Young Adult

Under My Skin By Shawntelle Madison

Blog Diva - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Under My Skin Blurb
Everyone wants to either be a member of the Guild or work for them. Little does the populace know that the Guild hides sinister secrets...

For Tate Sullivan, life in her small, coastal town is far from glamorous. The affluent lives of the Guild members and their servants isn't something she has ever wanted. But all sixteen year-olds must take a simple test, and Tate's result thrusts her into the Guild's world, one where they hide horrible plans for those they select. Tate must fight the relentless General Dagon for control of her mind, body, and soul to keep the one precious thing she has always taken for granted: herself.

Her only ally is the same handsome boy she is pitted against in General Dagon’s deadly game. Quinn desires nothing more than to end the life of General Dagon who has taken over Tate's mind. While romance blooms between Tate and Quinn, General Dagon plots to eventually take over Tate's body, and love might end before it even begins. Read More

The Gryphon & His Thief By Karen Michelle Nutt

Blog Diva - Sunday, December 07, 2014

Winged-Beastie

A gryphon is a winged-beastie with an eagle-like head and the body of a lion. Most statues depict a gryphon with bird-like talons, eagle’s head and wings, but with ears of a lion, and a lion’s hindquarters, but there have been a few statues of a gryphon that appear more like a lion, but have an eagle’s head, and no wings.

In History

Here are a few spellings for the legendary creature: Gryphon, Griffon, and Griffin. Its name derives from the Greek 'gryphos', which means 'curved' due to its curved beak.

While gryphons were common in the art and lore of Ancient Greece, they were also found in Ancient Persian and Ancient Egyptian art, dating back to 3000 BC. Read More

Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer

Blog Diva - Monday, April 21, 2014

Blurb:

She’s broken with guilt.
He harbors a chilling past.
It’s safer if they keep their distance…
But, the echoes that linger connect them.

Returning to Hidden Pines is the last thing Allie Collins wants. The family cabin where she spent her youthful summers now holds a dark memory that haunts her.

While struggling to forget her past, Allie runs into Damien, a local rebel with secrets of his own. She is not sure she can trust him, and yet, she finds herself drawn to Damien for reasons she can’t explain.

By the time Allie unearths the secrets of Damien’s past, she realizes just how intricately they are connected. Now, she is caught in a dangerous battle that threatens her life and those she loves. Read More

Fools Gold By Lynn Lovegreen

Blog Diva - Sunday, January 05, 2014

Interview of Lynn Lovegreen by Ellie Webster
In lieu of the standard author bio and interview, I thought it might be more fun to interact with my main character from Fools Gold and let her do the interviewing. We’ve spent so much time together—you’ll see what I mean. Here’s Ellie Webster and me, Lynn Lovegreen:

Ellie: Hello, this is Ellie Webster, best known for my appearance in Lynn Lovegreen’s book Fools Gold. Lynn, please tell us a little about yourself.

Lynn: Thanks, Ellie. My dad was stationed in Alaska when I was six, and the family moved up here. We all fell in love with the place, and it’s been home ever since. I am a retired English teacher, and reading and writing has been my passion as long as I can remember. Read More

The Evil And The Fear By Gary Bonn

Blog Diva - Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hello again, RomCon; thanks for having me back.

This is mainly about “The Evil and the Fear”, but it’s also in answer to comments and questions from readers, some of which can be found in Goodreads reviews.

“To see yourself as others see you” (Burns)

Wow... the chance to see the madness of the world through the eyes of a unique seventeen year old woman. What writer would not be passionately infatuated with the idea?

Readers of “The Evil and the Fear”(TEF) and “Expect Civilian Casualties”(ECC) (Plus a few short stories from garybonn.com and writerlot.net) have asked me why I sometimes choose unusual people as main characters.  Read More

Little Red Gem By D.L. Richardson

Blog Diva - Sunday, October 27, 2013

How Katy Perry inspired the ending to Little Red Gem.

Ruby Parker is sitting in the car. She has just gone on an incredible journey that has taken 250 pages and over 65,000 words to tell. To sum up her situation, the boy she loves has broken her heart and now she is having a reflective moment. What went wrong? She must have learned something on this incredible journey. But what? The feelings inside are all mixed up as if someone has tossed them out a window and left them to the mercy of the wind. Her thoughts are like a Geiger counter machine in the middle of an earthquake. She knows what she wants to tell herself, but she’s seventeen and a bundle of hormones and emotions.

She switches on the car radio. Read More

Speak Of The Devil By Shawna Romkey

Blog Diva - Sunday, September 29, 2013

My debut novel, a YA paranormal romance called Speak of the Devil released March 15, 2013. Book two in the series, The Devil Made Me is due out early 2014. Come to my site and enter my Giveaway today! Also, comment below for a chance to win an e-copy of Speak of the Devil!

Speak of the Devil
What happens when falling in love and falling from grace collide?

High school junior Lily Tyler dies along with her two best friends in a car accident, but miraculously she comes back to life several minutes later. Unable to deal with her loss or her survivor’s guilt, she moves to her dad’s. While there trying to heal from this tragedy and to come to terms with the event, she meets some people at her new school who are all too eager to help her. Struggling to fight her feelings for two of these strange new acquaintances, Luc and Mo, she finds out who and what they really are.< /p>
Lily must move on from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, and find a way to stop a divine war with the fallen angels, all while trying to pass the eleventh grade.

Excerpt

Rain fell, not uncommon for late spring in Missouri. “If you don’t like the weather here,” my grandfather would say, “wait five minutes.” Of course, I’d visited distant relatives in Maine once before, and they said the same thing.

Julie fumbled with the wipers while I pulled the sun visor down to check my face in its little rectangular mirror, even though I’d only left my vanity like five minutes ago. The lights on either side lit up the interior of the car. I reached into my tiny party purse to find my lip gloss, which was easy to locate since I’d only packed the essentials in my bag: phone, some cash, and make-up. As I glanced at myself, I saw Mike in the reflection, smiling at me from the back seat. I stuck my tongue out at him, making him laugh, and put on the lip-gloss, fully aware of how flirty I acted.
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Buried Truth By Brenda Maxfield

Blog Diva - Sunday, September 01, 2013

Greetings, Friends! My name is Brenda Maxfield, and I’m delighted to be a guest today at RomCon®. For those of you who love Young Adult books and would enjoy a getaway to the Washington Coast, I’d like to introduce my new release, Buried Truth! Since I grew up on the Washington Coast (although now I’m a landlocked Hoosier!), I had a lot of fun writing this book. The story plunged me right back into those misty teenage days, with the pounding surf and the cool ocean breezes.

Except when I walked along the ocean, there was never a guy like Andrew waiting for me! Ha!

Here’s the Blurb for Buried Truth (Ocean Mist Book One):

Nearly a decade has passed, but Mags can’t forget what she did. Now at 17 years old, the shame continues to haunt her, coloring her world. She throws herself into every worthwhile project available, struggling for redemption. Read More

Shifting Dreams By JM Kline

Blog Diva - Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book Blurb

The town of Shadow Hills has secrets.

Nestled in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains lays the town of Shadow Hills.

Driving through, you would never suspect the town’s inhabitants have secrets.

Tessa’s is the biggest secret the town’s seen in a century.

Tessa Brooks has lived all her life in Shadow Hills. She’s always thought she was just another ordinary girl. She is wrong. Read More

Prophecy Girl By Cecily White

Blog Diva - Sunday, April 28, 2013

High school sucks! But, for angelblood demonslayer Amelie Bennett, even the worst days usually go better than this. Read on for a PROPHECY GIRL excerpt of Amelie’s senior placement exam at St. Michael’s Guardian Training Academy.

PROPHECY GIRL by Cecily White (EntangledTeen, 2013)


I touched the door lightly, the creaky hinge inching open. For all the atmospheric build up of the house, I had to admit I was disappointed. There were no pentagrams, no animal sacrifices, no voodoo talismans. It just looked like a boring, old room. We’d been told to expect the unexpected for our field tests, but this wasn’t quite what I’d had in mind.  Read More