Release Day Blitz: Underground by Janelle Stalder

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UNDERGROUND:
Love isn’t something you find.
Love is something that finds you.

Phoenix has spent her whole life fighting. All she’s ever wanted was to return the world to a peaceful state, and bring down the New World Order. But now she finds herself in a different sort of battle. No longer set in the streets of New Berlin, the fighting has moved beneath them, in a vicious underground fighting ring run by outlaws bent on causing trouble. And if that isn’t hard enough, she’s stuck with the one person who loves to fight more than she does – Trent McKay. Now the race is on to get out of their new prison and back home – before they end up killing each other.

Or worse – fall in love.

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SILENCE:
It is better to be seen and not heard…

A firm believer of observing and listening rather than adding to the noise surrounding her, Pixie has always been the quiet one out of the Archers. Her intelligence and quiet confidence makes her the perfect choice to join Garrett, Tyler and Missy on their mission to get their friends back. But when she enters the underground network run by Sebastian Black, she suddenly finds her voice. Bastian rattles her like no other, breaking her silence. He sees and hears her more than anyone has in her entire life. But how can she trust a man like him? Now it’s a battle of wills, between what her head tells her, and what her heart insists.

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My Reviews:
Underground 
5 Stars
EVERY FREAKING TIME
every freaking time….
Savor this one becca, take your time becca, nope never happens

These books demand to be devoured and boy did i feast

God dammit im both pissed and elated.

Pissed because there werent more pages, elated because I mean come on, its Janelle freaking Stalder!
This woman writes crack and i don’t think she realizes it

Alright, alright here is the scoop, we are well into the series now, so you know there will be spoilers from the previous reads but not this one

Last we left Phoenix and Trent, they were in a shit load of trouble. And these two spitfires really shouldn’t be left alone😉 or should they, actually, yes they should, always cause *fans self*
I thought for sure that my favorite couple would never change from Tyler and Missy because well Scott, and Missy is like my type of girl, the silent strength kind, but these two omg. i loved the heat, the fire between them. The chemistry was hotter than hell.

The story will have you on the edge of your seat, shaking with anticipation


Things might finally be looking up for the crew, until they don’t you will have to read to get the specifics, but here is what i will tell you. As always Janelle creates a brilliant new story for us to lose ourselves in, the couples that form in this book, and the beginnings of others will make you BEG for the next book i know i am preparing😉
but seriously is it a thing to sit outside an author’s house and just watch them write the book? can i do that? i will do it. Don’t doubt me.

So obviously i enjoyed the book. I really think this was perfectly paced, left readers wanting more at the right exact moments. The book was fantastic, i really cant say more than that. If you have come this far into this series you know its worth every word.

New alliances, new sort of enemies, new developments! It will definitely keep you tight in its grip until you don’t even realize you accidentally glance over to the next page and see the dreaded words: “THE END” *not like that happened to anyone or anything….😐 …..

I cannot wait for the next book in the series, especially that little novella that is suppose to be coming out very berry spoon too because #neeeeeddd and my hope is to see a little more extended from this one? maybe? god i need it…. okay and that concludes this review.

wait no.

Read this series you won’t regret a moment of it

Silence
5 stars
I have always been intrigued by Pixie, and this novella definitely needs to be read AFTER Underground, and possibly this review…I may or may not spoil tiny things from Underground on accident only because it relates to this novella.
So like Underground i DEVOURED this like a beast, it was kinda scary. Anyways, Jesus😉 aka  Sebastian isn’t all that he seems to be. Evil underlord of even more dastardly underground fighting ring, where only one person comes out alive?! Oh yes he seems almost bad as a Ludwig…..well if you know anything about me, you know i love Ludwig and I am utterly intrigued by his character, so it shows to be my pattern i need to know everything about this new baddie on the playing field
And ooohhh boy does Janelle deliver YET AGAIN!!!  There is so much more to this man than meets the eye, he has QUITE  few little secrets as we find out in the end of Underground. The relationship between Pixie and Sebastian *because its a sexy name and we should never shorten it* is on fire!! I thought that Phoenix and Trent were the hottest, most explosive yet but nah i was wrong. These two are ON FIRE seriously, *fans self😉 *
This was a delightful add on story and while it doesn’t move the series much farther it does help answer questions we might have during Underground, and solidifies that Janelle has a crazy amazing way of writing this insanely unique characters. I’m so in awe of her skill, and she made me fall for the man i should hate, but we know we can’t hate him now.
And Pixie, what a treat she was. She had always been this little mysterious girl that just blew things up but i knew there was more to her story and I was soooo sooooo excited to see her story finally! Yay!!!😀
So to wrap this up, this was a delightful add on to Underground and really helps give us a full rounded view of these books in the series and I cannot wait for the next books in the series!

Cover Reveal: Deciding Love by Janelle Stalder

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Synopsis:
Chloe Morgan had a pretty simple life, until her father moved them to a new town and a new school for her senior year. Learning to adapt isn’t easy, especially after finding out she has an older brother she never knew about. All Chloe wants to do is get through the year in one piece. Except things get even harder when her new friend’s older brother, Kyle Briggs, keeps ruining all her well laid plans. It’s a love/hate relationship. She’s just not sure where the emphasis lies – on the hate…or the love?
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Spotlight: Grimnirs, A Runes Novel by USA Today Bestselling Author Ednah Walters

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One lost love.

 

One lost best friend.

 

One hot soul reaper.

Straight out of the psyche ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn’t want to see souls or the reapers collecting them. The love of her life, the guy she’s loved from a distance for years, has moved away without saying goodbye. So yes, she’s nursing a serious heartbreak. It’s no wonder love is the last thing on her mind when Echo storms into her life.

The chemistry between them is mind-blowing. The connection defies logic. It doesn’t help that Echo is the poster boy for everything she hates in a guy—hot, beautiful, and cocky. A general pain-in-the-butt. Being around him makes her feel more alive than she’s ever felt before. But more important, the souls leave her alone when he is around.

Echo is perfect for her. Echo might even be her soul-mate. There is only one problem. Echo is a freaking soul reaper. A Grimnir. The very beings she wants out of her life. Maybe normal is overrated because Cora wants it all. Answers. Love. A life. You see, once you fall for a Grimnir, your life will never be the same again.

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My Totally Utterly Un-shocking Revelation

So today was my day off from my day-job.
It’s one of the days I decide, I am going to write a shit-ton and just get this much farther into my book.
Unfortunately last night I had a craving so bad to read a book series that I fell in love with when I first was review-blogging.
I recommended it to my PA and a few weeks ago I was just thinking about it, constantly. Like a random weird
book hang-over from almost over two years ago.
It demanded to be remembered.

I have a point I swear!

Last night I was far too tired to write so I was like well I will open up this book and read it for a bit.
Then I will sleep, wake up early, and start to write. For all day. And get so much done.

Hahaha about that….

I stayed up super late reading the book instead. Woke up stupid early just to finish it.
*yes i book I already read, that I knew how it ended*

So as I finished up the craving to read the rest of the series again hit me like a ton of bricks.
And while flipping between the wonderful world of the facebook and reading, and keeping my netflix going in the background I was talking with some friends

I kid you not when asked what I was up to
my response was this: being a bad author

I felt terribly gulity because I didn’t have a finish project under my belt *meaning a current wip* and yet here I was thinking that I didn’t have the right to just relax and veg out and read for a day

I know right? I know what you are all thinking, how dare I think that I not want to write, or even try to write on my day off. What is wrong with me?
Or maybe you are thinking, nah girl you deserve a day

Well here is a little tibit about me: I sadly feel completely and utterly behind right now. I wanted to have three books out this year, HH was supposed to be done in like April? Date changed so many times even I forgot. Anyhoops the point of this rant is that I feel incredibly behind, and letting each one of my readers down. by not trying to get words down every day and finishing this books up

Well after my messaging my friend and trust me they tell me this all the time is that i can take breaks that, i am allowed that

Today was sort of my eye-opening like…oh holy fuck I can.

I work full time as it is, at a very demanding job, im staring at computer for most of the day, dealing with customers, my co-workers and overall its exhausting.

I love writing, I do. but its also a lot of work and right now im trying to push out Burned because that is what i want to release next, I really, really do. But when your muse, little voices, or characters whatever you want to call it, are pulling you in a different direction sometimes all you can do is go along. That is for a different post though

okay so what I decided.
It’s okay to take a break.
My author friends, my blogger friends, my reader friends, my other industry friends
My huge revelation that will change no one’s lives is this:

ITS OKAY TO TAKE A BREAK

It’s okay.
You’re human.
You need a break.
Just like the snickers commercials says you need to eat.
I am telling you, you need to take a break sometimes and even if you are feeling behind
Even if you are feeling behind and you know that you need to get work done. Take a break.

So now that my great revelation that everyone already knew about has been revealed
That is what I did with my day. I vegged. I read.
it was fucking amazing
not even going to lie.

Read on my loves
and if you are interested in knowing the titles of the Books that were consuming my mind these are it:
Eden
Eden West
Eden South
Eden East
by Janelle Stalder

My Totally Unrelated to UtopYA post (with sprinkles of Utopya-ness)

These last couple of months, well really now that I look at it, this first half of this year

Was…Insane

Here is another semi-in-depth look into what happened.

I……posted-phoned Hexed Hearts on my own schedule because after much decision with a very good friend of mine, she and I decided I was falling back on a lot of my “bad habits”, and pretty much escape-goats. Making this decision, I pushed back the book by almost three months because my first choice editor at the time was booked for the next couple months.

During that time I was working on the first well quarter of Burned, I was supposed to be working on Tamed, then I ran into a huge plot hole problem, it was messy. So anyways I was working on it and then I was getting antsy about HH, to say i was distracted was an understatement

Jump forward to March, editing time *got my determined face on*
I am not going into specifics here…I was getting nervous and ready for UtopYA (three months left i needed to order swag, books, overall freakout) and things with HH weren’t going great:/

Jump forward to April and HH is pushed back again me and new editor and I are working our bumbums off on this. Not only that but I am making huge decisions in my “non-writing” life. I had been working two jobs and I decided that in the end it would be best for me to go full time at one and drop the other. I didn’t want to leave my first job but I was under way amount of stress so downgrading seemed like the best plan for me. It was, but it was also a bit of a transition.

So Rush through April, and now its May and Hexed Hearts is still being edited, all my time is dedicated to that, and to my new full time position where we had 2 employees leave, and still getting ready for UtopYA

The beginning of June felt like a blur to me. It was a count down to the long awaited UtopYA, it was the release of Hexed Hearts, it was insanity.

So

UtopYA 2015

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It was really amazing this year🙂
I was so excited to have been able to go and have a half a table all on my own, and try to be a big girl. I clung though. teeheee. I had the best across the table mates, and table mates. I was excited to have gone again this year and I can’t wait for next year. I was so excited to hang with all these people I have been talking to online for months, almost a whole year.
Anyways This was my couple weeks ago and I miss it dearly. This, books, authors, readers, human beings who understand my love for writing and reading, that is my world. I hate to say good bye to it, and have to wait almost another year to go back.

So anyways

Now June is almost done.
Can you believe that? An entire half a year passed already!
People warned me that time goes by faster the older you get, I totally understand that now.

So here is where I am at:

Hunter’s Heart is the companion piece of Hexed Hearts. This is Hexed Hearts in Hunter’s POV, no I don’t have a synponsis ready but I will make one up on the fly for you in a bit. But here is the thing, back in the day before I wrote for publishing purposes, I usually wrote my books in one person’s point of view, *much like Hexed Hearts is written* Here is a fun little tidbit for you, Damaged was the first book I ever attempted to write the Male’s POV much less dual points of view. I found out that I sort of loved it. And I had planned on doing that with HH but Hunter was QUIET, silent, even.
So I pushed on with only Colette’s POV and she was such an amazing character for me that I didn’t really need to do both. BUT then he started to talk a little more than half way through he wanted his story heard.

Bastard

Alrightie moving on to my on the fly, going to totally change synopsis for my boy Hunter

Hunter’s Heart

The steady rhythm of my feet and my heart.
Alone.
I had been raised a lone wolf. I had a curse placed on me when I was young, making my wolf more powerful than the man.

Hunter had given up hope of a mate long before he knew what it meant. He had been set on a lone life, as an enforcer, doing what was best for his wolf. He lived by his wolf’s needs.
When a scent his wolf would never forget takes over him he will do anything to find her.
His mate.
What Hunter wasn’t expecting was Colette. A girl with a mysterious past, and an even more dangerous future.

Terrible? Yeah😉 it needs more work

Anyways I am maybe 1/4 of the way through that. I have been trying to write after I get out of work, before I go into work, on the weekends. I haven’t made a whole lot of progress because I am still recovering😉

I had to change the order of the Rebirth Series … again
This time Burned was moved forward and Tamed was moved back

So where I am I at with my Rebirth Series?

Currently I am a little more than 1/4 of the way through Burned as well * i am farther word wise in this then Hunter’s Heart* But I am going to tell you all a bit of a secret. I totally considered cutting everything I wrote and starting over. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the beginning. I am still not 100% but I am going to try to move forward in it.

I’ve mentioned before that I HATE writing two things at once because I don’t feel like I am getting anywhere. At the beginning of the year, before everything happened. I was hoping to have Hexed Hearts out two months ago, and Burned into edits by now if not further than that.

I hate to disappoint you all, and you all know that. I just want you all to know that I am working, I am writing and right now I need to write what comes to me. I have been stuck on a spot in Burned for a couple months, granted i haven’t really put much thought into it but since I am off for a couple months from preparing for Conferences or etc. I am working my ass off to move forward in both projects

Please if you want to keep up with me and be updated, I will do my best on the facebook, but I am going to try to do better at turning it off and writing. I feel behind😦

So I candied up, and turned the facebook off every now and then and have been working

I hope this update helped you all understand where abouts I am and what I am up to

You are all amazing
I hope for those you haven’t checked out Hexed Hearts that you do, and I hope you enjoy it
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In Light of a Release

Hello everyone

Have I mentioned I am terrible at keeping up with blogs? Usually I am much better with facebook but if you follow me there you know I have been sort of silent on there as well. Well what gives?

Last time I popped on here it was to give you all some sort of sad news, the release for Hexed Hearts was being pushed back

I know, I know i felt the same way. After struggling with Damaged, and then Damaged again, and then Damaged one more time along with Healed that time around, and Stolen. I thought I had it down this time. I thought i got all my little duckies in a row

Well I thought I did. O.o Crazy duckies

And now Hexed Hearts will FINALLY be releasing on June 8th *yeah two days away less than that really* And I think that most people know the story behind all my um…*problems* but each release should get easier right? It should be clock-work by now because i am releasing – can you believe this because i can’t my FOURTH book

No not that four but that would be nice *.*

I should right? It should be easy as pie?

I’ve actually found for me its getting harder each release. Each release I am trying to find ways to make a bigger splash to, have people see it and notice it. Is that selfish? Probably. But as I am going to begin to jump through hoops to keep my full time job, I realize that yeah i need to do everything i can do to succeed here. Indies say they write because they love it, and its true. But I want this to be what i get to do every day. I don’t want to have to sneak in time here and there and over there. But that means each book has to be better than the next

And that means I have to be better. And that means I have to work a lot fucking harder

But I am finding that sometimes I keep running into the same problem

Over and over and over again.

I am not even going to lie there as been multiple times I have thought about stopping. Like legit sending out the last book into the cyber world then closing up shop. It would be a lot easier. I wouldn’t have so much stress and I would sure as hell have a lot more money. *yeah you read that right* This is not a get rich scheme. Hell I just want enough that i could live off of while still being able to cut back part time or *gasp* quit my day job

Anyways I will get off my high horse

The point of this post is to say this: I have run into many problems, even with this book right now, with my new kickass editor. And I still keep trying. I am running myself through the wringer, because at the end of the day, yeah if I reach one reader to messages me and tells me that my first book – my hidden shame *yes i call it that, yes we all have that one book we look at and think, I wish i could have done it differently* made them fall in love with reading again.

It’s worth it.

So this is my long-winded way of saying come Monday June 8th when my fourth book is release I will be proud of what I have done. I worked my ass off, and a – well practically a village worked their asses off for me as well – For that I am proud.

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So….Yeah…..

I am in the cone of shame

For why you ask?
Because yet again I set up a release day and I am blowing right through it
Well the hope is that one day I will get this right😉

So let me explain what happened. First off, no I am not going to say names, and please don’t ask because I am not here to attack just to explain the situation.

So the beginning of January Hexed Hearts was through betas, and all done being written and was supposed to go off to the editor. I <– me — after having a discussion with who I consider my mentor, friend, and all around amazing person, decided it would be best if I went through it one more time, Really go in there and flesh it out, try to pick apart my bad-habits.
I agreed, only to find out my editor was booked up until March. Well because of *obvious* issues I had, had in the past I agreed to just wait, push back my original *in mind date* All the while this was happening, in real life I was getting use to working two jobs, paying bills, and just trying to get other writing in but I was honestly having writers block. I felt a lot stuck too because HH was on the back-burner when I knew that it was ready for an editor.
All the while *this does have something to do with the overall story i promise* I found out that a friend of mine from way back when actually started his own editing service. I was super excited to hear about it and told him I would keep him in mind for later works but I already had set something up with a different editor for HH
so that is what I was going to do.
FINALLY MARCH!!!
I made it through a freezing February

And March was here! I was ecstatic! Editor had HH and I was going to write, and wait patiently for editor to finish. I am not here to place blame, and I am not here to dirty anyone’s name, hence why I am NOT going to say the name but you deserve to hear what happened and why I am behind.
Our three weeks were up and I didn’t have anything from editor. We talked and in the end we had to go our separate ways.
So what did this mean for me? I had a partially edited book, and a creeping deadline.

So yeah I was so not freaking out or anything. All the while I had been working on my secret project with a bunch of other amazing authors which by the way is coming VERY VERY SOON

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*wink wink*

I had been working with that friend from way back when on these edits to see how we worked together. Well it turns out, he is really good for me. He pushes me, and makes me do better. Well I begged and pleaded *pretty much just asked* if he could help me out with Hexed Hearts. He went looked through the partially edited copy I had and decided it would probably be best we just start over. Each editor, edits different ways, and I agreed to do that.

So where does this put us? This was happening in the last week of march/ first week of April. so new editor and I began work on HH, but have I mentioned that this book is big? Like a lot bigger than any other of my books (aka 122000 words to give you a reference 389 pages in word (double spaced)

I KNOW! Crazy!

Here is the thing, I wanted this release to go so, so right and so amazing because I am beyond proud of the book I had produced. So i signed up with Xpresso Tours for a book blitz/release blitz thing which was supposed to be happening in four days (that was the deadline for us)

I made the very tough decision to cancel the book blitz for now, I am rescheduling that, but the reason I canceled is because I honestly don’t think we will finish HH and do the job that it deserves if we try to squish it into four days being we are on chapt 12-14 out of 32

So yeah.

I am not trying to place blame on editor 1, I am not. Because I was the one who pushed off in the beginning of the year, and shit happens. I get that.
I wish i could say that I could pull a miracle out of my ass but here is the thing, I told you all that editor 2 really pushes me. And he does. I am even more proud of HH and all the work we have done on it so far that I hope you all understand that as much as I want to give this you like three days ago, I am thinking it might be a little longer

Trust me when I say this sucks. It really does. I was expecting at this time of the year to be finishing up the last bits of Burned and getting it prepared for betas and editor.

Like I said though life happens, shit happens.
Both editor and I have other jobs, and other things going on in our lives that as much as i wish i could say we could spend every waking moment on this, we can’t. I wouldn’t ever ask him of that either.

I can’t promise a date yet.
I am so sorry. I can’t even explain how sorry I am.

So in other news! (happier news)
I have just ordered a whole slew of swag that i am very excited about
And i got a banner! I am going to wait to reveal that until I get the physical one here!
But i got a new fancy logo that I am head over heels with!
Here:
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I love it!
Anyhoops I am still working two jobs but that might be changing soon and i might be downgrading to one but upgrading to full time. It sucks but it would guarantee me two days off which means two full days of just writing stuff! EEEE!!
I have been working on a very special treat for UtopYA that I am hoping I will be able to do at other cons!
pssst its a Rebirth Paranormal Personality Quiz😉
And I have that short coming out very soon!! I can’t wait for you all to meet Dom and see my more saucy side😉