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SOME KIND OF MAGIC release + Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 247

I was in Pitch Wars 2014 with Mary Ann Marlowe, and let me tell you, she's hilarious. I haven't had the pleasure of reading her debut novel SOME KIND OF MAGIC yet, but I've heard from others in our group that have, and apparently it is hot, hot, HOT! So I can't wait to get my grabby hands on my very own copy. 

SOME KIND OF MAGIC releases today, so check out the teaser excerpt, and be sure to enter the giveaway below.

Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe | JenHalliganPR.com

Publisher: Kensington Publication Date: January 31, 2017

"An amazing first novel." —Sydney Landon, New York Times bestselling author In this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who's swept off her feet by a rock star—but is it love or just a chemical reaction?... Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland, international rock god and object of lust for a million women. Make that a million and one. By the time she learns the truth, she's already spent the (amazing, incredible) night in his bed. Suddenly Eden, who's more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates by her mom, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once, Eden isn't being honest. She can't bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And theonly way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume—and risk being ditched in turn. Smart, witty, and sexy, Some Kind of Magic is an irresistibly engaging look at modern relationships why we fall, how we connect, and the courage it takes to trust in something as mysterious and unpredictable as love.

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Excerpt from SOME KIND OF MAGIC

I scanned the rest of the room. I wasn't surprised to see he had a turntable. Micah had been buying vinyl for years. An entertainment unit held a wide-screen TV and a stack of DVDs. I walked over to check out his movie collection. A Netflix envelope sat on top, and I read the address. The name rang a bell.

“Adam Copeland?”

Then I remembered. Stacy and Kelly had crushed on a rock singer with the same name for a few weeks last summer, another impossibly hot guy with red hair. No, wait, that was a different band. I could never keep their celebrity crushes straight.

My eyes went wide. What if this was that same guy? They would die. He was a musician, after all. A wave of nausea crested as I took in my surroundings. The guy certainly had money.

Adam glanced up from a stack of records and caught me staring at him. “What?”

“Your name is Adam Copeland?” My mind raced. The apartment was his parents’, so the money was probably his parents’, too. If he was a rock star, wouldn’t he have some lavish penthouse overlooking Central Park?

He went back to flipping through albums, nonplussed. “Oh, yeah.”

I narrowed my eyes. If I asked him straight up, he’d think I was crazy, so I casually sauntered over to the side of his bed and leaned back, facing him. I picked at the hem of my shirt, and then, as though I was teasing, I tested the waters. “So, does everyone ask you if you’re any relation to that guy from that band?”

“Huh?” He pulled out a Van Morrison album and then dropped it back down, still on the search for whatever he was looking for.

Then it hit me. “Oh, God. I’m sorry. It must be an incredibly common name.”

He froze in place like a deer caught in the headlights, like he had no idea what I was talking about.

This was embarrassing. Awkwardly, I fumbled for an explanation, rambling. “You know that band? They have a song that gets played about a million times an hour.” On the spot, I couldn’t even remember the band’s name. I scraped my brain, tapping my fingers on the bed post. It came to me out of nowhere. “Walking Disaster!”

Adam rolled his eyes. “Riiiight.” He settled on an album and slid the vinyl record from the sleeve.

I hoped I hadn’t offended him somehow. Maybe it was an irritating comparison. If someone famous had my name, I’d find it annoying.

What was I thinking? As if some famous musician would just hang out at a club and buy me beers. And flirt. He’d definitely been flirting with me. Guys within my limited reach rarely bought me beers and flirted. How much chance would I have with a freaking rock star? I laughed at myself for losing my head temporarily.

Unfazed, Adam dropped an album onto the turntable. I smiled as a dead sexy Arctic Monkeys song started. “I love this song!”

He sidled up next to me and bumped me with his shoulder. “So you like that band, Walking Disaster?”

Was this a litmus-test question? Like asking someone if they like Nickelback? What if he had a checklist, too? What if he only liked girls who listened to the “right” music and immediately disdained girls who listened to whatever he found uncool? And why did I suddenly care what kind of girls he might like?

I shrugged, reaching for a safe nonchalant answer. “I don’t normally listen to them unless they come on the radio. I don’t intentionally listen to much current rock music, except for Micah’s. But my coworkers gush about that band. They tried to drag me out to see them just recently.”

“But you didn’t want to go?”

“No, I would’ve gone. But it was at the Meadowlands, and it was a weeknight. I had to get up early the next day.”

“To make perfume, right?” He leaned closer and breathed in. “What’s the name of this one?”

“Oh, I don’t know.”

“Mmm. You should call it ‘Irresistible.’ It smells nice.” He lifted my hand and laid a kiss against my wrist. My brain told me I should leave. I barely knew him.

But I didn’t want to leave. Adam’s lips felt so good against my skin. His dark eyes sought mine, looking for permission, maybe. The naked desire etched on his face sent a tingle through me. I wanted to feel his lips on mine, but he held back, so I bent toward him. He kissed me soft, and I tasted the hint of Jamaican spiced rum.

He broke away and drew back, so close but too far away. His eyes pierced mine, and his breathing hitched, but he hesitated. I felt tethered there, unable to move back, wanting to move forward. I reached up to touch the stubble on his cheek, then that cord on his neck I’d wanted to touch earlier. Without another thought, I twisted my fingers in his hair and pulled him back to me.

Be sure to add SOME KIND OF MAGIC to your Goodreads to-read list, and grab your copy today!

Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe | JenHalliganPR.com

Mary Ann Marlowe

About Mary Ann Marlowe

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Some Kind of Magic is Mary Ann Marlowe's first novel. When not writing, she works by day as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms, plus she has a second-degree black belt. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. She now lives in central Virginia where she is hard at work on her second novel. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.maryannmarlowe.com, Facebook, and Twitter.

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15 Minute Tweet TalesAnd now it's time for this week's 15 Minute Tweet Tales word, which is very appropriate given Mary Ann's book.

redamancy - the act of loving in return.

1/31 - Anger spiked when she saw choas in the kitchen, but when husband handed her a sloppy thinking-of-you cake, redamancy overwhelmed her.

Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

 

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 157 + Book Release

I’ve joked before that Medeia Sharif is a novel writing robot, and I’m starting to suspect I’m on to something because I’m pleased to announce that she has just released another YA novel called 52 Likes. I think this makes four books released in a year. It boggles my mind – I truly wish I had her discipline. Congrats, Medeia, on another release!! Here’s the info:

52 LIKES, Evernight Teen, 2015
Purchase from Amazon, Evernight Teen (vendor links will be updated on the author's site)

After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. She’s plagued by not knowing the identity of her rapist and by the nasty rumors in school about that night. Valerie follows clues from ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site—why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he’ll put up a fight to remain hidden.

Find Medeia – YA and MG Author

 
Blog   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads   |   Instagram   |   Amazon
 

Wow, that sounds dark and super creepy! Right up my alley, so I can’t wait to read it! Make sure to enter Medeia's giveaway of a $50 Amazon gift card and Kindle copy of 52 Likes:

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And now here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
1/21 - As students run down the hall regardless of threats of detention, she breaks out a paddle, which is ultra vires her hall monitor role.
 
1/22 - He gets verklempt at baby pic sent by grateful parents. Another patient he helped to conceive. Another kid who'll never know he's her dad.
 
1/23 - At wedding, groom gives toast celebrating bride's wanderlust, which brought her to his country. A year later, he curses it as she leaves.
 
1/24 - She sighs at zaftig women in paintings. Then stomach gurgles. Screw her diet! They were beautiful and so is she! Eats sweets at museum cafe.
 
15 Minute Tweet Tales1/25 - The agent loved the thrilling novel about fighting aliens. Until the addendum claiming military covered up real-life battle. Form rejection.
 
1/26 - She'd had beaucoup rich boyfriends who showered her with gifts, but none equaled the one she'd loved but left because he lacked ambition.
 
1/27 - A cocky movie star, trashy affairs, and a wife lost at sea make for a cause célèbre. His wife grins watching him convicted of her murder.
 
Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 147 + Book Release

I’m starting to think Medeia Sharif is a novel writing robot. It was only last month that I participated in the cover reveal for her latest YA novel, and now she’s releasing a MG historical/fantasy. Or maybe she has Hermione’s time turner. Or maybe she’s secretly traveling in the TARDIS with the Doctor. I’m sure the actual reason is that she has a lot more self-discipline than me, but the other possibilities sound like more fun. Before I get to my tweet tales, I’m turning my blog over to Medeia.

THE ATTIC OF SAND AND SECRETS 
by Medeia Sharif

Vendor links will be updated on Medeia’s site.
 
Middle Grade Historical and Fantasy, Featherweight Press, November 2014
 
Lily, a learning disabled girl, attempts to unravel the mystery of her abducted mother using supernatural clues from an ancient stranger, even when it means posing a danger to herself.
 
Learning-disabled Lily desires to prove herself, although her mind freezes when presented with big problems - such as her mother's abduction. With a French father and Egyptian mother, Lily worries that her mother hid her ethnicity from her French in-laws. However, there's something deeper going on. Lily finds a way into an attic that's normally locked and encounters a mysterious, moonlit Egyptian night world. There she finds Khadijah, an ancient stranger who guides her to finding clues about her mother's whereabouts. Lily becomes a sleuth in both the real world and magical desert, endangering herself as she gets closer to the kidnapper.
 
The book takes place in 1976. Every host for this book blast is going to post one fun fact for that year. For some of you, this will bring back memories. For younger blog readers, you'll learn something new.
 
Sugar Ray Leonard won an Olympic gold medal in boxing.
 
Find Medeia – Multi-published YA and MG Author
 
Blog   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads   |   Instagram   |   Amazon
 

Medeia is doing a giveaway of her book and a $50 Amazon gift card. Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Lily sounds like a unique character who experiences all kinds of exciting adventures. Best of luck with your book release, Medeia!

And now for my 15 Minute Tweet Tales from the past week:

11/12 - Hotel guests are frightened at first, but the ghost is quite biddable. He'll even turn out the lights so you don't have to get out of bed.
 
11/13 - Pressure builds and he can't hold it in. Disgraceful for notorious thief to be caught via eructation. Should have skipped pre-heist soda.
 
11/14 - His destructive toy store tantrum was a watershed in her parenting style, going from "whatever you want, dear" to "I'll tan your hide!"
 
11/15 - Boyfriend brings in unwieldy present. She hides disappointment. Turns out to be nesting doll of boxes. Longed-for ring wrapped at center.

15 Minute Tweet Tales

11/16 - She drank 3 more shots knowing it would impair her ratiocination. But she was finally alone with brother-in-law and dreamed of kissing him.
 
11/17 - She searches for most debonair man in the bar. Their confidence in their charm always keeps them from seeing the trap until they're caught.
 
11/18 - Her pertinacious belief in her hotness despite reflection in mirror gave her a sparkle that made men who usually wouldn't ask her out.
 
Have you read any of Medeia's books? Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?

Tweet Tales Tuesday Week 144 + Books Excitement

Buckle your seatbelts, y’all, this is going to be a long post! It seems like all my writing friends have some type of book-related excitement happening today. Okay, maybe not all of them, but a lot of them. It’s actually kind of weird that there are so many releases and cover reveals today. Something in the air? Halloween magic? I don’t know why, I’m just happy great things are happening for writers I adore, and that I can share the news here.
 
First up (in alphabetical order) is Martina Boone, who is an online friend who became a real-life friend and is now kinda sorta my boss. Her YA Southern Gothic Compulsion releases today and has been getting fantastic advance reviews. And since it’s set in Charleston, I can’t wait to read it.
 
Compulsion
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.
 
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt's South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
 
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn't what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
 
 
Next up is my local writing friend S.K. Falls with a bit of a déjà vu cover reveal. I shared a cover reveal and release post for a previous version of this novel when S.K. indie published it. Then an agent found it, read it, loved it, and offered representation, and now it’s going to be traditionally published on January 13th, 2015! So it has a new title and cover to go with the revamped story. It’s now called One Last Song, and you can find it on Goodreads.
 
One Last SongI was seven when I swallowed my first needle.
 
My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.
 
She stayed by my side all night.
 
I never wanted it to end. When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It's scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To be better. And for the first time, you understand what it's like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.
 
For me, that someone was Drew.
 
 
The next novel release is from Jessie Humphries, who is my Pitch Wars mentor. I read her first YA mystery Killing Ruby Rose at the suggestion of a friend who knew I was having trouble in my own WIP balancing a humorous voice with dark events. Jessie does a great job handling that balance, so I was excited when I saw she was a Pitch Wars mentor, and I entered hoping for the best. I couldn’t believe it when she picked me as her alternate – there was lots of happy dancing. She’s really helped me identify the places where I took the funny too far when it should be more serious. Now the second book in her series is being released today called Resisting Ruby Rose
 
FYI - there are some spoilers from the first book in this description.
 
Resisting Ruby Rose
Still reeling from the heartbreaking events that unfolded on Grissom Island, Ruby Rose is trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s gone from a vigilante in killer shoes to a stone-cold killer. Everyone from her therapist to her smoking-hot boyfriend keeps trying to convince her that she hasn’t crossed over to the dark side, but Ruby isn’t so sure. It doesn’t help that her nemesis, Detective “Mastermind” Martinez, is still out there, waiting for another chance to take her down.
 
When an alleged CIA agent named Skryker shows up and asks for a meeting, Ruby figures it just means more questions about her case. But he has information of an entirely different nature and a job offer: join an elite force of young assassins, including Skryker’s right-hand guy, Quinn Donovan. Quinn is distractingly charming, handsome—and deadly. Ruby resists becoming a killer again, but as she becomes more ensnared in a web of deceit, no one around her is safe.
 
 
Leah Rhyne is another local writing friend who has made past appearances on my blog for the release of her zombie novels. Today is the cover reveal for the third and final book in the Undead America series called Jenna’s War. The book will actually be released this Friday because a story this scary must be unleashed on the world on Halloween.
 
Jenna's WarJenna Price knows how to survive in Undead America:
 
Kill zombies;
 
Find food; 
 
Most importantly, don’t trust strangers.
 
It’s a bleak, meagre existence in the Nebraska countryside, but Jenna Price is willing to make it work. That is, until her feud with Michael explodes. Only then will she risk everything with Sam, Will, and Rosie, leaving Nebraska behind in search of a pipe dream: a cure to the zombie virus that plagues them.
 
So begins their journey east. East is where the old cities lay, sleepy relics of a world long gone. Controlled by a power-hungry warlord from Sam’s past, it seethes with zombies, alive and undead. East is where the future may lay, but it’s also where the worst things can happen.
 
For war is coming to Undead America. When her time comes, and the survival of her beloved family depends on her trusting a strange man with an ominous name, will Jenna Price be ready to fight?  
 
 
And finally there’s my online friend Emma Scott. We met through the forums for the NYC Midnight Madness writing competitions, and her stories were always amazing and her critiques helpful and supportive. Since she lives on the West coast, we’ve never met, but we’ve kept in touch via Facebook, cheering each other on in our writing journeys. Her main project is an epic fantasy she wants to get traditionally published, but in the meantime, she’s written a fun side novel she’s decided to self-publish in order to explore the process. So today she’s releasing her new adult romance Love Beyond Words
Love Beyond Words
 
She thought the best love affairs only happened in books…
 
Traumatized by the deaths of her parents three years earlier, Natalie Hewitt lives an introverted life, going to school during the day and working as a barista in a small coffee shop at night. Natalie uses the writing of world-famous, reclusive author Rafael Melendez Mendón to assuage her grief. His words are her refuge, his characters better company than anyone she could meet in real life… until Julian Kovač walks into the café one summer evening. A handsome, wealthy, quiet young man, Natalie feels an immediate connection. 
 
But Julian has a secret that is both the most wonderful revelation she could possibly imagine…and the very thing that could tear them apart.
 
Whew, I told you it was a lot! Now go check out the books by all these lovely ladies. But before you leave, here are my 15 Minute Tweet Tales for the week:
 
10/22 - After a steady diet of MacGyver reruns as a kid, Bob's ability to extemporize helps him survive the zombie apocalypse. TV IS good for you.
 
10/23 - Coach didn't homologate harassment of the girl on team but didn't stop it. She transfers to rival school. Leads them to state championship.
 
10/24 - The director's a demiurge because he wants all the acclaim when his movie wins an Oscar. Satisfyingly, he gets all the blame when it flops.
 
10/25 - As the light left her eyes, an enigmatic "Oh!" whispered past her lips. He obsessed over what she'd seen until it was his turn to go.
 

15 Minute Tweet Tales10/26 - He mocks her remodeling ideas, so she drugs him and immures him in the dividing wall she wanted. He only criticizes it a few more days.

 
10/27 - Whenever her stepmom mutters something, Suzy thinks it's a malison. Dad says she's read too many fairy tales. Until Suzy wakes up a frog.
 
10/28 - Knowing her grades wouldn't get her in, she took an ad hominem approach to college essay. Google told Admissions her sad story was lies.
 
Do you look forward to reading any of these books? Play along and write tweet tales for the above words. If you’re willing to share, post them on twitter with the hashtag #15tt or add them below in the comments because I’d love to read them. Any thoughts about this week's tweet tales or #15tt words?