Today is the start of an incredible giveaway hosted by the 2017 ‘Best First Book’ RITA Nominated Authors! We are giving away 2 prize packs! The grand prize winner will receive a paperback copy of each of the 6 nominated books. A second winner will receive an ebook copy of each of the titles. Be sure to sign up below and check out all the authors who are participating and their incredible novels!


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ALTERATIONS by Stephanie Scott

Book Blurb:
If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.

When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make.


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This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract.

Seventeen-year-old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French—well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.

That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to wear baseball caps and jerseys every day.

But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between who she is and who he is is worth the risk.

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Music means more than anything to high school student Cate Reese; it’s also what unites her with Cal Woods. Devoted classical guitar players, Cate and Cal are childhood friends newly smitten by love—until a devastating car accident rips Cal out of Cate’s life forever. Blaming herself for the horrific tragedy and struggling to surface from her despair, Cate spirals downhill in a desperate attempt to ease her pain.

Fellow student David Bennet might look like the school’s golden boy, but underneath the surface the popular athlete battles demons of his own. Racked with survivor’s guilt after his brother’s suicide, things get worse when tragedy darkens his world again—but connecting with Cate, his sister’s longtime babysitter, starts bringing the light back in.

As Cate and David grow closer, the two shattered teenagers learn to examine the pieces of their lives…and, together, find a way to be whole again.

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The Rangers of the 1st/75th fight hard, train hard and play hard. They are physically strong and mentally tough, disciplined and courageous. But all their military training hasn’t prepared them for falling in love.

Rule #1: Military and matrimony don’t mix.

But if there’s one person Staff Sergeant Danny MacGregor would break all his rules for, it’s Bree–his first friend, first love, first everything. Maybe he likes playing the hero. Maybe he’s trying to ease ten years of guilt. Either way, he’ll do whatever he can to help her.

Wish #1: A little bit of normal.

Bree Dunbar has battled cancer, twice. What she wants most is a fresh start in a place where she can find a new job, and where people aren’t constantly treating her like she’s sick. By some miracle her wish is granted, but it comes with one major string attached– the man who broke her heart ten years before.

The rules for this marriage of convenience are simple: when she’s ready to stand on her own two feet, she’ll walk away and he’ll let her go. Only, as they both know all too well, things don’t always go according to plan…


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CLOSE TO YOU by Kara Isaac

Book Blurb:

A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand.

Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face.

Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane.

When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?


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Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one zodiac-obsessed teen as she struggles to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.

As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love. But Wil must decide whether to trust her heart or her chart when she falls for a sensitive guitar player whose zodiac sign points to cosmic disaster.

If Wil’s fate is truly written in the stars, then this summer is about to go supernova. . . .


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Happy Friday, ladies & gents!

And welcome to my newly “refreshed” website!

Sometimes a girl just needs a little change. So when I came up with a cool idea for a new website logo, font, & color scheme, well, I knew EXACTLY who to call to turn my imaginings into reality–Hafsah Faizal of Icey Designs! I’ve had the great fortune of working with Hafsah several times over the years and just adore collaborating with her.Once again, she’s knocked it out of the park!

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Also, did you see the cutesy little “Subscribe” envelop at the top of the page? That’s right, folks, hell has officially frozen over. Which means I now have a NEWSLETTER! Or more accurately, I will eventually have a newsletter! So if you’d like to be in the circle of know for giveaways, book announcements, and future appearances, please sign up today! And I pinkie swear not to spam you. In fact, I’ll be amazed if I send out more than three a year . . . BUT THINK OF ALL THE KITTY PICS YOU COULD MISS IF YOU DON’T SIGN UP!!!




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It’s finally here! The softer, squishier, more beach bag-friendly paperback edition is out!

Below you’ll see pics of the many wild gesticulations of Darcy Woods. (But seriously, my hands WERE flying everywhere.) AKA: Tuesday night’s SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS paperback party at Schuler Books! And if you’d like a signed copy, there’s still a few left!


Me with my wonderful aunt (left) and sparkly mom (right)!


These cookies were fated for my belly. Zodiac signs taste real good.

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My deepest thanks and love to all my old friends, new friends, family, and the Schuler Books team (extra eyes on YOU, Whitney!) who came out to show their support once more. I count my lucky stars to have you in my life. 

Special mentions to Carole Menovske–our resident astrology expert & Star Queen for the eve–adore you to the moon, Carole! And Asia Chapman, for the outta this galaxy cookies you see below. You light my every day, Asia!

It was such a magical night of celebration, stellar cookies, & astrological charts. Hope you all had as much fun as I did! I especially loved sharing those 5 fun facts about SOS you didn’t know. Psst–tell know one. It’ll be our secret and everyone can wonder… 

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Who doesn’t love free stuff? Especially when the “stuff” happens to be BOOKS! 😀


So to celebrate the upcoming paperback release of SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS, I’m giving away 3 signed copies on Goodreads! Details and link below for a chance to snag this swoony with a side of stars book!

If, however, you’re not the gambling type, you can preorder your copy on Amazon now! (Click here to order) And it’s probably cheaper than a Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino. 😉

Here’s what the eternally wonderful Jay Asher had to say:

“Whether or not you believe in fate or reading the stars, if you believe in happiness and love to laugh, read Summer of Supernovas.”–Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why

Good luck, dear readers!


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Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods

Summer of Supernovas

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YASH Blue Spring 2017

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Darcy Woods, author of the YA contemporary romance, Summer of Supernovas, and your vintage dress-wearing hostess for this leg of the 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 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 5 days!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are FIVEBlue Team  contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I’m a part of the BLUE TEAM! But there is also a red team, a gold team, a pink team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of 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.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (this isn’t a math test so feel free to whip out those calculators!).

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 Sunday, April 9th, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


Headshot+photographer+charlotte+nc-lindsay+wynne+photography-author+headshot-Shaila+Patel+08Today, I’m wildly excited to be hosting Shaila Patel! Shaila is a pharmacist by training, a medical-office manager by day, and a writer by night. SOULMATED, her debut young adult paranormal romance won the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards in YA. A huge fan of epilogues, she also enjoys traveling, craft beer, tea, and reading in cozy window seats. She writes from her home in the Carolinas.






Liam Whelan, an Irish empath prince, is being forced by his parents to find his empath soul mate. The rare union will solidify his family’s power and political standing in the empath community, but Liam couldn’t care less. When he comes to America to search for this elusive soulmate, he’s drawn to Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian American girl who is not an empath. Now he has to decide just what he’ll sacrifice to be with her if he can’t prove she’s The One, while Laxshmi has to decide if he’s worth going against her own traditional mother’s expectations to be with him.





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I’ve always found numbers rather fascinating. (Just don’t ask me to math them.) So it’s not surprising that a certain author (ahem, moi), who wrote a book about astrology, would find numerology equalling enthralling. Particularly, the Roman numeral XXII. *suggestive eyebrow waggle* The number 22 is considered to be a master number in numerology. Methodical & practical–it’s the most powerful of ALL the master numbers. It can even transform goals into reality. Also? May 22 happens to be my birthday. Which is pretty rad. 😉 And I can guarantee, there are waaaay more than 22 books on my gifty wish list!


To continue on your numerical hunt for a jackpot of books, you’ll want to check out the next author on Team Blue, the magnificent Lea Nolan!

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