Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MOSAIC Writing Cave #Break!

Hey, reader-friends!

The good news, which I know you'll be glad to hear, is I'm in the writing cave working hard to finish Mosaic for June!

The bad news is I'm going to have to put the blog on a mini-break in the meantime until I finish.

I'll update with the cover reveal as soon as I have it, but in the meantime, all my writing energy is focused on getting this last book in the series out.

I know you understand, and trust me, I see your emails, Facebook posts, tweets, etc., asking me to hurry up--LOL!

I will say, since it's the last book in the series, I really want it to be "right." Also, I'm really loving grown up Julian, Anna, and Jack. Can't wait to share them with you.

While the blog is on a break, please visit my Facebook page (link), where I'll continue posting daily and giving status updates and teasers.

On May 24, you can Meet Me and a bunch of other fantastic authors at the Cincy Author Event (link)!

Click here for more info!

And if you would, please leave a short, sweet review for my books on Amazon (link) if you like them! Reviews help your favorite authors more than you know.

Link to ALL Leigh's Books on Amazon


Please also share the Dragonfly links with a friend you think might tike the series! It's a FREE book after all! *smile*

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Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1fLvTDX
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/dragonfly-8

Until I'm back--have a super week! Thinking of you~

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MOSAIC Teaser Tuesday!

Yes, Alice, I'm a day late...

I was at the Louisville Authors Event in Kentucky this weekend, so yesterday was a foggy, dig-out day. But I wouldn't change a thing! LAE 2014 was a blast.

Compared to other events, it was relatively small. The turnout was moderate, but for me, the point was getting to spend time with author-friends I know and getting to meet author-friends I've only ever "known" online!

For writers out there trying to decide if they should do one of these things, I say a HUGE YES! This was my third event, and I'll only be able to do probably two more this year.

Still, even when it's small like LAE, I had plenty of sweet reader-friends come out to chat and get a signed copy of one of my books or have me sign their Kindle cases...

More than that, Friday and Saturday nights were spent talking shop, talking family, talking changes, and just getting to know other fellow writer-friends outside the cave. That is so important.

Writing is such an isolated job, and with the way everything is moving online, marketing books is also becoming pretty isolated. Being alone for long periods isn't good for anybody--just ask Elsa! *wink*

Author events are refreshing, rejuvenating, and we had so many good laughs. I think it's safe to say we all came back feeling bonded and great about our goals and aspirations and about each other. Nothing's better for squashing any feelings of isolation, loneliness, or competition than face time.

Here's a little photo collage of my time there...

Top, l-r: Me & Kate Roth, Denise Grover Swank, Kiki,
 Center: Aleatha Romig, Jennifer Laslie (organizer), my signed book haul,
Bottom: Me with Dawn Pendleton & Kate.

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And now for that Mosaic Teaser!!!

Newsletter subscribers got this one last week. Not signed up for my New Release Newsletter? Here's the (link)!*

*Be sure to add leightmoore@gmail.com to your contacts so it doesn't bounce to spam! (Subscribers, be sure you've done this as well!)

Mosaic 

by Leigh Talbert Moore

*unedited draft, subject to change*

expected release May/June 2014

© 2014, Leigh Talbert Moore



Everywhere I went, I held my breath expecting to run into Jack. It was inevitable that we would see each other, and I wanted to get it over with. He knew Julian and I were together, but I wanted to see how I’d react to being confronted with him here, alone. I didn’t have to wait any longer because as I made my way past the tables, there he was, sitting by himself in a back corner booth.



“Jack.” I was incredibly nervous. I wasn’t sure how I would react to hearing his voice.



He looked up and saw me. His blue eyes widened almost imperceptibly, and then he laid his head back against the wooden panel of the booth. “Anna.” 



His voice was low and slightly loose, and I noticed a half-empty pitcher on the table in front of him. None of it mattered because he was so amazingly handsome in the dim yellow light. He was almost unchanged from our last meeting at homecoming—the night I left early and Julian sat with me while I cried. I still cringed at that memory.



The blue oxford he wore made his eyes seem to glow, but I was filled with relief.



I didn’t melt at the sight of him. I wasn’t that fragile little girl anymore. I had someone now who meant more to me than the infatuation that had defined almost a year of my life, and all I felt for the guy in front of me was friendship. I wanted us to be friends if that were possible. Julian was his half-brother, after all.



Jack’s eyebrows pulled together in a frown. “What are you doing here?”



“I… I didn’t expect to see you.”



“Well, it looks like you found me.” He was still frowning, and I was starting to feel a pain in my chest that I hadn’t felt in a long time. We could be friends at least, couldn’t we?



“Were you hiding?” I tried to joke. “Wow, it's been what? Almost a year?”



“Six months.” His tone was sharp, and I decided the answer to friendship was No.



“Well, I’d better go. I’m sure we’ll see each other around. I’m at Loyola now. Full scholarship. It was the best offer I got, so I took it.” The way he was acting, I was hoping he didn’t remember how much he’d had to do with my decision to apply here.



“You were always very smart. Speaking of smarts, how’s Julian?”



“He’s at Savannah now.”



Was this about Julian? He slid to the side of the booth and stood to face me. I’d forgotten how tall he was as he leaned forward to close the space between us.



“Tell me, was Julian on the pass-fail system as well, or did you grade him on a curve?” His voice was low and sarcastic, and I could smell the alcohol on his breath. My pulse ticked up a notch. This was not the friendly reunion I’d envisioned.



“I don’t understand.”



“You were so good at riding the fence. After I left, did you run straight to Julian or did you wait a day or two for appearances?”



“I don’t know what you’re talking about. You broke up with me.”



“Right. No discussion. No argument.”



“Do you have a head injury?” My voice rose as my tension built. “You were determined... You said…  You told me you needed to end it. Jack, I waited for you.”



“You waited? Why?” He leaned back and the look in his eyes immediately called up the first night I’d encountered his father. It could have been the same man standing in front of me now.



“I don’t know. I don’t even recognize you anymore.”



“I’m me,” he smiled holding out his arms, slightly wobbly.



“You’re not Jack. Not my Jack.”



“I never was your Jack.” The smile left his face, and the cold withdrawal returned.



“Right. You told me many times, but I wanted…” I wouldn't finish that sentence. It was all in the past, and I wasn't going back there. Still, my whole body was tight, every muscle on alert.



“Wanted what?”



“What’s happened to you?”



He looked as if he would sit back in the booth, but after a pause, he turned back and grabbed my arm roughly, pulling me into his embrace. His kiss was hard and aggressive, and I put my hands on his shoulders and pushed myself free.



“Stop it! What are you doing?”



“Just trying to remember what I’ve been missing.”



“If you’re missing anything, it’s your own fault. You could have called me at any time. I’d have waited forever if you’d only asked me to.”



“I didn’t know you needed to be asked.”



“That’s not fair.” A tear spilled down my cheek, and I was leaving then. This was crazy, and why the hell was I crying anyway? He was the one rewriting history, clearly still trying to mess with my head. 

I was so angry and hurt, I could barely see where I was going, but I stopped as I opened the door to leave. Looking back through the center window, I saw him slump back down in the booth, head back against the wall, eyes closed. He might be messing with my head, but one thing was certain--something was very wrong. The question I faced was whether to walk away from it or try and help him.


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And on that note, I'm headed back into the cave, reader-friends!

Have a super week~ 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Break on Location, Vampires! and an Author Spotting

Shew, reader-friends! The first day back to work after vacation is always the hardest.

Last week, the fam and I drove due south and spent six days rambling around Baldwin County, Ala., also known as the setting of The Dragonfly Series.

Since we lived there almost ten years, we've got many friends and favorite locations.

Dragonfly was the very first book I ever wrote, and since I was learning, I thought it would be easier to have all the action occur in a very familiar location.

Basically that means all of the major scenes in The Dragonfly Series happen in "real" places. Like this one...

Jesse's Restaurant on the Magnolia River

Jack and Anna's dinner date at Jesse's was doomed from the start, but I still like that scene and how it came together.

Do you have a favorite part in the series? Let me know what it is~

In the meantime, I'm back, digging out, and looking forward to writing more Mosaic very soon! I can't wait to share this final installment with y'all!

NOTE: Be sure to sign up for my New Release Newsletter (link), so you don't miss any important announcements, sneak peeks, or giveaways~**

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Now, what's this about vampires?

It's coming. April 19th...

The first book in the second season of Blood and Snow is entitled VAMPIRE LIES.

My good friend RaShelle Workman is releasing her super-popular vampire series a little differently this time. Instead of 12 smaller volumes and a bunch of short stories, there will be at least three full length novels.

You can pre-order Book 1 by clicking HERE.



In Season 2 there will still be plenty of Snow White and her true love, but the story will be told from Jasmine's point of view.

Here's this summary: 

Vampire Lies
by RaShelle Workman

Blood and Snow Season 2, 
Book 1 ~ 


YA Fractured Fairytale

Eyes like violet sapphires. 
Wings of smoldering fire. 
Consume your true love's blood. 
Become the Eternal Vampire. 

Once upon a time there lived a vampire with wings and the genie who loved her...


Born of the seven magics, Jasmine is different in every way, including the obnoxious wings on her back courtesy of the original Vampires. She wants to be normal, to be a regular teenaged girl.



When a gorgeous dark-haired boy named Laeddin shows up and promises to sneak her away from all her problems and hide her in the human world, she agrees. 

But an evil lurks in her nightmares, a man with red eyes. 

It doesn’t take long for Jasmine to realize that no matter how far she tries to run from who she is, he’s only a dream away. He wants her. He needs her. He acts as though he loves her. 

It’s becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between the path that’ll lead to her happily ever after, and the path that’ll lead to her destruction as well as all magic.

Be sure to sign up for RaShelle's newsletter to be entered into her monthly drawing. Click HERE

Have you read the first season of Blood and Snow? If not, Amazon is running a special right now where you can get all 12 volumes for only $1.99.  Get it HERE

RaShelle's series is so super-popular! If you haven't started it yet, the time is now~

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Author Spotting...

This coming Saturday! As in five days from today, you can meet me in Louisville! ...along with a bunch of other super-popular authors!

Get all the scoop here (link)!!!

Bring your books to have signed. We'll also have books on hand for purchase and signing. Come with questions, stop by and say hello... Take a picture! It's all free.

Hope to see you there! Until then, have a fantastic week, reader-friends~

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Break, Spring Books, and #WINNING!

It's Spring Break, reader-friends! whoop whoop!!!

I'm still in the Midwest at the moment, but my Southern home-fries are enjoying 70 degree sunshine (my dad told me he had to cut the grass yesterday--!), and we're looking forward to hitting the road, chasing the sun!

Incidentally, I'll be spending the week right smack in the setting of The Dragonfly Series! Yep, OBA FTW! Mosaic is cruising along nicely, and it's looking like a May/June release date...

I'll be posting Mosaic updates as they occur in April~

This week is a writing break for me, but that means it's a time to READ! And I've got TWO fantastic new books to share with you today... and Two ways to WIN!

First up is a New Adult contemporary romance by a great writer-friend of mine Elle/Lee Strauss!

I read Sun and Moon, the first book in this "series," and loved it! You can get it FREE on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. (links below) But it's not a true series, as each book can be read in any order.

Check it out:

Introducing Flesh & Bone, a contemporary romance
(The Minstrel Series #2)



Coming April 3rd!

(Another amazing cover by the very talented Steven Novak of Steven Novak Designs!)

Here's the blurb:

She can’t remember. He can’t forget. Eva Baumann is invisible. Sebastian Weiss is famous. In a perfect world Eva would be fearless and Sebastian would be guiltless.

It’s not a perfect world.

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! 

FLESH & BONE INCLUDES MORE GREAT ORGINAL MUSIC MP3s!

Haven't read #1 Sun & Moon? Get it FREE!!!



And now for your first chance to WIN!


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The second New Release I have for you today is an *adult* romance by the leader of the Romance Writers of America group I'm in here. It's about a HOT Fireman, and it sounds yummy!

Check it out~

by Lanora Mangano

On Amazon


Here's the blurb:

It should have been a normal drive home from work for Maggie Connors.  However, a freak rain storm had other plans for her when the bridge she crossed, in her car, collapsed plunging her into the river below.

Para Rescue man, Jake Madison wasn't looking for a life changing event, but he got just that when he saved Maggie's life.  He couldn't get the red hair beauty out of his mind but was determined to give her back the courage she lost in the traumatic event.

For more information about LaNora's upcoming books, please visit:


Get your copy of Love Over Troubled Waters on Amazon Today!

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Now for your second chance to #WIN! 

Hop over to my group blog YA Confidential EVERY MONDAY and enter to win a Free Book!

We post "From the Vault" questions and answers, and one lucky commenter wins the book of his or her choice every week!

Any book, every week! 


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Now I'm headed to pack. I hope you all have a fantastic week. Stay warm, read a book, and keep in touch! Love ya~

Monday, March 17, 2014

#WIN Fifty Books, Meet Me in Louisville, & Book Trailer Fun!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Too bad the fun is on a Monday, but that's okay. We can still celebrate!

I'm in the writing cave, so basically I've just got a bunch of announcements for you here today...

To start off with, FIFTY author-friends (including me) have all banded together to do a HUGE Pinterest Party Giveaway.

On Facebook

It's loads of fun where you re-pin pins and enter to win--did I mention FIFTY books are up for grabs by bestselling authors like Amy Harmon, Alyssa Rose Ivey, moi...

All the scoop is on the Facebook Event page, so go HERE (link) and check it out!

You could win a Signed Copy of Watercolor~

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Now What's this about Book Trailers?

I've never really done them, which is crazy because I'm a total music geek. I don't listen to music when I write, but all of my stories jumped off from a song...

So I made this cool Book Trailer for the Dragonfly Series using Flipagram!

Let me know what you think...




> > And remember you can get Dragonfly FREE on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play, etc.

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Finally, don't forget I'll be at the Louisville Author Event on Saturday, April 5! It's a free event, but you need to get a ticket so they know you're coming.

On Facebook


Again, there's an LAE Facebook Page with all the details HERE (link)--I hope to see you there!


It's chilly today, reader-friends but supposedly it'll be hot tamale... (pa-dum-pum)

Have a super week~

Monday, March 10, 2014

HUGE #Giveaway Event and a NEW Jolene Perry Book!

Happy Monday, reader-friends!

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling spring on the way... #eeep!

I'll get to this HUGE GIVEAWAY in a second, but first...

You hear me talk a lot about my fab cover designer and amazing writer-friend Jolene Perry...

Well, Jolene is a "hybrid" author, meaning she has both self-published and traditionally published books.

And they're all amazing... go to her website (link) right now and pick one to read.

I'll wait.

...

Which one did you pick?

J/k... Jolene's newest book The Summer I Found You is published by Albert Whitman Teen, and it is as gorgeous as it is breathtaking...

Get me on Amazon!

AND!!! I'm so excited because we have Jolene herself here today to tell you about it!!!

Take it away, Jo~

All the Swoony Stuff 
by Jolene Perry

So. When I'm making the rounds and doing a million blog posts to spread over the internet, I get to be supah specific.

Today I'm going to share some of my favorite swoony moments from THE SUMMER I FOUND YOU but first, the blurb:  

All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.

Kate had the perfect boyfriend--until he dumped her. It couldn't have come at a worse time: ever since she found out she has diabetes, she's been trying to cope. She just wants to feel normal again.

Aidan planned on being a lifer in the Army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's the guy with one arm and nothing is the same as it was before. He wishes he could forget.

When Kate and Aidan meet, things couldn't be more awkward. Neither wants to get attached, and they both could use some fun. But what if they need each other more than they realize?


First off from Kate...

Now that I’ve leaned over, the warmth of him hits me, and we’re close. Really close. Aidan’s breath hits my face, and I slide my arms over his toned stomach and down his muscular arm to get my arms around the baby. And for the first time, I’m touching a guy who I’d really, really like to see with his shirt off. Our eyes catch, and his breath blows across my face. 

Whoa. Butterflies are running circuits through my insides, over a guy who’s two years older, and only wants to hang with me so I can babysit with him.

What’s wrong with me? I’m like all hormonal or something. Even making out with Shelton didn’t make me all breathless like this. I scoop up the bundled baby, and lay him down in his bed, relieved I didn’t break him or wake him or something.

I back away from the crib and run into the stomach and chest I was just thinking about...

And then from Aidan...

I open my mouth to argue, but I suddenly feel pretty dumb for not thinking about it earlier. And I’m completely distracted by how her hand feels on my chest. As her hand slides down, her eyes follow, and I want for her to have wanted to touch me way more than I should.
All I hear is my breathing and I’m still staring at her hand, which is now nearly to the top of my jeans.

She drops her arm, and steps around me leaving me feeling very on edge, and maybe a bit like I want her to touch me that way again. I go around the front of the car and climb into the driver’s seat—still feeling the heat from her touch. I have no idea if I’m thrilled or terrified that I said yes to going with her tonight. Kate isn’t like Georgia, my Air Force girl. It wouldn’t be a hook-up once in a while kind of thing. Nerves start to press in.

I settle into the seat, and the car takes over my thoughts. I love this car. I run my hand over the top of the steering wheel a few times.

“When you’re done fondling your vehicle, I need you to show me how to shift.”

I chuckle, and turn as sideways as I can, pushing the clutch in with my left foot.

“Put your hand on the shift.”

She does. Her hair falls over her face a bit as she looks down, but I can still make out her dark eyes staring in concentration.

“Now you just follow the map on the top, you’ll feel a bump and then you’re in neutral, pull it back farther and you’ll be in second.”

She pulls down and the shifter goes slack in neutral. “Now what?” Her eyes are still focused on her hand. 

“Pull back more and you’ll slide into second.” 

She concentrates for a few moments, and jerks, but nothing happens. I scoot even farther sideways to put my left hand over hers. Our eyes catch. Okay. Breathe. This is just a girl. No big deal. 

“Okay, first.” I move our hands into first. “Second.” I move our hands again. We go through all the gears a few times. My hand on hers. Me trying to keep my heart beating normal, trying to force my chest to relax. This is crazy. I’m just touching her hand.

And finally this from Aidan :-D

I don’t even have to look to know her cheeks are turning red,and that she probably just said something she didn’t mean to. This is when her bursts of honesty are really going to help. She leans forward until the top of her head is pressed into my chest, hiding. Her arms wrap around my sides, keeping us together.

“I can’t believe you just said that.” I kiss her softly on the temple, and run my hand slowly up and down her arm.

“Me either.”

I touch her chin until she lifts her head from my chest and looks back up at me. It’s stupid, but I want her to kiss me first this time. Like I want to make sure she really does want this as much as I do.

But now I wonder—what will she actually think about me only having one arm? What will happen when she accidentally runs her hand over where my arm should be? Will it matter? Will she care?

I’m actually relieved that my shoulder stump is against the seat. Out of reach.

She leans forward and our lips come together in a small soft kiss before pulling away. I kiss her back, but this time our kiss is deep enough that the electricity flies through my body sending tingles to my toes, fingertips, every piece, every part. All of it. And I should probably be thinking more, but it feels so good to not think, to just feel. I slide my arm around her waist, frustrated I don’t have more power to keep her close, and kiss her again.

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So. Care to share any swoon-worthy books you've read lately? Because I'm always looking for a great love story...  

~Jolene

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Yay! Thanks, Jolene!!! Doesn't The Summer I Found You sound uh-mazing??? Run get it:



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Now for the HUGE GIVEAWAY!



FIFTY of your favorite YA and NA authors will celebrate being Irish for a day and play on Pinterest. There will be more than 45 e-book giveaways! 


Join the Facebook party HERE! and don't miss a thing!!!


Participating Authors:

Lila Felix   A. W. Exley  Melissa Pearl   
Jessica Gibson  Cindy M. Hogan  Sarah Ashley Jones  
Marie Landry  Rachel Morgan  Jennifer Snyder 
Stacey Marie Brown  Jessica Therrien  D.L. Raver 
Stacey Wallace Benefiel  Marilyn Almodóvar  Angee Taylor 
A.O. Peart  Devyn Dawson  Rick Chiantaretto 
Raine Thomas  L.P. Dover  Tamara Hart Heiner  
Leigh T Moore  Meradeth Houston  Amber Argyle 
Tawdra Kandle  Carlyle Labuschagne  Lisa Collicutt
Christy Dorrity  Stephanie Fowers  Kristina Renee
Faith McKay  Charlotte Abel  Jamie Ayres
A.M. Hargrove  Charli Webb  Amy Harmon  
Alyssa Rose Ivy  Kristie Cook  Lani Woodland
T.M. Franklin  Laura Howard  Sharron Riddle
Eliza Tilton  S. M. Boyce  Bethany Lopez 
Dawn Leigh  L.A. Casey  Emma Adams  
Amber Garr  Liz Long



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That's it for me, reader-friends! Have a SUPER week~