Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Parker Harris Series Tour /Guest Post @AmythaMcclung

Why Choosing Your Setting is Important

  The setting has the potential to make or break the validity of a story. For The Parker Harris Series I needed a location that would be natural for wolves in the area and that also had waterfalls. Cascades Idaho was a small town that came up in my search and the pictures of the area were exactly what I pictured for my story. I researched every aspect of Cascades so that it would seem as though I'd been there. After I released the book, a person that grew up in Cascades read it and said I captured the town perfectly and that was one of the best compliments I could have gotten in my opinion. In my NA series, I wrote the characters living in Nashville which is where I grew up. I've found that having a personal knowledge of the setting makes it even easier to really draw the perfect picture of what the character is experiencing. If you don't choose the right setting or research one thoroughly it can take away from the story especially for someone familiar with the city. My dad asked me once why I didn't just make up a random city like Gotham, etc. To me it seems to add a dose of reality if you use a real place. Especially a town like Nashville that has a large population and is a large tourist spot. It allows people to get lost in the story more, it gives it a feeling as though you're reading about real people. That's how I feel about it at least. I read a book once just because Nashville was in the title and I was excited to know all the places they visited because I'd grown up there!

Cascades of Moonlight
The Parker Harris Series Book 1
Pages: 259
Publication Date: May 13, 2012

***UPDATED VERSION 07/11/13****
Parker Harris was a normal teenage girl with a normal teenage life. That was true until two years ago when she was bitten by a werewolf, forcing her to endure the painful shifting each month during the full moon. She has kept this secret from everyone she loves. One day a stranger enters her small town and knows this secret. Nothing ever happens in the small town of Cascade Idaho, and new people rarely move in, but its Parker's senior year now and two new faces show up in town.  Shortly after their arrival, there is a brutal murder which becomes the first in Cascades history.

Dreams, Spells, and Moonlit Tales 
The Parker Harris Series Book 2
Pages: 278
Publication Date: December 18, 2012

Parker Harris desires a normal life, but it's just not in the cards for her. Parker is a werewolf. She has been for three years now. It’s the summer after she graduated high school and she is preparing for college. If only grades and college classes were her only worries. Parker and Jackie are trying to mend their fractured friendship from her betrayal. Jackie and Mitchell are working on their relationship, fighting jealousy and trust issues of their own. Quinn, a vampire, is the love of Parker’s life. He begins to look into his family’s past and what he finds is not pretty. In fact, it could mean the end for his relationship with Parker. A mistake from Parker's past is revealed and proves to be more enormous than she realized. Dreams—Parker is having dreams and visions of Will. She can’t decipher real from illusion it seems. Spells—Charisma, a new friend to the group, brings magic into the fold. Moonlit Tales—it seems that the full moon is not only a time for Parker to feel the pain of shifting. It’s also a time for unexplained occurrences and secrets being revealed. Can Parker and Quinn's love survive the obstacles they encounter? Is Jackie trustworthy? Are Parker’s feelings for Mitchell becoming too strong for her to ignore? Dreams, Spells, and Moonlit Tales summarize the events of Parker's life in this book.

The Dark Moon
 The Parker Harris Series Book 3
Pages: 251
Publication Date: May 5, 2013

This book picks up from the moment we left off in book two. Quinn received a call from Parker stating Will is alive. Quinn drops everything to rush to her aid. Will he make it in time or will his father stop him? Parker and Mitchell's feelings are not going away and they begin to take a toll on Mitchell's relationship with Jackie. Everyone seems to have a secret they are keeping from Parker and it seems they have feel "there's something she should know" and now is the time. Parker is overwhelmed with all the new information coming her way. Parker's secret life as a werewolf is on the brink of being exposed.

The Cold Moon 
The Parker Harris Series Book #3.5
 YA Paranormal
Releasing: Aug 22

This is a story told from Mitchell's point of view. This is Book 3.5 in The Parker Harris Series. This novella is broken into three parts: The Change: In this portion we will learn what events happened leading to Mitchell's change into a vampire and how he dealt with it. Lupita and Fangs: The story of how their friendship blossomed into something more. What Happens Next: The lead in to the spin-off series, The Crispin Sinclair Chronicles. We'll learn what happened to the fab four after The Dark Moon ended. We'll also meet a new character who will be pivotal to Crispin's story

The Shimmering Pool
The Crispin Sinclair Chronicles Book #1 
(spin-off from Parker Harris)
 YA Fantasy
Releasing: Oct

Crispin Sinclair isn't your average teenage boy. He inherited precognitive dreams from his mother who died during childbirth. His other unique quality was inherited from his father; Crispin is a werewolf. Growing up as a supernatural being in a world that doesn't know they exist is difficult to say the least. Crispin's been lucky that his family is made up of supernaturals; witches, vampires, and werewolves. As he begins to obtain his werewolf abilities, his life will be thrown into turmoil placing everyone he loves in danger.

Amytha Roberts feels like the most ordinary girl in the world. She was adopted at age five but not by your traditional idea of parents; her mom's a werewolf and her dad's a vampire. Amytha's best friend Crispin is a werewolf with futuristic dream abilities, while she is a normal sixteen year old girl surrounded by paranormal beings. Stories of Amytha's past begin to surface causing her family to investigate more into where she came from.

Crispin and Amytha take turns telling this story of being in a family that you choose, being abnormal in a normal world, and the importance of friendship. Together they will go on adventures into a faraway place where they'll encounter new creatures and discover truths they never imagined.

Author Bio

Amy McClung was born in Nashville, TN. She is the second oldest of four girls. She married Daniel McClung in September 2005 and they currently reside just outside of Nashville. She graduated from Father Ryan High School in 1996. In 2002 obtained her general certification in medical coding and billing and in 2009 she obtained a specialty certification in Hospital medical coding and billing. Amy and her husband are both fans of fantasy novels as well as avid movie collectors. The Parker Harris Series is the first series of books by this author. Cascades of Moonlight is Book #1, Dreams, Spells, and Moonlit Tales is Book #2, and The Dark Moon Book #3 and The Cold Moon Book #3.5 a Novella from Mitchell's POV. Her second series is a New Adult Contemporary Romance, The Southern Devotion Series, with each book having as a standalone novel with crossover characters. The first book in that series is For the Love of Gracie. Curves in the Road is her newest release as Book 3 in the NA series. Her favorite past times include watching movies, drawing, and reading fantasy novels. Her first book was a means of therapy for her as it enabled her to escape reality for a while during a difficult transition in her life. Her current work in progress is a spin-off of The Parker Harris Series called "The Crispin Sinclair Chronicles" that will be released in October 2014 as a YA Fantasy series. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

20 books for ONLY .99!!!!

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Will soon be available at Barnes & Noble and iBooks!

Stop by the authors Facebook pages for some giveaways, and don't miss out on the Release Party Nov. 3rd! 

*Purchased individually, these books cost over $20!*

Enter the hidden worlds of humans who shift to beasts, perilous enchantments and stars uncounted. Awaken in secret laboratories or walk among gods. Multi-genres are represented making this set a must-read for every book-lover!

Appropriate for ages 13+:
Devour by Shelly Crane
Inescapable by Amy A. Bartol
The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
Elsker by ST Bende
History of Fire by Alexia Purdy
Everblue by Brenda Pandos
Guardians: The Girl by Lola St. Vil
The Gatekeeper's Sons by Eva Pohler
From Gods by Mary Ting

Appropriate for ages 16+ due to language, sexual situations, and violence:
First by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Darkness in Light by Stacey Marie Brown
Lark by Erica Cope
Catalyst by Jennifer Snyder
Promise by Kristie Cook
Redemption by RK Ryals
Return of the Ascendant by Raine Thomas
A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons
Runes by Ednah Walters
Freak of Nature by Julia Crane
River's Recruit by Charlotte Abel

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

“I hope you rot in Tartarus,”

Title:  Betrayed
Series:  The Guardian Legacy [Book 2]
Length:  343 Pages
Genre:  YA Fantasy

Five of Valafar’s men, dressed all in black except for the gleaming ruby stones on the pins holding their cloaks and on their belt buckles, entered the room. Behind them came Kenta; he carried a black leather bag with strange writings, clasps, and more rubies. It was the same bag Valafar had had, when I first retrieved the Kris Dagger from the cave on Coronis Isle.

“I told Valafar—if you want something done right, you do it yourself,” Solange bragged. She gestured to Kenta. “Remove their weapons.”

“Traitor,” I snarled at Kenta.

He winced, but emptied my pockets, then moved to my boots. As our former trainer, he knew everything—where we hid weapons, our weaknesses and strengths, our favorite weapons. He touched the knife I hid inside a pouch in my right boot, but didn’t remove it.

Our gazes met – his apologetic, mine probably puzzled. Maybe he was regretting his decision, now that he knew Valafar had used him and he wouldn’t be my trainer, after all, or this was his way of redeeming himself after his betrayal. He had trained me for months and knew me. He patted my boot, as though to tell me to use the dagger, then moved on.

Kim kicked him, but he caught her booted leg.

“Don’t judge me, Kim,” he snarled.

“Don’t tell me what to do, you evil backstabber,” she retorted.

“I hope you rot in Tartarus,” Izzy hissed.

“Enough!” Solange yelled. “Finish and give me the bag, Kenta. My father wants the weapons kept with the dagger in the vault. No chance in Tartarus any of you are getting your hands on them again,” she taunted. “Come, starting with you, Lilith.”

I ground my teeth and walked forward. The hated hollow feeling settled in my stomach, and my heartbeat went into overdrive. The cramp on my side wasn’t going away, either. Where were Dante and Kael?

Eye to eye with her, I paused. “I escaped before, and will again.”

“You got lucky,” she snarled, and shoved me out the door.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

HIDDEN WORLD COUNTDOWN: 20 books by some of the Hottest YA authors

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To celebrate the November 3rd release of the Hidden Worlds boxed set, I'll be doing a weeklong giveaway. The winners will get copies of the books shown below (same authors with me in the boxset). SO if you haven't already pre-ordered your copy of Hidden Worlds, please do!
You'll get twenty of the hottest titles in young adult and new adult paranormal romance for only ninety-nine cents!

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Will soon be available at Barnes & Noble and iBooks!

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I'm making this a DAILY giveaway for the next 18 days. Every night, starting tomorrow, someone will win a book  listed below. TOMORROW, see you there. Grrr, I'm so exhausted I can't think straight. Or two people will win books.

   Lola St. Vil's Guardians: The Girl: NOTHING can compare to how hard it was for me to pull away from her lips. I don't think any angel could to do it twice in a lifetime...  

Brenda Pandos's Glitch: When a mysterious guy from the zombie zone sneaks an illegal slip of paper to a beautiful young girl from Brighton, she must decide if she should turn him in or follow what the note says.

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Kristi Cook's Wonder: A fun collection of holiday short stories and recipes from Kristie Cook’s internationally bestselling Soul Savers Series. Last year’s shorts for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s have been rewrapped into one big gift, along with NEW content.

Laura Howard's Stone of Destiny: Allison thought it was crazy enough when she found out her father, Liam, wasn't entirely human. But now she has to join his magical allies to unravel his former mistress's plans. Aoife wants to keep Allison's parents apart forever.

Shelly Crane's Smash Into You: Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. But then his mother was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being. Never stop running…

Alexia Purdy's History of Fire: Benton is human, but he walks the line between two worlds: the mundane and the supernatural; the commonplace and the extraordinary. As a rare Fire Elemental Warlock, he finds himself in trouble more often than he cares to admit.

  Defy - Firstborn Trilogy Book One- a young adult fantasy romance novel by Raine Thomas
Raine Thomas's Defy: Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.

Amy Bartol's Inescapable: Seventeen-year-old Evie Claremont has been left to wonder if the dark future her dream is foretelling is…inescapable.  

Mary Ting's From Gods: Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? It’s not from Mother Nature. It is most likely from Mason Grand, swoon-worthy demigod, one of Zeus’s descendants.

10/23/2014 Julia Crane's Freak of Nature: Donate Body to Science. Check. When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her

RK Ryals's The Acropolis: At eighteen, I am a gargoyle who has been demoted because I broke the rules. Now I have a new mission, a new mark to protect.

Ednah Walters's Awakened: Most teens turn sixteen and get the license to drive, but Lil Falcon gets the license to kill demons.

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Eva Pohler's The Purgatorium: Seventeen-year-old Daphne finds herself on an island off the coast of California where a doctor and her staff use experimental methods to terrify their suicidal patients into choosing life.

ST Bende's Elsker: See what happens when the girl next door falls in love with an immortal assassin.

Flight (the Crescent Chronicles #1) 
Alyssa Rose Ivy's Flight: Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

Stacey Marie Brown's Darkness Of Light: When the latest school explosion of gossip lands Ember in a facility for troubled teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious.

Heather Lyons's A Matter of Heart: No matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.  

Charlotte Able's River's Recruit: A beautiful, young shape-shifter discovers a lost backpacker trespassing in her territory during a blizzard. She has two choices: recruit him into her cult-like tribe, or kill him.

Erica Cope's In the Shadows: Mia Carrington is struggling to come to terms with the fact that she killed a man, while trying to find a balance between her role as the Princess of the Light Elves and her life as a normal teenager.


Jennifer Snyder's The Unloved: Sometimes the love our heart needs to heal can be found in the familiar eyes of a childhood friend...

"It's like I never left"

Title: Grimnirs
Series: The Runes Series [Book 2.5]
Length: 286 Pages
Genre: YA Paranormal


“Hey,” Raine said.

I wanted to ignore her again and even tried to leave, but her boyfriend blocked my path. I glared at him. Sighing, I turned and faced Raine. There was no point showing her how much she’d hurt me, and her whipped puppy look was getting tired. She’d never been good at hiding her emotions.

“Hi,” I said. “I like your hair.”

She blinked as though surprised. “Thanks. I know what you’ll say about this. I use a curling iron.”

I wasn’t ready to be that chummy with her. If she wanted to ruin her hair, I didn’t care.

“Uh, this is Torin St. James,” she said when she realized I wasn’t going to say anything else. “Torin, Cora Jemison, my best friend.”

Yeah, right. Some best friend.

Torin smiled and nodded, but he continued to watch me as though he expected me to, I don’t know, say something mean to Raine. What would he do?

I gave him a challenging glance and said, “I saw your pictures online.”

“It’s ridiculous how he always ends up on some girl’s page,” Raine said. “Alone. Shirtless.”

“Actually, the ones I saw were of the two of you,” I corrected.

“Oh.” She glanced at him and elbowed him when he grinned. She leaned against him and focused on me. “Uh, it’s nice to have you back, Cora.”

I shrugged. “It’s weird.”

She exchanged a look with Torin and frowned. “What do you mean?”

“It’s like I never left.” I waited for her to say something about my psych ward stay, or give me a clue about what she knew. I wasn’t sure what she’d told my mother a week ago or what Mom had told her. I hadn’t cared enough to ask.

An awkward silence followed.

“We stopped by your place on Friday after school,” Raine said. “I don’t know if your father told you.”

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

What are they saying about SOULS?

Eighteen-year-old Cora Jemison knows what it’s like to date a soul reaper. There are no Friday night movies, no school dances, and no stolen kisses between classes. It totally sucks! What makes it even worse, souls pop up when she least expects it. The last one is not her fault, but it all adds up to zero quality time with her super hot, scythe-carrying boyfriend, Echo. 

Since Cora was etched with special runes by an evil Immortal, she understands why souls are drawn to her. She makes the best of it by helping souls find closure while Echo escorts them to the realm of the dead. Perfect partners, until a dark soul visits Cora in the dead of the night and Echo decides her soul-helping days are over. 

Cora can either listen to Echo or follow her instincts. To make matters worse, other reapers start stalking her, demanding she hand over the soul. Even her Valkyrie friends think she’s gone too far. But something sinister is coming their way, and the soul is the key to saving her town, her friends, and her relationship with Echo. Can she convince Echo to see things her way before it’s too late? 


Grimnirs series, featuring Cora and Echo, is a spinoff the Runes series and can also be read as part of the entire series in this order: 

5.0 out of 5 stars Another AMAZING book by the author September 29, 2014
By Soft Paws

"The romance scenes between Cora and Echo are beyond incredible - they are so hot together in the bedroom. Echo is just such an amazing lover. In fact I cannot make up my mind about whom I love the most - Echo, Torin or Andris. I do actually hope we get a book about Andris too!"

5.0 out of 5 stars More Cora and Echo...yummy October 4, 2014
By Evilous

"Oh the feels. I won't say when, if you haven't read this book, but there were a couple of scenes where it pulled on my heart strings and gave me a serious case of the feels where I had to stop reading for a bit and do something else. Hey I was at work and I refuse to cry because of a book at work; the guys would never let me live it down and I'd scare people away if they came to the window. So keep tissues handy."

4.0 out of 5 stars I am in love with these characters! October 4, 2014
By Carrie Williams

"The witty banter, the fun and "real" interactions they have, the convincing high school feel (all while being surrounded by *a lot* of supernatural action), all made it a great addition to this series. Even after just finishing, I still want more of Cora and Echo. Give me a book about this feisty, sexy, fun couple any day of the week and I will read it in a heartbeat."