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YA_READ_A_ROMANCE month!

Come Celebrate Read-a-Romance Month with Me!

​ Did you know August was Read-a-Romance Month? It is! To celebrate, nine other YA romance authors and I are sponsoring a fantastic giveaway! The Grand Prize winner will receive 1 copy of each of the titles you see in the graphic, and a Runner Up will win the e-book of each title. International contestants are eligible from any country where Book Depository ships for free.

Now for a bit more about me and my darling books!

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?

The Legendary Saga is finally complete at 4 epic books and this site holds a LOT more goodies to go along with them! CLICK HERE if you’re interested to learn more as you enjoy this AWESOME month of YA romance!!!

Are you a romance blogger? If that was a YES then we’ve got something extra special for you! You get extra entries in the Rafflecopter as a thank you for your tireless effort and dedication in reviewing our books, to helping promote our work and the romance genre in general, and for being such supportive cheerleaders!

Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win! And don’t forget to check out the other nine sponsoring authors’ websites!

Betsy Aldredge.   Sara Biren​   Linda Budzinski   Julia Day   Larissa Hardesty  Maggie Ann Martin   Shaila Patel.  Amy Patrick   J.C. Welker

Of course there are some rules that need to be followed, but they’re super easy and easy to get with ;P

RULES:

Ends 8/31/17 at 11:59pm EST. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. You must be at least 18 years old to enter or have your parent’s permission. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and notified by email within 48 after the end of the giveaway. You will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. All decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary based on the number of eligible entries received. If a mailed prize is returned for whatever reason, another winner will be chosen. None of the sponsoring authors are responsible for any lost, stolen, or misdirected prizes. Each sponsoring author is solely responsible for providing their book to you directly. This giveaway is not affiliated with any social media accounts associated with any of the sponsoring authors.

In addition to the YA-Read-A-Romance month long fun, on August 25th I’ll be hosting another giveaway on Instagram featuring even more amazing authors! Now we all have A LOT of great new authors to discover, or get back in touch with, this month! August is looking pretty sweet so far   =^_^=

Make sure to keep checking back for more info no this give away and the #YAInstahunt!!!!

<3 always LH

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A new kind of hunt coming August 25th

Hello!!! I love getting to take part in the different types of author promo’s out there so I decided to try my own using one of my more favorite forms of social media: INSTAGRAM!!

It’s a pretty easy concept. There will be several teams of authors who will have fun picture prompts like : KNIGHT or TIGER. Everyone on Instagram is welcome to take part, each entry will have to be tagged with the author team and the hunt hashtag #YAInstahunt to be counted as an entry. (ONLY entries posted on Instagram can count towards points)

Each entry is 1 point, with 8 points possible per team! If there are multiple people who make all 8 entries then the authors will choose a winner among the tied. When you finish with one team, hop to the next and the next if you so wish! Those who complete pics from each team will be entered to win the grand prize 😀

TEAM PRIZE winner will win the prize pack that each author team puts together. These packs could include books, swag, jewelry, gift cards or a lot of other possibilities 🙂

GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a copy of the featured books from each author taking part on all the team!

Now it’s time to meet some of the authors taking part of this first hunt 🙂

TEAM PINK: @LHNicoleauthor @colleen.houck

L.H. Nicole is a seasoned Pastry Chef at the happiest place on earth and a life long fairytale (Disney and Grimm) lover. She believes in love at first sight, is addicted to 80s & 90s cartoons and anything that can capture her ADD-way-too-overactive-imagination. Joan Lowery Nixon and L.J. Smith were the first authors she became addicted to and who inspired her to steal away whenever she could to read and write.

New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. 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.

TEAM PURPLE: @mcnulty.amy @LydiaKang

Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from
Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.

Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction,
a nerdgeek, a foodie, and takes far too many pictures of her dog. She lives in the midwest with her family where she works as a physician, and also writes adult fiction and nonfiction.

 

TEAM RED: @eerie_o @seemegwrite

You can call her Colleen. She’s a retired Air Force officer, chemical engineer, mommy, author, blogger, and the PR manager/associate agent (agent in training) at Inklings Literary Agency.
When she’s not chatting with her imaginary friends, she’s either stuck in a book or interviewing with PEOPLE Magazine, ABC’s 20/20, the local morning news show, or INSIDE EDITION, where she promotes writing for mental and emotional health. She also mentors pre-published authors through workshops and contests and runs Totem Head’s Annual Free Writing Contest for Kids, now in its eighth year. Though she holds a BS in both Chemical Engineering and German, she’s far happier writing near misses and awkward kisses. Some of her off-the-wall talents include speaking in 10-codes (which she learned working 911-dispatch for Alaska State Troopers), flying helicopters, and Irish dance. She lives in Alaska with her very patient husband and son.

Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She worked as a graphic designer before realizing the thing she did for pleasure (writing) was something she should do for real. Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. A fan of ’80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, Meg has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, hoarding peanut butter cups, or playing video games. She is a two-time finalist and the 2016 winner of the RWA Golden Heart© contest in YA.

TEAM GREEN: @lisavoisin @jessikafleckwriter 

Lisa Voisin is an author of young adult fantasy fiction, a
technical writer, and a graduate of SFU’s The Writer’s Studio. Her debut young adult fantasy novel, The Watcher, received the Chanticleer Grand Prize for Paranormal fiction. In her spare time, Lisa leads a writing group for teens and teaches meditation in her hometown of North Vancouver, B.C.

 

Jessika Fleck is a writer, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one
day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. She’s never been known to pass up a good cup of coffee or a great pair of boots. Her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, The Kidliterati. Her YA fantasy, THE CASTAWAYS (Entangled Teen) is currently available. THE OFFERING (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) releases in the fall, 2018. Jessika is represented by Victoria Marini of IGLA.

TEAM YELLOW: @lucydbriand @lesterlingauthor 

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Lucy D. Briand lives in Ottawa, Canada with her comic book fanatic husband and her nonchalant Siamese cat. By day she works full time as a public servant for the Government of Canada, but by night her creative mind takes over and conjures up young adult gearhead romance stories with supernatural twists. When not working, reading, writing, or watching way too much TV, Lucy likes to cosplay, attend Comic Cons, go on road trips to Walt Disney World, and play ridiculous amounts of tabletop board games. She’s a geek to the core but is also a huge NASCAR Cup fan.

TEAM ORANGE: @amberinblunderland @gloriacraw01  

Gloria Craw grew up in the desert southwest and
attended the University of Utah where she got a degree in anthropology. Thee days she lives just outside of Seattle, Washington. She’s married, has four daughters and a very hairy dog.

 

 

Amber Mitchell graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Creative Writing. She likes crazy hair styles, reading, D&D, k-dramas, good puns and great food. When she isn’t putting words on paper, she is using cardstock to craft 3D artwork or exploring new places with her husband Brian. They live a small town in Florida with their four cats where she is still waiting for a madman in a blue box to show up on her doorstep. Garden of Thorns is her debut novel from Entangled Teen.

So here are your teams and a little about the authors taking part!!! My next post will have full graphics and Prizes being offered 🙂

Come back and see us and until then enjoy the beautiful days!

<3 always L.H.

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Baltimore Book Festival and New Ideas

So a few weekends ago I was able to sneak away from work and go to the Baltimore Book Festival! It was amazing and I had a blast and learned a bunch of great new things and got some great advice. But here were the two highlights for me!

#1 I got to meet one of my hero authors Meg Cabot!!!! *insert fan girl squeal* For those who don’t know the multiple time best selling author she has written many great YA and Adult books, several of which were turned into movies! But for me my absolute favorite series of her’s was “The Mediator” series she wrote under the name Jenny Carroll. Long and short of it, she was one of the great inspirations for me to start writing!

#2 was the blog featuring six incredible book bloggers all talking about what they do and how they do it. We also got their opinions on how an author should approach a blogger and so on. Here is the link to the video I recorded from the panel posted to YouTube by one of the great bloggers I met Hannah of the Irish Banana review Book Blogger Panel. The second best part was getting to talk to a few of them after their panel and getting to know them. Hannah and Jen gave me a great piece of advice: that I need to put more of me and who I am out on my pages, and not just my fab character sketches.

 So in the spirit of that advice, and with the time restraint from my full-time job being so busy again and my deadline for my next manuscript, I have decided to do more than just post character sketches. I am now going to host several guest spots for bloggers and other authors, I am going to post bits about books I am reading or have read and liked, and I will talk about my favorite things. (many of which inspired and still inspire my Legendary Saga and my work in progress)

So to kick off my new platform I am starting with my thoughts on a great book I read several months ago after getting an advanced readers copy from last year’s RT Convention. It’s called  The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason. Here is the cover, you can click on it and follow the link to my “non review” of this great YA steampunk book!

Till  next time my lovelies!

<3 L.H.

 

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