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The One with the INSPIRE Cover!!!


 So, you may have heard the news….I’m writing a New Adult Paranormal series!! AND today is the day I get to share the cover AND release date with you! The book will be releasing in e-book December 15th! With a print edition to follow.

I am so unbelievably excited about this book. Most of you probably don’t know this, but Losing It was actually the first contemporary book I’d ever written. All of my manuscripts prior to that had had some element of fantasy or the supernatural. I wrote Losing It because I’d needed a break from my current project, and… well, the rest is history. It’s been a wild ride, and I certainly have no intentions to stop writing my New Adult contemporary romances, but I am eager to add a little magic back into my writing life.

I know you guys are really just here to see the cover, so I’ll cut straight to the point, and we’ll talk after… kay? Kay.

First up, here’s the book summary for book one in my two book NA Paranormal series.

INSPIRE by Cora Carmack
Coming December 15th, 2014

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.


EEEEEEP!!! Look at that gorgeous cover made by VLC productions! I’m in love with the girl and the font and the fact that they’re holding up the title! I just love everything about it. And I think it fits the tone of the book so well! This book still has plenty of my normal witty and flirty dialogue, but it also takes a much darker turn naturally. I wanted to talk about the dark and light side to creativity and the dark and light side of beauty. And I think this cover captures that perfectly.


 I am SO friggin’ excited for this book, you guys. Like you don’t even know. You can already add it on Goodreads!

Or you can pre-order now exclusively through iBooks! It will be available across all online retailers on release day.

I can’t really put into words how much I care about this book. I’ve been lucky the past few years to be able to chase my dreams, and this is the next big dream for me. Most of the books that have shaped me as a person are fantasy. Most of the authors I idolize write fantasy. It’s those kinds of stories that first kindled my love for writing, and I’m so eager to finally be able to share this side of myself with you all.

I am so very grateful for your support and excitement. It means more to me than you can possibly know. And please, consider sharing this blog post with any friends you think might be interested in INSPIRE.

And now… because you’re awesome (and I love love love you), here is the VERY FIRST sneak peek of Wilder and Kalli:
(P.S. This is totally unedited. So, any mistakes are all on me).


He gives me that already familiar expression of doubt, and I laugh. “Why do you bother asking me questions if you’re not going to believe what I say?”


“Because maybe one time you’ll slip up and tell me the truth.”
“My feet are fine, and I’m not drunk.” I slide out of the car to prove my statement, but I know it’s a mistake the second my sore feet hit concrete. I try to hide my wince, but it’s not exactly something one controls with conscious thought, so instead my face ends up doing this weird twitch thing, and he gives me a knowing smile that makes me want to punch him. Or kiss him.
Maybe a little of both.
I keep my chin up and take a few steps past him, enough to push the door closed behind me. I turn, intending to head for his door with whatever dignity I can manage to scrape up. I take two hobbling steps before he’s at my side, sweeping me up into his arms.
Dignity is long gone when I squeak and try to hold onto him with one arm while desperately yanking on the hem of my dress with the other.
“No one’s around but me,” he murmurs. The side of my breast is smashed up against his chest, and the vibrations when he speaks move through me, distracting me from my panic. “And I promise not to look.”
I don’t even answer him. I haven’t the slightest clue what to say.
Me. At a loss for words. I spent centuries learning how to speak to men, how to capture their interest, how to maneuver in their world, and now I’m undone by this dichotomy of a man and his not quite smile.
“Hold on to me,” He says, and I wrap both arms around his neck in answer. He drops the hand at my back to search for his keys, and I tighten my arms around him, drawing myself closer to his chest. I catch my breath at the sensation, glad for the thickness of his leather jacket that hides the way my breasts have become swollen and tight from the closeness.
I hear the jingle of keys, but I’m not sure how he manages to get the door open because his eyes never leave mine. Our faces are so close together that when he leans forward to push the door open, my lips accidentally brush his jaw. He sucks in a breath and closes his eyes. Stepping over the threshold, he closes the door behind us, and I don’t think. I just act.
Before he can lower my feet down to the gray carpet below me, I tilt my chin up and touch my mouth to his. His arm returns to my back, his fingers curling around my side, but other than that, he doesn’t move. Doesn’t kiss me back.
I press a little harder, willing him to respond because if he doesn’t… if I read all of this wrong… gods that would be the icing on the terrible fucking cake that is this night.
I pull back, already squirming in an attempt to get him to put me down.
“I’m sorry. I—“
He drops my legs, but loops that arm around my waist too, keeping me up and against him, my toes still off the floor. I don’t look up at him and he says, “Kalli.”
His voice. It’s so smooth and warm, and I just want him to keep talking to me. I could forget everything about tonight, ignore it all to listen to his voice.
“You’re sober?” he asks.
He must take my scowl as truth enough because as soon as I open my mouth to reply, his lips slam into mine, hot and hard.


Well! There’s your first look at INSPIRE. Make sure you add the book on Goodreads, and mark your calendars for Dec. 15th! And I’ll hopefully have some pre-order news for you soon!

In Awkward <3,



Celebrating KEEPING HER and Other Exciting Things!

Hello, my lovelies!
Today officially marks the one year anniversary of KEEPING HER! I don’t know about you guys, but that makes me want to do a happy dance….
In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, KEEPING HER is a novella about Garrick and Bliss. It’s a short peek into their life after LOSING IT, and you better believe some awkwardness ensues
when Bliss meets Garrick’s parents. And did I mention that it’s set in London?


You can get KEEPING HER from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes for only 99 cents!

And speaking of low prices – for the first time in FOREVER….(sing it with me)
….all of my books are available for less than five dollars apiece! LOSING IT, FAKING IT, and FINDING IT, regularly $6.99 are down to $1.99, $3.99, and $4.99 respectively.  And All Lined Up, the first in my new Rusk University series, is $1.99 (regularly $4.99)! That means it’s the perfect time to complete your collection, or give one to your mom, or buy one for a friend. BOOKS FOR EVERYONE!!!

And if you’re one of those awesome people who has already read all of my books, THANK YOU!!! You’re officially in the top 1% of my favorite people in the world. And I can’t wait to share my future books with you! If you haven’t already, please add ALL BROKE DOWN on Goodreads!

I am so, so excited for everyone to get to know Silas a little better. He just might be my sexiest book boyfriend yet. And have I mentioned that All Broke Down is also my longest book so far? What can I say… I didn’t want to say goodbye to that boy! 😉

If you’re a blogger, you can sign up for the All Broke Down Release Day Launch. And if you really want to earn extra special Cora Bonus Points, you can pre-order All Broke Down!.

And in case that wasn’t cool enough, I have another book releasing just a few months after All Broke Down, and it’s a completely new series! A completely new subgenre, in fact! Check out the details on INSPIRE, my upcoming New Adult Paranormal, and then add it on Goodreads, too!

And if you want to make sure you’re always in the know about my books, make sure you join my newsletter by submitting your email on the top right of my sidebar on this blog!

And now, in honor of Keeping Her’s anniversary and this awesome sale, here’s a giveaway! Win an e-book of your choice! 5 winners! Open internationally.


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The One With the NEW SERIES!!

Hello, my loves! So, I’ve been hinting at a super secret announcement, and I’m sure by now I’ve annoyed you all thoroughly. 🙂


I am so excited to say we’re finally ready to announce my big news. Drumroll, please…

I’m writing a new series!!!

Yep. You read that right! But there’s something special about this series. For one, I’m returning to self-publishing for this book. It’s something different, and I’m eager to get it out into the world as soon as possible, so we decided it was the perfect book to go Indie again!

For ages, I’ve been talking about wanting more New Adult paranormal and fantasy books. And like a good little author, I continued working on my contracted books, waiting patiently for that big breakout paranormal book that would get the tide rolling and start the paranormal boom that I so desperately wanted.

I waited and waited and waited, and then I got tired of waiting.

I’ve had one other similar experience in my life. In the summer of 2012, I was dying for a book set in college that was light-hearted and funny. I waited then too, but when impatience got the better of me, I decided to write my own.

That was how LOSING IT came to be.

And now that I’ve lost my patience again, I’m excited to tell you that in December 2014 (just a handful of months from now) I’ll be publishing the first book in an NA Paranormal series called INSPIRE.

It all started one day when I was thinking about art. If you’ve read my books, you’ll know that almost all of them have some kind of focus on artistic pursuits. Acting. Music. Dance. Creativity is one of the great loves of my life, and so it’s always seemed natural to me to pair that with romance and books about figuring out who you are. But the truth is… romance readers expect a happily ever after. And more often than not, artistic pursuits do not end happily. Either success is nowhere to be found or… success is not all it’s cracked up to be. I began to think about famous artists and musicians that are considered geniuses at their crafts, yet are perhaps even more well known for the tragedy that their art brought them.

I thought of musicians that were lost too young to suicide. Artists who withdrew too deeply into their imagination and lost touch with the real world. I thought of the way you can’t go to the grocery store without seeing some actor’s downfall splashed across the pages of magazines.

And I asked myself—who is to blame? Is it the artist who cannot live in moderation? Or is creativity just a cruel mistress that destroys as many people as it uplifts? Because these kind of tragedies are not unique to our entertainment-focused society. In fact, stories of the tortured artist go back as far as history.

And with that, slowly, a story began to take shape. Sprinkle in a bit of history, a bit of fantasy, and a bit of forbidden love, and you have…



Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.

Well, now you all know my secret. And I’m so, so excited for you all to meet Kalliope and Wilder in December! And I’m hugely excited to be going back to Indie publishing. But as excited as I am, I’m also nervous. I want so badly for this book to do well, because I love this story and I love NA Paranormal. And I’m definitely going to need all the help I can get. So please, if you have a friend that you think might be interested in INSPIRE, tell them about this! If you’re a blogger, I’d love for you to share the news on your social media pages. And when the time comes for the cover reveal, I hope you’ll consider participating. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you can be the first to know about exciting announcements like this. You can even add INSPIRE on Goodreads


Or you can pre-order now exclusively through iBooks! It will be available across all online retailers on release day. 

 And as always, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – I absolutely adore hearing from you guys!

In Awkward <3,



The One With the New Street Team!

Thank you all for so much for your patience as I went through the applications to join my street team! I am so honored and humbled by the number of you who are willing and enthusiastic about helping to promote my books. I wish I could have you all!!


To give you an idea of the process, I’d like to share with you the following:


The Five Stages of Choosing My Street Team
Stage One: Excitement
I’ve talked a lot about how much I love my Street Team. They were UNBELIEVABLY helpful in getting All Lined Up promoted (and basically have just made my life so much more joyful). When my team and I decided to expand from 25 members to 30, I just about did a back flip! I was absolutely thrilled to be adding more members to the Carmcat family.
Stage Two: Feeling Overwhelmed
But then I started looking through the applications. The numbers weren’t quite as astronomical as last time we held street team applications, so I figured choosing the new team would be easier. Yeah, I was wrong. Literally every application was amazing. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. How could I possibly pick only 30 people?
Stage Three: Denial
So then I thought, “Surely it couldn’t hurt to expand the team just a little. Like, five more members would be TOTALLY fine…or ten….maybe fifteen…I mean, the more the merrier! I could probably benefit from having a small army, right?”
Stage Four: Grief
But from a purely logistical standpoint, I knew it just wasn’t feasible to have 90+ street team members. So I tweeted about my angst. I gnashed my teeth. I shook my fists at the heavens and raged at the gods. I stress-ate (a lot). And then I did what any other author in my position would have done. I made someone else do it for me.
5. Shirking Responsibility
Eventually there comes a point in reviewing applications when I have cut all I possibly can. Everyone that’s left is amazing, and many of them I know personally, or interact with regularly online.  (This point came incredibly early this time around because like I said… SO MANY AMAZING APPLICATIONS). So, I turned to my amazing publicity team and said “HELP! HELP! I NEED ALL OF THE HELP!” They swooped in to save the day and somehow narrowed the team down to the final thirty. How exactly they managed to do it, I’m still not sure – they’re probably wizards.


Before I reveal the thirty team members chosen, I want you guys to know that if you weren’t chosen, it doesn’t mean that my team and I don’t think you’re amazing. I am so in awe of the talent and passion present in all of the applications, and it breaks my heart that I can’t choose all of you. I remember last time around the end, we had 5 maybes that were very strong contenders from which we could choose two final spots. By comparison, this time we had eighteen strong maybes to fill four final spots. I know without a shadow of a doubt that some truly amazing readers and bloggers did not make the list, and for that I ache. SERIOUSLY…. ACHE. All I can say is I hope you won’t be discouraged if you weren’t chosen. And I hope you’ll come back when we open up for applications again before the next book. PLEASE come back!
We’re so appreciative of your support, and we always, always want you to have the chance to be involved. If you’re a blogger and you haven’t already, I highly encourage you to sign up for the InkSlinger PR mailing list. That’s the absolute best way to make sure you get in on my cover reveals and other events, if you’re interested.

The aim of this wasn’t just to go through and choose the biggest and most popular blogs. The aim was to create a team with various strengths and skill sets, who could support not only me and the Rusk series but each other as well. While online followings were a big consideration, things like location and specialties and enthusiasm also played a big part. The team is comprised of about half former street team members and half newbies. And I’m so SO excited!

So without further ado, here is the new Cora Carmack Street Team!

Stephanie Gibson
Kim Baker
Megan  Gallt
Amber Noffke
Ethan Gregory
Betsy Gehring
Krista Davis
Kaitlan Heaton
Alana Rock
Yvette Cervera
Christine @IHeartBigBooks
Yesi Cavazos
Andy Estrada
Beth Lattanzi
Momo Xiong
Katie Anderson
Vangelina Osteguin
Brooke DelVecchio
Melody & Betsy @BookCrastinators
Lori Wilt
Ashley Amsbaugh
Whitney B. Swain
Christina Marie
Kristen Chandler
Lenore Mullican
Brittany Berger
Katie Stutz
Wendi Galbreath
Alyssa Kawata

For those of you on the team, I’ll be in touch in the next few days to get things rolling! I’m so excited for this new adventure!

And to everyone who applied: THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart.  I would be absolutely nowhere without your love and support, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you! (Seriously… please come back next time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) (Was that enough exclamation points?)

And as a consolation prize, here’s an extended teaser from ALL BROKE DOWN in Silas’s POV! <3
I give in to the itch to touch her and start at her bare shoulder, dragging a finger along until I can curve my whole hand around the back of her neck.
“You’re gonna have to stop trying to analyze me. I’m really not that complicated.”
For a girl like her, analyzing is step one. Fixing me would be step two.
She leans her head to the side, and my hand falls away from her neck.
“Tell me about the fight tonight.”
And so it begins. “Why?”
“Tell me about the fight. Let me clean up your hands. And then, I promise to let you teach me how to party. Or whatever.”
I feel like I’ve just stepped into a courtroom, and am being outnegotiated.
“So we’re making deals, are we?”
She smiles. “I suppose we are.”
I reach up again, and this time she doesn’t pull away when I curl my fingers around the back of her neck. I brush my thumb over her pulse point . . . feel that thin, vulnerable skin, and fuck, beneath that bossy exterior, I can see her nerves. But they’re different now. She doesn’t look scared or uncomfortable. Her heart is racing, blood pulsing fast beneath my finger, and she’s taking these tiny sharp breaths. It turns me on in a way I don’t even understand. Normally, the skittish, inexperienced types send me running. But the thought of teaching her anything makes my jeans feel too tight. I want her on her back in my bed, legs spread wide, eyes big and blue, lips parted, mouth babbling that nervous nonsense until I make her forget what she’s saying, forget how to talk altogether.
I want to forget myself in her, too, steal some of her sunshine, and give this pristine, perfect girl a taste of what it’s like to get a little dirty.



The One Where You Can Join My Team…AGAIN!

Do you guys remember back in March when I introduced you all to the wonderful members of my Rusk University Street Team?
Well, the time has come to start promoting the next book in the Rusk University series, All Broke Down.
And my publicity peeps and I think it’s time to add some new readers to the mix!
A street team is the ultimate set of super readers. I’m looking for people who’ve read all my books, and love my characters, and are eager for my next fictional journey! A street team helps spread the word about an author’s books– online, in person, and IN SPACE.
The Rusk University Street Team (aka “The Carmcats”) was absolutely invaluable to me during the lead up and release week of All Lined Up. They made graphics, designed the Rusk logo, hosted giveaways, helped brainstorm marketing ideas, and spread the word about ALU like a plague (a plague of AWESOMENESS). They went above and beyond to host the Spirit Week party during release week, and basically kept me from losing my mind during a (very exciting, but still very) stressful time.  And they are some of the funniest, kindest, most generous, most encouraging people I have ever met – I want to carry each and everyone one of them with me everywhere I go. Seriously… I cannot sing this team’s praises enough. But now we’re looking to expand and add new faces and new skills and new ideas!
One of the many wonderful Rusk graphics created by the Street Team.


Interested? Here’s some more details.

It’s a big time commitment to be part of this street team (not just because you’ll be helping me, but also because our exclusive street team Facebook group is an incredibly fun place to hang out and ignore the rest of the world). Here’s what’s in for you:

  • Exclusive giveaways ONLY for street team members. ARCs, Swag, Signed copies, and other special stuff. Your odds of winning are MUCH better than when competing with the masses.
  • Exclusive content and news. When a new book is releasing or I’m writing a new project, you guys will be the first to hear about it! You’ll also be the first people I torture tease with excerpts!
  • Swag for you! Swag for your friends! Swag for strangers you bombard on the street! You shall be the swag queens (or kings… I’m looking at you, rare and exotic male fan. We’ve already got one dude reader on the team, here’s hoping for more).
  • Every active street team member’s name will appear in the acknowledgments of my books. Show all your friends how important and beloved you are! Plus, I sometimes steal street team members names when I’m creating characters. Just saying. 🙂
  • Membership in the exclusive street team Facebook group! Here you can chat with other team members, brainstorm promotional ideas, and hang out with me! I’ll pop in for exclusive street team chats and hang outs (and by pop in, I mean I spend entirely too much time procrastinating there). Not to mention I might pick your brain about books and characters you’d like to see. 😉
  • **One extra lucky Street Team member will get to join me as my assistant at an upcoming signing in 2015! I’ll take care of your flight and hotel, and we’ll just hang out, meet book people, bask in our awkward goodness. Carmcat Stephanie from SmartSavvySteph won for ALU’s team, and she’ll be joining me at Chapter by Chapter Bookrave in NY!
As a street team member, there’s lots of things you can do to help my books succeed. You don’t have to do them all…at least not at the same time. And this is far from an all-inclusive list, but rather some suggestions to give you an idea of how we might need you to promote All Broke Down.

In person you can…

  • Talk the books up and share promo material with friends, family, co-workers, and book clubs. You can even drop off promo materials at bookstores, libraries, coffee shops, etc. 
  • Buy my books the first week of release, which helps it get more visibility, thereby selling more books
  • Ask your local library to order my books. Give the librarians the title, name and publisher of each book. In the same vein, ask your local bookstore to stock my books if they don’t already. 

Online you can…

  • Share your (honest) review/rating of the book via Amazon, iBooks,, and Goodreads. I can’t even begin to express how big a deal this is in terms of discoverability for new books. 
  • Share interviews, reviews, cover reveals, and other promotional events across your social media and online platforms (Blogs, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • Spread the word about my books to your online friends and followers. 
  • “Like” my books and me on &
  • Like, Retweet, and Share whenever/whatever you can!
  • Recommend the books on Goodreads and elsewhere. As readers, you wield so much influence. And every little bit helps! 
  • Participate in online Publicity and Marketing campaigns (Blog tours, FB parties, cover reveals, etc). 
And if you need more incentive, check out the video my current street team made all about being a Carmcat!

The One with the ALL BROKE DOWN Cover Reveal!!

 Hello, my loves! Just popping in for a moment to tell you that I’M SO EXCITED! 
Like, Jessie Spano on caffeine pills excited!

The reason I’m so excited can be summed up in three little words: ALL. BROKE. DOWN.
ALL BROKE DOWN is the second book in the Rusk University series. It’s a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel published by William Morrow (an imprint of Harper Collins) and it’s scheduled to release on October 28. But you guys get to see the cover TODAY!


I think it should go without saying that I’M OBSESSED WITH THIS COVER. I love it so much! The fact that they did an entire photo shoot just to create a cover for my book is still mind blowing to me. And y’all….I love this book. I am so excited (and slightly terrified) for you guys to read it! Here’s a little more info about ABD:

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack’s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can’t only fight for what you believe in . . . sometimes you have to fight for what you love

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, education—you name it, she’s probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail, she meets Silas Moore. He’s in for a different kind of fighting. And though he’s arrogant and infuriating, she can’t help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it’s trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He’s met girls like her before—fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn’t think he’s broken, and he definitely doesn’t need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about, his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.


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If you haven’t read ALL LINED UP, the first book in the Rusk University series, what are you waiting for?!

The One with the Football Player

So… there was this thing today. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it… the Superbowl? I don’t know… it’s kind of a big deal.

Depending on which team you were rooting for, you either had a really awesome or really awful night.

But regardless of your team, I thought you guys might like a little sneak peek at a football player near and dear to my heart. Carson McClain is the hero of ALL LINED UP, the first book in my new Rusk University series (releasing May 13th)! It’s all about Texas and Football and what happens when college isn’t the fresh start and freedom that you hoped for.

And soon (so very soon) I’ll be able to show you guys the awesomeness that is the ALL LINED UP cover! We’re having a video reveal on February 13th. (Bloggers, if you want to help with the reveal, sign up here).

But because I love you, and it’s the ultimate day of football, here’s a little snippet from the book in Carson’s POV!

Don’t get distracted by a girl.
That’s Dad’s number one rule, and he’s probably right.
It’s going to take everything I have to keep my grades up here. And I don’t exactly have it easy on the field, considering I’m playing second string to Levi Abrams. The guy won two high school state championships, and still holds the high school state record for all-time leading passer. He was redshirted the year before last, his freshman year, and though he had decent numbers in his first season last year, the team as a whole had a disappointing year. 
Normally that might have given me a little hope.
But considering the university’s new coach was the one to coach Levi to those two state championships in high school, I figure I’m shit out of luck.
I’m sure one of the reasons he was hired was to get Levi back on his game.  
Which is why I give myself a break and let myself step a little closer to Dallas. I can afford to get distracted for one night. How much could it hurt?
“So what did that guy do to piss you off? You know…just so I don’t make the same mistake.”
“Unless you’re lying to me and trying to trick me into sleeping with you…you should be good.”
“So what if I’m up-front about trying to get you to sleep with me…Does that still get me yelled at?”
I expected a blush, but I don’t get one. Her face is carefully blank.
“I thought you weren’t trying to hook up with me.”
“Just keeping my options open. I like to be prepared for all possibilities.”
She rolls her eyes. “You can be as up-front as you want. I can promise I will be, too.”
There’s a devilish glint in her eye, and I wonder how many hearts this girl has broken with her honesty. Not that I’m worried about my heart. I’m more concerned with the hard-on I can’t get to subside with her so close to me.
“Then in the interests of honesty, I should say I’m trying really hard not to kiss you.”
She straightens, and the strand of hair she was lazily twirling drops from her grasp.
“Why would you tell me that?”
“So that when I slip up and break my promise, you’ll at least know I tried.”  
Eeeeep! I really can’t wait for you guys to meet Carson and Dallas and the whole Rusk cast! The book is already available for pre-order, and you can add it on Goodreads here. Love you guys!!! 

The One with the Final Book

Today is the day that my last planned book (a novella) in the Losing It series releases. Seeking Her is from Jackson Hunt’s POV and acts as a prequel to Finding It with a bit of crossover. It will give you some insight into Jackson and how he sees Kelsey, and let you revisit how their relationship began. It’s available now as an ebook for $.99. And the paperback (which is already up for pre-order) releases next month and is just $3.99!
In case you missed it over the last week and a half, I’ve been counting down the reasons that you should read Jackson’s story, and now here they all are in one place:






And now it’s here! You can buy it from all major e-retailers. I want to thank you all for the tremendous support you’ve shown me throughout this series. These books and all of you are so, so very close to my heart. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
If you’re around tomorrow, I’m doing a Google Hangout with the awesome Lisa Desrochers (Check out her Little Too Far series!) and blogger extraordinaire Yara from Once Upon a Twilight. You can join us here at Noon EST. Or… if you can’t make it, we’ll be posting a video of it later, so tweet or facebook me your questions before the chat, and I’ll try to get them all answered. I’ll mostly be talking all things Jackson and Kelsey, but I never tire of talking about Cade, Max, Garrick, and Bliss. So, all questions welcome!
Besides that… I’ve got the Cover Reveal coming up for the first book in my new series on February 13th! Bloggers, if you haven’t already signed up and want to, do so here. There are so many characters in this new series I can’t wait for you to meet– Dallas, Carson, Silas, Ryan, and Stella to name a few! 😉
I’m also about to start jetting all over the place for events again too! Check out my appearances page for details, but in my near future, I’ve got events in NYC, Jersey City, Houston, Austin, Orlando, San Antonio (Man… so much Texas), Cleveland, Des Moines, D.C., and New Orleans, just to name a few!
As always…
In Awkward <3,

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The One with Goodbyes and Hellos

Hello my loves!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2014 so far! I was lame and didn’t post an end-of-the-year wrap up, mostly because I was busy writing and revising for that new series that releases this year! One thing that’s clear though is that 2014 will be a year of endings and new beginnings for me.

On January 28th, Seeking Her, the Finding It novella, releases and officially closes out the Losing It series for me. It’s from Jackson Hunt’s POV, and contains both new and familiar material from Kelsey and Hunt’s story. And GUESS WHAT? You can already read the first couple chapters of the novella here!

Now, I get people asking me all the time if I’ll ever write more books for the Losing It series, and I always says the same thing… I’ll never say never. 🙂

It’s one of those things I’d only ever do if the right idea struck me. As much as I would love to spend some more time with Garrick, Cade, or Jackson, forcing a new story wouldn’t make you or me happy. But perhaps somewhere down the line, they’ll call to me again.
And for now… I’m incredibly excited about the Rusk University series. In fact, I let my sister read All Lined Up this past weekend and she said (and I quote), “I think this might be my favorite of any of your books!” After the release of Seeking Her, you’ll start hearing more about that book. Including the super exciting cover reveal in February!
In the mean time though, we’re closing out the Losing It series in style! For a limited time, LOSING IT, FAKING IT, and FINDING IT are on sale for $2.99 each! I’m super excited because for LOSING IT especially, it’s the first time it’s been on sale in FOREVER. And of course, both novellas are just $.99!
So, I’m hoping (pleading with puppy dog eyes, really) that you all will help me give the series the best goodbye we possibly can.
So, I have this fun sale graphic if any of you are willing to share!
And because I love you all SO MUCH (and you’re the bestest best best), here’s a giveaway, too! <3

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The One with NAThanksgiving!

Hey Loves!

I am deep, deep, DEEP in the writing cave at the moment.

But I wanted to pop in an say HAPPY THANKSGIVING (almost)! And to say that you can now get e-book copies of the entire Losing It series for like eleven bucks. YEP. THAT’S RIGHT. There’s an e-book boxed set of the whole series, just in time to push some awkward on everyone you know for christmas. 🙂 

And in honor of the release, I’m giving away a few copies! Just enter the rafflecopter below:

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And as if that were enough awesome, there’s also an e-book boxed set of six of Harper Collins New Adult books! The boxed set contains Wait for You by J. Lynn, Losing It by ME, Taking Chances by Molly McAdams, A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers, Rule by Jay Crownover, and Foreplay by Sophie Jordan. I seriously love ALL these books, and you can’t beat this price!

So, I’m totally going to give away some of those too!

But first, I want to take a minute and say how very thankful I am that New Adult is enough of a “thing” now that a major publisher is willing to do a boxed set like this. It’s been a long journey from the time that I chose to self-publish Losing It because traditional publishers weren’t open to NA. It’s been a long journey since we all celebrated when the term started appearing in articles and in deal announcements.

We’ve come a long way, guys, and I am so thankful. Not just because I was lucky enough to have my books be a part of this explosion of awesomeness, but because I still believe whole-heartedly that we need NA stories. I’ve said this before, but when I was in college, I would have given anything to be able to easily find books about characters dealing with the transition to adulthood. At it’s heart, one of fiction’s chief purposes is to reach out to readers and say, “You’re not alone.” And in a period of life that is often stressful and joyful, terrifying and transformative, lovely and lonely– I know there are readers out there who need these books. And there are authors who need to tell these stories.

So, this thanksgiving I’m thankful that twenty-somethings can now go to Barnes and Noble or Target or Books-a-Million, and they can find books about how difficult it can be to find yourself in a chaotic and challenging world.

I’m thankful for New Adult books and New Adult readers!

And even if Thanksgiving isn’t a “thing” where you are… well you can still celebrate with us. Because we’ve already established that anything can become a “thing” if enough people believe in it.

Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win this New Adult bundle. And if you’re so inclined, spread some NA love this week by thanking your favorite NA authors! And do it under the #NAThanksgiving hashtag, so we can all join in!

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