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Tomodachi Life: Part Forty!!!

The Miis are back! I can’t believe I haven’t updated since August. Does anyone even remember what happened in the last post (I don’t!)?

Here’s a quick recap:

Gabi and Rafe are madly in love and have nine children. Evan and Alex were madly in love and had three kids until Alex decided to dump Evan one day and marry one of Gabi and Rafe’s sons, Colton. Evan dated Nina briefly before dumping her for one of Gabi and Rafe’s daughters, Melanie (yeah, I know.). Phil and Kain are married but only mildly like one another and have never had any kids. And Charles married Gabi and Rafe’s daughter, Ariana, which isn’t creepy AT ALL. The children grew up and had children and I honestly cannot keep track of everyone despite making myself a chart. So don’t feel bad if you can’t, either!

With that out of the way, let’s get started with this week’s installment!

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Ouch, Alex!

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This should be good.

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Whoa, that’s spot on!

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We all know how much Rafe loves baseball. Almost as much as he loves Gabi!

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Sure it does. Also, love your caveman outfit. It goes great with your baseball cap. 😄

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Unfortunately forever doesn’t actually mean forever and those two aren’t best friends anymore. 😦

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Only fairly close?

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That’s more than fairly close! 😄 Also, is anyone surprised that they had another baby? No? Me neither!

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Hello, Matthew!

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Oh no, he’s crying!

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Making him laugh with silly faces.

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Daddy Rafe is trying to cheer Matthew up.

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Playing with Mom!

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Getting so big.

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Where’s Rafe?

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He’s at the beach, playing soccer!

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Oh, but they took Matthew on a trip. That’s nice!

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Evan wants to save the world while wearing a skeleton mask. Maybe he’s trying to be a super hero?

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Lauren (Fitzgerald baby #9) wants to be like Gabi!

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The family went to the cafe. I can’t believe Rafe is STILL wearing his caveman outfit (and in public, no less!).

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Wow! Gabi saved up enough money to go to space!

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And she brought Matthew! What a lucky kid! It must be because he’s baby #10.

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I love their spacesuits! 😄

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Gabi, you’re upside down…

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Looks like they’re having a blast!

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Gabi loved space so much she won’t take off her spacesuit.

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Rafe said, “Fine, if you’re going to be an astronaut, then I’ll be a samurai!” Oh, and Matthew grew up. He did a lot during his five days as a baby!

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Okay, someone likes to brag…

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That’s sweet!

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What? Do tell, Rafe!

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Aww! At least you have Bo the cat!

That’s it for this week! Look forward to more hilarity in the next installment (which hopefully won’t be two months from now.)!

And there’s a random mosaic of their space photos at the bottom of this post that I can’t figure out how to get rid of. Oh, WordPress…

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Black Friday Sale!

For those of you doing some holiday shopping this weekend, you might be interested to know that all six of my ebooks are only 99 cents each! This has never happened before, so it’s pretty exciting!

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The Sight Seer (Book 1): http://smarturl.it/vetboz
An Autumn Dream (Novella 1.5): http://smarturl.it/qi7bi3
The Soul Healer (Book 2): http://smarturl.it/rencc9
A Promise of Magic (Novella 2.5): http://smarturl.it/qbxa00
The Shadow Stealer (Book 3): http://smarturl.it/vaol35

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http://amzn.com/B0125KV45W

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The Spring YA Scavenger Hunt is here!

YASH-circle-background-2Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

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Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are EIGHT contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, a teal team, a purple team, an orange team, a green team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Here’s how to play:
 
Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the indie team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 5th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
Today I’d like to introduce author Janna Jennings!
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Janna is a Colorado based YA author who loves a good fairy tale. She’s married to her own real life Prince Charming, and will usually admit to being mom of three, including her incorrigible middle child, Benny. Besides wrangling her kids she can be found doing some therapeutic baking, dreaming of the ocean, and of course, curling up with a good book.
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Janna is the author of A Grimm Legacy, the first book in the Grimm Tales series.

Enchanted castles and charming princes thought to exist only in stories come to life in this classically twisted fairy tale that combines the timeless quality of folktales with the challenges of the modern world.

The woods of Elorium appear ordinary to Andi… until the birds start to talk and elves answer doors. Whisked out of her world along with three strangers, Andi finds herself the reluctant guest of the perplexing millionaire, Mr. Jackson, a stranger willing to help get them home, but who’s keeping secrets of his own.
 

Discovering unexpected family connections to this fairy tale land, the group must rely on each other as they dodge evil fairies and battle giants intent on keeping them in Elorium.
 

Faced with characters short on whimsy and bent towards treachery, Andi, Quinn, Fredrick and Dylan are forced into fairy tale roles to find the home. But in Elorium, happily ever after is never guaranteed.

I love fairy tales, and this one sounds great! You can purchase A Grimm Legacy here!
Today Janna is sharing an exclusive sneak peek at her upcoming book, A Grimm Curse.

Cynthia crept past the weed-choked flowerbeds. A few roses struggled to bloom amid the neglect, but the place looked sad and forgotten. A small man-made pond sat in the shade of the near by pine trees. This is where the Wellington property ended and the forest began. Water still trickled into the pond, keeping the surface clear. Wild grasses had grown up along the edges, but it made the little spot look more natural, probably what the frog was used to.

Cynthia sat on a rusting wrought iron bench and reached into her pocket, freeing the frog. His skin felt tacky and rough. He’d been out of the water too long. She lowered him into the water.

“There you go.”

She stood up to leave. The frog seemed to shake itself out of a stooper. It kicked several times, propelling itself across the surface of the water with the awkward hind kick particular only to frogs. Rolling on its back, it sighed and said, “Ahh much better.”

Cynthia blinked hard and sat back down on the bench. The frog stroked back to her and hopped to the edge of the little pond where it sat half in, half out of the water.

“You’re not a princess, are you?” Beyond the harsh, throaty quality of its voice that was not quite human, the frog was male and hopeful.

Cynthia opened her mouth to reply and popped it back closed again. It was one thing to understand birds. Their peeps and trills seemed to translate themselves inside her head. Bird vocabulary was limited and repetitive. Frankly, they weren’t overly bright. It was not like talking to another person.

She’d heard the occasional rumor of talking animals. It wasn’t unheard of in Elorium to get advice from a fox, and there was a fairly famous troupe of singing animals that traveled around, although she had never seen them.

The frog blinked his bulbous eyes and a frown seemed to tug at his wide mouth. “Sorry, I know it can be a bit of a shock. You’ve got a surreal look on your face.”

“No, I—“ Cynthia paused and cleared her throat trying to rearrange her features into something other than stunned. “I understand birds. I just wasn’t expecting—you took me by surprise. That’s all.”

“Birds? I’ve never heard of that before.”

It was strange to watch the creature’s thin, flat lips move and words come out. It was like watching a puppeteer.

“I—“ she decided to steer this strange conversation away from herself. “What were you asking?”

“Oh.” the frog splayed his webbed toes on his right foot. “Are you a princess? I mean, I know you don’t live in a castle, but I thought perhaps you were one in hiding?” The frog had ducked his head and looked up at her out of the top of his eyes like a hopeful boy.

Cynthia felt a smile wanting to tug at her lips. “I’m not. Sorry.”

His face fell.

“I’m Cynthia.” She held out her name like some kind of pitiful offering.

“Remi.” The frog waved a half hearted webbed hand at her and sank with his chin in the water until just his mouth and eyes jutted out.

She waited a second, and when no further information was forthcoming she prodded, “So…”

Remi’s head came up slightly. “How am I a talking frog?” A half grin twisted on his face. “Sorry, this is the longest conversation I’ve had. Most people scream and run. Or try to hit me with things.” He looked up at her with an expression Cynthia couldn’t read. She didn’t know if it was the look or the fact that it was on a frog’s face that was creating the difficulty. Something moved her to bend down and hold out her hand. Remi hesitated just a second before hopping into her palm. The pads on his feet were delicate and damp. She placed him beside her on the bench and waited.

“I haven’t actually tried talking to anyone in awhile, but you seem…” here the frog appeared to be selecting the right words, “like a person to take a chance on.”

“Because I rescued you?”

“I wouldn’t say rescued—“ Remi stammered out.

A brief image came to Cynthia of an abashed young man. That smile wanted to curl her lips up again. Twice in one day. It wasn’t a problem she usually had.

“I’m not saying you didn’t help,” he added. “Can’t deny I’d gotten myself in a pickle. It wasn’t just that.” He’d turned thoughtful. “It was more a feeling you were someone who might understand.”

Look for A Grimm Curse this fall!

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Janna, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 8. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the indie team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

And that’s not all! I’m also giving away a $10 Amazon gift card along with a Silver Moon Saga swag pack, which includes a signed 5×7 photo card of The Soul Healer and some stickers to one lucky winner! To be eligible to win, enter the Rafflecopter below! The contest is opened internationally.

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Now I’ll send you on your way to Jennifer Comeaux’s blog. As you’re visiting the other blogs, be on the lookout for a bonus scene from THE SOUL HEALER that I wrote specially for this contest. I’d love to hear what you think of it! Good luck and happy hunting!

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The Shadow Stealer is here!

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Well, this is it. The final chapter in the Silver Moon Saga is out today, and you find it here on Amazon! I would like to thank everyone who has joined me on this wonderful, scary, and exciting journey as I published my first book, then my first novella, and now my first series! Five books in less than two years! If you had told me that this would happen, back when I was furiously writing the first draft of The Sight Seer, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But I would have hoped you were telling the truth, because being a published author has always been a dream of mine. I’m glad that my first venture into this world of publishing was with Gabi and company. I love these characters, each and every one of them, and saying goodbye is incredibly difficult. But they will always be a part of me, and I know it’s not goodbye, not really.

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Thank you, dear readers, from the bottom of my heart. I love all of your comments, tweets, and messages, and I look forward to hearing from you after you finish the Saga. Happy Reading!

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Cover Reveal for The Shadow Stealer!

So here we are. I’m about to unveil the very last cover for the very last book in the Silver Moon Saga. That’s both bittersweet and crazy. Did I ever think, those forty-two days I spent writing the first draft of THE SIGHT SEER, that I’d publish not one, not two, but FIVE books about Gabi and her demon-hunting friends? No, definitely not. So thank you to everyone who has joined me on this adventure. You are the reason I love this writing thing. 🙂

And now, without further ado, I present to you the gorgeous, stunning cover of THE SHADOW STEALER. I won’t even make you scroll down to see it.

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And there it is. What do you think?! Do you love it as much as I do? Because, and don’t tell the other four covers I said this, but this one right here is my favorite. Her expression, the way she’s looking at you dead in the eye as she glances over her shoulder… Even the green background (is she in her garden? A forest? Somewhere else?) is perfect. I literally just stared at my computer, my mouth ajar, when I opened my email and saw this for the first time. A huge, huge thank you to Rue Volley for giving me five beautiful covers.

THE SHADOW STEALER releases February 27th! The blurb is up on Goodreads, but here it is in case you haven’t seen it yet:

Ever since that fateful night Gabi Saw her first demon, she’s been questioning who and, better yet, what she is. When given a chance to find the answers she seeks, she seizes it, even if it means putting herself—and her beloved friends—in danger.

From upstate New York to the streets of Manhattan, Gabi chases after the truth that has, until this point, remained out of reach. But when her whole world shatters, Gabi wonders if it would have been better to remain ignorant. Because once you know the truth, there’s no going back.

In the final installment of the Silver Moon Saga, the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been for Gabi and her friends, and no one’s guaranteed a happy ending. Will Gabi triumph or will the shadows claim her for their own?

This is one of the longest books I’ve ever written, and if you’ve been following me on here and Facebook, then you know I struggled with it for almost all of last year. But the more a book fights me, the more I end up loving it (well, I spend a lot of time cursing it out, too). I hope that you will enjoy it, too!

That’s not all! To celebrate the end of the Silver Moon Saga, I’ve decided to host a contest. Click the link below for a chance to win a SIGNED paperback copy of THE SIGHT SEER, the book that started everything. The contest will run until February 2nd, and it is open INTERNATIONALLY. I’ll throw in some book swag too, which includes stickers and a signed mini-poster.

Enter to win a signed copy of THE SIGHT SEER!

Good luck and happy reading!

Contest is over! Thanks for playing!

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Stay tuned!

I’ll be revealing the cover for THE SHADOW STEALER right here Monday morning! Everyone who’s seen it so far said they love it, and I agree. Out of the five beautiful covers Rue Volley has designed for me, this one is definitely my favorite.

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2014 Recap and Bookish Goals for 2015

I can’t believe it’s almost 2015! Where did this year go? It definitely had its ups and downs, and I’m hoping 2015 is a much more peaceful one for everyone.

In terms of writing, I more or less wrote two books. I say more or less because I technically started THE SHADOW STEALER in 2013, and I also wrote 1/3 of A PROMISE OF MAGIC in, oh, I don’t even know, late 2012? But let’s just say I wrote two novels in 2014. I also published two novels! THE SOUL HEALER came out in April, and A PROMISE OF MAGIC was an early arrival, publishing in November (instead of January!). As for 2015, besides publishing THE SHADOW STEALER (February 27th! Less than two months away!), I hope to start and finish two brand new manuscripts. I’m not sure if this will actually happen, but as long as I finish at least one manuscript, I’ll be happy. I’m a little nervous starting something brand new that doesn’t involve Gabi and company because it’s really hard to let those characters go. But at least I can visit them whenever I want to in Tomodachi Life, right?

As for reading, I didn’t read as much as I did in 2013, probably because I spent almost the entire year writing/editing/revising THE SHADOW STEALER! I wanted to read 100 books, but I missed that goal by five measly books! (If you count rereading THE SHADOW STEALER at least five times and beta reading, then yes, I read over 100 books!) My favorite book of the year was HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas. I waited for over two hours to get an ARC of it at BEA and it was worth it, oh my goodness. I loved it from start to finish, and I can’t wait for the next installment! In 2015 I’m going to try to be better about reading the stuff I own. I go to the library a lot and always end up with five or more books to read, which is ridiculous because I have three years worth of BEA books to read! So I’m going to ban myself from going to the library unless they have something I really, really need to read (which is basically every book ever). I already made up a list of 2015 books I want to read (and when they’re published), but I also made up a list of older books that I’ve been wanting to read but never got a chance to. A few are series that are complete now, so if I can get all three books in one library trip, I can binge read the series, which is something I love doing. I didn’t put too many books on that list, less than twenty, because I didn’t want to overwhelm myself. I’m interested to see how I’ll do in completing that list. Guess we’ll find out a year from now! Oh, and something else I’ve wanted to do for the longest time is reread the entire Harry Potter series. But it’s so hard to reread something when there’s so many other new things to read. But I really need to make time for this series! It’s been too long!

Other than that, I hope to attend more book events (I’m definitely going to BEA for its final year in NYC. And hopefully I’ll remember to buy NY Comic Con tickets before they’re sold out! I totally forgot this year and wasn’t able to attend.) and blog about them, of course. Unfortunately a lot of the events are at night on a weekday, and I can’t go, but I always keep an eye out for a weekend ones!

Do you have any bookish goals or resolutions for 2015? If so, good luck and to everyone, Happy New Year!