Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Cover Reveal - Before the Storm by Sarah Dosher

Before the Storm (A Storms of Life novella)
Expected Release Date: July 30, 2013

Before the Storm is a prequel to Haven from the Storm featuring Easton.
This longer novella is set during the summer following Easton and Dean's graduation from high school and details events that led to that fateful night on August 7, 2009. Before the Storm will also give the reader more insight into the early relationship between Dean and Lily.


Life isn’t always what it seems.

What you think you know can change before your eyes.
Fathers abuse, mothers deceive, best friends betray, sisters dismiss, love controls, and anger consumes.


After graduating from high school, Easton Grace knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. His goal for the summer includes two things: avoiding his father’s wrath and protecting his sister. His carefully laid plans are quickly changed when a new girl comes to town causing him to lose his tight grasp of control on everything, including himself. 

Easton believes in only two choices – right and wrong, black and white. But he will soon discover that the lines between the two sometimes blur.

Can Easton find his path before it’s too late - before the storm?


And, if you haven't read it yet, head on over and get a copy of Sarah Dosher's debut novel Haven from the Storm for just 99 cents. It's only on sale from May 8th through May 15th so don't miss out!!

Important Links:
Before the Storm on Goodreads
Haven from the Storm on Amazon

Author Sarah Dosher -
Twitter: @sarahdosher

Monday, April 29, 2013

Release Day - The Forgotten Ones

The Forgotten Ones

The Danaan Trilogy

Book One

is now available exclusively on Amazon!

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

About Laura Howard

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Caroline brings you a giveaway!

Introducing Caroline...

Physical appearance:
  • Natural blonde hair
  • Blue eyes
  • 5' 8" and thin
  • Always dressed in the latest fashion

Random facts:
  • Grew up near Seattle, Washington
  • College graduate - working at an Interior Design firm in Houston, Texas
  • Spent her college years avoiding serious relationships
  • Loves listening to Justin Timberlake and Maroon 5

For your enjoyment - a quote from Caroline:
He grins casually with his hand held out to take mine. Did he just say beautiful? I touch my hand to his and immediately the breath rushes back into my lungs. If his touch has this impact on everyone, he should look into a job at the ER. He could save lives with that kind of super power.


And now to announce the giveaway!!!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**Disclaimer: My book will not be released until Summer 2013.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Character Introduction: June

A short introduction to June...

Physical appearance:
  • Dirty blonde hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Average height
  • Casual style - when not at work, usually wears jeans and t-shirts with flats or tennis shoes

Random facts:
  • Grew up in Texas
  • College graduate - working at as Personal Assistant to the Head Media Supervisor at a large media firm
  • Hates to fly
  • Loves Kate Nash and Cold War Kids

Enjoy a quote with a little insight into June's head:
My eyes move up his body, eventually meeting his. Damn it. Why do his facial features have to be so endearing? I'll have to remind myself to look past him while we're at dinner tonight. That should make for some good conversation. Hey, June. Are you having a stroke? You seem to be looking to my right instead of directly at me.


Make sure to come back next week and learn some quick facts about Caroline - along with another quote/teaser from the book. (Reminder: All quotes/teasers are unedited.)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Introducing the characters of Crossing Paths!

I think it's about time for another post. I'm within striking distance of my word count goal and I'm fairly confident the first draft of my manuscript will be done this week. Eeeeeee!!! This is both exciting and scary. When I started this process I didn't realize how many wonderful people I would meet or how much support I would gain in such a short time! I love you all for being a part of this process with me and for encouraging me along the way.

In celebration of being one step closer, I'm planning to post a short description of one character a week with a short teaser related to that character. I hope you are all excited to learn a few details about these characters!!

The first introduction will be this Monday, April 1st! No April Fool's joke here!

Get ready to meet June!!

One last note: Once I get to 400 likes on my author page on Facebook, I will be sharing a new teaser from the book. Share away!

Have a Happy Easter!!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Word War Giveaway!!

The talented and wonderful Alexandra Woods has challenged me to a word war! I am excited for the challenge and, together, we have decided to offer you a couple of prizes for cheering us on!

The plan:
We will both spend 4 hours devoted to this word war on Thurs., March 7th.

Your challenge:
Guess the number of words I will be writing during those four hours.

How to enter your guess for my giveaway: 
Two choices - my Facebook Author Page or post a comment on this blog post. Entries for my giveaway will be accepted until midnight on Thursday. Friday morning, I will determine who chose the number closest to the actual number of words written. That person will win a free copy of Running on Empty by L.B. Simmons.

Check it out on Amazon
It is getting great reviews and it is the next read on my list!

Hurry over to Alexandra's Facebook page to get info about her giveaway!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cheer me on to the finish line...

I normally do well under no instruction. I like to do things at my own pace without deadlines. However, with a two year old, full-time work hours and life in general taking over most evenings, I feel that I need to set an attainable goal. I have seen several authors setting these type of goals and one in particular put up a note similar to this one. I am hoping you will find it interesting to track my progress and it will also help to keep me accountable.

My goal is 40,000 words by March 15. This means I should be writing 1,540 words on average per day. I already have 30,000 words written. So, if I can reach this goal, then the first draft of my first novel should be complete with a total of about 70,000 words. Wish me luck!

Click here to check out the note on my Facebook page where I am keeping track of my daily writing totals.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's February?!?!?!

What a crazy beginning to the year! While my family was ill in January, there wasn't a whole lot of writing going on. Having a sick two year old and a sick husband, along with being pregnant and sick myself was quite time consuming. We are all feeling much better but as I look at my calendar I start to panic. It's the middle of February?!?! I didn't even get to enjoy January!

All these days flying by has made me realize that I need a more tight deadline for finishing my novel. So, moved up my personal deadline by 2 months. Sounds a little crazy but it feels good. I've made great progress over the past few days and I feel great about the direction this book has taken. I am hoping to have a tentative release date for you soon! Keep your eyes open. :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Crossing Paths - Teaser #1

A little intro to the main characters, June and Caroline. Enjoy!!

     “June, have you seen my grey pencil skirt?” I yell out while searching through my closet. “June?” Damn it, she isn’t here. I forgot that she’s on a plane headed for the wonderful New York City. She should be back late tomorrow afternoon and I might just kill her if she comes back with the exact pieces of clothing I can’t find.

     My best friend, June, and I lived together the last three years of college and are now renting an apartment while we dive into the real world. Most mornings in college were spent with me making fun of her drab attire while she laughed at my brightly colored dresses and high heels. I guess the saying opposites attract can be true for friends as well. The only major similarities we have are that we speak English and our dating history is a little spotty. We met at a party, although I am not sure June knew what it meant to party at that point. We were college freshman taking it all in. That particular night I was sliding along the railing of a stairway trying to pass by a couple with their tongues so far down each other’s throats I was worried they would stop breathing. As I came to the bottom of the stairs I tripped on the last step, launching my drink into the back of a guy’s shirt, who then spilled his drink on someone else. This domino effect continued for about 4 or 5 people until June got a plastic cup full of beer directly in the face. I apologized profusely as she was wiping liquid from her eyes. When she looked up at me she was smiling, laughing even.

     “That’s okay. I was looking for a reason to get out of here anyway.” June said through her laughter. “I think I’ll just go get something for dinner. It’s still pretty early.”

     “Can I join you?” The party was so lame and I had already embarrassed myself enough for one night.

     And so our friendship began. We left the party, got a change of clothes at June’s dorm room and headed to Denny’s. Breakfast for dinner - I don’t think there is a better meal. June and I were both far from home and beginning to miss home a bit. That night June spit her drink all over me while laughing at a stupid joke I told. We called it even and from that night forward we were inseparable. We saw each other through general education courses, many more parties and some crappy relationships. After freshman year, we rented a two bedroom duplex and lived there until graduation. At the holidays we would go our separate ways to visit family but when we arrived back at school it was like no time had passed by.

     As graduation neared, we started to look at job options. We both got calls about our job offers in Houston, Texas on the same day and accepted without pause. We had already talked about how perfect it would be to get a place and start our careers together.I would have loved to go with her to New York City today. That city can be a lot of fun, even if you have less than 24 hours. The shopping and spas are amazing! I had already been planning out where I might get a full massage and the stores I needed to hit first. Too bad my job requires that I actually show up.

The Journey of Writing my Debut Novel

This new journey of writing a young adult novel has been eye-opening. The indie author community is so fun and welcoming! I am learning so much each day and look forward to working with some wonderful people! I am a little disappointed that I won't be able to attend many book related events early this year (since we are expecting a new baby in early summer) but everything comes in time.

I have started an author page on Facebook and Twitter. Links are below. Please like my page and follow me so that you can keep updated on my writing process, as well as some fun giveaways and other info!

Facebook author page - Go like my page!!

Twitter account - Go follow me!!

Also, please find below links to the professionals I have decided to work with for editing and cover design. Both of these ladies are extremely busy due to their amazing talent so let them know as early as possible if you would like to utilize their services.

Okay Creations - Book cover design

Unforeseen Editing  - Copy editing, proofreading and synopsis writing services