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KICKSTARTER ALERT: Adventures of the Dress

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Cara Elizabeth, Waiting on Wednesday | 0 comments

KICKSTARTER ALERT: Adventures of the Dress

I love to celebrate amazing books so I wanted to tell you about The Adventures of the Dress by Cara Vescio (you probably recognize her because she was one of Pen & Muse’s Map To Self-Publishing Authors). She’s embarked on the most incredible journey to celebrate women all through adventures while wearing the SAME dress. I think I’ve mentioned this before but, I love The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It’s one of the coolest books (and movies) ever. The idea of being bonded to fellow women and empowered through a simple piece of clothing is so interesting to me. I think all too often, as women, we’re pressured to look a certain way or act a certain way. But what I loved about The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (besides Costas) was that the jeans embraced each girl no matter who she was, what she looked like, or where in the world she was located. I wished that this could be real.   And then it kind of did become real thanks to fabulous author Cara Vescio. And what’s even cooler…YOU can be a part of the story.     I met Cara through Twitter. She’s a writer, I’m a writer, and we just clicked.   We talked more and more via Twitter and at some point she wrote and had her book series (Elegantly Wasted, Uncontrollably Wasted, etc.) was picked up and published. It’s a new adult series about a kick-ass assassin who is dripping in sarcasm.  Seriously, she’s one of the best female main characters I’ve ever read. But I digress.   Our friendship progressed to the point where I met her in person! She was featured in the Las Vegas Book Festival so I drove out from California and helped man her book table. It was a blast. Then she came to California to visit. And again last year, when ALA came to her state, I drove out to Vegas and we hung out together. If you don’t know her…Let me tell you about Cara.   She’s just as kick-ass as her females in her books. She’s smart. Talented. Hilarious. A creative genius. And like Frankie (from the Wasted series) dripping with sarcasm that only makes you love her more. Cara believes in writing and she believes in women, and that’s why when she told me about her new project, I couldn’t help but squeal in delight!     What is The Adventures of the Dress? I’ll let Cara tell you.   Why do I think this project kicks ass? Because it showcases ALL WOMEN, in all sizes, shapes, locations, ages, and celebrates their diversity, their uniqueness, and their strength as women. Actually, some of my favorite author-ly women are in it too, like Rebekah Crane and New York Times best-selling author Jessica Park!     How can you be a part of it? It’s simple! Help fund her Kickstarter! And get a kick-ass book too along with it (and some cool swag). Fund Adventures of the Dress!   What if you can not afford it? Like any book, if you love the idea and can’t afford it, spread the word! Tell everyone about it! Because if you love an author or a book, you should share...

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WILD AT HEART by Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Jen Meyers, Reading, Romance | 0 comments

WILD AT HEART by Jinsey Reese and Victoria Green

Well, well, well. If it isn’t my absolute favorite new novel series with a new release! I know. I feel like I’ve been shouting about the Untamed series from rooftops, but let me tell you. It is fantastic! In case you need a reminder of how much I love it, I did a post on it here, and here, and here. Oh, and there may or may not have been a million tweets too. Today at Pen & Muse, Kristen and I are slipping on our cowboy boots and doing a happy dance because we are SO excited that WILD AT HEART (Untamed #4) is out! About Wild at Heart *Warning… contains spoilers since this is #4 in the series* With his dad hell-bent on destroying him, Dare’s life hangs in the balance. Fearing the worst, Reagan rushes from Paris to New York, hoping to get to him in time, only to find their entire world collapsing around them. The threat is too real, risk too high, death too possible. Unfair doesn’t even begin to cover it. Two wild hearts that belong together, trapped in a world trying to break them apart. But a love this strong has to survive…doesn’t it? Get your copy now! Wild at Heart on Amazon Wild at Heart on Barnes and Noble Wild at Heart on Kobo Learn more about The Brothers Wilde series The Untamed Series blog Untamed series on Goodreads Follow the Awesome Authors Victoria on Facebook Victoria on Twitter Jinsey on Facebook Jinsey on Twitter And if that isn’t the bees knees, did you know that the first book in the series, Untamed, is completely FREE right now? Yep. You can get it here. I’ll be counting down the days until my birthday in August now, because book #5, REBEL ROUSED, comes out shortly before it on August 12th! Happy friggen birthday to me! Happy Book Birthday Jinsey and Victoria! Congratulations on a most fantastic book series!...

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The Muses Read: ASPEN by Rebekah Crane

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Reading, Rebekah Crane, Romance, Writing, Young Adult | 0 comments

The Muses Read: ASPEN by Rebekah Crane

It’s time again – time to wish a happy book birthday to one of our own! Muse Rebekah Crane’s ASPEN releases today! That’s serious business, so you know what that means. … We’re breaking our the Taylor Swift gifs. *Note: If you have do not have the  unfortunate problem of having once given me your phone number, I explain all emotions via text in T-Swift or New Girl gifs. Because gifs sometimes are waaaaaaaaay easier to express all the feels quickly.   Bonus:   Aspen by Rebekah Crane Blurb:  One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake. In the next instant, her life changed forever. Aspen doesn’t want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard– because Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels. Popularity, Homecoming Court, hot guys – none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She’s been busy trying to keep her stoner mother Ninny in line and out of unemployment. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics and her therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can’t control … and doesn’t want to. A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, Aspen is about the best-worst accident of your life … and what comes next.   Find it at: Amazon      Muse KJ’s Thoughts Aspen’s life is a series of accidents. But no, don’t freak. By the technical definition of accidents, so is everyone’s. Except one accident became THE accident – the car accident where she lived and Katelyn Ryan died. Suddenly she’s the girl everyone wants to get a look at, and all she’s trying to do is cope with life post accident with an capital A. What happens when your mom spends most of her time high, and all of a sudden friends of the dead girl either love you or hate you? Haunted by the visions of a dead girl, Aspen knows there’s something that she can’t remember about that night. The night Katelyn Ryan died. But there are more important things to think about. What to do after high school. How her best friends are probably going to be in different places, and nothing will be the same. What to do when the one person she’s falling for is exactly the last person she should be associated with. ASPEN is a complex read – bringing humor into dark and edgy topics. Death. How people cope differently. Family. Love. Friendship. Complicated relationships. All of the characters are quirky, believable, and utterly realistic. For such a complicated topic, this read is a breath of fresh air. Yet again, it’s another of Rebekah Crane’s books that I cried during. Other’s Thoughts ASPEN is equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and heart wrenching and will bring you full circle in the experience. – Muse Riki The story line is compelling- especially if you’ve had moments in your teens years where you felt like hiding the truth (and who hasn’t?).Crane’s dialog is beautiful and magnetic. It’s real and humorous. It hits hard at times, but there’s always that humor to bring you back- a key ingredient to those tough trials of life. – Indie Muse Cara Vescio Aspen is one of those books...

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Waiting on Wednesday: Wasteland by C. Elizabeth Vescio

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Cara Elizabeth, Reading, Waiting on Wednesday | 1 comment

Waiting on Wednesday: Wasteland by C. Elizabeth Vescio

I love the Wasted series by C. Elizabeth Vescio. So imagine my delight when she told me she was releasing a compilation book of beginnings. Finally, readers can see a glimpse into the past of the best, brightest, and most dangerous of Osiris agents. I loved the book series so much that I was even able to help pick the tagline of Wasteland, which is, “Survival Not Guaranteed.” It’s perfect! Wasteland follows the release of Elegantly Wasted (book #1) and Uncontrollably Wasted (book #2). Check out Wasteland!   About Wasteland A collection of short stories from the minds of Osiris’ finest lunatics. A mysterious assassin, a manic doctor, a Catholic School girl, a sly con-woman, a confused kid, a driven socialite… you may be surprised how some of these proficient killers started out in the world of Osiris. What do you think? Will you be reading Wastelands? Have you read any of the other books in the wasted series? What book is on your Waiting on Wednesday list? Let me know in the comments below! Shout out to Jill from Breaking the Spine for hosting this weekly blog...

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Ask the Muses: Our Advice for Self Publishing / Indie Publishing

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Faith McKay, Jen Meyers, Leigh Ann Kopans, Map to Self Publishing, Publishing, Rebekah Crane, Writing | 0 comments

Ask the Muses: Our Advice for Self Publishing / Indie Publishing

Ever wish you could get the advice of several authors at once? We’re making it easier for you with our Ask the Muses feature. Have a question for the muses? Send it in through our contact info, ask on our Facebook page, or tweet it with the tag #AskTheMuses!   What is the number one tip you’d give to someone considering self-publishing/ indie-publishing?   Do what you want to do, and figure out what that is. Remind yourself of your goal everyday. If offered a list of achievements, like NYT bestseller stardom, of course we’d all say yes, we’d like that. But what is ultimately important to you? Is it the NYTs list? Is it a certain type of product you want to put out? What are you specifically hoping to accomplish? This will help you focus all facets of how you run your business. It’s easy to walk around directionless and think of all the things you NEED TO DO because you saw someone else doing them, but what is YOUR plan? That’s the beauty of self-publishing: you can do what you want. If you don’t know what that is, you’re going to have a much harder time. My number one tip is network.  Meet as many people in the industry as possible.  Learn from them. Ask for advice.  Writers (for the most part) are very nice, helpful people.  You never know what can happen. Be honest with yourself. Make sure that you really and truly believe your books are publication worthy, and that you have the money to produce them the way you want to. Approach it like a business (because it IS) and put out a professional product. Ask others writers for advice or information. The self-publishing community is a very warm, welcoming, generous group of people willing to share what they know. All you have to do is ask. Utilize that. Learn from the people who are doing it well. Do you have any tips you’d like to...

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Announcing: Liberty Bound by Faith McKay

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Faith McKay, Map to Self Publishing, Reading, Writing | 0 comments

Announcing: Liberty Bound by Faith McKay

  Our own Faith McKay has a new book announcement, and we are so excited to share! Need some early morning swoons? Check out the pretty cover!   Liberty Bound (Lacuna Valley, Book Two) by Faith McKay   Blurb: All Sam ever wanted was to be free of her mother. With a happy home and Nick at her side, life should be great. But life has never been that simple. With the werewolves angry, the deal with the seasonals broken, and her mother on the run with the orb, Sam is more lost than ever. This would be a great time to make use of her prophetic dreams, if she could only figure out how to navigate them. While Sam seems powerless, her little sister is not, and everyone wants to take advantage of her wish-granting abilities. It’s all Sam can do to keep them at bay. At nine years old with powers that could save—or end—the world and a mother who left her for dead, Violet’s had more than her share of awful. Sam’s not about to let anything else happen to her sister. But Violet is starting to realize that with all her power, maybe she doesn’t need Sam’s help at all. You can find the book at these lovely places: Available at: Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. Check out Chapter One of Liberty Bound. Paperbacks are coming in the next few weeks.   Best news? The first book, Prophecy Girl , is still on sale for 99 cents to celebrate! AND!! Faith is participating in a giveaway! Check it out! About Jessi SJessi is a lit junkie - you can either find her reading fantasy books, writing about reading. or reading about writing. When she's not doing that, she's the Publishing Coordinator at Pen and Muse Press, an editorial intern at Month9Books, and writing a novel about the '50s. You can find her on her blog posting cat pictures (listentomuses.wordpress.com) and twitter (link: https://twitter.com/listentomuses).Mail | Web | Twitter | More Posts...

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