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The Possibility of Us is OUT NOW!

 

 

Hello everyone, just wanted to let you know my new novella is out NOW for only .99 at ALL RETAILERS

This is the dedication you will find on Page one!

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One weekend together could change everything…

When her friend called to tell her about the funeral, Cassie wanted to say no. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old Wilderness Program counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn’t be there.

Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend.

But tough Cassie can’t truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.

 

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THE NEXT FOREVER IS FREE!!!

Hi everyone you have a few more days to get The Next Forever for FREE at all retailers!!!

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One night in college can change everything…

Away at college, Amy just wants one night alone without her high school sweetheart, Joe. So when he invites her to go to the library, she heads off on her own instead. How she ended up at a house party with the mysterious bad-boy Trevor is another story…

Joe so isn’t going to the library. He needs space from Amy, too, so he’s decided to rush a fraternity, to get back the swagger he had in high school. But it doesn’t take long for the brothers to invite him to the real rush–where the beer is flowing and one particular girl has set her eyes on Joe.

Over the course of one wild night, both Amy and Joe will have to decide if their futures belong with two new people, or whether the next forever will have their first loves in it.

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Once you finish The Next Forever  be sure to keep an eye out for My upcoming release,  The Possibility of Us, available July 1 for just $.99.

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Amazon/Barnes and Noble

One weekend together could change everything…

When her friend called to tell her about the funeral, Cassie wanted to say no. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old Wilderness Program counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn’t be there.

Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend.

But tough Cassie can’t truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.

 

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EVERYONE Give Your Advice on LIFE to a Grad

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Hey Guys,

So I have a niece graduating from college this month and her grandmother is making a scrap book of sayings, knowledge, memories, tips. I need to write something, but I thought it might be fun to open it up to you guys… considering I know so many awesome authors, bloggers and readers!

What would you say to a college graduate about what you’ve learned about life?

Please add your thoughts in the comments!

 

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THE POSSIBILITY OF US COVER & BLURB and stuff

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One weekend together could change everything…

When her friend called to tell her about the funeral, Cassie wanted to say no. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old camp counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn’t be there.

Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend.

But tough Cassie can’t truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.

COMING JULY 1st…
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18499688-the-possibility-of-us

 

What do you guys think??? I thought I might also share the first paragraphs of both POVs- YES it’s from Ben & Cassie’s POV :)

Chapter One
Cassie
“Ben better not be there,” I said, wiping away the
condensation that had built up on the window of Laura’s
black Range Rover. The snowbanks whizzing past us on
the side of the road were so white and flawless from the
storm the night before, it made me shiver. I also could have
been shivering because it was the first time I had been out
of my brother’s apartment in months, other than working
in the kitchen at the Veteran’s Association Medical Center
downtown.
“What am I, your ex-boyfriend’s keeper?” Laura asked.
She seemed more confident than she had been when we met
at Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for Troubled Teens this
past summer—calmer, less afraid—but that could have been
because she was driving a car bigger than a damn elephant
rumbling down the highway like a tank.

Chapter Two

Ben

My brother Drew’s usual crazy rock-star-spiked hair was
matted down in a red winter hat. He had insisted on driving
my car. It was the only way I could get him to agree to come
with me.
Plus, he owed me, even though I tried as much as possible
not to think about that.
“You sure you don’t just want to go to Boston for the
weekend or something instead? I have a box’s worth of
condoms burning a hole in my pocket,” he said, smiling his
Drew smile: a combo of burned-out skater and I could kick
your ass.
I glared at him. My eyes seared, eyes I knew were the
same exact shade of brown as his. I didn’t need to tell him
no. He understood he owed me, too, even though he tried his
hardest not to think about that, either. I’d taken the rap for
his whole car-stealing thing, because I was younger.
The only reason Drew wasn’t in a jail cell right now was
me. The only reason I even ended up at Turning Pines was
him.

 

 

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SEX IN NA? Is it required?

I think a lot of you will be happy to know I’m working on edits for BEN & CASSIE’s Novella right now <3. The Possibility of Us 

COMING IN JUNE!

PAUSE FOR *SQUEEING*!

For those of you who don’t know Ben & Cassie, their story started in Dear Cassie

Dear Cassie tore my heart out when I wrote it. Cassie had an abortion just before that book began and was dealing with the aftermath of it during the whole of the novel. By the end she had found some closure, some forgiveness and a new relationship with Ben. It ts an upper-YA book with very strong language, sex, and sexual situations, but Ben and Cassie did not have sex in the book.

Cassie was not ready to be in a relationship again, let alone be that intimate with someone. Kissing was as far as they went, even though both of them had been sexually active before.

Fast forward six months after Dear Cassie ends to The Possibility of Us. This novella is New Adult because now they are both 18, out of high school and trying to decide what to do about their lives and each other. Their relationship has gotten more serious and toward the end of the book they have sex for the first time. They are finally ready to really commit to each other and finally ready to trust in their love physically.

Because their relationship has been so delicate, so filled with Cassie’s baggage I wrote the sex scene as closed door; meaning you know they are about to have sex, but I don’t put it on the page. It feels right for them, like they almost deserve to have this as something no one else can share, literally. BUT, then there’s the expectations of writing a New Adult book. My last book Sneaking Candy was FILLED with sex and sexual innuendo. It was a romantic comedy, a very different kind of book, but I still wonder if leaving sex out this time will hurt me when it comes to readers.

Will The Possibility of Us be less well received if I don’t give readers a glimpse into Cassie and Ben’s bedroom?

I’m going to admit something and maybe this admission has gone unspoken by other NA writers, but I feel pressure to live up to a certain heat level.

Perhaps it’s a little how teen girls feel when guys pressure them to have sex before they are ready. He won’t like me anymore if I don’t do what he wants. I am feeling the same way about readers. Will they still like me if I keep Cassie and Ben’s sex-life implied and not explained?

Genres have expectations, there is nothing wrong with that. I guess I’m concerned that one expectation of New Adult has become for the most part explicit sex.

My edits are due Friday and I will be going back and forth on what to do until then I’m sure. For right now, I’m sticking with what feels right for my characters, even if the market is pushing me to believe it is wrong.

 

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY from Ben & Cassie

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Happy Valentines Day Everyone- my gift to you is a sneak peek of Cassie and Ben falling in love all over again in their new novella The Possibility of Us coming in April from Entangled Publishing!

If you met them in Dear Cassie you love them already, if you haven’t met them yet The Possibility of Us (which can be read as a stand alone) will make you swoon for the very first time!

The section below is from both their points of view.

Ben

I reached out and took her hand. Put mine around it and attempted to lace our fingers. I didn’t know if she would pull away, tell me to fuck off, or elbow me in the balls, but I had to try.

I had to know one way or the other.

I had to start living with her or dying without her.

Her hand felt warm in mine, as familiar as putting on a favorite sweater after it’s been in your closet all summer.

I wanted to tell her I loved her. I missed her. That now that I had her again I would never let her go, but I had to know if she felt the same way; if she ever could again. Because could was all I needed. I would turn could to would.

Cassie looked at me. Her shockingly blue eyes were wet. I didn’t know if she was crying because we were at a funeral, or for me, or us.

For who we were in California. For who we became after. For who we were now, and for who we could be.

She squeezed my hand, entwined her fingers with mine—a knot of forgiveness. She didn’t say anything after that, she didn’t have to.

At Turning Pines being with Cassie had always been baby steps. It began when she let me hold her hand. Maybe it could start that way again.

 Cassie

When the service was over our hands were still clasped tight— our warm skin and solid bones combined together to make something greater than they were alone.

I looked at them sitting on top of part of each of our legs, linking us. The color of our skin was reminiscent of the petals from the white roses that adorned the coffin, and like a rose our fastened hands were fragile.

What they had the possibility to represent was even more delicate.

“Do you want me to let go now?” Ben asked, rubbing the inside of my palm with his thumb.

It was one of my favorite things about him. It was like he was reminding me he was there.

“Cassie?” he asked, when I didn’t respond. That was Ben. Letting me know if he let go it would be my choice, not his. Letting me know he didn’t want to let go, but wanted to know what I wanted.

I wondered what he saw when he looked at our hands, something breakable like the petals I saw, or perhaps something stronger like a tree taking root.

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SNEAKING CANDY IS ON SALE FOR .99 at all RETAILERS

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A graduate student by day, an erotic romance author by night, a forbidden attraction I can’t deny…

All I ever wanted was to make a name for myself as Candice Salinas, creative writing grad student at the University of Miami. Of course, secretly I already have made a name for myself: as Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance writer. Though thrilled that my books are selling and I have actual fans, if anyone at UM found out, I could lose my scholarship…and the respect of my faculty advisor, grade-A-asshole Professor Dylan.

Enter James Walker, super-hot local barista and–surprise!–my student. Even though I know a relationship is totally off-limits, I can’t stop myself from sneaking around with James, taking a few cues from my own erotic writing…if you catch my drift. Candy’s showing her stripes for the first time in my real life, and I’ve never had so much fun. But when the sugar high fades, can my secrets stay under wraps?

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Today is an UP day

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So last week I was pretty discouraged, wondering about whether I should even be writing…etc. As my brother-in-law who is an aspiring novelist said when he read the post it was “dark”.

Well today is an UP day. A year ago I was honored to be invited to be a part of an essay collection called BREAK THESE RULES with some really super YA and MG authors, like award-winning super, like people I fan-girl over super. I went to work crafting an essay about my struggle with eating disorders as a teen and young adult. It was raw, real, had the kind of slap you in the face truth that I have come to hone as my brand and yesterday I was sent all the reviews our essay collection received.

It was reviewed by all the biggies: Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Booklist. Of those four biggie review magazines, my essay was mentioned in two of them!

School Library Journal excerpt: “The essays are inspiring and thought-provoking, and many offer truly funny moments. Reynolds provides an excellent flow between essays. This title could easily be read cover to cover or by individual selection based on theme. There is a nice mix of male and female voices. Especially good are Leslie Connor’s “Don’t Tell Lies,” in which she confesses to actually liking rules; Lisa Burstein’s essay on eating disorders, titled “Don’t Get Fat”; and Chris Barton’s “Go to College After High School,” because it allows readers to think about their options.”

Kirkus Excerpt: “35 writers encourage readers to stop obeying the voices telling them how to think, dress, act and believe. In “Don’t Get Fat,” Lisa Burstein writes about leaving behind the “warped, sick, eating-disordered” frame of mind fed by a voice that is “the mayor of crazy-town.” In “Be Clean!” Gary D. Schmidt tells of rejecting the mind control of a youth pastor trying to save his soul. The best writers here couch their lessons in stories.”

To be called out from this group of authors is beyond AMAZING!

THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING AWESOME and for reminding me why I DO THIS.

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Expectation is a Bitch

I haven’t posted about something personal in a while, but I’ve been thinking about it. I’m just not sure how to talk about this. How to talk about how it feels to put all your hopes and dreams and needs and wants into your little book baby and have them come back to you with nothing but an empty echo.

For a mid-list author, which I’m not even sure I can call myself, this is sometimes how a new book release can feel.

You think, this book is the one. The one that will make people see how awesome I am. That will make me a “name”. Well, you hope it anyway and when it’s not, what are you left with?

That’s what I’m struggling with right now. When a book gets great reviews, great blurbs, has a great cover and concept, but hasn’t reached your expectations, who is to blame?

Here’s what I’m left with: A niggling worm at the base of my skull that is trying to tell me that maybe this isn’t what I’m supposed to be doing. A cloud over everything that seeps in and says maybe I’m good, but not great. A cackling voice that repeats that maybe whatever faith my agent, editor and publisher have in me is misguided.

This all just makes me wonder if  I will never reach the expectations I have for myself.

See, releasing a new book feels a hell of a lot like watching a baby bird take it’s first flight. Everything hinges on whether it soars, or falls to the ground in a heap because it wasn’t strong enough to fly. It can wobble in the air for a while and you can fool yourself into thinking yes, maybe this one will fly, but two months after a book has been out you can’t fool yourself anymore. Even if it’s still in the air, it isn’t going anywhere.

None of what I’m sharing should make anyone think I’m ungrateful for what I’ve achieved thus far. I know how hard it is to even have one person like your book, let alone enough people to publish it, but there is a truth that a lot of authors don’t talk about.

How do you keep writing when your career doesn’t necessarily feel like one?

They tell you not to worry about the business side. That you should focus only on what you can control– the work– but when you have a few books under your belt and you aren’t much further than where you were when the first one came out, it gives you pause.

I feel paused.

I wish I had some answers because I know that some of you reading this are looking for them, but I don’t.  All I have is that little light inside me struggling hard against the negativity and darkness that still believes I can do this.

I hope it never goes out.

 

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CELEBRATE the New Year with Candy!

Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know my publisher has lowered the price of Sneaking Candy to $2.99, so if you haven’t picked it up yet- NOW is a great time! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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All I ever wanted was to make a name for myself as Candice Salinas, creative writing grad student at the University of Miami. Of course, secretly I already have made a name for myself: as Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance writer. Though thrilled that my books are selling and I have actual fans, if anyone at UM found out, I could lose my scholarship…and the respect of my faculty advisor, grade-A-asshole Professor Dylan.

Enter James Walker, super-hot local barista and—surprise!—my student. Even though I know a relationship is totally off-limits, I can’t stop myself from sneaking around with James, taking a few cues from my own erotic writing…if you catch my drift. Candy’s showing her stripes for the first time in my real life, and I’ve never had so much fun. But when the sugar high fades, can my secrets stay under wraps?

  • “SNEAKING CANDY is fun, sexy and sweet, with a hero every reader will swoon over.” Monica Murphy, New York Times Bestselling Author of One Week Girlfriend
  • “Sneaking Candy lives up to it’s title, it’s a treat every time you pick it up!” Jennifer McLaughlin, New York Times Bestselling Author of Out of Line.
  • “SNEAKING CANDY is wicked smart, sexy as hell, and completely unputdownable. Definitely a MUST READ. I loved it!” Katee Robert, NYT and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of Wrong Bed, Right Guy
  • “With smart, strong leading characters, an original premise, and a plot that will keep you guessing until the end, SNEAKING CANDY is a breath of fresh air.” Lyla Payne, USA Today Bestselling Author of Broken at Love
  • “Sneaking Candy was a page turner with a lovable heroine, an interesting story which keeps you hooked throughout and a romance that isn’t just steamy, it’s SUPER HOT steamy.” Harlequin Junkie- TOP PICK

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