Wednesday, June 21, 2017

TIED UP IN YOU: Five Facts + Cover Reveal!

My next book, Tied Up In You, will be out on July 10! To prepare, I thought I'd share five facts about the book/writing the book with you. Scroll down after that to see the (ADORABLE!) cover!

1. TUIY is book 2 in the All Laced Up series, but you don't need to read All Laced Up before reading this one! It's a companion novel that follows Luke Jackson, one of the other hockey players from the first book, and can be read as a standalone. (But if you DID read ALU, yes, Pierce Miller and Lia Bailey do make appearances!)

2. The scene that was the most fun to write is a shirtless workout session turned make-out session. Enough said.

3. I did more research for this book than I have for any other! The reason? The main character, Malina Hall, is Hawaiian and also very into STEM. I researched Hawaiian foods and watched videos on weaving and learned more about astronomy and astrophysics than I thought I would ever know and enjoyed every second of it!

4. One of the characters' local hang outs was inspired by real life. The hang out is part coffee shop, part ice cream store, part whatever-the-owner-feels-like-making-it (Cereal bar! S'mores bar! Pancake bar!). It's called The Melting toP because it used to be called The Melting Pot before the fondue conglomerate made them change their name (which actually happened to one of my favorite coffee shops in Michigan!).

5. Malina's best friend, Izzy, was one of my favorite characters to write. She's not based on anyone in my life, but I wish she was because I'd want to hang out with her!


You can add Tied Up In You to your Goodreads TBR here.

You can request an ARC on NetGalley here.

You can pre-order it via Amazon here.

Now for the cover and summary!


Isn't it adorable? I mean, look how cute it is next to ALU! All the laces!



Summary:

Everyone says hotshot goalie Luke Jackson is God’s gift to girls, but the only girl he wants is his best friend, Malina Hall. He’s always known how brilliant she is, but now that he’s “accidentally” kissed her, he can’t stop thinking about her...or wanting to kiss her again.

Problem is, things have been a little...awkward since the kiss. Because she likes him, too? Hopefully, but even if she did, their futures—and the ridiculous schedules that come with them—are in the way. And now one of his teammates is showing interest, and the guy has more in common with Malina than Jackson ever will.

As her best friend, Jackson should get out of the way. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from hockey, it’s that you have to go for what you want, even if it means falling flat on your face. And he’s definitely falling for Malina.

Disclaimer: This book contains a hot hockey player who goes after what he wants, a super-hot, super-distracting shirtless workout, and the kind of best friends to lovers romance every girl in the friend zone has dreamed of.



Can't wait for July 10! I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

News and exciting things!

It's been a while since my last blog post. Life has been crazy, I swear it was just January like 2 days ago, etc. etc. etc.

But I have news to share! Three exciting things happened recently:

1. All Laced Up became a finalist in the Athena Contest for Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction! Whoa! I am SO honored and excited to be in such good company with three other awesome finalists. The winner will be announced at the Day of YA on July 26. If you haven't read All Laced Up yet, it's basically The Cutting Edge for the 21st century, and you can get the e-book for just $2.99 on Amazon or B&N!


2. The companion novel to All Laced Up has a title and a release date! Tied up in You will be out July 10, 2017! Do you remember Pierce Miller's teammate, Luke Jackson from All Laced Up? Tied up in You is Jackson's book, which means more hockey, more hot guys, and yes, appearances from both Pierce Miller and Lia Bailey! I'll share the cover, Goodreads link, etc. as soon as I have them!


3. I got a new day job! It's mostly the same work I was doing before, but for a different company. The best thing about said job is that I get to work from home most days. Working in sweats (or, let's be honest, pajamas) is pretty fantastic. Plus, I used to have a 60 minute round trip commute, so now I'm using that time to write!

That's enough excitement for now, but hopefully I'll be back with more soon! Enjoy the start of summer!