful support so far! I will keep you posted as edits begin and we get closer to publication (hopefully late winter of 2014).

Contemporary Romance Author