Thursday, July 24, 2014

Out Today: My Soon-To-Be Sex Life by @judithtewes !

About the Book:
Charlie is down to her absolute. Total. Last. Resort.

Despite a thoroughly comprehensive list of potential cherry poppers, er…suitors, and careful plotting, Charlie is three weeks into her devirginzation campaign, still untouched, and getting desperate. In the movie of her life, this aspiring screenwriter is giving herself a PG, for please, get some.

Her project goes into freeze frame when her mom checks herself into rehab and packs Charlie off to live with her estranged, or just plain strange, grandfather, Monty. How is she supposed to get a date when she has to go pick up his Depends? 

Enter Eric, a hot rehab grad on the road to redemption, and the only one who can make Charlie rethink her strategy. The more she gets to know him, the more convinced she becomes that is the one, and not just another to add to the list of people who will abandon her.

In this hilarious and heartbreaking story of one girl’s detoured road to womanhood, Charlie’s list develops a life of its own – right when she realizes there’s so much more to lose. 

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About Judith: Judith Tewes resides in small town northern Alberta, where she: writes, sings, plays bass guitar in an all-woman band, walks her three crazy labs, and suspects she's living the life of a superhero's alias.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Introducing LUCKY ME by Cindy Callaghan!

I wanted to wish a happy release day to my friend and fellow writer Cindy Callaghan's.  Her newest tween book LUCKY ME is now available everywhere.  It already got a stellar early review from School Library Journal.

You can check out all the cool 411 from Cindy Callaghan on her website

From School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Middle-schooler Meghan McGlinchey, third daughter in a large, Irish-American family is extremely superstitious. Upon receiving a chain letter in the mail from an Irish relative, she plans to respond quickly so as not to break the chain. In the interest of getting the letter's promised good luck to begin for her even faster, Meghan emails it to the next recipients rather than the mandated way. After a day filled with one calamity after another, she realizes the error of her ways and, with the help of her friend Carissa, she discovers a way to neutralize her bad luck. A family trip to Ireland ensues, complete with a stay at a genuine, if decaying, castle, plenty of unlucky mishaps, and a host of adventures populated with quirky characters. By novel's end, Meghan is able to see that events first thought of as unlucky may have had a silver lining after all. This humorous novel has elements of mystery, sibling drama, Irish history and geography, and a bit of light tween romance. Readers will want to stick around to see if Meghan's luck takes a turn for the better.—Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY

Monday, July 14, 2014

And the Advanced Copy of ISLA goes to...

Thanks to everyone who entered my cover reveal contest and celebrated my new cover for FOREIGN EXCHANGE with me. If you haven't seen it yet, here it is! I'm thrilled with it.

Sadly, I only have one advance copy of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER to give away, but I'm excited that the copy goes to...

Clara Song!

Congratulations, Clara. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And thanks again to everyone who entered!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Introducing HEART & SOUL by @leestraussbooks


Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul is the third book in The Minstrel Series 

(This is a connected book series - while each book can stand alone, they are best enjoyed in sequence.)


She's heartbroken. He's heartless.

Gabriele Baumann-Smith is deliriously in love with her young husband Lennon.
Except, it turns out that Lennon Smith isn't his real name. In fact, he's full of secrets: a cottage on the southern British coast, an old girlfriend and... an identical twin brother.

Callum Jones—not his real name—can't believe his brother's widow came to England. He'd warned Mick—Lennon—that an inheritance could put the girl's life in danger, and he was right.

“Mrs. Smith” is the last thing Callum needs to worry about right now. She's beautiful, sure, takes his breath away at times. But when she looks at him, who does she see?

Gabriele's heart is battered and bruised. Can one brother fix what the other left behind? And will they live long enough to find out?

BUZZ for Heart & Soul
"...this took a turn for the spy/thriller genre, which surprised me, but still carried thestrong romantic flavor and wonderful accompanying music, like the first two books. I think this is a great series and would recommend it to contemporary romance fans." Denise Jaden, author of Foreign Exchange

"Another great book by Lee! This one had action, wit and a forbidden love! Love the characters and their interaction with each other! Can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!" Tressa Sager, Amazon reviewer

"I don't want to give away what the danger is, but suffice it to say, it's a real and plausible threat. Gabrielle is a good leading lady. She doesn't back down from anything or anyone in this book, but she's still vulnerable, making her well-rounded and likable." J Harrell, Amazon reviewer

AMAZON | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | itunes | Google Play

Heart & Soul in Print

The Music from The Minstrel Series Volume 3 Heart & Soul

Featuring the author's daughter, Tasia Strauss!

Lee Strauss' thoughts on The Minstrel Series and Heart & Soul:

"My musician husband and I just randomly started talking about the idea of working on a project together - wouldn't it be great if we could collaborate and merge our two artistic worlds? Writing and Music? That was the seed that started the muse talking, and soon afterward The Minstrel Series was born!

For Heart & Soul, I knew I wanted to move the series from Germany to England (next to Ireland and Boston!) and that I needed a small coastal town not far from London. I used Google Earth to examine the British coastline to search for the perfect town and found it in Emsworth. Living in Germany part-time has its advantages and one of them is its proximity to England. My husband and I did a quick five day research trip. (It also came in handy for the next book, a Christmas novella set in London - stay tuned!) 

Because of the musical aspect of this series, I'm always on the prowl for songs and singers. My connection to the singer-songwriter world via my musical husband has been a big advantage. My husband's musical genes have also been down to our kids, so it's exciting to involve my daughter Tasia in the project to be the singing voice of Gabriele."

Click HERE to read the first chapter of Heart & Soul. 

**One of the entry options will ask a question from the above chapter.

About The Minstrel Series:

The Minstrel Series is a collection of contemporary romance novels set in the singer/songwriter world. The books are companion novels, with shared settings and characters, but each is a complete stand-alone story with a HEA (happily ever after) and no cliffhangers!

The books include MP3 links to original music by talented Indie Artists, so you can hear the characters sing!

#1     Sun & Moon
#2     Flesh & Bone 
#3     Heart & Soul 
#3.5  Peace & Goodwill (Christmas Novella coming Fall 2014)

It also has its own FACEBOOK (link) page and its own BANDCAMP (link) page where you can listen to the original music associated with the books. Albums are also available on AMAZON.

About Lee Strauss:

Lee Strauss is the author of The Minstrel Series (contemporary romance), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian) and young adult historical fiction. She is the married mother of four grown children, three boys and a girl, and divides her time between British Columbia, Canada and Dresden, Germany. When she's not writing or reading she likes to cycle, hike and do yoga. She enjoys traveling (but not jet lag >0), soy lattes, red wine and dark chocolate.


New Release! HEART & SOUL, bk3 in a connected series by @leestrauss #Romance #Thriller #suspense #music #musicians

Love #Romance and #Suspense? #Music? HEART & SOUL, bk3 in a connected series by @leestraussbooks

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Celebrating the new Cover for FOREIGN EXCHANGE!

I'm so excited to show you my beautiful new cover of FOREIGN EXCHANGE!!!

But unfortunately you won't find it here (yet). Rather than displaying my cover on my own blog, a few of my awesome friends are doing the unveiling around the Internet. AND... I'm giving away an advanced copy of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins.

You can enter just by stopping by one of the following blogs and taking a peek at my new cover!

Go enter now! This baby could be yours...

Or...if you don't have time to hop around and really want to enter...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thoughts on ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins @naturallysteph

9627755Thanks to Penguin Canada, I was fortunate enough to read an early copy of ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. I can't tell you how excited I was. I read it in a day.

As with everything Stephanie Perkins writes, ISLA is highly addictive and highly readable and highly romantic. (The author mentioned on Twitter that there was LOTS of kissing, and she wasn't kidding!) It was not difficult to read it in a day (the difficult part was telling Real Life to stop bothering me!)

There was so much to love in this book, from the setting (Paris! New York! Barcelona!), which was described in such fun and interesting detail, to the odd chemistry between a girl who has never been seen and a boy who is too used to being seen. I loved finding out the background of Josh and why he is the way he is, and why he was the way he was in ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. Isla was a sweet and endearing character with an unexpected side to her, which I loved.

I also have a YA romance set in Europe coming out this fall (FOREIGN EXCHANGE, Evernight Teen, October, 14). Interesting tidbit... during my many revisions of FOREIGN EXCHANGE, I had to whittle down much of the story that took place in Barcelona, and instead expand the part of the story that took place in Italy. I was happily surprised when I read the part of ISLA that took place in Barcelona, because it was as if a part of my book showed up in Stephanie's book. Our characters visited all the same monuments, had many of the same feelings about them. So fun for me to read!

I kept waiting for my favorite characters from ANNA and LOLA to show up, and hoping their appearances would be satisfying. I don't want to give spoilers, but I'll say that these characters were brought back perfectly in a very satisfying way. Stephanie Perkins is a character-wielding-genius!

Stay tuned, because I will be giving away my early copy of ISLA very soon in a very special giveaway. (I'll want to buy my own hardcover when it comes out, but I really want to share this early copy with another Stephanie Perkins fan very soon!)

Monday, June 23, 2014

End of June Check-In #WIPMadness

I know it's not quite the end of June, but I'm going to be away from my computer for the end of this week and beginning of next week. We didn't have an official host for this month, but YAY, we do for next month! Be sure to stop by Kim Baccellia's Blog to check in through July.

June has felt like a scattered month for me. I have gotten some stuff done - an online course mapped out and I've been working hard on my screenplay - but I haven't had a regular writing schedule in a while and I think that's what is leaving me feeling disjointed about the process. Now that school is done, I plan to schedule in some writing time and take off to a coffee shop a few days per week through the next couple of months.

How about you? How did June go and do you have any writing plans for the rest of the summer?