You Ain’t Never Met a *Witch* Like Me

Or, something bruja this way comes. 

I have a new book deal. I won’t tell you all the details yet. But this is the most important part: 

Zoraida Cordova’s ENCANTRIX, in which a teen girl in family of powerful Brujas, accidentally banishes them in a bid to avoid her own magical destiny, then ventures into the otherworldly land of Los Lagos to save them, with the mysterious but alluring Nova as her guide, who seems to have an agenda all his own, to Aubrey Poole at Sourcebooks Fire, by Adrienne Rosado of Nancy Yost Literary Agency. (World English)

Time for a gif., image, and video hint – party.

The Vast & Brutal Sea Blog Tour!

The blog tour is here! Keep track of all guest posts and reviews for the 3rd and final installment of The Vicious Deep Trilogy!

But first…check out the book trailer! 

Blog Tour Stops

June 16th – Review – Doctor’s Notes
June 17th – Review – & Dream Casting! Sarah @ Catching Books
June 18th – Review – Bo-ok Nerd Canada
June 20th – Q&A – Burning Impossibly Bright
June 21st – Review + Q&A Seeing Double in Neverland
June 23rd – Review – Jess @ Step Into Fiction
June 24th – Review – In Bed with Books
                – Guest Post on Supporting Characters – In Bed with Books 
                – Review – Sarah @ Ink Bitten
June 25th – Q&A w/ Twinja Book Reviews
June 26th – IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!
June 27th – Q& A  – Wake Up @ 7 Blog
June 30th – Mermaids at Latinos in Kid Lit
July 1st – LAUNCH DAY!!!
             – Q&A w/ Chapter by Chapter
July 2nd – Review @ Bumbles and Fairy-tales
July 3rd – Review and Q&A w/ Scott Reads It
July 4th – Review and Q&A w/ Ohana Reads

adding more every week!

Don’t forget to order your copy of The Vast & Brutal Sea for a chance to win prizes!

Buy links:
Indie Bound * B&N * Kobo * Books of Wonder

How the giveaway works:

All you have to do is order The Vast & Brutal Sea OR order the The Savage Blue from now until July 8th and you’re entered into the contest! 

After that everything else is bonus points (Tweets, Likes, and shares). Just remember to save your receipt to claim your prize! International. For full list of prizes go here <–


Trident with a garter! I doubled it up and put it around my arm, but it goes around the thigh. #badassmermaid

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Pre-order The Vast & Brutal Sea!

Or, look at all the shine prizes!

This is the end, guys. Tristan’s journey comes to a close with The Vast & Brutal Sea. Help me celebrate it with a bang!

Here’s how it works, from now until JULY 8th, you have the opportunity to win LOADS of mermish prizes! As the month goes on, I’ll add more things.

#1 – Order The Vast & Brutal Sea OR The Savage Blue .
#2 – Fill out the Rafflecopter below
#3 – Save your receipt to claim your prize!

B&N * Indie Bound * Kobo *


For starters here goes:

1. An annotated copy of The Vicious Deep OR The Savage Blue. Take your pick!  The. Will. Be. Doodles. (1 winner)

2. How badass will you be wearing the Trident of the Skies around your neck? (1 winner)

3. THREE winners will receive a quartz charm! (Look at my crooked pinky!)

4. 5/31/14: A 30 minutes Skype session with ME! We can talk about the weather, writing, Orlando Bloom’s face, more writing, your favorite color, life, cupcakes. I can even show you how to do mermaid make-up. LOOK, I’M SO NICE.

5. Mermaid charms! Aren’t they pretty?

6. #Badassmermaid trident on a garter

And that’s just the start. I’ll be adding some more goodies as the weeks roll by.

Here is a sharable Instagram photo. Just hashtag #TeamMermaidContest

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Book News!

Or, book babies in the works!

Thanks to my wonderful agent, I’m joining the New Adult contemporary romance writers of the world. I feel like a lot of the stories I wrote in college would now be considered NA. Back then (and I mean like four years ago) my short stories about 20 something year old girls wandering through life looking for the proverbial meaning of love, happiness, success… Yeah, those stories didn’t get such a good reception. Not highbrow enough. Not quite a good fit in the market. But now the market is changing and changing some more. I can’t wait to show you these stories.

Write on like,

Sign Up For The Vast & Brutal Sea Blog Tour!

Or, it comes out in two months OMGGGGGGG.

The Vast & Brutal Sea comes out July 1st. It is the third and final installment in The Vicious Deep Trilogy. If you haven’t seen the covers together, here they are again.

This means it’s blog tour time! Bookmarks, giveaways, and all things under the sea! If you’d like to take part of the festivities, fill out the form below. Book bloggers, BookTubers, and mermaid enthusiasts are all welcome. The blog tour will kick off July 1st and go on for three weeks. Sign up is on going…


While I can only provide ARCs through NetGalley, I have ONE ARC of V&BS up for grabs! The first 30 entries for the blog tour will be put in a raffle. One lucky blogger/booktuber gets it. Easy peasy. Warning, I’ve been cuddling with them, so it might smell like my shampoo. Please make sure you click on the *Review* box in the form below so I know you plan on, well, reviewing it.

Happy Hunger G—
I mean, Happy Entering? Blog Touring?

Just Happy Like,


I seriously love this cover. So much goodness. Can’t wait to read!

Add to Goodreads! One Broke Girl (Edgewood Falls #1) by Rhonda Helms
Publication date: April 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Anna Parker’s life disintegrates with one phone call. Her dad’s selling their ritzy New York City condo because her Wall Street banker mom emptied their bank account and ran off with another man. Which means Anna has to drop out of her elite college and move with Dad back to their small Ohio hometown. Anna’s determined to reclaim her life ASAP, so she’ll use the next few months to save money, help Dad get back on his feet, and find and confront her mom.

But Anna doesn’t anticipate things going so wrong. The only job she can get is working as a lunch lady in an elementary school. Their money-pit duplex is falling apart around their feet. And her dad is depressed without her mom, who’s proving hard to find.

One bright spot in the chaos is Gavin Metcalf, a kindergarten teacher she dated when they were young teens. With his easy wit and sexy smiles, he makes her forget her stresses—and the fact that her boyfriend Steven back in New York doesn’t know the truth yet about her dire circumstances. When past and present collide, Anna has to decide where her future lies…


Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn’t writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.

For more information on the author and her works, see the links below

PUSHED by Corrine Jackson – Official Blog Tour!

I’m so happy to be part of this blog tour. Everyone welcome the awesome Corrine Jackson! Click HERE for the full tour schedule.

Title: Pushed (Sense Thieves #3)
Author: Corrine Jackson
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Kensington/KTeen
ISBN-10: 0758273347

She  didn’t know how far she’d go—until she was pushed. Remy O’Malley was just learning to harness her uncanny healing power when she discovered the other, darker half of her bloodline. Now she lives trapped between two worlds, uneasy among her fellow Healers—and relentlessly hunted by the Protectors. Forced to conceal her dual identity, and the presence of her Protector boyfriend Asher Blackwell, Remy encounters a shadow community of Healers who will put her loyalties to the test. Pushed to the limit, with the lives of those she loves most on the line, Remy must decide whether to choose sides in a centuries-old war—or make the ultimate sacrifice and go to a place from which she may never return…

This is Book Two in the Sense Thieves trilogy.

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Gabe Blackwell never saw me coming.
In the tick of a hummingbird’s wings, I had launched myself at his back, taking him down in a tangle of arms and legs. Our bodies hit the blue mat in the middle of the Blackwells’ gym with a thud that shivered from my teeth to my backbone.
Gabe’s breath hissed out when Asher, leaning against a rack of weights, laughed at his older brother’s defeat at the hands of a gangly girl half his size. I took advantage of Gabe’s distraction to wrap an arm around his neck, putting the whole of my weight into pinning him. My height rivaled his, with me close to six feet and him just over, but he had a good sixty pounds of muscle on me. Unwilling to loosen my hold for even a second, I considered biting him in retribution for the thousand times he’d insulted me. And then I wondered if I might have given away my abnormal speed. I really hoped not.
“What is it you’re always yelling at me?” I pretended to think about it, enjoying my little victory over my boyfriend’s brother. With his sculpted features, Gabe never lacked for company, and he never let anyone forget it. I savored any opportunity I had to take his ego down a notch. “Oh right. I remember now. Never turn your back on the enemy, Protector.”
Gabe cursed and cut my amusement short when his muscles tightened and gathered under me. He might look twenty to my eighteen, but Gabe had lived more than a century, and his experience with our powers surpassed mine. Too late, I tried to strengthen my grip. The thought had scarcely occurred to me when I found my face planted in the mat with his knee bending my spine like a bow.
“I also told you to concentrate instead of getting cocky.” The cheer in Gabe’s proper British voice grated on my nerves. “Now, be a good little mortal, and say it.”
His humiliating version of saying “uncle,” he meant. Ten minutes ago I’d bet him that I could take him down in a fair fight, and he’d agreed with terms of his own if I lost.
“Come on, Healer. Say it. Tell me I’m the greatest Protector who ever lived.”
His knee pressed harder, as he settled in with more of his weight. Grunting, I tested my range of motion and felt an electric storm of agony gathering inside my body. Powerful energy, but not enough to turn the tables. Almost there, you smug jackass.
“All right.” Defeat colored my tone, and my body went limp. “You win. I’ll say it.”
I could picture the smirk on his carved, handsome face, and I used the anger to steel myself against the coming pain. In an explosion of movement, my body jerked backward, forcing his knee to dig in that little bit more I needed. A disk popped in my spine and slid sideways. The tempest exploded out of me, firing my pain into Gabe. Another pop and he collapsed with a thump next to me, his back now screwed up, too. Poetic justice. In the quiet that followed, I pressed my cheek into the cushioned mat and studied my nemesis, curled up in the fetal position next to me.
My voice came out weaker than I intended when I declared, “I am the greatest Protector who ever lived.”

“From Synopsis to the Page: When a Character Derails Your Story” Guest Post
I am a plotter. I outline my entire story before I begin. I create character profiles with personality traits, habitual tics, and any other information I find interesting. I use spreadsheets when I outline, and I like process. And still, despite all of my best efforts, I had a character derail PUSHED, the second book in my Sense Thieves series.  

Sometimes, no matter how much planning you do, a character comes to life for you more than others. It becomes apparent when you find yourself liking any scene that character is in. The dialogue flows easier, and the scene almost trips off your fingers. You start thinking of ways to add that character to other parts of the story because they are the epitome of writer crack: a surety that a scene will come to life. And because your joy/addiction is apparent, readers may respond more readily to that particular character. 

That’s what happened with Gabe Blackwell in my Sense Thieves series. He’s a bad boy who scares the hell out of my heroine, Remy. He’s her boyfriend’s older brother, and his demeanor and strength intimidate her. And the idea that she should have bonded to him (read the book to find out more) freaks her the hell out. His brand of arrogance was fun to write in TOUCHED, the first book in the series, and I wrote him into the synopses for PUSHED and IGNITED. Mind you, he was a secondary character, but a beloved one. My editor even warned me to keep him reined in when we discussed the plans for books two and three. 

Then I wrote PUSHED, and Gabe began to steal any scene he was in. He morphed into my favorite character to write and it showed. I had to do some heavy editing to my early drafts because they were too Gabe-centric, and it killed me to cut him in some places because I had such a great time writing his scenes. 

The lesson I learned from all of this may not be the one you think. I love plotting, and I will always be an outliner. But it was a freeing experience to let a character speak to me and take the time to listen. It was thrilling and scary to let go of my rigid idea of what the story should be and allow it to take a new form.  

One of my secret joys these past months has been to read the reviews for PUSHED and see how readers have responded to Gabe. I feel this sense of kinship with readers who are surprised by their feelings toward him when they started the book as die-hard Asher fans.  Honestly, I didn’t see him coming either, but I promise you, there are many more surprises to come in IGNITED, the final book in the trilogy. 

Have you ever had a character take over your story? 


Young adult author Corrine Jackson lives in San Francisco and has over ten years experience in marketing. She has bachelor and master degrees in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Her novels include If I Lie (Simon Pulse) and the Sense Thieves trilogy (KTeen), comprised of Touched,Pushed, and Ignited (5/27/14). Visit her at or on Twitter at @Cory_Jackson

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