1 Week to Go - Meet Kieran
Save the best for last. Sure, I know. I'm okay with it. Never mind the fact that I have some of the least amount of real estate in the story. Good thing Kelly rectifies that in book two or I would be very unhappy, and so would you. The only one with less coverage than me is Brigid, and she didn't even make this countdown. Is she going to be ticked off! Hope I'm there to witness the exchange.
Oh yeah. So, my name is Kieran. I'm from California, although I'm currently stationed in Nova Scotia. Canada is wicked cold, and I miss the Pacific, but what can I do? My dad sent me here on an assignment, so I'll be here until I finish it.
Never Forgotten is Meara's story, but it's just the start. I can't wait until you see what happens in book two, and book three... well, it's not done yet. What is done? Wow. You're in for a wild ride. Well, that's it from me. See you in the pages!
2 Weeks to Go - Meet Lydia Mitchell
It's been seventeen years since I've seen my best friend, Sharon. Seventeen years. A lot happens in that amount of time. We have daughters the same age, too - my daughter, Katie, and her daughter, Meara. I'm sure they would've been the best of friends just like us if they'd been given the chance. But they weren't. Until now.
Sharon's coming home. I wish it was under better circumstances. The reunion will be bittersweet. She's fighting for her life, and while I can't wait to see her again, it's going to be hard to watch her suffer, to watch her struggle for her health. I plan to do everything I can to support her.
I'm Lydia Mitchell. My husband, Darren, and I run The Cove Inn, a bed and breakfast. It's been in my family for generations. That's where Sharon met David. I'm not sure if I should be grateful for that or not. I know they loved each other, and Sharon got Meara out of it. Still, sometimes I wonder. Are you better for the experience and the broken heart or would you be better having never loved at all?
3 Weeks to Go - Meet Kim Greeley
I'm Kim Greeley. Meara is my best friend. Ever since she borrowed a crayon from me in kindergarten, we've been inseparable. We're both only children, so it's like having a sister. You know, just one who doesn't live with me.
I'm spending the summer at my uncle's ranch, helping him with the horses. I've spent a couple weeks there in the summer ever since I was a kid. This is the first time I'm staying the whole summer. I'm glad, too. It will help me keep my mind off of Meara and her mom. I feel so bad for them, and it's awful that they are moving away to Canada. How am I ever going to see her now? And, how am I going to survive my senior year of high school without my best friend?
I'm going to try and be there for Meara as much as I can. I know she's not great at keeping in touch. Those weeks at my uncle's in the summer proved that. I would email her almost every day. I was lucky if I got two emails from her during that entire time I was gone. I never got mad, though. That's just Meara. When you love someone, you love all of them, not just the good stuff. Sure, it's frustrating, but you know what? I'll deal with it. I'd rather keep her as my friend.
So, before I go, a few things about me. I obviously like horses. I love traveling, laying out and soaking up the sun (you have to enjoy summer in Wisconsin for the brief period it's here), and hanging out with my friends. Hopefully, I'll get to hang out with Meara again soon.
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Anna Cruise has been writing and drooling over boys since middle school. Lots of years have passed but some things never change...
Her books include the best-seller IT WAS YOU, IF I FALL (Mature YA) and MAVERICK (Contemporary Romance. Additional titles include DOWN BY THE WATER (Romantic Suspense), SET IN STONE (YA Paranormal) and IT WAS ME and IT WAS US, the follow-up stories to IT WAS YOU.
Anna loves to hear from readers and authors.
Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African Debut Author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her First Young Adult Dystopian Novel "The Broken Destiny. She is not only an author but works as a Sales Rep and Marketing Manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at Collage SA. Loves to swim, fights for the trees, food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive - Help build a library in Africa project.
"My goal as an Author is to touch people's lives and help others love their differences and one another."
A firm believer in - YA saves!
CL Foster is eclectic, geeky, positive, nature-loving and completely non-"normal" (just the way she likes to be). She has been a fan of literature since she was a small child and finally decided to take her dreams (both waking and sleeping!) and do something positive with them.
CL has lived all over the world and has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, minoring in Psychology and Forensics. Which means you don't want to cross her because she knows how and where to hide a body so it's never found! She proudly admits to hearing voices in her head, but at times, her characters' impromptu visits can be rude and annoying. Thankfully, she has adequate patience for their shenanigans and can out ninja them any day of the week.
CL's voice is boisterous, sassy, and not finished yet! Stay tuned!
Delphina Henley is a stay at home mother of four, an avid reader and a shifter crack addict. Her NA paranormal romance, Unless You Can Be A Unicorn, is set to release in October 2014. The prequel, "Always Be Yourself" is a part of the anthology, Certain.
My journey to this profession was slightly unorthodox. I received my bachelor's degree in biological sciences, worked as an award-winning researcher, and worked various jobs to pay the bills. While I enjoyed every moment of this adventure, it wasn't my passion. I've been writing since I was a young girl and have read anything that I can get my hands on. When people ask me what my favorite book is, I always respond, "All of them."
After I showed my work to my closest friends and gained their confidence, I realized that this is something I could commit my life to, something that I love. I never imagined--dreamed--that I could make a living as a writer. This is the greatest profession that I ever could have asked for, and I am so thankful for the support from everyone in my life. How many other jobs let you work in your pajamas?
I'm very grateful that I've had success with my various series. The Forever and Always Series is very close to my heart. I realize all the characters are fictitious, but in reality, they are real people living in my mind...as creepy as that sounds.
The Hawaiian Crush Series, The Essence Series, The Soul Saga, and the Southern Love Series are all also extensions of who I am, just played out in word. It's the greatest job in the world to explore different places and people and actually get to write about it. What makes it even better is when people love reading it.
When I receive fan mail through email, my website, or on Goodreads, I'm extremely flattered and humbled that people take the time out of their lives to compliment my work. I appreciate all the love and support. Without it, I would be nothing. I really would.
Kelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle and wand behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and training at various companies.
She's often found lamenting, "It's hard to write when there's so many good books to read!" So, when she's not immersed in the middle of someone else's fantasy world, she's busy creating one of her own. This world is introduced in her first novel, Never Forgotten.
Kelly lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children. They share their home with Clyde the Whoodle and a school of fish.
N.L. Greene is a writer of YA and NA Contemporary and Paranormal Romances. She currently lives in Florida with her husband and two beautiful daughters. When she isn't writing or reading, she enjoys traveling around the world with her family, shopping and doing other girly things with her girls, or playing video games with her husband. She is a lover of dogs, chocolate, and anything pink!Randi Cooley Wilson was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years. Randi now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.
Sharon Rose Mayes lives in Lufkin, Texas with her two sons. She chronicles her daily life at her personal blog Not Your Mom Blog and has been active in the blogosphere for seven years. When she is not chasing her kids and playing soccer mom she writes and dreams of all of the places she can't wait to travel.
Susan Burdorf has loved fairy tales since she was old enough to read. The story of Sleeping Beauty, on which Affliction is based, is one of her favorites. Susan lives a quiet life in Nashville TN where she enjoys taking time to explore her second childhood with her grandchildren,with whom she continues to read fairy tales long after they have fallen asleep. She can often be found searching for fairy rings in her backyard.
4 Weeks to Go - Meet Ula
Hello! I'm Ula. It's not pronounced Uh-la or You-la, although I get those variations a lot. It's Oo-la. Think Oo-la-la without the extra "la" and you've got it. Wow. I just spent a significant amount of time telling you how to pronounce my name, didn't I?
I met Meara at the cancer clinic where her mother is being treated. She's one of my best friends, and I'm so glad I know her. Things are tough for her right now. I'm trying to be a supportive friend. I think our friendship helps her keep her mind off her mom and worrying about her mom's illness.
I was asked to share something personal with you. One of the things that makes me unique is that I really, really liked the 1960's - the clothes, the music, tie-dye, and the message of peace and love. I tend to dress like someone stuck in the 60's, preferring faded bell bottom jeans and Jimmy Hendrix T-shirts to the clothes that Meara's friends wear. I don't go to high school. My parents preferred to homeschool me. I guess I don't really have to worry about what the other kids say, not that I would worry anyway. I think it's quite fine for everyone to have a style that is uniquely theirs.
If you're keeping track, then you realize there is now only a month to go! Then, you can read Meara's story, and meet me and the others. Not much time left now, is there?
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