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Announcing a new book by M.R. Merrick!

Synopsis: In a world where being Supernatural means you’re in danger, Ash Lawson is front and center. After years of helping others escape ATOM—a government entity known for abusing Supernaturals—he’s captured, and saving himself will prove to be the most difficult task he’s undertaken.

Tryst Rivera is a Succubus and veteran at the Academy, a facility tasked with converting underage Supernaturals into cooperative ATOM soldiers. She’s endured her time mostly unscathed, but when Ash arrives and their lives are tethered to one another, she’s placed in immediate danger.

With escape at the forefront of his mind, Ash struggles with the idea of life under ATOM’s thumb. He’ll die before he converts, but his life isn’t the only one he’s responsible for, and he already has more blood on his hands than he can bear. When a chance for freedom arises, Ash needs to decide how much—and who—he’s willing to risk for a second chance.

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Coming March 15, 2016

 



 

About the Author

 

M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, and The Rise of Genesis. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he’s usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and a large bowl of cereal.

 

 

 

Connect with the author

 

Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads



 

It’s January, and that means UTOPiA 2016 is only 5 months away… I can’t wait!

Utopia 2016 Fight For Your Right

So, it’s time for some details about one of the awesome Utopia sponsors, without whom it just wouldn’t be possible!  Utopia has several amazing sponsors, and the bloggers and I will be highlighting them all month long! So without further ado, I bring you Fire Quill Publishing:

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http://www.firequillpublishing.com/

From Fire Quill’s Homepage:

Fire Quill Publishing is located in sunny South Africa. We strive to only publish and distribute pre-eminent novels to our audience, and work to offer superb marketing services to our authors. Each division is run by a team of experts in their respective fields in order to make your experience in the publishing industry as fun and exciting as possible, whilst still offering the highest quality and professionalism.

Fire Quill Publishing operates internationally, and supports international authors.

Our aspiration is to market popular genres such as fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction, in South Africa. However, we are most certainly open to other genres as well. Please visit our Submission Guidelines  for detailed instructions on how to submit your manuscript to Fire Quill Publishing.

From the “Meet the Team” Page:

EricaErika Bester is the founder of Fire Quill Publishers. Her love for novels is beyond words, and she has a unique gift for seeing the potential in each and every author she meets. She values each novel for its own unique story, and believes wholeheartedly in their truly magical ability to reach audiences around the world. Her interests include YA, NA, fantasy, paranormal, and erotica. Her favorite authors of all time are Suzanne Collins, J.R.R Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, George R.R. Martin, Patricia Briggs and many more. You can reach her at erikab@firequillpublishers.com

CarlyleCarlyle Labuschage is the co-founder of Fire Quill Publishing. She loves and works in the marketing industry, and has a talent for getting FQP authors‘ novels out into the market place. Other than losing herself in words of othersshe loves to swim, fights for trees, and is a food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle also writes for IU e-Magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive―Help Build A Library in Africa Project. Her favorite genres are sci-fi, YA, dystopian, and anything with good, well developed characters, plots, and story line. You can reach her at carlylel@firequillpublishing.com 

For more information about the amazing team at Fire Quill Publishing, head over to their page: http://www.firequillpublishing.com/meet-the-team.html

Fire Quill does a lot for Utopia, and we’re so proud to have them as a sponsor!

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How would YOU like to be a sponsor for Utopia 2016?

Want to Reach Every Attendee?  Sponsor UTOPiA and Prosper!

With an audience, a delivery system, and a hunger that’s growing, the contemporary and paranormal middle grade, young adult, and new adult mania is picking up incredible momentum these days, and UTOPiAcon is the fastest growing conference out there right now that attendees talk about year round!

Reach & grow your audience with intimate access and profile-raising opportunities that eager eyes will see, experience, and be talking about before, during and after the event on their blogs, in texts, through social media and much more!
Contact info [at] utopiacon.com for premium sponsor deck and information.

Promotional Opportunities at UTOPiAcon

HOST YOUR OWN PRIVATE PARTY!

Thursday or Friday or Saturday, book an EXCLUSIVE party room in the heart of the conference area and host your own private event for up to 400 people!

TWO HOURS
$1,000*

THREE HOURS
$1,500*

Day or Nighttime hours available. Email for availability & to book now info [at] utopYAcon.com with subject line: Private Party
Perfect for:

  • Book Release Parties
  • Publishing House appreciation events
  • Business or Brand launches
  • Educational workshops
  • Fan appreciation Giveaway lunches or dinners
  • and more!

INCLUDED: tables/chairs set-up, trash bins, linens, water
* Catering and Audio/Visual needs not included, but we can work discount with hotel if you require it.  To find out available hours and book your party, email info [at] utopYAcon.com with subject line: Private Party 


 

OR, take over the whole room for ONE or TWO full days of the conference

ONE-DAY ROOM TAKEOVER
$3,000

Includes:

  • six-hour room takeover 10 AM – 4 PM Thursday, June 18 or Friday, June 19
  • room tables, chairs, linens set-up by hotel staff
  • water
  • trash bins
  • ability to change the name of the room — complete branding authority
  • wi-fi, if needed
  • basic, one- mic/p.a. set-up
  • rooms available for 25-400 people

TWO-DAY TAKEOVER
$5,500

  • six-hour room takeover 10 AM – 4 PM Thursday, June 18
  • six-hour room takeover 10 AM – 4 PM Friday, June 19
  • room tables, chairs, linens set-up by hotel staff
  • water
  • trash bins
  • ability to change the name of the room — complete branding authority
  • wi-fi, if needed
  • basic, one- mic/p.a. set-up for two days
  • rooms available for 25-400 people

* catering, projector/screen, more complex a/v needs and other requests are additional cost. Email for availability & to book now info [at] utopiacon.com with subject line: Room Takeover


Other opportunities also available include:

WELCOME BAG  INSERTION
$500

Want to ensure you reach every single attendee, exhibitor and panelist at the 2016 utopia convention at 2015 prices? With over 650 people in attendance at #utopia2016, Welcome Bag insertion is pennies on the dollar per bag no matter how many items you want to give away. You only pay $500 to reach every single person at the convention!

Email info@utopiacon.com with subject line: Welcome Bags to get your swag to everyone at utopiacon!

** We do not accept food or flammable items. While we allow paper, we discourage it due to environmental reasons. If you’re going to use paper, make it useful — a download code or discount offer of some kind. Don’t just create a flier or postcard.

WELCOME BAG SPONSOR:
$1,000

(Only 5 available)

Imagine every attendee carrying your logo, web site or book cover design – from the moment they check in at registration, and months after the show! Upon registration check-in, each attendee will receive a beautiful bag to carry important materials throughout the conference. Your logo will appear along with the utopYA 2015 logo. Sponsorship includes placing an item in the bag (see above) – what exposure! You will be branded as one of the Welcome Bag sponsors in all pre-conference marketing materials!

LANYARD SPONSOR:
$1,500

(Only 1 available)

Every attendee is required to wear a name badge throughout the conference, and lanyards are a great way to enhance your brand and increase your visibility! This is an excellent opportunity to ensure that your name/your book/your web site will literally be in front of every attendee. Sponsorship includes branded lanyards. Your company will be branded as the Lanyard sponsor in all pre-conference marketing materials! Sponsorship includes reduced rate for Summit attendees.

Email  info [at] utopYAcon.com with subject line Promo Opps to get in front of and in the hands of everyone at utopYAcon!

FOR MORE EXCLUSIVE, CUSTOMIZED AND PREMIUM SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, PLEASE EMAIL Kelly @ utopiacon.com

For more info, visit http://www.utopiacon.com/sponsorship-promo-opportunities/



 

FAQs:  You’ve Got Questions? We’ve got answers!

–I would like to be a guest author/ How can I be a part of UTOPiAcon/ How can I get on a panel?

UTOPiAcon is a WRITERS CONFERENCE, so the entire conference is for you in some way. Attendance would benefit your career as a whole.

Because we are absolutely overwhelmed with requests to be on panels, we have developed a process that seems to be working better for all. First we decide the panel topics provided often by your own suggestions. Then we invite the moderators — who have experience, professionalism, and a strong knowledge of the topic — to preside over the panel. Those moderators are then tasked with choosing TWO panelists for that panel whom they feel are best qualified to serve the topic and audience.

The UTOPiAcon team, then fill in any remaining slots with people we feel are qualified to represent the topics and the con well, who the fans have asked for, and/or who round out a diverse and knowledgeable panel.

You can request to be on a panel, but please know that there are no guarantees that you will get chosen. If you feel qualified to be on a panel, please submit the following information to be added to a list:

  • your name
  • links to your books or to your vendor web site if you are a vendor or service provider, not an author.
  • description of your books or service or product.
  • any milestones: including, but not limited to Amazon rank, sales etc., awards you’ve won, high traffic to your blog, number of subscribers/followers, or mentions in the media.
  • topics about which you feel qualified to speak.
  • links to a website or social media profile so we can get to know you better

PLEASE SUBMIT TO: info @ utopyacon.com

If you are not chosen it should NOT be considered a reflection of your work. We are simply buried in requests. In fact, we encourage those who have never attended UTOPiAcon before to do so first and get a feel for our community. You do NOT have to be on a panel to participate or massively impact your career at UTOPiAcon. The environment of the panels/sessions is one of engagement and is highly inclusive of audience questions, comments AND expertise. Just because you’re on one side of the session table, doesn’t mean your influence and impact won’t be felt and heard by all. And there are many opportunities outside the panel rooms to network, meet fans, and grow your business.

–Does my ticket get me into UTOPiA Awards?

Yes. This may not be the case in the future, so definitely cool beans to be able to attend both for one price right now. We also have Awards-only tickets for those who only wish to attend the Awards.

–What is the REFUND POLICY?

FOR TICKET HOLDERS: 
Full refund for 60 Days from purchase or until March 31, 2016, whichever comes first. Amount minus processing fee after 60 days or until March 31, 2016, whichever comes first. No refunds, transfers or exchanges allowed after March 31, 2016 for any reason.

FOR EXHIBITOR SPACE: 
Full refund for 60 days from purchase or until March 31, 2016, whichever comes first. Fifty percent (50%) refund after 60 days or until March 31st, 2016, whichever comes first. No refunds, transfers or exchanges allowed after March 31, 2016 for any reason.

–How do the Awards work — how are nominees chosen, how do people win, how can I get my books considered?

The UTOPiA Awards Academy was created in 2012. The academy is made up of invited convention guest panelists and moderators. These outstanding members — consisting of authors, editors, designers, models, publishers, producers, agents, book formatters, photographers, and more who are active in the publishing and entertainment industries — are the ones who nominate their peers for award consideration.

Those with the most nominations make it to the final nominee list. Then the public, the fans, vote for the winners. UTOPiAcon founder and full-time staff are not eligible for nomination, nor can they vote in the awards.

–What should I wear to the conference?

Nashville is hotter than Hades in June, but the meeting rooms have been known to be cold at times. We recommend bringing a hoodie or sweater/wrap with you to the indoor meeting spaces. Dress comfortably or as your author brand demands for the con.

–What should I wear to the UTOPiA Awards?

Something you want to have in pictures! Doesn’t have to be super formal, but definitely think hot night out on the town, MTV Awards or prom/first date/TV appearance.

–Is dinner included at the UTOPiA Awards?

Dinner will not be provided at the utopYA Awards. We will be serving hor d’oeuvres at the pre-awards happy hour event, though.

–Can my kid get in free?

Kids under the age of 12 can enjoy UTOPiAcon free of charge, but must be accompanied by a ticketed/badge-holding adult. They are not allowed into the UTOPiA Awards, however, without the purchase of a ticket due to space limitations. If child who has received complimentary admission is found to be older than 12-years-old, badge/admission of child and adult guardian may be revoked, and the guilty parties may be banned from future UTOPiAcon events. This policy is subject to change at any time. PLEASE BE AWARE that some panels focus on mature content not suitable for children.

–Is there daycare?

At this time, daycare is not provided by utopYA, LLC or the venue.

Please be courteous and mindful of other attendees if you do decide to bring your young child with you to panels or UTOPiAcon-sanctioned activites. If your child cries or gets fussy in a panel or keynote, please exit the room with your child until he, she or they are quiet again.

We LOVE kids, but want the UTOPiAcon experience to be one everyone can understand, hear and enjoy together without distraction.

–Can men attend (and participate in) UTOPiAcon?

UTOPiAcon is heavily weighted toward women, who, we felt at the time utopYAcon was created in 2012, were propelling the publishing world forward in new and undiscovered directions. We also feel that UTOPiAcon has the incredible loyalty and vibe it has because the women writers and service providers in the publishing industry right now have made it their place to share, grow, learn and swoon in safety and with confidence while navigating the sometimes daunting business side of the industry. We don’t want them to feel trivialized or embarrassed by asking questions or having crushes on fictional characters. This is a safe haven where the only thing shunned is snobbery and closed mindedness.

We feel that many other cons out there cover a very male-dominated entertainment world. That being said, we DO still invite several men to be on panels – authors, agents, editors, podcasters, husbands, lawyers, managers and many others — because we know there are many amazing men out there contributing to and supporting the industry. It will probably always be weighted in favor of the estrogen; however, men are more than welcome to attend the event in general and we encourage spouses and partners to come so that they can see the wonderful world their loved one has gotten themselves into!!!

And finally, we will always pick male authors who champion strong female characters!



 

Please be sure and visit the other official bloggers this month! They have information on some of our other great sponsors.

Week 1: Jo Michaels and Maria Pease
Week 2: A Book Vacation and Delphina Miyares
Week 3: Toni Lesatz and Ren Reidy
Week 4: Ashley Bodette and Kathryn Grimes

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Utopia 2016 Fight For Your Right

“Severus Snape and the Marauders” Official Screening

In case you haven’t heard, a screening of “Severus Snape and the Marauders,” a Harry Potter fan film, will be at UTOPiA in June 2016.  The official screening of the fan-made short film will be followed by a Q&A with the writer-director, Justin Zagri of Broad Strokes, as well as some of the cast!!

Set in 1978, Severus Snape, James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew and Lily Evans have just graduated from Hogwarts School. As James and his friends known only to each other as The Marauders drink at a bar, Snape enters as well, hoping to find Lily. Knowing their dark future, and the part Snape might play, James decides to do something about his longtime rival once and for all.

Check out the teaser trailer:

Like what you see?  Then make sure you watch the first full length Harry Potter film below!

If you’re not familiar with the Broad Strokes team, their first short film that takes place in the Potterverse, “The Greater Good,” is set almost a hundred years before “The Sorcerers Stone.” It explores the end of a friendship, the beginnings of the dark wizard Grindelwald, and the tragedy that left the Dumbledore family in ruins.

It has been watched over three million times on YouTube. It clocks in at a little over 17 gripping minutes. It’s awesome. Watch it NOW:

Questions?  Use this Q&A form for Justin Zagri. Questions will be answered live on the air first week of January–stay tuned for a link to that! And be sure to connect with Justin on his HP FanFic FB page: https://www.facebook.com/hpuntoldtales

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The screening is currently on the schedule for Thursday, June 24, 2016. Time is still to be determined, and schedule is subject to change.



Ideas with Heart™

In the vein of TED talks, UTOPiA is excited to announce the return of the popular UTOPiA Idea Xchange talks, Ideas with Heart™. This is a time for leaders in the community to share powerful ideas that have the potential to shape the present and future of the publishing industry.

These talks will no doubt be inspirational, educational, and motivational. What they will not be is a rant or negativity toward authors, vendors, or particular paths of publishing. The purpose of the UTOPiAIdea Xchange is to share ideas that can help everyone move forward in this crazy beautiful world.

Today I’m highlighting the first three speakers and the titles of their upcoming talks:

Angeline KaceAngeline Kace: Exercising Your Demons

I went from writing about vampires and demons to wrestling with my own. But I was able to go from feeling lost and defeated to living my best life in less than a year — raising a son who is the light of my life, and helping others conquer years of struggle to feel more confident and healthy.

In my talk, I’ll share how you can banish demons in your own life, and how to attract and harness positive people and epic results within days not years.

Angeline Kace is a lifestyle coach and a fitness rep for Beachbody. Author of the paranormal YA Vampire Born Trilogy and the NA romance Wicked Thing.

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Heather HildenbrandHeather Hildenbrand: The Audacity of Self-Love

We are bombarded by media almost every waking hour in the modern world. And the messages tramsmitted in the name of advertising and pop culture often say we’re too fat, too skinny, too loud, too quiet….too wrong in one way or another. That dysfunction affects our self-esteem and, subsequently, our choices. We choose hobbies and friends and even jobs and futures based on what we are “supposed” to be. And then wonder what went wrong when we discover we aren’t happy.

By breaking free of that cycle, by learning to love ourselves as we are, we change everything. Our choices are different, our attitude, our future–everything shifts. But it starts with loving ourselves. Pampering and especially protecting ourselves from those nasty messages society wants us to believe. This talk will address these issues and how to transform them.

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.) She writes Young Adult & New Adult romance including the bestselling Dirty Blood & Imitation series’, the latter of which was optioned by NBC. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs. Heather is also a publishing and success coach dedicated to teaching fellow writers how to create their own Laptop Lifestyle. For more information visit http://www.fictionauthorcoach.com. You can find out more about Heather and her books at http://www.heatherhildenbrand.com.

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ChelseaChelsea Fine: How to (Legitimately) Root For the Competition

Although competition can be a healthy thing, it can quickly become an obsessive thing, leading to bitterness and frustration.

But when people root–honestly root–for the competition and invest in others’ triumphs, their own success and achievements become that much more enjoyable.

In this talk I’ll share how to root out the weeds in your habits and thinking in order to root for others for increased happiness and success.

TEDxYouth Speaker Chelsea Fine is a women’s activist, and the author of the bestselling NA romance Finding Fate series, as well as the author of the YA Archers of Avalon series. 

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For more information about the Idea Exchange, and to see the full list of speakers, visit UTOPiAcon.



“Love Between the Covers” Authors Documentary Official Screening

Romance is the behemoth of the publishing industry. It outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet no film has ever taken an honest look at the amazing global community that romance writers and readers have built. Until now.

About the Filmmaker, Laurie Kahn:

Director/Producer Laurie Kahn’s first film, A Midwife’s Tale, was based on the 18th century diary of midwife Martha Ballard and Laurel Ulrich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book. It won film festival awards and a national Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction. Her film TUPPERWARE! was broadcast in more than 20 countries, won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for a national Best Nonfiction Director Emmy. Before starting her own production company, Kahn worked on Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, The American Experience, FRONTLINE’S Crisis in Central America, All Things Considered, and Time Out. When she was in her 20s, she taught philosophy, she now teaches film and history when she’s not in the middle of making a film, and she’s a resident scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center.



 

With all the epicness above–have you made plans to attend UTOPIAcon in June?

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Event Pricing thru December 31, 2015:

Here’s the current** price range you’re looking at to attend–prices go up as we get closer to the con:

==> $110 Silver Package

  • 5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon), including welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Admission to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards and After-Party
  • NOT INCLUDED: lunches, apparel, preferred seating at awards, workshops

==> $190 Titanium Package

  •  5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon) with VIP Registration/Badge pick-up, as well as a welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Early seating to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards
  • Lunch Thursday and Friday
  • Souvenir T-shirt
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops

==> $55 One-Day Fan Wristband

  • Admission for one day–you choose the day and purchase the ticket specifically for that day
  • Access to all official events — speakers, panels, exhibitor hall, signing area, other official events
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops, private events, or any other event listed at an additional charge on the ticket page or web site. You must wear your wristband at all times or you will not be allowed into any official area.

==> Want to be an Exhibitor at UTOPiAcon??? Click the link above for prices and info

But act fast, because prices will continue to rise as we get closer to the con date.  REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE until March 31, 2016 (minus processing fee), so act now—I know it’s a few months out, and your circumstances may change, but I highly, highly suggest that you book now.

**prices subject to change—I will post updated prices as they rise.  Have questions about UTOPiA 2016: Five-Year Anniversary Convention & Celebration for Writers & Fans? Contact UtopYA, LLC

Still nervous you might not be able to attend in June? Purchase now to lock in the lowest prices, and rest easy knowing refunds, minus the processing fee, are available until March 31, 2016 (or a full refund within 60 days of purchase, whichever comes first).



Tata for now!  Be sure to visit all of the bloggers this month!

 Week 1: Jo Michaels and Maria Pease
Week 2: Me and Delphina Miyares
Week 3: Toni Lesatz and Ren Reidy
Week 4: Ashley Bodette and Kathryn Grimes





Another giveaway? Why, yes!  I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS!  So… I thought I’d give away some more awesome books and swag!

Win yourself a little something special this holiday season:

GIVEAWAY

Excited?  Of course you are!!  Enter to win these gems, and tell all your friends…

This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from A Book Vacation Reviews. <==Please LIKE our Facebook page so you never miss an epic giveaway again!

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in at least one question on Rafflecopter (the more you complete, the more entries you earn)

-Be okay with the fact that Beauty From Love by Georgia Cates has a “lips” sticker over a misspelled name

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on January 4th. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave a comment!


And don’t forget to enter my other giveaway:

Signed paperbacks of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire plus some awesome swag (ends December 23):

Jamie McGuire Giveaway



And… are you coming to the UTOPIA Writers/Book Con in June?

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Event Pricing thru December 31, 2015:

Here’s the current** price range you’re looking at to attend–prices go up as we get closer to the con:

==> $110 Silver Package

  • 5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon), including welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Admission to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards and After-Party
  • NOT INCLUDED: lunches, apparel, preferred seating at awards, workshops

==> $190 Titanium Package

  •  5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon) with VIP Registration/Badge pick-up, as well as a welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Early seating to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards
  • Lunch Thursday and Friday
  • Souvenir T-shirt
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops

==> $55 One-Day Fan Wristband

  • Admission for one day–you choose the day and purchase the ticket specifically for that day
  • Access to all official events — speakers, panels, exhibitor hall, signing area, other official events
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops, private events, or any other event listed at an additional charge on the ticket page or web site. You must wear your wristband at all times or you will not be allowed into any official area.

==> Want to be an Exhibitor at UTOPiAcon??? Click the link above for prices and info

But act fast, because prices will continue to rise as we get closer to the con date.  REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE until March 31, 2016 (minus processing fee), so act now—I know it’s a few months out, and your circumstances may change, but I highly, highly suggest that you book now.

**prices subject to change—I will post updated prices as they rise.  Have questions about UTOPiA 2016: Five-Year Anniversary Convention & Celebration for Writers & Fans? Contact UtopYA, LLC

Still nervous you might not be able to attend in June? Purchase now to lock in the lowest prices, and rest easy knowing refunds, minus the processing fee, are available until March 31, 2016 (or a full refund within 60 days of purchase, whichever comes first).




And there’s more!! If you haven’t been following the awesome that IS #Utopia2016 over on Facebook this week, there’s still a bit of time to get in on the fun!!  Head on over to the UTOPiAcon 2016 Event Page and check out the awesome book giveaways they’ve got running–just in time for Christmas!!

Here’s some that END Monday, November 30:

#1—EBOOK of FROST from Kelly Martin:

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#2—$10 AMAZON OR PAYPAL GIFT CARD from Susan Burdorf:

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 #3—SIGNED PAPERBACK OF TUR and an EBOOK SET of THE ELSKER SAGA from S.T. Bende

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 #4—10 DIGITAL ARCS of RYLEN (Tangled Web Series #1) from Morgan Wylie

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If you haven’t been following the awesome that IS #Utopia2016 over on Facebook, now’s the time to do so!!  Head on over to the UTOPiAcon 2016 Event Page and check out the awesome book giveaways they’ve got running–just in time for Christmas!!

Here’s some that END TOMORROW, November 29:

#1—TWO PAPERBACKS by Erin Hayes:

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#2—THREE EBOOKS from Chris Cannon:

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#3—SIGNED SET of PAPERBACKS from Morgan Wylie:

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#4—THREE AMAZON EBOOKS from Nichole Greene:

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#5—YA MYSTERY BOX FROM Christina Benjamin:

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Win yourself a little something special this holiday season!  I have a signed set of Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster up for grabs, plus some awesome signed swag… excited?  Of course you are!!  Enter to win  these gems, and tell all your friends…

Jamie McGuire Giveaway

 This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway from A Book Vacation Reviews.

To enter you must:

-Be 18 years or older (or have parent/guardian permission)

-Fill in at least one question on Rafflecopter (the more you complete, the more entries you earn)

This contest is open internationally and will end at 12:01am EST on December 23rd. The winner will receive email notification! Please read my giveaway policy and leave me a comment!



Be sure to enter my other epic giveaway:

Win Signed Paperbacks of: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer, Beauty from Love by Georgia Cates, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and Letting Go by Maya Banks, PLUS a signed UtopYA Tshirt from the 2014 Con! (Ends January 4)

GIVEAWAY



And… are you coming to the UTOPIA Writers/Book Con in June?

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Event Pricing thru December 31, 2015:

Here’s the current** price range you’re looking at to attend–prices go up as we get closer to the con:

==> $110 Silver Package

  • 5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon), including welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Admission to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards and After-Party
  • NOT INCLUDED: lunches, apparel, preferred seating at awards, workshops

==> $190 Titanium Package

  •  5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon) with VIP Registration/Badge pick-up, as well as a welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Early seating to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards
  • Lunch Thursday and Friday
  • Souvenir T-shirt
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops

==> $55 One-Day Fan Wristband

  • Admission for one day–you choose the day and purchase the ticket specifically for that day
  • Access to all official events — speakers, panels, exhibitor hall, signing area, other official events
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops, private events, or any other event listed at an additional charge on the ticket page or web site. You must wear your wristband at all times or you will not be allowed into any official area.

==> Want to be an Exhibitor at UTOPiAcon??? Click the link above for prices and info

But act fast, because prices will continue to rise as we get closer to the con date.  REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE until March 31, 2016 (minus processing fee), so act now—I know it’s a few months out, and your circumstances may change, but I highly, highly suggest that you book now.

**prices subject to change—I will post updated prices as they rise.  Have questions about UTOPiA 2016: Five-Year Anniversary Convention & Celebration for Writers & Fans? Contact UtopYA, LLC

Still nervous you might not be able to attend in June? Purchase now to lock in the lowest prices, and rest easy knowing refunds, minus the processing fee, are available until March 31, 2016 (or a full refund within 60 days of purchase, whichever comes first).




It’s the weekend!  I’m looking forward to finally relaxing a bit after the craziness that has been my life.  And guess what?  It’s almost Thanksgiving!  And UTOPiAcon is getting set to give you a week-long party to celebrate!!!

Utopia 2016 Fight For Your Right

Thanksgiving week, Janet Wallace and the official bloggers will be running an awesome Utopia Facebook party, giving away awesome goodies like tickets, books, signing space, table space, and more!!!  Make sure you’re a part of the event by joining on Facebook HERE!

And, if you’re in the mood to donate any goodies for this Thanksgiving party, click HERE!

I’m heading to NCTE this coming week in Minneapolis, and if all goes as planned, I’ll have a SIGNED COPY of The Giver, by Lois Lowry, that I’m donating to the Facebook party to give away.  Don’t miss it!!



And of course, it’s November, so that means a new UtopiaCon Tee exclusive is for sale!!

Check out this beauty below–I scooped up the grey hoodie the moment I saw it!

Can’t wait to wear it around this winter!

November tees

This months design is just epic, and it comes not only in hoodie form for the holidays, but also as a racerback tank top, short sleeve tee, short sleeve v-neck tee, unisex fitted tee, and female fitted tee.  So many choices!!! Most come in white or grey, but a few come in black as well.  Happy shopping!

The idea behind the design stems from “Whit & Ware and Indie-Visible, [who] have teamed up to create a series of eleven limited edition T-shirts (one per month) honoring the amazing Janet Wallace, and her incredible gift to us all….the place we all call home once a year – Utopia!” But after November 20, this particular design will disappear forever, so act fast!!



Are you coming to UTOPIA in June?

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Event Pricing thru December 31, 2015:

Here’s the current** price range you’re looking at to attend–prices go up as we get closer to the con:

==> $110 Silver Package

  • 5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon), including welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Admission to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards and After-Party
  • NOT INCLUDED: lunches, apparel, preferred seating at awards, workshops

==> $190 Titanium Package

  •  5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon) with VIP Registration/Badge pick-up, as well as a welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Early seating to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards
  • Lunch Thursday and Friday
  • Souvenir T-shirt
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops

==> $55 One-Day Fan Wristband

  • Admission for one day–you choose the day and purchase the ticket specifically for that day
  • Access to all official events — speakers, panels, exhibitor hall, signing area, other official events
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops, private events, or any other event listed at an additional charge on the ticket page or web site. You must wear your wristband at all times or you will not be allowed into any official area.

==> Want to be an Exhibitor at UTOPiAcon??? Click the link above for prices and info

But act fast, because prices will continue to rise as we get closer to the con date.  REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE until March 31, 2016 (minus processing fee), so act now—I know it’s a few months out, and your circumstances may change, but I highly, highly suggest that you book now.

**prices subject to change—I will post updated prices as they rise.  Have questions about UTOPiA 2016: Five-Year Anniversary Convention & Celebration for Writers & Fans? Contact UtopYA, LLC

Still nervous you might not be able to attend in June? Purchase now to lock in the lowest prices, and rest easy knowing refunds, minus the processing fee, are available until March 31, 2016 (or a full refund within 60 days of purchase, whichever comes first).



Well, that’s all for this month’s Utopia Post.  Be sure to check out the other official blogger’s posts!  Ta ta for now!

Visit all the bloggers this month!
Week 1: Jo Michaels and Maria Pease
Week 2: Me and Delphina Miyares
Week 3: Toni Lesatz and Ren Reidy
Week 4: Ashley Bodette and Kathryn Grimes

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Utopia 2016 Fight For Your RightI can’t help but look at the changing of the leaves and wonder where the time has gone; it’s nearly November! 

And that means that Utopia is getting closer!  In fact, Founder Janet Wallace just released the next keynote speaker info…

Are you ready for this?

Alex_Flinn_collageALEX FLYNN!!!

Author of Beastly, Breathing Underwater, and many, many more awesome novels!!  Check out the official announcement HERE!

I am beyond excited–I’ve been reading Flynn’s novels since 2010, before I began blogging, and I can’t wait to meet her!!!

Make sue YOU have a chance to meet her in Nashville too; grab your tickets now!! Trust me when I say it’s worth every penny.

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Event Pricing thru December 31, 2015:

Here’s the current** price range you’re looking at to attend–prices go up as we get closer to the con:

==> $110 Silver Package

  • 5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon), including welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Admission to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards and After-Party
  • NOT INCLUDED: lunches, apparel, preferred seating at awards, workshops

==> $190 Titanium Package

  •  5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon) with VIP Registration/Badge pick-up, as well as a welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Early seating to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards
  • Lunch Thursday and Friday
  • Souvenir T-shirt
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops

==> $55 One-Day Fan Wristband

  • Admission for one day–you choose the day and purchase the ticket specifically for that day
  • Access to all official events — speakers, panels, exhibitor hall, signing area, other official events
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops, private events, or any other event listed at an additional charge on the ticket page or web site. You must wear your wristband at all times or you will not be allowed into any official area.

==> Want to be an Exhibitor at UTOPiAcon??? Click the link above for prices and info

But act fast, because prices will continue to rise as we get closer to the con date.  REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE until March 31, 2016 (minus processing fee), so act now—I know it’s a few months out, and your circumstances may change, but I highly, highly suggest that you book now.

**prices subject to change—I will post updated prices as they rise.  Have questions about UTOPiA 2016: Five-Year Anniversary Convention & Celebration for Writers & Fans? Contact UtopYA, LLC

Still nervous you might not be able to attend in June? Purchase now to lock in the lowest prices, and rest easy knowing refunds, minus the processing fee, are available until March 31, 2016 (or a full refund within 60 days of purchase, whichever comes first).



And guess what else?

The third limited edition tee for Utopia is available until November 4!  And once again, I am in love with this new design!

The idea behind the tee stems from “Whit & Ware and Indie-Visible, [who] have teamed up to create a series of eleven limited edition T-shirts (one per month) honoring the amazing Janet Wallace, and her incredible gift to us all….the place we all call home once a year – Utopia!” But after November 4, this particular design will disappear forever, so act fast!!

Capture

The next design will arrive sometime in November, and in case you were wondering, the “goal with these Limited Edition shirts is to raise funds so that we can provide UtopiaCon with killer branding all over the hotel such as standing banners with panel schedules outside every conference room, welcome banners at the hotel entrance, etc. We’re also handling the signing posters, some fun stuff for the writing cave, and some extra awesome swag for attendees. Any money that is left over will go to Janet Wallace, which she can use as she sees fit to make the 2016 the best year yet! We know how hard Janet works to give our crazy tribe an inspiring home every June, and we wanted to take some of the weight off her shoulders by taking care of all these details so she can focus on the big picture!”

For more information, or to buy this amazing shirt and help support Utopia, click HERE!



And last but not least, as one of the official bloggers, we thought it would be great if we shared a little information about ourselves this month so you can get to know us better.

Q: What you do for work outside of blogging?

A: I teach high school English.

Q: What’s the one thing you feel you’ve gained by blogging?

A: Friendships with likeminded readers and authors across the globe. I had no idea that blogging book reviews was such a wide practice until I got into it, and it has been amazing.

Q: How did you find Utopia?

A: Tiffany King. She invited me to my first Utopia convention in 2013 and it was an absolutely amazing experience.

Q: What did you learn or gain at Utopia that you don’t feel you would’ve gotten anywhere else?

A: This was the first time I really understood that my opinion matters. It was also the first time I actually got to meet the authors and readers I had become friends with through blogging. Getting to meet my idols in person, and connecting with new authors, bloggers, and readers was so much fun—like a 3 day slumber party.

Q: How do you feel you contribute to the writer world at large?

A: Over the past year, I’ve begun betaing for both indie and traditionally pubbed authors. Being able to give feedback and contribute to the story makes me feel like a million bucks.

Q:What’s your ultimate blogging goal?

A:To share my love of reading with the world.

Make sure you check out all the official blogger’s posts concerning UTOPiA and more invited guests, and subscribe to their blogs as well:

Week 1: Jo Michaels Blog and The Paisley Reader

Week 2: A Book Vacation (ME) and Delphina Reads Too Much

Week 3: My Book Addiction and A Little Bit of R&R

Week 4: Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous and Tsk Tsk What to Read (AND A GIVEAWAY!!)

Every Two Weeks: Lulo FanGirl

And, make sure to check out all the other ways you can keep up with news about the goings on at UTOPiAcon for 2016.

Utopia blog | UTOPiAcon BUZZ Flipboard | A Daily Cup of Jo Radio Show | We Are Going to Utopia! Unofficial Facebook Group | UTOPiAcon Official Facebook Page | @utopia_con on Twitter

Come join us and FIGHT FOR YOUR WRITE!

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unnamedIt’s no secret that I love me some Tiffany King, and her latest novel, A Shattered Heart, just release today!  This second novel in The Fractured Lives series is sure to please just as much as A Shattered Moment did!!  Scoop it up, stat!

From Goodreads: A Shattered Heart is the story of Kathleen “Kat” Darby who discovers that although you can run away, you can never escape the ghosts from your past.

Physically, Kat Darby walked away relatively unscathed from the tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation. Emotionally, her scars run much deeper from the loss of two of her best friends and her longtime boyfriend, Dan. Unable to face the constant reminders of the person she thought she would love forever, Kat leaves for twelve months to study art in France before returning home to start her life again.

Life in Florida proves more difficult than Kat anticipated with remnants of the accident still lingering. The only solace she can find is in her love for art until she runs into Brian, the younger brother of her deceased former boyfriend. Finding they can lean on each other, Kat and Brian find comfort in their emotional common bond. When an unexpected romance develops, Kat must decide if she is willing to face the ghosts from her past in order to love again.

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Tiffany King new profile pictureAbout Tiffany King

USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

For information on any of Author Tiffany’s titles, visit her blog at www.authortiffanyjking.blogspot.com

Where to connect with Author Tiffany

Twitter@AuthorTiffany

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Email– authortiffany@yahoo.com

“Dreams do come true…Dream big.”



 Good evening, good evening!! This marks my first post as one of the eight official UTOPiA bloggers for the 2016 conference, and I am so excited! Today, I’m bringing you information about five of the many invited guests for UTOPiA, and trust me, you’ll certainly want to meet them all at the con in 2016, so get your tickets NOW! Utopia 2016 Fight For Your Right

whitney-barbettiWhitney Barbetti, author:

I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos – especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Dr. Pepper. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California, up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven New Adult novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.

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Ten Below ZeroRecommended read: Ten Below Zero

From Goodreads:

“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you’re ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he’s dying.

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Amy bAmy A. Bartol, author:

I am a graduate of Hillsdale College and live in Michigan with my husband and our two sons.  My family is very supportive of my writing. They often bring me the take-out menus so that I can call and order them dinner.  They listen patiently when I talk about my characters like they’re real.  They rarely roll their eyes when I tell them I’ll only be a second while I finish writing a chapter…and then they take off their coats.

They ask me how the story is going when I surface after living for hours in a world of my own making.  They have learned to accept my “writing uniform” consisting of a slightly unflattering pink fleece jacket, t-shirt, and black yoga pants.  And they smile at my nerdy bookishness whenever I try to explain urban fantasy to them.

In short, they get me, so they are perfect and I am blessed.

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Under Different StarsRecommended read: Under Different Stars

From Goodreads:

Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor.

Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket’s gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

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Tammy BTammy Blackwell, librarian and author:

• Has a deep, passionate love for bullet-pointed and numerated lists. Born September 14th, twenty-nine years ago in Small Town, Kentucky. (What? You’re reading this in 2025? Yeah, it was still twenty-nine years ago. Just go with it.)

• Attended the most basketball-crazy high school in the most basketball-crazy state in America. Despite being 5’8” and playing on the school team every year from second to eighth grade, Miss Tammy sucks at basketball and, for the most part, despises the game.

• Graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications. Don’t worry. She doesn’t know what that means either.

• Has a day job at a library. Yes, you should be jealous.

• Is raising the world’s most awesome kid along with her mother and sister. It’s kind of like a sitcom except for… Wait. No. It’s actually exactly like a sitcom

• Once accidentally waved at a Backstreet Boy.

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Destiny BindsRecommended read: Destiny Binds

From Goodreads:

Scout Donovan is a girl who believes in:

rules

logic

and her lifelong love of Charlie Hagan.

Alex Cole believes in destiny, magic, and Scout.

When Alex introduces Scout to the world of Shifters, men who change into wolves or coyotes during the full moon and Seers, women who can see your most private thoughts and emotions with a mere touch, the knowledge changes everything and everyone Scout thought she knew.

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MartinaMartina Boone, author:

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She’s the author of SIBA Book Award nominated Compulsion, book one in the romantic Southern Gothic trilogy, the Heirs of Watson Island, which was a Fall ’14 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Bookstores Alliance, a Kansas State Reading Circle selection, Goodreads Best Book of the Month and YA Best Book of the Month, and an RT Magazine Best of 2014 Editor’s Pick. The second book in the trilogy, Persuasion, will be published in October 2015.

She’s also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to the discovery and celebration of young adult literature and encouraging literacy through YA series.

From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and a lopsided cat, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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CompulsionRecommended read: Compulsion

From Goodreads:

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets.

What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

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Erin BErin Butler, librarian and author:

Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she loves to read. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially fangirls over a sigh-worthy romance.

She lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. Preferring to spend her time indoors reading or writing, she’ll only willingly go outside for chocolate and sunshine—in that order.

Erin is the author of BLOOD HEX, a YA paranormal novel, and the forthcoming contemporary romance titles, HOW WE LIVED and FINDING MR. DARCY: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION​

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How We LivedRecommended read: How We Lived

From Goodreads:

Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Larkin’s parents uninvited her to her brother’s funeral.

She just wanted to wear jeans and a T-shirt—the clothes Kyle would’ve wanted her in—not wrap herself up in death. So she watched the funeral from afar, like an outsider.

Which is just how she feels.

Chase came, though, just like she knew he would.

Until a few months ago, the three of them had been best friends, and then Chase made a mistake that shattered both families. But when Kelsey looks at him, she doesn’t see her brother’s killer.

She sees the boy next door who’s always taken care of her. She sees home.

When Chase tells her his feelings run deeper than friendship, she can’t help but get lost in him. In Chase, she finally has the closure she’s been unable to find anywhere else. But the boy she’s falling in love with is still hiding secrets about the night Kyle died. Secrets that could destroy everything they have…again.

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Aren’t they just fabulous?! Trust me, you want to go to this con! So get your tickets!  Tickets, you might ask?  Why yes… here’s the breakdown for this awesome con:

Event Pricing thru September 30, 2015:

Here’s the current** price range you’re looking at to attend–prices go up as we get closer to the con:

==> $95 Silver Package

  • 5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon), including welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Admission to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards and After-Party
  • NOT INCLUDED: lunches, apparel, preferred seating at awards, workshops

==> $175 Titanium Package

  •  5-day pass to the UTOPiA convention (UTOPiAcon) with VIP Registration/Badge pick-up, as well as a welcome bag, keynote speeches, panels, exhibitor hall, karaoke, pre-awards happy hour
  • Admission to the Public Signing Event
  • Early seating to the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards
  • Lunch Thursday and Friday
  • Souvenir T-shirt
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops

==> $50 One-Day Fan Wristband

  • Admission for one day–you choose the day and purchase the ticket specifically for that day
  • Access to all official events — speakers, panels, exhibitor hall, signing area, other official events
  • NOT INCLUDED: Workshops, private events, or any other event listed at an additional charge on the ticket page or web site. You must wear your wristband at all times or you will not be allowed into any official area.

==> Want to be an Exhibitor at UTOPiAcon??? Click the link below for prices and info:

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

But act fast, because prices will continue to rise as we get closer to the con date.  REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE until March 31, 2016 (minus processing fee), so act now—I know it’s a few months out, and your circumstances may change, but I highly, highly suggest that you book now.

**prices subject to change—I will post updated prices as they rise.  Have questions about UTOPiA 2016: Five-Year Anniversary Convention & Celebration for Writers & Fans? Contact UtopYA, LLC

Still nervous you might not be able to attend in June? Purchase now to lock in the lowest prices, and rest easy knowing refunds, minus the processing fee, are available until March 31, 2016 (or a full refund within 60 days of purchase, whichever comes first).



And make sure you check out the other official blogger’s posts concerning UTOPiA and more invited guests, and subscribe to their blogs as well:

Week 1: Jo Michaels Blog and The Paisley Reader

Week 2: A Book Vacation (Me) and Delphia Reads Too Much

Week 3: My Book Addiction and A Little Bit of R&R (EXHIBITOR GIVEAWAY POST)

Week 4: Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous and Tsk Tsk What to Read

Every Two Weeks: Lulo FanGirl

And, make sure to check out all the other ways you can keep up with news about the goings on at UTOPiAcon for 2016.

Utopia blog | UTOPiAcon BUZZ Flipboard | A Daily Cup of Jo Radio Show | We Are Going to Utopia! Unofficial Facebook Group | UTOPiAcon Official Facebook Page | @utopia_con on Twitter

Come join us and FIGHT FOR YOUR WRITE!

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The second limited edition tee for Utopia has released!!  And once again, I am in love with this new design!

The idea behind the tee stems from “Whit & Ware and Indie-Visible, [who] have teamed up to create a series of eleven limited edition T-shirts (one per month) honoring the amazing Janet Wallace, and her incredible gift to us all….the place we all call home once a year – Utopia!” But after August 22, this particular design will disappear forever, so act fast!!

August Shirts

This month, there are even more buying options, from unisex tshirts to tanks, which is so cool!  For more info on them, check out the video at the bottom of this post–I’ll continue posting each new shirt design as it comes along–and I just know they’re going to be amazing!  I can’t wait to collect them all!

The next design will arrive September 1, and in case you were wondering, the “goal with these Limited Edition shirts is to raise funds so that we can provide UtopiaCon with killer branding all over the hotel such as standing banners with panel schedules outside every conference room, welcome banners at the hotel entrance, etc. We’re also handling the signing posters, some fun stuff for the writing cave, and some extra awesome swag for attendees. Any money that is left over will go to Janet Wallace, which she can use as she sees fit to make the 2016 the best year yet! We know how hard Janet works to give our crazy tribe an inspiring home every June, and we wanted to take some of the weight off her shoulders by taking care of all these details so she can focus on the big picture!”

For more information, or to buy this amazing shirt and help support Utopia, click HERE!

And make sure you scoop up your Utopia tickets now while they’re on SALE! This 5 year anniversary con is gonna blow your mind!



Have you seen this amazing, limited edition tee?  I am so in love with this design!

The idea behind the tee stems from “Whit & Ware and Indie-Visible, [who] have teamed up to create a series of eleven limited edition T-shirts (one per month) honoring the amazing Janet Wallace, and her incredible gift to us all….the place we all call home once a year – Utopia!” But after July 22, this particular design will disappear forever, so act fast!!

Revolution Shirt

I’ll be posting each new design as it comes along–and if they’re anything like this months exclusive tee, then I just know they’re going to be amazing!  I can’t wait to collect them all!

The next design will arrive August 1, and in case you were wondering, the “goal with these Limited Edition shirts is to raise funds so that we can provide UtopiaCon with killer branding all over the hotel such as standing banners with panel schedules outside every conference room, welcome banners at the hotel entrance, etc. We’re also handling the signing posters, some fun stuff for the writing cave, and some extra awesome swag for attendees. Any money that is left over will go to Janet Wallace, which she can use as she sees fit to make the 2016 the best year yet! We know how hard Janet works to give our crazy tribe an inspiring home every June, and we wanted to take some of the weight off her shoulders by taking care of all these details so she can focus on the big picture!”

For more information, or to buy this amazing shirt and help support Utopia, click HERE!

And make sure you scoop up your Utopia tickets now while they’re on SALE! This 5 year anniversary con is gonna blow your mind!



The Reflective CauseFrom Goodreads: Could you find your soul mate in thirteen worlds… would you survive long enough to claim them?

Beth Jasper, a rare female warrior Reflective, has been momentarily freed from the brutality of Sector One, only to discover her home world of Papilio has been reshaped into chaos by Reflective Ryan. A flesh trade has ruined the female Reflectives who were unprotected while their male counterparts were held on One under Slaver Dimitri.

Her soulmate has been revealed, yet another fills her mind. Beth cannot forget Slade, the prince of the bloodlings. Their tie is undeniable. Can Beth forsake The Cause and her home planet’s ruination to forge answers to the questions raised during her brief stay on One?

Will the dissenting Reflectives find a way to exterminate the one threat to their plans of absolute control over the thirteen sectors? Can Beth, along with Jeb Merrick, save their world and uphold The Cause. Or will ancient blood ties rule Beth’s destiny.

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This amazing sequel to The Reflective, by Tamara Rose Blodgett, is indeed just as spell-binding as the first novel in the series.

I love the continuing characterization throughout this novel; Beth is a strong character, as is Maddie, and I loved watching them further come into themselves as the story progressed. Though our beloved female lead, Beth, is pulled in two directions as she wars with her feelings concerning Merrick and Slade, creating an almost triangular effect, Blodgett puts her own personal spin on it, making this relationship trope fresh and exciting as she shows that not all is fair in love and war. Filled with many trials and tribulations bordering on betrayal, the extent of deception others go to procure what is deemed theirs has no bounds. I thoroughly enjoyed the tug of war on Beth’s heartstrings throughout the novel, though I already know where my true allegiance lies.

The vast world building Blodgett has created is absolutely mind-blowing, and as the characters jump from one world to the next, it never ceases to amaze me just how realistic and complete each world is in its own right. Of course, fraught with males with abusive tendencies on what seems to be every world Beth and her companions encounter, the reader is once again left on the pinnacles of a harrowing cliffhanger; The Reflective Cause will leave readers’ with their hearts in their throats at the conclusion, dying for more, as is Blodgett’s way. I cannot wait for more. Five stars.

5 starsI received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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PC070040About Tamara Rose Blodgett:
 
Tamara Rose Blodgett is the author of over fifty titles, including her NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling novel, A Terrible Love, and the international bestselling TOKEN serial, written under the pen name Marata Eros. Tamara writes a variety of dark fiction in the genres of erotica, fantasy, romance, sci-fi and suspense. She lives in South Dakota with her family and enjoys interacting with her readers.
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Werewolves of ShadeFrom Goodreads:

When the entire population of Shade go missing, investigative reporter Mila Watson knows this could be the big break she has been waiting for. Setting off into the mountains to the village of Shade, Mila soon learns that the village isn’t as deserted as she first believed it to be and that creatures lurk in the shades…

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WoS OneIt’s no secret that I LOVE Tim O’Rourke’s writing. Every single piece, be it novel or novella (and there are a ton–over 50 currently, I believe), has captured my attention from the very first page, and I’ve been drawn into the seamless, heart-pounding stories where the characters and landscape come alive before my very eyes.  And so is the case with O’Rourke’s latest serial, Werewolves of Shade, a 6 part story that is absolutely mind blowing.

Part 1:

Opening in the creepy, dismal town of Maze, we meet Mila, a young woman hell bent on finding out what happened to her parents when they disappeared so long ago, traveling to Shade, a town where everyone seems to have vanished.

Her uncle has been less than forthcoming, and as the first installment takes off, readers learn that a war between Werewolves and Vampires once plagued the lands, but since the ONE came, they have all disappeared.  But, have they?

The first novella, approximately 70 pages give or take, chronicles Mila’s abhorrence as the truth about her parents emerges, and I loved her characterization.  She is definitely the heroine of the story, but knowing O’Rourke, some terrible events are bound to take place for this young adventurer.  While her lover, Flint, seems to be another main character in this series, I am interested to see how their relationship pans out in the next few installments.  I like him, but I’m not sold on him yet.

And of course, there are O’Rourke’s sprinkle of creepy moments when the possibility of tragedy, horror, and death take the forefront.  I love how he keeps me on my toes, nervous for the characters, but always dying to know what happens next.

Five Stars for Part 1

5 starsGrab part 1 now for just 99 cents: Amazon


WoS TwoPart 2:

I made the mistake of starting the second installment in the Werewolves of Shade Serial late at night. I know better, I really do; I’ve read nearly all of O’Rourke’s work, and I know that the suspense and horror he places in his books means I should never, ever, pick these up at night–I have a rather active dreamscape fraught with nightmares–but I just couldn’t help myself. The first installment ends on an enticing cliffhanger, and I just HAD TO KNOW what happens next. So I started the second portion immediately, and I was not disappointed.

Mila has made it to her destination, the town of Shade, but something lurks in the darkness, and the few people she finds in the town are… less than forthcoming. I can’t decide who I like more: the sweet and sexy Rush or the frustrating and sardonic Calix. For those who’ve read O’Rourke’s Kiera Hudson series (and if you haven’t, please do!), I’d almost liken Calix to a younger version of Potter, and I just love Potter… so I’m torn between the characters.  But neither seem to be very truthful, and their sudden appearance, almost out of thin air, has me suspecting that they aren’t all that they seem… making me wonder just who they truly are, and whether they’re for or against Mila.

And, I am about to pick up the third installment right now, because once again there is a lovely cliffhanger, and I am dying to know what happens next. Especially as some events in this novel, such as a lack of blood where there should be blood, and that penetrating glare from what seems to be distant eyes–but are they?–has me on pins and needles.

Five Stars for Part 2

5 starsGrab part 2 now for just 99 cents: Amazon


WoS ThreePart 3:

The story just keeps getting better and better as the plot thickens.  Every time I think that I know what’s happening, or who these characters really are, O’Rourke throws another wrench into the story, and I find myself derailed yet again.  Truthfully, this is part of the allure of O’Rourke’s books for me–I love that he always keeps me guessing.

As I previously mentioned in my review of Part 2 of this series, Calix is indeed very much like Potter from the Kiera Hudson Series.  The similarities continue to abound, and I find myself falling in love with his cocky mannerisms, especially when it comes to Mila and his interactions. Do I trust him? Not as far as I can throw him, but as I get to know him, I’m really enjoying the banter and his overall self-importance.

Of course, the already eerie series is beginning to take on a more gruesome feel as there is a death of a minor character, yet it’s jarring all the same, especially when the reader gets to the cliffhanger and realizes that not everything, or every DEATH, it what it seems…  I had chills as I read the final paragraph, and I am so excited to start part four right now.  This is just too good to put down.

Five Stars for Part 3

5 starsGrab part 3 now for just 99 cents: Amazon


WoS FourPart 4:

I’ve been reading each part of this series faster and faster through all the plot twists and turns, and I just can’t get enough.  The people of Shade are strange yet alluring, and while Mila seems to be second guessing herself and making some terrible decisions, I just can’t look away, even though I’m finding myself constantly yelling at her through the pages.  I’ve said, “don’t do that!” at least five times in this installment alone, and I can only imagine it’s going to continue and O’Rourke works up to the climax of the series.

O’Rourke always hits the ground running and completely takes me by surprise; in each of the installments so far, he’s left readers with a cliffhanger that has made me, personally, dying to read the next installment, and I love how he’s able to create suspense and terror in each one of these short novellas.  At approximately 70 pages, one would think that the story would grow stale, but such is not the case with the Werewolves of Shade series. I’ve been on pins and needles as Mila uncovers eerie truth after eerie truth, and while it doesn’t all make sense yet, I know it eventually will… though I’m seriously beginning to wonder if any of what Mila’s uncovered is real, or if she’s just imagining it all, like Calix and Rush keep asserting.

I feel I have a good handle on who, or what, the people of Shade are, but there are so many different directions this series is going that I’m just not sure anymore. On to part 5.

Five Stars for Part 4

5 starsGrab part 4 now for just 99 cents: Amazon


WoS FivePart 5:

Things are starting to get really out of hand in the town of Shade–who to trust and what’s real versus what’s fantasy have me, and Mila, scratching our heads as this roller coaster of a story unfolds.  But I’m loving it.  What I thought I knew has been thwarted by a few intense events that have happened in this specific installment, and I have to admit that at one point I was so confused that I was afraid to continue… but I know O’Rourke will bring it together for me in the end, because he always does, and when I look back at all the crazy that happened in this installment after I finish the 6th and final portion of this amazing serial, I just know it’s going to come together like a perfect puzzle.

Who are the people of Shade?  Where did they come from?  What’s with the strange writing in the textbooks and on Calix’s body? Who was this Julia they speak of, and why is there a werewolf stalking Mila–is there a werewolf stalking Mila? Why aren’t the dead in the grave? What of Magic? These are just some of the questions that have arisen for me while I’m reading, and though I know O’Rourke will eventually answer them all for me, the wait is killing me!  But the ride makes it so much fun.

I love the characters, the bit of sassy romance, the strange, sensual dreams, and trying to decipher fact versus fiction in order to understand the strangeness of the townsfolk in Shade… it’s just amazing. Part 6 is going to floor me, I just know it.

Five Stars for Part 5

5 starsGrab part 5 now for just 99 cents: Amazon


WoS SixPart 6:

This final installment of the Werewolves of Shade completes the Beautiful Immortals Series One, but it’s not technically the end of the story. It does answer many questions, but also leave readers with a jarring cliffhanger, one that they might have figured out through context clues given in parts 1-6 (I didn’t, though), but I guarantee there are still questions. And since there’s so much more of the story to tell, O’Rourke has thankfully begun work on the next series, Beautiful Immortals Series Two, which is aptly titled Vampires of Maze, again written in serial parts just like Werewolves of Shade. Part one is slated to release on September 8, 2015.

And I can’t wait!

O’Rourke’s Werewolves of Shade has been an amazing ride, and while I did figure out a few of the plot twists, O’Rourke kept them coming, and the revelation at the end nicely tied together a ton of my questions that arose in parts 4 and 5, but as I already said, there is so much more to tell; so much more I need to know.

Overall, the characters in this series are very well written.  While some are more of a static character, like Rush, Mila has definitely flourished.  She’s been at war within herself over the duration of the serial, and she’s really matured and come into herself.  She extremely real, as is Calix, and I’m excited to note that one of the characters from Part 1, Flint, makes another appearance in this portion, which ties together a few loose ties concerning romance while also throwing some wrenches into the entire story.  Full of suspense, horror, mystery, and intrigue, this is a series that you simply must read; fall in love with Mila, Rush, Calix, and Flint.  Come on, September 8!  I need more!

Five Stars for Part 6

5 starsGrab part 6 now for just 99 cents: Amazon




Sorry for the delay on these features, my dears.  Life got in the way of the blog of a while there, but things have calmed down and I hope to get back to these features each week now!

Every weekend, I try to run a feature for the 99 Cent Club, and below are the ebook picks for this week that caught my eye and are currently ONLY 99 Cents on Amazon, with many on Barnes and Noble as well. I don’t know if these are permanent prices, so please don’t shoot the messenger, and double check pricing before pressing the buy button. Enjoy! (If you could help give these authors some love by spreading the word, that would be epic.)

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Werewolves of ShadeWerewolves of Shade by Tim O’Rourke

From Tim O’Rourke #1 bestselling author of ‘The Kiera Hudson Series’ comes ‘Werewolves of Shade’ a werewolf romance with a twist.

When the entire population of Shade go missing, investigative reporter Mila Watson knows this could be the big break she has been waiting for. Setting off into the mountains to the village of Shade, Mila soon learns that the village isn’t as deserted as she first believed it to be and that creatures lurk in the shades…

Note: This ends in a cliff-hanger. Part Two is now available!

For readers 16+

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

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DrugDrug by Lynda O’Rourke

Out of work and out of luck, 19 year-old Kassidy Bell finds herself in desperate need of money.

Coming across a mysterious advert in her local newspaper offering a reward, Kassidy believes she’s found the answer to her prayers.

But Kassidy soon realises that if something is too good to be true then it usually isn’t what it first appears to be. Finding herself in a desperate situation, Kassidy realises that she must run if she is to escape the new horrors she has discovered however great the reward might be.

‘Drug’ a new paranormal thriller from debut author Lynda O’Rourke

‘Dwell’ Book Two now available!

Find it on Amazon

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The Dimention ThievesThe Dimension Thieves by Misty Provencher

EPISODE 1 in The Dimension Series

The Dimension Series is a series of serial shorts, releasing once a month from January to December 2015. It is a clean, New Adult series also suitable for some Young Adult readers, due to mild language, mild violence. However, readers who do not enjoy exciting cliffhangers, or look forward to the mouth-watering anticipation of month-to-month episodes should be warned…if you lay eyes on this story…THERE IS NO GOING BACK.

Antythera is the new Earth.
Why?
Because that’s what President Baro, ruler of the planet, wants to call it.
And if you don’t agree, the President will have you Droned.

The world has become a much smaller place since the lower and middle classes have been converted to mindless servants.  Free will, granted only to the elite, is in jeopardy of complete extinction.  

But Force Steele, son to one of the President’s highest ranking advisors, can’t live under the thumb of his controlling father, or the President, any longer. Force has dedicated himself to eradicating Droning, but when the President orders the Antidote Gear destroyed—the part of the machine that could free the drones by reversing the program that controls them—all is lost. Lacking necessary materials, there is literally no way in Force’s world to replace the one-of-a-kind gear.

Force’s only choice is to partner with shifty mechanic, Calerbius Brown, and embark on a risky mission that will take Force and his rag-tag crew across the lateral dimensions, where they must often steal materials—even from themselves—in order to fix their own dwindling world.

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

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Enchanted HeartEnchanted Heart by Mindy Ruiz

Cassandra Vera never ever broke the rules.

Ever!

She’s also had a nonexistent social life since her best friend moved to Vegas. Armed with a new set of resolutions, the promise of a hot date, and her adoptive parents out of town, seventeen-year-old Cassandra agrees to a road trip, which is the perfect way to celebrate her birthday and ring in the New Year. After all, she’s headed to Vegas, the city where secrets are meant to stay hidden. Little does Cassandra know her past is buried there as well.

Cloaked in the shadows of the glitz and gaudy lights of Vegas lies a power struggle centuries old. One wrong step and Cassandra could destroy the delicate web of secrets. Now an enemy she never knew existed is after her, and the one boy who may be the missing piece to the puzzle — and her heart— is the one person she can’t afford to trust.

**Enchanted Heart is an upper YA Paranormal Romance Series that will crossover into NA Paranormal Romance. This book is not recommended for readers under 15**

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

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Unless You Can Be A UnicornUnless You Can Be a Unicorn by Delphina Henley

Always be yourself

That was the last advice Scout’s Grandma Nora gave her before she died. Scout has spent her life trying to be anything but, but she has a chance to start anew as she moves several states away to college. She had always thought the glowing aura she saw around some people was a childhood fancy, but when it starts coming back just as she’s starting her new life, she learns there was much hidden about who she truly is.

Thankfully, she has a motley crew to help her along the way: a spunky bookseller, a trustworthy pub owner, a commanding grandmother, a possible best friend, and a hot rocker boy who only has eyes for her.

Find it on Amazon

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Turtle BayTurtle Bay by Tiffany King

If you’re a teenager in a small, rural area, how do you exist when your eccentric, free-spirited parents are the town freaks everyone laughs at?

For sixteen-year-old Rainbow Honeywell—or Rain, as she insists on being called—the answer was to become the queen of all pranks. She never wanted to be a troublemaker, but the label quickly stuck when everyone in Huntsville, Kansas, became a target. All she wanted was to deflect the negative attention off her parents, but Rain’s plan backfired to the max, landing her in a heap of trouble with the local authorities and expelled from high school.

An unexpected inheritance offers Rain an opportunity for a new beginning when she and her family move across the country to the quaint beach community of Turtle Bay, Florida.

Determined to make the best of her second chance, Rain vows to walk the straight and narrow, hoping her parents will fly under the radar while she soaks up some fun in the sun, sandy beaches, and hot, tanned guys. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong new friends, and a late night party lands her back in the kind of trouble she had been hoping to avoid. As the newbie in town with a record, Rain takes the brunt of the punishment when an unforgiving judge chooses to make an example out of her and slaps her with enough community service hours to keep her busy until she is old and gray.

Facing the harsh reality of paying for the actions of others while atoning for her own past sins, Rain is paired up with Josh Shaw, a judgmental local lifeguard whose love for the beach and the environment is eclipsed only by his distaste for those who trash it. As far as Josh is concerned, Rain is guilty and got what she deserved, regardless of her side of the story. To make matters worse, a tropical storm sits in the Atlantic, threatening to wreak havoc on the small beach community.

Things slowly change as Rain begins to appreciate her surroundings through Josh’s eyes, proving she is not the person he thinks she is. Their feelings for one another blossom as the tropical storm grows into a hurricane and bears down on Turtle Bay. With impending danger looming, the small beach community must come together in order to ride out the storm.

Find it on Amazon

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CatalystCatalyst by Casey L. Bond

The city of Confidence is surrounded by a thick, concrete wall. These walls are built to protect those within and to keep dangers outside. What happens when the only danger to the citizens within is its leadership?

When a young man on a suicide mission meets a young woman with a terminal illness, both of them use one another as a means to their own ends. They never expect to become friends. They never expect to become so much more to each other. Their backgrounds and the secrets they uncover are more dangerous than any plans they could make together or separately.

Revolution begins with a spark.

Find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

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Pretty Little WerewolfPretty Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas

All Giselle ever wanted was a family… who can accept her for what she is, a werewolf.
In a world where supernatural creatures are not out and proud, this has been a problem for 16 year old Giselle. A child of the system, she’s been bounced from home to home for as long as she can remember. As soon as the moon calls out her inner wolf, it’s back into the system she goes.

Against the odds, a new family is found for Giselle. One that may prove the answer to all her dreams and wishes. But this family comes with a deadly secret that could send Giselle six feet under instead of back into the system.
Amid factions of warring witches and werewolves, and deadly curses with no hope for a cure, the way will not be an easy one, but if Giselle can call upon her skills as a lone wolf, she may just be able to unearth the truth keeping her from the one thing she’s ever wanted… family.

Find it on Amazon

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His Only WifeHis Only Wife by Melissa Brown

**Note to reader: You must read Wife Number Seven before you can enjoy this follow-up novella.**

I didn’t think I’d ever want to devote my life to someone. That is, until Brin.

I was twenty-six years old the day she entered my life, just when I’d given up hope, just when I’d given up completely on having any shred of happiness in my pathetic excuse for a life. After years of indecision, self destruction and soul-searching, she found me.

Brinley challenged everything I thought I knew. She proved that goodness could still come from that hellish compound. Goodness, bravery and love. She changed everything the moment she knocked on the door of my apartment, acting as brave as a lion, even though she was shaking like a terrified mouse stuck in my trap.

And now, three years later, I want her as my wife. My only wife. Till death do us part.

Just us.

And I’ve never wanted anything more.

Find it on Amazon

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Beck BaitBeck Bait by Melanie Marks

When the guy you thought you hated becomes the boy you can’t stop thinking about (in a steamy, breathless, heart-pounding way)—and you find out HE might be feeling that way about you too (and maybe always did) you might, possibly become “Beck Bait.” Well … if your stalker/tormentor/heart-throb is named Beck. And the whole freaking SCHOOL seems to know he likes you (if he really does).

My name is Alyssa—but Beck never calls me that. He calls me “Rocky” … because I threw rocks at him. (To be fair, we were only eight at the time.) (And they were small rocks.) Now we’re in high school. These days, I’d like to throw something else at him—me. Oh wait, everyone at school is already doing that! I’m their ‘Beck Bait.’ (I just want to kiss him.)

No other book needs to be read before this–it is a standalone romance

Note: Beck Bait is a two-hour read. There is a romantic teen short story added as a bonus at the end, as well as chapters to Melanie Marks’ newest novel, Little Dancer.

Find it on Amazon

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UtopYA 2015 starts 4 days… 4 days folks!  And that meas it’s time to get ready for real–no more lists in our heads of what we want to bring, who we want to see, and what we want to do–we’ve got to pull out the suitcases, pack ’em up, and make sure we have everything we need.  It can be a daunting and scary process leading up to the con, from packing, to traveling and getting to the hotel, to meet and greets, and toting your books around and getting to the right places, but I’ve got some tips and advice for you.

UtopYAThursday, June 18, 2015 at 7:00 AM – Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM (CDT)

Nashville, TN

Get your last minute tickets here, if you still need one!!!

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Packing:

Wrapped BooksSo, you’ve purchased your ticket to the con, but still need to pack, right?

Pack light.  You’re only at the conference for four days, and you don’t need to change your outfit multiple times a day.  TRUST ME.  You may feel like you’ll need extra clothes just in case, but you truly don’t.  PACK LIGHT. The more room in your suitcase when you arrive, the better off you’ll be when you leave with ALL YOUR BOOKS!!  Plus, I hardly packed anything to wear last year, and I still didn’t wear it all.

What you need:

  • 1-2 pairs of comfortable pants (or dresses)
  • 2 comfortable tops—you’ll probably want to buy the t-shirt at UtopYA, so count that as a third
  • 1 pair of comfy sandals (shoes if you want)
  • 1 “formal” outfit for the awards ceremony with shoes and accessories to match (think PROM) and 1 costume for karaoke.
  • Pajamas (we’re talking pajama parties, here)
  • Undergarments (socks optional)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, nail file, perfume, hairbrush, women stuffs, straighteners, etc.—they have hairdryers in the rooms)
  • ANY BOOKS YOU ALREADY HAVE THAT YOU WANT SIGNED and a rolling carryon
  • Saran Wrap and Bubble wrap (you will want to double wrap your books in stacks for the travel home so they don’t flop all over the suitcase and end up damaged)   ====> Newspaper is NOT a good idea, though, as it leaves black ink on things and is too thin.
  • Cash for books—some authors take credit cards via PayPal, but it’s just easier with cash on hand.  There are ATMs in the hotel, though, if you run out.
  • Name Badge that shows off your icon.  People don’t know my face or necessarily my full name, but they DO know my blog, so last year I made my own badge to stick over the white badge UtopYA gives out, and it worked like a charm.  Bring business cards to hand out as well, if you have them.

NameBadge

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Getting There:

If you can drive to Nashville without getting car sick (like I do), then do it!  But, if you’re like me, or if it’s just too far by car, then fly.  If you’re taking SOUTHWEST, then you’re already ahead of the game–Southwest is the only carrier I’ve found that doesn’t charge for luggage.  This is a book conference, so that means you’ll have LOTS of books to take home.  You could mail them, technically, and spend a lot of dollars doing it, OR, you could fly Southwest, which allows you TWO FREE CHECKED BAGS UP TO 50 POUNDS EACH!  Yeah. <== This.

carryonI flew Southwest last year based on their stellar service and the free checked luggage.  Remember, you don’t need a suitcase filled with clothes.  But you DO need lots of space for your books.  I checked two bags for the conference last year, and one was completely empty on my way down to Nashville.  Hey, it’s free, right?  And it saved me a ton of cash when I left the conference because I checked all my books… my combined weight with books, swag, and clothes was about 76 pounds between the two bags (not counting my 30 pound carryon).  And about 50 pounds of that 76 was book weight.  Imagine the price tag on mailing home 50 pounds of books?

BUT–maybe you’re not flying Southwest and there’s a fee to check your bags… find out how much that fee is for a certain weight… sometimes it’s just $25 extra for 50 pounds… still cheaper and faster than mailing them.  Check around and see your option.

ALSO–make sure you bring a carry-on, and that it has wheels.  Put as many books as you can IN IT for the trip down to Nashville, because if you’re packing light for the con, and your checked luggage is sparse, as it should be, you want to keep your precious books safe from flopping around as the luggage gets thrown around.  Plus, you will want it for the conference to transport all your books and swag (and, it’s gentler on your body). I wheeled my carryon all over the conference this year, and it was a real life saver. Even though my room was just upstairs, and totes are everywhere and they’re fun to use, carrying books around is heavy, and it hurts your back. So bring a rolling carryon.  Trust me.

And if you have the chance, do what I do when flying home: if they’re asking people to standby and take another flight because your flight is full, DO IT–if they’re offering vouchers!  In 2013, Southwest asked me to take the next flight out, which was just four hours later than my original, and they GAVE ME A VOUCHER FOR DOUBLE WHAT I PAID FOR MY ROUNDTRIP TICKETS.  That means my flight for the 2014 convention to Nashville was completely free!

In other words, make sure you don’t schedule any pressing engagements for June 22, 2015, and take the voucher on any flight if they’re offering, and it’ll add up to some awesome free flights.  I took my voucher from 2013 and paid for BOTH my trip to Nashville AND my vacation to Florida.  For real.  Take the voucher if the opportunity arises.

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Shuttle:

So you’ve arrived at the airport and you don’t have any friends coming to pick you up and take you to the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel.  NO WORRIES.  The hotel does offer a FREE shuttle service roundtrip to the airport, even if the concierge tells you they don’t… however, for the sake of time, you may want to go ahead and just book a shuttle service instead, which is what I did my first year attending in 2013.

While FREE is nice, I did spend over an hour waiting for the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel Shuttle to pick me up from the airport (only seats 10), and I spent a good 45 minutes waiting for it to take me back to the airport at the end of the conference. So plan accordingly and make sure you head out for the shuttle early, especially if you are under any time constraints.

May I suggest InShuttle… a very prompt service that will take you roundtrip between the Maxwell House and the Airport for ONLY $18 (it will also take you other places, but the fee is a little higher). I used this service in 2013 and really enjoyed it.

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Hotel:

Once you get to the hotel, check in… to both the hotel and UtopYAcon 2015 (if that’s an option at your arrival time).  You want to get registered as soon as possible… trust me. If your room isn’t ready and you have to wait in the lobby, ask the concierge to hold your bags for you (they will), and go grab a bite to eat in the Bar.

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Facilities:

Outdoors — Outdoor Pool

Activities — Golf Course (within 2 miles), Fitness Center

Food & Drink — Restaurant, Bar

Internet — Wired internet is available in the hotel rooms for a fee of $9.95 per day, but it is free of charge in the lobby. Our internet didn’t work in the rooms at all this past weekend, so it was taken off the bill for all guests.

Parking — Free! Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).

Services — Room Service, Airport Shuttle (free), 24-Hour Front Desk, Baggage Storage, ATM on site, Laundry, Ironing Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Center, Fax/Photocopying, Souvenir/Gift Shop

General — Newspapers, Safe, Non-smoking Rooms, Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Heating, All Spaces Non-Smoking (public and private), Designated Smoking Area

Extra Charges:

Upon checkout, the hotel does automatically add on a $50 a day amenities charge JUST IN CASE, so if you see a pending transaction for a lot more than your bill AFTER you check out of the hotel next year, rest assured that it will be taken off—it’s only a security measure.  But do make sure you FOLLOW UP with the hotel about it!

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Food:

Bring it.  Not a ton, but definitely have snacks.  The hotel restaurant and bar is indeed delicious, but they’re both tiny, and when 700+ people are all hungry for lunch, it just doesn’t work.  If you want to eat in either of these places, plan to eat during off times.  11am brunch, or 2pm lunch… avoid the crowds so you don’t have a long wait and can get back to conferencing.

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The Conference:

Go in knowing that this conference is epic.  I adore it and the laid-back nature of it all.  Janet Wallace, the founder of UtopYA, has made it an unforgettable event that you just cannot miss!

This year’s keynote speakers are Denise Grover Swanke, Lauren Miller, Kim Holden, and Lauren Miller.  From Thursday-Saturday, each will speak, beginning at 9am.  But don’t wait until 9am to get your seat!!  There are always amazing giveaways to start the mornings, so make sure you’re in the conference room by 8:30 at the latest!!  So many people showed up late, missing the opening statements and, therefore, lost out on their prizes!  Hey, more for me!  But seriously, you don’t want to be late for the opening announcements each morning.

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Author Signings:

We also have a full day author signing event on Saturday from 11-4! It’s FREE to the public, but you STILL NEED A TICKET–get it now, time is running out!  Exhibitors

What does an all day signing mean for you, you might ask?  You have MORE TIME to get all the signatures you want!  So, you have time to go to the panels. Last year I struggled getting to panels because I wanted to make sure all my books were signed, and hunting down people was difficult at times, but with a public signing from 10-4am, you’ve GOT TIME!  So hit those panels!!  Check out the schedule here: http://utopyacon.com/2015-schedule/ or better yet, use the Sched App, which you can sign up for, or log in to, just by clicking “sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.”

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Books and Pre-Orders:

Moving on, I HIGHLY suggest that you bring as many books as you can TO the con

ference as many authors only bring limited quantities.  Though, there is a bookstore on site, it also seemed a bit limited itself last year.

BUT–Pre-order’s are available for a TON of authors!  Check out this pre-order list hosted by Maria Pease. You can check out what kind of deals/sales the authors are offering, and find some amazing swag. Just click the name of the author to go to their pre-order page, and MAKE SURE you write down what books you purchased on a spreadsheet so you don’t forget, especially if you’re buying a lot! Many authors also have deals for those pre-ordering, like extra swag, lower prices, etc., so do check out the pre-orders list.

And, be sure to check out Jo Michael’s Blog Post about giveaways, freebies with pre-orders, and her advice of what to bring/do while at UtopYA.  It’s great!

Likewise, you will acquire much swag and meet tons of authors you haven’t read yet.  So bring cash in case you decide you want to buy their books as well—I met so many new authors and after connecting with them and learning about their books, I just had to have them!  Set a budget and plan accordingly.

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Mailing Books Home:

If you didn’t drive, or you just can’t check anymore bags for whatever reason… so you need to mail them home.  That’s cool, just make sure you send it USPS (regular mail) and tell them it’s MEDIA MAIL (if you’re mailing in the USA ONLY–media mail doesn’t exist for international mailing)!  I highly suggest avoiding FedEx because it’s mad expensive.  USPS is the least expensive, and media mail makes it even less so. But you can ONLY send books media mail—not swag, so I suggest putting on the swag in your checked luggage as it’s light (and make sure you put any and all magnets in your checked bag—I made the mistake of putting my business card magnets in my carryon and the TSA agents flagged it and were seriously nervous about going through my bag).

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Costumed Karaoke:

And did I mention costumed karaoke?  Because, yeah.  That happened, too. BRING AN OUTFIT–you don’t have to sing!!

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This year I am saddened to say that I will NOT be in attendance… school is STILL in session and my students are taking their finals through June 19… and since I’m not allowed to take off during finals, it just didn’t work out this year.  Had I been able to come, THIS would have been my karaoke outfit.  You’re welcome.

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The Awards:

The awards are a BIG DEAL at UtopYA.  It’s like a red carpet event; it’s not a sit down dinner event, but there is a cocktail hour prior to the awards, and the hor d’oeuvres are delectable, though you still might want to eat a light meal prior to the awards ceremony. Awards

What to wear?  Well, really it doesn’t matter.  Since it’s like a red carpet event, most people were dressed to varying formal degrees—from sundresses to prom dresses, I saw them all.  I also saw slacks and jeans, so don’t feel like you have to dress up!  It’s not mandatory.  The only thing that is mandatory is that you have a good time, and that’s a given.

And make sure you stick around for the after-hour dance party, which is great fun!

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And over the course of the year I’ve posted a TON of information about UtopYA–check them all out below.

{UtopYA} Panels for Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced Authors, Bloggers, Editors, and Readers

{UtopYA} The Writing Cave and Official Voting

{UtopYA Sched App} – Adding Events and Panels to Your Schedule – Official UtopYA 2015 Post

{UtopYA Con Interview} Victoria Faye of Whit&Ware – Book Branding Blueprint Workshop

{UtopYA 2015} Author Guest Post – Heather Hildenbrand

{UtopYA Con 2015} Millennium Maxwell House Information – Restaurants

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All in all, UtopYA is beyond fantastic! What do I love about it?  Everything!  But especially that authors and aspiring authors, publicists and publishers, bloggers and readers, cover designers and cover models are all in close proximity to one another, chatting, networking, eating, singing, dancing… and the list goes on. It’s like one HUGE slumber party for four days, and mixed in are awesome activities, with keynotes, panels, visiting booths, signings, pool parties, an awards ceremony, dancing, costumed karaoke, and even some sight-seeing, should one so choose–I hear there’s even going to be a tattoo party… yeasssss! I love that it’s a camaraderie of talents where attendees are willing to share their experiences, jump out of their comfort zones, do some crazy fun things, and all the while make long lasting friendships. You’re going to have a blast.  Just. Breath.



It’s almost time, folks!  UtopYA 2015 is LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY–and tickets sales for the panels are ending in just a few short days, on May 31, so grab your tickets while you still can!  Trust me when I say you don’t want to miss out!

So, let’s talk about why you should go to UtopYA and what you can learn from your experience there! We’ll even give you some insights to the panels so you can decide which ones will be best suited for you.  Ready?

UtopYAToday, I’m highlighting the afternoon panels for Thursday, June 18.  Make sure you stop on over to Jo Michael’s blog for the morning panels highlights for June 18, and then jump on over to The Paisley Reader and Book Junkie: Not so Anonymous, tomorrow, to see the June 19 panel highlights!

Thursday, June 18, 2-3pm Panels Include:

Is Time Travel Possible?

Moderator: Myra McEntire

Panelists: Sherry Ficklin • PK Hrezo • Robert Scherrer • Rysa Walker

What you can expect to learn:

Join physicists and fanatics as we talk quantum leaps and butterfly effects in this fascinating panel. Learn how to convince your reader without overwhelming them with technical mumbo jumbo.

For: Beginners — Authors

It’s All about the Money…and How You Manage It

Moderator: Susan BurdorfPanelists: Kim Holden • Alison Pensy • Eva Pohler

What you can expect to learn:

You gotta keep track of it all – the cost of swag, the travel, the conferences, the paperbacks, the promotions and advertising, and on and on. This session will help keep you sane and your budget balanced (hopefully). Get tips from accountants and authors on how to keep track, keep up and report it to Uncle Sam without losing an arm and a leg.

For: Beginners/Intermediate — Authors/Editors/Personal Assistants

What a Difference a Year Makes

Moderator: Amanda Jason (C. A. Kunz)Panelists: Delphina Henley • Heather Lyons • Amanda Michelle Moon • Stacie Wilson

What you can expect to learn:

The dramatic effect that utopYAcon has on attendees and panelists is staggering, and beyond our and their wildest dreams. Hear stories of those who got published, those who made new and lasting friendships, and those who made career contacts and connections that have propelled their careers faster and better than they expected. This is your chance to hear how to make the most of utopYA, hear how its impacted attendees year-round to help them achieve their goals, and how you can do it, too!

For: Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced — Authors/Bloggers/Readers/Editors

Thursday, June 18, 3-4pm Panels Include:

So You Wanna be a Book Blogger/Tuber? 

Moderator: Jo Michaels

Panelists: Maria Pease • Chris Cannon • Tammie Zimmerman

What you can expect to learn:

There are some big ol’ perks that come with being a book blogger or book tuber – advanced    release copies of books for review, invitations to events, street cred, income, and more. But first you gotta build your blog, build your rep, build your community and learn the ins and outs of professional blogging, giveaways and relationship-building. Find out from authors and bloggers the right and wrong way to do this blogger/tuber thang in this hot session.

For: Beginners/Intermediate — Bloggers/Authors

The Golden Age of the Book Trailer

Moderator: Denise Grover Swank Panelists: Adam Cushman • Amy Miles • Cameo Renae

What you can expect to learn:

Book trailers have gone from “that would be cool to have” to a “MUST HAVE” for authors. Find out the elements, the copyright laws, and the hooks that can move your trailer from ho-hum to awesome.

For: Intermediate/Advanced — Authors

Why YA Matters

Moderator: B. J. Sheldon

Panelists: Hope Collier • Chanda Hahn • Lauren Miller • Lana Popovic

What can you expect to learn:

With the massive proliferation of New Adult sweeping the market, the beloved Young Adult category that helped pave the way for NA has been left to collect dust. It seems that the writers who helped make it matter are taking a “been there, done that” approach to it, even going so far as to consider it passe and for newbies rather than for the now experienced who are milking the sexy romance book market trend all the way to the bank.

While trend- and genre-hopping can be very good choices — 1.They challenge the writer, 2. Alleviate boredom, 3. Avoid getting labeled into a corner — there are still a growing number of Millennials out there aching to read more Young Adult that represents them.

This session will cover the stigma attached to YA, share findings on why it should still matter to writers and readers, as well as discuss personal experiences.

For: Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced — Authors/Readers/Bloggers



Hello lovely readers, and happy Friday!  This week, I’m highlighting the WRITING CAVE that will be available 24/7 at UtopYA!!!

Here’s the deets:

Goo-Goo-24361-550x550The Writing Cave is a lovely room that overlooks the scenic pool, where you can write socially if you don’t want to be alone in your room writing.  Located on the 9th floor in the Titan Room, the Writing Cave has couches, chairs, a TV, and an unstocked bar.  Snacks and drinks will be available, thanks to one of our lovely sponsor, Clean Teen Publishing, and over 700 Goo-Goo Clusters will be available for those of us with a sweet-tooth, thanks to our other Writing Cave Sponsor, Goo-Goo Clusters: http://googoo.com/online-store/

Foods aside from the snacks and candy will not be available, but you are more than welcome to bring your own, and writers are kindly asked to clean up after themselves.

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More from our sponsors:

Clean Teen Publishing

CleanTeenLogo_Single_TRANS_LargeOur Commitment to Our Readers:

At Clean Teen Publishing, we believe that our readers deserve to know ahead of time what they are reading.  We do not believe in censorship; we believe in the right to know.  Every reader, no matter what their age is, has certain boundaries they don’t want to cross. Currently there is no consistent rating system in place for books like there are for movies, music, and video games. We believe by offering a wider range of disclosure about the content of our books, we will give parents, and readers of all ages, a stronger sense of comfort according to what lies between the pages. With that said, we will not deem whether a book is appropriate or inappropriate for any particular age range. Our disclosure is simply for you to know what is in the book, and we leave it up to you to decide what you are comfortable with reading.

Our Commitment to Our Authors:

At Clean Teen Publishing, we believe our authors, who create new and amazing literary worlds, deserve to receive a large share of the profits that their art creates. We also believe that our authors deserve the support of quality editing, breathtaking covers, and the power of a strong marketing presence behind them. As authors ourselves, we know that your writing comes from your heart and, in a sense, is a part of you. We will carefully protect that part of you and work hard to keep your creative vision alive.

Learn more at http://www.cleanteenpublishing.com/

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Love the Goo-Goo Clusters? Order your own.: http://googoo.com/online-store/

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AND, did you hear?  The 4th Annual UtopYA Awards Voting is NOW OPEN!!!  Vote for your favorites now through May 21st!  Hurry, before the voting closes!

http://freeonlinesurveys.com/s/pgd137pk1w7lpve651688

 



UtopYA Con Presents Authors R My Idols Public Book Signing:

Are you an avid reader who wants to meet and hang out with their favorite authors? Here’s your chance – and you get to do it for a great cause! Meet bestselling authors like Denise Grover Swank, Lauren Miller, Kim Holden and Rysa Walker (and many, many more!) at Authors R My Idols (ARMI), sponsored by Indie-Visibles and presented by UtopYA Con.

On Saturday, June 20, an open-to-the-public book signing will be held at Nashville’s Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. The book signing benefits local non-profit group Book ‘Em. The signing is free for fans who donate a book, or only $5 without a book. Two signings will be held from 10A-12P and 1-3PM to insure readers get plenty of time to find their next pile of books to read! BookEm

All donated books and admission fees go directly to Book ‘Em to help them with their two-part mission: to get books to children and teens in lower-income families who might not otherwise have books of their own; and providing volunteer readers to local pre- and elementary schools. Book’em creates a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children, from birth through high school, discover the joy and value of reading through book ownership and enthusiastic volunteers.

UtopYA Con is a proud supporter of this organization and looks forward to connecting authors and readers for such a great cause. For more information such as exhibitors, conference tickets, and more, visit utopyacon.com or you can purchase tickets (or save your signing space) here.



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