Pink Glitter by Monica Beeves

Can you believe there are authors who have NO Twitter or social networks?
I couldn't either. But this author doesn't sadly. Says she will soon! I am holding on.

Monica is working on this book titled "PINK GLITTER" and I love it.

I asked her if I could share the first page of one of the previous drafts and she said yessssss.
So today I am doing it. I do hope you guys enjoy it. This author needs some cheers, because it is always hard when you're alone and don't have much trust.

The story is about Stephany Raze, a 19-year-old girl who had really bad days in school. But after high school, she goes a year without doing anything but crazy with three of her best friends she meets along the way.

(P)arental INK (G)uidance LITTER

Stephany Raze

I was born on Tuesday, September 20 of 1994, at exactly 10 a.m. an hour after my mother went into labor. She didn’t know I was about to come into this world until her water broke. I guess that made a big mess, because she still blames me for ruining her favorite blue dress. She’s tankful I was a tiny baby, because she was worried about me running the size of her…

The doctor that brought me into this world was a handsome fella; he still is, even at his age. I visit him sometimes for my regular check-ups. Or…when I go to the emergency room. My mother hit on him, but he’s probably gay, because he never gave her any signs of approval.

My father left after he saw me in the hospital and up until today hasn’t return. Some people say he died. I don’t really care, he can die if he’s allowed. I never felt the need to have a fatherly figure in my life, because I had other things to think about—like growing up.

Growing up was not easy at all for me. It was extra easy. My mother cared for me, after all, but she never truly paid much attention to me. She didn’t seem like my mother, more like a roommate, a stranger who knew me well and was allowed to beat me when I didn’t do what she’d say. I always did what she told me to do, but at my own time. Okay, sometimes never. We still get along.

I would spend most of my time at my grandmother’s house—that is my mother’s mother. Like I don’t know my father, I also don’t know anyone in his family. Oh, well. My grandmother is a great person, I can always count on her. I have never seen her mad. Well, I did, once, and it is not a happy memory. Remembering her angry face makes my skin crawl. You do not mess with that woman!

She has a cute nickname for me: Fanny. I use to think it was cute. Until, actually, she told me it was short for “Fanny Pantie.” I was NOT pleased. But she’s my second mother, and I didn’t mind it. After all, she only calls me that when we’re alone. Bless her heart, because her name is Dixie. It suits her well. I do call her “Dixie Towel” sometimes. She loves it.

People judge a white girl with brown hair and brown eyes like me in my city. Most people here are white, with perfect blonde hair and blue or green eyes. If you aren’t white, you’re different and have to hang with different people. Does that make any sense at all? I felt betrayed by my own people, my own white! I never thought it’d be such a pain in the ass to be different, until I hit middle school.

I had no friends.

Teachers for some reason thought I had something strange going on in my mind because I was always VERY quiet. I was not strange; I was quiet. It did help me a bit, because teachers would pay a bit more attention to me and help me when I needed help.

Okay, maybe I did have friends in middle school.

Just kidding!

Here is Monica's latest song for inspiration:  

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Catch Me When I Fall by Vicki Leigh

It’s cover reveal day for Vicki Leigh’s CATCH ME WHEN I FALL! Lots of awesome stuff going on, including a giveaway! But first, here’s a special message from Vicki:

And here’s what CATCH ME WHEN I FALL is all about:

Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.

CATCH ME WHEN I FALL will be available on October 23, 2014 in both paperback and e-book formats from Curiosity Quills Press. For more information, visit the book’s Goodreads page.

Now, there can’t be a cover reveal without a giveaway, right? Lots of authors stopped by and donated some fantastic books to help Vicki celebrate. You don’t want to miss out on these! Here’s what you can win:

·         An e-copy of CATCH ME WHEN I FALL by Vicki Leigh
·         A submission package critique (query+synopsis+first chap) from Vicki Leigh
·         An e-copy of HEIRS OF WAR by Mara Valderran
·         Two query+first chapter critiques from YA author Emily Stanford
·         A full manuscript critique from YA author Emily Stanford
·         An e-copy of WITHOUT BLOODSHED by Matthew Graybosch
·         A paperback of DESTRUCTION by Sharon Bayliss
·         An e-copy of KIYA: HOPE OF THE PHARAOH by Katie Teller
·         One query+first chapter critique from YA author Katie Teller
·         An e-copy of DARKNESS WATCHING by Emma Adams
·         A copy of DESCENDANT by Nichole Giles
·         Two signed copies of DIVIDE by Jessa Russo
·         An e-copy set of EVER and EVADE by Jessa Russo
·         A copy of UNHINGED by A.G. Howard

Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win! All prizes will be accompanied by a Dreamcatcher swag package from Vicki Leigh.

Thanks for stopping by!

About Vicki
Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay-at-home mom, Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes.

Vicki is an editor for Curiosity Quills Press, a co-founder of The Writer Diaries, and is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

You can find Vicki at her website and blog and on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, and Goodreads.