Locked, Loaded, & Lying with Debut Author Sarah Andre

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Sarah Andre and I have been close friends (some would call us twins) and Golden Heart sisters for a long time, and it’s a friendship I treasure. So I am not exaggerating when I say I am so excited and proud to introduce Sarah and her debut romantic suspense novel Locked, Loaded, & Lying.

And check out Brenda Novak’s cover quote! “An impressive debut! This book has everything readers crave: believable, enduring  characters, an intriguing conflict, and plenty of heart. Don’t miss Locked, Loaded, & Lying.”

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L3 (as I always think of it) is a blockbuster story intertwined with a beautiful romance and a fast-paced plot. And I can’t wait for you all to read it so we can talk about her hunky hero Lock Roane. (The heroine Jordan is lovely too, but Lock is hot, hot, hot!)

But since we have to wait to dish about Lock (another blog post), here is the trailer and blurb:


He might be innocent. Or he might be very, very guilty…

Olympic skier Lock Roane was on top of the world: smashing Alpine records, collecting medals, and basking in both the love of a nation and his beautiful heiress girlfriend. It all comes crashing down after Lock discovers his girlfriend had an affair—then awakens from a drunken bender covered in her blood. Given his history of violent blackouts, it’s not a big leap for him to believe he did kill her.

On the eve of his murder trial he saves the life of a car accident victim, not knowing she’s his biggest media nemesis. And when Jordan Sinclair regains consciousness, she’ll lie through her teeth to keep it that way.

Jordan is out of options and out of time…

To satisfy her blackmailer, she needs the inside scoop (and its tabloid cash reward) on Lock Roane. An attraction to the arrogant athlete was not part of the plan. Neither is trying to find out what really happened that night.

Now Jordan risks everything—including her life—to help Lock. But the more they discover clues pointing to someone else with a motive, the more Lock is also unraveling all the lies Jordan’s fed him. Her betrayal leaves him with two option: take his chances at his murder trial or forgive the woman who mesmerized him from the moment he saved her life.

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SW: There are no words that express how much I love this story and how happy I am for you. But I’d love to know — What kind of research did you do for this story? 

SA: The BARE minimum! Hate it. All I want is to write my story the way it unfolds in my head and not stop to authenticate details. But boy, did I learn a valuable lesson when Brenda Novak generously gave me editorial feedback. She asked if a tertiary character would be able to get a Sports Illustrated magazine in prison. It had never occurred to me to check! They have libraries, prisoners get mail…I was kind of annoyed she would want me to research such a minor detail. Well, this story had been through 5 FULL rewrites by then (5 plots, 5 different killers, 5 different ways the victim died…) and the guy in the Tutweiler Penitentiary had always gotten that magazine. Grumbling under my breath, I looked up Tutweiler Penitentiary in AL (which I’d randomly chosen 7 years ago by Google maps: ‘prisons in AL.’) I was SHOCKED to find out…it’s a women’s prison. Consider me spanked. Lesson learned.

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Writer Wednesdays: The Summer Edition

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I was a lucky kid.

I grew up on Packanack Lake in Wayne, New Jersey. Packanack is an historic area, not far from the Ramapo Mountain range, named after the Native American Pacquanac tribe that once lived there. Nearby, the homes where General Washington and General Lafayette housed their headquarters during the American Revolution are open for tours.

Packanack Lake, Wayne, NJ  Photo courtesy of Theresa216 (Wiki Commons)

Packanack Lake, Wayne, NJ.   Photo courtesy of Theresa216 (Wiki Commons)

The lake dates back to 1925 when farms between two mountain ridges were cleared to form a dam and eventually the lake. When you sit on the bank with the mountains in the western horizon, it feels like the lake has been there forever.

But the best thing about the lake? It provided great tween and teen jobs (lifeguarding and snack bar work) and served as the social center during winter and summer (ice skating and ice hockey in the winter, swim and sailing teams in the summer). As a teen, the lake offered year-round friendship and fun. It also offered what I craved most: solitude.

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Packanack Lake, Wayne, NJ.  Photo courtesy of Theresa216 (Wiki Commons)

When I was thirteen and had saved enough babysitting money, I bought a sunfish (tiny) sailboat. And that summer, after I passed my sailing and swimming tests, I was allowed to sail out into the middle of the lake by myself.

So this was my summer schedule: Wake up earlyish (for a teenager), ride my bike down the mountainside with my backpack filled with books, my journal, a towel, and lemonade to the small slip where the sunfish boats were housed, and set sail. While my friends (we bought our own sailboats from babysitting money or jobs working at the beach) would race up and down the length of the lake, I would sail to a quiet corner, drop anchor, and read.

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Yes, I would hide on my sailboat and read all day long. By myself. It was perfect.

When the west wind blew in the afternoon, bringing in the clouds, I’d sail to my tiny slip and tie up for the night. Then I’d push my bike up the mountainside in time for dinner.

It was an introverted teenager’s perfect summer. And I feel bad for my kids who are growing up in a crowded suburban area. I wish they had the freedom I once had to sail out alone to read and think and dream.

Now I’d love to know how you spent your summer days when you were a kid.

Thank your for spending the day with us. Below is a link of my Golden Heart sisters who are participating in today’s blog party. Hope to see you next month!

Historical Romance Authors: Kathleen Bittner-RothWendy LaCapra

Inspirational Romance Authors: Karen Fleming, Kristen Ethridge

Novels with Romantic Elements Authors: Natalie Meg Evans 

Romantic Suspense Authors: Carol PostJean Willett 

Paranormal Romance Authors: Kay Hudson

Contemporary Romance Authors: Tammy Baumann, Jamie WesleyKat CantrellPriscilla KissingerLauren Christopher

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Kiss and Thrill’s 2015 Summer Middle Grade/Young Adult Reading List

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The last few years, our very own Rachel Grant has put together Kiss and Thrill’s annual MG/YA summer reading list. But since she’s in the midst of another book release (Covert Evidence), I offered to do the list this year. As a librarian and former reader’s advisor (for all reading levels), I was happy to compile it. It helps that I am surrounded by children who read within these ranges. Besides my fifteen-year old boy/girl twins, I have seven nieces and nephews between 8-18 who offered recommendations.

This year’s list is divided between Young Adult and Middle Grade, then subdivided by genres including YA romance, Paranormal, Action/Adventure, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Classics, etc. I also marked with an asterix those books that have been made into a movie or are currently in movie production. There are books on this list for every tween and teen reader, even the most picky.

Below is just a small sample of this year’s complete list. Since the 2015 list wouldn’t fit on the blog, here are two links:  K&T 2015 MG/YA List word (downloadable) file and a K&T 2015 MG/YA List PDF file.

So pour some lemonade, throw down a blanket in the sun, and let’s start reading!

Here are my daughter’s recommendations (for both the books and the series they are part of) in no particular order:

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Harry Potter by JK Rowling

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Destroy Me by Tahereh Maf

The Heir by Keira Cass

The Heir by Kiera Cass

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Embrace by Jessica Shirvington




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Here are my son’s recommendations (for both the books and the series they are part of) in no particular order:

 

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Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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The Loners by Lex  Thomas

Lockdown by Alexander G. Smith

Lockdown by Alexander G. Smith

Cherub by Robert Muchamore

Cherub by Robert Muchamore

The Hunted by Charlie Higson

The Hunted by Charlie Higson

Isolation by Dan Wells

Isolation by Dan Wells




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Here are my Middle Grade recommendations (for both the books and the series they are part of) in no particular order:

Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick

Wish You Were Eyre by Heather Vogel Frederick

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Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Graceful by Wendy Maas

Graceful by Wendy Maas

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

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The Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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The Boy Who Could Fly by James Norcliffe




 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 






If a book you’re looking for is not on this list, please check the 2014 and 2013 lists. I tried not to duplicate titles, but if a series from earlier years had another book added this year, including e-novellas, I added it to this year’s list. Also, there are some annual faves that I duplicated because my kids want to reread them. (The entire Harry Potter Series is always a summer reading re-do!)

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Disclaimer: Some of these books are (or once were) controversial. Some older YAs have closed-door adult situations, and others (YA & MG) deal with harsh issues such as suicide, bullying, war, poverty, and loss of a parent. As a librarian, reader’s advisor, and mother, I’ve learned that tweens and teens tend to read within their comfort zone, both emotionally and reading-level wise. All of these books offer a chance for parents and kids to discuss which topics are appropriate now and which books are best left for another summer. But I hope you all find books that will give your family a summer of new adventures and imaginary friends.

 

Now I need your help. This list is not complete. Are there books that you’ve read and would like to see added to the 2015 list? If you add them in the comments, I’ll update the list and repost it. Thanks!

Forget Tomorrow. And You Will Never Forget Pintip Dunn.

 

I am so excited to participate in my dear friend and Golden Heart sister’s cover reveal.  Very few people will ever know what it took to get to today’s cover reveal — the years of writing and hoping and loss — but I am one of those lucky enough to have been by Pintip’s side during her hard journey. And I couldn’t be happier for her.
Forget Tomorrow doesn’t only have a fabulous cover.
Forget Tomorrow is a thrilling story that will live in the hearts of teen readers forever.
Forget Tomorrow
Release Date: 11/03/15
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Summary from Goodreads:
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.
It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her beloved — and gifted —  younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested, treated viciously, and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes this hellish prison.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself. 

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About the Author
When my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.

I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.
I am represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. I’m a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. I’m a member of Romance Writers of AmericaWashington Romance WritersYARWA, and The Golden Network.
I live with my husband and children in Maryland.
 
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