First Date

First Date

This is one of my favorites. Your hair is a little messed up and you’ve got that shy smile going. You have a habit of ducking your head when you’re embarrassed or running a hand through your hair. It makes me wonder, is the sun in your eyes? Or do I make you nervous?

Skin of My Teeth: Book 3, Vol 1

somt1Congratulations to my friend and editor extraordinaire Judith Graves who’s first e-novella of three launches on December 23.

HOW TO PLAY
· draw a card from the deck
· kill or be killed
· and if you’re lucky, repeat…

Hidden agendas, deep, dark secrets, and monsters lurking around every locker. It’s business as usual at Redgrave High for Eryn and her crew of paranorm hunters – they plan to capture and cure Brit’s brother from his tormented existence, Eryn is reunited with her father’s beta, and Redgrave’s origins are revealed.

Although the two guys vying for Eryn’s heart just might have to up their game. Enter hot, wolven guy stage left. Is he the one Alec’s blood magic foretold? He is, if Eryn’s knocking pulse has anything to say about it. The tale-tell sound is driving Wade mad. But it’s Eryn’s move, and everyone is holding their breath.

A little healthy competition soon becomes all-out survival of the fittest as the crew are pitted against a pack of demons trading souls – for keeps. The student population is enamored with a new card game, Boroughs Quest. Kids are desperate to get their hands on gilded cards from a mysterious expansion deck, but when they do…

It’s all fun and games ’til somebody dies. 

JudithGravesJudith Graves has multiple young adult novels and short stories published with Leap Books, Orca Book Publishers, Compass Press, and, under the pen name, Judith Tewes, is also published with Bloomsbury Spark. In addition, Judith is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright, writes freelance articles for literary magazines, and facilitates writing workshops for both adults and young adults. She lives in northern Alberta with her husband and three crazy labs.

Stalk Judith at:

https://www.judithgraves.com

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/JudithGraves

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/judithgraveswrites

LEAPing Into the Future

Leapbadge1 (1)I recently signed on with the boutique e-publisher LEAP Books and will be launching my e-novella series RACING HEARTS in Fall 2015. LEAP gives authors a full creative and marketing suite that easily adapts to our changing trends in publishing. They are currently accepting submissions from agented and non-agented authors in YA, New Adult, and Middle Grade, both novel and novella length. Here is a little more about them:

“Having a small publishing house means you get to be picky about the books and authors you represent,” says Shannon Delany (YA author and now publisher and owner of LEAP BOOKS, LLC). “You don’t feel the pressure of filling a certain number of slots each year–you can truly make quality come before quantity.”

Thanks to longtime Leap author, Judith Graves, an enthusiastic trio of experienced YA authors has joined forces to lead LEAP Books LLC into the future. Graves had recently begun developing the SHINE e-novella line, and seeing Delany comment on Facebook about possibly starting a small publishing house of her own, Graves suggested Delany join her. But things grew from there.

LEAP BOOKS’s founder, Laurie Edwards suggested the two take over the entire house–not just a single line. In short order Delany was owner and publisher with Graves as her very capable co-publisher. The pair knew that a third member of the team was needed so they could more easily focus on their strengths. Delany contacted author and YA Fest organizer Jennifer Murgia and brought her on as Marketing Director. With the addition of a CFO and building on the established group of editors and illustrators, the new face of LEAP began to take shape.

“We’re leaping ahead with the growth of the SHINE e-novella line, but we’re gladly maintaining the foundation Edwards gave us. We have a great backlist of books written by eager authors–they just need some more attention in the market. I’m proud of LEAP’s history. If I wasn’t and I didn’t see huge potential in this company, I wouldn’t be here. The authors in our backlist are talented–we have award-winners, NYT Bestsellers… What more can you ask for?”

Learn more about LEAP, our books, our talented authors, our vision!

To kick off the official announcement of the big changes LEAP is undergoing, the LEAP Leadership Team has started a Rafflecopter contest for one lucky winner to win three Leap e-books of their choice. Enter here to win!