This is the busiest I think my blog has ever been, and it’s entirely because of this lovely woman. Brenda busts her butt for her contests, and spends countless hours behind the scenes making everything run so smoothly for entrants and mentors alike. She’s quite probably one of the most encouraging and sweetest people I have ever had the good fortune to get to know.

She’s also INCREDIBLY talented as a writer. I’m fortunate to call her one of my critique partners, and let me tell you, this book is a TREAT! She has a wonderful touch with characterization, and the tension is spot on. I highly recommend this novel, and well, just take a look at this gorgeousness:



by Brenda Drake

Release Date: 10/13/15

Entangled Teen: Crave

Summary from Goodreads:

Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die.

But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.

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About the Author

Brenda  Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical.

When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).


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Don’t forget, the adult mentor Whiskey, Wine, and Writing livestream is tonight at 7pm EST! I’m going for wine (A nice merlot that goes well with the roast I’m making for dinner!) Last year I was too shy to get in on these, so we’ll see if the wine loosens my lips. 😉