02 December 2014

Blog Tour Sign-Up!

Hi, Lovelies!

My Family's Heart is arranging a January blog tour for ‪#‎Monarch‬!

Here's your chance to sign up!  

Click this lovely banner to go to the sign-up form.  And feel free to post the banner on your blog and other social networking sites.

I hope you'll sign up and join us for all the fun and festivities!

I've got the best readers and fans in the universe!


25 November 2014

The Coolest Thing Ever!

Hello, Lovelies!

I'd love your help and support in my venture ... after all, I've got the best readers and fans in the universe.  Together, we can accomplish anything.  I truly believe that!

How can you help?  My plan is to get as many of my Lovelies to help me get attention for my books on The IF List.  Many reviews for my books commented that they'd make good movies.  I'd love the chance to see that happen!

If you have a moment, or two, or three, would you click on each image below and then click the "Support" button?

And what's so cool about it?  YOU can recommend actors, directors, and composers of your choice to play the characters!

Support Cicada on The If List!

Support Firefly on The If List!

Support Monarch on The If List!

Thank you so much, my Lovelies!  I can't express enough gratitude to each of you for sticking with me on my journey to finishing this trilogy.  I hope you continue to stick with me as we plow forward onto new heights!

XOXO and Lots of Love!


13 November 2014

Enter to Win an E-Copy of Monarch

How about a chance to win an e-copy of Monarch?  Now's your chance!

Here's the rafflecopter form.

Good luck, Lovelies!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

06 November 2014

Street Teams & Books to Movies

The Trilogy is Complete!

Long Live the Queen

It feels so good knowing my readers will now discover why everything happened the way it did in my books.  Who knew there was an alien queen living in a small, inconsequential South East Texas town?  I've been doing a lot of celebrating since MONARCH spread its wings and flew the coop. And there still much more fun to come!

Sweet 'n' Sassy Bookaholics is currently creating a street team for me.  It's called Belle's Shooting Stars.  Also, there's an opportunity for lovers of CICADA to put your vote in for getting my book turned into a movie!

In the next few weeks, be on the look-out for an upcoming book blog tour, which is being arranged by My Family's Heart Book Tours & Reviews.

I have the best readers and fans in the universe!  If you've read MONARCH, you know I love y'all so much I dedicated my book to y'all!  <3

This is your invite to join my Street Team.  I'm really looking forward to communicating with my Lovelies in our own closed group.  There are lots of fun things in the works right now.  Don't miss out! Click HERE and join now!  I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

URMEGUR, Y'all!  Have you ever heard of The Imagine Film List?  CICADA has been added and is open for your votes. It's really a neat service, which allows you to see my choice of actors, composers, screenwriters, & directors. However, if you pictured a different actor, etc., in the part, you can propose them instead!  GO HERE and VOTE FOR CICADA, please and thank you!

For Your Listening Pleasure ~ 

Monarch's Official Theme Song

Visit KylerEngland.com to find out how to purchase her music! <3

23 October 2014

17 October 2014

Interview With "Momsician" Kyler England and Other Fun Stuffs!

Hi, Kyler!  I’m so excited … and a bit nervous … to have the opportunity to interview you.  Actually, I’m having a totally geek-out fan-girl moment, because you’re my fave music artist!  Thank you so much for taking a few moments to chat with me today.  I know my readers and fans will love your music as much as I do.  So, let’s get started!

You’re sweet J

·         When did you know you wanted to be a musician and vocalist?

There’s never been a time in my life that I didn’t sing, it’s always been a very natural part of my life.  As far as when I knew for sure I wanted to be a professional musician, that would be during my sophomore year in college after a summer internship in chemical engineering that I loathed, and after having been dumped by my first college boyfriend shortly after said internship.  For the first time I really stared my future in the face and saw the potential for happiness and also regret.  There’s nothing like the fear of being miserable to give you the courage you need to make a great leap!

·         Is there a musician who inspires you?

Many!  These days my friends that I work with inspire me the most.  As far as well known artists, I’ve loved listening to Ellie Goulding’s evolution over the last few years.  Joni Mitchell is a long time hero.  And I love what indie artist Katie Herzig is doing, her last two albums have been gorgeous and she’s making quite the career for herself with film and TV licensing.

·         What is a normal day like for you?

Now that I’m a mom (I like to call myself a “momsician”), there’s no such thing as normal anymore.  All bets are off!  Some days I have childcare so I can work on writing and recording.  A lot of days I work when my daughter is napping and after bedtime.  I grab time where I can.  It’s a tight rope balancing act between music and motherhood but I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.

·         What is the most exciting thing to happen to you as a musician and vocalist?

A song I wrote and collaborated on with legendary DJ, Tiesto, called “Take Me” was released last year and has gotten a lot of attention.  It gets played in clubs and at festivals all over the world by DJs while I’m home in LA doing more songwriting and being a mom.  I love that I don’t have to be away from my home and my family and the song is still out there being heard by tons of people.  I want to do more of that!

·         What was the most difficult thing to happen to you as a musician and vocalist?

I can’t think of one specific thing.  In general, there’s a need for constant reevaluation of goals and priorities and that’s hard.  There have been various disappointments along the way.  But equal numbers of pleasant surprises to be grateful for.  At the end of the day if I get to keep making music for a living and for a life, that to me is success.

·         What advice would you give to someone who wishes to be a musician or vocalist one day?

Work really really hard.  Harder than everyone else.  Both at your craft and at learning the music business. If you know in your heart of hearts that you want to be a professional musician and you have the talent and stomach for it, don’t give up!  And don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  Have lots of eggs in multiple baskets.  That could mean writing songs for various different projects.  Being an artist in more than one genre.  Doing session work etc. 

·         What was your inspiration for 'When the World Stops Spinning'?

When I sat down at the piano that day, I had an urge to write something epic.  The image of some recent fires in the hills in LA was on my mind.  The air had been smokey and you could see them burning along the ridge lines at night.  It all felt a bit apocalyptic.  So that's where the opening verse comes from.  That collided with the realization that one of my greatest hopes in life is to be lucky enough to grow old with the man I love.  To be together until the end of the world.  And that's how my apocalyptic love song "When The World Stops Spinning" came to be.

  • Do you have time to watch TV?  If so, what is your favorite show?

Thanks to Hulu I watch far more TV than I ever did before the advent of streaming.  I never watch live TV anymore!  I’ve been pretty caught up in The Good Wife as of late.  I’m in the middle of Season 5 and am shocked by the turn of events with the characters.  I also love Reign…sexy people in gorgeous period costumes with soap opera story lines= fun.  And I keep up with a couple comedies, The Mindy Project and Modern Family, both of which make me guffaw.

·         Is there a specific place where you feel the most creative when you’re writing music?

Ironically it’s usually when I’m away from my piano or guitar.  Sometimes it’s driving, sometimes it’s when I’m out for a walk.  Inspiration hits when the part of my brain that wants to wander is occupied.  I’ve written whole songs in my head while walking for exercise.

·         Of the three of my books, CICADA is my favorite, because of how free I felt while writing it.  Which of your albums is your favorite?  Why?

I think like a lot of artists, my favorite recording of mine is always my most recent.  Probably because the lyrics are most reflective of my current world.  So right now my favorite recording of mine is my new EP, Golden.

·         When it comes to reading, what is your favorite genre?  What are you top three favorite books?

I like fiction and more specifically emotional dramas.  I don’t think that’s an official genre J, but I love books about families and the layers of history that define and either tether or tear apart generations.  I’m the worst at all time top favorite lists.  Recently one of my favorite books was History of Love by Nicole Krauss.  Gorgeous prose and surprising story arc.  I also loved Wonder by R. J. Palacio.  An all time favorite is East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

Thank you, Kyler, for the chance to introduce you to my lovely readers and fans and for offering a copy of your CD, Electric Hum, as part of the Grand Prize for my blog tour giveaway. :-)

Lovelies, here's your chance to check out Kyler's music.  I know you'll love it as much as I do.  In fact, her beautiful song, "When the World Stops Spinning" is the official song for Monarch.

Isn't that the most beautiful song you've ever heard?  I bet I've listened to it a gazillion times!

By now, I know you're wanting the link to where you can purchase Kyler's music.  I just so happen to have it in my trusty bag of goodies!

I've been perusing the interwebs this week, and I happened upon a very interesting thing called Thunderclap.  So, I thought I'd sign up and see if I can make a Thuderclap heard around the world.  Joining my Thunderclap is FREE for you, and it helps spread the word about Monarch.  Won't you join my Thunderclap and help me brew up a storm?

I love my readers and fans! <3

01 October 2014

~MONARCH Release Day and Book Blog Tour Schedule~

It's release day, and I couldn't be prouder. MONARCH has been a long time coming. It was the most difficult of my books to write, and there's more than one reason for that. I think the most important reason is that quality takes time.

So, I listened to some really great music and allowed the story to unfold in my imagination.  I've got a great inspiration playlist for MONARCH on Spotify.  But this one song encapsulates not only MONARCH, but the whole trilogy.  In fact, this song is the official theme song for MONARCH.  The awesomely talented Kyler England gave me permission to use this song for the book trailer, which is still in production.

Check out Kyler's music here.  I know you'll love all her music as much as I do!

My characters wanted this book to be the best it could be for my readers. They wanted their story to be told correctly. So I took the time and listened to my characters while following them from Texas to deep in the jungles of Brazil. Judging from the feedback of my beta readers and a couple of fellow authors, I think my effort paid off. I hope all my readers will agree!

 Since today is MONARCH's Birthday, we're celebrating with 3 1/2 weeks of reviews, guest posts, MONARCH excerpts, and interviews! Oh! And there's a grand prize, too!

Here's what you can win: 

A Copy of Kyler England's AWESOME CD!

Here's How You Can Win:

Get 10 extra chances to win by joining my Thunderclap!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Let's pause a moment and look upon MONARCH's gorgeousness. *Sigh* Isn't it lovely?
LB certainly outdid herself on this one!

Alright, enough of my sighing and staring at the precious.  I know you're eager to find out more deets about the blog tour.

Here's the MONARCH Blog Tour Schedule.  Just look at all these lovely blogs!
Follow along for all kinds of stuffs!




All for the Love of the Word Blog:  Review of MONARCH







Author Alexia Purdy’s Blog: Review of MONARCH


    Author Michelle Pickett’s Blog:  Guest Post




Bex ‘n’ Books Blog:  Guest Post






Endless Reading Book Blog: Review of MONARCH


Books Complete Me Blog:  Guest Post & Review of MONARCH


The YA Lit Chick Blog:  Review of MONARCH



Between the Lines Book Blog: Review of MONARCH







Nerdy Dino Book Blog: Review of MONARCH


What’s Beyond Forks Book Blog: Guest Post & Review of MONARCH



Author H. A. Lamb’s Blog:  Review of MONARCH








Winner of Grand Prize Chosen by Rafflecopter


I Love My Readers and Fans!

27 September 2014

MONARCH Release Date

The story ends. Will you be there to see how it all unfolds?
#MONARCH releases on October 1, 2014!

Book Boost PR is arranging a blog tour.
Bloggers who want to participate are urged to sign up here ASAP!  YAY!

And here it is.  The beautiful cover of MONARCH!


24 September 2014

MONARCH Book Blog Tour Sign Up!

Howdy, Lovelies!

Book Boost PR is putting together a book blog tour for MONARCH!  Wanna sign up?
Here's your opportunity!  It's gonna be super-fun, and participating bloggers are welcome to enter to win the grand prize, too!

More info to follow.  Until then, go here to sign up!

15 September 2014

Cover Reveal!!!! MILAYNA by Michelle K. Pickett


MILAYNA by Michelle K. Pickett

In the battle for her soul, which side will she choose?

Series Name: The Milayna Series
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
CTP Content Rating: YAm
Release Date: March 17, 2015

From the bestselling author of PODs comes an unforgettable tale of action, intrigue, and following your heart in the midst of betrayal.

It’s hard being good all the time. Everyone needs to be bad once in a while. But for seventeen-year-old Milayna, being good isn’t a choice. It’s a job requirement. And it’s a job she can’t quit. Born a demi-angel, Milayna steps in when danger and demons threaten the people around her, but being half angel isn’t all halos and happiness. Azazel, Hell’s demon, wants Milayna’s power and he’ll do anything to get it. But he only has until her eighteenth birthday, after which she becomes untouchable.

With the help of other demi-angels, Milayna thwarts the trouble Azazel sends her way. Fighting by her side is Chay. He’s a demi-angel who's sinfully gorgeous, and Milayna falls hard. But is Chay her true love… or her nemesis in disguise?

When she learns of a traitor in her group, there’s no one she can trust… not even the one she loves.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Milayna by Michelle K. Pickett

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Giveaway ends November 01, 2014.
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Michelle is the bestselling author of the young adult novel “PODs.” She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now lives in a sleepy suburb outside Houston with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.

Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.

Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014. 

Keep up-to-date on her current and future projects at www.michelle-pickett.com.


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16 August 2014

COVER REVEAL! "Finding Willow" by Michelle K. Pickett

I have another great cover reveal from my author friend, Michelle K. Pickett, to share today! The novella "Finding Willow" by Michelle K. Pickett is a prequel to "Unspeakable." The story is told from Brody's point of view, and did he ever get one rockin', steamy cover...
Finding Willow” is the prequel to “Unspeakable,” the touching romance between Brody and Willow that explores one girl’s quiet strength to survive the unbearable weight of a family secret alone, and the love and resolve of a boy determined to help her.
   Brody Victor lives life on the fringes. Moving from school to school with each transfer his mother’s job requires has taught Brody well: If there’s one thing harder than making friends, it’s saying goodbye to them. So he’s learned to close himself off. He’s a loner, and that’s how he likes it.
When his mother accepts a permanent position in Wisconsin, Brody begins to slowly open up. But old habits die hard and, for Brody, making friends doesn’t come easily. That is, until he meets Annabelle. Brody loses himself in her. Their connection runs deep and, for the first time, Brody truly lets someone inside. But life can be cruel. An unexpected job transfer uproots Brody from his home in Wisconsin, and Annabelle.
 Vowing not to get involved with another girl after the heartbreak of losing Annabelle, Brody returns to life on the outside looking in. A loner by choice. Until he finds Willow. Friendly and beautiful, a guy can’t help but notice her, but Brody notices more than her beauty. When she flashes her full smile, a spark is missing from her hazel eyes and for reasons unknown to him, Brody needs to find the reason.
Along the way, he stumbles across a secret bigger than both of them.
Don't forget to check out "Unspeakable" for more of Willow and Brody's story. 
Happy Reading!

08 August 2014

Cover Reveal for UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle Pickett!

When my sweet author friend, Michelle Pickett, contacted me about the cover reveal for her book, UNSPEAKABLE, I said "heck to the yes!" about sharing it with my Lovelies.  I mean ... just look at this gorgeous cover!!!!

I know y'all will enjoy getting to know Michelle and her writing.  I'm sure y'all will love her as much as I do!

COVER REVEAL: UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle K. Pickett  
Genre: Mature Young Adult Contemporary Romance (Realistic Fiction)
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: February 10, 2015

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Unspeakable by Michelle K. Pickett     


by Michelle K. Pickett

Giveaway ends September 30, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
We are excited to share with you the official cover reveal of UNSPEAKABLE by Michelle K. Pickett. UNSPEAKABLE is a young adult contemporary romance that is scheduled to release in February of 2015. Check out more information below and make sure to add it to your TBR List! 
Summary from Good Reads:
“Breathe. No one will break me. I’m strong. Breathe. Just breathe.”
On the outside, Willow appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, smart, from an influential family, and she dates the most popular guy in school—Jaden. But she would walk away from it all in a second. Willow is tormented by lies and suffocating guilt, not the hearts and flowers people believe her life is full of. 
She carries a dark secret. Plagued by nightmares and pain, the secret dominates her life. If she hadn’t walked away. If she had just… but she didn’t. And now she has to live with her choices. But when someone uncovers her family’s past, they use it against her, crushing her spirit little by little. She tells herself she just has to make it to graduation. Then she can leave Middleton, and her secret, far behind.
When Brody transfers to Cassidy High, he turns Willow’s life upside down. He shows her what it feels like to live again, really live. And suddenly, she isn’t satisfied with just surviving until graduation. She wants a normal life—with Brody—and he wants her. But the closer they become, the more it threatens to unravel the secret she’s worked so hard to hide.
Willow finds true love with Brody. Will she let his love save her, or walk away from him to keep her secret safe?



Michelle is the bestselling author of the young adult novel “PODs.” She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now lives in a sleepy suburb outside Houston with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.
Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.
Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014. 
Keep up-to-date on her current and future projects at www.michelle-pickett.com.

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