Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy 3 Month Anniversary, Catalyst!

It's hard to believe that Kristin Smith, my critique partner, had a book published 3 months ago today (where does time go?)  Catalyst, a YA dystopian novel, debuted with a fun launch party:




(pictures from Kristin's FB page)


And has some great praise:



It's also been stocked in Barnes & Noble across the country, as shown here by Kristin's husband. He found this copy in Pennsylvania. Other states Catalyst has been sighted in include North Carolina, Kansas, & New York!




So here's to Catalyst, and to the 3 months it's been out in the world. And to Kristin, a talented and wonderful friend: All that chocolate on a plate is for you. ;) (A chocolate cupcake, with fudge in the middle, and fudge-swirled icing, yum









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A fast-paced thrilling adventure, full of danger, romance, and deception—perfect for fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent series or Marie Lu's Legend.

Too pretty.
Too smart.
Too perfect.

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn't fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she's ever known and loved changes in an instant.

With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she's falling for as bait.

In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who's too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren't what they seem, and the secrets they're hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.

Catalyst can be found at AmazonB&N, and many other major retail sites. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Q&A with Brett Jonas




Pizza paired with reading, what could be better?! I was thrilled to discover the A Pizza My Heart anthology, and I'm very excited to have Brett Jonas here today, one of the authors!

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1. If there could only be one High Ruler of all Pizza Toppings, what would it be? 
Any kind of meat. I'm not picky. Bacon, sausage, pepperoni... it's all good.


2. Favorite place in the world to get a slice?
I'm from the particular region of Indiana that thinks that Papa John's is the only place to get pizza. (Their garlic sauce is at least 50% of that line of reasoning, not going to lie. Haha)


3. What was the inspiration behind your short story, Pizzamergency?
My short story involves a girl who's having a gazillion baby goats born in one day, and she hasn't had a chance to eat anything, and her boyfriend brings pizza. Well, I live on a goat farm, and there was a day last spring where we had twenty-one babies born, and I didn't get to eat anything. Now, I didn't have a cute boyfriend bringing me pizza, but my mom brought us tuna fish sandwiches! So I totally drew from real life and modified a few details to turn it into a short story about pizza. :)


4. As a young author starting your career, what are your goals in the next five years?
I would love to get a book published in the next five years. While there's not much that I can do to guarantee that I'll reach my goal, I can try!


5. You're opening a pizza parlor (congratulations!) What would you name it?
I'd probably call it Giovanna's, after my Italian great-great-grandmother, who came over from Italy when she was only eighteen or nineteen. We'd serve our pizza with her signature sauce! 

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Brett Jonas is a writer, reader, Christian, lover of chocolate, and over-user of smiley faces. After being homeschooled her whole life, she’s now taking classes at the local community college and working in her family’s business, Goat Milk Stuff, with her seven younger siblings. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, reading, working, or doing homework, you can find her wasting time on Twitter as @BookSquirt, where she loves making friends and using too many exclamation points.


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And this anthology is at a great deal right now, everyone. Only .99 cents!! Can't beat a buck for a fun weekend read... =)



Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.