Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blog Tour, Day One, and Official Release of Iris!!!

These are, without a doubt, my favorite days as an author! The days I get to release my blood, sweat and tears to the world and share a piece of my heart. It's a scary thing, but also a beautiful and exciting thing. Especially with Iris. What a roller coaster of emotions it was for me to write. I wont go into much detail in case you haven't read Book One, but let me just say, I hope you fall in love with this story as much as I have... even as dark as it is. Enjoy! :)

PS-  Don't forget to check out the blog tour stops below for reviews/excerpts of Iris and Captivate Me, and to enter the Rafflecopter drawing for a chance to win a free copy of both books and a $25 Amazon gift card.

PSS- These are the ten lucky release day winners of a copy of Iris! Thanks for signing up for my mailing list!!!

Gillian
Heather
Jess
Kelly
Rebecca
Mandi
Brynn
Shana-Lee
Francine
Tamara

xoxo
SJ


Iris: Novella to The Captivated Series:


Available at the following retailers:





Captivate Me and Iris blog tour, by Xpresso Book Tours!



Today's stops:

-In Between The Lines >> Captivate Me (Review)
-Miss Book Eater >> Captivate Me (Review)
-Crazy Beautiful Reviews >> Captivate Me & Iris (Spotlight)


The Giveaway! Don't forget to enter:


Amazon Gift Card Winner for September!!!

What can I say... I LOVE giving things away to my readers!!! Copies of books, gift cards, and sometimes even jewelry and other little keepsakes. To win the monthly $10 Amazon gift card, all you have to do is sign-up for my mailing list! It's that easy!!! I know I have a lot going on today with blog tours and book releases and such, but I never want to forget to reward you guys' loyalty!

The winner this month is Carmen G. Congrats, Carmen! :)

xoxo
SJ

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Iris" Release and and Blog Tour Launch...

...is only a week away!!! To celebrate, here's one last excerpt! <3 PS- try and guess who Iris and Kai are stalking ;)

And because it's also Music Crush Monday, I'll share with you again my pick for Iris and Kai. It fits them so well!!!

Love to all xoxo

SJ




EXCERPT: Chapter Twenty-Two

I still remember the feeling it gave me when I’d heard him sing the first time; the boy had a voice that could stir emotion inside a walking corpse. Bring someone back to life. We were headed home when his voice, accompanied by the strumming of a guitar, wafted down from an apartment building. I paused, tugging on Kai’s hand to stop. A voice like that could only belong to some divine entity, or an offspring thereof. It both excited and unnerved my dark soul. 
We pinpointed the window it came from and decided to show up again in the morning. We’d wait for him to emerge so Kai could read his aura.
Unsurprisingly, when the boy left the next day heading for his first day of school, Kai confirmed my suspicions. Silvery threads were woven throughout his aura. He was tall with light brown hair and soulful, sparkling eyes. But he had a way about him, something almost sad and tired to be so youthful and drop dead gorgeous. Like he was trudging through life. Going through the motions. I could tell life in general weighed on him. He needed a change.
A spark of hope ignited inside me. This was the one.
Cloaked in a spell, we followed him that day through the halls of Centennial High. We assumed since he was posing as a senior that he was beginning a new decade in this town. Then it would be off to college, if he chose, or he could continue to work at his dead end job until it was time to move on again.
No wonder he was so sad. He’d probably just moved here over the summer, and this was the beginning of his next ten-year sentence.
The boy mostly kept to himself, ate by himself… but by choice. It was obvious he had every girls’ attention; though it appeared their curiosity about the mysterious model-like boy was in no way reciprocated. I think if he could have camouflaged himself to blend in with the walls, he would have.
After school, he went to a typical high school kind of job – Frederick’s record store. Fitting considering his talent. I couldn’t imagine they paid much, but he had to make a living somehow. My guess was his parents, or parent, had passed some time ago. He was on his own.
Here, being surrounded by other music-lovers, he seemed to have perked a little. He even whistled as he organized a new shipment of vintage records. He inspected one before tucking it away – a Beatles’ album – and smiled to himself, changing the tune of his whistle to their song “Yellow Submarine.” Working here must have been the highlight of his day.
At his apartment that evening, we were able to pick the lock and sneak in. Luckily he was showering so we were able to take our time looking through his things. Unframed, hand-painted art hung above his threadbare sofa. They looked amateur at best; probably local artists. No other pictures were anywhere to be found - a good sign. He had no attachments. The contents of his fridge confirmed his bachelor lifestyle – Chinese leftovers and beer bottles littered the inside.
While Kai and I waited around to get a blood sample, the boy's doorbell rang. I threw Kai a puzzled look, mirroring the one the boy wore. Late night visitors couldn’t have been the norm.
The boy muted the TV and set the takeout container he was eating out of on his makeshift coffee table. Old books served as the base, and he’d placed a sheet of black oval-shaped glass on top.
Shuffling to the door, he threw on a t-shirt and ran a hand through his damp hair. He peeked through the peephole, stiffened with surprise, and then sighed. Whoever it was, he wasn’t thrilled about it. He opened the door anyway.


                                                Don't forget to pre-order you copy on Amazon today!

                           To see the list of websites hosting reviews and excerpts of Iris for the blog tour, click here!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Iris Available for Pre-order on Amazon!!!

Happy Monday! Wanted to spread the word that Iris is available for pre-order on Amazon for .99!!! SO excited that Amazon gives me this option now. Now if we can get Smashwords to get on board so I could offer this though B&N, Kobo, etc, as well, I'll be a happy author. lol

Here's the link to place your order: Iris Pre-order Link

And because it's also Music Crush Monday, here's one of my favorites lately. In case you weren't aware, Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite writer/ directors, and this Iggy Azalea video seems a bit *ahem* Kill Bill inspired. lol Love it!!!!




Love to all xoxo
SJ

Monday, August 11, 2014

Music Crush Monday!!!

Christina Perri has a way with her songs. You can feel what she's feeling when she sings them. You know she believes in what she's singing. She's either been there or going through it or knows someone who has or is. I LOVE that about her. I guess that's why her music resonates with me so well. All of my characters have traces of me in there somewhere, and when I write them, I pray it's evident.

My next Music Crush Monday is her song The Lonely, and the lyrics fit so well with the main character in my newest untitled project that I just had to share it. Of course, in the next month or so, I'll share more. But for now, I leave you with this hauntingly beautiful song. <3

xoxo
SJ