STILL YOURS- 20 Something Book 2 is now available for pre-order!

I didn’t know it would happen this fast, but I’m excited to announce Book 2 of the 20 SOMETHING series, STILL YOURS, is now available for pre-order on Amazon, and will be up on KOBO within a day or two!

Thanks to everyone who’s been asking where and when they can read Mara’s story. The official release date is September 10, and a pre-order assures STILL YOURS will be automatically delivered to your device the minute it’s published!

STILL YOURS FINAL COVERHere’s the link if you want to check it out! STILL YOURS on Amazon.

 

 

 

Cover Reveal — STILL YOURS: A 20 SOMETHING NOVEL

I’m thrilled to be able to share with you the cover for Book 2 of the 20 SOMETHING series, STIILL YOURS. This is Mara’s story, and is a standalone novel, but of course contains some scenes with Heidi and Kenley and is more fun when read as a part of the series as a whole.

Here’s a bit about it:

23-year-old Mara Neely knows who she is and what she wants—she’s an ambitious reporter with a taste for himbos— beautiful dumb guys who don’t even tempt her to get involved past wham-bam-thank you-sir. When she takes a TV news reporting job in Providence, it’s a great step up career wise, but it’s also a little too close to home … and to him, the only guy who’s ever tempted her to let go and love someone.

To billionaire web entrepreneur Reid Mancini, Mara was like a rare comet– beautiful, exciting, and impossible to hold onto. Now his first love is on his television screen and back in his life, and this time, he’s got a surefire plan to catch a star and make her fall.

What do you think? Second chance love stories might be my very favorite! And now…. the cover….

STILL YOURS FINAL COVERI personally love the scene of Providence with its river bridge in the background. And she just “looks” like Mara to me, right down to the tiny gap between her teeth! Kudos to my cover designer Gabrielle Prendergast of Cover Your Dreams!

If you’ve read CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING, you’ve already met Mara, but don’t think you actually *know* her until you’ve read this book. She’s got some surprises up her sleeve! And wait until you meet Reid. Mmmm. I LOVE this guy. STILL YOURS will officially release on Sept. 10, but it will be available for pre-order within days at Amazon and KOBO. Before I go, I’ll give you one more look at the lovely cover, this time close-up and in detail!

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AE Jones MINDSWEEPER Cover Reveal!!

 

I’m so excited to bring you this today. AE Jones and I met as members of the 2013 Golden Heart finalists, and she ended up taking home the Golden Heart in the Paranormal category. Now… we’re both moving into the “published” part of our writing careers, and AE’s debut novel MINDSWEEPER comes out September 15th. I’m going to tell you more about this amazing book and its charming author, but first…. TA DA!!!

Cover_ Mind Sweeper by AE Jones

Isn’t it cool? Read on to find out more…

An angel, a demon and a vampire walk into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s just another day in the life of Kyle McKinley.

Kyle was born with the ability to erase memories, and the inability to keep her opinions to herself. She and her teammates – a vampire who looks like a sexy pirate with fangs, and a Shamat demon with a penchant for Italian pastries – provide supernatural damage control when humans see too much. Today’s problem? A sword-wielding angel and a demon had a supernatural smackdown during happy hour in a Cleveland bar, leaving behind a headless vampire and a dozen human witnesses.

This latest supernatural slip-up is attracting all kinds of attention. So much attention that the police step in, and Kyle has to deal with Joe Dalton, a know-it-all human with the sexiest turquoise eyes she has ever seen. Kyle has no room in her life for yet another human who will treat her like a freak. However, Dalton definitely makes her naughty parts sit up and take notice, and it’s more than mutual. But before they can act on their attraction, they must join forces to solve a dangerous puzzle. And when they uncover the truth, the apocalyptic ripple effect forces Kyle to make a choice. Learn to trust again, or risk losing everyone she cares about, including Dalton.

Doesn’t that sound fun???

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Growing up a TV junkie, award winning author AE Jones oftentimes rewrote endings of episodes in her head when she didn’t like the outcome. She immersed herself in sci-fi and soap operas. But when Buffy hit the little screen she knew her true love was paranormal. Now she spends her nights weaving stories about all variation of supernatural—their angst and their humor. After all life is about both…whether you sport fangs or not.

AE lives in Ohio with her eclectic family and friends who in no way resembles any characters in her books. Honest. Now her two cats are another story altogether.

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Now that you’re dying to read MINDSWEEPER and have gotten to know AE, let’s take one more look at that gorgeous cover!

3D Cover Mind Sweeper by AE Jones

Book Birthday!!!

My very first book baby, CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING, is finally out there to make her way in the world. Though the book went live a few days early on Amazon, today it’s available across ALL digital platforms– literally around the world– and I couldn’t be more excited!

It’s been a day full of guest-blogging, interviews, and fun Tweets, as well as personal notes from good friends. Thanks to everyone who’s already bought and read the first book of my 20 SOMETHING series!! If you loved it and would like to leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble (or the site of your choosing), I’d be oh-so-grateful.

If you haven’t tried it yet and are in the mood for a fun and flirty New Adult romance, you can find it here…

Amazon

Barnes and Noble/Nook

Kobo

iTunes (ibooks)

Google Play

All Romance

To learn more about CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING and the entire 20 SOMETHING series, visit my website!

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Want to win a Pre-Release copy of CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING?

Goodreads is running a 10-day pre-release giveaway on CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING, the first book in my 20 SOMETHING series, and you can enter to win a FREE paperback copy! The contest ends August 11, so sign up on Goodreads today for a chance to win and Fall in Love Like a 20 Something!

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Channel 20Something by Amy Patrick

Channel 20Something

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Giveaway ends August 11, 2014.

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CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING- in print!

I’m so excited, I just have to share. I got my proof of CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING’s paperback version this weekend. I’m supposed to check through it to make sure there are no blank pages, weird formatting, or lingering typos, but I can’t stop hugging it.

A little bit excited...

A little bit excited…

 

Y’all, it’s in PRINT. This is getting realz…

I took a book selfie just to prove it to myself.

Actually, I did stop hugging it long enough to check through it. The formatting is beautiful, the cover is even beautifuller, and that means when Release Day (that’s a national holiday, right?)  gets here August 12th, everything will be ready to go!

I’ve already read some amazing reviews on ARCs (advanced review copies) that have gone out, and I’ll be able to share some of those with you soon, too.

It all just makes me more excited about writing the next book in the 20 SOMETHING series. *dashes off to write, wearing a goofy perma-grin*

 

COVER REVEAL!!!

Today’s the day!!

I’ve been waiting for weeks, and it’s been killing me, but today I can finally reveal the cover for my first published novel CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING, to be released August 12.

The 20 SOMETHING series follows a group of friends just out of college as they embark on new careers in the exciting world of TV news… where what happens behind the scenes is the real story!

Here’s a little about Book 1– CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING:

22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job, her first apartment, and a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.

Heidi secretly longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.

Aric Serrano is definitely not safe.

He’s six-feet-four-inches of missing-Hemsworth-brother-hotness and plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. Then he meets his new co-anchor.

Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could simply ignore Aric—he’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid these days. But that becomes impossible when she’s forced to work closely with him on the weekend news. Now the attraction between them is growing even faster than the ratings, and what happens behind the scenes is the real news.

My beautiful cover was designed by Gabrielle Prendergast at Cover Your Dreams. And now without further ado…

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What do you think?? I love the colors. I love the news mic. I love her lips. Seriously– wouldn’t you kill for those lips? :)

And guess what? I’ve seen the covers for Books 2 and 3 and They. Are. Fabulous. But first things first– getting this beautiful baby out into the world. Come on August!!

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5 X 5 Challenge

I’ve been challenged by my author friends Nan Dixon and Marnee Gallaher Bailey to play 5 X 5 and list five things about the main character in my upcoming New Adult novel, CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING, then tag 5 other writers. So here we go…

Heidi Haynes:


1- Just out of college– works as a news reporter/anchor for a small market station in Mississippi
2- started college out of state but ran back home with her tail between her legs after suffering the ultimate humiliation
3- has a little stage-fright issue– has to throw up before she goes on live TV… EVERY time
4- sort of, kind of, semi, PRE-engaged to her college boyfriend, but not too excited about the prospect of getting married
5- lives WAY too close to her family: a dad obsessed with finding the perfect fishing lure and getting her into the family law firm, a mom who’s seriously into community theater and dresses in character for months prior to each role, a wise-cracking older sister, and two younger brothers in high school who find it nearly impossible to remain vertical unless they’re at football practice or the dinner table.

Now, I’m tagging Rachel Pudelek, Denny S. Bryce, Abbie Roads, Carrie Padgett, and Piper G Huguley. Go girls!

Guest-blogging with the Rubies!

 

 

I’m hanging out with my friends at the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood today, talking about the real-life inspiration for my 2014 Golden Heart YA finalist FOUR BULLETS, about my upcoming New Adult release, CHANNEL 20 SOMETHING, and about covers– favorites and … not so favorites.

 

Stop by if you get a chance. the Rubies are a great group of ladies, all Golden Heart finalists from 2009, who blog together and share great writing tips on a regular basis. They’re always so generous and fun to be around. See you there!

My Turn on the Writing Process Blog Tour

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I’m so excited to be “it” this week on the Writing Process Blog Tour that’s been sweeping the blogosphere. The amazingly talented and Golden-Heart-WINNING Darcy Woods tagged me. Her  YA contemporary novel SUMMER OF SUPERNOVA won the YA Golden Heart last year, and I had the privilege of reading it (you SO have to buy this book when it’s released into the wild!) Check out Darcy’s fun and fabulous plotter-pantser (plantser?) writing process here.

 

And now I tackle the 4 questions:

1. What am I currently working on? What am I not working on right now? :) That’s how it feels anyway. While my delightful agent prepares to shop my Golden Heart finalist YA romantic mystery FOUR BULLETS to publishers, I’m knee deep and crazy-busy preparing for the release of the first book in my New Adult contemporary series, CHANNEL 20SOMETHING on August 12. I’ve just finished drafting Book 3 and beginning Book 4 and loving it! Book 1 features a group of friends just out of college working in their first jobs in TV news. It takes place in and around a small-market TV station in the Deep South, where what happens behind the scenes is the real story.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? New Adult romance is still a developing category of the romance genre– one thing that makes it so exciting. Many of the books currently on the market feature characters who are in college, living away from home for the first time. I’m thrilled that NA readers are clamoring for variety, because my series features characters who are just beyond that point, dealing with first jobs, first apartments, striving for real independence from parents and home, and negotiating romantic relationships that actually have a chance of lasting. Which is wonderful but can be scary, too.

As far as my YA mystery– I think it’s the premise that sets it apart and caught the eye of agents– Lauren’s mother is prosecuting the biggest murder trial of her career, and Lauren’s lifelong crush Bowie has finally noticed she’s alive. Too bad it’s for the wrong reasons– his mother is the defendant. When Bowie uses drastic tactics to persuade Lauren to help him prove his mom’s innocence, she knows the risks she’s taking could finally win her his heart. But she could end up losing much more in the process.

3. Why do I write what I write? I absolutely love reading and writing YA and NA, because it’s an amazing stage of life filled with excitement, romance, and decisions that can have lifelong consequences. You never quite get over what (and who) happens during these years. That’s what I want to capture.

4. How does my individual writing process work? I pantsed my way through my first book and then took about a YEAR revising and re-writing it. Painfully. Then I read several writing craft books and soaked up some conference workshops… and became a plotter. Now I create a very detailed scene-by-scene outline before I begin actually writing my books. It’s much faster, and for me, much more fun. I love to know where I’m going before I begin. Not that I have to stick to the road map. Sometimes a new path becomes the obvious course as I’m writing. The pre-planned map gives me the courage to get started– I get adventurous and explore side roads along the way. When I’m powering through a fast first draft, I go to the most boring corner of my local library’s reference section, settle into a chair facing a wall, and get to work. Every day. Messy first draft done, I do several more drafts before sending my ms to my wonderful critique partners, and after implementing their brilliant suggestions, on to my editor. Everyone has their own methods, but this is working for me so far. It’s enabled me to write three books so far this year, with more to come!

I’m also having a great time narrating audio books for other authors. I’ve been a voiceover artist for the past 13 years doing radio and TV ads and corporate voiceover work. When I got the chance to combine that experience with my first love– books– I jumped at it. What’s better than working in your pj’s? Not much!

Next week you’re in for a tasty triple-dip of writing process goodness. I’m tagging two of my talented fellow Golden Heart 2014 YA finalists (go Dreamweavers!) and one of my Lucky 13 GH sisters (go Luckies!)– who’s another Golden Heart winner. I can’t wait to hear about how they create their own romance-ish literary stylings. Let’s meet them now…

Vanessa's picVanessa Barneveld lives in Australia. She has one husband, two cats, and three Golden Heart nominations in the YA category. When she’s not writing, devouring chocolate or studying for her master’s degree, Vanessa works in TV as a closed captioner for the deaf and audio describer for the blind. THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, her 2014 GH book about a ghost who won’t give up till he finds out who killed him, recently sold to Bloomsbury Publishing. Find Vanessa at her website. Or hanging out on Twitter and her Facebook page.

 

Jessica's picJessica Ruddick Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). These days she is a high school English teacher by day and young adult and new adult writer by night, lunch break, soccer practice, basically whenever she can squeeze in a minute to write. She is counting down the days until summer, which she’ll spend wrangling her two rambunctious sons. You can find her blogging at her website and connect with her on Twitter.

 

 

AE Jones picAE Jones writes paranormal romance and urban fantasies. Her 2013 Golden Heart winner, MIND SWEEPER (the first in a new series) will be released in early fall. Find her at her website and on Twitter.