now browsing by category


ATO- Colleen Houck

Today is another very special #ATO for me because the fantastical Colleen Houck is taking over with an interview and more about the novella for her A-maz-ing Tigers Curse series: TIGERS PROMISE. I was so excited to read this story and I loved it, just like this entire series! If you haven’t heard about, or read this series–you so should! I was actually reading TIGERS QUEST (book 2 of the series) as I started pulling together and planning everything for my Legendary Saga. Just another reason I love this series so much. But enough from me, time to hear Colleen’s answers to some of my interview questions and learn more about her wonderful series.

Take it away Colleen!

  • As a writer, we have to do a lot of research to make sure our stories are rooted in facts. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever researched?

I had to research a place called The Body Farm. It’s a site, I can’t remember where exactly where they dump bodies that have been donated to science and they place them in various locations such as a swamp, a forest, in a woodshed, etc. Then they study the rate of decay. The reason I was researching it was so that I would understand how zombies would look for a chapter in Tiger’s Destiny called The Cave of Sleep and Death.

  • Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Battle scenes are tough for me. My little brother actually acts them out and explains to me how when you swing a sword a certain way there has to be follow though and you can’t have it coming down on the bad guy’s head in the next move.

  • Tell us about a unique or quirky writing habit of yours.

I always light a candle as I write. It reminds me to add the five senses into my book. If the character doesn’t see, smell, taste, touch, or hear something, then neither does my reader.

  • If you were attending a Halloween party, what would your costume be and why?

I’ve always wanted to be the Queen of Hearts. The dress is fun and I’ve been ordering people around since I was a kid so I’d be a natural at it.

  • What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? And how did you handle it?

The toughest criticism comes from ordinary people leaving reviews. At some point every author needs to learn to turn a blind eye to it. I once got a very detailed email from someone with pages full of bullet points explaining why I was a terrible author. I was crying by the middle and then, when I got to the end, the person said, “By the way, I’m 13.” I wiped my eyes and vowed never to take that stuff seriously again. Ultimately, the person we are writing for is ourselves and all you can do at the end of the day is your best. If you end up with lots of readers who love to read your story then fantastic! But you’ll always have a group who want to cut you up in little pieces and throw you to the wolves. It comes with the territory.

  • If I wasn’t afraid I would _________ (What?)


  • If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Social Media. There’s an aspect about it that I love and it’s great to interact with fans but it takes up so much of my time that I often feel chained to it. The expectations that come with it are very high. There are some people who will poke, prod, and pester you, demanding that you acknowledge them in some way. A fan wrote me a long letter that I actually took the time to read and at the end I responded with a, “Thank you so much!” The next day they cursed at me saying I should have written them back something equally as long. That was one of 200 emails I looked at in one day. Social media draws us closer than ever to the people we admire but I think it also creates pseudo relationships that can be damaging in a way, too. And it definitely shrinks or makes invisible the boundaries of where you have a personal space.

  • Your books all take place in many different countries; did you travel to any of these places for your book?

No. I wish I had and have plans to go visit at some point.

  • If you could change ONE thing about your Tigers Curse Series, what would it be?  Why?

I wish that I’d been able to write Tiger’s Dream immediately following Tiger’s Destiny. It’s hard for me to put that on hold while I write my new Egypt series. Retaining the details of an entire series while adding a new one is not an easy thing for my brain to do.



Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.




New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Her first four novels, Tiger’s Curse, Tiger’s Quest, Tiger’s Voyage, and Tiger’s Destiny were New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.  TWITTER   FACEBOOK    WEBSITE    


I am so happy Colleen was able to stop by and take over today, and I hope you all enjoyed her interview! I’m serious, her Tiger series ROCKS! I am also super excited because next week’s #ATO will be me and the release of CLAIMING EXCALIBUR!!!!! Just wait until you see what I’ve got for the release 😀

<3 always LH

Share Button

Cover reveal of Claiming Excalibur

I feel like I’ve been waiting ages for this! The cover reveal for the second book in my Legendary Saga: CLAIMING EXCALIBUR

Everything started with the first amazing cover! 

And the saga now continues with the next fantastical one!












final Claiming Excalibur cover

OMG A-maz-ING right? I love it so much, and I’m so excited that Queen Titania is the feature of this cover, makes you wonder whose next right?

Now for the official book summary!

Aliana Fagan has done what many thought impossible: she’s awakened King Arthur from his fifteen-hundred-year sleep, reunited the Knights of the Round Table, and even beaten Mordrid and Morgana LeFay in battle.

But the Destined One’s quest has only begun.

Before the knights can “unearth and reclaim their lost relics” they must survive the trip to Charleston, South Carolina and meet the newest member of the Round Table. If King Arthur’s men thought Aliana and Lacy were tenacious, they’ll be even more surprised by Dawn, the third member of the fem-trio.

Deadly secrets, unexpected allies, and a traitor lurking in the shadows await Aliana and the new Round Table as they continue their search for Excalibur. Their only clue is a beyond confusing poem from a mysterious book that speaks of a terrifying creature guarding the legendary sword. Trying to build a somewhat normal relationship with Sir Galahad adds a whole new level of complexity to Aliana’s task, especially when several among them suspect the White Knight may not be wholly himself. Her friendship with King Arthur grows closer, and when circumstances become intense, he may finally get the chance with Aliana that he’s been pining for.

Mysteries, legendary quests, and haunting memories will either unite the members of the New Round Table or fracture their bonds. Aliana and her crew only have seven months before the planets align and Mordrid can seize the power he needs to conquer the seven realms. Can the Destined One keep her new family together and lead Arthur to his destiny of saving the realms? Or will a centuries-old plot for revenge finally spell the king’s end?

Head on over to Goodreads to add it to your TBR list!

And for those who are still new to my series, or don’t quite know what’s happening here’s the blurb and links for the first book in this series LEGENDARY

Aliana Fagan spent her childhood traveling the world, dreaming of legendary heroes and mythical lands. But after the sudden death of her parents, she hides behind the safety of her camera and her art until a vivid recurring dream compels her to dig into her father’s research about Avalon and Camelot. When she is hurled into a magical realm by forces she thought were only the stuff of fairy tales, she finds herself thrown into an adventure she could never have imagined. Nearly everything she thought she knew about Arthurian legend was wrong. The independent eighteen-year-old is shocked to find that the people of Avalon think that she is the Destined One, the only person who can summon King Arthur back to life from his hidden chamber. Most surprising of all is that it’s up to her to lead the Knights of the Round Table on an epic quest-an adventure that will transport them across the seven magic realms to reclaim all that has been lost so they can defeat the evil Mordrid for good. But first, she must bring the ancient warriors into her world and reunite them with their lost brothers. Chaperoning the legendary knights-with-a-chivalry-complex as they navigate the modern world is a constant challenge, and she certainly never thought she’d be caught between her intense feelings for the noble Sir Galahad and her growing friendship with the King. To fulfill the prophecy, Aliana will have to discover the meaning of friendship, bravery, loyalty, true love, and forgiveness. But can she do it all in time to save the realms from Mordrid’s impending Armageddon?


More news: in one week, Nov 30 we will be starting a very special tour for CLAIMING EXCALIBUR that will be filled with sneak peaks, fun information, playlists and of course GIVEAWAYS! Be sure to keep an eye open for them, I will be providing links to all the pages each day here and on my blog page 🙂

Hope you all loved this cover as much as I do!

<3 always LH

Share Button

ATO- West Thornhill

Hey all! #ATO tuesday is back and today we have our first LGBT YA author taking over! So excited about this one because I feel this is a part of the genre that can sometimes be over looked! West is here with several interviews of her own and her fellow author partners and a look into their serial YA books the Ravens Crossing. Since we are interviewing three we are only doing three questions each. And they are giving away a very special prize: 3 sets of the first 5 books of the Ravens Crossing series! Take it away guys 

West Thornhill

  • Tell us about a unique or quirky writing habit of yours.

I read while I write. I use it as a distraction when I hit a wall or the flow of writing just stops. I also have the TV or music going in the background. It’s white noise for me.

  • Were you good at English in school?

Yes, it was my favorite subject. In some ways I wish I hadn’t changed majors in college from English to Classics, but I did minor in it. English was the one class where I actually felt I belonged. It opened so many doors through literature.

  • What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The toughest criticism is misunderstanding. I know there are going to be readers who don’t like the stories I create. But I would love to be able to talk with someone and possibly clear up any misconceptions they may have. They still may not like the story but that’s okay. I’m always available via email if someone has questions. The best compliment came from a friend who I was kind of afraid to have read one my books. He loved it and wants more. So, that was the best.

Andi Lea

  • Tell us about a unique or quirky writing habit of yours.

I obsessively listen to music while I write, but not just any music. Every character has a playlist and unique taste.

  • What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

My first college writing course was an experience. I was 18 and fresh out of high school, with a chip on my shoulder. My professor sat me down and explained to me that I needed to make decisions for my characters. It’s easy to get caught up in the writing process and without an end goal it’s even easier to write without purpose. Readers want to care about your characters, even when you make the hard choices. On the flipside, the best compliment I have ever received… “what happens next?” Nothing compares to a reader asking for more.

  • If you wake up as your favorite actor, who would it be and what’s the first thing you would do?

I wake up and realize I am Ellen DeGeneres, the first thing I do is make people happy!


Amanda Corlies

  • If you wake up as your favorite actor, who would it be and what’s the first thing you would do?

I’ve always had a serious thing for RDJ, but if I was going to wake up as anyone, I’d rather wake up as his wife. Still, being a Libra, I feel I should also give the unselfish answer. I do love all the things RDJ does for children’s’ charities. So, if I was actually to wake as Robert Downy, Junior, I’d get busy using my influence and money to build a shelter for homeless LGBT kids. There are far too many of these children kicked out onto the streets simply because of who they are. It’s a serious wrong that I’m passionate about righting.

  • Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

Oh, I loved working with Morgan and Holly, Sharon and Alex, my two couples from our first three seasons of The Ravens Crossing. I get really excited whenever I get a chance to use them in my current storyline. And, they will be making more frequent appearances in the coming stories, when dealing with the Bond grows more complicated for Darien and Lani. So, I’m looking forward to more shenanigans with them. There are plans for adult novels for these characters.

As far as themes, I was a zookeeper for almost twenty years. So, animals and science are my things. I really enjoy the fictional scientific theory behind The Ravens Crossing world. What if humans were the mutants who had lost many of their powers, including their connections to the Balance of Nature? What if there was another even more amazing species living among us? I’m always looking for ways to explore what the scientific study behind this discovery would be, and what it could mean for humans.

  • Tell us about a unique or quirky writing habit of yours.

So many to choose from… I have a tiny little painting of a forest right above my computer screen, and I sit staring into that miniature world whenever I am trying to work out my story arcs. Also, I run a pet sitting business by day, and when I’m driving around town from house to house to walk dogs, I’m often working out dialogue. So, people see this wacky woman talking to herself while turning around somewhere because she, once again, missed a driveway while chattering away to nobody. I was thrilled when they invented blue tooth. Now, people might just think I’m on the phone – I hope.


TRCB1_513_final_thbnl TRCB2_513_final_thmbnl TRCB3_513_final_thmbnlTRCB4_final

The Ravens Crossing is a serialized, young adult, science fiction/fantasy adventure that began in 2012. The stories are published weekly at the companion website TRC is written by three authors sharing one world.

Books One, Two, and Three follow the adventures of thirteen high school friends. Secrets are hard to keep, especially when you’re in high school, and the students at Wildwood High have been hiding more than most. But, when a group of friends discover their families are keeping more secrets than the entire student body combined, they find themselves drawn together in a dangerous search for the truth. While they come into their abilities as Earth, Air, Fire, Water, or Time Gaeas, life is no longer just about who’s crushing on whom. The Thirteen must learn to use their natural talents to navigate treacherous secrets.

In Books Four and Five we follow the second generation of Wildwood kids. Living in the shadow of the Thirteen nothing is quite what it seems. When change rips through the fabric of their once idyllic neighborhood, those who stayed behind look for ways to rebuild their community. A daunting task when the worst consequence of keeping secrets is a growing lack of trust.

Follow along with Season Six on the website.

  Amanda enjoys hiking a wild and crooked road. After many years as a professional zookeeper, she returned to school to finish her master’s degree in art. A graduate of Goddard, she now runs her own pet sitting business by day and creates interdisciplinary art by night. No longer paid to feed lions, tigers, or bears, she often writes about them instead. Not only does she make up characters and create them fantastical worlds, primarily in the young adult, paranormal and science fiction genres, but she also creates images using multiple media. She was recently commissioned to paint for the Nature Conservancy. When not painting or hiking with the community dogs, she has published multiple works of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and environmental writing. Twitter

Andi independently published her first book in elementary school. She gave away copies of the limited edition, hand-bound book, to friends and family.  Since those resourceful beginnings she has continued to pursue her passion for creative entertainment, and improved her writing skills along the way. After working in the entertainment industry, a domestic violence shelter, and owning a business, Andi returned to college. She earned a bachelor’s degree in American Culture and Gender Studies. Currently she is working on her MFA in Media Design.

Though a part of her will always remain in Southern California, she currently lives in Virginia with her three children, two cats, and a border collie. When she isn’t writing, she is reading, or indulging her obsession with all things geek. Andi is the co-president of her local PFLAG chapter and an advocate for human rights. Enjoy her musings, shenanigans, and thoughts at twitter Facebook 

West thinks she is nowhere near as interesting as the characters who populate the universe in her head. But she has TRCB5_finalmoments of amusing brilliance. They just tend to happen when she least expects it. You know those times when the filter between the brain and mouth malfunction. West blames it on the holes in the ozone layer.

Writing has always been a part of her life. It wasn’t until she went back to college as a non-traditional student that it became more real. West was attacked by a stray rubberband which lead to an awesome friendship and her first critique partner.

West writes stories of men in love that are very Yaoi based. Now that she’s branched out into YA LGBT with The Ravens Crossing, she’s trying to balance things out more. Twitter Instagram

  • Join us at Goodreads YA LGBT Books Group: become a free member for exclusive story content, special surprises, and behind the scenes info. Chat with Team TRC. Plus, find other great YA LGBT books, authors, and make some new friends.
  • Follow us on Twitter @ravenscrossing
  • Like us at Facebook

So what do you guys think? I loved the interviews, and it was cool to see the different answers to the same questions 🙂 And as promised here is your chance to win one of the 3 sets of Ravens Crossing ebooks. Leave your comments below, and our takeover authors will chose their winners. You have until next monday NOV 3rd.

See you all next week

<3 always LH

Share Button

First peak at Claiming Excalibur!

Hiya! In honor of the #YA Scavenger Hunt that has been going this weekend, I am adding in a special easter egg here! It’s your first full clip from Claiming Excalibur! Book 2 of my Legendary Saga!!!!!!!! I am so excited to share this with you all, and if you are still new to my first book Legendary, no worries, this will just make you want to read the first book even more so you can be ready for the Claiming Excalibur when it releases in DECEMBER!!!!!!!

There has been such a wonderful turnout to the YASH, so far and we’ve still got 24 hours left! I love all my new followers on Twitter and Pinterest and Facebook 🙂 Since my extra giveaway goes for longer than the hunt, I have added it here for more people to enter! They’re my best prizes yet!

But enough jabbering, time for the sneak peak!

It had taken almost a week for everyone to fully recover from their last battle with Mordrid, and during that time Merlin had arranged all the details, including having his private plane made ready. Arthur and Galahad had both been apprehensive when Merlin had explained the concept of flying. Arthur had hid his unease better than Galahad, but that didn’t mean the king hadn’t been anxious. Not that he would ever admit that out loud. Thankfully, Aliana, Lacy, and Wade had talked both him and Galahad through their departure, but Arthur knew one thing for certain—he never wanted to fly on this contraption again.

His attention moved to Merlin and Lancelot, both talking in hushed tones as they examined several maps and scattered papers. Those two never stopped, and that worried the king. They seemed determined to handle every aspect of this quest themselves. Both Merlin and Lancelot had vowed to watch over their king while he lay trapped in his enchanted sleep in Avalon, yet each had broken his promise and returned to the mortal realm. Arthur had told both of them he understood why they’d left and that he forgave them, but neither man seemed to take any solace in it.

The vow had been made in a pact with Queen Titania, and she wasn’t as forgiving as Arthur. Merlin had been banished forever from her realms, Avalon and the Isle of the Blessed, and Lancelot had been doomed to be reborn over and over again, his memories of each life returned to him in unforgettable and sometimes tortures detail.. Arthur feared that the long centuries they’d both lived with Titania’s punishments had left thick clouds of guilt and self-loathing festering in their hearts. His only hope for them was that completing this quest would help them really live again.

He moved his gaze to Percy and Aliana’s blond friend, Lacy. Those two had struck up a romance almost immediately after Aliana had introduced them. Now they curled next to each other in their seats, a blanket covering both of them as they slept. Meanwhile, Owen and Leo slumped in their seats, heads on pillows, arms folded as they slept. The two of them had formed an almost instant bond of friendship after Leo’s return, and Arthur was glad for it. They were a formidable pair in intelligence and in battle—just as they had been in Camelot. Wade sat next to Arthur on the short couch, his legs kicked out, his arm and pillow tucked behind his head.

Percy, Owen, Leo, and Wade were perfectly comfortable in the modern world with all its inventions. They had died in the final battle with Mordrid, before the others had brought a mortally wounded Arthur to Avalon to be saved. The king thought he’d lost his brother knights forever, but like Lancelot, they’d been reborn in this century. Unlike Lancelot, they had no memories of their previous lives and were able to live each one anew—until a few weeks ago when Merlin had restored their memories of Camelot.

The final member of their group was curled across the top of Aliana’s headrest. Daggerhorne was a small, marbled-silver Dragon. He’d been created to protect the Destined One. Arthur was happy to see how devoted the small creature was to his purpose and knew that he was not only Aliana’s protector but had also become her confidante and friend.

During the past week, Owen, Leo, Wade, and Lancelot had returned briefly to London. Over his many lives, Lancelot had gathered several maps on which he’d detected a magical pattern. Tracking magic was a gift he seemed to have acquired during his punishment. This ability had helped him to track Morgana’s magic at least four times, and he hoped the maps would be helpful now. Owen and Leo had volunteered to go with him to search for other items in his collection that might aid them in their new quest to find Excalibur.

 I hope you all loved it! And if this has made you want to read Legendary (the first book) even more you can buy or get sample downloads of Legendary here:

 Amazon   or   Barnes and Noble

Review and add to your TBR list on Goodreads or even get a signed DIGITAL copy from me on authorgraph!

<3 always LH


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Share Button

ATO- Alexa Nazzaro

Hiya! Guess what! It’s #ATO Tuesday! And we’ve got indie YA author, Alexa Nazzaro. She’s got an interview with her character Kye from her YA novel The Pool Theory. It’s all you Alexa and Kye.

  • So, I hear you don’t really like your name.

Well, think about it: When you hear the name Matthew or Alexander, you picture a guy that has it together. There’s something about the way those names roll off your tongue. You might think, the name is really boring, but I bet that dude has his shit together. When you hear the name Kye, though, what do you think of? A kite, right? And a kite doesn’t exactly have its shit together, does it? It’s just flying through the air, going wherever the hell the wind might blow it. 

  • But you do like movies. 

Movies are really what I live for, even if Orion (where I live) feels like worlds away from California. Picture any suburb on the planet, and you have a pretty good idea of what Orion is like. Or, if that doesn’t help, think of a suburb in any movie. Good examples are really old ones, like Sixteen Candles,  or anything else by John Hughes. If you’ve never seen Sixteen Candles or don’t know who John Hughes is, I don’t know how to help you. 

  • Is that what you’d like to do after school, be another John Hughes?

I’d love to go to California and be a director, but I think my dad would die if he knew that. He works in something to do with finance. He’s a good guy, but he’s very serious, and lives by magazines like The Economist. My mom is an arts therapist, which I know even less about than financial stuff. I think she basically sings and plays music for handicapped kids, so she might be cooler about the whole thing. She’d probably cry a bit, then pack me a really nice care package. 

  • If you love movies, what do you hate?

A lot of things, but definitely gym. Me and my best friend Anthony totally suck at gym. We even suck at the gym stuff that normal people aren’t allowed to suck at. For example, I once remember Mr. Katz, our grade five gym teacher, hauling out this gigantic parachute. All you had to do was lift the little part of fabric that you were holding on to, crawl underneath and sit on it. That’s it. Me and Anthony though, couldn’t get that last part right, and the parachute kept sinking towards our side of the gym, while we rubbed our asses along the floor like dogs marking our territory. 

You’re also friends with Julian. 

Yeah, something that nobody can quite figure out. Julian moved to Orion from someplace called Trenton. I’m gonna describe what he looks like, only because he looks so different from me or Anthony: tall, slim but not disgustingly skinny, hair cuts that actually look like something done by someone other than your mother or aunt, and glasses that make him look better, not worse. 

  • Tell me more about Claudia.

All you have to know about Claudia is that she’s beautiful in every way. 

  • Name something unique about you.

My legs. Seriously, the bottom half are sort of hairy, but then my thighs are smoother than a girl’s. How normal is that? 

  • What’s your philosophy on life? 

How is a teenager supposed to have a philosophy on anything? If I had to answer that, I’d say that whatever crap you might be going through right now will just make you stronger. Oh my god, how clichéd did that just sound? I swear, sometimes I wish I didn’t know myself. 


Bok Synopsis:    Thumbnail

If you asked Kye Penton what his greatest accomplishment is, he’d probably say surviving years of bullying with nothing but his only friend Anthony and movies like The Godfather and anything by Quentin Tarantino to get by.

Sure, there are scars, like the social phobia he can’t seem to shake off despite the self-help books he stashes in his bedroom, but at fifteen, things are finally looking up. By some miracle, Claudia in English likes him, and Julian is both his new friend and a super cool guy in general.

It looks like Kye’s days of being an outcast are ancient history – until Annie Cooper shows up: pregnant and claiming the baby is his. Kye’s life quickly unravels as he’s pulled into a nightmare bigger than any bullying he has ever survived.

A young adult contemporary novel that tackles teen pregnancy, bullying and social anxiety head-on, The Pool Theory is an honest depiction of what it means to live out the so-called best years of your life when all you want to do is disappear off the face of the earth.

Link to Amazon:

Author Bio:

Alexa Nazzaro Picture smaller

Alexa Nazzaro is the author of The Pool Theory as well as the upcoming Razed, to be released in spring 2015. When she isn’t writing, she’s hanging out at libraries and bookstores, tickling her baby, laughing with her stepkids, and watching the occasional thing on Netflix. You can read more about her at


Well, what did you all think? I thought that was pretty cool, and so is Kye! Take a hop skip and a jump over to amazon and give The Pool Theory a closer look. 🙂 

Now this part isn’t related to the ATO, but be sure to stop by my blog on Thursday, Friday or Saturday to take part of the YA Scavenger Hunt! There are over 125 authors participating and even more books than that up for grabs in all the different giveaways that will be happening! Don’t miss it!

<3 always LH



Share Button