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MG/YA Summer Reading Sale and Giveaway!

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Only 99 cents for all three books! Click to grab this amazing deal!

612BoV1gEJL._SL500_AA300_PIaudible,BottomRight,13,73_AA300_This week, I’m celebrating the release of A Measure of Disorder in Audiobook! *Cue the trumpets and confetti* And you are reaping the benefits! For the week of June 17-21 The Mother-Earth Series Omnibus (That’s all three books from the series) will be on sale for 99 cents! 99 Cents for three whole books — where else can you get a deal like that?

In addition, I’m giving away copies of the brand new audiobook. For every ten new followers to this blog, I’ll give away a code to receive A Measure of Disorder Audiobook to a random follower! Every time we hit another ten, all the followers get another chance to win! So, please pass the word along and force me to give away more copies! Winners will be notified June 22.

Don’t want to wait that long to listen to the sweet voice of Christy Lynn (the outstanding narrator and radio personality)? You can sign up on Audible.com for a month-long trial membership and get A Measure of Disorder in audiobook for Free! Yep, this deal just keeps getting better!

But wait, there’s more!

Some of my author besties thought this was such a great idea, they wanted to join in. So, here’s your chance to stock up on some of the best MG/YA Lit out there for only 99 cents each! (Be sure to check the pricing before you click “buy” just in case that particular book’s price has changed) Listings alphabetical by author.

MG/YA Summer Reading Sale

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The Girl Who Remembered Horses, by Linda Benson
Six Degrees of Lost, by Linda Benson
The Dream Keeper (The Dream Keeper Chronicles), by Mikey Brooks
Night Children: Dark Threats, by Scott Bryan
The Secret Sisters Club: A Ginnie West Adventure, by Monique Bucheger
Trouble Blows West, by Monique Bucheger 

Through the Mirror and Into Snow (Before Happily Ever After), by Ann T. Bugg
Michaela’s Gift, by Cordelia Dinsmore
Of Mice and Magic, by David Farland
The Sapphire Flute, by Karen E. Hoover
The Armor of Light, by Karen E. Hoover
Two Souls Are Better Than One, by Karen E. Hoover
And the Mountain Burns, by Karen E. Hoover

The Quill Pen, by Michelle Isenhoff
Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul, by Michelle Isenhoff
Song of the Mountain, by Michelle Isenhoff
The Color of Freedom, by Michelle Isenhoff
Gangsterland, by Ansha Kotyk
Slippers of Pearl, by Danyelle Leafty ($1.99 due to file size)
Of Wind and Winter, by Danyelle Leafty
Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury, by L.R.W. Lee

The Circle of Law, by Lia London
Magian High, by Lia London
A Pony For The Fair, by Inge Moore
The Hidden Sun, by J. Lloyd Morgan
The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer, by Lisa Orchard
The Super Spies and the High School Bomber, by Lisa Orchard

Trapped: A Tale of Friendship Bog, by Gloria Repp
A Difference of Purpose: A Novel of the American Civil War, by Terry Soileau
The Mother-Earth Series Omnibus (3 Books in 1), by Alan Tucker (Nook)

What Is a Clean Read?

Hey ladies! I’m clean!

Ask ten different people and you’re likely to get ten different answers. Even the word “clean” itself, as an adjective, has multiple meanings. Of course it’s the opposite of dirty (which is also a multi-faceted word), but it can also mean precise, chaste or virtuous, and even complete or thorough. If you’re perusing a dating site, clean could mean anything from having good hygiene to simply being disease free. That in itself could encompass a wide range of people.

In some circles, clean can even have  negative connotations. Someone who is described as clean-cut often is thought of as dull or boring. C’mon ladies, who would you rather date: Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne? Without knowing their alter egos, I’m pretty sure most would pick the brooding playboy.

A new website called Clean Indie Reads wants to illustrate to the world the variety of “clean reads” available. There’s nothing dull or boring about this growing list of fascinating books. Founder of the site, author Lia London says,

The goal of this site is to connect writers from across the genre spectrum with readers who want to discover something great. Specifically, it is to find independent authors who are writing books that would generally be deemed “clean”. By this, we mean there are no sexually explicit scenes, no graphically violent descriptions, and no streams of profanity. Many readers would be willing to take a chance on indie authors if they knew they weren’t going to have to scour their retina after the read.

She goes on to explain,

Does that mean everything on this site is squeaky-clean Disney Princess pure? Well, no. But any books that contain scenes, language or subject matter that might be rated PG-13 will include a disclaimer and explain what that content might be. If you don’t see anything listed to that effect, you can be sure it’s G or PG.

Clean certainly means different things to different people, but this site has something for everyone. There are books you can read with your kids, books you can feel comfortable letting your kids read on their own, and books adults can enjoy too! Some of my books are even listed on there so it must be great, right? Here’s just a few of the other authors and books you can find: Elise Stokes, Michelle Isenhoff, Timothy Davis, Annette Mackey, Gloria Repp, and K.M. Weiland. You can find the full list here.

What are your feelings about what makes a “clean” read? What makes you uncomfortable when reading yourself or what your kids read? Is it sex, violence, language, or some combination of everything? I’d love to hear what you think!

A Gift For You This Holiday Season

This is a post I did for Tracy Riva’s Blog last week. Plus, you might have a look under the tree …

gift with abstract lightinThe Moment When Get Turns Into Give

As a youngster, I remember heading back to school after the holidays excited to visit with my friends. We lived out of town and didn’t have many close neighbors. Those were the days before cell phones, texting, and Skype. No, dinosaurs were not alive, but we did occasionally play with plastic ones.

“What did you get for Christmas?”

This question was asked and answered dozens of times during that first day back. Notes were compared, “oohs” and “ahs” were shared, and winners and losers were crowned.

“Did you hear what Billy got?”

“Yes! Gosh, he’s so lucky!”

Kids are naturally self-absorbed. They’re just wired that way. For them, Christmas is simply a bonanza of gifts bestowed upon them by a strange fat man in a red suit who is oddly concerned about their behavior. Later, the source of the gifts changes to parents and family, who are still annoyingly focused on behavior, but usually give up the goods anyway.

Never did I hear the question, “What did you give for Christmas?”

I believe I was in eighth grade when in early December, my dad scolded me for being selfish. I don’t remember what I did to earn the tongue lashing. I was an only child, and so it could have been for any number of things and rightly so. The reason I recall the scolding was my response to it. Being the spoiled child I was, I decided to prove to my dad just how unselfish I could be by buying an unprecedented number of gifts for him, and especially my mom. I had saved up a decent amount of money over the summer and fall, and committed myself to spending most, if not all, of it on my parents for Christmas.

Yeah, that’ll show ‘em! I smugly told myself.

The funny thing was, as I spent time going through various stores downtown after school for the next several days, I found myself really enjoying the shopping. I discovered gifts I thought my parents would truly like and appreciate, and I grew more and more excited for Christmas to arrive so I could give them the things I’d purchased and had lovingly wrapped. When the big morning came, my heart swelled when they opened their packages and smiles appeared on their faces. I don’t remember any of the presents I received that year, but I vividly remember the warm feeling I had from giving.

Silly parents! They had no idea who they were dealing with!

Since then, I have spoiled my own children, as most parents do, and watched with joy as they ripped through wrapping paper to greet a new treasure with wide eyes and bright smiles. We get so caught up in the commercial aspect of the holidays any more that we often lose sight of the simple act of giving. We stand, bleary eyed, in the department store, checking off items from a list instead of taking just a few moments to browse, with someone else in mind, for something that will spark that smile of joy on their face. A smile that will be mirrored on your own face when you see it.

What did you give for Christmas?

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Merry Christmas to all! Oh! Wait, what’s that under the tree? Hey, it looks like there’s a present for you…

KnotinTime_ToU1Knot in Time is FREE for Kindle (which includes Kindle apps on your iPad, phone, or computer) December 25-27, 2012. Please download and spread the word, far and wide!

Also, I’m running a giveaway on GoodReads from Christmas until the 31st for two signed copies of Knot in Time. Go here to enter.

Lastly, Knot in Time has been nominated for “Best of 2012” in the Young Adult category at Predators and Editors. Please give it a vote, if you’re so inclined, but if you see a title listed there you enjoyed more, by all means, vote it up. I’m honored to be considered. Also, have a look at some of the other categories while you’re there. You might find some other great reads you hadn’t heard about before.

See you in 2013!

Santa’s Early This Year!

Just in time for Christmas, there are currently three contests running where you can nab a signed copy of Knot in Time!KnotinTime_ToU1

The fabulous folks over at ReadingTeen have two copies up for grabs. Giveaway ends Tuesday night so hurry over and enter! ReadingTeen Giveaway

Read for Your Future has one copy available in their End of the World Giveaway Hop, ending Friday in conjunction with the end of the world, coincidentally! Read for Your Future Giveaway

And last, but certainly not least, Tracy Riva, reviewer and editor extraordinaire, has a copy for you to win. Entries will be taken through Saturday the 22nd. Tracy Riva’s Holiday Giveaway

Thank you so much to these fantastic sites for offering up these books! All three work tirelessly for authors and readers both to bring the two together. They are all insanely passionate about books and the world is a better place with them in it.

Tune in on Christmas when I will have a present under the tree for a whole bunch of you! Until then, please have a wonder and safe Holiday season. I thank you all for your support!

Ladies and Gentlemen, An Introduction …

The finishing touches are going into this now, so I figured it was time for an introduction …

My name is Darius Arthur Heisenberg, but most people call me Dare. If my last name sounds familiar, it’s probably because of my great-great uncle Werner Heisenberg. He was a physicist who came up with something called the Uncertainty Principle. But listen, Uncle Werner had no idea how uncertain things really are.

I work for a group, called the Keepers, that label themselves the custodians of time. And, believe me, time is a mess. It needs all the custodians it can get. Which is, of course, why the Keepers selected me, a nineteen-year-old high school dropout, to join them. I recently worked as a janitor for a couple months. Perfect fit, right?

Okay, it didn’t make much sense to me either, but I wasn’t in a position to turn down a steady job and a roof over my head. Besides, all I’m supposed to do is travel through time and save the universe as we know it, how hard could it be?

Yeah, better hold on. This could get ugly.

The first novel Knot in Time, in my new series, Tales of Uncertainty, should be available around November 14, barring unforeseen circumstances! I’m very excited about this book and can’t wait to share it with the world.