THIS SUMMER by Katlyn Duncan – The Trailer Reveal & Guest Post

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I am super excited to be participating in the trailer reveal for Katlyn Duncan’s THIS SUMMER. It’s awesome and it makes me even more excited to read the book and I can’t wait for its release on July 9th.

I am also thrilled to be able to share a guest post in which characters Hadley and Lily share their Top “Summer to Remember” Must Haves.

If you haven’t yet heard of this upcoming New Adult release from Author Katlyn Duncan, the book’s description is below. And if you haven’t yet “met” the author, her details and places to find her online are also below.

But first, here is the THIS SUMMER Trailer. I can’t wait to share it with you. What do you think?

LINK:  http://youtu.be/fJoqD3_bn_w

Hadley and Lily’s Top ‘Summer to Remember’ Must Haves

 Hadley: Hey everyone. My best friend, Lily, and me are going to tell you our top must haves for this summer.

Lily: This girl is headed to college in the Fall and it’s our last summer together before “growing up”. I’ll start! My number one is boys.

Hadley: (eye roll)

Lily: What? Boys are important for a summer to remember. And now that we’re both single we can have a little fun with them.

Hadley: Are you done?

Lily: Fine. What’s your number one?

Hadley: (grins) My best friend.

Lily: Oh! And a job working with your best friend.

Hadley: Yes that too.

Lily: (pauses dramatically) And on a serious note…sunscreen.

Hadley: UV protection is important.

Lily: I was thinking more along the lines of awful tan lines.

Hadley: Okay…

Lily: Next is…parties. And oh! Older brothers who can get supplies for parties, if you know what I mean.

Hadley: Oh my God…

Lily: So we have boys, best friends, a job WITH a best friend, sunscreen, parties, brothers, what else?

Hadley: Camp!

Lily: That counts as a job with your best friend.

Hadley: Camp should be a category of its own—

Lily: Here we go…

Hadley: But without camp we wouldn’t have had the best summers of our lives. And we will be a part of making that happen for the kids.

Lily: Yeah. I’m still sticking with boys.

Hadley: You’re hopeless, but I do love you! Well that does it, everyone. Be sure to make this summer, a summer to remember. And comment below with your must haves I’d love to hear them!

About THIS SUMMER

Release date: July 9, 2014

Publisher: Carina UK

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

ISBN: 9781472096449

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Description…

Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas – ex-boyfriends who don’t seem to know what ‘ex’ means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn’t anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.

Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt – for leaving, for coming back… Now he’s just passing through to tie up loose ends but it’s clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it’s built on two years of lies…

This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change – again?

Find it at…

AMAZON | AMAZON UK | GOODREADS

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K30MDO8

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Summer-Katlyn-Duncan-ebook/dp/B00K30MDO8/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22010889-this-summer

Coming soon… iBooks, Nook UK, Kobo, Google Play, & Sony Store.

About Katlyn Duncan 

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Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

 WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST | INSTAGRAM | TUMBLR | YOUTUBE | GOODREADS

Website: http://www.katlynduncan.com/

Blog: http://katlynduncan.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katlyn_duncan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/duncankatlyn

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/duncankatly/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/duncan_katlyn?ref=badge

Tumblr: http://katlynduncan.tumblr.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7060690.Katlyn_Duncan

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NA STREET TEAM 2014 SUMMER READS GIVEAWAY

NA Summer Reads

It is my honor and pleasure to share with you the 2014 NA Street Team Summer Reads List. To celebrate this occasion, we are conducting a rafflecopter giveaway.

GIVEAWAY RAFFLECOPTER

Grand Prize Package (One Winner)

 

  • Signed paperback copy of Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. (US Only) – Sponsored by Author Pk Hrezo
  • Signed paperback copy of Another New Life & $10 Starbucks Gift Card – Sponsored by Author Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
  • Ebook version of Winning the Player & $10 Amazon Gift Card – Sponsored by Author Leesa Bow
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card – Sponsored by Author Katlyn Duncan
  • Signed paperback copy of Adam’s List – Sponsored by Author Jennifer Ann
  • Ebook version of Walk with Me & $10 Starbucks Gift Card – Sponsored by Author Kaitlyn Stone
  • Signed paperback copy of Impulsion & $5 Amazon Gift Card – Sponsored by Author Jamie Magee 

Check out our Summer Reading List: 

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Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc by Pk Hrezo 

Book Blurb: It’s the year 2069 and even though eighteen-year-old Bianca Butterman is heir to the family biz, she may never see the day her time-craft license becomes official. When a government agent starts nosing around the operation, Butterman Travel, Inc. gets stuck with a full audit—part of a government take-over scheme to shut down all private time travel agencies. Enter former boy band superstar, Tristan Helms, desperate to retrieve a lost item from his past and willing to pay triple fare for a time-trip to get there, and Bianca has to find a way to complete the job and return home before the government gets wind and shuts down the family biz for good.

Check out Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. on Amazon

Connect with Pk Hrezo:  Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Another New Life by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Book Blurb:  Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Talented, smart and beautiful on the outside and insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready for college and ready to start Another New Life.  An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life.Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids. Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?

Check out Another New Life on Amazon

Connect with Sydney Aaliyah Michelle:  Blog | Facebook | Twitter

 

Winning the Player

Winning the Player by Leesa Bow

Book Blurb:  When injury destroyed her dream of playing college basketball, Aubree Taylor fled overseas. Now she’s finally home again and ready to move on with her life. Until she runs into Hunter Stone on her first night out, the only guy who’s ever meant anything to her – and the last person she wants to see. Since she ran out on him two years ago, Hunter hasn’t been able to get Aubree off his mind. The sexy football star has had girls all over him for years, but Aubree is the only one to have ever seen behind the cocky persona he puts on for the crowd. Despite her attempts to keep her distance, Aubree is unable to resist the strong attraction between them and it isn’t long before they fall into a passionate relationship. She has never been afraid of a challenge, but Hunter’s arrogance and inablity to trust are testing her to her limits. Aubree must decide whether to follow her heart and lower her guard…or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

Check out Winning the Player on Amazon

Connect with Leesa Bow:  Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

This Summer by Katlyn Duncan

This Summer by Katlyn Duncan

This Summer by Katlyn Duncan

Book Blurb:  Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas – ex-boyfriends who don’t seem to know what ‘ex’ means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn’t anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago. Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt – for leaving, for coming back… Now he’s just passing through to tie up loose ends but it’s clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it’s built on two years of lies… This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change – again?

Check out This Summer on Amazon

Connect with Katlyn Duncan:  Blog | Facebook | Twitter

 

Adam's List by Jennifer Ann

Adam’s List by Jennifer Ann

Adam’s List by Jennifer Ann

Book Blurb:  Everyone wanted to be Jewels Peterson in high school. Naturally beautiful, exceptionally smart, talented cheerleader, life of the party, and with an All-American boyfriend to boot. One regrettable choice and fatal accident later, and Jewels found herself unceremoniously knocked off her pedestal. Now she’s in college, going through the motions, but not really living.  Adam Murphy is easy-going, charming, considerate, and crazy good looking; he’s exactly the kind of guy Jewels pictures herself being happy with. But Jewels is already involved with someone, and Adam makes it known that he’s guarding a dark secret, one that makes him the wrong guy for her. Trumped by the promise of an innocent friendship, Jewels is forced to ignore her overwhelming hunger for Adam.  After Jewels unknowingly helps Adam create a bucket list, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime that pushes their platonic relationship to its limits. But does she want to be with Adam without knowing the truth behind the skeletons in his closet, or is being with him just another pointless thing in her life?

Check out Adam’s List on Amazon

Connect with Jennifer Ann:  Website | Facebook | Twitter 

 

Walk with Me by Kaitlyn Stone

Walk with Me by Kaitlyn Stone

Book Blurb:  What dictates the path in life we take and who we choose to walk with? After escaping her abusive parents, nineteen-year-old Kenna Sloane is determined to create an independent life, free of emotional distraction. The last thing this focused college student wants is a relationship, especially with a hot rookie cop popular with the badge bunnies.  When Kenna reluctantly agrees to a double date with Santa Monica cop Donovan Alexander, she’s launched on an exciting and dangerous journey. With time, she discovers some souls are instinctively drawn together to quiet the pain of their traumatic pasts. But even after the revelation of Donovan’s own secret burden, Kenna continues to battle the fear she may be too broken for her modern day knight in blue.

Check out Walk with Me on Goodreads – Available July 2014

Connect with Kaitlyn Stone:  Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Impulsion by Jamie Magee

Book Blurb:  With a glance Wyatt Doran stole Harley Tatum’s heart. With each summer that passed, touch by touch, they robbed each other’s innocence, birthing a love that was so deep that it scorched within. Without warning, they were ripped from the clutches of each other, placed in lives that were worlds apart. Only to cross paths after a freak accident where Harley’s horse rig was flipped. An accident that Wyatt Doran, from fire station 32, responded. The tension was immediate, the emotions were raw. One breath told them they were not the same as before, one touch…changed their world.

Check out Impulsion on Amazon

Connect with Jamie Magee:  Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

The rafflecopter will run for one week. We will announce the winner at our Facebook Party on June 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm Central!

Good luck and happy reading!

 

 

Q & A FROM A READER LIVES 1000 LIVES BLOG – KAITLYN STONE STYLE

Q & A From A Reader Lives 1000 Lives Blog

I was featured on A Reader Lives 1000 Lives Book Blog this week for my Cover Reveal and they asked me some really fun questions. Enjoy!

1) Waiting in line at Starbucks, what are you ordering? I don’t drink coffee, so my standard order is a large (I refuse to learn the Starbucks lingo – I guess the hipster in me) China tips green tea.

2) Who was your first book boyfriend? That would have to be from Scott Spencer’s book, Endless Love. They just remade the movie.

3) Last song you couldn’t get enough of? Lorde’s Royals. I can’t get enough. She has such a unique sound. Love her.

4) At this very moment, do your socks match? Barefoot. I hate shoes and go barefoot every chance I get.

5) Dog-earing: okay or unforgivable? (The folding of book pages… NOT earrings on dogs) I used to dog-ear, but when I started reading books two, three, four, or even more times, I learned to use a marker. Now I have an eReader so even better.

6) What is your super power? My super power would be able to heal myself and someone else; that way I can do all the crazy adventures I crave without the fear of permanently hurting myself and I can take someone with me.

7) Dog person or cat person? I was a cat person growing up. I loved their independent attitude and anti-social behavior. But now, as an adult, I’ve become a dog person. They’re just part of the family, loyal, fun, social, and an excuse to go to the dog park and chat up other owners. You meet the most interesting people/characters at a dog park.

8. Nickname? Too naughty to say. They’re all special, pet names between me and my husband.

9) If you had to leave one piece of advice for the next generation, what would it be? Take care of your skin. Sun damage is irreversible. Seriously, use sun screen.

10) Tell me about your best author fangirl moment! (Either one you had or one someone had with you!) Don’t have one. Yet.

11) Are the men in your stories your ideal? Do you write them based off of someone? I write my characters based on a certain personality type – usually Alphas, but I borrow character traits from a few different people, combine that with specific quirks or strengths I think a person with his specific background/backstory would have, and then finally mix in what I find attractive in a man. I fall in love with my leading man while I’m writing his story. If they don’t make my heart thud, I couldn’t expect them to do the same for my readers.

12) Do you return your buggy to its proper location after grocery shopping? Yes, I’m a total dork. After my husband and I go shopping at Costco and load our goods, I push the cart to the cart corral and he drives the car over to pick me up. We make a good team.

13) Can you leave us fans with some juicy tidbit? A secret? (WE WON’T TELL!) A pet peeve? Ooo, a secret? How about this…My book WALK WITH ME was inspired by my own fairytale romance with my husband and about half of this book was based on true events in my own life. When people say, “I could write a book about my life…” That’s exactly what I did, but fictionalized it, created characters to speak the dialogue I wanted and project the message I wanted to spread about true love. Once my characters had life, though, they started saying and doing things that I didn’t intend. In my sequel, TURN TO ME, my characters are acting in a way that I’m not completely comfortable with, but really reflects the personality I’ve created and in line with their backstory. I’ve already written the ending, but the path my characters have been taking to get there has been a little bit out of my comfort zone. I want them to behave properly and they just don’t want to, which may make for some spicy, exciting scenes.

 

THE WRITING PROCESS BLOG TOUR – TAG, YOUR IT!

The Writing Process Tour by Kaitlyn Stone

Last week I was tagged in Vincent Morrone’s Blog, a fellow New Adult Author, and asked to join The Writing Process Tour. It’s an interesting concept for a blog tour where you follow author to author to learn of each person’s different writing process.  I’m sure my process will evolve with time and even streamline, but to date this is the process I  follow:

What am I working on?

 I’m just finishing the final edits on my debut novel, Walk with Me, while at the same time working on the sequel, Turn to Me (Book 2 in The Thin Blue Thread Series) www.bookstrand.com.

When I sat down to write a love story inspired by my real-life first love as a tribute to our very own fairytale romance, I never thought a book would be the end result, but 80,000 words later that’s exactly what I had. I wanted to express in words what his love meant to me and how it changed me as a person, never to see or experience life the same.

My goal was to capture the essence of true love through an intriguing story and create rich, life-like characters to speak of the emotions I felt when falling in love for the first time. One chapter turned into two, and those, plus twenty-two more became a book. Once I realized my goal of actually writing a book was going to come to fruition, I wished to share my story with the world, to inspire others to believe in true love and happily-ever-after’s. Choosing our milestone anniversary as its publication date, I planned to self-publish my completed novel for my husband’s gift. What better way to tell the man of your dreams how much you truly love him, then sharing it with the world.

I admit I have always gravitated toward love stories and happily-ever-after’s, forever chasing the first love dragon. There’s nothing like the witty banter between characters, fueling their physical attraction, and the anticipation of their first kiss. Add in the push and pull from the couple’s sexual tension and the world trying to tear them apart, and you have a recipe for an exciting, steamy romance. Place the couple in interesting locations, living adventures most only dream of and the journey propels you forward through the pages. Sprinkle in danger for both the hero and heroine to combat and the courage and strength of the characters shine through.

Because I’m not a writer by training, I worked with writing critique groups to fine tune my manuscript before the planned release date of summer, 2014. As a fluke, not expecting any response, I submitted my completed manuscript to a publishing house, and a week later I was offered a contract. My debut novel, Walk with Me, a Bookstrand Romance, will be available at amazon.com in summer, 2014 and in print later this fall.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

My Contemporary New Adult novel follows the similar formula seen in most New Adult books. A story of first love romance with the hero and heroine battling and overcoming issues from their past, all leading to the all-consuming emotional and physical connection, bonded with love and a HEA. My books are more character driven than plot driven, concentrating on the development of rich, life-like characters. I write in first person POV, and my current two novels in The Thin Blue Thread Series are all in the lead heroine’s POV.

In addition to my novels being character driven, I concentrate on portraying positive messages and coping mechanisms with dealing and working through the emotional issues presented in the character’s lives. Too many novels portray twenty-something’s as cutters, bulimics, addicts, or worse, and I choose to write about survivors who cope in ways that aren’t self-destructive.

Why do I write what I do?

I write New Adult because I’m in love with falling in love. But not falling in love with just anyone. I’m addicted to the feeling of falling in love for the very first time. What I call chasing the first love dragon. It’s that feeling of excitement and rush of emotions surging through your veins similar to jumping out of an airplane and free-falling through the atmosphere with only the faith that a thin, silky piece of fabric will magically appear and safely guide your body to earth. Add in the daily struggles as a new adult, trying to find your place in the world, and unusual external conflicts, and you have the formula for the perfect first love relationship.

How does my writing process work?

Because my books are mainly character driven, I usually start with that. I know the basic formula for my story. Girl meets boy or boy meets girl. There’s a mutual attraction, but boy or girl, or both are struggling with a cord cut too short for them to make a true connection. No matter how hard the couple stretches that cord, life interferes and blocks or stalls their unity. It isn’t until they work together and overcome these obstacles, do they fully embrace their love and live HEA. The usual first-love story. But to me what makes each story different are the characters. Who they are on the inside, their hopes and dreams, and what drives them in life? I write a two or three page character description of my main characters, including their back story and shorter descriptions, but just as detailed of my secondary characters. Once I know who my characters are, the words they say come naturally and their reaction to situations is determined by their back story. I like to use inspirations from my own life adventures to set a scene, but how the characters behave in that scene is up to them.

Next week is Kady Winter, author of Historical Fiction touched by magic.

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Kady Winter is a long-time screenwriter and playwright (as Lynne Moses) whose journey into fiction began with an adaptation of one of her screenplay “passion projects.” That manuscript became the first in a young adult historical fantasy series, “The Poteet Chronicles,” and won the YA category of the Virginia Romance Writers’ “Fool for Love” contest plus finaled in the YA category of the Orange County RWA chapter’s “Orange Rose” contest. Entangled’s “Smackdown” on the Savvy Authors web site inspired Kady to launch a New Adult series in the 2013 NaNoWriMo 30-day writing challenge. That effort produced the first novel in her “Twin Birch House Series,” called “All That Shimmers.” Kady is a member of SCBWI and RWA, and is a Board Member of LARA, the Los Angeles Chapter of RWA.

Works in Progress: These are outline on my web site – http/www.kadywinter.com/my-young-adult-and-new-adult-fiction/