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CAUGHT INSIDE COVER REVEAL!

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the opportunity to share the cover of one of my favorite novels to date — Caught Inside.

My newest Contemporary Romance is scheduled for release on December 30, 2014 (yay for summer love during winter!) through Limitless Publishing. This book means a lot to me as my personal love story also revolves around surfing. It’s actually what drew me to write this book.

So please add the book onto your Goodreads shelves and please SHARE the news about CAUGHT INSIDE 🙂

Caught Inside by S. Briones Lim
Caught Inside by S. Briones Lim
Caught Inside by S. Briones Lim
Caught Inside by S. Briones Lim
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Palace Hills Book Tour

The time has arrived for my Palace Hills Book Tour! Join me as I hop around the internet and discuss my New Adult/Contemporary Romance. I love to meet new people so please join in on the discussion.

Did I mention you have your chance to win a SIGNED copy of my book as well as an e-book copy?

SPREAD the word 🙂

11/11 Indy Book Fairy

Stop 2 Memories in a Box

11/12 Michelle Abbott (Review)

11/13 Satin’s Book Corner

11/14 My Book Filled Life (Review)

11/17 Romantic Chanteuse

11/18 Rose Wynters

Stop 2 Alpha Male Books

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Palace Hills Book Blitz!!

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Hey all! These wonderful blogs are partaking in my Palace Hills book blitz. Please check them out 🙂

Also, enter for your chance to win one of three (3) e-book copies of Palace Hills by entering the Rafflecopter Giveaway 

Margay Leah Justice http://margayleahjustice.blogspot.com
Mythical Books http://mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/
Paranormal Sisters http://www.paranormalsisters.blogspot.com
Musings of the Book-a-holic Fairies, inc. http://bookaholicfairies.blogspot.com/
Girls With Books http://girlswithbook.blogspot.com/?m=1
Between The Lines http://bestbetweenthelines.blogspot.com
Underneath the Covers http://underneaththecoversblog.com
Once Upon a YA Book http://onceuponayabook.blogspot.com
those naughty girls book club https://m.facebook.com/annandnatashasbookclub
deal sharing aunt http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com
Kindle and Me http://www.kindleandme.com
Books Direct http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/
The Books You Read http://tammyannbooks.blogspot.com
The Books You Read http://tammyannbooks.blogspot.com
Whispered Thoughts http://jmhoward2007.blogspot.com
Crazy Antics http://thecrazyanticsofmycreativemind.blogspot.ca/
Escape Into A Book http://eatsleepread88.blogspot.com
Read It Woman http://readitwoman.wordpress.com/
Scandalous Book Blog http://scandalousbookblog.blogspot.be/
Obsessed by Books http://mazzysbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk
SBM Book Obsession http://sbmbookobsession.blogspot.com/
Sweet and Spicy Books http://sweetspicybooks.blogspot.com/
The Phantom Paragrapher http://www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com
Archaeolibrarian – I dig good books! http://archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/
Becca Anne’s Book Reviews http://beccaannesbookreviews.blogspot.com
We Stole Your Book Boyfriend http://westoleyourbookboyfriend.weebly.com/
Worth Reading It? http://www.worthreadingit.blogspot.com
Meleth Bookaddicted https://www.facebook.com/MelethBookaddicted
Sinful Thoughts Book Blog http://sinfulthoughtsbookblog.com/
Reviewing in Chaos http://reviewinginchaos.blogspot.com
101 Ways to Make Love to a Spoon https://www.facebook.com/101waystomakelovetoaspoon
Reading Addict http://readingadd.blogspot.ro/
Lushbookreviews http://www.Lushbookreviewss.blogspot.com
TLBC’s Book Blog/Reading junkie, insomniac and coffee fiend http://triciaciak.blogspot.com
Mich BookShelf http://michbookblurb.blogspot.com/
Kinky Vanilla Romance http://www.kinkyvanillaromance.blogspot.com/
Crazy Beautiful Reviews http://www.crazybeautifulreviews.blogspot.com
Sassy Book Lovers http://sassybooklovers.blogspot.com/
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PALACE HILLS NOW RELEASED!

My first novel with Limitless Publishing is now available on #e-book through Amazon, iTunes, Kobo and Barnes and Noble and #paperback at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Add to your Goodreads Shelves today!

Today also marks the beginning of my book blitz! Follow me online and check out all the amazing blogs that are featuring Palace Hills 🙂 I will post the list of blogs later on today. Make sure to visit and drop some love to the awesome bloggers!

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PLAN A: LYCAON’S KISS Teaser!!!

I shut my eyes tightly in an attempt to fall asleep when I heard what sounded like howling directly outside my window. I quickly sucked in my breath and curled up into a ball. I lived in the middle of a burgeoning city. There was no way any wolves would be conveniently roaming around…Right?

“It has to be a stray dog,” I whispered to myself. I shut my eyes tightly and tried my best to count some sheep, all the while keeping an ear peeled for any strange noises.

Just then a chorus of howls pierced the air. I gasped and opened my eyes wide as I listened to what sounded like a group of wild dogs preparing to ambush. Still shaking, I mustered up enough courage to push myself off the bed. I tiptoed toward the gap in the window and propped myself on a tiny TV Tray that was slowly becoming my dining area. Albeit tiny, the TV tray was sturdy enough to hold my hundred and fifteen pound frame. Placing one dirtied foot on top, I pushed myself up so that I was at eye-level with the sliver. I peeked outside and the first thing I noticed was the moon. It was nothing but a tiny thumbnail in the sky and could only mean that a good week and a half had passed since I was first taken in. I gulped and continued scanning what little area I could. I nearly crapped my pants when an aqua colored pupil popped up just inches away from mine.

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My new Urban Fantasy novel, PLAN A: LYCAON’S KISS will be released on July 21st!!! (Exactly 1 year after my first novel, GREEN)

Since Summer has snuck up on me, I figured I’d give you a bit of a teaser. Take a look at Chapter 1!

 

I’m so excited to share it with you!!!

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PLAN A: LYCAON’S KISS

Chapter 1

“What is this place?” I breathed nervously as I fingered a mobile made of what looked to be crystals. I shuddered as I glanced around. “This place is kind of weird.”

The room was decorated floor to ceiling in red, maroon and black colored velvet. To top things off, what I could only describe as chamber music wafted throughout the small room. It reminded me of those horror movies where a virgin was ruthlessly sacrificed. Needless to say, that didn’t spell well for me.

“Jen, what is this place?” I asked a bit more forcefully. I glanced over at my boyfriend. Even after two years together he still sent a wave of butterflies down to my stomach (and other regions). I took a moment to appreciate his classic “Clark Kent” good looks. Piercing blue eyes coupled with a dark mop of perfectly styled hair. Yes, I was one lucky girl…or so I thought.

“I told you to stop calling me that,” he snapped, never bothering to look up at me. The way he fidgeted made me feel a bit uncomfortable, but I chose to ignore the heaviness in my gut.  So we were in a weird magic store, there was nothing to be worried about…right?

Jensen rolled his shoulders and muttered, “My name is too feminine as it is.”

I smirked and replied, “It’s a family name. I think people will forgive you.” I walked around the small shop, taking great lengths to avoid bumping into the various crystals, which seemed to be hung everywhere. I ran my hand carefully against a velvet table cloth and wandered over to a single black candle at the far corner of the room. It was roughly about three feet tall and from the look of it, seemed more than halfway burned through. I couldn’t even imagine how tall it stood when brand new.

“Be careful with that!” A strangely high male voice called out from the opposite end of the room.

I quickly spun around and bumped into a table. I yelped and grabbed it, steadying it just in time to save a goblet from toppling over. I grinned sheepishly and stuttered, “How’d that get there?” I hung my head and apologized.

“Is this seriously what you’re bringing me?” the man snapped. I raised my head and got my first good look at the stranger. He seemed about a good decade older than my twenty-two years and had the strangest hairstyle I’d ever seen. His head was for the most part buzzed, except for a strip of jet black that reached from the top of his forehead to the nape of his neck. I assumed he normally styled it as a Mohawk, but that day his hair flopped around lifelessly around his head. His cheeks seemed a bit gaunt and sunken in, but clean shaven nonetheless. Then there were his eyes…His eyes were lined in a deep kohl liner, which accentuated a beautiful hazel color. Had it not been for the perpetual scowl, those eyes would have been the most beautiful I’d ever seen.

“Greg!” Jensen greeted happily – a bit too happily. “Nice to see you man.” He hesitated slightly before walking over to the scrawny man. Though Greg was a good foot shorter than Jensen, my boyfriend was visibly fearful around him. It terrified me.

“Wish I could say the same thing about you,” Greg snarled. His head turned towards my direction and he narrowed his eyes. “This her?” I couldn’t help but feel stripped down as he scanned me from head to toe.

I cleared my throat. “Um, I’m Morgan.” I extended my hand only to pull it back when Greg merely flicked his tongue against his teeth in response. I gulped and walked over to Jensen, weaving my arm through his. “Who’s your friend?” I asked nervously.

Jensen visibly gulped, his Adam’s apple bouncing in the process. “This is Greg, he’s…uh…a business associate of mine.”

“I guess you can call me that,” Greg snickered and crossed his arms. I hate to stereotype, but I was expecting them to be covered in tattoos. To my surprise, both his forearms were bare except for the numerous welts and scars, which ran down his elbows to wrists. As my eyes ran along his arms, Greg and I caught eyes. He flashed me a smile and I instantly felt myself redden in embarrassment.

“So, Jensen,” Greg began as he made his way towards us. “I hope you know she doesn’t count as payment, just collateral.”

My heart instantly began to speed up. My eyes widened and I pushed away from Jensen. “What is he talking about?”

Jensen threw me an apologetic smile. “It’s only temporary,” he replied quietly. “I promise I’ll get you back.”

“Jensen,” I said firmly. “What are you talking about?” At this point I had already begun to make my way door. I reached out for the door handle only to find a hand firmly atop my wrist. I whipped my head around and found myself looking Greg in the eye. “That’s impossible,” I whispered.

Greg automatically grabbed my forearm. He spun me around so that I was facing Jensen. As I stared at my boyfriend Greg leaned over so close that I could feel the warmth of his breath hit my skin. Softly, he whispered in my ear, “Take a look at this scumbag you call your boyfriend. Owes me fifty grand that he’s not able to pay back.” He began laughing and shook his head in amusement. “Offered you up as collateral until I get my money back.”

“Jensen!” I screamed hysterically. “Tell me this is some sort of sick joke.” I began struggling against Greg, but his grip on my arm wouldn’t budge. It was as if all the strength in my body wasn’t enough to fight against the strength in his one hand alone. “Jensen!” I wailed as tears began to fall from my eyes. “Please….you can’t possibly be serious.” With my free hand I reached for the phone in my pocket. “I’m calling the police! You people are crazy!”

As soon as I freed the fluorescent pink phone from my pocket, Greg’s hand shot out and grabbed it from mine. I watched helplessly as he crushed it effortlessly within the palm of his left hand. “Sweetie, that’s not very nice,” he scolded. He looked up at Jensen who had inched his way towards the door. With a sneer Greg shouted, “You have two weeks to get me the money! If you’re not here by midnight on the twentieth, your girl is going to be the newest member of my pack, you hear me?”

Jensen nodded his head frantically and made a beeline for the door. I screamed at the top of my lungs as I watched the glass door shut behind him. I vaguely heard Greg’s words of feigned comfort as my tears began to blind my eyes.

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Inspiration

Inspiration is a funny thing. It can strike you at any time; at the most inopportune moments. It can come from anything. That plant you saw walking down the street. That shiny apple at the local grocery store. The cute little dog being taken out for his daily walk. The newborn baby you are meeting for the first time.

Inspiration doesn’t wait for you. It is spontaneous and grabs a hold of you quickly.

It is no secret that the premise for Green came about from a dream. However, did you know countless scenes for my other stories have also been dreamt up? Just last week I basically wrote out a whole children’s book in my head. I woke up, sat down and wrote it in about an hour! Sure I will need to go back and edit, but wow – an hour? Thank you nocturnal brain for doing the work for me 😉 Gives me ample time to do the illustrations and God only knows how much I’m itching to grab my charcoals once again!

That being said, let me leave this here. It’s a list of pending projects I still need to complete. Most of these projects may or may not have come from dreams.

 

  • Silver
  • A Chick Lit novel
  • Fantasy Novel
  • Dystopian Novel
  • Prequel to horror novel
  • Children’s book
  • Submission for Chicken Soup
  • Queries, queries, queries
  • Promoting the Life Force Trilogy

Yup, pretty lengthy but I am ready 🙂

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Can’t Win Them All

In just 24 hours I received 2 reviews/ratings for my debut novel, Green (Book #1 Life Force Trilogy). To say they were on opposite ends of the spectrum is an understatement.

One of my ratings was very flattering:

“…Holy hell! Freaking loved it. My jaw hung open through the end. I was floored. Can’t wait to start Red…”

I went on to receive a 5-star rating from this reader.

Next, I received a 2-star review that was quite humbling. Honestly, it kind of kicked me off the euphoric high I received from that 5-star rating!

“This book was ok there were alot of type o’s tho.”

To say I was a bit disheartened is a bit of an understatement. I am the type to learn from my reviews, so I will go back and re-edit my manuscript before I finally get to release it for the Nook and iBooks (I am currently in the Amazon KDP Select program). Though it had already gone through multiple rounds of editing and beta-reading, we are all only human and so I don’t doubt that there may be a few typos in there somewhere. Regardless, it saddened me a bit that this reader didn’t fall in love with my story.

What now? When I came into this business I was a bit apprehensive. I wanted to share my stories with the world, but at the same time I was fear stricken with the idea of putting myself out in the public. As an introvert, I tend to shy away from being in the spotlight. Allowing my book to be available to the masses was both a dream come true and a bit of a nightmare. As my own worst critic, my self-doubts often tell me of things I can’t do, not things I can.

The night I published my book my husband told me that my life was about to change. He told me to be prepared for everything that may come my way, including the obstacles. My coworker and fellow writer also told me that reviews are quite bipolar. Every reader holds different opinions. What one reader (Reviewer #1) believes may not  be what another (Reviewer #2) does. I appreciate each review I receive and take all my feedback into consideration. For my first reviewer I’d like to say thanks for reminding me why I went into this business. Sharing my stories is all I wanted. It feels great to know that my story touched a reader as much as my favorite books have touched me. For my second reviewer I’d just like to say thank you for even giving my book a chance 🙂 I appreciate you taking the time to read it regardless of whether or not you liked it.

Thick skin is important in this business. It always amazes me how many of my favorite shows, movies and books are reviewed and rated so differently than what I believe.

You can’t win them all. This is a lesson I believe is important for everyone – not just authors – to remember.

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