Monday, March 10, 2014

I got an agent--yay--giveaway!!!!

Hey all! I hope your New Year has been fantabulous so far! I have a good feeling about 2014, especially since I landed an agent. Finally!!! Cue the choir, "Halleluiah, Halleluiah!"

 Thank you Michelle Johnson for loving Club Neverland and believing in my writing ability!

 In honor of this holy-bleep-I-still-can't-believe-it-happened event, I'm going to do an awesome giveaway! Three signed novels from three incredibly talented young adult authors and a $25.00 VISA gift card, so you can buy more books, or a book light, or new glasses, or whatever it is you need to keep reading.

The first two novels are by debut authors Vivi Barnes and Christy Farley.

 OLIVIA TWISTED by Vivi Barnes!

He tilts my chin up so my eyes meet his, his thumb brushing lightly across my lips. I close my eyes. I know Z is trouble. I know that being with him is going to get me into trouble. I don’t care. At least at this moment, I don’t care. 

Tossed from foster home to foster home, Olivia’s seen a lot in her sixteen years. She’s hardened, sure, though mostly just wants to fly under the radar until graduation. But her natural ability with computers catches the eye of Z, a mysterious guy at her new school. Soon, Z has brought Liv into his team of hacker elite—break into a few bank accounts, and voila, he drives a motorcycle. Follow his lead, and Olivia might even be able to escape from her oppressive foster parents. As Olivia and Z grow closer, though, so does the watchful eye of Bill Sykes, Z’s boss. And he’s got bigger plans for Liv… 

I can picture Liv’s face: wide-eyed, trusting. Her smooth lips that taste like strawberry Fanta. It was just a kiss. That’s all. She’s just like any other girl. Except that she’s not. Thanks to Z, Olivia’s about to get twisted. 

 GILDED By Christina Farley! 

 Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting into a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god, Haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she's next. But that’s not Jae’s only problem. There's also Marc. Irresistible and charming, Marc threatens to break the barriers around Jae's heart. As the two grow closer, Jae must decide if she can trust him. But Marc has a secret of his own—one that could help Jae overturn the curse on her family for good. It turns out that Jae's been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she's always been looking for. 

 Last but definitely not least, I'm giving away J. A. Souders sequel to her debut novel Renegade (Elysium Chronicles) 

REVELATIONS by J.A. Souders!

 The Elysium Chronicles, J.A. Souders’ riveting SF series for teens which began with the psychological thriller Renegade, continues in Revelations. Six weeks after her arrival on the Surface, Evelyn Winters is no closer to unlocking the memories lost in her subconscious than she was when she first came. Isolated in a strange new society, Evie has only Gavin Hunter to remind her of who she once was. But even with a clean slate, it’s easy to see that Evie doesn’t fit in on the Surface. And as her differences make her feel more and more alone, she can’t help but yearn for that place she doesn’t remember: the isolated city hidden in the depths of the ocean. Elysium. Home. But she can’t exactly tell Gavin what she’s feeling. Not when he’s the one who helped her escape Elysium in the first place, and has the scars to prove it. Though the doctors say otherwise, Gavin believes that Evie just needs time. And if her memories don’t come back, well, maybe she’s better off not remembering her past. But the decision may be out of their hands when Evie’s ever-elusive memories begin to collide with reality. People and images from her past appear in the most unlikely places, haunting her, provoking her…and making her seem not only strange but dangerous. Evie and Gavin can’t wait around for her memories to return. They’ll have to journey across the Outlands of the Surface to find help, and in the end, their search may just lead them back to the place it all started… 

 Isn't that a beautiful cover!?! The first novel cover for Renegade was amazing too. 

 The contest will start on March 11th and go for one week ending on March 19th at midnight! Good luck and thanks for entering!!!!! a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Congrats, Tara! I'm so excited for you. That's such awesome news. Good luck with it. Rafflecopter's not working. I loved Christy's book. Would love to enter the contest.

    1. It should be working now! Thanks again!

  2. Something exciting that happened is that my amazing critique partner got an agent!!! Woohoo! ;)

  3. Yippee! About time, right? Way to go, Tara!

  4. Something exciting that happened is that I met up with an old friend from high school whom I haven't seen in years!

  5. Congrats!!! Something amazing that happened in my life is I got an offer from a small press for my debut. :-)

  6. Major congratulations!!! I remember that feeling when someone finally believed in me. (Even though you have other people in your life who believe in you, for some reason, signing with an agent feels amazingly gratifying!) Thanks for sharing the news on #WS4U! *happy dance*

    Sheri at Writer's Alley

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  7. Congratulations, that is awesome!!!

    Something amazing that happened to me is that my husband and I were finally able to take a weekend trip to Texas to visit his siblings, it was so much fun! Thank you :)

  8. Something amazing that's happened is that I have won more book giveaways than last year!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  9. Yay again, so happy for you. I always knew you could do it. You're an amazing writer! Can't wait to grab your books off the bookshelf at Books a Million.

  10. I finally bought a car instead of leasing one!

  11. I bought a new house so that was amazing!


  12. Congratulations! That is awesome! Something I thought was amazing for me was that I went to my first book tour signing this year!

  13. Welcome to agented life, haha. We're agency siblings. Nice to meet you and I'll be reading your blog now and then. :)