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Stevie Rae Causey

Author of Ring of Fire

YA Summer Scavenger Hunt

In June, the Alliance of Young Adult Authors is sponsoring a massive young adult scavenger hunt. This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes!

RULES

Each author will be given a special keyword, which will be bolded and all caps like this: BUTTERFLIES.

All you have to do is visit all the author’s sites in this order, write down the special keywords to discover the short story, then enter the giveaway with the completed secret legend HERE.

There will be one main giveaway for the main prize, but most of the participating authors will also have smaller giveaways for free books, amazon credit and author swag, so make sure you read their post carefully to see what else they’re offering while you’re on their site for the keyword.

THE MAP (participating authors)

  1. Cindy Ray Hale
  2. Katherine Bogle
  3. Melle Amade
  4. David Kudler
  5. A.M. Yates
  6. Alethea Kontis
  7. Stevie Rae Causey
  8. Katlyn Duncan
  9. Debbie Manber Kupfer
  10. Meredith Rose
  11. N.M. Howell
  12. Lara Ann
  13. K.M. Robinson
  14. J.A. Culican
  15. Heather Karn
  16. Rob L. Slater
  17. Dylan Keefer
  18. Sarah K. Wilson
  19. L.J. Higgins
  20. Gina Marie Long
  21. Em Kazmierski
  22. Travis Hall
  23. Heather Young-Nichols
  24. Anna Santos
  25. J.L. Weil
  26. Jo Schneider
  27. Rebecca Fernfield
  28. Kristin D. Van Risseghem
  29. Martine Lewis
  30. Tara Benham
  31. Stacy Claflin
  32. Beth Hammond
  33. Erica Monroe Cope
  34. Nicole Zoltack
  35. Char Webster
  36. Sabrina Ramoth
  37. T.J. Muir
  38. Raquel Lyon
  39. Beth Rodgers
  40. S.L. Beaumont
  41. Eva Pohler
  42. Melanie McFarlane
  43. Cheryllynn Dyess
  44. Audrey Rich
  45. Amanda Zieba
  46. Sandie Will
  47. Elle Scott
  48. Angie Grigaliunas
  49. Ashley Maker
  50. Mandy Peterson
  51. Audrey Grey
  52. Elisa Dane
  53. Amy McNulty
  54. Melinda Cordell
  55. Monica Leonelle
  56. Claire Luana
  57. Frost Kay
  58. Preeti C. Sharma
  59. Bentz Deyo
  60. April Wood
  61. Lena Mae Hill
  62. Angel Leya
  63. Wendi Wilson
  64. Wendy Knight
  65. Chogan Swan
  66. Tamara Hart Heiner
  67. Norma Hinkens
  68. Patti Larsen
  69. Megan Crewe
  70. Jamie Thornton
  71. Jessie Renée
  72. T.A. Maclagan
  73. Lydia Sherrer
  74. Phyllis Moore
  75. P.D. Workman
  76. J.A. Armitage
  77. K.N. Lee
  78. Angela Fristoe
  79. Rhonda Sermon
  80. G.K. DeRosa
  81. Erin Richards
  82. Ali Winters
  83. Larissa C. Hardesty
  84. Kristine Tate
  85. Debra Kristi
  86. Bella Rose
  87. Cortney Pearson
  88. Jeff Kohanek
  89. Kristal Shaff
  90. Rachel Morgan
  91. Emma Right
  92. C.L. Cannon
  93. Joanne Macgregor
  94. Lindsey Loucks
  95. Farah Kuck
  96. Erin Hayes
  97. Jesikah Sundin
  98. Dorothy Dreyer
  99. Danielle Annett
  100. C.J. Ethington
  101. L.C. Hibbett
  102. Madeline Dyer
  103. Katie John
  104. Nicole Schubert
  105. Rachel Medhurst
  106. Tee G Ayer
  107. May Freighter
  108. Heather Dyer
  109. Jen Minkman
  110. J.L. Gillham
  111. Karen Tomlinson
  112. Kate Haye
  113. Megan Linski
  114. Martina Billings
  115. Jo Ho
  116. Brian King
  117. Inna Hardison
  118. Rachel Bateman
  119. Sally Henson
  120. J.L. Hendricks
  121. A.L. Knorr
  122. T.M. Franklin
  123. Konstanz Silverbow
  124. felisha Antonette
  125. Jake Devlin
  126. S.F. Benson
  127. Laurie Treacy
  128. Emily Martha Sorensen
  129. Leia Stone
  130. T. Rae Mitchell
  131. J. Keller Ford
  132. Kat Stiles
  133. Jessica Hawke
  134. Elyse Reyes
  135. Sophie Davis
  136. Bianca Scardoni
  137. Jenetta Penner
  138. David R. Bernstein
  139. Olivia Wildenstein
  140. Derek Murphy

Starts June 1st!

Just go through the “treasure map” above to find the keywords and reconstruct the secret legend. Once you’ve got it, enter for the grand prize HERE. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for other giveaways or free books as you search for the keywords, most authors will be offering their own prizes as well.

For rules, updates or trouble-shooting, make sure to check out this main post which will stay updated.

TIMELINE

Authors will post the rules and the full list of participating authors sometime in June, and have their post up and visible on their site/blog, with their keyword, by June 1st. Readers just need to go through the list, find the words, and use the story to enter for the grand prize.

 

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Dear Body: About the Birth of Our Son

A personal essay about my third child’s birth was published by Sweatpants and Coffee!

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Cover Reveal for It’s Not Always Rainbows

Releasing July 15, 2017: Its Not Always Rainbows By Joey Paul

The LGBTQ rainbow covers people from all walks of life. Catherine and her friends all have to struggle for acceptance in their own lives. Parents, friends, teachers, pretty much everyone seems to have their opinion on how they should live.

The only people who don’t tell them what they should do are each other and the people inside the LGBTQ community.

So when people from that community start getting attacked and then murdered, Catherine feels she has to do something to stop it.

Dealing with her own issues with her religious parents is tough enough, but what do you do when who you are is the reason someone wants you dead?

It's Not Always Rainbows

 

Joey Paul is an indie author, exploring the young adult crime genre. She has released nine books in total so far, with the tenth and eleventh due out in the summer of 2017. Her current works include the “Dying Thoughts” series, which is eight books. She usually writes crime and mystery fiction, with a paranormal twist, but she has been known to dabble in contemporary romance and general fiction. She is writing her seventeenth and eighteenth books at the moment, having recently finished her last two.

Joey is disabled and a recent graduate from The Open University with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care. When not reading medical textbooks, she enjoys reading crime novels, medical dramas and young adult novels. When she’s out and about, she likes looking for Tupperware in the woods with GPS satellites, otherwise known as geocaching. And when she’s not doing THAT, she’s sleeping! She’s 35 and has been writing since she was retired from her job on medical grounds at the age of 19. She plans to write for as long as she has ideas or until someone tells her to stop!

The Aldar Dominion Cover Reveal!

I’m so excited to share this with you all! I started working on this cover literally months ago, and damn has it ever come far! The process will deserve an entire post in itself, but for now, here is the cover!

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The cover was designed by myself! Incase you didn’t know, I have a design background, so making the covers for my books has been beyond fun!

ABOUT THE ALDAR DOMINION

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Then they damned it.

After solar flares decimated Earth’s population, the alien corporation gave humans a recipe for immortality and hope for the next generation. Cloning and the technology to transport consciousness from one body to another saved the human race from extinction. But the value of human life plummeted.

In an age when animal conservation no longer exists, Selene smuggles animals to safety. While fleeing Dominion drones during a mission gone wrong, Selene suffers a debilitating head injury. The pain unlocks memories from twenty lost years: stark labs and human experiments. These nightmares could hold the key to why natural-born human children are disappearing. But worse—they reveal a sinister plot centuries in the making.

Can Selene decipher her dreams in time to avoid enslavement to the aliens? Or will she witness the end of the human race?

Read the first book in the Dominion Rising series to find out!

The Aldar Dominion will be released June 13th, and is now available for pre-order!

Pre-order on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, or Barnes & Noble

Add The Aldar Dominion on Goodreads!

Can’t wait to start reading?

Sign up for my mailing list and get the first 3 chapters of Savages NOW!

Need your dose of sci-fi in the mean time? Try The Stowaway Experiment, a tie in short story taking place before The Aldar Dominion.

The Stowaway Experiment_cover_2.jpgThe Smugglers Legion is gone.

Captain Eria is in a work camp.

Rikkard is all that’s left.

After the Smugglers Legion disbands, Rikkard Gunnar is left to captain the few remaining members. With no credits left, and only one hovercraft, Rikkard risks everything when he takes a mission to infiltrate a Dominion laboratory. He gets way more than he bargained for when he meets a young woman with no memory of who she is or where she’s come from.

Try it now for only $0.99 cents!
Get it on Amazon, iBooks, or Barnes & Noble. Coming soon to Kobo.

Character Profile: Sapphire (No Spoilers)

One of my favorite part of world-building is getting to know my characters- especially the ones that haven’t fully revealed themselves to my readers yet. While Eoma’s backstory has been occupying the corner of my mind lately, another of my favorites is the nymph Sapphire.

Part of her intrigue is the mystery of her heritage. The slight deviations from the norms of her clan suggest a mixed ancestry, but as of yet no one has discovered her true lineage.

Name: Sapphire
Age: NA
Gender: Female
Race: Wood Nymph
Hair: White
Eyes: Red
Skin: Green

Sprouted from one of the oldest branches of her clan, it is rumored that Sapphire has human DNA in her blood line. This theory is supported by her advanced intelligence, an uncommon trait in her kind.

Though she does have a few human tendencies, she retains many of her clan’s customs. Among them is a complete lack of communication with her half-human son.

Sapphire has a close relationship with nature, especially in the woods. She  loves dancing in the mists. Because of her conductive nature, lightning is often attracted to her, and she is often able to channel as part of her fight-or-flight response.

Whose backstory are you most interested in?

Come see me in Olympia!

Who has two thumbs, and will be at Capital Indie Book Con next week?

 

I’m so excited to share a table with some of my favorite Indie Authors! If you’re close (or you fancy a road trip), come see me at the Northwest Author booth!

 

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5 Years in Holland

When you were three days old, I knew you were on the spectrum. They told me it was just colic. That some babies cry.
When you were 18 months old, I knew you were on the spectrum. They said it was SPD.
When you were 3, I knew you were on the spectrum. They said it was inconsistent parenting.
When you were 4, I knew you were on the spectrum. They said it was just anxiety.
They said you were pretty average.
That you would out grow it.
That I worry too much.
As we drove to The Center last month you looked out the window.
“Mom, do I have Autism?”

Today you are 5. You will be six in July. Today, they said you are on the spectrum.

I can’t tell you they didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know-the testing was far too complex to say that with any degree of honesty.
I can say that there were no surprises.

There were no tears.

There was hope, and support, and advocacy- and all of the wonderful things that are waiting for you in life.

People will not welcome us to Holland, because I have been here this whole time with you, just waiting for someone to hand me the right roadmap.

I remember when I first realized I had landed here, in Holland.

When I first landed in this place, alone and confused, I called on friends, family, teachers, and specialists for guidance.
“Do they all wear wooden shoes?” Some asked.
“Well no, not all of them, not all of the time. That’s just a stereotype.”
“Then you can’t be in Holland. Perhaps you are in Italy instead.”

But we weren’t in Italy, my sweet girl. As we sat across from the man who would confirm what I already knew, I was reminded of a conversation I had last year with a dear friend.

“When did we stop trusting mothers?” I asked.

“When doctors became Gods.”

Women with Autism are often misdiagnosed. They refer to them as “The Lost Girls.” They don’t fit inside the walls of the Autism stereotype, and so they fall through the cracks.

But not you, my love.Not you.

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When you were born, I promised to blaze a trail for you, and I will light the whole world on fire if that is what it takes to do so.
I love you, my wild child.

Does the Paranormal Genre Have You Wanting a Little…MORE?

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MORE by T.M. Franklin
Genre: YA paranormal suspense/romance
 
Summary:
 
Ava Michaels used to think she was special. As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn’t so bad after all.

Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core. Because Caleb isn’t quite what he seems. In fact, he’s not entirely human, and he’s not the only one.

Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she’s not actually normal . . . she’s not even just special.

She’s a little bit more.

Must-See Indie Bookstores in Washington

IMG_9314As authors, readers, and shoppers transition into the digital age, our generation has seen the fall of book-selling giants like Borders. But does the world still have room for smaller, independent bookstores? I think so, and I hope you do too!

I love small, local businesses. I love books. What could be better than having those two combined? Bookstores were a place of mystery and magic as a child, and I hope to recreate the same feeling for my own kids as they grow. Here are three local bookstores you may see me at this summer:

A Good Book Café

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Located in the heart of Downtown Sumner, A Good Book Café has something for everyone! Sink into nostalgia with a used book, or enjoy new releases and works of local authors. A Good Book Café has hosted Nanowrimo events, and offers a summer campfire book club. Learn more at www.agoodbookcafe.com

The Sequel Bookstore

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This store is a MUST if you find yourself anywhere near Enumclaw, WA. They offer a wide variety of books, as well as a friendly, small-town atmosphere, and a great café. The Sequel often hosts local authors during street fairs. Keep an eye out for familiar faces this summer.
Click Here to follow them on Facebook

The Nearsighted Narwhal
I haven’t been to this one yet, but it is definitely on my summer to-do list. This store is a rare gem, located in Tacoma, WA. It is home to ONLY indie authors and artists and boasts a variety of unique art, clothing, books, and zines. Natives and tourists alike are sure to love it!  Follow them on Facebook

What is your favorite local bookstore? Leave a link in the comments so I can check them out! And don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to keep up with events I will be attending!

 

The Sequel to Ring of Fire, and a little bit about Eoma

As you probably know, I began work on the sequel to Ring of Fire during Nanowrimo2016. Juggling #momlife with a new baby made writing a book a lot more challenging than I remember it being! All things worth doing are hard in one way or another, and I’ve been trudging along slowly over the past few months. I may even try Camp Nanowrimo for the first time this year to put a kick in my proverbial step.

Those of you who attended my most recent takeover got to hear about my recent conversation with Eoma. Not only did I learn more about her backstory. Actually we argued about it. ***POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT. If you’ve yet to finish Ring of Fire come back to this later***

Most of you know that Eoma is High Priestess. (What Kala’s people know as witches…but don’t say that in front of Eoma unless you want to risk her wrath and trust me, you don’t.) What you don’t know is how that came to be. You see, most people when they read the scene where Eoma reveals Charlezon’s past to Kala assume that the little girl in the vision of him as a child is his wife, but it isn’t. It’s Eoma. She and the King were childhood sweethearts, and her selection by the Clave, in  many ways, still a sore spot for her. You’ll learn more about that in the next book.

Which I suppose brings me to the reason for this post. The great unveiling of the working title for Ring of Fire’s sequel. My lovely and talented cover artist, Crystal Malta, was kind enough to put together a quick visual for my announcement. (Also it was her birthday this week! If you want to make her day, Click here and tell her how much you love the mock-up I’m about to show you.)

 

Without further delay, I’m excited to announce

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