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Hi everyone!

I am so excited to announce my YA Romance, The Wrong Path, is now available on Amazon Kindle!

Annabelle's life was finally going according to plan. She had the right group of friends. Her childhood crush had finally started to notice her. She was pretty, popular, and in love.

And then one terrible night at a party Will enters her life and everything changes.

Will is the polar opposite of his older brother Trevor—Annabelle’s new boyfriend—the popular, straight-A, quarterback high school star. He's wild, charismatic, and full of secrets. He's completely different from anyone Annabelle has ever known, and soon their accidental run-in becomes a pattern as Annabelle finds herself seeking him out wherever she goes. Despite his open hostility with his older brother, Annabelle is drawn to him, wanting to be with him. Will opens a new world for Annabelle, one where she can shed her carefully constructed mask and be herself.

But being with Will comes at a price. And when tragedy strikes, she has to make a choice between the two brothers.

And the wrong one means losing everything forever.


Thanks for stopping in to look! Hope you enjoy!

Vivian

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The Book Corner / The Guardian - YA Paranormal Romance - Katie Klein
« on: February 09, 2011, 11:18:42 pm »
I've had Katie Klein's "The Guardian" on my TBR list for an embarrassingly long time now, but today I finally sat down and read it, and I am so glad I did! It was a beautifully written, easy read, and full of realistic characters you want to call friends. And the sweet romance between the two main characters was just perfect. Katie's way with words was stunning--to say the least. She somehow always found the perfect words to describe each scene, and yet still managed to leave things up to your imagination.



Title: The Guardian
Author: Katie Klein
Get it on Amazon for $2.99! (Spoiler-free review here)
Review on my blog (Spoiler-heavy review here!)

About the book (from Amazon--I didn't write this):
Seventeen-year-old Genesis Green is living anything but a charmed existence. As far back as she can remember, she and her mother have been bouncing from town to town trying to make a better life for themselves.

Late one evening, Genesis and her boyfriend are in a car accident. Carter’s SUV rolls, and Genesis finds herself injured; lying on the pavement. Just before she slips into the darkness, an unfamiliar voice calls out to her: promising everything will be fine.

His name is Seth, and he’s the Guardian assigned to protect her.

Now, strange things are happening: Genesis is having bizarre visions. The biggest surprise comes when she learns that, through these revelations, she has the power to change the outcome—to alter courses.

When the Guardians learn about her gift, they ask her to join forces; to help them. The only thing standing in her way is Seth. To join the Guardians means stepping into the middle of an epic battle between good and evil. Even with supernatural protection, there’s no guarantee that Genesis will ever be safe again.

But before she can choose between the angel she loves and the purpose she’s discovered, the Evil Ones make the choice for her.

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I just found this amazing book on the Indie Paranormal Book Review site, and I wanted to share it with all of you! I read the blurb and it looked interesting, so I decided to watch the trailer to see if it could sell me on the book. I was a little hesitant when I saw how long it was (almost three minutes!), but it was worth it--I bought the book right away! Note: I am NOT the author, so everything that follows this has been taken right off of Amazon. (Except the feature link and the trailer link... I posted those.)



The Other Side of Life (Book #1 / Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy)
$2.99
By Jess C Scott

SUMMARY:
A thieving duo's world turns upside down when an Elven rogue uncovers the heinous dealings of a megacorporation.

SYNOPSIS:
Anya and Leticia are partners-in-crime who steal for a living. Their world turns upside down after a chance encounter with fellow rogue, Ithilnin--the enigmatic leader of an Elven band of thieves.

A scuffle to prove who's "the better thief" transforms into more than Anya and Ithilnin ever bargained for. They retrieve the missing piece of an ancient poem, before getting caught in the secret dealings of a megacorporation. What they uncover threatens to alter the very essence of not just human life, but the other side as well.

Elven intrigue, cyberpunk action, and a deadly dose of danger come together in The Other Side of Life [Book #1 in the (Cyberpunk) Elven Trilogy].

GENRE:
Urban Fantasy / Cyberpunk / YA with adult crossover appeal

* Recommended for adults or young adults seeking cyberpunk themes (not hardcore sci-fi), and a love story (not fluffy romance).


FEATURE
Feature at Indie Paranormal Book Reviews


BOOK TRAILER:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YiT3bLQIyg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YiT3bLQIyg</a>

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Writers' Cafe / How Your Signature Did (or Didn't) Make Me Buy Your Book
« on: January 15, 2011, 05:28:08 pm »
I've been spending a ridiculous amount of time on this board lately (in my welcome message, I was warned this place was addictive, but WOW) and I've seen a lot of people use their book covers in their board signatures. I shouldn't admit this, but from a reader's point of view, I generally just scroll past the signatures to the next post in the thread unless the poster said something that REALLY caught my eye--and then I look to see if the author writes my genre.

There's nothing wrong with using pictures of your book covers as your signature--at all. I'm not insulting here, and please don't take it that way. Most of the covers here are incredibly arresting and eye-catching. But if I just see the cover of a book, I have no idea what it's about. I just see a cover.

My favorite signature line I've found, and the one that made me not only click on it, but then buy the book, was from Katie Klein. I liked her answer in a post I read, and then I saw her book cover and three simple lines of text after it that read:

The Guardian
A YA Paranormal Romance
Kindle UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Guardian/dp/B004FPYO8K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1294080426&sr=1-2


I knew right away that it was my genre and my interest (hello, paranormal romance?! Count me in!) and clicked the link. Then the blurb sold me on the book on Amazon's site and I ended up purchasing my first indie book.

Today I saw another one that caught my eye from K.C. May. There were a couple of books covers, and beside it, these lines of text:

Ryder wants to be more than a lab rat; he wants to be free.
Katie wants him to save the world.
Purists want him dead.


Sounds SUPER intriguing. Definitely intriguing enough for me to want to know if it's in my genre and send me to Amazon, anyway. Those few lines of text could sell a book themselves. But I wasn't sure which cover to click on that would go with the description. (Sole Sacrifice? A series? Which is book one?)


So what I want to know is:
What's the book title?
What's the genre?
Where can I get it?

And, of course, those questions can be traded and swapped with an arresting hook, too. But I'd still like to know the title and genre.


I don't know if this is helpful feedback to everyone or not, but I thought I'd throw it out there if you're in the process of making your signature or looking to update yours. I know it's how I'm planning to format mine.  :D (I'm shamelessly stealing ideas from you two--hope you don't mind!)

Also--it turns out that I've seen K.C.'s signature before, several times, and it's just today that it caught my eye. So I think having it out there, at the right time, in front of the right person, is a huge part of it. And if you're interested in seeing their signatures for yourselves, you can check them out in this post on page one:
https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,48921.0.html

Cheers!

Vivian

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Introductions & Welcomes / Frequent KB reader - brand new member
« on: January 09, 2011, 11:31:22 am »
Hi there!

I heard about the Kindle Boards on Amanda Hocking's blog, http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/, a while ago and have been a lurker ever since. I'm not great at comms or boards, but I really like this one. The topics always seem interesting, and there have been several times where I'm like, "Ooo! I could reply to that. Oh, but, I can't. I don't have an account." Today I finally got frustrated and decided to register so I could reply to a topic. :)

I'm a writer (isn't everyone?) of YA books, and a YA, classic lit, and manga reader. I like Coca-Cola, Red Bull, and never having to step foot outside of my home all weekend. I'm also a pretend blogger, updating it like mad for about a month and then ignoring it for six.

If you happen to stumble in on this post, then I'm looking forward to getting to know you!  ;D

Cheers!

Vivian

P.S. I'm also a little neurotic. It took me about 30 minutes to write this post because I kept fixing and rewording it.

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