Friday, June 28, 2013

SAE Featured Friday Spotlight and Giveaway with Stephanie Keyes, Hannah R. Goodman and official blogger Pretty in Pink Books and Reviews

How goes it all you book lovers?  Things are very busy in my neck of the woods.  Moving is NEVER fun, but the killer commute and hours in traffic will soon be over!  So today I have author's Stephanie Keyes and Hannah R. Goodman, the featured official blog is yours truly here at Pretty in Pink, and our giveaway is for an e-copy of Shattered Edge  by A.M. Hargrove.  Enjoy!  (And feel free to come help me pack and move!)

The Star Child (Book 1)
The world is about to be cloaked in darkness. Only one can stop the night.

Kellen St. James has spent his entire life being overlooked as an unwanted, ordinary, slightly geeky kid. That is until a beautiful girl, one who has haunted his dreams for the past eleven years of his life, shows up spinning tales of a prophecy. Not just any old
prophecy either, but one in which Kellen plays a key role. Suddenly, Kellen finds himself on the run through a Celtic underworld of faeries and demons, angels and gods, not to mention a really ticked off pack of hellhounds, all in order to save the world from darkness. But will they make it in time?

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The Fallen Stars (Book 2)
When all is lost, he will have to make the ultimate decision.

Kellen St. James was just your average seventeen-year-old prodigy, until he eighty-sixed the Lord of Faerie and proposed to the Celtic Goddess, Calienta. But then everything in Kellen’s life gets turned upside-down when he and Cali end up on the run from a seriously irritated group of faeries. The worst part? They have zero idea why they’re being hunted.

Suddenly, Kellen is stuck in the middle of another prophecy that foresees him turning away from Calienta and embracing the dark. He’ll be forced to take sides in a struggle to claim his birthright, while discovering secrets about his father’s past. Meanwhile, his passion for Cali grows stronger, even as the prophecy threatens to tear them apart.

In the end, will Kellen and Cali survive the fates? When the ultimate power is within reach, which side will he choose?

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Stephanie Keyes has been addicted to Fantasy since she discovered T.H. White as a child and started drumming up incredible journeys in her head. Today, she's still doing the same thing, except now she gets to share those ideas with readers!

When she's not writing, Stephanie is also a graphic designer, international speaker, teacher, musician, avid reader, and Mom to two little boys who constantly keep her on her toes. In addition, she's best friend to her incredible husband of eleven years.

Mrs. Keyes holds an undergraduate degree in Business and Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University. She is a member of the Society For Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a featured author in the global group of writers, Love a Happy

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child (September 2012) and The Fallen Stars (April 2013), and After Faerie (April 2013), all released by Inkspell Publishing. The final installment, The Star Catcher, is tentatively slated for a November 2013 release. Mrs. Keyes is hard at work on a new YA Paranormal Romance.


Sucker Literary – Volume 2 Blurb

When Alex’s bandmates invite a girl to sing lead, a battle of the sexes becomes a battle over something unexpected. . . A girl tells her friend about hooking up with longtime crush Fred, but his kisses are not what makes that night in his car memorable. . . A therapy session with Doug might just make Jason go insane again. . . Wallflower Aubrey hooks up with Gordon after the cast party, which would be fine if he weren’t the most forbidden fruit of them all…Savannah certainly doesn’t sound like a convict’s name, so maybe hanging out with her isn’t all that dangerous. Miki is committed to getting over Dex, yet she can’t get him off her answering machine—or her doorstep. In between puffs of cigarettes and attempts to smear lipstick on her face, Allie’s grandmother dishes out advice that maybe Allie should take. . . And finally, what’s a girl to do with Satan as both her boss and father? Nine short stories pose the questions we obsess over whether we’re growing up or all grown up: Who should I love? Am I doing the right thing? Is there ever an end to heartbreak? In its second volume, SUCKER continues to showcase the very best emerging talent in young adult literature and give (some of) the answers to Life’s Big Questions along the way.

Sucker will reopen the doors for Volume 3 submissions. One day ONLY, August 1, 2013.FOr guideline please go here.


Excerpt from “Miki & Dex” by Hannah R. Goodman, Sucker Literary Volume 2

I roll over and look across the room at the source of the beep—the answering machine, which I resurrected from a box of Mom’s old college stuff in the garage; I was desperate after she took away my cell phone, though I knew it was a fitting punishment for being too wrapped up in a boy I shouldn’t talk to so much. Of course, all the machine has done is allow me to replay old messages from him over and over, so the irony is that it’s actually harder to disconnect.
I get up sleepily, hit the play button, and flop back onto the bed.
“Are you even playing these messages? ’Cause I’ve called like, fifteen friggin’ times, Miki.”
I rub my eyes.
“I have something really important to ask you. I know you think I’m bullshit, but I swear to God I’m not, so just call me back, okay?”
The machine clicks off. The phone rings again. I run over and press the volume button, then sit down at the edge of the bed and listen.
“Fine, you don’t want to call me back. Okay, here it is . . . Miki, will you go to Homecoming with me?” My heart stops and a tiny hope bubble floats in my belly, but then: “Okay, I’m totally kidding. Listen. Just pick up the phone. Okay?”
I snatch a pillow and bonk the machine. It clatters to the floor. Good. Now there’s no way to get me. I’ll just disconnect the line, and Dex can’t wake me up in the middle of the night with this bullshit.
Back to bed, except there’s no escape; he’s still going.
“I saw you with that jock dickhead. What the hell’s his name? Jimbo or Jammy—whatever. Listen, you deserve much better than that fucknut—”
I cover my head with my pillow and listen to the muffled rant.
The phone rings again.

Hannah Goodman, M.Ed, MFA, is a YA author represented by Erzsi Deàk of Hen&ink Literary Studio. Her YA novel, My Sister’s Wedding, won the first place award for The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Contest, 2004, children’s book division. She published the follow-up, My Summer Vacation, in May 2006, which went on to win a bronze IPPY in 2007. The third Maddie book, Fear of Falling was released in the fall of 2009 and was praised by teachers and readers for tackling subjects like homophobia and coming out. She’s published young adult short stories on Amazon’s Shorts, in an anthology entitled Bound Is The Bewitching Lilith, and in the journal Balancing The Tides. She also has written columns for The Jewish Voice & Herald. Her newest endeavor is Sucker Literary, featuring undiscovered and new YA authors.

A former high school English teacher, she now owns her own small company, The Write Touch, offering a variety of tutoring and coaching services for clients of all ages. She assists in the college application process, from SAT prep to writing the college application essay. Additionally, she is a writing coach and consultant to authors and would-be authors. Hannah is a member of AWP and SCBWI as well as a graduate of Pine Manor College's Solstice Program in Creative Writing. She resides in Bristol, RI with her husband, two daughters, and three cats: Lester, Maisey, and Judy.

Hi, my name is Natalie and I am a bookaholic!

I have always been an avid, (ok obsessive) reader.  To be quite honest, I am not sure exactly how I got started doing this, I know it involved facebook, and authors, and books...but I am glad I did!  I have loved the past few months of reading, reviewing, and getting to know several very sweet authors and I look forward to continuing to grow the blog and one day organizing tours myself.

Please overlook the no makeup, seems I have no recent pictures with makeup on.  

Here's me, the SO, and the heathen enjoying the east coast beach life!

I was born and raised in central Alabama and lived there until I was 25.  I started my career in the repossession business when I was 24, and moved to Lexington, KY to manage an office when I was 25.  Spent 4 years there, and SO and I decided a little over a year ago, we both wanted a fresh start somewhere with a beach.  Couldn't afford San Diego yet, so we decided to move to the area known as Hampton Roads in Virginia.  We are west coast dreaming, while east coast living!  

In between working a day job as a skip tracer for a repossession company, working with the SO repossessing cars, and parenting the heathen, I am now writing this blog/facebook page, our other facebook page with stories from the world of repossessions, and throwing around ideas for a book along those lines. 

That's it for this week, come back next week for another giveaway and author spotlight from the Stamford Author Event!

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  1. Thank you so much for the feature Natalie! It's great to be a guest here.

  2. You're welcome! I am glad to have you!

  3. Woohoo Stephanie and Hannah. I love both of you! :)

  4. Natalie you look fabulous without any makeup on. I am so glad you found a place to be near the ocean on the east coast. I lived in San Diego for two years. It was really lovely. But for the wildfires. Here's hoping your west coast dreaming comes true soon!