Cover Reveal ~ A HOLD ON ME

A cover reveal, guys for an amazing debut by Pat Esden, the New Adult Paranormal Novel, A HOLD ON ME. I cannot wait to read this book!

The Blurb:

She never wanted to return.

He wants nothing more than for her to leave.

But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.

Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue”until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine” and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.

Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support” Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings” and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy.

And now the cover…

 

988584_1153980441284389_1605057989958254594_n

The first in a new series, here’s a note from the author:

So this is not the first cover Kensington created for A HOLD ON ME. The first cover was beautiful: a young woman with a very determined look on her face, standing in front of a vista of windswept pine trees. It was a wonderful cover, but it also screamed Young Adult novel” and A HOLD ON ME is New Adult. For those of you who are not familiar with the difference, in Young Adult fiction the main character is most often 13 to18 years old. In New Adult, the main character is between 19 and 25. The New Adult category covers a wide range of experiences, from college, to entering the military, marriage, first jobs, heartache, . . . and, of course, most often sex. NA novels are intended for a different readership than YA and most often not a good choice for younger YA readers.

This cover is startling different from the first, and a million times more fitting for the novel. The woman on this cover looks like twenty-year-old Annie, the story’s main character. Also, the darker colors and gorgeous starkness of this cover reflects the novel’s gothic tone and hints at lurking paranormal elements in a sophisticated way. But enough of this, I hope the cover intrigues you. And, no, I’m not going to tell you what paranormal element is at the heart of this story.

How to find out more about Ms. Esden: www.PatEsden.com

Add it on Goodreads: HERE

This Crazy Little Thing Called, ComiCon

IMG_2164 Once, long ago, in a galaxy far far away, Rachel Anne’s soul was created to be a nerd’s soul.

Now, you need to understand that nerds are a unique breed of creature, both passionate and determined. We’ll stand in line for hours to get a glimpse of our favorite fandom king or writer. We get a thrill from free pins to put on our lanyards (we also love lanyards). Yet we’re also very polite about it all; no one tramples you to get to the free T-Shirt; our favorite words as we whack each other with our foam costumes are, Excuse me, sorry. We become fast friends, chatting about trolls and magical wizards as we wait on sore feet for that free new book that could be all the rage. Continue reading

It’s An Aidan!

winter_rose_by_thepix-d4htszsSo, today is my baby book’s day of birth!!! I shall be celebrating by folding laundry because I am so glamorous!! #JustLikeBeyonce Woohoo!!! But I thought it would be nice to ALSO huzzah by making WINTER ROSE, my YA Historical Romance, free for the next few days! 🙂

Therefore, pass on the good news of freeness and fold some laundry along side me! We’ll be one step closer to world peace.

http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Rose-Rachel-Marks-ebook/dp/B006C75V86

True Confessions

Hello, my name is Rachel, and I’m an audiobook addict. It has been countless years since my last confession.

I began with “Unnamed Book” one year ago because, I’m sad to say, I could NOT read the darn thing without wanting to throw it across the room. This way I could get through all those adverbs and telling dialogue without murdering any stucco. And I could finally experience this book that everyone under the sun was raving about. It was perfect! I listened to a ton after that (yay audible!) since I was on deadline for an art book and had lots of time to let my mind wander but no time to read or write (I also learned I was OCD because every time something came up that annoyed me I’d edit out loud, rewording the darn thing like a nervous tick).

Since that time I have journeyed through many tales of whoa and drama. My favorite being Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer. LOVE. So much love, people. Kaladin is king of all awesome!

Another amazing listen is The Sky Is Everywhere, read by Julia Whelan. So much lovely.

I listen while I work out, while I draw or work on designs, and while I wash dishes (Ha! As if I ever do such a thing).

And, so how excited do you think that I was when I heard my own audiobook sample?! Pretty freaking excited, people. Pa-retty excited. It helped a TON that the actor was totes amazing!!! A nice guy, and super talented, that Will Damron. And he really becomes Aidan!

But I’ll let you hear for yourself 😉

 

***

Add to that: I’VE FINISHED BOOK TWO!!!! Darkness Fair is headed into edit mode!!! This story is totally cray, guys . . .

Oh, and don’t forget: TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY THE 1ST, IS THE BOOK BIRTHDAY OF MY VERY FIRST BOOK BABY! 

Naked ~ Dreams

http://thesong.deviantart.com/art/Childhood-Dream-190009631
http://thesong.deviantart.com/art/Childhood-Dream-190009631

After a very long twelve year journey through motherhood, homeschooling, losing a baby in the womb, losing our ranch to the bank, losing my hair to cancer, and losing many loved-ones to the Eternal Journey, including a beloved father, I have come to a crossroads once more. I have reached the point I’ve been aiming for for so long . . .

The strange thing is, I’ve been striving and hyper-focusing on moving forward for so many years it’s as if I don’t know what to do with this moment of standing in the spot I’d been walking towards. Continue reading

The Ghost of Manuscript Past ~ 777

3330b213a9d28153ce1525d88c42448aAll the SEVENS!!! I’ve been tagged in one of those thingies where you post pieces of your works in progress from the past. So this is going to be 7 lines from page 7 and a tag of 7 more authors. Hence, 777.

Yes, I said, hence. I am old as Dickens.

From my ghosty manuscript of GOLDEN, which I’m still hoping may become a book someday. It’s in the same “world order” as The Dark Cycle, just set in the future. I’m going to break all the rules of the tag (because this is me here) and post all of page 7. Plus I’m only going to tag three writers. See what a rebel I am?

Here’s a quick frame of reference: Aryana is our point of view character. She is playing a Lunch Game; catch a crawler and kill it. Or die, whatevs. She’s a slave so no one really cares what happens to her.

Continue reading